March 13, 2011
Ichika and his harem, my explanation
There was a question I asked myself before, and I'm sure a lot others have, and it seems to me the main topic I see 'round the parts of the web I visit, is Ichika's harem followed by "why him", "what do they see in him", and what not. So I thought I'd answer that question here in his own little thread explaining a little more into his paradise and why it should not be frowned upon at a simple glance. By the way, I tried to be as serious as possible, so it's really not a bad read. Honest!
I'm a bit surprised at the question surrounding the presence of girls around Ichika. I'll admit I raised that question before when the series started, but being the trained observer that I am, I'll answer my question out loud for everyone to read my zany thought process. Let's dot the bottom line in the simplest silly terms:
-He is, what I like to say, "the only male within a 200km radius." Or at least, what the series showed us. (isn't there at least a male janitor somewhere? Or a teacher? ToLoveRuPrincipal?)
That's it, actually the big, general, bottom line. It ties everything to "he's special", "only male to pilot IS", "Only male to see Laura naked", etc. But that's too convenient. If you know me well, you know I hate convenience [in simple storytelling], I hate coincidence, and above all, I hate Ichika for being the love interest of my Houki-chan. But I'm not simple, and I certainly won't be accepting my 200km radius excuse as the bottom line, so as per my Houki-corrupted mind, I'll add my own flair of a better explanation for Ichika's "paradise".
First of all, The 5 Girls are tied to him somewhat prior to their continued interest in him. Let's start with Houki-chan. 1st childhood friend speaks volumes of her interest in him, and why she continues to be interested, as circumstances to IS piloting have brought them together again. Having someone to side with against the teasing of Tabane must have been a missing factor when he separated from her.
--So, let's look at Rin Fang godhelpmeIcan'tseemtofigureoutherrealname. Rinny, as I call her, is childhood friend #2. Ichika being a patron of her family's porky meals, it doesn't take a rocket scientist baby to figure out her appreciation for him. Having heard he appeared in quite an accessible school, she takes action to see him again.
--Let's look at Cecilia. I like to look at her, you know, her headband is cute. Size-able bosom, hmm hm. Ahem, Cecilia, rather starts late in the game, as her first encounter with Ichi begins in class. That's not to say he just appeared into her mind then and there, she's held some dissent towards him when the news went out of his IS abilities, and his exam to entrance. But after having done battle with him, and the dissent clouding her heart lifted, it's hard to deny this girl changed her opinion of him leaning towards the romantic way.
--So next we're entrapped with Shirley (Charlotte). Not really hard to see here. A "boy" tries to infilitrate a girls paradise in the hopes of spying on the latest gossip. When the subject of investigation finds out that "boy" is a girl, the beans are spilled, mission failure, time to go home when all of a sudden the investigatee thinks it's okay to be a girl and to sleep in the same room as he, so no harm no foul let's pretend you weren't out to backstab me. Of course, it's really not hard to see the girl experience the first beacon of light in her otherwise dim and lonely past, and naturally, she would like to continue to have her life continually lit with happiness instead of sadness.
--Finally, let's stare at Laura. No screw that, take your eyes off her because she's mine! Ahem, she goes just as a ways back as Rinny, but still not too long ago. It all started when Ichi got hijacked, and Big Sis had to pick him up. Per Germany's exchange rate, Big Sis had to pay with her body [to be sent as an instructor]. Clean your dirty mind, you :p. Of course, being the trained weapon that she is, Laura was quite infatuated with the Pretty Woman's skills, and upon hearing her reason why, Laura's own version of her dissent towards Ichi started to manifest. So when she finally gets to meet Ichi, she's out for his guts. Except when she herself experiences a hijacking, and the only one within a (gasp!) 200km radius to save him was the source of her anger, she finally understood Chifuyu-nee's happiness towards the bloke and per the [wrong] (right!) advice of her otaku-coworker, she proceeds to assault him in various pleasurable ways... (activates Hanzo breathing apparatus) Haa haaa..
Generally not hard to even fathom the advances of the other students in the school, who unfortunately fall into the "only guy in 200km radius" hole so conveniently placed there. If I could, I'd like to de-age myself and experiment, in the name of science research, and place myself as a student within an all girls Highschool. Naw, sounds like a bad idea, ja?
I'd like to point out that, despite my own explanation, I still think it's too much of a coincidence and still has a few holes, but I hope this at least made the view a little clearer of that dark cloud surrounding the question of Ichika's situation. If you liked this, share it around, let others know it's not all simple and easy for him to be surrounded by MY girls. I myself will dump this onto my blog and trust me, I coughed and wheezed through this typed wall on a Sunday morning. Time to rest :(
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