Since you've talked a lot about "why Ouma is not Komaeda", would it be okay if I asked you what your take is on Saihara's differences with Hinata?
This is a really fun question, actually! I’ve
talked about how Saihara is his own character, as well as his differences from
Naegi and Hinata on a more general level, but I don’t think I’ve ever gone into
explicit detail about how different he is from Hinata.
I’ve seen a lot of people raise complaints about Saihara’s similarities with both previous protagonists. With Naegi, the accusations are that both of them are “weak” or “ordinary,” but with Hinata the accusations are generally more directed towards the fact that both of them as protagonists are far more depressed than someone optimistic like Naegi, and both of them struggle with issues like their own self-image. However, the reasons for why they grapple with these things are quite different.