>Kindness is a sin
September 30, 2010 5 Comments
>From the many harems and romance shows I’ve watched, it’s almost heartwrenching to see the same thing over again. There’s always the case of a guy being caught in a harem, or an even worse case, a love triangle. This is sometimes due to the main character being so damn nice. Oh course the only way the situation could be solved is the main guy choosing someone for once, and just flat out tell the other competitors, “Sorry, I don’t see you that way.”. It sucks to see this happen to a character you were really rooting for. It really does. But it’s life and how life should be. Not everyone wins in the game of love.
It has me thinking, maybe there is such a thing as being too nice. It’s not as if the main guy’s trying to egg every girl on that he might be interested in her, he’s just a pure moralistic person, trying to achieve happiness for everyone. But what these guys don’t realize is that their goal is impossible to achieve (unless he incidentally does choose everyone and has an orgy with all of the girls), because we live in a world where only one person can matter to another. Any more persons, and the relationship becomes meaningless. When I think of cross relationships between two girls and a guy, I think of it to be one of the toughest decisions a guy could make in his life. Accepting both would basically turn the relationship into pimps and whores.
The shows that do excel in showing a true relationship, has its heartbreaks with the girls who desperately wanted to be by the side of the male character. Of course, if you really wanted to see those two end up together, you’d go watch the tv special or OVA, or some fanfic that some crazed fan wrote over the internet. Even so, it’d look unnatural to you.
When I watch Clannad, I think how well those two characters work in a relationship. The main guy is one of the kindest motherfuckers I’ve seen, but he knows what he wants. When I watch the alternate universes of who else he could’ve ended up with, I get an awkward feeling down my spine, thinking ‘This is not what the show is about’. It’s all interesting how different it can turn out, but those ideas are purely for the fans. Even if you don’t like which person the guy decides to end up with, it’s still mainly the decision of the creators to go this certain route, the route that does certainly make sense. There is a defining moment in Clannad that shows the ultimate decision of the Main guy. It’s a sweet moment, but it also end in tears and anger. Parts of the show like those are the bumps you have to get over and move on.
Maybe it’s time for an asshole character. Or not. Anyhow, I see too many ‘nice guys’ in almost every show, it almost frustrates me. I’m a moralistic person myself, don’t get me wrong, but the trend’s a little stale. I just know when a guy’s being too nice, it’s not gonna end well for others. The earlier the decision is made, the better. No more fucking around with the main character thinking, “What do I do?”. The blame’s not always entirely on the main character, of course. As arrogant as it sounds, he can’t help if he’s too damn attractive. Some of them, I don’t see what the girls see in him, but that’s just how it is.
I’m not sure what I’m looking for. It’s not that I want a clone of Clannad. Repetitiveness is just as bad as seeing another dense character. I’ll keep looking. Maybe I’ll find it. Or not.