My teenage love comedy is full of assholes.
So, we’ve got three main characters at the moment. Two of them have shitty attitudes. The third doesn’t, so she is, of course, the one who gets called stupid and a bitch constantly in the second half of the episode. Charming.
So, here are our characters:
- Hachiman Hikigaya – “OH MY GAWD WOW EVERYONE IS SUCH A LOSER FOR THINKING BEING A YOUTH IS A GOOD THING, UGH, I JUST HATE THEM ALL, ONLY I CAN SEE THE TRUTH, LOOK AT THESE LOSERS!”
- Yukino Yukinoshita – “WOW, I AM SO TALENTED AND PRETTY SO PEOPLE HATE ME, ISN’T THAT JUST THE WORST HOW TALENTED PEOPLE ARE THE ONES MADE TO SUFFER???”
- (and then may as well toss in that Hikigaya’s feeling is “OMG you are so right, that is awful how people just hate on you for being pretty and smart! Wow, talented people have to suffer so much! I am being enlightened!”)
- Yui Yuigahama – “Hi, I’m not terribly bright, but I’m not mean either! Oh, you keep calling me bitch? Wow, you are totes hawt! And, wait, you told me I’m stupid and a failure because I want to fit in? WOW, YOU ARE REALLY COOOOOOL!”
I actually had a bit of an argument with someone about this show when I criticized it for being boring and for the aforementioned bad attitudes. My opponent pointed out that the show obviously thinks that the male lead, Hikigaya, is a loser, and intends to tear down his bad attitude. I in turn pointed out that, sure, fine… but only because it intends to replace it with a viewpoint that is equally as terrible! He laughed and agreed.
Anyway, while the crappy characters do make the show stand out slightly from the hordes, everything else is pretty pedestrian. There’s the sexism, the cheap animation, the uninspiring OP and ED, the smart but kind of cruel girl, the nice but kind of dumb girl… yawn. Nothing you haven’t seen already elsewhere, and probably nothing you haven’t seen done slightly better already. The only thing I found myself approving of was the way they depicted flashbacks – film slides by the screen to the memory, and then we watch it unfold with the screen framed by the edges of the film and the next slide on the film. It looks a bit neat, even if it is mired in a show like this.