Higehiro: After Being Rejected, I Shaved and Took in a High School Runaway has introduced to us the main characters of the anime series as it follows the story of Yoshida who met Sayu under a lamplight. Sayu was established as a runaway from home, the very reason why Yoshida found her sitting on the side of the street on her own in the middle of the night. But why? Why did Sayu run away from home?
To backtrack a bit, here’s the history of Sayu based on the pages of the light novel series of the same name by Shimesaba with the illustrations of booota and in the shōnen manga series by the same author with the illustrations of Imaru Adachi.
Sayu is a 17-year-old high school student of Asahikawa Dairoku High School from a prominent family in Hokkaido, the Ogiwara family. She has an older brother, Issa Ogiwara, who is a CEO of a food corporation. She ran away from home due to some reasons yet unknown and for six months, she has been living on the streets trading herself as payment for some strangers to let her have a roof to stay in.
Sayu moved from place to place until she reached Tokyo where she meets Yoshida, the first guy who didn’t take advantage of her and let her stay even without an exchange of sexual favors.
All she had when she left home are the clothes she’s wearing, her high school uniform, a brown sweater, and black lingerie in her blue backpack. She knows she has to sustain herself and without money to do this, she had to do what she thought could give her the basic needs to live – she resorted to seducing guys to let her stay and have food to eat in exchange for her body.
She was hesitant at first, who wouldn’t? But she had to survive and despite hating what she is doing, she had to do it. With this, she had grown beyond her age and she developed maturity and mental fortitude to mask her emotions and feelings. At 17, she already had to face a hard life.
When she met Yoshida, she was confused and thankful at the same time, Yoshida let her stay without anything in exchange, without any significant demands.
But why? Why did she run away? She’s from a prominent family, she doesn’t have to go through such hardship.
In the manga and the light series, it wasn’t revealed yet why Sayu had to run away from home but there are various theories as to why she did it and chose the hard life on the streets.
One prominent theory is that Sayu’s family has pushed her to run away or that her family has been tough on her. In both the manga and light novels, when the word “parents” is mentioned, she would always be speechless. This hints that she could have some painful feelings towards them that she had to resort to run away.
Being a girl in the family is quite hard and parents can really be strict that they could lose their freedom to do what their heart desires. It can also be possible that Sayu ran away to experience a life she never got the chance to live with her family, she could be feeling trapped that she had to break free in order to do such.
Another theory is that Sayu’s way of coping with the difficulties of life is running away. In a painful experience, Sayu lost a close friend, Yuzuki, who took her own life and this resulted in the relationship of Sayu and her mother strain as her mother believes Sayu is the reason why Yuzuki did such. Not knowing who to turn to, it’s possible that this is why Sayu ran away.
Throughout the manga and the light novels, Sayu receives help from both Yoshida and Airi to learn how to face her demons and her issues, to face reality, and to come to realize that she has to come back home.
With no concrete reason yet, this makes the anime series more interesting as to how it will discuss why Sayu really ran away from home.