Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabukome wa Machigatteiru – 03
「たまにラブコメの神様はいいことをする」 (Tamani Rabukon no Kamisama wa Iikoto wo Suru)
“Occasionally, the RomCom Gods do something Good”
If this is the direction that Yahari is going to take from now on, you can bet that I’m overly excited to see just how intense things could possibly get in the future. And while that may be hoping for a bit much, I was also pleased to see that the writers finally seem to have created a good formula to create a very interesting episode.
Enter Hachiman, the character who could single-handedly make the world of Yahari go round. Up to this point, it’s been pretty clear that he’s had no intention to change the status quo and if anything would prefer things to get even worse (or in his case, better). That is, I thought it was pretty clear what his intentions were until this week’s episode managed to completely change my mind.
There’s just something about Hachiman’s character that makes me think that he’s capable of doing the impossible. Maybe it’s because how he behaves when faced with stressful situations or maybe it’s because I’m always rooting for the underdog, but every time when push comes to shove, the emotions inside of me swell up to the point where I want to yell out his name in hopes he’ll do something epic. And thus far, we’ve seen slight glimpses of just how capable he can be. From using reverse psychology to help Yui with her cooking or empathizing with Yoshiteru to help keep his self-esteem intact — it’s clear that deep down something intrinsically is motivating him to look out for those around him.
But this week with Saika, there was a completely different feel to things. Looking passed the fact that he probably takes the trap of the season award, it felt like Hachiman was actually going out of his way to help him with his problem. And seeing how there’s nothing extrinsically motivating him and he’s supposed to be the definition of a secluded individual, I think this may be the start of him slowly opening up as a person and transitioning into a person that’s a bit more obvious to the things going on around him. Maybe.
Then again, this third episode was just a whole lot better in general. The jokes were a lot funnier, the character interactions were spot on, and while I’m a little ashamed to say that I enjoyed it I think I’m going to enjoy watching Yui become the comedic relief character. Plus, who wouldn’t enjoy watching Yukino laugh in the face of some blonde bimbo and then show her up in her own sport? Overall, I think I’m beginning to see what’s going to push this show over the top and make it one of the hits of this season. It started out a bit slow by introducing us to the characters but now that the ball’s rolling, I’m expecting to see a bunch of humor while watching three misfits grow out of their shell and become stronger people.