Until now, we’ve barely heard about Hanabi Hyuuga. Excluding the spinoff and the upcoming movie, she’s only appeared once since shippuden in a dream sequence. So why are we making such a big deal about Hanabi?
Because she has so much potential as a character! Here we have a female character from a bloodline clan with some fascinating dynamics, and we never hear of her.
We could have seen her support Hinata and Neji as they shake the foundations of their clan and uproot an archaic and unfair system. We could watched from Hanabi’s perspective, as Hinata and her generation become major players and take their villages future in their own hands. And there’s the added complexity between them as Hanabi as the younger, talented sibling, who seems to be pushed as the preferred clan leader - except she doesn’t seem anything but supportive towards her elder sister. Surely they would have been pitted against each other at some point. Maybe they had been raised knowing the one who didn’t succeed their father would eventually be sealed too, except neither of them were willing to see the other sister suffer.
In a manga fixated on brothers, we could have seen a bond between sisters.
wAIT MAYBE KISHI DIDN'T 4GET HANABI'S HAIR IS SHORT. WHAT IF HINATA DOESN'T KNOW HANABI HAS CUT HER HAIR BC SHE DIDN'T GET TO SEE HER WHEN SHE LEFT FOR THE WAR (OUT ON MISSION W/PAPA)? WHAT IF IT'S A CHANGE SHE ONLY GETS TO SEE AFTER THE WAR? WAT IF HANABI CUT HER HAIR IN MEMORY OF HER SIS & TO HONOR HER STRENGTH (SHE WANTS TO BE LIKE HER BIG SIS) ONCE SHE HEARD ABOUT HOW HARD HER COUSINS FOUGHT IN THEIR CHUNIN EXAMS. WAT IF HANABI ONLY STARTS WEARING NEJI'S OLD SHIRT ONCE SHE FINDS OUT HE DIED.
so, was the Hanabi special everything you hoped for?
It was exactly what I expected, but not everything I had hoped, if that makes sense! (I have a lot of hopes and even more questions lol.)
Obviously it was going to be focused on Hanabi and Hinata’s relationship, and less about politics and the bigger outside issues of the Hyuuga clan (as cool as details on Hinata’s kidnapping/Kumo/byakugan related things would be). I’m so happy we got to know Hanabi; how she’s always wanted Hinata’s attention, is an observer, was a bit sheltered from the branch house problems, how she loved her sister but took to her duty very seriously once she realised Hiashi abandoned Hinata etc. She was such a cutie and it’s so great to see their relationship has grown stronger over time.
We also got a lot of inside into other characters like Hiashi? He genuinely seemed concerned about Hinata and wanted her not to lose - as difficult as her life would be trying to live up to their clan’s expectations. I wonder if he agreed to that duel on the condition Hinata would not be sealed? We also got confirmation that Hinata going to the academy was out of the ordinary, and the use of the curse seal to teach Neji a lesson. Lots of little tidbits like that!
Since it showed a lot of events of Hanabi’s life running parallel to Hinata’s we kind of got a lot of flashbacks from previous episodes. I’m a little sad so much time was a recap of Hinata’s confession as opposed to direct interaction between Hanabi and her sister. But there’s a lot of new info and Hyuuga moments to fuel my love for this clan for three more lifetimes at least.
The real reason why my Hiashi/Hizashi headcanons don’t quite mix. It’s from one of Hiasobi’s theme set drabbles: Kairos (moment of destiny), (it’s Nejihina just in case it doesn’t float your boat) and I’ve never gotten it out of my head since.
Hyuuga Hiashi and Hizashi are not quite who you think they are. Before when they were young and carefree, they’d often swap places to fool all the adults. One wore the main house’s kimono and accompanying haori, the other in the standard black Branch house wear. Being identical twins, no one was the wiser if ‘Hiashi’ wanted to pretend to be ‘Hizashi’ for a day.
It is only until their third birthday when the one the adults called ‘Hizashi’ would have to bear the caged bird seal. They didn’t quite understand at the time, but Hizashi was scared and crying and didn’t want to be parted from his brother. Since it was the older brother’s duty to protect the younger, Hiashi tells Hizashi to swap clothes with him, and the younger finally relents. The two brothers are crying and have to be forcibly separated from each other. The ceremony is eventually performed on the boy wearing the black Branch house kimono, Hiashi.
After that, one of them emerges with a seal on their forehead that prevents the two brothers from ever changing clothes and names again.
I don't know why, but sometimes it feels like Hiashi reproduced asexually. I mean, Hinata and Hanabi's mother has never been referenced in any sort of way in the manga or anime, minus ONE instance. Do you think Hiashi's past bitterness had to do with something concerning his wife also?
If any of the mothers aren’t shown, I feel like Kishimoto intended for them to be one of two things: dead, or housewifed. (Or both, UNFORTUNATELY.) Because… it’s Kishimoto. In the Hyuuga’s case, I think both Neji and Hinata would have been a lot better off had they had their mothers been present during their later childhood - especially Hinata, who possessed such little self worth. If Lady Hyuuga had her say, I refuse to believe she’d let her children grow up feeling unloved. So it’s probably fair to headcanon she was absent/dead sometime between giving birth to Hanabi and Hinata becoming a genin.
I like to imagine Hiashi is a man who is deeply flawed but had good intentions. Brought up as the eldest and heir, he did everything he was told, excelled in anything put in front of him, and learnt to accept his place. Basically he was the perfect son of the Hyuuga clan. He also was a staunch traditionalist. All the suffering between the branch and main houses he had been taught to accept, and he was never as daring (or had the same perspective) as his younger twin to challenge it. Hiashi envisioned leading a stable and respected clan and raising a family and it crumbles beneath him when his twin brother died.
Hiashi tries so hard to get it back together and fix things but goes about it in all the wrong ways, closing himself off from important people in his life and abandoning one daughter to focus on another. There’s bitterness, but also regret. He’s too busy looking at ghosts of his brother and wife to realise his nephew and daughters have surpassed them. It’s not about him or his wife or Hizashi anymore, but their children who will be the ones to finally stop the cycle of suffering within their family.
Don't worry ^-^! I always get ecstatic when I meet people other than myself who love team 8. Thank you for everything :"). Speaking of team 8, I wasn't provided with enough space in the ask box to completely disperse myself. I always liked the idea of Hinata secretly telling Shino & Kiba all the Hyuuga secrets behind her fathers back. Unbeknownst to her, her father already knows and doesn't mind it and actually encourages it. He considers Kiba & Shino honorary Hyuuga clan members
Sometimes I feel like Hinata herself isn’t privy to the Hyuuga clan’s most deepest secrets, let alone be able to share them with her teammates. Especially since it looks like she didn’t become Hyuuga head. B( There’s are things I bet only Hiashi and the Hyuuga elder are aware of but it’d be NEAT if Hinata took matters into her own hands and learned of them herself, in an effort to see positive change within her family.
I do think Hiashi has enough trust in her to be able to confide in others using her own discretion. If it’s Hinata’s teammates, he’s aware they’d never do anything to betray or endanger her. Hiashi picks up on a lot more than his daughters probably realise.
But yes, I want to hope the Hyuuga clan has changed enough that Kiba and Shino are welcomed in whenever! (and Neji’s teammates too. Now that would be incredible) I kind of want to see Kiba riding on Akamaru and landing on the roof directly above Hiashi’s bedroom at godawful hours of the morning to howl at no one in particular, then cut to Hiashi Hyuuga just staring up at the ceiling wondering what he did to deserve this.