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 the change, “The 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 v4-12 before proceed.
4 April 2019: I added “Related Topics” in this post. It is about what Rumi might not know. You can click Ctrl+F and find this keyword 1. The truth Rumi may not know.
- Please read Attention page first, to let you understand that my all analyses 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-)
- Fate/Apocrypha (フェイト/アポクリファ)
- before proceed. This is really important because the detail below is so sensitive.
Begin with Rumi Rumi first.
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 does something like that. 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 the transformation of Rumi, let me explain two events first.
- The event after splashing water.
- The event during Hayato’s clique pressures Rumi’s clique.
1) The event 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 didn’t want anyone thinks she is pathetic. However, she said 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 to fall into 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 does 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 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) The 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 ordered 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 the 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 escape 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 is like “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. Interpreting her intention is difficult and I have no solid evidence to prove my assumption. But I believe she did a good thing because it is necessary to do. Save everyone (not her friends only but Hachiman’s group too) is what she needs to do. But the question, if she wants to save her friends truly, is an interesting question but another question is what she was thinking before saves everyone is the challenge. I think interpreting her thoughts step by step might be a good idea.
Before her rising
Rumi thought she can’t do anything and gives up. Before the test of courage starts, her condition is worse, and Hachiman realized that she gave up already, to herself and people around her. She didn’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 was concerned about Rumi, the little girl felt like she was pathetic and didn’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 felt like that to Rumi, she would feel more depressed, because she interpreted that they feel pity for her.
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 would happen while 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 a 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) would be the one who plans this.
After Rumi was sacrificed, she watches other girls blame each other. They end up crying for this nightmare. She would connect things and find the truth that Hachiman and co. are helping her from this bullying by pressuring her friends. However, I notice she closes her eyes and be quiet for some reason.
Maybe she realizes all of these happens because of her. Because she gave up, because she was pathetic. Hachiman and others try to solve her problem by themselves because they want to help her. I think she would feel good when she realized they intend to save her but at the same time, bullying her friends will cause them huge trouble (if this event is known by teachers/parents). That’s why I think Rumi’s happiness and worry toward their help and that unpleasant future are the factors that make her save people she doesn’t like.
The hint that is the sign that Rumi would be worried like that because she hears one of the girls speak her idea to tell their teacher. If her friends do that, Hachiman and others will get big trouble! And if that happens, it is normal for Rumi to think it is her fault.
Finally, With her good will toward people who save her and the necessity to prevent no laughing matter, you can see how Rumi saves everyone. Personally, I never believe she is a good person who saves everyone truly but saving her friends is necessary to do in order to save people who saved her. Saving people who we hate is not easy to do because this action goes against our negative emotions but if we have the powerful motivation, we can do things that go against our will. As Natsume Souseki’s quote Hachiman said earlier.
Under normal conditions, everybody is more or less good, or, at least, ordinary. But tempt them, and they may suddenly change.
With the pressure toward the situation in front of her, 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. What I want to present is… although I titled this post, The Transformation, I don’t think there is something super powerful in her mind that drives her to do that. It is not heroic power but what I don’t present yet is her attitude changes. This change is the most important thing behind her development that is difficult to notice because it is the abstract, not like her action that is easier to see.
Personally, I don’t think she wants to be a 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 to do, judge Rumi by her actions. Maybe she is right, but I consider the truths that Rumi is aware of many things before gathering the courage to change the situation…
So it means that helping her friends is just a fake thing. Her action connects with Hachiman’s word that
“even if we know this is fake thing (save her bad friends), if we still want to help people (Hachiman’s group), it can be called the genuine.”
I think she pulls them and runs away together so Hayato and co. can stop acting like delinquents to solve her problem. Other assumptions that she doesn’t want to be this weak or she wants to show them she will not be weak like she was are things I can’t prove if they are true. However, what I can tell you that she decides to change things so they will not force themselves to save her anymore.
And that’s the analysis about the rise of a little girl who is aware of goodwill 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. This is how Rumi does the fake thing to save people, that we might consider that is genuine.
Rumi’s transformation should end at this point, but after LN v12 descended from heaven, I …feel that WW creates Rumi’s incident to describe what will happen to Hachiman (and even Yuigahama) and the one who is like Rumi, Yukino. It is as if WW tries to explain what Hachiman/Yukino will do to the other in the finale, do the fake thing in order to save the others.
In LN v13, Hachiman shows us how he does a fake thing to support Yukino’s work that is arranging prom by creating a fake plan that this is “almost” doing the fake thing to help people. The one thing that is so different between Rumi’s case and his case in v13 is their desires. If we know his desire or intention he tries to hide it, we can understand that he does all of those in v13 for the genuine thing or something different. At least I can tell you that we should not believe his words. Why? Because he adjusts his thoughts in LN so it is difficult for us to see his truth. Most people are gentle to themselves but cruel to others. Hachiman in ss1 was strict to himself but his attitude changed in ss2-v13. I admit that I suspected his intention toward helping Yukino.
So I tried to observe patiently. For this case, we can’t judge his true objective via his action, his plan and even the result that is Yukino makes the prom project to pass smoothly. So if you can endure his monologues and return to read LN v1 as WW suggested, the answer to this question is there (although I don’t know why he recommended us to read v1 for real). I believe you will see the truth that is his original happiness, and his main target that is Yukino.
But if WW tries to present Rumi’s arc and the genuine, it means there is the difference between Rumi’s intention in v4 and Hachiman’s in v13. That’s why I can’t say what he does in v13 is the true thing. But at the same time, I believe what he and Yuigahama will aim in the next time that is the finale would not be anything except the goodwill to help Yukino truly as WW presented in Rumi’s arc and as Hiratsuka Shizuka (平塚 静) expects him and Yuigahama to do. Since I analyzed that Rumi’s intention behind her action is a good one and when WW said via Hachiman that Rumi’s intention would be genuine, needed to do things and ignore some personal feelings (her feeling toward her bad friends), if he and Yuigahama’ intentions will be the good one like hers (wish well for people they care for), their doing will be like WW & Hiratsuka said, the correct thing. This will answer the question in the trio’s mind toward his opinion about Rumi’s action.
And please don’t forget that in LN v4, after Hachiman tries to save Rumi by doing a fake thing, she also tries to save him and his group so they will not be in trouble in the future by helping her friends she dislikes that also is doing the fake thing. So I will not be surprised again if Yukino and Hachiman will do the same to other(s). Although I don’t know if Yukino will also do a fake thing but to regain her lost self that is the ultimate question that is not solved until now, I think it is possible Rumi’s change might be the sign that predicts how Yukino’s attitude will change like this little girl and do something necessary to save someone/people that I suspect that at least Haruno will be one of the people Yukino will save (do you forget their deal in v6 yet?). When Rumi’s attitude changes because people are trying to save her, do you think it is possible if Yukino can be the same after she realizes Hachiman and Yuigahama try to save her. Even if what they will do might be the fake things, if they still want to save, it would be called the genuine thing. This is what Hachiman says to Yukino and Yuigahama in v4.
Maybe this is how the genuine thing is by WW?
And it is possible Hachiman and Yuigahama might do something fake to save Yukino, like when Hachiman’s group do a fake thing to destroy Rumi’s situation.
Of course, again, things in LN v14 might be not like my examples above at all so I don’t recommend you to believe but read LN!!
The Benefit From The Genuine
When they can change their previous perspectives and save people with goodwill, we should not forget the change within them. I think the goodwill is the main and the most important factor of this genuine issue and the self is the result of it that both of them are equally important. If they have no this, even if their words and actions are right, an intellect told me that the good will not be pure. So I will be looking forward to see how things will end in this story, especially, these characters who introspect “genuine” to be changed to the better persons.
So the genuine thing WW tries to present would mean that doing something genuine will develop themselves to be the better persons, the one who has goodwill can save people they care for sincerely, and their relationship will be …true friends. The true friend is not the friend status we generally know. True friends can be family members, friends, lover or even acquaintances who wish your suffering will end or/and you will find true happiness.
At least, observing characters’ intentions until LN v13 makes me begin to understand what Hachiman means in v4 about doing the fake thing to save people might be called genuine. And understanding his words lead me to predict what WW tries to present in the finale. However, this is just my personal opinion only, if you have some thought about Rumi or this issue, please share it.
1. The truth Rumi may not know.
It is normal to think Rumi believes Hachiman (and co.) are good people (especially, Hachiman) since his group saved her. But I think the normal circle is happening in her mind. The normal circle I mentioned is… she thinks he is a good guy that is correct because the truth he intended to save her is true but what I want to say is he didn’t save her because of that reason only. I suspect that she doesn’t know another motivation of him that drove him to crush her friends. He has his own bitter story because of people around him in the past. So another reason behind his help is he delivers his hatred/anger to bad girls who are the sign of people he hates in the past.
So thinking he is the good guy will be the misunderstanding as of the result (although it is one of the truths) because she might do as other characters do to Hachiman, season their thoughts by using this understanding (Hachiman is the good guy) as the base. This process might lead to misunderstanding because we can see he is not 100% good guy, he is the normal person. Oregairu shows us many times how people hurt because they witnessed the change of other people they believe, believe that person must be good/ not boring but the truth is not like they believe. People are good or bad, can be judged at that moment only. Their misunderstanding is their own fault, most people have good and bad sides. And if Rumi doesn’t know that motivation of him, it is possible that normal circle will happen to her.
But of course, this is just a notice only. I didn’t write this topic to carp her but analyzing characters in Oregairu about this issue makes me introspect myself. The solution to this problem is stopping thought’s seasoning. If seasoning them about other people will make us misunderstand, the correct thing is just sense that thought and make it end.