There is one more big factor that’s very important in proving Inami is ONLY AS STRONG AS A YOUNG BOY. Actually, I could have probably just posted this one thing and nothing else and it’d prove my point, it’s that important.
Once Aoi Yamada’s brother is introduced, Inami attacks him on the spot thinking he’s a mugger. He quickly and easily stops her – the reason given being because he is “good at karate”. Keep in mind he’s just a kid going to a club for it at school, he’s not some man beast 300 pound defensive lineman who is also great at defensive martial arts. He’s a normal boy. The fact he can stop her so amazingly easily, and even hurt her (she says ow quite often when he stops her) in doing so, proves she is far from strong compared to boys her age, let alone adults. She is just strong for a high school girl – which would put her at the strength of a weaker high school boy. Keep in mind Takanashi has also admitted in that same scene he entirely holds himself back against her because of moral issues – the same goes for the rest of the male cast. She’s never a serious enough threat for any of them to fight back against or drastically defend themselves in a way that might harm her.
Now, what everything boils down to is a few key points;
1. Inami is not that dangerous. Her strength is that of a typical young boy, even her hardest hit wouldn’t do anything aside bruise you if you’re very easily bruised. Everything else in the show is proven, within the show itself, to be for comedic effect. She does everything she possibly can to keep others informed about her condition, away from any situations she’d end up hitting them. On top of that, she works extremely hard at fixing her problem and has made huge improvements on it throughout the series. And, once again, she only has the strength of a typical boy, even if she were to hurt you it’d just be an “ow” situation, not a hospital visit. The show proves this time and time again. They exaggerate her strength and then, when hit, nobody shows any sign of damage aside not liking being punched in the face – she is factually not dangerous to anyone. The biggest problem is her fear of men, which is a very life-ruining problem for her and nobody else.
2. She is one of the most important aspects of the series as she carries the only semblance of plot progression and character development. The entire cast is great, I love them all, but without Inami the show would be basically the first 3 episodes of Lucky Star over and over again. I like Lucky Star too – but even they realized that was going badly and changed the style of the show because of it. Without her the show would just go nowhere. Sure, there are other things to build on – but that NEVER HAPPENS, and even if it did, it’d be extremely generic and end up changing the overall style of the show and personalities of the characters. With Inami there, the focus can remain more open while still giving itself an actual sign of development and progression. You get everyone’s little stories that if they were focused on would become more tiresome than marathoning Kimi ni Todoke and every single joke would become stale in a matter of an episode or two. With Inami you get a break from the constant same-jokes and slow-progress that everything else in the show has, making the entire series better for it by putting it at a good pace with well thought out breaks.
3. She is canonically one of the more safe and by far the most caring of the entire cast. If she isn’t your type, fine, but if you hate her for anything aside her simply not being to your tastes you’re objectively wrong. There is not a single aspect in terms of within the show (her personality, attributes, qualities, way shes acts, etc) nor in terms of her effect on the series that are bad or detrimental in any way. She is, objectively, a neutral character at worst. There is nothing factual or canonical about her that has any negative consequence for the series one way or another. Actually, out of the entire cast, she is one of the only characters with POSITIVE aspects in terms of helping the show’s overall quality; a developing love story, progress on her androphobia, and of course her interactions with others helping progress their stories as well. You could literally remove ANYONE ELSE in the cast and the show wouldn’t change much at all – but remove Inami and it’s a whole different ball game.
4. Everyone working at Wagnaria and most of the people involved with it in some way or another all have issues. This is a town of fucking sociopaths and general crazies – but in actuality everyone is just normal. It’s an exaggerated view of people; everyone has their problems, this just blows them up to a bigger scale to see how life would be if those things that are in everyone a little bit were one of the biggest things about them. It’s the type of shit you think about at school, work, or just while people watching. That’s all this is, a look at people and an imaginatively blown out of proportion idea of how they would be if what one of their most notable aspects became ten times bigger. Inami is not literally crushing concrete pillars, Yachiyo is not literally threatening the life of Otoo with a katana, Kyoko is not literally eating sweets constantly and gaining no weight outside of her breasts. It’s just for entertainment value.
5. Less directly related to Inami, but in general locking people up who have non-threatening psychological disorders is fucking stupid. Just stop even treating this as a point to make against her or anyone else, it’s something you’d hear on Fox news and is not only proof you have no clue what you’re talking about but shows what a piece of shit you are.
Overall, Inami isn’t anything but the target people who are upset their favorite isn’t in the spotlight more often. She’s a sad victim of retarded people tossing blame onto anything but the actual issue (themselves) and not wanting to admit it’s just a simple issue of “I like someone else more so I want them to be the lead”. There is not a single thing about Inami that makes her a bad character or a detrimental existence to Working!! or to her fellow co workers and friends at Wagnaria. Get over it.
As always happens when I try writing this, I’m not entirely happy with how I wrote this out – but this is the third or fourth time I’ve tried so I’m going with it. If there’s anything you want to add – or any points you want to make against what I’ve said – go ahead and say so in the comments and I’ll be sure to respond at some point and maybe edit some stuff into the actual posts as well.