Hayama invites Hachiman on a double date with Orimoto and Nakamachi. Turns out they’ve been mailing each other and they ended up planned a time to hang out on Saturday. The last episode omitted the scene where Hayama shows up and makes some small chat with Orimoto and her friend. That’s when they exchanged their numbers. Strangely enough, Hayama thought Hahciman was included when he got his invitation from Orimoto; this is inline with his “Let’s get along everybody” philosophy that Hachiman assumes he works under. What’s important is what Hayama does to ask Hachiman to come along. He bows his head. Of all people, Hayama’s bowing his head to Hachiman, so there’s clearly some kind of fostering dynamic happening between these two, if it wasn’t already obvious from the last few episodes and the Cultural Festival.
We’re now at the Hikigaya household and it turns out Haruno gives Hachiman a call (more accurately, gives Komachi a call). Komachi is still pretty upset with Hachiman’s attitude from the other day.
Haruno’s conversation with Hachiman’s pretty interesting and it does present the viewers with a few key words that become prevalent later in the story. Those words being: Genuine, monster of logic/reason, monster of self-consciousness. These words will all tie in with Hachiman’s character in the future, if not already. They’ll be the framework that he utilizies in order to do what it is that he does.
As for Haruno, how did she get Komachi’s number? They actually exchanged their numbers at some point earlier in the story. Anyway, Haruno seemingly knows about the double date and Hayama’s bowing to Hachiman. Good indicator that Hayama keeps in contact with Haruno or possibly, vice versa. Haruno eggs Hachiman on to go, intimidates him even, and as someone who tends to be manipulative and calculating, Haruno’s clearly up to something.
In case you don’t watch the OP every week (shame on you), there was a subtle change in the opening as indicated from episode 3 to 4. Foreshadowing of the events to come.
The anime skipped the segment where Hachiman meets with Haruno at the cafe (makes me think of their meeting at the end of volume 10). So after the group gathers, Hachiman does what he does best by staying at the very back of the group and following them. There’s some nice gestures here with the way the theater scene played out along with the good monologue which digs a bit into Hachiman’s mentality. We get an idea that Orimoto may have been one of the primary factors in why he has his shell today. But now, he feels he can finally get over that one part of his past for good and let it end.
Continuation of the double date. Hachiman comes across Miura and Ebina shopping for boots. She trips and he gets to see PINK. Hachiman gets Hayama to hurry up so they can leave the area before things got complicated, it’s Miura, after all. They then come across Tobe and Iroha who were out shopping for some sports stuff. We get a glimpse of what kind of person is Iroha is, turns out she can be pretty sly and has a lot more going underneath than she appears on the surface. Interesting to note is what Hayama mentions to Hachiman about how she acts like herself when she’s around him. Could be interpreted in a couple of ways.
So they animated the “Y” scene that was omitted in season 1. The gist of it, they had a conversation at night during the summer camp trip about who they liked. Pressed on by Tobe, Hayama answered with just the letter “Y.” This is rather important later for volume 10. Interestingly enough, Hayama talks about how he never truly “liked” someone and that’s why he misunderstood. Something to do with his mysterious past with the Yukinoshita family.
So they settle for a cafe after making fun of Hachiman for suggesting Saize. They then proceed to make fun of him some more inside. Eventually, Hayama gets tired of them making fun of him so openly, much to their surprise.
It turns out Hayama asks Yui and Yukino to come in person under the pretense of making Hayama a candidate in the election. The anime didn’t show it very well, but Hachiman really, and I mean, really, did not want those two to see him in a situation like this. It hurt him a lot. Hayama does something out of character and defends Hachiman by directly attacking the two who continuously made fun of him on the entire outing. When Orimoto passes by the two, only Yui is bothered by her look while Yukino ignores her completely. And Orimoto passes by with a realization of something; perhaps, she was wrong about Hachiman, after all.
A Yukino and Haruno confrontation. So Haruno’s entire reason for being here was figuring out why Hayama was so insistent with Hachiman coming along. Anyway, Yukino and Haruno’s relationship brings up a lot of questions. For one thing, we know Haruno’s very antagonistic towards Yukino, she eggs her on to do things. On one hand, it looks like she’s pushing her to grow and mature, but at the same time, it looks like she isn’t very fond of her; comparing her to their mother who does eventually make her appearance. What is it that Haruno sees in Yukino that we don’t? Coming soon in the next few episodes. I should note that frontal shot of Yukino looks gorgeous, they’re getting a lot better at drawing her. Rising expectations for that scene if you know what I mean.
So now we have Haruno’s analysis of Hachiman and how he “sees” through everything. An interesting assessment, and she brings up how she finds people who are “perfect” to be very boring teases. Hachiman’s much more fun to play with, a logical toy to say the least.
Hayama’s attempt to understand Hachiman. He tries doing something that Hachiman’s used to doing, only to end up feeling terrible about it. Ultimately, it turns out Hayama got him completely wrong which pisses Hachiman off. A good reflection of his anger was after the fact when he tries to pick up his bike that got knocked over. This conversation also gives us quite a bit of insight into Hayama’s character which becomes important later, the whole point of how Hachiman should place more value on himself and how others should as well. Basically, Hachiman should realize that there are people who don’t think of him as worthless as he does himself. There’s this and something else, which again, comes into play later in these two’s dynamic. The last bit about a lost belief/conviction is pretty important. That “someone” is Yukino, if it isn’t obvious enough. The conviction should be clear from last episode; the stuff about superficiality.
Good detail by Feel on Hachiman’s frustration as he grips his fist. In the novel, he grits his teeth, but same effect here. So we learn that Yukino is going to join the election as a candidate, the most optimal choice given their available resources. There’s quite a bit going on here between Hachiman and Yukino; they’re both being very logical about their approaches.
Hachiman in particular doesn’t think of anything of his methods that sacrifices himself. Yukino tells him otherwise, but in a logical fashion, in a way that he can understand. Perhaps, maybe she could just say that she cares and wants him to stop, but would that really get across to the man called a “monster of logic/reason?” So instead of doing that, Yukino chooses to logically act and take up the mantle of a presidential candidate instead. Yukino states their methods are different, but how true is this really? But it’s clear that Yukino doesn’t want him to continue with his methods anymore. She cares, but she doesn’t know how to approach him in any other way except what she proposed; because she’s confused and lost.
This begs the question: Is Yukino really doing this because she wants to or is it because of something else? After all, she was egged on by Haruno just only yesterday. But is that really it? There’s a particularly important line that Haruno states in their confrontation about how Yukino doesn’t ever do anything herself but have someone else do it for her. What situation closely mirrors this? The Service Club; namely, Hachiman. Food for thought.
Yui declares her intent to join the race. So now we have a three-way lock in the Service Club………….. I can’t write anymore.
I’ll mention that Commie translated her lines of “suki” ambiguously, which gives off a different meaning than in the novels. On the fence whether I should keep mine the same or change it, I don’t really know.
I really should stop taking so any pictures, literally wasting my time putting so much up. That said, I’m having a terrible case of writer’s block and I can’t make sen of my thoughts regarding most of the scenes.
Anyway, impressions. Good episode, the music was definitely on point especially Yui’s scene and Yukino’s scene near the end. Both scenes were well-done, though I personally preferred Yukino’s scene a lot more (surprise, surprise). Hayami and Touyama are doing fantastic with their voice acting and they really get those emotions across. Yukino in particular because you can tell how frustrated and sad she was when she spoke to Hachiman about what she wanted to do. The piano pieces in both scenes were great, especially the Hello Alone. If Yukino’s expressions are any indicator this episode, then a certain scene in volume 9 will be really good. Also, I’ve already said this a billion times already, but good job on Feel with the body language. They’re basically the equivalent to the internal monologues in written text.
Next episode marks the end of volume 8. Volume 10 is likely going to be covered. Yay for promotions. I’ll keep this much shorter next episode because this takes too much time from translating, seriously. Half of my thoughts don’t seem very coherent either, but I’ll fix them later, I guess.
In other news, I have a lot of translations to fix.