「ようやく彼と彼女の始まりが終わる」 (Youyaku Kare to Kanojo no Hajimari Ga Owaru)
“As last, his and her beginning will come to an end”
It’s hard not to come back every week and not have something good to say about this show. Because when a show does something out of the ordinary pretty well and the standard things extremely well, it means that you get the best of both worlds — you get a slice-of-life that doesn’t bore you but still get some of those elements that make a slice-of-life worth watching. And in this episode’s case, it was definitely an example of just how well Yahari’s story holds up when you throw it into the realm of a “regular” slice-of-life.
Or rather, when the story pushes our characters into the realm of real people since I doubt any one of them (except Yui) would even contemplate going there — as Komachi so clearly stated when she left Hachiman and Yukino alone with each other at a mall. And while I can’t pinpoint what makes it so fun to watch there’s just something about seeing the two main misfits thrust into the arms of society that highlighted two points that probably wouldn’t have made as much sense in any other fashion. In Yukino’s case, it’s amazingly awkward how she won’t openly express her inner-girly side. Sure there were hints along the way before we reached this episode but watching her fawn over anything cutesy is such a stark contrast to the everyday Yukino that it makes you reconsider whether or not this tsundere has none or a whole ton of dere-dere inside of her. And in Hachiman’s case it’s becoming painfully clear that he’s just a misunderstood nice-guy who’s given up on anything a normal person would consider “happy” in life. And as negative as that sounds, it creates an awesome premise for a show that I still can’t put a finger on what the end goal is.
Because there’s a huge difference between a guy who’s down in a rut and a guy who’s completely lost faith in the world around him. And seeing how Hachiman is a prime example of the latter, it’s interesting to think about what he’ll do when there’s two girls on complete different ends of the spectrum thrown at him. You have a kind and thoughtful girl who represents what most guy’s would want and then there’s the tsundere genius who has trouble expressing anything besides cold hard-data who won’t accept she wants to be cutesy. Not to mention that she’ll lose herself whenever anything cute gets in-front of her. Can you imagine what kind of statement Hachiman would be making if he ever were to choose a girl to date? I mean besides breaking all of his “life rules” that are designed to prevent things from shaking up his life he would finally be on the other end of the relationship stick — instead of getting his own feelings hurt he’d be doing it to someone else.
But seeing how Hachiman is denser than a black hole and has a heart that’s three times too big for his chest, I think it’s fairly unlikely that a situation like that will occur. That said, with it out in the clear (at least to us the viewers) about Yui’s feelings and Yukino slowly peeling away her tough exterior, I haven’t give up hope for the scenario I mentioned earlier. Because if that monologue at the end of the episode wasn’t a ploy at watching Yukino try to be the friend who helps two other friends try to get together, I don’t know anything anymore. I don’t know about you guys, but I think Hachiman and Yukino would make a cute couple (: