|“||Every individual must be aware of themselves. If not, those who watch them think fools of themselves.|
|Fuyumi Irisu to Houtarou Oreki, Hyouka Episode 10||”|
Fuyumi Irisu ( 入須 冬実, Irisu Fuyumi ) is a friend of Eru Chitanda's. She made a independent film along with other volunteers from her class 2-F. She is nicknamed as "The Empress".
Fuyumi Irisu has an elegant and cool aura about her as she is generaly cold, realistic and outspoken; as claimed by Hōtarō Oreki, all the while keeping a calm and relaxed attitude. Irisu prioritizes results over anything else and as a result, is willing to manipulate and use people to get what she desires. While in public, Irisu maintains a kind and professional appearance at all times. As revealed in Drama CD Arienai Makuai Geki (Part IV), Irisu is very fond of cute things, though she tries to deny it.
Irisu is quite taller than Eru Chitanda. She has long, straight black hair and wears a white headband. Her most noticeable feature is a strand of hair that runs across her face down to her right cheek. Irisu has elegant indigo-blue eyes and a rather pale complexion. Fuyumi is seen in the Kamiyama High School uniform for the majority of the series, though appears dressed up traditionally as the "Empreror/Prince" in the last episode of the Anime - "The doll that took a detour". She is described as being very beautiful by Satoshi Fukube.
Additional info Fuyumi Irisu is quite famous, her family runs the general hospital that is near their school.
Fuyumi requests for the Classic Club members to watch 2-F's class movie so she can recieve some honest opinions on it. As she goes off to start the movie, she explains that the movie still has no title, only having the title as "Mystery" for now. She says "Good luck," to the four, which makes Hōtarō suspicious. After they finished watching it, it is revealed that the movie is incomplete and that the real reason for them being asked to watch it was for them to try to guess the identity of the culprit behind the crime in the movie due to the fact that scriptwriter fell ill before the script was finished. Hōtarō agrees to help Irisu. After talking to all of the amateur detectives and dismissing their theories as no good, Fuyumi invites him out for tea and questions him about the theories. She asks Hōtarō to come up with his own so to finish the movie. Hōtarō comes up with his own, and tells Irisu. They finish the movie using Hōtarō's theory. However, Hōtarō misses a minor detail, and it turns out his theory wasn't the exact idea Hongou had.
The next day, Hōtarō confronts Irisu. He turns down her offer to go to a class party to celebrate the movie. He would rather have a talk with her. Hōtarō says that he wasn't solving a mystery, he was writing one. Irisu does not seem surprised and asks him how he knew. He provides evidence of Hongou's personality that she hates people dying in books, she would not have had anyone die in her movie. The entire class voted to a killing, but she was the only one who voted for no deaths. She wrote the script, ignoring the wishes of her fellow students, but to hide what she was doing, Irisu took over and turned Hongou's script over to the three theorists to see if they can finish the script. In the end they were deemed unusable, so she had to call in outside talent. The revelation makes Hōtarō very angry, almost depressed, as he walks home. They haven't spoken to each other since this incident.
During the Kanya Festival, Eru approached Fuyumi to help her sell anthologies for the Classics Club, Fuyumi agrees, and Eru thanks her. Fuyumi tells Eru she can thank her after the anthologies sell, and asks her how many copies she has. Eru tells her that they have 200 copies, Fuyumi comments that's a lot, and Eru tells her about the mistake with printing. Fuyumi tells her she'll sell 20 copies for 200 yen as a bundle with a pamphlet for her class's film. Fuyumi holds out her hand for a sample copy, Eru misunderstands and puts her hand on Fuyumi's hand, and Fuyumi tells her that she wanted a sample copy of the anthology. Eru, didn't have one, and Fuyumi tells her to bring one wherever she asks, and that people change depending on how you ask them.
Eru grabs Fuyumi's hand and comments on how she's really good at asking people for things, and asks her to teach her how to do that. Fuyumi is a little embarassed because a bunch of people are staring and lets go of Eru's hand. Fuyumi then tells Eru how she asks for things. No matter what you're asking for, you need to encourage that other party to move of their own accord, in order to do that, you have to make them feel mentally satisfied at working for you. Fuyumi says there are various methods, but for Eru, the best way would be to make them feel like she has expectations of them. If she can do that, they'll be happy to do whatever she asks, just as long as she doesn't make it seem like it's an important issue. Fuyumi tells her to give the impression that it's a small problem for her, but somewhat important for them. The last thing she tells Eru is try to ask people of the opposite sex in private room. Fuyumi then tells Eru to hurry up and fetch the anthology. Eru then thanks her for the lesson.
She is later seen attending a magic show sitting next to Satoshi, where Jirō and Muneyoshi both say hello to her.
Fuyumi is seen again in episode 17, she gives Eru the money earned from selling Hyōka, and Eru tears up a bit. She tells her that she wanted to sell them at full price, but Eru says that what she gave her is more than enough and thanks her. Fuyumi tells her to stop thanking her. She is about to tell her something else, but hesitates Eru asks what it is. She tells Eru to stop using her method of requesting something, she's not cut out for it. When Eru tries to control people using expectations, it makes her sound like she's completely dependent. Fuyumi tells her that she should stop using advice for her own plans. Eru's weakness is that she only knows how to get straight to the point, but it's also a peerless weapon for her.
Irisu and Chitanda are on good terms and seem to be friends. During the Kan'ya Festival, Chitanda asked Irisu for advice on how to sell the Hyouka Anthologies, a request Irisu could not refuse because she was "attacked" by "The Power of Chitanda's Eyes".
Under the guise of solving a mystery, she used Hōtarō to finish class 2-F's movie for the Kan'ya Festival which made him angry, almost to the point of depression. They would later meet again after working together during the Doll Festival where Irisu played the Emperor. Afterwards, the two spoke briefly, though Oreki was still wary of her past manipulation of him. However, Irisu claimed that, this time, their conversation was just that: a friendly conversation, no ulterior motives.
It's pretty obvious that Irisu was designed to be Chitanda's opposite in character. While Houtarou and his sister (based on Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes) are like interchanged/opposite characters in traits.
Irisu herself said that Chitanda's main merit as a character was that she was able to get straight to the point or to be straightforward to people (especially when asking for something). This on the inverse alludes to her personality that relies on manipulating people to do what she wants to ask for. However, on the last episode of the anime series and the aftermath of "Fool's End Credits", we get to see more of Irisu's honest side where she shows or hints that she feels regret in using Houtarou-possibly trying to recover their connection or make personal amends on the last episode despite there being no need to.
This may be because in truth, Irisu is an awkward person put under the pressure of being from a well-off family that owns a general hospital (similar to Tougaitou Masashi's circumstances) so she needs to put up a strong front even going so far as to deny she likes cute things. But because of this, she doesn't know how to just ask people for their help when she needs them, and so in turn relies on deceit (she hinted to Eru that pretending to be something else for too long will make that pretense true which is by her experience-looking back on her character).
Her chat reaction to Hongou's during the aftermath of the mystery video presentation suggests that she wasn't totally an evil person as well unlike how Tomoe implied (she just found the script boring-which would be the reaction any person other than Eru would have if Hongou's script was followed in entirety as Houtarou deduced in the end), as she could only make a wry reaction to Hongou saying in the end that she only wanted everyone to have fun shooting the video. A fact that shows her (Fuyumi) that Hongou was an awkward person like her as well. It can be interpreted that Tomoe "played" both Houtarou and Irisu to make them both realize their flaws which they both later start to learn from.
Lastly, being opposite characters, Irisu is also hinted to have formed some connection/attachment to Houtarou (on the last episode where she tries to make conversation and amends despite having no need to) just like Eru does. This in turn is shown to be reciprocated similarly to Eru and Houtarou's initial relationship where he is drawn to the latter's "wasteful use of energy", while on the other hand, he is drawn to Irisu's attitude that makes "efficient use of energy".
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