Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. Zoku picks up immediately after the events of the first season, continuing the adventures of the Volunteer Service Club—the dispassionate Hachiman Hikigaya, the cheerful Yui Yuigahama, and the competitive Yukino Yukinoshita—as it dedicates itself to helping any student with issues that they may face.
With the rift among his own group widening, Hachiman begins to realize that his knack for quickly getting to the root of other people's troubles is a double-edged sword: sometimes the best solution is not necessarily the most appropriate one.
I don’t know about you, but my high school years were… not very exciting. I spent a lot of time by myself, reading in the corner of the classroom or somewhere quiet in the library at lunch. I had a group of friends, yeah, but there were only a few that I’d ever really talk to. Even then, I’d always decline if they ever asked me to go out somewhere, telling them about how busy I was or how I “had other plans”.
I never said much. I remember a few of my classmates sometimes asking why I was so quiet all the time, why I only tried to just sit there and read. I never knew how to answer. That was just how I was, I guess – I didn’t like talking, and I wasn’t very comfortable around most people. Why? I’d tell you I was shy, but I wouldn’t be saying very much. And it’s not like I was bullied or anything – no one picked on me or hated me in particular. I might’ve preferred being by myself, sure, but I still had a few friends – it wasn’t like I hated being around people. I think someone called me mute once.
It’s been almost a year since I graduated and I’ve… moved on… since then, but I’d be lying if I said it’s all just in the past. When we graduated, that was that – some of us went to the same university, some didn’t. I ended up cutting ties with most of those who didn’t, and I still don’t find myself talking a whole lot with those who did. But, hey, at the very least I’ve come to realise how silly I used to be, trying to stay away from people like the plague – it’s all just a natural part of growing up, and only now did I get the chance to finally join the club.
OreGairu understands this. All of it. Everything. You see it in the slight furrow of Hikigaya’s brow as his head rests on his palm, eyes brooding over to the noisiest parts of the classroom. You see it in the droop of his shoulders, hands finding solace where his trouser pockets were, as his bag bounces in perfect rhythm to each of his slow, dreary steps. OreGairu knows what it’s like to sit in that corner of the classroom, by yourself, never talking, with you finding your mouth a little stale when it’s time to leave because it’s been closed for so long. It’s just that OreGairu… does not think these things are silly.
People are weird. We say one thing when we mean the opposite, we’re quick to find flaws but we’re not quick to trust. We’re nasty for the sake of nastiness, and we’re still all sorts of vicious to others even when we don’t know it. People are complex and hard to understand, incredibly strange and all sorts of unpredictable – no one plays by exactly the same rules, and we will never reach a perfect understanding of each other no matter how hard we try. I’m with Hikigaya on this one: why do we still keep trying to get caught up in this mess when we know it’ll just cause us all sorts of problems later?
…Or that’s what I’d be saying a year ago, at least. Because to someone like Hikigaya – someone like me, in the past – we can’t explain why people find themselves inevitably drawn to each other anyway.
Because to OreGairu, you don’t need to.
It’s how when you strip away all of his self-defeating cynicism and hateful snark, Hikigaya is actually a pretty ordinary teenage boy, with all the same desire, jealousy, and fear as any other. We see it when he’s with Komachi: he’s not with the outside world anymore, he’s with someone he knows. He’s calm, he’s open, and she listens while he lets out all of his deepest wounds, all of his most buried secrets. It’s no surprise, of course, when they’re family – they’ve been there for each other for fifteen years, and they’ll be there for another fifteen more. Hikigaya says he lives the way he does because he has no other choice, but that’s not true – he lives the way he does because he doesn’t trust the world enough to share himself with it, to share the Hikigaya that banters so naturally and playfully with his little sister.
But it’s a slow process. OreGairu only manages to give us a vague eventuality, a “one day he’ll change” kind of thing, because it takes actually spending time with your closest friends to realise how far you’ve managed to distance yourself from them in the first place. Hikigaya’s finally starting to open himself up to the world, even if just a little, and through OreGairu we see how that can have profound effects on other people. Even then, he still doesn’t get anything more from those who aren’t close to him than a “you’ve kinda changed”, with them finding him only slightly less boring to look at. Because… that’s how it is. Because it’s the small things like that that show how, someday, maybe when he’s dusting off one of his old yearbooks he found in his garage, he’ll be able to look back on this moment as just an embarrassing memory – when he could say he was more open, honest, and true to himself than ever before.
My birthday’s coming up in a few weeks. I’ve never been to many parties, but maybe I’ll invite a few people to a movie or something. I know I won’t change in a week, and I certainly won’t change tomorrow, but in a year, maybe two, I might not be saying the same. OreGairu gave me a chance, and I’m not letting it go. But I can thank it later. For now, it’s time to turn OreGairu off – I have some old friends to catch up on.read more
I tend not to write negative reviews for shows, especially if they have strong fan bases. Inevitably the fans of the show (if they exist) will vote your review down, and as petty as it is to care, having a well reviewed... review ironically means a lot to me (I know don’t judge). Still sometimes there is a show with such a glaring divide between fanbases that I feel like it’s important to provide a fair(ish) criticism as to why some people may not like a show.
When it comes to Yahari Ore..(I’m not writing the title out) I am one of those people. For a lot of people the biggest issue is that the second season of the show is very different in tone, going from a relatively light hearted and bubbly/funny slice of life romcom ala Chunnibyou or Pet Girl of Sakourasou to a much more dramatic and somber tone as seen in shows like True Tears, White Album or EF a tale of memories…except seemingly completely devoid of romance (you could make an argument to remove the romance tag all together). So essentially the show has to stand on the overall quality of the story and the characters.
Aaaaaand that’s where this show really loses me and I figure people like me. Full disclosure, I’m in my early 30s. I am married, I have children, I’ve been away to college, I’ve had real jobs in various settings, and lived a fairly satisfying and interesting life for a huge nerd with marginal social skills. For me SOL animes with their ever present high school settings are only interesting if the story and the characters draw me into a space where I can indulge and escape. That is not present in Yahari. Where shows like Toradora or Kokoro Connect take the high school setting and turn it up to 10 with over the top melodrama or supernatural elements, Yahari decides to take a “realistic” approach to high school drama. There are no over the top Tsundere’s, no magical elements, no over the top characters for straight characters to play off on. There is only the mild and meek interactions of a high school community, and for me that’s just not enough. I don’t watch anime to see “realistic” human conflict so the whole show feels empty and drab.
Simply put, nothing happens in this show. There is no specific interesting conflict driving any plot development. The main focus is how these characters learn about themselves and conflict with each other due to their constant changes... but it's fricken boring.
Over half the season involves the main character attending meetings about an event they are trying to throw. LIKE 5 EPISODES SPEND 15 MINUTES OF AIRTIME OF THE MAIN CHARACTER (who is actually rather interesting) ATTENDING A MEETING! I remember one episode spent like a full 30 seconds of screen time showing two characters walk away at a flat angle with no music swell, no tension, no dramatic purpose, just a lingering shot of them walking across the street. There is only the most marginal romantic development with the main prospective couplings. The only comedic elements involve borderline homoeroticism which seems completely out of place. There are no bombshell moments. There is pretty much nothing. Now if you are a high schooler or maybe someone with a greater sensitivity to “drama” and the struggle of being a confused and angsty teenager, then maybe you’ll enjoy it, but I found nothing of interest in the “drama” presented in this anime. Furthermore, although the drama is presented as “realistic” I would argue that on the whole it is actually not. High school kids don’t act like this. In reality these kids all act like emotionally repressed adults. When real teenagers have conflict they act out or lash out, all of these kids just internalize and go mute. If I had more time on my hands I would go back and count up just how much of the show involves the characters just staring at each other dramatically in between dialogue not saying anything. The only decent moments come early and late into the show but by then I was resenting the show for wasting my time getting to these points.
This one is hard for me to grade fairly. On one hand I hate all of the characters because they do pretty much nothing, they act in odd and unnatural ways but, on the other hand the main characters have well rounded and complex personalities that would be interesting to watch if they actually did anything. The main character Hachiman could possibly have been one of my favorite SOL leads of all time. He is misanthropic without being perverted and unlikable. He has flaws but they’re endearing. His dialogue and analyses of the world around him is the high point of the show, or at least it would be if he talked more. Most of his dialogue is internal. He spends a chunk of the show allowing himself to be led around by other characters.
Overall, he hardly spends any time with the two main female characters that we saw in the first season. There is an interesting and well done moment early in the season between him and one of the main girls, but after that I am not sure they had another moment alone. Instead it’s him and the girls older sister, him and a popular guy from school him and a girl he used to like years ago, him and a third main female character who is pretty uninteresting. When the show finally gets back to him and the main girls they were having a falling out of sorts and for the life of me I couldn’t understand why. At first you might think it was cause I wasn’t paying attention, but in reality it’s cause there doesn’t seem to be much of a reason. If you check out the boards you will see plenty of threads looking for an explanation of the what’s and the why’s of these sleep inducing conflicts. Why is Yukino mad at Hachiman again? Who is it that Hayama actually likes and why. Where the hell is Zaimokuza this whole time(yeah remember him). Seriously if you look at the forum there's more fan theory's than a five nights at freddie's message board.
All of the character notes are subtle and understated. In a live action show where facial expressions and dynamic directing can help show an important development instead of telling it, thisworks fine, but there’s only so much you can do in anime for human subtlety. So either you go read one of the threads where someone who read the novel explains what the problem is OR you are left in the dark.
Simply put, although Yahari has characters who are unique and could have had some interesting and dynamic interactions, there is nothing in the plot that stirs the pot. Just a ton of pointless angst.
I honestly can’t speak well to the sound as I can’t remember anything about the sound track. The voice acting is pretty high quality though.
This is probably the strongest point of the show. The animation is solid and doesn’t distract from anything. It’s nothing special but it’s brightly colored and detailed.
I won’t go and say this is a bad anime. There is plenty here to like, but buyer beware. If you’re looking for a more dynamic show that will have you hanging on to the drama or felling the feels or anything you’re going to be disappointed. There are much better shows for romance and much better shows for realistic drama. But if you’ve watched everything then go at it. read more
I think that title is more suitable for the english title of oregairu season 2. Why? Because
Hikigaya Hachiman aka Batman has returned once again to save the humanity from their sins.
Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. Zoku (Oregairu)
show us how the real life hero acts in society. In this show, Hikigaya Hachiman fulfill my dream to be a hero. He's like a batman in this series and always there to help you out. But his assistance always ending up for being a villain.
As expected from the success of season 1, this mainstream high school life setting gave us something more realistic event of how the high school student reacts in society. They show us the bitter and painful sides that we can encounter for being a high school student. So the story is the continuation of the season 1 (Watching season 1 is a must for char. development). The volunteer club continuing to accept the request of the students who's needing a guidance. Our MC Hachiman uses his risky method that eventually will start an argument against Yukino that think all problem must solve in a most appropriate method without taking a risk. Hachiman believes that a perfect place is a place that no one is suffering. To accomplish this perfect place, He's being a dense to himself and forget that He's still a human being. He's continuing to sacrifice himself or using himself as a scapegoat just to solve the problems that has nothing to do with him. Yet He successfully solve the problem and carry all the blames and sins of other people that seems like he used to it. At the end of the day Hachiman saves the day, Yet he receives a pity acknowledgment for what he does. I can't believe that a simple problem of high school could've been this great. The presentation of a simple conversations turns out the greatest scene in this anime. The quality of all dialogue and how characters interacts are all excellent, It's SuperB!
So for my final words: Good Job Writers!
There are 3 main characters:
Hachiman Hikigaya - So Why I keep watching this anime? Because Hikigaya Hachiman is in this anime. He's one of my greatest anime male lead favorite. His sense of humor, self awareness, fearless decision making, rational thinking, sarcastic, straight forward, how he reads the situations, also he's able to read BETWEEN THE LINES that's like a superhuman skill to have. There's so many unique personality about Hachiman that makes him a great MC. Majority of all Male lead in romcom anime is all your mainstream kind MC.
They are all replicate in their personality, Hikigaya Hachiman surpass them all, he's like a villain type but deep inside is so kind and always ready to help when he's needed.
Yukino Yukinoshita - She's your usual beauty and brain female lead. She's always having a long discussion against Hachiman because of their different opinion.
Yui Yuigahama - Yui is cheerful and sweet to everyone, your typical nice girl type. She's like a mascot of the club, it's boring when she's not around because Yukino and Hachiman usualy don't talk to each other. She's also like a referee when Yukino and Hachiman having a long discussion.
Other characters like Hikigaya Hachiman's imouto, cute and cheerful (Komachi). Your typical single teacher who's bitter when it comes to love/marriage (Hiratsuka-sensei).
There's Saika Totsuka She's I mean He's Hachiman's greatest love (lol). The otaku friend (Zaimokuza). The Hayama and gang is still in the circle. There's also a new characters and some characters from season 1 that will show up in this 2nd season.
All of them has a role in the story, there's no undeveloped characters. All of them has their own scene to express their worth in this anime.
Art and Sounds: (9/10)
At first, I'm a little confused in this s2. It's like a total make over of all characters. The art
style of s2 is so different from s1. But for the positive note, I like the new art style of season
2. It's more detailed and clearer than s1. For the sounds, there still some recycled ost from s1. The opening and ending sound is fitted well in their theme.
Yes it's enjoyable. Just watching Hachiman in this anime is so entertaining. This anime change my way of thinking about the society and human relationships. This anime gave me something new knowledge that I can apply in real life. My friday is not complete without this anime.
So I hope you too will feel what I feel about this anime.
If you're tired of watching mainstream romcom anime, If you want something genuine,This anime is like a fresh air to breathe. Give it a try, If you're not convinced yet
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"What the hell is with everyone telling me to change? I don't want other people telling me who I am" - Hachiman Hikigaya
A sequel to any anime always presents a challenge to both the creators and viewers of the show simply because the creators have to produce something better then what it started with in order to satisfy the majority of people that wished for that second season and the viewers have to decide whether or not the sequel lives up to the expectations that they wished for (In this case 2 years ago).
Let me start by saying this... Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machiatteiru. Zoku is by far absolutely brilliant in what it brings to a "typical" high school anime combining elements of drama, comedy, and romance into show that screams to be watched by the masses.
Story: While most high school anime focus primarily on romance, drama, or comedy, Zoku balances the 3 elements and incorporate each to make a show that isn't over saturated with love triangles or clueless airheads that can't take a hint. What is also phenomenal about the show is the realism that it portrays as we take the perspective of Hikigaya and dive into his life as a ordinary high school student who just wishes to be alone. The story focuses primarily on the troubles and tribulations of high school life whether it be helping a friend with social anxieties or assisting the student council president in daily activities. It takes these everyday problems that students have to deal with and creates these situations where Hikigaya is forced to cooperate. What grasped my attention the most is how Hikigaya deals with these situations that he is presented with and what he does to resolve these problems through is own personal beliefs and the experience he has gained by observing society and the fake attitudes that people conceal behind a mask of popularity and social status. What drives the show and makes it worthwhile is to see how Hikigaya handles these situations along with his fellow club members and the sudden shifts, turns, and drops this emotional roller coaster of a show throws at you as you try to discover the "Real Things' this show truly offer.
Characters: At the time you're reading this I can safely assume that you watched the first season of the show and have a general understanding of how our 3 main characters act and behave so I can make this short and simple. Let's start with our main protagonist Hikigaya Hachiman, If you haven't seen the first season then I advise you to go to that now because Hikigaya can be described in one word and that is Pragmatic. Hikigaya always takes things at face value and honestly doesn't care about what people think. He's anti social in a way that he wishes to be alone because he knows this would not only benefit himself but the people around him. It creates this awkward tension that makes Hikigaya either loved or hated by some but personally I see Hikigaya as a character that should be respected because of how he analyzes the world around him which to some respect is cruel but 100% true. Then we have Yukino Yukinoshita, Yukino can be described as an "Ice Queen" and will literally never "let it go" if you ever cross her bad side. She's smart and beautiful in way that is both cute and deadly at the same time. She has this "Royal" essence that makes her a force to be reckoned with and her snide remarks towards those she finds inferior make Yukino a beautiful nightmare you wish you can witness. Lastly we have Yui Yuigahama who is our cheerful little ball of sunshine that brightness up everyone's day whenever they are feeling down. She is the type of girl that needs support and friends to keep her company and will do anything to keep that friendship lasting until the very end.
Art/Sound: The animation of this season compared to last is a enormous improvement beyond many levels of quality. They switched to Feel Productions and I applaud the overall animation quality knowing how hard it must of been to make Hikigaya's eyes seem more dead then usual along with the cast being improved drastically in only a 2 year gap. The backdrops were stunning, The art style fit the theme well, and by far it was the best animation they could have possibly created. The opening was fantastic as I believe it was a better opening then it's predecessor and the ending was also catchy as sung by the voice actresses themselves just as last season did. The OST's of the anime were good as it fit the show nicely at just the right times and I have no complaints at all for it was simply put, better then last season.
Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. Zoku did everything it was set out to do and more. It provided a story that made me want to watch over and over and left me depressed as I waited each weak for each episode to release. It brought back that sense of nostalgia 2 years ago when I was watching the first season and it reminded me how much I love Hikigaya. If you like an anime that revolves around a school setting where the premise of the story is everyday problems that have to be solved by someone who really doesn't wish to be part of society then please watch this show. I can't recommend this show enough and you won't be disappointed. The novels are the main source material where this anime is adapted from and I wait for the day that maybe... and just maybe... a season 3 will be announced.
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