There are a lot of romcoms, and this is especially the case in anime, where the com is severely lacking. Horimiya is not such a show. That is what really struck me while I watched it, this show is a lot funnier than I expected it to be. The facial expressions, both comical and deadpan are brilliant. A lot of these shows or movies, try to pull off those sexual innuendo misunderstanding jokes, but Horimiya is one of the rare shows that actually pull them off, especially the one where Miyamura goes out to get drinks for everyone. Had me rolling.
The show does a great job portraying all the emotional, confusing, anxious aspects of the graduating year in high school. Again and again, waves, at times tidal waves, of nostalgia and anxiety would wash over me. One can’t help but remember the thoughts and feeling one had those days. One thought and hoped that certain relationships, friendships, this whole world, and its dynamics would last even when you all go to the next stage of your lives. But life is a cruel mistress, and proximity means affection in a lot of cases. But true friends still tend to stay together. Colleagues come and go. Being with someone in clubs, events, for very specific reasons, and not being with them, for who they are and what they mean to you, creates relationships that only last as long as that common interest does. Horimiya made me think, well who will stay friends after this? I have some guesses, but I think it’s wiser if all of us made those predictions by ourselves. The way the show portrays that sweet illusion of untouchable stability, able to go forward until the end of the character lives is both beautiful and heartbreaking. Doubt creeps in, but the characters still make plans and most important of all; they hope.
The show does a pretty good job of slicing and portraying the divide between the public and the private. As Max Weber said, “We are all on a stage, playing our roles.” The personality of the people that age are always in quite the dynamic flux. When you combine that with the insecurities of not knowing if they belong if they are worth others etc, you get a character like Miyamura. At school, he comes off, not is, a gloomy otaku. But in private, he looks like a mix of an idol’s idea of a rockstar and tattoo enthusiast. There are layers upon layers of shocks when people figure out the differences between his private and public or school self. You can’t really blame the characters. The school doesn’t really give you a lot of time and opportunity to really get to know someone. Hori is similar. In school she is the archetypal idol of the school, at home, she is all work, more like a jaded housewife than an actual high school senior. They both are afraid of letting themselves be seen as they really are. And that, along with a chance meeting, is the spark that gets their sweet romance, their first love going. Got to take chances, as Miyamura realizes in that one episode where he faces his former self.