i feel like there is a lot more to her character than cold, stand-offish and manipulative senpai. granted, these three traits are very much part of her character, but i feel like most people are happy to leave it at that with irisu, when there’s a lot more to talk about her.
irisu’s role in the eba arc was really interesting. apart from being the puppet-master, i’ve always had the feeling that she had a great stake and responsibility over a project. the question is, did she actively choose to take on the responsibility herself, or was it forced onto her by her classmates? i feel like it’s a combination of the two. irisu, being the confident and self-assured person she is, probably felt that she was the only one who could take responsibility and save the movie, and even if her classmates didn’t ask her to, she knew that they wanted her to take responsibility. i feel like her sense of high expectation comes from those around her and from irisu herself. it stems from the fact that she knows and she will take over her family’s hospital when she grows up. she and chitanda are alike in this way, and yet their characters are really well-contrasted, as shown in the kanya arc. irisu is always in complete control whereas chitanda is emotional and whimsical.
and yet, at the end of the eba arc, when tomoe calls irisu out (for not telling eba that she found the story boring, and instead using another excuse to tell eba that the class wouldn’t accept her ending), we see irisu’s cool demenaour break for a split second. in the novels, we don’t know the expression on irisu’s face, but the anime shows that she looks somewhat guilty and frustrated. she says, "I was not in a position to let the project fail." and I feel that this line really captures another side of her character that is always overlooked. that she puts her role and position above a lot of other things, and if it means that she has to manipulate, to hide her own feelings, she will do whatever it takes because of the responsibility she has placed on herself. i feel like irisu could be a real person because she places so much importance on her job that she doesn’t care or mind to step on other people’s toes just to get it done her way. houtarou unfortunately got caught up in it, and how unapologetic irisu is at the end of the eba arc once again goes to show that yonezawa is not interested in writing morally upstanding characters, but rather, characters who aren’t afraid to do questionable things.
irisu is an interesting girl who will do whatever it takes in order to get what she wants. but… i’m going to say that she does have a soft side, which she shows to chitanda in the kanya arc. we can also choose to read irisu tricking eba as her own way of wanting to protect eba from the class’ backlash (this is pure speculation on my part), and in vol 5 of the novel, irisu appears briefly to help some sick students. she’s going to be a doctor, and i think that’s something important to take note of too!
We have one kitten left at work and he does not like to be ignored! He demands you pay attention to his cute!
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it’s a sign, brella
Title: summer heat
Team: Team 1
Notes: carnations for love, orange tulips for enthusiasm, daisies for innocence! ♥
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THIS MOMENT IS SO IMPORTANT TO REI HE FINALLY FEELS THAT HE CAN BE IN THE SAME TEAM AS HIS SENPAI, THE ONE WHO GOT HIM INTO SWIMMING IN THE FIRST PLACE, BY SHOWING HIM HOW BEAUTIFUL THE SPORT COULD BE, AND HE’S BEEN TRYING HIS HARDEST AND STUDYING ALL THE BOOKS IN THE LIBRARY IN ORDER TO BE OF USE TO THE TEAM, AND NOW HE KNOWS HOW TO DO ALL THE STROKES AND HE IS JUST BEAMING WITH PRIDE; RADIATING HAPPINESS AND FEELING AMAZING BECAUSE HE WENT PAST HIS GOAL OF LEARNING HOW TO SWIM AND EVEN IF THE TEAM LOVED AND RESPECTED HIM, HE WANTED TO SURPRISE THEM AND MAKE THEM ALL HAPPY BUT THE HAPPIEST ONE MUST BE HIM RIGHT NOW rei ryugasaki did not disappoint in this episode I’m so happy for this beautiful butterfly
it cracks me up that diet mountain dew has the line “you’re no good for me” repeated throughout because i’m pretty sure they found that mountain dew is the sugariest most awful soda for you