Horimiya – Is Hori a Bitch?

No Hori is not a bitch, she is a great character. 

Every time the internet gets mad about something by the time I get to it, it’s usually over something pretty stupid. Yes I rushed 10 episodes in a binge watch session just to see what all the hype was about. The internet just wasted my time. That being said I really do like the show. It’s fun, it’s cute, it’s about people changing for the better and growing up. There is a lot of positive to be said about the show in general. 

What I like about the show is that it transforms the characters around the main relationship that is the title’s namesake Hori-san and Miyamura-kun. It’s very down to earth in  terms of a concept, everyone is in high school and the characters there are ripe for love. It’s a healthy look at what normal relationships could look like in a fictional setting. 

If anything the show is very vanilla. There are no crazy tragedies (yet), just two high school students getting into a relationship. There are no incidents that are too far-fetched to believe. Miyamura just kept coming back to the house and Hori cooked for him. Because the parents are both away for work there is room for a relationship to develop. Everything about this show seems like it’s something that could happen anywhere in Japan. 

It’s Japanese culture and the healthy side of finding a relationship. There is nothing being forced. The chemistry is all natural. Sure the characters at times fight over their crushes but that is normal  behavior for the most part. Jealousy goes for both boys and girls in the show. There is nothing really out of place. In fact if I were to be critical of the show I would say I want more fantasy elements, but that is coming from an isekai fanboy perspective. It’s actually not relevant to what Horimiya is. 

Why is everyone mad at the Horimiya controversy? 

My guess is that Western sensibilities got incensed because Hori told Miyamura that he can’t be with another guy. It’s a throw away line in the show, meant to be humorous as Hori is very protective of her boyfriend Miyamura. She doesn’t want to give him up to anyone else. And that is a completely normal reaction if you really loved the other person. Relationships in general are exclusive. 

Should you be mad that a potential bisexual-ship got denied by Hori? No, because at the end of the day anything could happen and Hori can’t actually stop Miyamura from pursuing one of his male companionships if they took a romantic direction. It’s well within her prerogative if she doesn’t want him to leave the relationship. It’s ok if she didn’t want to lose him to another person, and right now Miyamura’s close male relationships are the only ones he is strengthening outside of his relationship with Hori. 

If you think that Horimiya is promoting an anti-bisexual stance you have a fundamental misunderstanding of the situation that is at play. It’s ok that the show uses this as a joke. It’s ok if you don’t like the joke and it upsets you. Different cultures have different stances over LGBT issues. If you want to grandstand over a throw-away joke line, be my guest. It’s still a dumb issue to be caught up over. Let the moment be and move on. There is clearly not anti-bisexual bias at play. 

It’s fine if you want to be an advocate of something, but being an advocate of a certain cause is not going to end a show. If you think that the anime studios are going out of business because of it you are wrong.  You will all forget this moment and this joke by this time next week. 

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2 thoughts on “Horimiya – Is Hori a Bitch?

  1. Glad to see you watched Horimiya like I suggested. I like how there’s actual relationship development in it and that misunderstandings are cleared up very quickly instead of resulting in multiple episodes worth of drama. I know some manga readers are unhappy with the pacing since a lot of stuff from the manga has been cut, but as an anime-only, I am enjoying it for the most part.

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    1. It’s hard to know what I am missing if I haven’t read the manga. It’s been a fun ride for what it is. It makes sense that there is some things missing, as it seems some characters get introduced and then not used. But I don’t mind the anime as is. I am confident manga is usually better than most anime for the most part.

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