In my Anime Hall of Fame series, I highlight shows that I enjoyed a lot and think are worth trying out. Click the "stardf29's Anime Hall of Fame" tab at the top of the page to see a list of all the inducted anime series so far. More anime series will be inducted over time, and this post will be updated with any new information for this series.
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU
|Oh hey, it's these guys again. Official art.|
Japanese Title: やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。 (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru.)
Alternate English title: My youth romantic comedy is wrong as I expected.
Shorthand title: Oregairu
Based on: Light novel (not available in English)
Length: 13 episodes + 1 OVA (bundled with game)
Note: a second TV season has been green-lit. Date is currently unknown.
Aired: Spring 2013
Studio: Brains Base
Available for Streaming: Crunchyroll, Hulu, The Anime Network
Home video license: Sentai Filmworks
Release info: DVD (ARP: $50, sub-only; pre-order - release date 7/22/14)
Synopsis: Hachiman Hikigaya is fed up with his generation’s idea of “youth”, being caught up in every moment as if it could be the next big moment in their lives. Writing an essay saying that such youths should just “drop dead”, he gets sent by his teacher to the Service Club as punishment. There awaits Yukino Yukinoshita, well-known to be the school’s most beautiful girl, who has established the club to help out people with their troubles. Their first client, Yui Yuigahama, who wants help baking cookies, also joins their club as they try to help out more people. Key word: try.
Why it's worth watching
Ah, this show again.
If you haven't seen my full review for the show (see the links below), feel free to check that out for my more detailed thoughts. For here, just know that the alternate English title is quite fitting: it's got all the things that normally make up a high school romantic comedy, and yet with the characters being as dysfunctional as they are, things end up playing out in not quite the way you'd expect. This allows for some good comedy, especially as Hachiman gives hilariously cynical monologues about the social scene of high school, but it also allows for some nice and surprisingly honest moments from the show. It's the type of show that is honest with itself and lets things just play out naturally, and works all the better for it.
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Episode 1 thoughts
Episode 2 thoughts
Episode 3 thoughts
Episode 4 thoughts