Two very different views on life butt heads in this light novel adaptation of Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru.
RECAP: Hikigaya Hachiman loathes the ever-youthful people around him. He “youth” as an illusion created to sugar-coat failure. In an attempt to fix this attitude, Hiratsuka-sensei forces Hikigaya into joining the Public Service Club with its lone member, Yukinoshita Yukino. A very talented and beautiful girl, she stands for giving ones all to change themselves to conform to society, the complete opposite of how Hikigaya feels. Seeing as the two are unable see eye-to-eye, Hiratsuka-sensei proposes a challenge to see whose views on life are right. The next day, they receive their first “customer,” Yuigahama Yui, a young girl who wishes to bake cookies for a “certain someone.”
Based on the light novel that began serialization in September 2012, OreGairu brings an interesting take on how to deal with everyday problems. I first caught wind of this series through the manga and immediately gained interest in how Hikigaya and Yukinoshita each have a different take on how people should live their lives. What is more interesting is seeing how Hikigaya has a justifiable reason to believe in his outlook. In most anime, to my knowledge, they advocate that dreams and goals come true to those who work hard for them. To depict a person with Hikigaya’s attitude as somewhat right is something quite rare.
Moving forward, we are quickly introduced to the basic format of how the rest of this series will likely pan out. Yuigahama Yui’s trouble is that she can’t bake cookies for someone she likes. She sucks at it, which is not all that uncommon in anime. I thought they had Home Economics classes in High School! Oh well. Anyways, Yukinoshita’s take on the request is just: Just get better at cooking. Yuigahama’s helplessness against those with talent is something many people fall victim to. There are things some people just aren’t good at, but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to get better for yourself. As Yukinoshita lectures, there is no point to only envying talented people if you haven’t given it your all try and reach that level. That is a truly reasonable statement.
But everyone knows you can’t just “get good” overnight. Hikigaya sees that Yuigahama won’t get better anytime soon so he thinks that the meaning behind the gift is more important than the gift itself. As the saying goes, “It’s the thought that counts.” As long as the feeling gets across to the recipient, the outcome of how good the cookies are shouldn’t matter, right? While both Hikigaya and Yukinoshita were right in their respects, Yuigahama ends up never getting better and still makes crappy cookies.
After all this, we got a trio of main characters, each with very different personalities. I can only hope this series will continue to entertain my fancy in Hikigaya and Yukinoshita’s differing ideologies.
Would you accept this cookie filled with feelings, even if it tastes horrible?
Continue to watch? – Yes.
Continue to Review? – Yes.