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Hajime Hinata⌈ CHARACTER SECTION ⌉Character:
Kokoro Connect (light novels)Canon Point:
(volume 6)Background: Wiki!Personality:
❝If I show people how weak I am, they won’t need me anymore.❞Abilities:
On the outside, Himeko Inaba tries to show herself off as the "cool beauty"; she's intelligent, even to the point where she thinks too much on things, especially the situation she's in. A huge part of this is because back when she was in middle school, all she did was be a hikkikomori, or rather a shut-in; all she did was simply go to school and then go home and use her computer the whole night. Basically, she had little to no people skills until she became the vice president of the Student Cultural Society (or StuCS) and was socially awkward. It was just her, her brother, and her computer. Since the rest of her family doesn't really care about her all that much, unfortunately.
For a long time, Inaba couldn't trust people. She pushed people aside and wore a mask when she had to; basically, she saw everyone as her enemy and didn't want to show anybody her weakness, so she pretended to be someone that she's not: a girl who could play it off when she needed to most people but, in truth, she's actually quite fragile emotionally - especially in the first two arcs, Hito Random and Kizu Random. Inaba, truth be told, is the type of person who is always very careful when it comes to people; she tries not to open her heart to others, but with these phenomenons, and especially towards her friends who she cares so much about, she can't help but slowly open up to them and trust in them - not just simply because of the phenomenon, but because she believes truly and with all her heart that they are the best companions that she's ever had, which is why she's so sensitive towards revealing any of her feelings or weaknesses - she's simply scared, terrified of what might happen to her, even to the point where she says, "—You guys are the most important 'companions' in the world to me. And that is why you are also my biggest 'enemies'." What she means by this is that she cares so much about her friends that she doesn't want them to worry about her, she should be the one worrying about them.
Because of her distrust for all human beings, Inaba has a tendency to analyze the situation repeatedly, to the point where she can comprehend it and find a solution to it. And this isn't simply for situations, she always analyzes people as well - it's the sole reason why she managed to figure out both Iori and Yui's trauma's and knew how to cure them. For her, it's not something that could be cured easily; especially since there wasn't a sole reason or backstory behind her distrust, it just simply existed. It was there from the very beginning, and Inaba herself even says this.
Despite all this, she managed to gather up all her strength and explain how she truly felt with everyone - and because of this, she's managed to grow as a person because of it. She realized that she didn't have to keep her emotions in, and that she could finally let them out to her friends, ones she's trusted with all of her heart and soul, not only because she's finally found true, deep trust in certain people, but she's found someone she can confide in, through thick and thin, no matter what happens. And Inaba herself believes that those bonds will last forever; she never wants the five of them to separate ever, regardless of any rational thoughts or plans she has to try to fix the situation - especially in Michi Random, where she suggests that they disband for Iori's sake, which goes to show that Inaba puts rationality before her own feelings and emotions, which, sometimes leads to her making the wrong decisions for herself.
Even though she might think about others and sometimes feel that she's suffering the most due to the fact that she doesn't have any trauma and since she doesn't have trauma, her problems can't simply just disappear, Inaba is actually pretty selfish; especially when it comes to feelings about love. Iori then calls her out on this, especially since Inaba was the one who pushed so hard for Iori to go out with Taichi, and just when they're about to go out, Inaba goes and rudely crashes the party saying that she has feelings for him. Throughout Kizu Random, Inaba tries to hide these feelings, rationalizing her reason by saying that she didn't want Iori to know because she believed that if Iori (or hell, if Taichi) found out, they couldn't keep their relationship the same, and that's something that Inaba doesn't want.
She's selfish, and she knows it - she wants Taichi all to herself, but at the same time, she doesn't want people to hate her because of her feelings towards him. She thinks too much on things, and sometimes dwells on that simple fact because she has a huge fear of what might happen to her afterwards. But even so, she still carries on. She's strong, emotionally, and she tries to show that by standing up to Heartseed and telling it that the StuCS isn't just going to twiddle their thumbs while he creates these phenomenons for them to handle. Of course not. That's why she plans ahead and tries to be the intelligent one for the group - of course, this may not always lead to the best course of action, but at least she's trying.
But a huge problem with the fact that Inaba plans ahead is that she absolutely hates when her plans are ruined. During Michi Random, where the StuCS attempt to make a presentation and that is ruined by a gang, Inaba explicitly says that she will kill whoever it was who ruined their clubroom. Of course, she was dead serious about this fact, especially since she knew that not only she worked hard on that presentation, but everyone else did too. When it comes to the people she cares so much about, there is absolutely nothing that she wouldn't do to help them. (Though she's not some selfless freak like Taichi, she does have her limits.)
Another thing to note is that she won't take anyone's bullshit. Especially the guys' when they do something stupid. This is shown time and time again when she whacks them hard for saying stupid things, and even more so when, in Hito Random, the boys make the girls (while in the girls' bodies) say embarrassing things and record them - she even takes drastic measures and says that she would run naked in Aoki's body as punishment, regardless of what anyone else thought. When she gets angry, she gets angry. Though when it's with her friends, it's not all that serious.
Although Inaba tries her best to keep her composure, especially when it comes to embarrassment, there are times when she gets flustered. A lot of the time is with either Taichi or Iori, though it is possible to get her flustered if someone knows how to push the right buttons. Inaba tends to get embarrassed when people say things about her that show the complete opposite of the person she's trying to project, like calling her cute, for example; though compliments work just fine. Whenever she's embarrassed though, either by the situation - especially when someone does something unexpected like Taichi's "I got rejected!" yell - or when Taichi himself goes and bluntly asks her out, she tends to flail a little, blush, and yell at the top of her lungs. She even tends to show a cute demeanor than usual when that happens, revealing her more girly side.
Inaba is also quite a tease. She's good at reading people and knowing random information about others, which is why she can use it to her advantage - for example, they manage to get into Yui's house because Inaba almost spills out her three sizes. She likes doing that, though she doesn't tell anyone that she actually enjoys it. She especially has a thrill of teasing Taichi, mostly to see the cute expressions he makes on his face. When she asks him if he wants to kiss her again, she just merely smiles, laughing it off. Though sometimes it's quite difficult to ascertain if she's being serious or not.
When it comes to love, Inaba says that she now "knows the power of love". Her love, as stated in the light novel, is pure, and her overflowing feelings showing how much she cares about him. She even stays with him in the end, worrying about him even to the point that she's in tears. She loves him so much that she even sees him in her dreams, but finds it completely and utterly embarrassing that she can't just tell her feelings outright most of the time, just simply showing it with her actions. Though she also does it in a selfish way, just cuddling in public and holding hands, things like that.
Inaba is a normal person who doesn't have any special powers or abilities; she has only experienced phenomena that has given her abilities to deal with, meaning that she has the experience of several abilities, but not the power herself. In the range of her power, however, she has built a computer from scratch before, as stated in canon, and is proficient in macro programming. It is also assumed that she has a vast knowledge of technology and computers, considering that she was a part of the computer club in high school and a hikkikomori
in middle school - canon states that all she did in middle school while she wasn't in class was use the computer all the time, surfing the net. She is also rather decent in analyzing people, as it is her specialty.Alignment:
Piphron. Inaba's character arc revolves around trusting other people. In Hito Random she blatantly says that she cannot trust
other people because they are her 'enemies' and due to her blatant distrustful nature. She is growing to learn to trust more people, however, as is obvious when she begins to trust her fellow classmates.Other:
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