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A highly requested topic and now it is finally here: The Horimiya Mbti blogpost!
Wondered what the mbti types of the main cast of Horimiya are?
We got a little overview with the stack functions and different mbti personality types for you explaining shortly why each character matches the personality type or why they have a tendency to be close to that personality.
For reference we use the personality database and also add our own observation and research in order to analyse the characters.
Didn’t watch Horimiya yet or have a little problem remembering the plot?
Don’t worry, in this breakfast anime review you can easily see what it is about without getting spoiled!
Also if you missed out on some sad truths and little events that might not have caught your eye in the anime then check out the 5 sad truths that made Horimiya so relatable post.
Our caring female main lead and strong-willed empath Hori is to no surprise a Fe dom meaning that her dominant function making it the highest on the stack shows us how she interacts with the world.
The dominant function which is described as how people see you from the outside or rather because it’s the function that feels the most natural being the highest on the stack it’s more habitual and automatic.
Fe is seen to be Hori’s dominant function easily right off at the beginning of the anime, her way of reading other people’s emotions very well and also wanting to understand them makes her act for others especially towards her brother, Miyamura and friends which she easily reads. As Fe represents extroverted feeling Hori shows deep consideration, comforting aura and nurturing behaviour which we see when she gets to know Miyamura a bit better.
As a second function on her stack Si, gathers the information Hori needs to confirm and check her Judgement. With Auxiliary Si seen in the anime Hori nitpicks on small details that she catches up with the sensitive Miyamura but in a good sense she is very attentive making her also a perfect match for him who is lost in his own thoughts most of the time. We also see that Hori often pushed away situations that may have been discomforting, sad or even heart-breaking yet she treats them as something of experience and can handle them very well, even to a point which she ignores the fact that they emotionally burdened her at the time like when she was sick.
Connecting this to her tertiary function Ne, also known to come out especially when Si is misused or Ne tries to distance from it getting into a so-called Ne-loop.
Ne-loop gives the image of Si being suppressed or at least trying to distance itself from it, should be rewarded with a false sense of controlling a situation and fills ESFJs with contentment at the wrong time.
We see Hori’s Ne-loop tendencies when she tries to push away her negative feelings of being lonely or feeling guilty; she rather forcefully pushes positive emotions despite that her negative ones need a change which were forcefully caused by Miyamura.
With her temper we also see that Hori is bad at admitting embarrassing mistakes and also flaws of hers which seem normal to others yet are a big deal for her.
Yet her Ne positively stands out when she finally gets curious about Miyamura and tries a pace of change from her “usual” ways since Si insists on traditions and how routines work while Ne makes Hori try out new things as we see her exploring new emotions as well as experiences with him, unlike her old routine of only being alone at home with her brother and playing the responsible older sister role.
Last but not least Inferior Ti. The function last on the stack and also compared to the others, the least developed one. It’s the function described as when you are not yourself.
We often see Hori act upon her feelings and especially feelings that connect to others, when it comes to complex logical-thinking it’s not seen as her priority.
So things or problems based on facts alone are often approached by feeling and intuition rather than logical thinking.
Yet when Ti is lacking most of the time which encourages to make life as simple as possible, reason calmly and carefully and rely on oneself, Fe Dom users (such as ENFJ and ESFJ) become highly confused and irritated in Ti-grip, a state in which Ti forces itself due to unresolved problems to come out.
In Ti-grip we can see Hori when she tries to logically think about Miyamura not answering her while he was away. She felt extremely lonely, doubtful and sceptical and instead of going with her logical thoughts that Miyamura may just be busy she still kept going into negative-cycle of thoughts.
We also see Hori being emotionally-exhausted in several parts of the anime, as her other side is hidden and unseen by anyone beside Miyamura she subconsciously felt mistreated by those who don’t understand her and found comfort finally when Miyamura appeared sharing that emotional burden.
Tooru Ishikawa’s mbti is still in-between some discussions while many assume that he also shows ESTP traits the majority thinks he is an ENFJ.
In this Blogpost I chose to analyse the ENFJ stack and also the way it applies more to Ishikawa than the ESTP through observations in the anime. There might be differences in people’s opinion but we will look into it step by step.
Not only are Hori and Ishikawa close, but they also exhibit the same Dom and inferior which is Dom Fe and inferior Ti.
His dom Fe might not be visible at first but especially the way he interacts with people shows that he uses extraverted Feeling, connecting himself with others as he an easy-going person but in combination with his Auxiliary Ni he can very well tell how others might feel, different from Fi which makes him dense about his own feelings and more focussed on interacting on basis of the feelings with others.
It is shown that Ishikawa first realized that Hori had a crush on Miyamura and also saw the chemistry between the two, he is also very considerate of Sakura’s feelings as well as Yoshikawa. He even becomes friends with Miyamura who was his supposed love rival and even supported him in the end showing an altruistic nature. Despite that he got jealous of Miyamura at first he felt guilty about that feeling making him not as selfish as he might appear to be at first.
Back to the Auxiliary Ni, it provides the judgement function Fe with information it needs to judge, making it depend on intuition and knowledge of experience rather than direct information from the world “outside”. Ishikawa also seems to draw parallels and use his introverted intuition to read more into the things around him and connect it to his dominant Fe.
For example he realizes that after getting in a fight with Miyamura that it was a mistake on his side as he assesses the situation. He also easily takes the hint that Sakura might have a crush on him, he also realized first that Yoshikawa and him are more than friends.
His tertiary function is Se. With Fe-Ni being his primary functions interacting with his world, Se still plays an important role. This function develops much later in childhood or even in adolescence and gives him the drive to explore the world around as Ni is more of a rich inner world and relying on experience, while Se is looking for what is happening around him in the world and deriving new experiences from it.
We see Ishikawa move on from Hori and try to find his new happiness instead of sticking to his old ways, he also grows more assertive in order to see what a relationship with Yoshikawa would mean and look like to him in positive ways.
Still Se-loop tendencies are also visible in the anime for Ishikawa when he tried to press his theories about Miyamura and Hori’s relationship in order to feel control over his own fears and feelings of meaningless when he was rejected.
Inferior Ti shows well in Ishikawa as he seems to more or less act with feelings and intuition as his priority.
The so-called Ti-grip is also clearly visible when Ishikawa later on, after thinking that it was over with him having a crush on Hori he was utterly confused trying to find logical excuses for it. He also tries to blame Miyamura and becomes cynical that he is hiding the fact from him that Hori has a crush on Miyamura despite that the latter didn’t know at the time as they were still only friends.
With the bubbly and energetic Yoshikawa there is no wonder that is typed matchingly to her outward appearance, but in order to understand how the stack also applies and makes Yoshikawa an ENFP we will again go through this function by function.
The stack primarily indicates also that Yoshikawa as an ENFP is more focussed and interested in examining the outside world instead of her inner world.
Starting with her dominant function this time we have a dom Ne user, with a perceiving function first on the stack.
Extraverted Intuition that gathers and processes information around them, similar to Ni it is more based on ‘feeling/intuition’ or what we would call a gut feeling when trying to understand others and what is going on with them.
Since ENFPs interact more with the external world in order to form and connect patterns and find them in their surroundings. This may also be seen that Yoshikawa tends to be lost in thought or being in a ‘dreamlike’ state unlike her friend Hori which also made her oblivious about things that were really going on around her for example Yanagi having a crush on her or later on her feelings for Ishikawa which she also realized very late only due to Sakura’s interference.
But the dom Ne function can also be seen in Yoshikawa’s upbeat hopefulness and showing much energy as well as optimism for certain ideas that might strike others as bizarre, new or abstract. The openness for new things and ideas can also be seen in her approach to Miyamura as she was one of the first people to happily approach him and become friends.
Her Auxiliary Fi judges her so-called ‘gut feeling’ and gives Yoshikawa her own morals and ethical thoughts that form her values as we see that despite that Yoshikawa has feelings for Ishikawa she cannot simply approach him as Sakura was the one who caught the opportunity first and is in her eyes a nice girl. The feeling of jealousy towards Sakura felt disgusting to her to a point that she couldn’t face others anymore and felt like she was a despicable girl while she only cared much more for others first than her own wishes. Therefore her primary reactions to the world are based on Ne-Fi showing us the empathetic and altruistic approach of Yoshikawa as she goes by her values and also supports the new information from the external world and new ideas with her judging function and sees where they fit with her values.
There are also habits of immature Fi seen in Yoshikawa as she could brush off the negative feelings that pile up and inhibit her own decision, f.e. when her sister mentioned that despite that Yoshikawa wanted things as a child she never spoke up and was very sad when she saw someone else had that something dear to her, after that she realized that she wanted that.
With her tertiary Te we have another judgement function following this time extroverted thinking. Since the tertiary function develops a bit later than the other two as mentioned before, ENFPs in the young years can seem very emotion-driven and impulsive as we see that despite Yanagi being a good matchup for Yoshikawa and her being aware that Ishikawa may end up with Sakura, she still didn’t decide for a ‘logical approach’ in that situation and immediately decided to reject him before she even got to know him.
The Te supports the Ne-Fi meaning that after deciding or contemplating about an idea with her morals and values, Te makes the decisive and efficient approach to ensure balance.
So we also see the Te-loop tendencies when she shows lacking self-esteem when she compares herself to Sakura.
Te in ENFPs case rather is used to make a decision based on the pre-decision of Ne-Fi.
Last but not least Yoshikawa’s inferior Si. Again this function will develop very late in life and doesn’t come out as often as Ne-Fi and even less than Te since they are the primary and secondary ones.
Si helps remembering the important and interesting knowledge about people they like and find intriguing, all subconsciously.
As it is a perceiving function, this function provides Yoshikawa again with the information she needs to get through with her decisions later on we can also observe this in the anime in which she remembers important details about Sakura’s behaviour that seemed to attract Ishikawa’s attention as well as the things Ishikawa likes.
Si-grip tendencies are also seen when she isolated herself for a while and was lost in her own thoughts and doubts that she didn’t realize what was going on around her.
Last but not least we have the reserved and mysterious Miyamura whose personality type is none other than INFP.
Despite that Miyamura almost shares an identical stack to Ishikawa yet the functions that are extraverted in Ishikawa’s stack are introverted in Miyamura’s stack, same going for the introverted ones.
Having said that Miyamura’s dominant function is introverted Feeling making him a Fi dom.
Unlike Fe, this function focuses the point of feelings not on others mainly but on oneself. Meaning that the way how am I feeling this? Why am I feeling this? is in the foreground and very important to INFPs. We also see that Miyamura is heavily in touch with his own emotions and very self-aware of his emotional state unlike Hori or Ishikawa who may be good at reading other people’s feelings and interacting with them but are pretty dense when it comes to their own feelings.
It makes Miyamura a person who always reflects on his own thoughts and feelings as we see that he also realizes how pessimistic he used to be in middle-school, of the pain and the things that annoyed or triggered him as well as he immediately knew he liked Hori but held back confessing because of other reasons or at least he was stopped instead of being unaware of those feelings.
As his own feelings build his focal point we also often see in the anime that Miyamura’s feelings are heavily emphasized showing that they are a big deal in the way he handles them and seems to know himself very well. Since he is also very honest, it’s no wonder that he acts upon his own values and feelings first and that he aligns his actions to them and doesn’t hesitate to speak his mind boldly as later seen when he starts to become friendly with Hori. He mostly says what he is thinking as seen when he confronted Sengoku about mistreating Hori before he knew they were childhood friends.
His Auxiliary Ne is the second function on the stack and forms his primary Fi-Ne. Ne supports the judging dominant judging function, with it being a perceiving function it gathers the information needed in the external world to support the strong values and beliefs INFPs hold.
It shows the curiosity for new ideas like in Yoshikawa’s case, for INFPs it’s a way to search for new inspiration and ideas as they are usually very creative people.
We also see Miyamura not shying away from new things as long as he seems the align with his values and not making him feel too uncomfortable as he slowly starts to see his life change from a lonely path to a highschool life filled with warmth and new emotions due to him cooperating into this new ideas and concepts. He also connects those new things like cutting his hair in order to make the people around him happy in a way, as he did change his outward appearance for Hori.
Tertiary Si, introverted Sensing is the third function on his stack and may not be as strong as Fi-Ne but supports those functions making it secondary.
Another perceiving function that helps the INFP to find stability in reflecting their own values and beliefs. It also helps out sorting all their internal thoughts as INFPs tend to have a rich inner world in which they can get lost at times.
Si let’s the INFP absorb all the detailed information that they need for later processing and decision making based on their values, it could be something simple as remembering someone’s favourite color or something more abstract like a distinctive pattern of a person.
We see that Miyamura often observes those close around him without saying much which some people interpret as weird staring or eyeing but deep inside he is absorbing all the information. It’s no wonder that we see Miyamura remember Hori’s favourite food or little things she does such as habits of her when she lies or her “baka” that she utters when flustered.
Yet we see again like in Yoshikawa’s case that Miyamura has Si-loop tendencies in the anime as his own pessimism obstructs his way of happiness which made him hesitate many times. As well as throwing away opportunities due to his negative childhood experience.
Last but not least on his stack is his inferior Te.
Similar to our Fe doms Hori and Ishikawa, Miyamura as a Fi dom prioritizes his decision and interactions around him on feeling and intuition which pushes logical and hard facts in the background.
It doesn’t mean that they are not capable of thinking logically or referring to facts but they simply feel more comfortable using their dominant function which makes it hard to step into the unfamiliar of this function.
So while Te is about organizing oneself, thinking about problems critically, asserting oneself but unlike Fe using an unemotional approach in presentation, and structure.
Typically Te is seen in older INFPs since the function develops very late, there are still some cases we see that Miyamura views his own past impulsive behaviours critically and thinks about a logical approach. It’s his tattoos and piercings in fact he knows that it might cause him problems if he is seen at school with them.
He tried to cover them properly and went lengths as to wear several layers of clothes even in summer to hide them in order to avoid problems or being called out by teachers for that (since he got his tattoos very early let alone pierced all of his piercings alone).
Yet there are more Te-grip moments we can see in the anime such as him viewing himself as a failure not being able to connect with others and sticking to that as until he met Hori he believed he couldn’t change that and would always be alone.
As we discussed half of the cast in this blogpost part two will be about the other four left.
So next time we will analyse Remi, Iura, Sengoku and Sakura according to their mbti types using the stacks.
Are there any other character’s mbti you are interested in and why they might be that personality type?
Drop them in the comments.
I will see you next time when we graduate with the next set of characters!