Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabukome wa Machigatteiru – 11
「そして、それぞれの舞台の幕が上がり、祭りは最高にフェスティバっている」 (Soshite, Sorezore no Butai no Maku ga Agari, Matsuri wa Saikou ni Fesutibatteiru)
“Thus, The Curtain Rises On Each of Their Stages, As The Festival Reaches a Feverish Pitch”
After nearly a whole season of watching Hachiman take the route less taken, I’m impatiently waiting for him to go into full OREMAN mode and uppercut some sense and humility into all of his spineless peers who refuse to question the gigantic problem staring them right in the face.
But before any of that, was I the only one who thought this episode felt a little rushed? Maybe it’s because there’s only one episode left but this week’s episode reminded me of the unpleasant pacing toward the beginning of the series. I may be committing a recency bias here because of all the amazing things that we’ve seen from the past few weeks but after taking the time to build up all this tension between Hachiman, Yukino, and Sagami it felt like a letdown to see things seamlessly fall into place — especially with Sagami! What happened to that blind determination she had? Last week she was literally prancing around a stressed out Yukino without a care in the world and yet this week she’s like a lost puppy who just got uppercut in the face.
At the same time, while I may be criticizing the pacing, I have to admit that I loved how it made Hachiman seem like he’s finally kicking things into gear. Instead of being the complacent and outspoken guy we’ve come to know, the small changes he’s going through make it seem like he just may end up being the hero we need. I mean, that mini speech during the committee meeting would have had such a strong impact had Haruno not randomly burst out laughing!
Which in turn leaves us at what I believe is a great place for a finale. We’ve seen most of the cast grow slightly here and there but the icing on the cake is definitely going to be watching how Hachiman handles things next week. Between Yukino, Yui, and that stupid committee chair Sagami there’s more than enough for Hachiman to end things with a gigantic bang. That, or at least he’ll maybe make up with Yukino and the two will grow a little bit closer (: