Title: Art Analysis ~Souji’s Adoration for Chizuru’s Hair~
Given these cg’s, it’s quite notable that one of Souji’s favorite (physical) traits about Chizuru is her hair.
He just can’t resist the urge to run his fingers through it, and the act does suit his personality. Knowing that a relationship with him would be fun and playful as it is sweat and romantic, the action of combing her hair with his fingers fits this description. He can twirl strands of her hair to be flirty and teasing. He’s also often putting things in her hair (flowers and flower crowns) to make whatever the occasion fun and exciting for the both of them.
And even when he’s not being teasing, he combs Chizuru’s hair affectionately whenever she’s sad or uncertain about an event or their future together (as we all know is -unfortunately- short-lived).
After an exhausting trail through the sunlight, Souji obviously notices that Chizuru is having a difficult time adjusting as a fury. So he convinces her to sleep with him (don’t think too hard on that) while combing her hair again. It assures her to relax and finally fall asleep.
When her father and brother die, Souji soothes her by repeatedly combing her hair and holding her in his embrace, all while telling her it’s okay to cry, that he’s there for her no matter what emotional phase she’s going through.
The last cg (demon of the fleeting blossom) repeats the same action of Souji stroking her hair while assuring Chizuru that he’ll continue loving her and that his heart is hers forever. It’s a sign that calms his partner, reminding her that the future will be okay.
And again, the epilogue to Reimeiroku in Souji’s route has a similar scene when they’re both laying bed. Both are discussing subjects about the dramatic and horrible past they’ve been through together, and this causes Chizuru to worry about the remaining time she has with Souji. But knowing how to soothe her, Souji runs his fingers through her silky hair and earnestly promises to be with her forever and continue loving her even after he’s gone.
Now you get the picture (pun fully intended)? Combing through Chizuru’s hair is an affectionate way of Souji demonstrating his playfulness and a method he uses constantly to settle her nerves and anxiety.
…Or I’m just going to gawk at my baby all day.
Okita is reading stuff about horoscopes and makes up shit along the way, "Beware of the siscon yandere stalker."
lmao he went there
Souji is officially the BEST when it comes to insults
A sick/coughing Saito, is a cute Saito :)
Title: Quickies (sorry)~Purrrrrfect Foreshadowing and Symbolism~(Note #1: I know. I’m corny)(Note #2: This short analysis is based on Stories of the Shinsengumi, but it relates to themes and topics seen in Demon of the Fleeting Blossom and Reimeiroku)Holy cute-ass shit! Okay, just to clear things up first, Souji isn’t cat-lover-#1 (
it should be Kondou-fanboy-#1). Very much like me, Souji likes the nice cats that are calm/cute/cuddly/etc. But his/my tolerance for misbehaving cats gets pretty low.
HOWEVER, I think -more like believe- his fondness of cats grows with Chizuru.
When Souji tries to pick up the bad kitty that was running around/ruining things at headquarters, he doesn’t pick it up gently -
he almost rips the cat’s skin off jk-(this wasn’t out of malice, since he was just trying to catch the kitty for everyone’s good, plus he didn’t notice he was hurting the poor animal). And quick to notice the animal in distress, Chizuru snatches it from Souji and scolds him for not treating it more gently (lol the difference between him and me is that I can actually hold a cat -not that cats like being held anyway).
And the innocent kid that Souji is, he feels incredibly sorry. He starts apologizing, saying he didn’t mean harm, and even explaining that he’s not a cold killer. I say “innocent” because though he may not be pure hearted, HIS HEART IS ALWAYS IN THE RIGHT PLACE (I screamed when I saw that written in Chizuru’s narration because I say it all the time). I’ve said it so many times, and I’ll keep saying it (his heart is always in the right place, his heart is always in the right place, his heart is always in the right place, his heart is always in the right place…okay I’m done…for now).
But with Chizuru’s help, Souji is willing to correct his methods and do what’s right. So holding a cat correctly (though not as complex) is “foreshadowing” Chizuru’s impact on Souji whenever he loses sight of his humanity or does something not entirely right (like going on a rampage and killing frenzy toward the bitches that shot Kondou).
He eventually learns to control his emotions, see that he’s worth more than just a sword, and accept himself and others for whom they truly are (and this is not including what his tuberculosis does to him). But guess who guides him back toward the right path???? That’s right, the QUEEN, Chizuru (
so don’t talk to me if you think she’s useless).
And back to cats, I LOVE how after hearing Chizuru’s lecture about kitties Souji becomes EXTREMELY careful with them. So lesson learned, he can -
get Chizuru turned on- now hold a cat gingerly ~with his “large hands”, c’mon, admit Chizuru, you were checking him out… not that I mind;) ~
Sidetrack: If Souji got nervous about holding a cat, imagine what it’s like if he and Chizuru ever had a baby…OMG I’M TORTURING MYSELF WITH MORE CUTENESS!!!!(Back on topic) The cat also symbolizes human fragility and significance. We know it’s a symbol because Souji is actually the one a making the distinction by comparing cats to humans.As we know, Souji is more than happy to cut down anyone who stands in his way for Kondou’s sake. In Reimeiroku, Kondou lectures that those who kill without any respect for human life are monsters. Souji thinks he’s just that, but of course pretends to accept Kondou’s words -meaning he doesn’t grasp the full lesson from the papa because he’s self-conscious, and he only thinks he’s valuable as a weapon. So in a sense, Souji would’ve most likely harmed the cat -which symbolizes Souji not knowing the value of human life and remaining undeveloped by lying to please his childhood idol-. But Chizuru was there to demonstrate the delicacy of the cat/human life, and the results of Souji’s growth are fast as we see that instead of hurting the cat, he actually cares for it. Again with the foreshadowing, it’s a stepping stone for him to become a better man.This symbolism may be hard to pick up at first because Souji states that he knows that humans are fragile; however, he really means that humans are easy to kill/hurt. That doesn’t mean he understands a life’s worth. But once again, Chizuru provides that stepping stone for him to start respecting life.Tell me your thoughts on this
shortanalysis and have a purrrfect day ;)
…A movie or anime series dedicated to Souji and Chizuru.
…or good fanfiction
…or more english translated doujinshi
…*sobs because I’m not getting these/ it’s depressing doing nothing but sit in bed without my babies*
btw, where the hell is everyone today? At night tumblr gets more active, but I’m pretty much alone here during the day :( (I’m sorry I’m sooo depressed right now)
Anonymous said: Your analyses are so good and I look up to you majorly. I want to make a Hakuouki oc but don’t know where to start. Could you please give me your insight on this matter?
Oh goodness, you flatter me way too much! I’m just a fangirl who overthinks things way too much.
I don’t usually make main character OCs, but I’ve seen enough good/dreadful ones to have some insight…
Well, this is pretty much your own drawing board. You can basically create any OC the way you want, but Hakuouki OCs have their rules and guidelines.
If your OC is a woman, DO NOT put modern standards on her. This is 1860’s we’re talking about here, so gender roles are extremely different to how they are now. Women weren’t as active as men. A lot of people disregard this, so more often than not you’ll see someone -idiotically- comparing Chizuru to some other anime (modern) female that does kick ass. Chizuru deserves a lot more credit because she’s perhaps the most active a woman can be during the Edo period. So don’t be afraid if your OC can’t wield a sword or anything like that because it’s totally acceptable in the Hakuoki world.
Don’t go for cliches. I swear, almost all of the fanfics about Hakuouki with an OC have the woman automatically a captain or member of the Shinsengumi. Be original, like making your OC a maiko, or daughter of a merchant, etc…
Don’t make your OC “perfect”. We’re human for a reason. We all have our strengths and weaknesses. The goal with creating any character isn’t to be likable; it’s to be interesting. So please, don’t give your OC too many talents like: she can sing, animals love her, all guys love her, she’s god’s gift to the world, she can draw, yadayada. And with physical traits, you don’t have to look like a celebrity to be beautiful. Chizuru describes herself as being plain, but she’s still cute. As a girl myself, we tend to criticize ourselves more harshly than how others would view us. So maybe there could be several characteristics that your OC doesn’t like about herself. Another tip: acknowledge your weaknesses and work to improve them (that’s called character development).
Romance. It’s a natural part in our lives, so it’s completely fine to romance with another character. HOW you romance is important. Hakuouki is not “The Notebook”. Love with ALL of the men is not fast and easy. It takes time, and unfortunately a relationship has its downs as well.
For example, it’s practically impossible for Kazama to fall in love with a human because he’s more concerned about preserving the pureblood lineage (in this case your OC should be a demon in order for him to even start looking at your OC).
EX #2: Souji will always put Kondou first. This guy has no interest whatsoever in romance if it gets in the way of him being a sword to Kondou. Not only that; Souji may be playful, but his emotional armor is thick. Getting him to open up about himself is almost impossible. In order to hear him out about his deepest thoughts and emotions, one must accept him “as is” and be supportive (but that doesn’t mean baby him because this kid needs to grow up in order to become a better man).
Inspiring quote: "I think there is no such thing as an ideal girl or guy. The most important thing is to find someone who can accept and love you with your flaws and vice versa. People like that are a rare breed." (sawyer7mage)
Also, love isn’t all about the physical. Kissing, touching, and having sex are all benefits one can have in a relationship; however, those alone shouldn’t be the focus. Sometimes the greatest acts of love are as simple as saying “thank you”.
Demon or Human? Of course, if your OC is human, then there’s really not much I can say. However, if you plan to make your OC a demon, you have to get crafty. Demons are uncommon, making females rare (I think it’s a 1/5 chance). So if you create a female demon, you must add more males. Also, demons must have legitimate excuses for anything that involves humans. So if you plan to meet the Shinsengumi, explain what sort business a demon would have with them. Otherwise, demons don’t like being involved in human affairs.
History. I can safely say that I’m no expert with Japanese history. But since Hakuouki is based off of historical events, you should probably involve your OC with this information. Of course, that doesn’t mean write a history book, but at least mention it briefly. And if you need to look things up, google is a great place to start.
That’s pretty much all I got right now. I hope this helps, and have a wonderful day!
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