Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabukome wa Machigatteiru – 04
「つまり、彼は友達が少ない」 (Tsumari, Ore wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai)
“Basically, I don’t have a lot of friends”
If there’s one thing that I can always count on, it’s definitely this show ruining any happy misconceptions I had about anime. While I doubt if any of you viewers will sympathize with me, I felt a little empty inside after both watching and listening to Hachiman destroy the image that years of anime had created in my head about “imoutos”.
Because when one talks about the innocent creature known as the “imouto” they end up on either side of the spectrum — they’re either extremely cute and fuzzy or a complete and total bitch who’s insensibility has no bounds. But after seeing through the eyes of the all-knowing Hachiman, it dawned upon me that a third category of “imouto” exists; the normal ones! All jokes aside, I was in total awe after listening to him describe just how emotionless he feels toward everything related to his sister. Maybe my mind has been corrupted by another show with “imouto” in the title but I was expecting a bit more than just “when I see her pantsu, I’m not even fazed.” I don’t know about you but I’d love to see more of Hachiman’s younger sister!
After last week’s stellar episode, I was wondering whether or not the show would be able to keep up with the pace it had set and it was a nice surprise to see that things haven’t slowed down a bit. Actually, the real surprise this week was how Hachiman handled things with Hayato. Or rather, how Hayato responded and accepted Hachiman’s methods. Because up until this point, I don’t think we’ve seen anyone acknowledge and accept Hachiman’s rather cynical way of thinking. Be it because Yui is too busy trying to impress him or Yukino trying to insult him with any opportunity she gets, it always feels like he’s trying to walk up an insanely steep hill. At the same time, Hayato and Hachiman’s new budding friendship brings up another interesting question — what would happen if a popular kid joined the Volunteer’s club? I can only imagine just how much the group dynamic would change with such clashing personalities being stuck together in a small room. Then again maybe Hayato would be able to utilize his passive “The Zone” to bring everyone together!
To round out the post, I want to end on a quick talk on the social commentary that this show provides as a whole. Mostly coming from the view of either Hachiman or Yukino, it’s quite eerie how spot on the two end up being. From commenting on people’s behaviors to how social “clicks” group together — it’s a refreshing yet disgusting reminder of how society forces specific roles onto people whether or not they like it. But in this week’s episode, I thought it was nice change of pace to see Yui trying to bring in something like girl’s talk into play. Besides trying to point out just how bad some girls are in terms of not keeping their mouths shut, you have to love how it’ll unleash certain people’s inner-desires without them even noticing!
And seeing how episode three and four both held up well, I’m excited to see what the writers have in store for us! Honestly though, I’d be content with more of Hachiman’s sister and any interactions where Hachiman and Saika are on the screen at the same time. Because come on, watching Hachiman get all flustered while talking to a guy is the definition of a trap that’s been well constructed!