My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru) Review In Few Words (Mini Review).
“If all you’re good for is breathing in and out, then even an AC unit is more useful than you.” – Yukino Yukinoshita.
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, or simply Yahari as I will call it for short around this review, is an anime that is all about the characters & their interactions, where you get to look at people relationships from the perspective of the dead-fish eyes of Hikigaya Hachiman. The social outcast who looks at relationships in a twisted yet an interesting way.
Technically speaking, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU is doesn’t have much of a story, something that is likely to appeal for those who watch anime for the characters, as the anime is entirely centered around the characters, and that’s a reason to recommend this anime to anyone who likes slice-of-life anime. If you weren’t popular in your school days, you may find yourself relate to Hikigaya to some extent
This is not your usual Romance-Comedy anime:- My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU may appear like a generic Romance-comedy anime at first, something you may not appreciate, but I highly recommend that you watch the first one or two episodes before judging on it. This is not an anime where a social outcast suddenly finds himself popular with girls or anything. It is totally not, one of the titles of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU is “My youth romantic comedy is wrong as I expected”, which is a parody to your usual romance remedy. And don’t worry, the guy here won’t get kicked by the girl(s) every time he does say something he shouldn’t, though he will get some snark remarks at times. ^^
Good things about My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU
- Great characters interactions, one of the best anime with that.
- A lot of snark & sarcastic comments (Check out the quotes section in this review for some of them).
- The twisted ways Hikigaya solves people’s problems makes the anime more enjoyable to watch.
Possibly bad things about My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU
- There is not much of character development for the main characters during the first season.
Yahallo! The story of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, if any, revolves around Hikigaya Hachiman, a second year high school student, and a cynical guy with a strange dead-fish eyes, who looks at things in a twisted way, to the degree that he looks at a group of friends having fun & thinking to himself that they are living a lie. Despite the strange way Hikigaya looks at things, it turns out he has a good understanding of people relationships.
Things keep at that until one of the teachers gets Hachiman to join the Service Club club, which have the most beautiful girl in the school, Yukinoshita Yukino, who has the title of “ice queen” due to her cold personality. And interestingly enough, she also doesn’t have friends, despite her beauty & skills.
Shortly after that, the service club get another member, Yuigahama Yui, the girl with a cheerful attitude, which makes her stands out between Hikigaya & Yukino.
The service club goal is to solve people problem and requests, and in time, we get to see the members of the club interact with the other characters in the anime as the club solves people’s problems. During that, we get to take a close look at people’s relationships, and the twisted but effective ways Hikigaya solve them.
As the anime progress, we get to know a bit more about the 3 main characters, and other characters that will come along as well, including the popular crowd. We will also get to see a good amount of sarcasm in Hikigaya, Yukino’s brutally honest character comes along very well with his character.
The problems the service club solve range from helping a girl make sweets to helping a little girl that is shunned by her classmates. As I previous;y noted, Hikigaya solves these problems in a convoluted & twisted ways, which is one of the things that makes My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU enjoyable to watch.
For the most part, the “story” of this anime is not original, but it is executed in a unique way that is enjoyable to watch.
The art in My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU is beautiful, but it is pretty normal for its time, but you are unlikely to find anything to complain about in it.
The characters is one of the reasons I dropped My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU the first time. Because they gave me the first impression that it is a very generic romance comedy. I even thought that Hachiman will get kicked by Yokino once or twice per episode, but I am so lucky I was wrong.
The protagonist of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, the outcast & unpopular guy with dead-fish eyes. Who has a sceptical way to look at society, to the degree he thinks that youth is a lie, which is why his teacher, Shizuka Hiratsuka, forced him to join the Service Club, hoping to make him a better person.
Despite his twisted view on people relationships, Hikigaya has a good understanding of these relationships work.
Hikigaya Hachiman is voiced by Eguchi Takuya.
The female protagonist of Yahari, and the president of the service club. Who is known as the “ice queen” due to her cold personality, which is one of the reasons she has no friends.
Besides her beauty, she is smart and has many skills, and she comes from a wealthy family.
Yukino is often called “Yukinon” by Yui Yuigahama.
Yukinoshita Yukino is voiced by Hayami Saori.
A cheerful & outgoing girl, who is in the same class as Hikigaya. Since she often wants to fit in the crowd, she tends to hide her true opinion about things. Which makes her admire Hikigaya & Yukino for being able to state their state of mind honestly.
Yuigahama Yui is voiced by Touyama Nao.
Some of the other characters in My Teen Romantic Comedy are Hayato Hayama, the popular guy & the ace of the Soccer club, Yumiko Miura, the popular beauty in Hikigaya’s class, Ebina Hina, the Fujoshi from the polar crowd, Haruno Yukinoshita, Yukino’s older sister. Saika Totsuka, Hikigaya’s cute classmate and Yoshiteru Zaimokuza, the Otaku & Chuunibyou.
Pacing & Enjoyment
The pacing of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU is pretty normal, the anime takes its time to depict the relationships between the different people, but it doesn’t do that in a boring way, you will often get with the “flow” of the anime, so it is unlikely you will feel voted while watching it.
The enjoyment of this anime is very good, which is another why the normal pacing is unlikely going to bother you.
I strongly recommend that you finish the first one or two episodes before deciding if it is good for you or not.
Extra Few Things
The opening song
“In this room filled with light, I will be waiting for you”
The opening is a quiet & soothing song, it introduces you to the 3 main characters in the scenes for the most part.
The opening song itself, Yukitoki, is beautiful, its lyrics is full of hope, which is ironically the opposite to Hikigaya’s character. XD.
The ending songs
The ending song, Hello Alone, is generic, not bad, not as good as the opening in my personal opinion. I personally always skipped it when I watched the anime.
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU DVD comes in 3 discs, and it contains the Japanese voices, along with English subtitles.
If you liked My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, then you are very likely to like the second season of it, which finished airing in June 2015. The second season is named “Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. Zoku”, and is 13 episodes long. The second season is a continuation of the first season, and contains better characters development.
Anime to watch if you liked My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU
Depending on why you liked My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, there are 3 anime I picked up that you may want to watch after you watch it.
I made Hyouka my first recommendation on purpose, as it seems the closest to My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU among the 3 recommendation I am making here.
Hyouka is about Oreki Houtarou, a guy with a look on his eye that is kinda similar to Hikigaya’s. is a passive guy who tries to preserve his energy all the time. One day, he stumbles upon the literature club, where he meets Chitanda Eru, a girl that can be super curious when she wants to know something, and ends up joining the club, along with his two friends, Satoshi Fukube and Mayaka Ibara. And then they begun to investigate some of the mysterious events in their school.
Hyouka is so similar to My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU when it comes to the social aspect of the characters relationships, though My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU is deeper than Hyouka when it comes to that.
One of the positive things about Hyouka is that it is a 22 episodes anime.
I am yet to review Hyouka in this blog, but I will post a link to the review here once I do so.
Hasegawa Kodaka transfers school many times, which is one of the reasons that prevented him from making friends, along with his fierce-looking eyes, which make people think he is delinquent. He ends up meeting Yozora, who also doesn’t have a friend, and create the Neighbors club with her, a club for those who don’t have friends.
I couldn’t help noticing how Yahari is similar to this one when I first watched it. At least at the beginning.
It felt like Hasegawa is similar to Hikigaya, with their strange-looking eyes & lack of friends. How Yozora is similar to Yukinon, with their black her, cold personalities, and lack of friends. And how the two protagonists to both anime have a club together.
But the similarities end here, as Haganai is more comedy oriented, while Yahari gets deeper into the relationships between people. I guess You are going to like Yahari or Haganai more depending about your genre preference, as both anime are considered good.
I am yet to review Haganai in this blog, but I will post a link to the review here once I do.
Kuroki Tomoko, social outcast and a shut-in girl, thinks her experience in dating Sims games will make her popular in high school, only to take a look at herself to discover how a loner she is.
For a little while, I wanted to make a joke that the two anime are similar since they share a long name. The long name of WataMote translates to “No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular!”.
I am yet to review WataMote in this blog, but I will post a link to the review here once I do.
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU is a very good slice of life anime, that looks at people’s relationships instead of telling you a specific story. Despite how a bit deep it looks from what I am saying, the anime is done in a way that’s enjoyable to watch, especially with the amount of good remarks passed between the characters, and from Hikigaya & Yukino in particular.
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU may not seem like a good anime on first sight, which is why I highly recommend you to watch one or two episodes to judge on it yourself.
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Quotes
- “Guys are simple creatures. They get the wrong idea just from getting talked to. They’d be happy just getting handmade cookies. They don’t need to taste good.” – Hachiman Hikigaya.
- “It’s not like I can’t talk to people. I just don’t indulge in pointless small talks.” – Hachiman Hikigaya.
- “Fake people have an image to maintain. Real people just don’t care.” – Hachiman Hikigaya.
- “Girls were made of sugar and spice, and all things nice” – Hachiman Hikigaya.
- “When you pick the only option you have to choose from, can you really call that your own decision?” – Hayato Hayama.
- “We do not give a starving man a fish. We teach him how to fish and make him independent.” – Yukino Yukinoshita.
- “Life is too bitter, so coffee, at least, should be sweet…” – Hachiman Hikigaya.
- “If all you’re good for is breathing in and out, then even an AC unit is more useful than you.” – Yukino Yukinoshita.
Review Credits & Sources
Some of the characters information in this review were taken from Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru Wikia.