Anime Review: OreGairu – 12

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And so the Culture Festival arc comes to a close, but what became of the lost lamb, Sagami?

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RECAP:  With the Culture Festival’s Closing Ceremony coming up, Committee Chairman Sagami is still missing.  In order to buy time for Hikki to find her, Yukino is forced to ask a favor of her sister.  When Hikki finds Sagami, he is unable to give her the encouraging words she is looking for.  When Hayama and Sagami’s friends find them, they are able to draw her towards returning.  However, Hikki must ensure that Sagami’s “request” to the Public Service Club be fulfilled, even if he ends up looking like the villain in the end.

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The tension between Yukino and Haru is still rather vague to us anime-only viewers.  If you want more, you’ll just have to hope that a second season is green-lit, or just read the novels.  Anyways, the end of this Festival arc sums up fairly well the sort of relationship the two have.  Yukino has always wanted to be like her older sister, but she could never truly be like her and still retain her own identity.  With the request Yukino makes she takes the hit on having to owe her, all the while she is doing this for the better good and sacrificing her own bit of happiness.

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Similar to Yukino, Hikki takes a hit by playing the villain that reveals the ugly truth about Sagami’s true feelings right in front of her face.  Although his comments make him look like a terrible guy, telling the truth is sometimes all you need to get someone to face their own faults.  After the festival, he just may be the most hated guy ever, and he may feel just slightly bad about it.  But Hikki is not afraid to tell people the way things are in reality.  And considering after all the adventures we’ve followed along with him so far, so long as he has the few people that see he is actually a nice guy, he won’t have any problems with how people see him.

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Whether they’d like to admit it or not, Hikki and Yukino are very much alike.  They are both willing to sacrifice their selves in order to make progress in helping others, even if they are strangers.  Both stick tightly to their ideals and have always helped others by doing things their way.  Because of their personalities and ways of thinking is purely why the two can seemingly have what Hikki calls “refreshing” conversations.  They aren’t always on terms with each other, but they can still be on the same page.  And that sums up, what I think, this entire fairy tale is all about: even if you have different views on life, you can still get along by being human.

Also, just a reminder that Episode 13 is a special omake episode.

Rating:  4.5/5

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Seriously, that fang and personality makes Komachi such a lovable imouto.

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