Published on July 2nd, 2013 | by clazy
As per Usual, My Teenage Love Comedy is All F’d Up – Review
As someone who first heard of this series from reading the manga, I didn’t really know what to expect out of this show. I decided to watch it on a whim because of how amazingly incredible the character designs were and I’m honestly glad I did. Hachiman and his ridiculously negative worldviews were hilarious and the way he reasons his way of thinking makes for excellent dialogue scenes with Yukinoshita. Plus the way he deals with the overly positive Yui and her group of riajuu friends is terribly brilliant. Several instances through the show he definitely had Yui flags pop up for some points, and what does he do? Deflect all that to try to run away and avoid those situations as much as possible. I’d say beta as fuck but holy shit Hacchi is the man. He’s even a fucking pro at tennis and being a summer-camp counselor.
As much as Hacchi and his awesome internal monologue made the show for me, I ended up liking most of the characters in the show: Zaimokuza had his 15 minutes of fame at the culture event, Yuigahama win, Yukino win, Haruno fucking win, the list goes on. Even the Totsuka-trap was great; Hachiman’s general omgwtf reactions to him were a goddamn riot and even acknowledges his love for Totsuka in the last episode, if I recall correctly (hopefully platonic).
Although Yukino’s tension with her sister is mentioned, nothing really gets built upon it other than finally relying on her during the culture festival. I kind of wished that was explored more. Haruno actually got a decent amount of screentime for a side character and for good reason. Haruno’s playful nature and unnatural affection for Hacchi just works really well; watching 8man get hit on and seeing his reactions was endless entertainment for me. As a comedy, this show really took the cake. The story is kind of downtrodden since really all the main plot (of this season) is was Hachiman coming out of his shell by making a few friends and start to interact more with his surroundings, even though his personality doesn’t change all that much. Even the realization that Yukino’s car ran him over was just forgotten after the fact and not really touched upon after that.
But the good thing is that this show is selling decently well in Japan so hopefully we will get to see a season 2 sometime in the near future. There’s an OVA coming out in September bundled with the vita game, so I guess there’s that to look forward to as well. Until then though, let’s all pray that this goddamn SNAFU continues.
Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabukome wa Machigatteiru Final Score: 8.5 / 10