Anime+Me: Saki Hanajima Edition

‘Anime + Me’ mashes up an element of my life with  my favourite anime characters. 

Hanajima-Saki-hanajima-saki-17617155-400-290Do you ever feel like you have a certain ‘vibe’ that kind of scares people? I do. Often. For example, I was walking down the hall once and when my teacher saw me he backed into his office with a worried expression. I’ve also been through numerous personal tutors. They always end up leaving. And there was that time one of my primary school teachers (out of nowhere) said I had an evil smile.  It’s almost like I have poison waves emanating from me or something… I don’t set out to have a strange vibe, I just do. It’s not of great concern to me because I’m not big on hanging out with large groups of people so there are only a handful of people who ever have to experience or really know about my ‘vibe’. I have two close friends that get my humour and oddities. I don’t feel as comfortable talking to anyone else besides these two people, except for my family who I consider myself very close to. I know my friends won’t judge me for saying silly things and I know they understand that I’m introverted and what that entails. They have never tried to change how I am.

I think that’s why I can empathise with Fruits Basket‘s Saki (or Hana-Chan). Fruits Basket is a popular manga series (also an anime)  that was published from 1998 to 2006. It follows Tohru Honda as she discovers the secret of the Sohma family and subsequently tries her best to free them from their curse and see them be happy.

Tohru is an optimist who never wants to be of any trouble. She’s considerate and kind. Her two closest friends are Arisa and Saki. They would do anything for her because they value the kind of person she is just as much as she values them. Out of the three friends, Saki is the one I identify with the most. She is a generally polite person, a protective friend and she can detect electric/psychic waves and emit poison waves. I don’t have psychic energy as such but I empathise with Saki on quite a few other levels, such as  her experiences of being bullied as a child, her caring attitude towards those closest to her, and her disconcerting aura. I respect how she has taken control of  her rather dark ‘power’ and now uses it  to help  protect her friends from other people. She has accepted her power and now uses it to help others, which is a trait I admired in Kuroko in my last Anime+Me post.

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Can I also mention that I love how she would prefer to read over taking part in a PE lesson? I’m the worst at PE. I practically have zero hand-eye coordination. If only reading was considered a sport…

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Saki has personality quirks and introvert tendencies that create a shield between her and other people. But there is a place within her bubble for her closest friends who she holds very dear. That’s what I love about her. I don’t much care if other people in my classes think I’m strange because I’m the quiet girl who is always reading in the corner. I know the people whose opinions I do care about are happy with me the way I am. I think that’s an attitude Saki would respect.

Ren x

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2 responses to “Anime+Me: Saki Hanajima Edition

  1. Like I have said before, I think that Saki is awesome. You are also awesome. Boom! Another similarity between the two of you 😀 And, uh, honestly, I can’t really imagine you with an evil smile… Although, I also imagine you as a blue-haired person. So. But even if you do have an evil smile, you’re still amazing, and you can use that evil smile for good, like Saki does!

    And you’re relationship with your two close friends remind me of how my close friend and I are 🙂 We both have our oddities and can completely weird people out sometimes, but we love each other and the weird things that we do. By the way, this close friend of mine also watched Fruits Basket with me, and the scene with Saki reading during P.E. is a favorite 😛

  2. I can completely understand where you’re coming from. I have a very similar situation. I can never be sure what people think of me, but except for the rare person who just *gets it*, I’m always under the impression that I make other people very nervous. But then, I consider myself a Kyouya Ohtori type (minus the wealth and power, of course), working in the background and making subtle suggestions that the outgoing types usually follow and claim as their own. And I’m usually working on something while other people are gabbing aimlessly, which others consider “not fun.” Plus, I’m not really a traditional “girl” and I’m not interested in the same things other girls are interested in, which people find strange and usually results in my not being invited to “normal” social events. Which, to be perfectly honest, doesn’t hurt my feelings, because I would be utterly bored anyway.

    It’s nice that you have reliable friends who understand and like you the way you are. I think people like that are difficult to find.

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