Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabukome wa Machigatteiru – 02
「きっと、誰しも等し並みに悩みを抱えている」 (Kitto, Dareshimo Hitoshinami ni Nayami wo Kakaeteiru)
“I’m Sure Everyone Has the Same Worries”
Yahari is definitely turning into one of those shows that have the ability to hit many different notes all at the same time. Some people may see the serious side of things while others may die from laughing too hard — pretty impressive for an anime don’t you think?
After witnessing Hachiman’s brilliance toward the end of last week’s episode, something inside of me started to question just what kind of person he is. It’s obvious that he’s endured some traumatizing events throughout his childhood which led to some awkward tendencies but deep down inside of that twisted mind it’s clear that there’s a good guy just waiting for others to call out. Last week, I wasn’t sure whether or not I’d say that he’s a good guy since helping a pretty girl can have its ulterior motives, lewd or not. But fast forward to this week and there was a moment that caught me so off guard that I wasn’t sure how to proceed. Remember when Hachiman, after a few moments of deliberation, tried to help Yui as she was getting forced into a corner? Yes, it was a little wimpy, completely ineffective, and ruined my view on Hachiman as a man but something brilliant happened afterwards — Yui thanked him. Something about that genuine thank you for something that most people wouldn’t have even noticed was so touching that I’m still having difficulty trying to express my feelings about it.
And that right there is one of the greatest things about this show — there’s so many ways to interpret what happens that the person next to you might see things completely different than you do and you’d both be correct. Because after listening to my fellow writers live-chat as they were watching the episode, you wouldn’t believe that what they watched was the same thing that I watched! But if sentimental feelings aren’t your thing, how about another rampant case of eight-grade syndrome?
With the appearance of the heavy set fellow Zaimokuza Yoshiteru ( Voiced by the amazing Hiyama Nobuyuki who also did Viral’s voice from Gurren Lagann), I incorrectly guessed he might actually be someone cool with that Hoenheim-style overcoat he was rocking. Seeing how he ended up being the complete opposite of that, I was rather impressed how the writers handled such a rampant case of eighth-grade syndrome. They did such a good job with the way he spoke and moved that the awkwardness the characters were feeling hit my brain so quickly that it tempted me to look away in a vain attempt to make it stop.
Two episodes in, and I’m starting to really enjoy Yahari. Not only are we starting to get a feel for who the characters really are and what makes them tick but it seems that they’re all harboring something deeper than just being socially awkward. While it remains to be seen whether or not Yui has more issues to face, I can’t wait to see how Yukino and Hachiman tackle their inner demons!