Welcome to the review of Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru
English: My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU
Synonyms: Oregairu, My Youth Romantic comedy is wrong as I expected.
This romantic comedy revolves around an antisocial high school student named Hikigaya Hachiman with a distorted view on life and no friends or girlfriend. When he sees his classmates talking excitedly about living their adolescent lives, he mutters: “They’re a bunch of liars.” When he is asked about his future dreams, he responds, “Not working.” A teacher gets Hachiman to join the “Volunteer Service” club, which happens to have the school’s prettiest girl, Yukinoshita Yukino.
Mains and their other voices:
Takeo, Gouda(Ore Monogatari)
Kotori, Iida (Sweetness and Lightning), Uzumaki Himawari, Nino Arisugawa (Fukumenkei Noise), Aka no Archer (Fate/Apocrypha)
Nagisa Shiota (Assassination Classroom), Kirisaki Chitoge (Nisekoi)
This damn story seems very familiar, like I’m having deja vú, though with fewer “shujinko” (protagonist) moments or something like joining the same club as the prettiest girl in the school.
I found that I was easily able to identify with the main character. The reason being, that no matter what your back story, people have gone through some of these experiences on some level and thus can empathize with Hachiman.
Hachiman Hikigaya plays the anti-hero, the Batman of emotional high school drama, if you will. The hero that does what needs to be done despite how people may view him afterwards but his methods are far from socially accepted some would go so far to say a little sociopathic. He prides himself on being a loner and believes that nothing good happens to him. He goes further than that by saying, “Youth is both a lie and a form of evil”, because of this and his negativity he abandons all hope.
The animation was very good, capturing some of the finer details of motion which was then able to effectively bring emotion to a scene or glimpses of “kawaii”.
Animation studios sometimes make the grave error of spending most of their budget on details in motion which is why toward to end of the anime the animation becomes lacklustre. You don’t see it here (to a point), over all it’s well balanced through out the season though you can see it slip at some points, however if you weren’t paying attention you may have missed it.
I found the story refreshing though a little bit predictable at times the romance hasn’t really started to fly yet however if the end is supposed to be a happy end it’s pretty much predictable who Hachiman is supposed to end up with.
I couldn’t really say that there was any major story progression in the first season, but we’ll have to see how the second season pans out. Though one thing I do like is the 4th wall break in some of the conversations.
The obvious point: The 3 main character’s names share alliteration.
Looking at the whole cast of characters, some character’s you could easily like while others take a bit of time, but no matter how much time it would take I could never like Zaimokuza. This character loses his ablilty to be the series’ comic relief within the first 4 minutes of him appearing on screen, afterwards he becomes completely cringy, (or maybe this is his character by design?).
However the animation sometimes suffers from a bit of same face syndrome (Yukinoshita, Yukino & Hiratsuka, Shizuka).
However character personalities are distinct which saves us from confusion.
On a side note – Is it me or does Hachiman’s kawaii, kawaii imouto (little sister), Hikigaya, Komachi resemble another imouto of an infamous Quasi-Human, Former Vampire from different anime? Hmmm? Well that may be a Monogatari for another time.
I believe that the imouto character in Komachi has be to be one of the most straight forward and lovable without having the over used “Onii-chan no baka” relationship, i think this makes it quite refreshing.
So why watch this anime?
Besides the great character design, it offers a slightly different take on the normal highschool drama, the anti-hero. There really wasn’t any filler episodes besides episode 13 which in my opinion could have been totally omitted and the season would have had a better ending on episode 12. But in all it’s an interesting watch.
Character Design: 8
Story/Plot : 8
Voice Acting: 7.5
So go ahead an watch it and if you already have, let me know what you think, if you have any comments please feel free to use the box below.
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Until next time…
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