The guy looks dumb, I might hate him. The girl looks so gorgeous, I might like her. With these superficial notions, I had the impression that the series is rather a conventional harem with a generic persona of the male protagonist whose path in the story is predictable and has a lot of encounter with different types of girls aside from the female lead. However, it is not exactly what I thought because upon watching the first episode, I was ironically amused with the introduction as the male lead speaks through his mind figuratively surrounding his evil thoughts on youth and the society he revolves around.
The guy’s name is Hachiman Hikigaya, and you might view him as an isolated man in the society who has nothing in the world but himself. He rather wants to be alone than to be involved in a group until such time, he is coerced to join the Service Club with hopes to improve himself and change his negative underlying thoughts about “youth”. He meets Yukino Yukinoshita, the leader of the Service Club, who is beautiful, smart, or to simply define her, she is everyone’s idol. However, Hachiman believes that changing himself is a way of running away from the reality. Despite his current situation, he still manages to be with Yukino in the club as they continue to help people to improve themselves.
Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabu Kome wa Machigatteiru, translated as My youth romantic comedy is wrong as I expected, is a 12-episode anime series which does not actually center on romance as most of the viewers would expect due to its title, how they labeled it as “romantic comedy”. Instead, it merely focuses on social psychology particularly on youth as the series aims to improve a person rather than to change a person as a whole. It depicts the reality behind various situations on youth as most of us enjoy it to the extent that no one has the right to hinder it. However, Hachiman has always believed that youth is nothing, as simple as that.
The plot is something interesting as it isn’t a typical story about youngsters. If you are looking for the involvement of romance, you might reject the series. The absence of romance doesn’t bother me at all. The series is more labeled as slice of life while it depicts the reality of the world. It allows the viewers to create the best realization pertaining to people in society, how their thoughts and behaviors are influenced by the presence of others and some social situations.
The flow of the story does not progress until it reaches the near finale. The first half is randomly episodic as it shows casual conversations among the characters while they enjoy things around them. Some of you might find it boring while others, including myself, actually enjoy watching it because I can easily associate various situations the characters encounter with their daily living.
Despite their varying philosophies, Yukino can still handle Hachiman’s character. While Yukino has a positive outlook in life, Hachiman, although a pragmatic man, can at least express realistic ideals which makes him an interesting character. He is rather pessimistic in my point of view, but I like the fact he has never hated himself for who he is. The way he delivers his monologues is highly appreciated as he genuinely expresses his beliefs on what he views in the world as it is. He is practical and tends to leave things as they are without any single change.
Yukino seems mysterious, more likely a snobbish gal at first glance, but as soon as you realize her action, you would say she follows the right path towards the most ideal things in the world. Like Hachiman, she is also a loner, but she values more the concept of idealism rather than realism as she tends to imagine things as they should be. She is being mean to Hachiman, but there are times she also shows her soft side towards the people around her.
There is also an outgoing girl named Yui Yuigahama. I like how she acts very cheerful. She is definitely the one that gives lively ambiance in the series. She always expresses her bright side and loves to interact with others a lot. I’d say she is the total opposite of Hachiman and Yukino when it comes to their social involvement, but ironically speaking, she admires the two.
The simplicity of the character design is not bad. It is made plain, clean and still attractive especially how Yukino stands out among the other girls in the series. The image of Hachiman is parallel to how he is described as a pragmatic guy with dead-fish eyes. The character design of Yui is fairly good not to mention her hairstyle for a cute-type easygoing girl.
The opening theme titled Yukitoki sounds cute with the beautiful voice of Nagi Yanagi. The music video portrays what to expect with the persona of the protagonists including the cheerfulness of Yui and other characters in the series. The ending theme is Hello Alone by Saori Hayami and Nao Toyama, the voice actresses of Yukino and Yui, respectively. The combination of their voice is well-suited for the song. It is made catchy and simple which is at least pleasant to ears.
Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabu Kome wa Machigatteiru is worth to watch if you are fond of philosophical views of the world. Forget about the romance, it is not the main focus of the series. It isn’t a masterpiece series, either, but at least, it enlightens you about the realization of everything around you.