As an extra special episode of fun, we witness the competition of the Athletics Festival.
RECAP: Fast forwarding to the Athletics Festival, the Public Service Club is requested by the Student Council President to help “liven things up.” With that, they are requested to assist in coming up with an idea for the Festival’s main event. In the end, they call upon the assistance of two of the most “lively” people they know, Ebina and Zaimokuza, to offer up their ideas.
Another day in the Public Service Club passes as they receive an email and direct request from the Student Council President to assist in making the plain and boring Athletics Festival something worth remembering this year. As a result of countless terrible ideas, Hikki’s brings in the ever-enthusiastic Ebina-san and Zaimokuza-san into the picture. Seeing as these two are both capable of thinking outside the box, with much fervor, they were the perfect candidates to introduce something to spice up the main event.
Zaimokuza’s idea for the Girls’ competition: Cavalry Battle, based on what he says is that a historical battle once took place in Chiba. If you don’t know the objective, it is simple: Just grab the most headbands of the opposing team. Anyways, it plays upon his fantasies by adding in costumes for the main leaders to wear. Why? Because he likes it and it looks cool. These outfits, which bear great resemblance to Fate/Stay Night’s Saber, help make a normal Cavalry Battle more exciting. With great ease, our friends’ Red team takes the victory in this competition.
Ebina’s idea for the Guys’ competition: Pole Toppling. How her Yaoi vibes thought of this one, I have no idea beyond the fact that the sport involved all of the boys man-handling each other. With overall victory on the line, Hikki devises a trick in order to win, relying on Zaimokuza’s attention-grabbing creepiness and his background-blending “ability.” This is incredibly genius as Hikki takes advantage of what he knows will work. Additionally, the way he counters Hayato with another trick works superbly. The hearts of all the downtrodden Red team all cheered until…
… we find out that they were disqualified because of Hikki’s “bandage” trick. Oh well, it was worth a shot. If you think about it, this episode was a fun wrap-up to the season, as it brought up some of the things we’ve come to love about all our characters. This is especially prevalent in the side characters, like Zaimokuza, Ebina, Totsuka, and even Saki. Since they didn’t get much screen time in the Culture Festival arc, it was just right to have them play their part in the Athletics Festival.
Early on in this series, I was hoping for more of these psychological battles between Hikki and Yukinoshita, considering their differing points of view. I didn’t get it much like I expected/wanted, but I’m rather content with the outcome overall. Slowly, we came to understand these two and how they deal with people. Additionally, they’ve come to understand dealing with each other, despite their differences. Those kinds of stories are always nice because it reminds us that everyone is different but are still able to somehow live cohesively, even if someone is the “loner” type.
OreGairu’s anime adaptation has definitely gotten me interested in possibly reading the light novel. I’ve grown to like Hikigaya Hachiman’s character and how his attitude towards society is somehow able to strangely solve relationship/societal problems. I suppose it takes knowing society’s flaws to truly understand how to make it work. Anyways, I recommend this series as a great high-school comedy that has the potential to really make one think about the people around them. It was a fun watch with easily relatable characters.
Overall Rating: 4.5/5