Watched in Spring of 2013| Director: Ai Yoshimura | Animation Studio: Brain’s Base | Episodes: 13
An anime series known by many names: Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru, My Teen Romantic Comedy is Wrong As I Expected. , Oregairu, and My Youth Romantic Comedy is Wrong As I Expected. Animated by Brain’s Base My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU proved to be one of the richest and vibrant slice of life anime from Spring 2013 competing with The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat within that same anime season. Not surprising considering Brain’s Base has a signature for that type of animation especially in connection to their work for Blood Lad.
For now let us focus on some of the misconceptions surrounding the series and the lead character. Hachiman the lead of the series is not necessarily a pessimist but a realist. Though it may seem like so considering he is a high schooler in the anime series and thus most of his classmates see his overly reserved and quiet attitude as pessimism or him being shy=bad at socializing. The advisement teacher that seems to watch over his behavior actually basically forces him to join a service club where he meets Yukino Yukonoshita. A girl who is much like him if a little different since while he has all but given up socializing she has not completely but also looks down on high schoolers for being weak and trying to take down their classmates through social means due to their own insecurities. Another thing that sets her apart from him is that she is quite attractive not that Hachiman the main character is unattractive either though she is so beautiful a lot of people know her for being beautiful and very smart. Yukino atually goes further in not only questioning the behavior of youths but people in general.
Enter Yui Yuigahama (on the right), a very outgoing girl, who later joins the service club along with Hachiman and Yukino. Unlike those two she is your regular girl who tries to adhere to social conventions and social pressures. Most of the time never opposing them just so she can have some semblance of a social life in high school. In other words, she is the type of girl that tries to be part of the popular crowd or at the very least be part of a social group which to me is the type of girl or individual found vastly irritating in high school since these type of people will sometimes go with what the whole group might do or say even if they might not quite believe something the group is doing is necessarily right.
Thus this becomes an unraveling of the superficiality of social interactions as well as revealing truths of how very harsh and critical youths can be to each other. Though it also examines human relationships too. There is a use of monologuing by the main character which is pretty witty. Usually not sure why but Hachiman’s occasional monologuing can be extremely hilarious. I just have a feeling that this might be a thing that could possibly differ across audiences so it will take a certain temperament for some individuals to find it funny. Kind of reminds one of Bakemonogatori though less over the top. In essence the series is very spot on when it comes to unveiling some of the good and bad of socializing for youths. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU as it now has been dubbed in North America is originally based off the light novels by Wataru Watari.
The Many Faces of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Anime
A classmate that turns out to be a fujoshi. A fujoshi. A girl who gets super happy with the existence of guy on guy pairings be it in real life or fictional works. Basically a girl into Boys Love.
The guy that looks like a girl. There is a character named Saika Totsuka who looks so adorable that he could pass for a girl. I thought this might have been the quality I so loved from the anime the most.
Add to the equation that Saika is voiced by Mikako Komatsu made it more adorable. When Ms. Komatsu did the voice over that involved her having to do multiple repititions of Hachiman’s name. I kept blushing over the extreme cuteness. So besides Hachiman and Yukino, Saika, is also another of the appealing characters.
The little sister portrayal. Hachiman has a little sister and here instead of it being portrayed in a way where it gets shown in other anime as if the main character could possibly have some incest relationship with his own sister. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU portrays it in a realistic way. The reality of which little sisters and in general siblings are kind of a responsibility everyone has and so can be a minor nuisances sometimes.
A guy afflicted with chunibyo. While watching My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU in 2013 I can recall thinking to myself chunibyo like the anime-Love Chunibyo & Other Delusions? And, no, I still have not seen the anime. What I found quite nice to see was SNAFU going right ahead and explaining what chunibyo means. You will be very surprised. I never expected chunibyo to be a phase.
Takuya Eguchi voices Hachiman. He truly is perfect for the role since pretty much all the time Hachiman sounds both amused and perpetually sarcastic toward people and their intentions. Considerting my admiration for Saori Hayami‘s voice acting. Then it should come as no surprise to know she does a beautiful performance giving life to Yukino Yukinoshita. Mikako Komatsu gives an equally cute voice over but unlike Saori Hayami, Mikako Komatsu, is set up for an entirely different type of character. Kind of a nice suprise since I have seen Ms. Komatsu’s voicing of Neko in the K anime series.
Mikako Komatsu voices Saika Totsuka | Image Credit: MyAnimeList
A comedy non-romance anime series that deals with the often complex nature of social interactions between youths. While the title of this anime implies romance there hardly is any unless you count Hachiman looking at Yukino and briefly blushing and getting stunned by her beauty at the beginning of the series.
Based in a real word setting. It would be classified as some form of slice of life.
Opening Theme Song-OP
Nagi Yanagi provided the theme song for My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU. I was quite surprised with the beautiful singing by Ms. Yanagi. I especially like how the music actually suits the series correctly in every way. There is a sort of charm to how the opening of the song starts a bit resigned and picks up into a more hopeful tone. The opening theme song has translations available thanks to Sentai Filmwork’s DVD release of the series.
Ending Theme Song-ED
Surprisingly the ending song is sung by both Saori Hayami and Nao Toyama. Very sweet if somewhat very, very melancholic. There are two music versions I think one sung more heavily by either Saori Hayami or Nao Toyama. While there are also several animation changes per episode. So there are several variations in terms of animation sequences as well. Hello Alone the ending theme song actually describes what the characters might be going through in the anime. Gorgeously animated and Saori Hayami and Nao Toyama’s singing does complement each other very well.
DVD Release Details
Given the design style of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU this 2014 anime release incarnation by Sentai Filmworks for North America actually looks quite attractive in a standard edition DVD collection.
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Updated and Edited on June 20. 2015