We start off with a reanimated segment of the concert Yukino and company perform in in season 1 to stall time for Hachiman so he can find Sagami. This is also the scene where we get a taste of Hachiman’s twisted “way” of handling problems. Unfortunately, season 1 cuts out the one-on-one conversation between Yukino and Hachiman after the fact, a shame really.
Beginning segment. Introduces us back into the world of Oregairu right after season 1 which is the Cultural Festival and the rushed Sports Festival in episode 13. The idea of this part was to get across the fact that Hachiman still had a pretty bad reputation throughout the school. It also explains why he gets made fun of in caste #1. A good detail Feel put in was Miura’s nonchalant look at Hachiman after Yui greets him. Hayama and Ebina’s unusual entrance together in the classroom unfortunately didn’t get any mention here since it does indicate what’s to come in the next episode.
The Service Club all gathered again, this time with a more comfortable and intimate mood. Yukino goes out of her to way pour tea for him which he didn’t realize was for him. His little “can’t handle hot stuff” was actually an excuse for his “oops” moment. The mutual smile when they listen to Yukino eagerly describe how she wants to visit Kyoto shows how close much closer they’ve gotten after volume 6.
Requests and stuff that got jammed in a few minutes. Pretty much the focus of next episode. Also, Yukino defending Hachiman is a nice touch and how she’s gradually becoming weaker to Yui’s demands.
Lobby encounter between Yukino and Hachiman. MAX COFFEE is important. This scene’s a good indicator of their relationship. She’s still a little cold, but she doesn’t ignore him at all and is perfectly fine with talking with him now. They also made sure to include a shot of the Pan-san the Panda toys, too. In season 1, they kind of skipped out on her little rant about the history of Pan-san the Panda and also the reason why she came to like it. Ties in with her past, which probably won’t get covered in season 2. Also, she looks super comfy.
Probably the biggest scene I wanted adapted fully, the ramen triple date. While they did get the important lines from the scene, the interactions between Yukino and Shizuka is probably the big appeal to me since we don’t get to see how they act all that often, at least in the anime. Shizuka’s actually very attentive to Yukino, so not seeing them interact is a real bummer. Also, the line about how it’s not a bad thing to be scolded, they omitted Yukino’s line about how she hasn’t ever done anything that she could be scolded for. It’s a nice detail that digs a bit into her character given her position in the family. Could also be considered foreshadowing to her position in regards to Haruno as well which comes up in volume 9. And their walk home is another indicator of how close they’ve gotten compared to how they were in season 1. Yukino being afraid of being seen together with him late at night refers to the scene when they met in the lobby about how the girls started talking to her about stuff (likely love stories). I think this is either referring to the trolley incident that got omitted or the microphone banter during the opening ceremony. One of them. Either way, just goes to show she’s more or less conscious of him now, if only a little. And her gratitude to him for walking her back reminds me of the date they had in volume 3 which was omitted in season 1 where they go shopping for Yui’s birthday present and where Hachiman “won” her a Pan-san toy. They also omitted her gratitude in that part too where she says she had fun.
Maybe I’ll write more, this takes too long.
Designs are good, though I saw some QUALITY moments in there, so clearly there are some budget issues here and there. Hopefully the OP gets changed next week, because the current one has to be a placeholder.
This first episode covers 6 chapters worth of material. They cut a lot of material, Yui interactions, Hachiman sleeping on the train, Hachiman taking photos, and so forth. And judging by the preview, volume 7 will be finished in the next episode. I’m guessing they want to jump right into volume 8 and 9 since they’re pretty much the heart of the series, 9 especially. I’m going to bet episode 3 will be when Haruno comes back with Orimoto and Iroha’s introduction.
I like that they’re keeping some of Hachiman’s snarky monologues. And they’re being very attentive to gestures, eye contact, and Hachiman’s reaction to subtle things like Hayama’s various moments in the episode. Miura looking at Hachiman at the beginning was one and Yukino looking over at Hachiman before pouring him tea is another. Though with the episode going so fast, it’s hard to take it all in if you’re not paying any attention.
Anyway I don’t think I’ll do this every week (I probably will, but they’ll get less and less), though it wouldn’t hurt to list out what scenes got omitted. I’m praying that volume 9 gets half of the season’s episodes. Must-adapt scenes are Yukino’s ultimatum, Shizuka talk, thr request for “something genuine”, Destinyland, and the rollercoaster scene.
Yukino a qt3.14.