Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru – 13 [END]

OBJECTION!

The finale of My Youth Romantic Comedy is an omake as I expected.

 

Athletic Festival

The megane glint duo.

Well, the finale of SNAFU is pretty much an omake. But we already saw that coming from the preview last time, so it’s alright. I’ll just briefly sum up since there’s not much to talk about. Student council prez Megu☆Megu turns to the Volunteers Club to make the athletic festival a hit. After an amusing brainstorm session in which Shizuka plays the devil’s advocate, Hachiman brings in the experts: a chuunibyou and a fujoshi. The festival ends up a success, with a few highlights being the Saber costumes, Saika being dangerously moe, and Hachiman using his typical devious methods to infiltrate enemy territory. Oh, and Zaimokuza is instrumental to Red Team’s short-lived “victory”. I know there are some people who really like him, so there you go. The finale then finishes up with our main trio looking forward to their remaining high school days together.

Final Thoughts

Oh god my heart.

As mentioned, there’s not much to say about this episode. So instead I’ll talk about my thoughts on the show over all. Again, I have to reiterate how impressed I am with SNAFU. Back in our First Impressions, I noted that most will immediately notice and comment on how generic and cliche the show appears to be. The idea of kids dealing with social problems is nothing new. Nor is a club that solves others’ problems. That is to say, by all rights, SNAFU should appear pretty unremarkable on paper. So just how has such a show with low expectations become one of my favorites over the season? Well, I have to say it all comes down to execution. SNAFU may have the “handicap” of conceptually being a rehash of themes that have been done over and over again, but the development of its characters is anything but stale. In fact, it’s rather refreshing. Hachiman is an almost comical1 social outcast whose mental fortitude is as impressive as it is problematic; Yui is an actually down-to-earth, ordinary girl, whose timid nature hides her honest character; Yukino is the “token” princess with family problems, who just wants to walk her own path. And throughout the course of the show, we get to see the struggles and triumphs of this unlikely trio. Make no mistake; this is no ordinary romcom, even if it says it right there in the title. Instead, SNAFU all about growing up; it’s about the challenges we face during the these tumultuous years of our youth. And while things may appear bleak at the time, these are the times we will always look back upon as fond memories. Because honestly, don’t we all wish we could just be kids again?

Extras

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So now we’ve come to the end, and I must bid SNAFU a fond farewell. It’s been a very fun ride; a surprise hit, in fact, and I do not regret a single second I spent watching this show. If there were a counterpart to “yahallo”, I’d put it here.

8/10

1Seriously, this guy has like the worst first world childhood possible.

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6 Responses to “Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru – 13 [END]”

  1. skylion says:

    Yeah, on paper this show looked pretty good. But the execution left me feeling rather wan. The characterization was spot on, but they didn’t really go anywhere. If looked like the spinning of wheels rather than progression.

    Perhaps this was by design?

    But, this is the Omake episode, and thus, requires a different light. I loved this one. It brought back the glorious chuunibyou and the fujioshi girl and made them shine.

    It had a sparkly trap. Oh, how I looooove that trap. Seriously, make a show around him and I will be an instant addict….::nosebleed::

    This was a good way to send of the show; something that I felt needed more polish to shine, but felt lackluster…

    • Sumairii says:

      Err… I was trying to make the exact opposite point of what you took away from it… But no matter. To me, there was plenty of development and progression. We don’t see any immediately obvious results, but the trio certainly have grown as time went on.

  2. Highway says:

    I really thought the show was excellent. Like Maou-sama, it took some fairly well-used ideas, but did them excellently with some great characters. And it was a show that I really really wanted someone to ‘win’ and noone did, and I still loved it, because they kept the tension throughout, they kept the progress for everyone throughout.

    If the show suffered from anything in particular, I think it might have been too much recurring cast. There were almost too many people for Hachiman to be ‘below’, which really hurt his chances of elevating himself, especially with his self-defeating attitude.

    Unlike Haganai, I don’t really expect this to get any more adaptation, but it would be nice. I thought it was a pretty good LN work, and flew in the face of a lot of the LN styles and tropes.

    • Sumairii says:

      Indeed, this is a gem among LN adaptations. But as you say, SNAFU is likely a one-time deal. In spite of the show being better than I expected, I have a feeling the sales will perform worse than expected. SNAFU hasn’t exactly stood out as a highly popular show, from what I’ve seen. Which is unfortunate, because it truly is a good watch.

      As far as relationships, we’re on exactly the same page. I was always rooting for someone, but now that it’s all over and Hachiman isn’t going steady with one of the two girls, I am strangely unaffected. Maybe everyone just wins, because the bonds between the Volunteers Club is stronger than ever by the end.

  3. Foshizzel says:

    Not a bad series overall even though I have a love/hate for the MC, but I still prefer Haganai over Snafu and yes I know it is hard to compare the two because one is straight up comedy/ecchi while the other is more serious xD

  4. Bonk says:

    When I started watching, I honestly was expecting Haganai with accents on slightly different things. What I got was not exactly better(both shows are good in their own way) but quite a unique show with awesome and well-developed characters, good desctiption and explanation of outcasts’ psychology and motivation and some good comedy with slight romance. And also many instances of That Feel.

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