The anime character type that gets on my nerves every time is the “Jealous Bully”. Most shoujo-romance series have these bullies in abundance, especially those in the “school life” genre. They are the girls who antagonize the female protagonist just because they’re jealous of the attention the hot and popular guy gives her. What a shallow reason. I think this is why I don’t often watch shoujo anime. I just can’t stand these shallow bullies.
I mean, don’t you have pride? You turn into a bitch because of a guy? Ugh. Irritates me so much. For those of you who are like these anime characters in real life, get a grip on yourselves. There are plenty of guys in the world. There are approximately 7 billion people on Earth right now, for goodness’ sake! And about half of them are guys, so why focus on a single guy who doesn’t even pay you any attention?
Kurumi from Kimi ni Todoke (君に届け) by Shiina Karuho (椎名軽穂) is an example of a typical shoujo-romance jealous bully. She gives off the impression of being a cute and friendly girl.
As a result, Kurumi easily deceives the main protagonist Sawako by befriending her. In truth, however, she was the mastermind behind the massive school rumours slandering Sawako and her friends. Kurumi also sabotages Kazehaya’s efforts to be alone with Sawako, consequently doing her best to spend as much time with him as possible to give Sawako the impression that she and Kazehaya are close. In short, she is a jealous, double-faced back-stabber.
I absolutely despised her. I would have continued on hating Kurumi throughout the series, if it wasn’t for the strength of Sawako, the main protagonist. If jealous bullies get on my nerves, weak protagonists who let bullies antagonize them frustrate me. I’m so glad that Sawako isn’t weak. Yes, she’s awkward and a crybaby, but she’ll stand her ground against these bullies. I think this is one of the reasons why I warmed to Kurumi’s character as the series goes on.
Kurumi’s maneuvers are ineffective against Sawako. She finds that she can’t manipulate Sawako into staying away from Kazehaya. In the end, Kurumi reveals her true self and even declares Sawako as her rival. I can’t continue on hating her after that. She later even defends Sawako against other bullies.
Kurumi gets on my nerves now and again, but she’s an exception because she’s a jealous bully that I ended up liking. She even becomes a comrade in the manga. In most cases, however, I can’t stand jealous bullies even until the end of the series. I prefer over-the-top shounen villains, than this realistic jealous bitches.
Jealous Bullies are the anime character (types) that get on my nerves. How about yours?
Kimi ni Todoke Anime at NTV (Japanese)
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