Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabukome wa Machigatteiru – 05
「またしても、彼は元来た道へ引き返す」 (Matashitemo, Kare wa Moto Kita Michi eh Hiki Kaesu)
“He Goes Back to the Path he Originally Followed”
Maybe my expectations for this show are a bit too low — because every time I think things can’t get any better I find myself pleasantly surprised when the writers pull out something new and interesting.
As I was prepping to write the post for this episode, there was something that popped into my head and I just couldn’t stop thinking about it. For example, take a look at some of the recent offerings in this genre and take a moment to think about the male lead. They usually have some kind of personality or character issue and it causes them to be either extremely awkward or just plain dumb. As the weeks pass, we watch the male lead “grow” out of their problems or find a way to cope with them. Now, I like a happy ending as much as the next person but sometimes the way these characters get closure end up being too outrageous or just plain unbelievable.
And this is where Yahari once again comes in and manages to separate itself from the pack. Hachiman, who’s demonstrated he’s rather intelligent and able to hold his own when the odds aren’t in his favor, did something that completely caught me off guard — he ignored all the flags that were set and managed to stay true to his goals of not associating with others. The thing is though, it wasn’t ignoring the flags that surprised me but listening to him describe how nice girls are nice to everyone. Like last week, it was a melancholy reminder that the world we live in isn’t all smiles and good times — there’s a lot of crap going on behind the scenes that we usually miss.
Negative thoughts aside, I personally really enjoyed the episode as a whole. Even though the case wrapped up a little quick for my taste, there was a lot sprinkled in-between that made the it all worthwhile. From Komachi reappearing and Saika being mistaken as a girl to that huge cliffhanger of an ending there was more than enough to keep your mind busy. And seeing how negative next week’s preview was, I’m anxious to see what’s going to happen. Because from the sound of things, it looks like every one’s world is about to get turned upside-down!
ED2: 「Hello Alone -Yui Ballade-」 by 由比ヶ浜結衣 CV: 東山奈央 (Yuigahama Yui CV: Touyama Nao)