「ともあれ、夏休みなのに休めないのは何かおかしい」 (Tomoare, Natsuyasumi Nanoni Yasumenainowa Nanika Okashii)
“Either Ways, Not Taking a Break During a Break Summer Break is Weird”
I know that I must sound like a broken record by now but I can’t get over how much I love this show. Not only did it overcome a more than lackluster start that was barely able to grab my interest but in the face of shows like OreImou and RailgunS2, which are both in their second season, it never fails to impress me how it consistently eats up a lot of my weekly anticipation.
With a huge shift in how the writers are choosing to pace things comes a whole new way for Hachiman to really flex those analytical skills of his. For starters, I hope I wasn’t the only one who was expecting him to leap into action and solve Rumi’s problems by the end of the episode only to get hit with an abrupt ending sequence. Then again, I probably should have saw it coming when he didn’t really act on any of the little pushes that were coming from everyone around him — be it Hamaya trying to use “The Zone” or Yukino sympathizing with Rumi, it probably would have been clear if I was paying attention to the time.
But boy was it interesting listening to Hachiman describe just how off the way some of his peers were thinking. For me, it was honestly a little eye opening thinking about how his words could be applied to just about everyone I’ve ever encountered (myself included). This is just my opinion but after seeing things through his eyes, it’s pretty scary thinking about how most people view being isolated as a negative thing without thinking about the means of how it occurred in the first place. Just like Hachiman said, Rumi was isolated by her peers maliciously, not by her own accord. Which makes you wonder, when was the last time you followed along with the pack and pushed someone out of your circle? I’m sure most of us don’t think about it but I can remember a few times I followed the pack in-order to not become the next one targeted. But what if I wasn’t slick enough to keep their attention off of me and ended up like Rumi? Scary thoughts guys, scary!
And in typical Yahari fashion there was also a bunch of humor thrown in amongst all that serious talk. But hands down the funniest moments always involve either Saika or Komachi with Hachiman. Either he’s having an internal struggle to remember that Saika is actually a guy or letting his inner sis-con get the better of him — both of which is just sometimes too funny to watch. But what was a bit unexpected was did any of you expect him to be a loli-lover?
Honestly though, I have to commend the writers for doing such a stellar adaptation. By changing things up while still slowly feeding us details about our main characters, things have been continuously moving at a steady pace and hopefully by the end of the season either Hachiman or Yukino will have some stark revelation about how they view life. Or maybe Hachiman will ask Saika out LOL.