Another entry on persistent men.
Both cartoons my kid has been watching recently and I roll my eyes every single time.
David, from Lilo and Stitch. Nani, the older sister, says, “David, I told you. It’s too complicated. I can’t date you.” While her life is quite complicated, it sounds like she’s been putting him off for a long time. But of course, he is always there. I can just hear the, “But he’s just trying to help,” and the response to that is, “He’s only trying to get her to date him still.” Later in the film, “Oh, David. I am going to owe you big time for this!” and his response is, “Why don’t you just date me and we’ll call it even?” Despite how many times she says no, he is still there and in the end, all the photos show them all together as a happy family.
There may be some backstory there, they were dating before and they took a break so Nani could settle with Lilo, but it doesn’t seem like it. It seems like David has always been that cockleburr in your sock and Nani finally just accepted the eventuality of it.
If she should want to break up? What would the nightmare of that look like? She’s got a small kid to care for. If he can’t respect her boundaries now, why would he then?
And the other example for today is Tombo from Kiki’s Delivery Service. I don’t know how much clearer it could be that she wants nothing to do with him. Every time I watch Kiki, every time Tombo shows up, all I can think is Fuck that guy. And Osono doesn’t help matters either, sending Kiki out to make a delivery to him. I mean… she’s in a very vulnerable position, a young girl alone in a big city. And he just keeps badgering her and being creepy and not taking No for an answer. It icks me out big time.
At least he’s the only one in Miyazaki I can think of off the top of my head.
And I don’t even want to begin going into the Persistent Man with romance novels. That’s a pretty common, gross adventure. I’ll have to start charting those too. As much fun as that will be, lololol.