A disheveled Yukino is fine too.
So everything turned out better than expected, which is good. I know I was raging pretty hard last time thanks to Minami and Haruno, but Minami pretty much gets her just deserts and Haruno turns out to be not as malicious as I had initially thought. Maybe I was just overreacting after all. Tehe~
We left off last time with Yukino falling prey to the deadly anime illness. Ok, I jest. She was just exhausted, which is understandable considering she apparently carried all the burden of the culture fair on her shoulders. So Hachiman and Yui decide to pay her a visit at her apartment. Or maybe condo would be more appropriate, considering the size of the place. Anyway, during their brief get-together, Hachiman spouts his usual philosophy of not relying on others since obviously someone will always end up taking one for the team. Once again, I have to disagree with his words. I don’t think of myself as someone as naievely idealistic as Hayato, nor am I someone who commands as much popularity as he does. But even in all my experiences of working with others, I’ve never once experienced the majority of the work being forced upon one unfortunate person. There have been times when other members of my group were as lazy as Minami, but the thing to do there is not to shoulder their work for them. Instead, you just inform the instructor of their worthlessness and they get a lower grade. See, not so hard after all. There have also been times where I’ve actually done a little more than what my work load should have been if the entire task were divided up perfectly evenly. But when has any task ever been divided up so fairly? That’s just not feasible. And moreover, I took on the extra work of my own accord, not because it was forced upon me by some lazy prick. My point is, while Hachiman may spout impressive-sounding manifestos about the “truth” of life, he is just about as idealistic as the views he scorns so much. The only difference is he sees things from the other end of the spectrum.
Returning to Yukino, Yui tells her that she can rely on Hachiman and herself, since relying on “everyone” is apparently taboo. I guess maybe the issue is having to open up to others? I’m just as skeptical of this though, as I’ve had to work with people whom I never opened up to either, but no matter. Yukino takes this to heart and upon her return to school assigns a boatload of work to Hachiman. Here’s to further affirming his beliefs that someone always gets the short end of the stick. Anyway, while I may not agree with Hachiman’s philosophy, I can’t deny that his actions have been rather effective at changing the committee. By directly calling attention to Minami’s uselessness, which the others were probably purposefully overlooking to avoid stirring trouble, he’s not only spurred the committee into action by serving as their common enemy for being so “inconsiderate”, but also pulled Minami back down to Earth as she realizes how unneeded she is when the committee is working in high gear. The guy may say some weird things, but he certainly knows his way around manipulating others. And for this, I must applaud him, as he’s singlehandedly brought down the snobby Minami. If her plan was to gain popularity and recognition as the great chairman of the culture fair committee, that has been completely ruined. It seems everyone now knows her true character; a lazy wannabe. And that’s quite satisfying, though obviously now she’s going through a hard time herself.
We haven’t much in the way of romance lately, even though it’s written right there in the title. So SNAFU brings it back with a little intimate moment between Hachiman and Yui. I must admit, I didn’t like Yui very much when she was first introduced. She seemed like a leech who tried to fit in with the popular crowd when she really doesn’t. But now that I’ve come to know her better, I understand that she’s really an honest girl who just has a soft-spoken nature. That said, she’s certainly come a long way in my mind from an unlikeable third wheel to a better candidate for Hachiman’s affections than even Yukino. Both girls have been on a “date” with Hachiman, but while Yukino hasn’t had much progression, Yui has made leaps and bounds in her relationship with Hachiman. Namely, things are “in the clear” between those two, while the matter of Yukino’s car hitting Hachiman and her not telling him all this time still remains. And come this episode, it even looks like Yui has managed to secure yet another date with Hachiman, this one potentially being more “proper” than the previous. Heck, the two were blushing madly during their exchange at the table, and Hachiman appeared to be seriously warming up to her1 despite he previous traumatic experiences with women. I especially enjoyed Yui’s comment that while she’s willing to wait for Yukino to come around, she’s not going to wait for Hachiman. Instead, she’s going to go straight to him. Well, she didn’t quite say it as explicitly, but I think they both understood what she meant.
But while things are all peachy between these two, it’s not as if Yukino is down for the count just yet. There’s a brief moment where she honestly expresses her gratitude towards Hachiman for helping defuse the committee situation, though it only comes in the form of an unassuming little wave and a “see you tomorrow”. But at least it’s progress. She may not have reached the point where she’s finally able to open up fully to Hachiman, but for now they have returned to their previous relationship of bickering at each other. And we all know that only those who are close enough to each other can truly bicker harmlessly.
I’ve spent far too long rambling in the body of this post, so I’ll keep this outro segment short. The “cold war” within the Volunteers Club and the culture fair drama appear to be over for good now, although we may still get some trouble from Minami in the future. In the meantime, however, I like to think that we may get a bigger focus on the relationships between the club members. Particularly, I would really like to see Hachiman get together and go strong with one of the two girls. At the moment, it’s looking like Yui might have a better chance while Yukino might actually fall into a supporting role. But who knows?2 With two more episodes left, anything can happen.