Kyon x Itsuki Complete Each Other
Haruhi-chan 21 shows the Kyon x Itsuki tension getting tauter and tauter (I’m not sure my phrasing even makes sense but you get the point). Now, I don’t want to get into canon issues here or anything so–nah, you know what? f*** that! Let me deal with canon for a moment.
DIGRESSION BEGINS HERE.
Why isn’t Haruhi-chan canon?! You tell me because it wasn’t created by Tanigawa, the original author of the Haruhi light novels. Why is the anime canon then?? I’ve read the first three novels so I know KyoAni was very faithful to the source but surely not 100% faithful. Are only the animated sections that have exact counterparts in the novels to be canon? But that’s ridiculous. And is the color scheme of Mikuru’s dress on a particular day in the anime canon if it was left unspecified in the novel?
Maybe you’ll say, there are two canons: light novel and anime, and the interrelationship between them creates a supercanon. OK, I say, let’s throw Haruhi-chan‘s canon in that mix! Oh, you say, but then it should be on a lower tier because blah blah blah…and we could go on like this for a while.
The truth is the only true living canons worthy of the name are those inside people’s heads. And so let me announce that Haruhi-chan is inside my mental Haruhi canon. Which is of no consequence to the subject of this post, which is the Kyon x Itsuki relationship. That’s why I called this a digression.
DIGRESSION ENDS HERE.
It makes sense that Kyon and Itsuki would approach each other.
a) They’re both young and handsome.
b) Mikuru is a time-traveler, in dating terms we call this “high maintenance” (butterfly effect etc).
c) Yuki is not human. Not yet, anyway.
d) Haruhi is unattractive. This last point might sound shocking, and I should really rephrase it: Neither Kyon nor Itsuki find Haruhi attractive (dispute this to your hearts’ content, it still won’t make iit any less true). Add to this the dangers of dating God…
e) Because of Haruhi, Kyon and Itsuki must spend a lot of time together.
Ultimately, within the tightly bound realm of interconnected relationships created by the Haruhi phenomenon, Kyon and Itsuki are the most alike. They share temporal and spatial origins!
Viewed from a meta-perspective, which is not “fair criticism” but what the hey, I’ll throw it in anyway, the fame and glory that Mikuru, Yuki and Haruhi attract in the otakusphere would be severely emasculating for two teenage boys, inexorably driving them into each others’ arms.
They say the upcoming Haruhi photobooks will have a volume for each of the girls and one volume for Kyon and Itsuki. Before Haruhi-chan ever hit YouTube, this would have simply confirmed that the two men were the least popular characters in the show. But after 20-odd episodes of Haruhi-chan we start to suspect that the “love that should be” is well underway.
In this case, of course, the images speak for themselves far better than I could. The jigsaw piece in particular is very telling.