Kyon Falls from Heaven
Episode 23 of Haruhi Suzumiya was ugly. Boy, was it ugly. I haven’t cringed like that since a few years back when I was reading lots of Thomas Hardy (Jude the Obscure, The Mayor of Casterbridge). I mean “ugly” in a good way, almost like how some people love pickled plums but still make the ugly faces while they are, in their words, enjoying the fruit.
This episode was absolutely naked: it bared the nasty situation that underlies the whole show. Haruhi loves Kyon, period. This is a love that has no bounds. The problem is Kyon doesn’t love her back. Many people might claim the contrary, but I still believe that “finding her cute” is not enough. And the only reason Kyon won’t love Haruhi is because she’s god.
I’m not making this up. Way back at the beginning Kyon confessed to us that it was a pity that Haruhi was “demented” because she was cute and nice in other ways. And of course when it comes to Haruhi, her dementia = her Divinity. Therefore Kyon doesn’t love her because she’s a god. Q.E.D.
What a mess for Mikuru. Kyon likes Mikuru lots, and she isn’t a god. In an ideal world (a world without god) Kyon and Mikuru would get shipped and that’d be that. Kyon could play tsukkomi to Mikuru’s boke, it would work. But Kyon can only approach Mikuru at his peril (nay, at the whole world’s) and Haruhi, as this episode showed, can be a mean Juno to Kyon’s chosen girl(s).
So Mikuru gets beaten up by Haruhi with very little consolation from Kyon, who’s already accepted his impotence in this situation. He could never truly strike her, could he?
One of the those commenting on my last Haruhi post, vendredi, asked doubtingly whether Kyon was Lucifer. To the extent that Lucifer rejects God for no other reason than that he “will not serve” (i.e. because He is God) I think you could actually make some claim for Kyon’s Will being Luciferian. The battlefield of this dispute becomes Mikuru, who is humanity as such, or Adam (and Eve).
I know that I claimed before that Mikuru was a “Jesus” figure but I think this new statement is not at all contradictory. Jesus is the Second Adam, after all, and his life is as much a battlefield between God and Lucifer as Adam and Eve’s Eden was. The only difference was that Lucifer won the first battle whereas he lost the second. [But he did fight for it, as the Temptations in the Desert demonstrate. If you belive in the Trinity then the fight might have been fixed against him from the start but that's a whole other issue...]
Kyon does finally patch things up with Haruhi, so the Satanic streak is not exactly strong. The overwhelming impulse to go over and apologize is odd enough to make one wonder if larger forces aren’t at work.
I don’t know how it’s all going to end, but it wouldn’t surprise me if Tanigawa ends up having Haruhi “renounce” her divinity somehow, thus making her acceptable to Kyon. It’d be a nice ending, I think.