I really wanted to use Jean Kirstein, but I’ve already talked about him in a previous post for: Favorite Supporting Male. I didn’t want to repeat myself, so I’m just going to give Jean a shoutout instead and talk about my other favorite supporting male. (P.S. Sorry Mel, you were half right on this one)
I’ve mentioned it before in my 2016 Anime Awards, but Suwa Hiroto from Orange is “da real MVP”. Don’t get me wrong, Orange was a great anime, but Suwa was the standout character for me. I watched weekly really looking forward to seeing his character the most because I mean….(ahhh gosh the fangirl in me is definitely struggling against wanting to gush about him like I did Tuxedo Mask)..Suwa was just overall the epitome of what you could call The Boy Next Door.
Suwa encompassed a lot of great characteristics. He’s a kind, happy go-lucky type thats a leader, a great friend and a great wingman. Also, can’t forget, since this is man crush monday, Suwa is really handsome – designers did good with this guy too. Bu the most important trait of Suwa is that he’s selfless. But in order to talk about his selflessness, I’ll have to talk about the entire series, so fair warning: Spoilers Ahead!
In the story all of the characters get letters from their future selves. Suwa’s letter lets his younger self know that he gets the girl of his dreams at the end and that they have a child together, but questions at what cost did it take to get that life. His future self, already knowing himself and the type of person he is, knew that his past self would most likely reconsider the options, and choose the right path which would save his friend and make him happy, even if it meant sacrificing his own dream and his own feelings. As long as everyone is happy , I’m happy, that’s the type of person Suwa is.
It was heartbreaking for me to see Suwa look at his future, and still be able to sacrifice it for the sake of both Kakeru and Naho. Albeit Suwa changing the course doesn’t necessarily change the outcome from which the letter came, but rather creates an alternate reality means that he’s accepted that although his current route doesn’t result in his happy ending, there is a future where that does exist.
I watched this show rooting for him, both angry at the choices he made, and angry at Naho for half the things she said. I personally questioned what made her do all these things; I know Kakeru was someone she loved, but her eagerness to save him in those letters not just reflected her regret in shying away from Kakeru and her feelings, but it also reflected regret of her future choices. To me it was like she was regretting ending up where she was: happily married and with a really cute kid. I felt sorry for Suwa, that such a great guy had ended up with someone as selfish as Naho. But this is my personal interpretation of Naho; needless to say I was not her fan the entire series; I rather disliked her very much.
Honestly, I have to get this off my chest as a HUGE tangent. I have a few issues with the show overall. I know, I know; they want to save Kakeru as a group, and they all express the regret they feel with his loss year after year in the future. But my main gripe about it was, they didn’t have to involve the innocent child in the future. I’m probably getting too deep into this but…to me it’s like okay they moved on, they got married had a kid, but they want to correct the past and effectively wipe the existence of this child off the map. I also get that there’s essentially an alternate universe but when you look at it: it’s a life for a life; and then it becomes whose life is really more important: Kakeru or the baby? And that just bugs me so so much about this show.
I fail compeltely at MCM today! I didn’t fangirl as much as I thought I would!
Suwa, the MVP of support characters. Willing to sacrifice it all in the name of friendship and love. Not many characters are willing to go through such lengths for other people’s happiness, and for that I applaud you as one of the best support character’s I’ve had the joy of watching.
Thoughts on Suwa or the Orange series? I’d love to hear what other’s thought of this anime and this character in the comments below!