The finale of My Youth Romantic Comedy is an omake as I expected.
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.
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?
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.
1Seriously, this guy has like the worst first world childhood possible.