You know for someone who preaches about hope. This last episode honestly makes me think…that Haruto might not have any. No dreams. No hope for himself. I don’t think he practices what he preaches.
He can fight. He can protect people. It doesn’t matter what happens to him. He doesn’t even think about what will happen to him. He doesn’t live for himself at all. He will fight to his last breath to protect people. But…he has no hope for himself…no dream for the future…and I think this last episode made him really sit back and look at the difference between him and Beast
After developing on Shunpei, Rinko, and Kousuke, now it’s time for the hero to have some development!
reblogging for the commentary, bold added for my own emphasis.
I’m way behind in Wizard but can I just say that I had this figured out for sure at ep 9, though I suspected it beforehand.
When he faces Dragon for the first time that we see (though the familiarity with which he greets & interacts with Dragon makes me think that it’s not the first time for Haruto), the two-episode arc revolves around how Haruto is his parents’ hope
And can I draw an important focus to the wording of that: “Is,” not “Represents,” or “Symbolizes,” or “Carries on”. “Is.”
In Haruto’s mind, there is a complete erasure of himself as an independent person in favor of the significance and importance of living as an embodiment of his parents’ views and ambitions for the future, as defined solely by what his small-child-self could comprehend and understand.
And then he’s broken enough to tell the kid that, not even seeing how he’s passing on the same giant emotional burden that he himself carries
Haruto is seriously broke, guys. I’d say moreso than the Gates who do succumb to their Phantoms are. Because he shattered, but didn’t stop moving. Didn’t lay down. And that creates other fractures, and strange chimera-like juxtapositions.
(“They never lay down. Why won’t they just lay down?”)
((Oh fuck, now my head is coming up with Phantom/Reaver parallells. SHIT.))
I am intensely anticipating the day that he has to face this. I think Haruto has the potential to compare to Hino Eiji, actually, in terms of how dark his personal storyline is, and I will be disappointed if Wizard doesn’t take it there. <3
PS: Does anyone remember other uses, across anime & other japanese-language media, of “sohma,” as a noun, as a drug that creates false hope/illusions of hope and peacefulness? Yup. I sure do.
Can I just say that I love the way you added to my argument? You added such intelligent thought to it that I could never hope to add.
I had completely forgotten about his parents’ hope. It is basically setting himself to be a martyr. He will die for his cause. Because in all honesty, I think the identity of Haruto died in that car crash along with his parents.
I think that’s why his dragon is special. I think it’s because Haruto is a neverending ball of despair. YES. He has not “lost to the phantom”. But I don’t think that’s really what’s going on. I think the Phantom is LETTING Haruto stay in control. I think the Phantom could take control whenever he wanted. I don’t think being a wizard means that they’ve beaten the phantom. I think being a wizard is that their despair is so complex or their “HOPE” is so complex that the phantom can either let them continue living until the’ve finally 100% given up and they can grow stronger from every passing day or quite honestly the phantom does not see them a threat. It really depends on how the human persona interacts with the phantom growing inside them.
I think that’s why Kousuke is the way he is as a secondary rider. His personality is a pretty damn good foil for Haruto. Not only that, but when you compare the two, you really start to notice just how broken Haruto is. It’s not just that he is a selfless hero. Haruto no longer considers his life meaningful. It’s not that he would end his life meaninglessly but that if he had to chose, he would always chose the other person.
Haruto is a wonderful character. At first I thoguht he was a little bland because I could not see this. Because I needed to learn some things and realize. He’s not some goody two shoes. Haruto has a personality. He’s just….not the happy go lucky rider that many of the neo-heisei riders have been. In fact, his level of…I don’t want to say escapism but rather pretending everything is okay and that there is nothing wrong with him in order to help others is MOST DEFINITELY BORDERING ON EIJI’S LEVEL OF PERSONAL CONFLICT.
I really hope one of the themes this show ends up focusing on is not just what are hopes and dreams, but the importance of finding your own hope and your own dream. The importance of not doing just what your parents want you to, but being the person you want to be. I want Haruto to grow as a person (with the help of his friends who seem very confident and realized people from Shunpei who does whatever he wants fashionwise and tries so hard to Rinko who tries to help people but never really loses herself to Kousuke who is much more confident and knows how to be a lot more “Relaxed” compared to Haruto). I want it to be that not only will Haruto help his friends, but they will HELP HIM. I want Kousuke to learn from Haruto in the sense that your life is precious. I want him to see through what Haruto and everyone goes through that he can’t jsut throw everything away for a single opportunity. He needs to think and be responsible.
(I want tos ay somethign about Koyomi but honestly, she doesn’t get enough screentime, so the only thing I want out of her is for her actress to be less busy. And maybe have her help Haruto to. I do like that she cares for him and tried to stop him from doing something that might have killed him.
p.s. In the book Brave New World, Soma is a drug that is used to prevent unhappiness It would ltieralyl dull their senses and make them feel content so they did not have to deal with their stress.
Just to add a little bit - has anyone else noticed how overwhelmed Haruto is with the fighting lately? It’s not the level of ‘oh phoey, I can’t deal with this by myself, I need another Rider’, it’s like he’s a drowning man struggling to get a breath. He barely gets out alive out of the fights lately, and defeats the Phantoms by sheer luck and by outsmarting them, not by just beating the shit out of them with Niitou and his own power-up. Also, since he can multiply himself now, he looks friggin’ EXHAUSTED and just plain sick. It’s like it’s sucking up any energy and emotions he’s had.
Am I the only one who kind of hopes it’s not Gremlin who’s the big bad of the season, but Dragon? Of course that would kinda destroy Haruto-the-Rider, but I still think he IS going to have to face Dragon sooner or later. Which is a complete hypocrisy. I think, seeing his reaction to other mages, that it HURTS to have a Phantom inside. Look how much he tries to kill Niitou’s Chimera, or how freaked out, scared and in pain he looked when Misa-chan’s sis won against her despair. Hell, he looks desperate himself, to erase all Phantoms, without even thinking that without Niitou (and later probably her, too), he will get beaten to a pulp. I think he might kind of, unconsciously, want that.
Reblogging for the added comment. Bolded the things I consider the most important.
I completely forgot about Dragotimer in this. It multiplies him. IT MULTIPLIES HIM. 4x the mana. 4x the damage. 4x usin Dragon’s power. 4x the damage of using DRAGON RINGS. Haruto is killin himself.
HOW THE HELL DID I NOT NOTICE THAT?
Why in the seven hells can America not make children’s shows that are this complex? Seriously. I am up to date with the subbed episodes of this series, and I have not seen a single untrue thing in here. Haruto has the angst and pain of Eiji, Philip, Wataru, and Takumi combined. And for those of you who have watched W and want to tell me that Philip never had angst, you need to go rewatch that from the start. Haruto sees nothing wrong with driving himself to death if it means he can save even one person, but you can tell in the top picture that he is just so damn tired. He wants to lay down his mantle and rest his weary head, but he won’t. He won’t because he can’t. He cannot walk away from someone who needs him. and you could strip away all of the people he holds dear one by one, and he’ll die a little more inside everytime, but he’ll keep on fighting. Because that’s all he knows now. If it hits a point where there are no more phantoms in existence in any way, shape, or form, he will be in the wind. And he’ll do it so that the people he loves don’t have to watch the lonely and lost little boy inside of him spiral into nothingness. And once more, I repeat that this is a show for children. All of this complexity and emotion in a show designed to entertain primarily a target audience of twelve or lower. And that is a rough estimate. So to all the toku fans out there, do not ever let anyone give you grief for watching a kid’s show, because this goes so much deeper than that. And for those of you who watch toku and Supernatural, give me one good reason on why Haruto is not Dean. Rinko, Shunpei, and Koyomi are all his versions of Sam, but this is Dean with no Cas. Having to stand on his own and fight because he can’t just walk away.
In all actuallity its all true because every single time you watch the show you wonder….Do I have enough time to find my desire or my dream when all is on the line? it never occured to anyone that even at a person’s limit they still keep giving others hope, dreams, and desires that the other person couldnt have….Just like Ejii and Haruto, 2 people who have no desire, no dreams of their own but willing to give other people a chance to have dreams and desires