Karekano – Yukino Miyazawa: Behind her Mask
I don’t know if it was so coincidental but I do think Karekano’s concept of personality facet based on Yukino is somewhat the same to that of Persona 4’s concept of shadow.
Kare Kano is probably one of my favorite old anime(s) around during my childhood, but I’d say I only liked it because of the comedy. Now that I’ve rewatched it, I don’t think Karekano is just qualified as a good anime just because of its comedy, but also because of its psychological concept. I also consider its depiction of relationship as one of the good ones.
One of the fundamental concepts in Karekano is this creation of fake facade because it somehow shows us why we prefer to wear that mask in front of other people, instead of behaving just as our true selves. It also shows us the consequences of projecting such artificial personality.
Well, Yukino basically does her thing in order to get praises from others, and all the attention she wants. Beneath that flawless and amiable personality of her is a crooked and stubborn student. Still, I do think Yukino is a great character. I honestly just can’t believe though that such person would desire so much praise and attention from others. Yep, I am referring to pressure. I salute her because given her many responsibilities and obligations in the school, she isn’t still crushed by this troublesome opponent. And yes, she is still craving for more attention and praise.
I really don’t know if her parents are at fault here because the only thing I can think of as the source of such thinking is that, her parents must be feeding her so much praises from her achievements. Then again, I see here in the anime (even in manga) that she is just a natural born hard worker — which is damn remarkable! I just can see her as an inspiration to look up for in favor of my next new semester.
I just can’t believe it myself that Yukino derives her own sense of pleasure when she is praised by everyone… Just where does this desire come from? What is her purpose? What is it that she gets from it besides from satisfaction? I guess the sense of her being an older sister also plays a role here. She must be thinking already of several ways on how she would be helping her family after she graduates. This is one of the traits I like from her. She is a practical person and she knows how to manage her own money. I was even surprised when I got to hear her talking about owning some corporate stocks! Either way, I just can’t see her family’s disposition as the sole reason why she is striving to be at the top.
I was contemplating on whether I should support her from keeping her old mask after meeting Arima, but I guess I was wrong, Yukino did knew at the very start that she was fooling herself — Why? Because she never really thought of having friends, not until Arima made her realize, which is why she really doesn’t know what to do when she encountered a problem regarding relationship with someone. You just can’t fake it.
Those who have watched the show knows that Yukino was finally able to get to know some real friends after she retired from being a “model”student of the school. She finally got rid of that bad habit of deceiving everyone. She was finally able to show her true facade to everyone. Nevertheless, she still didn’t abandon her aim to be at the top. If she could still achieve the top, and still get the attention of everybody, then wasn’t creating the former mask of herself just futile if it was just made to give her good impressions? Her true self, doesn’t actually care what other says about her — so what was it that really made her the push to project herself as a model student?
Yukino is such a schemer and with that brains of her, you’ll just end up falling straight under her trap. If she can easily manipulate others, then does she really need a “perfect” exterior as a facade? Whenever I try to think of it, it just seems to me as an icing over her egotistic nature.
Does Yukino really needs that model student mask in the very first place? I’d say no… because I think she can handle the rest and achieve being the highest without even stressing herself out by always being wary her mask might crack in front of other people… Then again, that will change the chain of events since it was thanks to her masked personality that she gets to meet Arima.
But wait, that makes the only function of the mask was for Arima to notice her… Oh well…
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