Tsurumi Rumi (鶴見 留美)'s light. (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabukome wa Machigatte Iru. Oregairu My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, as I Expected. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。 俺ガイル 果然我的青春戀愛喜劇搞錯了。ep 8)

Oregairu Analysis – Tsurumi Rumi’s Transformation!

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. saved her from bullying by her clique during Summer camp at Chiba village. However they didn’t expect she will transform in front of them! For some people, it is changing. For me and her, it is “Transformation”.

Rumi-chan is introducing herself to Hayato (Oregairu episode 7)

She is MC of this post.

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 she is very interesting girl in “Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy 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) series . You might wonder why I think like that?

Reasons why focus on her.

When I read LN v4 when Hachiman and co. are trying to solve Rumi’s problem. If you read this volume or watch anime ss1 ep8, you would see she decided to save all girls and runs 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 did that. Why did she save friends who have bullied her? How is she feeling before and when she saves her friends?

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Collecting Data

Before I start to analyze about the transformation of Rumi, I will collect the 2 events.

  1. Event during after splashing water.
  2. Event during Hachiman’s operation is happening in the forest.

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) came to Hachiman and Rumi. She hears Yui 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.

After Hachiman heard that and saw her crying, he decides to solve her problem so he said he hopes she will be fun in the test of courage.


I notice that Rumi’s words made Hachiman is upset with the world (people) around her who made her fall into the despair. But I think his anger came from his own direct experience in the past that was not different from Rumi’s situation. That’s why he decided to change the situation for revenge the society as the first priority, but I didn’t say he didn’t intent to help her, but what he did is to destroy bad people who made him recall bad memory.

Yukinoshita Haruno (雪ノ下 陽乃)'s word hides her true feeling. (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabukome wa Machigatte Iru. Oregairu My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, as I Expected. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。 俺ガイル 果然我的青春戀愛喜劇搞錯了。 anime ep 12)

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 didn’t feel well to do that, but it’s no other choices for him + his anger that drives him to sacrifice himself. 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)


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Event during Hachiman’s operation is happening in the forest.

We saw Hachiman, Yukino and Yui sit and watch Hayato and co. are talking with Rumi’s clique secretly, right? We will sit near them too.

  1. Tobe Kakeru (戸部 翔) and Miura Yumiko (三浦 優美子) (friends in Hayato’s clique) start to threaten Rumi’s clique.

    3rd delinquent, Hayama-dono

    After that, Hayato orders half of them can run but another half will stay here. He lets them choose who will stay.

  2. All girls choose a certain girl you know who. Rumi was forced to stay. Hachiman feel depressed by the scenes in front of them. Hachiman discuss to 2YY that if all girls are true friends, their group will not be crushed. However, he doesn’t expect that in this group.
  3. 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.
  4. Hayato sets time limit to hurry all girls up. They decided Yuka and force her to stay. Hachiman and Yui think the same 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.

    Yuka was sacrificed by her own friends. (Oregairu episode 8)

    Congratulations, you are chosen.

  5. 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.lens-pixabay
  6. Rumi uses her camera to make Hayato and co. blind and let all girls escapes together. Hachiman and others are surprised.

    Tsurumi Rumi's finishing move makes deliquescents blind. (Oregairu episode 8)

    To save you!

  7. Yui thinks they really are good friends but was rejected by Hachiman because they looked down on Rumi. He thinks she would be genuine because she intended to save people who have 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, Hachiman understood she gave 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.

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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 want to help.

However, when other people feel like that, we will feel more depressed. Depressed because we can’t solve problem by ourselves. Rumi is feeling like that. It’s like pride.

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.

However, with this perceptive and pride, she will use them to transform and find her own path later.

Transformation mode activate!

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The sudden changing of Rumi happened when Hayato and co. are threatening her clique. In LN v4, Hachiman picks Natsume Souseki’s quote to explain during explaining his plan. I think Watari-sensei intended to use Souseki’s quote to focus on Rumi too. I will explain in Rumi’s point of view.

We know Rumi gave up about her problem already but when she went to the forest with her clique, if I think she is smart girl, she will notice that Hachiman (who said the test of courage will be fun to her) might be the one who plans about this.

It will explain why kind high schoolers like Hayato and co. treat them so violently. Another thing is, when Tobe and Yumiko threaten them, they miss Rumi for some reason.

After Rumi was sacrificed, she sees all girls blame each other. They end up crying for this nightmare. She will notice her clique will be crushed soon. It means her bullying will end soon too. However, I am sure Rumi doesn’t like this. I notice when she shuts 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 enter the forest, the despair of all girls, all of these happens because she gave up.

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Hachiman and others try to solve her problem by themselves because she told 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 feel like that.

Another reason Rumi will change because she heard one of girls speak her idea to tell their teacher. If all girls did 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 pull others get involved anymore!!

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Finally, With pride and perceptive, Rumi suddenly change!! 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 doubt she wants to be hero or not because I think she tries to save all girls even if they are ill-willed people for other reasons.

Reasons why Rumi saves all girls

  • I think she pulls them and run away together so Hayato and co. can stop act 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.
  • If other girls want to tell this to teacher, she will stop them and they might listen to her because she saved them from nightmare earlier.

Firework time!

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And that’s the analysis about the rise of a little girl who started to grow by her own legs but by a heavy push of other people who wish well for her. I know Hachiman and co. didn’t expect Rumi will change but the reality they saved her is true.

I think Rumi is a girl who think it’s fine if the damage of problem limits to her only but if other people will get trouble because of her too, she can’t stand it and tries to upgrade herself better. How about you? What do think about her changing? Feel free to write your Comment.

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Even Tsurumi Rumi can become an angel. (Oregairu Zoku episode 10)

Rumi: Please share my transformation to everyone, and your comment may make me grow to be better girl.

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This is the first time Hachiman’s revenge destroyed the society he hates. But you can see him cast Meg@nte again during the school cultural festival. But if you want to know what he is feeling and thinking before he decided to do that…

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9 thoughts on “Oregairu Analysis – Tsurumi Rumi’s Transformation!

    • YahariBento says:

      thanks for your comment, @Mystesyuji. I didn’t expect about her too before, but when I realize her doing, I decided to provide a post for her, especially.

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  1. mashironz says:

    This is so detailed and worth reading. When I’ve read LN 4, I’ve felt that Rumi’s arc is missing something. I’ve felt that there is something missing, something that I don’t understand. Something that annoys me so much, that I jumped and read LN 5 right away after reading LN 4. Rumi’s arc is one of the best arc on Oregairu. And after months of being done on reading the light novels I’ve seen myself in Rumi. And grew to like her more than before. Now, I love her(it just made my heart more warm) because of what you analyzed! All I could say, is just. “Yeah, Sore Aru!(Preach it!)” :)

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    • YahariBento says:

      Thanks for sharing your feeling about Rumi, I want to know what people think about her too.

      Rumi’s arc is not period I am interested in the first place, so I kinda understand why you skip. In my brain, it’s like ?? after finish reading but still read next vol.

      However, I wonder many things in this arc. (such as “Y”) When I started to explore in LN & anime to analyze “Y” of Hayama, I found Hachiman’s quote is not just to explain “bad girls” during test of courage, but “Rumi’s changing so suddenly” as well.

      That’s why when I started to understand why Rumi saved her friends a bit, I started to think she’s another honorable character worth for me to want to write about her.

      I’m glad you like this interesting character, Rumi Rumi! and thanks again for your praising in my work. I don’t know we will see her in LN next vol but I hope Watari will write her role again. :3

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      • mashironz says:

        Well, I look forward on the next volume a lot. As far as I know Watari said that the series near to the ending and would hope that if LN 12 is the ending(Considering the time that he is taking to finish this and taking another novel in speakeasy). I want some revisits to other characters to end the story well. Especially Rumi, Saika, Zaimokuza, Ebina and Meguri(I really love Meguri that’s why). And this may seem redundant but , thanks for the hard work. I will be looking forward to your analysis! :)

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  2. MokouAoshi says:

    Hey !
    This is a great analysis, thank you !
    Actually, I think Rumi’s arc is one of the most important arc in Oregairu. I see it as a turning point, or a trigger.
    Firstly, this Hachiman’s first “social suicide”, as he takes the role of the bad man, and all. This is the first time we see him using this kind of methods.
    But most importantly, I think Rumi and Hachiman are really similar. They are both loners, but there’s more than that. Just like Hachiman, Rumi doesn’t want to be pitied, and prefer not to rely on others. That’s what Hachiman calls “loner’s pride”. They don’t want to be looked down by others (and that’s also why I don’t think Hachiman pitied Rumi, he genuinely wanted to do something because she was suffering). But also because they don’t want to be involved in others’ lifes, and thus don’t want to hurt anyone (that’s important).
    At that moment, when Hayato & co. threatened the group, Rumi saw the other girls crying, and panicking. She didn’t like that, because just like Hachiman, she thinks that she is used to pain, so it shouldn’t be others that aren’t used to that kind of pain that must be hurt. Moreover, she maybe thought it was her fault, and I think she understood Hachiman’s plan. So, she “saved” the girl because she didn’t want them to be hurt, and especially not because of her.
    This action surprised Hachiman, who tried to rationalize this behaviour. But that was not that logical, but more based on Rumi’s feelings. And I think it’s important to note the fact that Hachiman said that Rumi is genuine. I think this is the first time he saw something”genuine” – Rumi’s feelings -, and that’s since then he is starting to yearn for something genuine himself. And that’s why, way after all of that, he tried to “protect” the club (student council elections), because this is thanks to this club he saw something that was close to his ideal of “genuine”.
    That’s why I think Rumi’s arc is really important, even though we don’t realize it at first.
    Anyway, I may be over thinking that haha, but I think every character has its importance in Oregairu. Wataru is a genius.

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    • YahariBento says:
      • I agree Rumi’s arc is an important turning point as well. For those trio and for Hayato.
      • For Hachiman, he was bullied in many different way by his elementary friends. He collected some heavy darkness. And when he realized Rumi gave up from this cruel world, he saw himself gave up because he, in the past, can’t change the bitter environment back then. That’s why he has fiery motivation to save her. But not for her sake or because he’s gentle, he did for revenging this cruel world.
      • For Yukino, she too, has dark past during elementary period because of people around her bullied her. So she can understand Rumi’s situation very well and wanted to do something.
      • For Yuigahama, she would face the similar situation so she too, know Rumi is suffering. I suspect that in the past, Yuigahama want to talk with her classmate who was bullied but she can’t do.
      • For Hayato, he would be like Yuigahama. He would realize Yukino is bullied by people around her during elementary period but something made him can’t save her.

      Hachiman and Yukino are direct victims. Yuigahama and Hayato are indirect victims. Loners will be targets. Nice people will watch only. However, all of them can’t do anything to change this cruel world. Loners will admit their defeat. Nice people can’t stop the situation because they don’t want to be victims, if they went against bad people, people might change target to them instead. That’s not what they want so they ended up didn’t do anything. That’s nice people ending.

      No one want to be victim.

      That’s why we saw Yukino, Hayato, Yuigahama are suffer just watched Rumi’s situation. It’s like they watch their own past again. And I include Hachiman too. They can’t do anything about their own americano past. So that’s why they think the same they can do something for Rumi, but that’s not because they are good people, they want to help because they want to see better ending and use that to heal their own pain a bit. And this time, their fear are not much like in the past, they are not involved in Rumi’s situation in a single bit, because they are not kids in the same environment like Rumi’s.

      • About genuine topic, I think Hachiman said Rumi might has something genuine but I suspect he doesn’t understand why Rumi saved her clique. He and 2YY would think Rumi has good heart. Yuigahama is sure Rumi will be good friend with those bad girls. When we see someone save bad people who bullied him/herself before, we would think this person is good people, kind heart. But we judge like that because we see only outer appearance. We didn’t know the reasons s/he decided to save those people. That’s why I suspect Hachiman and 2YY ended up judge Rumi as “genuine”. But in LN v4, Watari want to present us with Natsumi’s quote.

      Under normal conditions, everybody is more or less good, or, at least, ordinary. But tempt them, and they may suddenly change.

      So that’s why I think Rumi is more or less good but she is ordinary who has her own pride. Hachiman thought this is genuine because this is the first time he saw different ending. He can’t understand why she did that so that’s his assumption. But I remember in LN, he is not sure what Rumi did is genuine 100% either (that’s why Yuigahama bark is angry to him again because he can’t give her solid answer).

      I too, agree Rumi’s arc is very important in Oregairu. We can’t realize its importance when read/watch just few times. And I don’t think you are over thinking about this at all (if you are, I am too ;) ). Watari is genius and focused in every single detail.

      And firework ending during summer camp told me this time is Mocha ending. Sweetness and bitterness are mixed in this ending. They can’t do anything about the past, but they use Rumi’s case to heal their own pain but the result made Rumi grew and becomes better person a bit. It’s like Rumi is the one who heal their pain, not perfectly but surely.

      For Hachiman’s case, after his plan finished, he is worried a bit alone because he is the director and used Rumi for his own revenge to this cruel world. I’m glad when Watari wrote Hiratsuka sensei’role to tell Hachiman’s plan is not good. I like when author never fail to write even something very small but important.

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  3. Arria Cross says:

    Oh wow. Another in-depth character analysis. I haven’t watched this series yet, nor read the light novel, so I can’t really comment much about Tsurumi. But well done. And of course, thank you very much for submitting this to my blog carnival. Keep up the great work. Cheers!

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