LOOK AT HER LOOK AT HOW CUTE AND SWEET SHE IS
- Character: Sakuno Ryuzaki
- Fandom: The Prince of Tennis
- Reason for Being Hated:
She’s shy. That does not mean she is weak. Let me tell you from personal experience, shy people are not always weak. I knew a girl who was pretty shy and really nice. You do not mess with any kid she babysits, especially not when she’s around to see it. Heck, she scared me, and I was on her side.
In Sakuno’s case, she’s not afraid to tell Ryoma when he’s being absurd- like that time he got injured but wanted to keep playing while blood was dribbling merrily from his eyelid. Sure, he pushed her off and insisted that he be allowed to finish the match once some first aid was administered and her grandmother lectured her for “heckling” a sportsman, but walking up to confident, intimidating Ryoma took guts.
Then there was that time things were looking bad for him in a match and soft-spoken, gentle Sakuno cheered louder than anyone else- anyone else in this case being a good number of deep-voiced guys, most of them older than her.
And the times she tries to calm her loud-mouthed and, er, enthusiastic friend down when she was yelling at other teams, other teams’ fans and their own classmates. Weak people would just sit back and watch their friends do something they don’t approve of.
If this is an attack on her lack of tennis skills, then let me remind you: she just started learning the sport. Besides, it was only in the anime that they took her ineptitude and made it worse. In the manga, by the end of her first year in the club, her seniors are considering her a potential regular. As in, within a year, she had improved enough to possibly become one of the top 7 or 8 players in her club.
Excuse me, are we looking at the same character? Sure, she does complain occasionally when things go wrong, but she doesn’t sit there and do nothing else. She tries to do something about her problem.
Sakuno isn’t selfish! Nearly everything she does is in someway trying to help or please others! She often makes food for Ryoma, cheers for her school team, quiets Tomoka down so that the players in a match can concentrate (on also so that Tomoka doesn’t embarrass herself by being rude to others), tries to encourage Ryoma when he runs into a stumbling block, worries about her grandmother… in what way is she selfish? Selfishness is completely focusing on getting what you want for yourself, often to the detriment of others.
has a crush on Ryoma which cockblocks yaoi pairing with him, in between Ryoma and other boys
Okay, let’s get some things straight:
- Just because most of the cast are guys and most of the guys are attractive, doesn’t mean all or even most of them are gay.
- Even if they were, then Sakuno cannot conceivably get in the way of any relationships because then none of the guys would find her attractive as she is, guess what, a female, and the definition of yaoi is that it is the Japanese term for gay love. Gay guys don’t find girls attractive unless they are in fact bi, which is pretty rare in yaoi fanfics.
- A cockblock is someone who actively stops people from having a romantic and/or erotic relationship with anyone else. She doesn’t stop Ryoma from having such a relationship because Ryoma does not want to have such a relationship. He would like to play tennis and beat other people who play tennis, thank you very much. As touched upon above, the only time she is anything resembling a cockblock is when she is portrayed as one by fan media. It’s not her fault people cast her as such.
- Probably the most important one: you are hating on a girl for having feelings like any other human being. A nice, sweet girl who wouldn’t hurt a fly (unless maybe it was hurting someone she cared about but how would a fly do that). Maybe you should think about that one a bit more…
too nice, doormat
Because apparently being nice is a bad thing, as it is seen as a form of weakness. Because wanting to help people and seeing the ones you love happy is a bad thing. Because it’s weak that you have the strength to see the good side of people even when they’re really trying your patience. Again, nice does not necessarily equal weak. A doormat lets people walk all over them and never stand up for themselves. Sakuno forms her own opinions, and will express them when she feels that it is necessary, as discussed above.
That’s your own opinion, but not everyone will agree with you.