Hell yeah, Hachiman delivering the direct smackdown on that bitch!
Ouch. Stabbed it in right there…
… annnnnnd twisted it…
… and twisted it again one more time, for good measure.
Even Hayato couldn’t stand it anymore himself, great follow up though!
Because he’s delivering the smackdown the bitch deserves, not the coddling she wants right now. So, he’ll do it for everyone, because he can take it. Because he’s not a hero. He’s a antisocial cynic. A watchful loner. Hachiman Hikigaya.
Luckily, some people aren’t so condemning of him…
Ahhh this is probably the most teacher-like thing Hiratsuka-sensei’s done this show… and boy does she do it right in the feels. As self-centered she seems at times, she really loves her students doesn’t she? Real nice to see go for the tender approach too, to complement her tough love usually.
As for Yukinoshita…
Heh, poor Hachiman got shot down again.
… but it seems there’s still hope for Hachiman!
With that, SNAFU comes to an end. Yeah, kinda forgot the series was originally slated for 12 episodes, and the 13th week is for a extra anime-original episode. Sounds like fun from the preview!
Now what can I say about SNAFU…. one thing for sure is how much I enjoyed it as it slowly progressed from the “
monster problem of the week” formula to creating some of the most interesting character development drama in anime. It really was enjoyable just seeing how our main trio and the regulars interacted with each other and Hachiman both creating and solving issues with his pragmatic and cynical approach to human relationships and social structures.
Hachiman’s the rare breed of protagonist that isn’t the usual definition of respectable or “positive/light”. Instead, all his approaches really hinge of tapping in to the “negative” side of people and himself. That somehow really captures the minds more than what the usual “light” heroes would do.
In fact, not all his solutions really could be said to result in a “happy” ending, as seen in the Tsurumi arc, but it’s really fascinating how he’ll choose to make everyone miserable to make it more “fair”, rather that trying for the path where everyone becomes “happy”. Yet, when it truly matters for him, he doesn’t really mind being the target of hatred as long as he gets things moving to a more positive direction for everyone else.
Of course, the show wouldn’t really work without Yukinoshita providing the “positive” to Hachiman’s “negative”, albeit more in the “both sides of the same coin” way instead of the “opposites attract” way (that really would be Yui, I could say). And it really was fun watching the two banter about and solve things with their individual approaches, albeit in the end, it seems to be more of Hachiman’s ideas that really work (though he probably couldn’t pull it off without her). Really wished there was more episodes like their ‘date’ though.
And not to forget Yuigahama as well, who in many ways, is the glue that sticks Hachiman and Yukinon together. Those two would’ve pushed each other apart easily at the slightest things, without having someone like Yui to be the moderating force between them. I don’t agree with the view that she’s really just the rival love interest for Yukinon and another ‘haremette’ for Hachiman. She really becomes a very important member of the show, in her own right, by being a loyal friend to the both of them through thick and thin, even as both of them tried to push her away for their own selfishness.
Heh, somehow I’ve managed to write so much about SNAFU… so to wrap things up, I’d just like to say that SNAFU is seriously a great show once you don’t try too see it as yet another romcom-harem-LN adaptation. Wataru Watari has managed to create a really great character-driven drama that really lives to the literal meaning of its title. Give it a try with an open mind, and have patience too. “Good things come to those who wait” is a saying invented for shows like this.