Time for some high school dorama!
And we’re back with more SNAFU after a weeklong hiatus. This calls for a double episode feature, so hold on to your seatbelts!
Episode 3 brings us the addition of a delicious trap to the cast. And boy, is he a cutie. I’ve seen guys get flustered over traps in many animes past,1 but this has to be the first time I’ve seen the main character lose it completely. Hachiman might as well have proposed to him when he asked Sai-chan to make him miso soup every morning forever. I guess it doesn’t help that the irresistable Sai-chan comes complete with flowers, sparkles, and blushes. Truly, he is the epitome of effeminacy.
Moving on, we have the introduction of Hachiman’s little sister, Komachi, in episode 4. SNAFU tries to play it straight by having Hachiman declare right off the bat that it is impossible to have feelings for one’s sibling in reality. This, in spite of Komachi’s openness in front of her brother. Nice try, SNAFU. I’m pretty sure siblings don’t just strip in front of each other, even in Japan. Or maybe I’m wrong. But they certainly don’t in the good ‘ol prudish US of A. At this point though, I don’t think it’s so much prudishness as it is privacy, but I digress. Luckily, despite Komachi’s provocative nature, Hachiman remains steadfast in his stance towards his little sister: he can’t stand her.2 And I have to agree. She technically isn’t doing anything to purposefully aggravate her brother (or at least it doesn’t seem that way), but her super ditzy behavior still comes off as annoying. I guess some might find this endearing instead, but think what you will.
Moving Up In The World
Hachiman has described proudly described himself as a loner time and time again, but it’s increasingly obvious that he’s gaining some stature in the social hierarchy that he claims to hate so much. And honestly, I’m glad that this is happening to him. It seems to me that his hatred of social groups stems from his own previous misfortunes, so I don’t blame him for withdrawing from society. But he really can’t go on like this. I like to think that he also realizes this himself to some extent, but simply chooses to lie to himself. Whatever the case, it’s undeniable that he now has his own established group of friends: the Volunteers Club, Sai-chan, and even the ever-popular Hayato. While the two are almost polar opposites, Hayato looks to be a geniunely nice guy to me, and I hope that Hachiman will be able to let go of his prejudice against popular people and get along with him.
Hachiman aside, Yukino has also been building up her own group of friends. Or perhaps the singular would be more appropriate here? I know I just counted the Volunteers Club as part of Hachiman’s group of friends, but the relationship between Hachiman and Yukino is less than camaraderie at this point. So really, her only friend is Yui, who has managed to get much closer to her as of late. And while Yukino gets flustered at Yui’s overly-familiar actions, I’m sure she appreciates having someone to talk to. After all, spending your time all alone in a room, reading a book must get dull after a while. Watching her pick on Yui is also fairly amusing, so that’s a plus for us viewers.
On the romcom side of things, episodes 3 and 4 don’t really have much for us. Hachiman and Yukino’s standoffish relationship remains unchanged for the most part, and Yui still feels like a loud-mouthed third wheel. Ok, so we do get a few rather strong hints that Yui has romantic feelings for “Hikky”. The phone number exchange scene is one particularly obvious example. And there’s even a backstory thrown in suggesting that Yui’s feelings stem from a sense of gratitude to Hachiman for saving her dog from impending doom. A rescue which, I might add, cost Hachiman his social life in high school. But despite all this heavy hinting, I still can’t picture Yui as a serious contender for Hachiman’s affection.3 Heck, even Sai-chan has a better chance with all his blushing and sparkling. He certainly knows how to make Hachiman’s heart go bakyu~n!!
SNAFU continues to surprise me with its entertainment factor. I know I came into the show with relatively low expectations. It looked to be yet another generic LN adaptation with an unnecessarily long title. And to be fair, it technically is. I’ve already gone over how there’s nothing new about SNAFU, yet it somehow manages to keep me engaged. I’m liking the format in which important characters are introduced one by one with each episode, and the Volunteers Club serves as a convenient hub, drawing all the characters together for the action. SNAFU is just a nice change of pace from the more action-packed shows of the season, and I’m looking forward to seeing how Hachiman grows as a character.