Oregairu Season 3 (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU CLIMAX), Episode 11: A Genuine Confession

“Allow me the privilege of distorting your life.” Only Hikki would make his love confession in such a way. But isn’t that just like him in the end? It’s as authentic as it is awkward, honest as it is strange, and precisely the proper way for him to end the first journey he was on… Read More Oregairu Season 3 (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU CLIMAX), Episode 11: A Genuine Confession

Oregairu Season 3 (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU CLIMAX), Episode 10: A Gallant Kind of Love

I haven’t made any qualms about feeling that the final act of Oregairu is the weakest, both in the light novels and thus far, in the anime. But that doesn’t mean I don’t find it to still be extremely well thought out (Wataru Watari used those several years well in completing his series!). This specific… Read More Oregairu Season 3 (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU CLIMAX), Episode 10: A Gallant Kind of Love

Oregairu Season 3 (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU CLIMAX), Episode 9

A very important theme I’ve never focused on when writing some several dozen articles about Oregairu is heavily emphasized in this episode. It’s also part of the series title. When Oregairu (My  Youth Romantic Comedy is Wrong As I Expected) begins, Hikki is without a club, without friends, without prospects. He’s wasting away his youth.… Read More Oregairu Season 3 (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU CLIMAX), Episode 9

Oregairu Season 3 (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU CLIMAX), Episode 8: You Win

Episode eight of Oregairu’s final season speeds us through some of the light novel material as it wraps up planning for the dummy prom and moves us even a few steps beyond that. The computer club creates a nice website for Hikki’s prom, and with some help from Haruno, he realizes that Yukino’s mother isn’t… Read More Oregairu Season 3 (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU CLIMAX), Episode 8: You Win

Oregairu Season 3 (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU CLIMAX), Episode 7: Yahallo, We’ll Use Our Gadget-o

We get a little break from all the heaviness of season three with a mostly-carefree, funny episode of Oregairu. There are three major scenes in the episode, and they all involve Hikki and Yui trying to explain something to someone (or someones), to varying degrees of success, starting with the two members of the school’s… Read More Oregairu Season 3 (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU CLIMAX), Episode 7: Yahallo, We’ll Use Our Gadget-o

Oregairu Season 3 (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU CLIMAX), Episode 6: Wait! And Hope!

Oregairu is at it’s best in the leading up to the big moments—not the big moments themselves. While “something genuine” and other cathartic scenes are meaningful and lovely, much of the genius in the series is in the getting there through clever, funny, cute, angsty ways. That’s part of what makes episode six of Oregairu… Read More Oregairu Season 3 (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU CLIMAX), Episode 6: Wait! And Hope!

Oregairu Season 3 (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU CLIMAX), Episode 5: To Save You

The third season of Oregairu is a lot like Game of Thrones. As it heads toward its conclusion at what I feel is a breakneck speed, it’s leaving a trail of death in its path (death by heartache, at least). Some are very minor, like a small resolution for Kawa-something in episode one. Others are… Read More Oregairu Season 3 (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU CLIMAX), Episode 5: To Save You

Oregairu Season 3 (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU CLIMAX), Episode 4: Codependency and Heartbreak

The framework of the final season of Oregairu is so interesting. In bringing the final arcs of so many characters to a close, but most fully and resoundingly with Hiki, Yukinon, and Yui, the vehicle of this “CLIMAX” season is less important than it has ever previously been. The prom is just the device, and… Read More Oregairu Season 3 (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU CLIMAX), Episode 4: Codependency and Heartbreak

Oregairu Season 3 (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU CLIMAX), Episode 2: I Never Wanted Anything Genuine

The second episode of Oregairu’s third season is Yui’s episode. But since it takes 20 minutes to get to her big scene, we’ll likewise save her for the end. First, the rest of the episode, which after the mostly introductory material last week, moves the season’s plot season forward considerably. Important developments make it so… Read More Oregairu Season 3 (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU CLIMAX), Episode 2: I Never Wanted Anything Genuine