Even a little girl can transform! Tsurumi Rumi (鶴見 留美), an elementary school girl who Hikigaya Hachiman (比企谷 八幡) and co. save her from bullying by her clique during Summer camp at Chiba village. However they don’t expect she transforms in front of them! For some people, it is changing. For me, it is “Transformation”.
Actually, this is Oregairu analysis focused on a certain girl, but I included how a certain character will transform too. For how Yukino will transform and the reasons why she will change, I wrote in after Rumi’s phrase. So you can find it so easily by Ctrl+F and keyword [New].
I strongly recommend you to read LN v4-11 before proceed.
- Please read Attention page first, to let you understand that my all analysis are not 100% right.
- Spoilers up ahead.
- I recommend you to read/watch Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. (やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。), Oregairu (俺ガイル) LN, manga Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabu Kome wa Machigatteiru. -Monologue- (やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。-妄言録-) before proceed.
To tell you the truth, I didn’t expect myself to write a post about her before. However, after I read LN v4 again & again, I found out that her actions and her thought are very interesting. You might wonder why I think like that?
Reasons why I Wrote About Rumi.
When I read LN v4 when Hachiman and co. are trying to solve Rumi’s problem. If you read this v4 or watch anime ss1 ep8, you would see she decides to save all girls and they run away from Hayama Hayato (葉山 隼人) and co. during the test of courage in the forest.
I am interested to find out why she do something like this. Why does she save friends who always bully her? How is she feeling before and when she uses her digital camera?
Before I start to analyze about the transformation of Rumi, let me explain two events first.
- Event during after splashing water.
- Event during Hayato’s clique pressures Rumi’s clique.
1) Event during after splashing water.
After finish from splashing water, Yukinoshita Yukino (雪ノ下 雪乃) and Yuigahama Yui (由比ヶ浜 結衣) come to Hachiman and Rumi. She hears Yuigahama is concerned about her so she says she doesn’t want anyone thinks she is pathetic. However she says to all of them she gave up.
When Hachiman hears that and sees her crying, he decides to solve her problem so he tells her that he hopes she will be fun in the test of courage.
I notice that Rumi’s words make Hachiman is upset with the world (people) around her who forces her fall into the despair. But I think his anger comes from his own direct experience in the past that is not different from Rumi’s situation. That’s why he decides to change the situation for revenge the society as the first priority, but I didn’t say he doesn’t intend to help her, but what he do is to destroy bad people who make him recall his own bad memories.
This is the first time for Hachiman’s revenge. You can see him destroy the society/bad people again during the school cultural festival many times. I notice that he doesn’t feel well to do that, but his anger drives him to sacrifice himself and destroy bad people in return. If you want to read his thoughts and feelings that time, you can explore at Oregairu Analysis – “After” Yukinoshita Haruno Decides to Help Yukino. (The Last Part)
2) Event during Hayato’s Clique pressures Rumi’s Clique.
We see Hachiman, Yukino and Yui are observing Hayato and co. are talking with Rumi’s clique, right? We will sit near them too.
- Tobe Kakeru (戸部 翔) and Miura Yumiko (三浦 優美子) (friends in Hayato’s clique) start to threaten Rumi’s clique.
After that, Hayato orders Rumi and co. that half of them can run but another half will stay here. He lets them choose who will stay.
- All girls choose a certain girl you know who. Rumi is forced to stay. Hachiman feels depressed by the scenes in front of them. Hachiman discusses to 2YY that if all girls are true friends, their group would not be crushed. However, he doesn’t expect that in this group.
- Hayato forces all girls to choose two more. They vote a girl named Yuka to be next one. Yuka protects herself by charging Hitomi, Hitomi does the same to Mori, Mori charges both of them. 4th girl, Yokko, cries.
- Hayato sets time limit to hurry them up. They decide Yuka and force her to stay. Hachiman and Yui think the same that it’s no choice. He thinks no one can’t overturn everyone’s vote even if it is against your feelings. So he despises it.
- Countdown remains 10 seconds. Rumi closes her eyes, she holds her digital camera tightly as if it’s a protective charm. As if she is praying.
- Rumi uses her camera to make Hayato and co. blind and let all girls escapes together. Hachiman and others are surprised.
- Yuigahama thinks they really are good friends but her optimistic opinion is rejected by Hachiman because those girls look down on Rumi. He thinks she would be genuine because she intends to save people who looked down on her. However he’s not sure yet and gives Natsume Souseki’s quote. He can’t tell if someone is genuine or not, it likes “In a Grove” by Akutagawa Ryuunosuke. Yukino starts to sigh, Yui is confused. So he decides to read up on Souseki properly.
The rise of Tsurumi Rumi
This section I will analyze the transformation of Rumi by picking 2 events above.
Before her rising
Rumi thinks she can’t do anything and gives up. Before the test of courage starts, her condition is more worse, and Hachiman realizes that she gives up already, to herself and people around her. She doesn’t know what to do and no one tells her what to do. It’s like she’s lost by ill-willed people.
I notice when Yui is concerned about Rumi, she feels like she is pathetic and doesn’t want anyone thinks she is. It’s normal when we is in bad condition (eg. sick/fail/bankrupt/etc.) and if good or kind people know about this, they will be concerning or feel sorry for her. However, when other people feel like that to Rumi, she would feel more depressed, because she interprets that they feel pity for her.
And the last thing is, I think she can be perceptive. (like Hachiman and Yukino) I notice she thinks and wonders many things almost time, especially about herself her surroundings.
However, with this perceptive and pride, she will use them to transform and find her own path later.
Transformation mode activate!
The awareness of Rumi happens when Hayato and co. are threatening her clique and she watches the result. In LN v4, Hachiman picks Natsume Souseki’s quote to explain during explaining his plan. I think Watari-sensei intends to use Souseki’s quote to focus on Rumi too.
We know that Rumi gave up about her problem already but when she goes to the forest with her clique, if I think she is smart girl and if she still remembers what he tells her, she would be aware that Hachiman (who said the test of courage will be fun to her) might be the one who plans about this.
It explains why kind high schoolers like Hayato and co. treat them so violently. Another thing is, when Tobe and Yumiko are threatening them, they miss Rumi for some reason.
After Rumi is sacrificed, she sees all girls blame each other. They end up crying for this nightmare. She would notice that Hachiman and co. are helping her from this bullying by pressuring her friends. However, I am sure Rumi doesn’t like this. I notice when she closes her eyes and be quiet.
Maybe she realizes all of these happens because of her. The sudden change of kind high schoolers, her clique is the last group that enters the forest, the despair of all girls, all of these happens because she gives up, because she is pathetic.
Hachiman and others try to solve her problem by themselves because she tells them she doesn’t want them to see her as a pathetic one but her tears betray her back then. She knows they are concerning to her but her pride can’t accept they feeling like that.
Another reason Rumi changes because she hears one of girls speak her idea to tell their teacher. If all girls do that, Hachiman and others will get big trouble! And if that happens, it will be her fault as well. She will never forgive herself to let
Finally, With pride and perceptive, Rumi suddenly changes!! As Natsume Souseki’s quote Hachiman said eariler:
Under normal conditions, everybody is more or less good, or, at least, ordinary. But tempt them, and they may suddenly change.
With the pressure in her own thought, she transforms like she is new Rumi. Before, she accepted her own fate and gave up. But right now, she decides to act like the hero who saves her friend by using her camera.
It’s not easy to do something you never do but she can. However, I don’t think she wants to be hero or something, or she cares for her friends like Yuigahama thinks (they are good kids). Yuigahama interprets Rumi’s actions only, so she understands that she wants to save her friends. Her thought is the same as most people like doing, judge Rumi by her actions. Maybe she is right, but I consider the truths that Rumi is aware many things before gather courage to change the situation…
- [Hachiman’s intention]
- [why high schoolers threaten her friends]
- [her own weakness]
- the bad end in the future [what will happen if her friends complain about this to their teachers].
Reasons why Rumi saves all girls
- I think she pulls them and runs away together so Hayato and co. can stop acting like delinquents to solve her problem. With her pride, she wants to show them she will not be weak forever. She decides to be stronger so they will not force themselves to save her anymore.
- If other girls decide to complain about this to teacher, Hachiman and co. who try to help her would get big trouble. To prevent that, she saves her bad friends.
And that’s the analysis about the rise of a little girl who is aware good will of others and improves herself so she will not let them get more trouble and realizes that she can overcome her own despair. I know Hachiman and co. don’t expect that Rumi will change but the reality they save her is true.
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Rumi’s transformation should end at this point, but after LN v12 descended from heaven, I notice something that is relate to how Yukino CAN solve her problems.
How to make Yukino can solve her problems. [New]
After LN v11, now Yukino realizes that she can’t rely on Hachiman to deal her problem (her mother) because he is the owe who announces (with Yuigahama’s help) that Yukino should solve her own problem. And as info from v12, she tells her clubmates about how she will solve her problem. However, I think he who noticed her condition (from LN v5-6), and how he finds her, I assume that he would realize already that she can’t solve her own problem. The cause of this case is not because she doesn’t know how to solve it (because she is the one who tells her clubmates how to solve it), but it’s because her own fear. The fear that occurs for a long time since she was a kid. I don’t think she can confront her mother by herself. Because her fear doesn’t allow her to do it.
And when Yukino tells her clubmates that she will prove that it’s not dependency, I think it’s …weird to me.
Are there how to prove it is not dependency?
But when she tells them and assist the prom alone, I don’t understand how she works alone will prove this is not dependency, because she doesn’t ask Hachiman to help? But working together in big event is reasonable. So I am curious Yukino’s intention. No matter it’s dependency or love, it’s her own feeling, so I don’t understand there is how to prove it via action.
I suspect her intention more than usual when Hiratsuka Shizuka (平塚 静) tells Yuigahama and tells Hachiman later that the prom is cancelled by Yukino’s mother. Also Yukino doesn’t tell this news to her clubmates. And when she insists that she doesn’t need Hachiman’s help or else how can she prove it’s not dependency. Her actions in LN v12 tells me that she can’t solve her own problem (and I don’t mean about dependency or love anymore but her own problem relate to her family) by herself. Hachiman who notices this, tries to meet her but he doesn’t know how to help her (as he promised). Because he knows that he must not be his big brother.
To this point, if I need to conclude, what Hachiman lacks is how to support/help Yukino. And what Yukino lacks is how to win her own fear and guilty.
So if you are wondering why I write this topic in Rumi’s transformation post, I will say that her case might lie the answers of how Hachiman will help Yukino and how to win fear and guilty of Yukino.
If you look back at this post about how and reasons why Rumi transforms herself and ends up saving her bad friends and Hachiman’s group will not suffer punishment if their actions reach adult’s ears. I analyzed how this girl can be aware good will of other people who want to help her and her own weakness. At this point, I started to think that WW designed Rumi and Yukino are so similar (both outer appearances and how their feeling are similar). I don’t think this is coincidence at all.
Rumi and Yukino are the same when we focus on how they can’t solve their problems by themselves and they are not aware. In case of Rumi, with help from Hachiman’s group, she can be aware her own weakness and how the bad end will happen to people who save her although they can save her from her bad friends. So after she realizes everything and overcomes her own despair, what she did after that is how she deals her own problem from Hayama’s cligue and do everything to prevent any trouble that might happen to Hachiman’s group.
So if we return to Hachiman in LN v12 again, he doesn’t know how to help Yukino as he promised while he must not play like he is her big brother like before. So I am not sure how he can help or support her, so it’s reasonable if I suspect that he will find out the answer from
His own experience.
If he realizes that Yukino can’t solve her own problem by herself, and he doesn’t see how he can convince her to do that anymore, because he told her already in LN v11. So I think WW will make him decide to play the role he needs to do. If you wonder which role he will play to push her forward, I am not sure either but I think the role Hayama’s clique play to pressure Rumi’s friends might give us similar answer.
If Hachiman needs to play a role to confront Yukino’s mother, like when Hayama’s clique confronts Rumi’s clique, he wouldn’t be the bad delinquents, but a friend who will get punishment from her mother. If you imagine when Hachiman confronts Yukino’s mother, you would know how this mother can do if anyone is in her way (look back how Hiratsuka-sensei is going to be transformed to other school because she is in her way). If he is the next one, I am not sure what her mother will do to his life, but it’s not good news for sure.
So if he sacrifices himself to keep his promise (help Yukino), if Yukino is still the same, he will taste the dark s**ior from her mother for sure. What will happen if she realizes his good will to help her? What will happen if she realizes what her mother will do to his life? What will happen if she realizes her own weakness? And what will happen if she can overcome her own fear and guilty because the good will of her friend?
Since LN v12, Yuigahama is still sad and separates from Hachiman and Yukino, I almost forget that her role is important. So I think the one who will help Yukino advance to face her own problem, should be her too. Imagine how Hachiman (and Yuigahama) help each other to help Yukino confront her problem/mother? I am not sure again that Yuigahama will sacrifice herself to confront Yukino’s mother or not, but I think she will be involved in this case.
With help from Yukino’s clubmates, I think this is how Yukino is aware everything and overcomes her own feelings that leads to her determination to face the one she is scared all times.
But please don’t forget Haruno too. In LN v12 again, after she listened to Yukino’s decision to talk with their mother, she says she will do the same too. So I think that she will see when Hachiman (and Yuigahama) make Yukino advance for sure. I am not sure that his effort will help Haruno confront her mother too or not,
- Yukinoshita sisters will transform like Rumi to confront their mother.
- or Yukino will change alone, and there are two turning points relate to her big sister and Hayama (why their relationship (Yukinoshita sisters and Hayama) is broken and that everlasting relationship) but Haruno will get benefit from Yukino’s action and can talk with her mother about what she wants (she wants to do whatever she wants = freedom) later too.
But if Haruno intends to talk with her mother but until now she can’t do that (the same reason as Yukino’s), I think she will do it in the future for sure. I think Haruno’s fear toward her mother is what WW presents all times, so I hope he will write how she can meet the genuine properly.
So it’s possible that effort of Hachiman and Yuigahama will help Yukinoshita sisters awake from their own despair so Yukinoshita women will be close again, the trio will reach the genuine relationship called true friends, and Hachiman will meet the one who will love him after they went through hardship.
That’s how I analyze how Hachiman and Yuigahama will support Yukino and how Yukino can solve her problems. Maybe I hope too much because LN v13-14 and we will reach the ending, so I don’t see how WW can conclude everything in just two books either, but I still hope he will write the conclusion of Oregairu properly too.