Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabukome wa Machigatteiru – 10
「依然として彼らの距離は変わらずに、祭りはもうすぐカーニバる」 (Izentoshite Karera no Kyori wa Kawarazuni, Matsuri wa Mousugu Kaanibaru)
“The Distance Between Them Hasn’t Changed and The Festival Will Soon Become a Carnival”
The amount of negative emotion that this series draws out of me is almost as bad as watching someone punch cute puppies in the face. Basically, at certain times, I would have loved to trade places with Hachiman and uppercut some of these high school ass hats. But seeing how the technology to cross into a different dimension is still at the least three years out, I’ll have to let my words do the fighting for me.
Let’s start with Sagami Minami, the stupidest bitch that this series has encountered thus far. I mean, how dumb to you have to be to ask someone who’s known to be ruthless and brilliant, help you manage the very committee that just futilely asked her to do that very job? But then to get jealous after she outshines you purely because of just how much more competent she is at your job? If that isn’t the definition of an idiot with an inferiority complex who unleashed everything bad upon themselves without realizing it than I don’t know what to think anymore.
But seeing how I’ve cooled down a bit after attempting to re-write that last paragraph over fifteen times, I am honestly amazed with just how emotional this episode got me. I went in expecting to see an awkward Hachiman try to deal with his internal problems with a lost looking Yukino. Instead I was greeted by an extremely awkward Hachiman trying his hardest to help Yukino out of a troublesome spot — something that by the time it happened I was hoping for but honestly half expecting not to. But nonetheless it did happen and I’m hoping that this monumental event plus trying to expose Sagami for the bitch she really is might mark the turning point that will repair the relationship between the two.
And even though I keep going on and on about just how furious I was, there were a few moments that managed to shine through. Ebina’s “must-gay” comment was probably one of the funniest made up English lines that I’ve heard in quite a while. But add in the mental image of Hachiman and Hayama doing yaoi things to each other and it elevates the joke to a whole new level. And while we’re talking about Hayama, he ended up being the other saving grace! While it’s been clear that he’s a nice guy, I think it’s been set into stone that he’s a nice guy for the sake of being a good person — not for some type of personal benefit. While he could have done a bit more than just volunteer to be the volunteers’ leader, it’s nice to know that he realizes that something stupid has occurred within the committee. Plus how can you not like someone who takes the time to talk to Hachiman about things beside their own problems?
Here’s to me hoping that next week’s episode involves Hachiman having another outburst that’s hopefully a bit more meaningful and a whole lot less awkward — I know you can do it man!