The Genderbending of Haruhi Suzumiya
One of oddities which emerged from the Haruhi Suzumiya anime is the rise in popularity of “Kyonko”. Now it’s obvious that this name is a play on Kyon’s name. It is common with Japanese names to add a -ko suffix to a name in order to make it feminine. Examples: Kyo -> Kyoko. And you guessed it, Kyonko is the female version of Kyon. Now, I’m not sure how this genderbending of characters began, but it caught on fast and soon we had the opposite gender version of nearly everyone from the show.
There’s an appeal in having a stubborn and sarcastic girl like Kyonko dealing with an overly excitable and aggressive male like Haruhi. In most instances, Kyonko has a shy or tsundere-ish side to her personality and is sensitive about the size of her breasts. Appropriately, Kyonko wears her hair in a long ponytail – the type which Kyon finds really sexy.
The show would be totally different if you think about it… though I do not want to see male Haruhi in some perverse version of the bunny GIRL outfit. The female Itsuki x Kyonko pairing is also very popular – of which I highly endorse! There’s also a couple of short doujins made using the genderbended characters, check out some of the Kyonko doujins.
The appearance of Kyonko months after the the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya finished airing (in Japan) shows that Haruhism is as strong as always. In the canonical sense, it certainly is possible for Haruhi to have created this gender-switched universe on one of her whims. Maybe she just figured it would be easier to bully Kyon and get her way if she made him female ;p
Check out more Haruhi (male) and Kyonko pairing pics.