Forget romcom. SNAFU continues with its drama streak this episode. I have to say I felt very annoyed throughout the episode. Everyone is being so stupid, and the worst part is they probably realize it. That just makes for a rage-inducing experience.
Culture Fair Committee
The school culture fair is around the corner, so of course class representatives are being chosen for the committee. Hachiman gets stuck with the position thanks to Shizuka-sensei, while the role of his female counterpart goes to a Sagami Minami. We had seen her previously when she stumbled upon Hachiman and Yui during their little “date” at the fireworks. During that exchange, she came across as just another forgettable, annoying popular girl character. But now we know she’s got a more important role to play than someone who makes fun of Yui for being with a loser. And this new role is even more dislikable than the previous. Being part of the “in crowd”, she’s constantly seeking to boost her reputation. So when Hayato recommends her as the female class representative, she politically downplays herself before “reluctantly” accepting the position1. By this point, I’m already starting to get irritated. But Minami isn’t done yet. When the committee convenes for its first meeting, she volunteers herself for the position of committee chairman after Yukino declines the offer from the student council prez. Yukino’s refusal is interesting in and of itself, but more on that later. So now we have an irresponsible, incompetent person who’s only in it for the reputation somehow ending up in charge of the committee. Truly, a recipe for disaster.
I was already wary of Minami grabbing the position of chairman, and it doesn’t take long for her to make these concerns very real. Soon after the meeting is adjourned, she stops by the Volunteers Club seeking Yukino’s assistance to make the culture fair a success. Let’s not be mistaken here. There’s nothing wrong with asking for help when you need it, but Minami’s intentions here are so painfully obvious that it just makes me all the more annoyed. And worse yet, Yukino agrees to be her “assistant” despite initially doubting her motives. She knows full well what the nasty girl is up to, so why does she still go along with her? I really don’t understand what was going through Yukino’s head at the time. Was she waiting for Hachiman to step in and stop her? What happened to her usual tough reception towards people like Minami? Remember her confrontation with Yumiko a while back during that tennis match? She certainly didn’t hold back then. Why the difference in attitude here? Is it just because Minami came to her as a “client” of the Volunteers Club? Because that’s really not a very good reason, and someone as intelligent as Yukino should know this. In any case, I could go on and on about everything I hate about Minami, but that would take a long time and serve no further purpose. Suffice it to say her lazy attitude really grinds my gears.
Volunteers Club Problems
So with that out of the way, let’s get back to the Volunteers Club. Things have been reallly awkward between the trio since summer break ended, and after a period of this, they finally decide to break up the club “temporarily”. Honestly speaking, I’d say “temporary” can very easily become “permanent” unless something is done about the situation. But obviously something will be done eventually. It’s just a question of when. Going back to the awkwardness, I’m having a little trouble comprehending what exactly is responsible for it. We know that all three now know Yukino was riding in the car that hit Hachiman. So the obvious result would be for Yukino to feel guilty about it. But then why does it feel like there’s more to it than just that? Yui has made a point to remind Hachiman to help out Yukino in times of need, despite his maintaining that he doesn’t care about the accident any more. Does Hachiman actually feel a bit of resentment towards Yukino for putting him in the hospital? While Yukino was selling her soul to the devil that is Minami, he just stood by silently even though all three members of the club knew Yukino was getting herself into trouble. And even after Minami and her lackeys left the room, only Yui spoke up voicing her concerns to Yukino.
And while we’re on the topic of Hachiman’s opinion of Yukino, we should go back and examine Hachiman’s monologue at the end of the previous episode. In that, he tells us he despises himself for the first time in his life for his own unrealistic expectations of Yukino as a sort of perfect being who could never lie, let alone do any wrong. Does this perhaps suggest that instead of resenting Yukino, he feels guilty for pushing his ideals on her, even if it was all in his head? I think it’s safe to say that Yukino definitely feels guilty for putting Hachiman in the hospital, so perhaps the whole awkwardness results from these two feeling guilty about completely different things? It would make sense if this were the case, because Hachiman does step in for Yukino when the prez starts challenging her in front of the whole committee,2 even if his whole argument about soldiering through things on your own didn’t sound very convincing to me. This would suggest that if anything, Hachiman doesn’t resent Yukino. And don’t get me wrong, the prez isn’t at fault either. She’s a nice person, but it’s just that every time she opens her mouth with good intentions she ends up making things worse instead. The heavy hitter, of course, is when she brings in Haruno, the one person Yukino doesn’t want to see. But I’m not even going to get started on Haruno this episode. Because that would just be a whole nother sermon on my irritations.
This episode was by no means a bad one. The thing is, it was far too painful to watch. We have no shortage of aggravations, from Minami’s attitude to Haruno’s behavior. I didn’t really have a problem with Haruno before, but I’ve come to hate her for making things harder on Yukino. Obviously she’s making a point to agree with all the stupid things Minami is saying, but for what purpose? What does she hope to achieve by making Yukino look bad in front of the committee? I can’t even think of some subtle way in which she’s somehow indirectly helping the little sister she claims to love so much. It just looks like pure malice to me. Is she displeased that it appears Yukino is yet again following in her footsteps? If that’s the case, she doesn’t even know the whole story! Yukino turned down the offer herself probably for this exact reason, and is only serving as the VP thanks to Minami’s own evil schemes. Anyway, I should probably cut myself off before I start raging again, so let’s just leave it at that. Hopefully the next episode won’t be nearly as rage-inducing.