「やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。」 (Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabukome wa Machigatteiru.)
“My Teen Romantic Comedy is Wrong, As I Expected.”
What Follows on From the Accepted Confession
We’ve arrived at the end game. And in spite of my reservations about Hachiman and Yukino as a couple, I guess they’ve managed to prove me wrong. To be fair, I was expecting a Ron and Hermione type of relationship – born from short-term passion and likely to struggle in the long run, because these two are competitive and argumentative. Perhaps it’s only the honeymoon phase we’re seeing right now. But from what I can see, they really do bring out the best in each other. Whereas Yui was content to permit and even encourage Hachiman to stick with his shortcomings, Yukino is pretty strict with him. However, it isn’t bossy. She makes reasonable demands out of him – which causes him to try and step it up to meet her expectations. While last episodes sets of confessions were… odd to say the least. Seeing them spend so much time together organising the second prom was a fantastic payoff when most of this season had been a slog to work through. That said, it was unexpected and extremely sweet when Yukino openly spoke about her feelings of love directly to Hachiman. The way she quickly scampered off blushing like a shy creature was too adorable. Even though Iroha is my favoured girl, I take it back. This ending was just meant to be.
The reconciliation between Yui with Hachiman and Yukino felt a tad too convenient. I’m not sure how life goes on like normal now that everyone’s feelings are out in the open, and I certainly haven’t seen many friendships survive in the longterm when a party with unrequited feelings has to hang around with the object of their affection being together with their beloved. Nevertheless, Yui and Yukino do have an extremely deep bond. So it’s not out of the question that things can remain amicable, even if the situation is awkward in some sense. After all, when the love between the trio is unconditional – both romantic and platonic, then it makes sense they’d be able to accept each other so easily despite the remaining complications.
Hachiman’s Teen Romantic Comedy was Wrong – As Expected
From writing about how musings of youth are rotten and a lie, Hachiman ironically becomes the protagonist who lives out that youth, discovering what it means to have genuine connections with others. His teen romantic comedy was indeed wrong – as expected. It was fun to see the series coming full circle – with his search of the genuine beginning with Hiratsuka at the start, and now having finally found the genuine thigns he desperately sought out, he finds closure and bids Hiratsuka a proper farewell as she moves on to another school. As she labels him the best student she’s ever had, and shares a particularly intimate moment with Hachiman that didn’t cross serious lines, I really wondered if there could have been something between these two if they didn’t have such an age gap. We will never know, but I’m sure these two appreciate what they’ve done for one another and will remember each other for the rest of their lives. To top it off, the Service Club gets revived – thanks to Komachi joining and Iroha pulling strings as the Student Council President. So everyone gets to spend one more year together. And with Komachi and Iroha, greatness recognises greatness – and it’s a shame we won’t get to see them having their litany of entertaining interactions.
To conclude, I wanted to like Season 3 more than I did. But it really proved to be a slog throughout the section where they planned out the first prom. I hugely preferred the character interactions and story arcs in previous seasons. That said, they handled the emotional rejections of Yui and Iroha really well. And though the climactic confession was really odd, at least we were able to enjoy a final episode filled with the cute romantic moments everybody wanted. Compared to so many other anime, this was a really excellent ending. Was it worth the seven year wait? Certainly. I feel rather melancholic that the series has finally reached its natural conclusion. But it’s much better than overstaying its welcome. And all good things must eventually come to an end. Although I’m more of a Hayama in real life when it comes to ease of social interactions, I could really relate to Hachiman’s desire to seek out genuine things. And watching this series taught me where to cut my losses after investing in certain friendships, because you can find the genuine article if you keep searching and don’t fall for the sunk cost fallacy with regards to less sincere people. You might not have found them yet. But I promise, if you don’t give up, someday you will meet the right people.
Anyway, that’s about everything I wanted to discuss. As always, thanks for reading this post. Thank you for reading these posts till the end. And take care everyone!