Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabukome wa Machigatteiru – 09
「三度、彼は元来た道へ引き返す」 (Mitabi, Kare wa Moto Kitta Michi eh Hikikaesu)
“And Yet Again, He Goes Back to the Path He Originally Followed.”
With more than half the season already gone, I have to hand it to the people who are directing and writing the adaptation of this series. After last week’s sudden big reveal that it was partially Yukino’s fault that Hachiman got hit by a car, I was half expecting this new connection between them to be the spark that would maybe get the two closer together. But instead of something as fickle as that, it would seem that this might be the catalyst that may really shake the foundation of Hachiman’s values.
And when we’re talking about a slice-of-life, things like this normally never happen. Just as Hachiman said, we’re always dealing with a male lead who’s either struggling to figure out if a girl likes him, is the envy of all girls, or is too dense to understand just what’s going on. But when we have a character who can both see everything that’s going on (I apologize for calling Hachiman dense in a previous post) and understand how to not get stuck in that trap, it really highlights how this genre can take a different spin on things, be fun, and still grounded in reality.
At the same time because of how all of this content is handled, this show has the amazing ability to make the atmosphere surrounding an episode hit the both ends of the emotional spectrum. While things felt pretty upbeat while Hachiman was taking Yui on a “fake” date, I’m sure a few of you were like me and felt a little tug at your heart when Haruno appeared. I mean, can you imagine what might happen if either Yui or Yukino attempted to ask Hachiman out without consulting the other?
So where does that leave us? For the moment, I’m being hopefully optimistic that next week’s episode title is possibly referring to Hachiman and how after everything that has happened he won’t let things reset between him and Yukino. Not only would it place us in a really good spot for this first season to come to an end but I think it’d be nice if making up with Yukino also paved the way for him to become a slightly more optimistic person. At the same time, if things do go down that route I hope it’s done in a way that preserves what makes him such a great character – his honest outlook at life with a bit of commentary that only comes from someone who’s experienced it all.
P.S. Sorry for the late post guys! I’ve been busy at work the past weekend and got a little too involved with setting up streaming on twitch. Again, thank you to everyone who takes the time to read my posts and I’ll try to get things back on schedule! You guys rock <3