OP progression starting from episode 3. I’m expecting Yukino to be omitted for volume 9 in the OP until that scene.
Some notable changes:
Taishi is omitted in the Twitter discussion plan with everyone. They kind of went over everyone’s reactions when they thought Hachiman was going to do something similar to the Cultural Festival again.
Added scene of the Meguri in a comfy sweater, during the Sports Festival it looks like.
Preview is the title of volume 9, chapter 2. So, if they go at this pace, volume 9 will either take 4 episodes or 5. Bueno. Though that does make me curious what’ll they do with the last 2-3 episodes. I guess volume 10 is manageable, but it definitely will be weird, if not disjointed.
The important segment near the end was properly handled though, so I’m glad for that. Yui’s head rub (lewd) and Yukino’s whisper that gets Hachiman thinking he may have made a mistake.
Too lazy to write about the whole episode, so I’ll just talk about the one important line from Yukino in the episode.
Starting with the above quotes, these are different varied translations of what she says. In the original line, she doesn’t point out a specific subject in particular and I assume this is intended on Watari’s part. Translating it into a natural English sentence is difficult without having to be explicit and that means throwing in a subject as Commie or I did in particular.
So now to the line question, let’s start first with Yukino’s entire motivation behind running for president. We first learn about her running for position the day after they meet Haruno. Hachiman’s current assumption is that she’s only doing it because Haruno egged her on, which she adamantly denies and says that she’s doing it of her own accord. What we know about Yukino is that she doesn’t lie (she just doesn’t say the truth), but also that she’s very competitive especially in regards to her sister. Her logical jabs at Hachiman when he confronts her about her running for president for attempting to make a bad campaign speech also indicates to us that she does care about what he does and what it’ll do to him (being self-conscious enough to think everyone will care enough about him to hate him).
Fast forward to where Hachiman realizes that there’s an alternative way to keep Yukino and Yui from running and that’s to make Iroha want to be the president. He’s successful in persuading her and confronts Yukino and Yui, telling them they have no problem or motivation to stay in the race. And then we get Yukino’s above quote.
So what is Yukino still upset with, or more accurately, disappointed in? It’s their relationship, that is, the relationship in the Service Club. As we know, Yukino hates superficiality. And we know Hachiman does as well, or supposedly. But in the same way he chose to protect Hayama’s group, he did the same with the Service Club. It’s clear that Hachiman and Yui are fixated on the Service Club. But Yukino certainly wasn’t the same way. She thought that perhaps, their relationship could continue beyond the bond of the Service Club (now superficial) and the perfect opportunity to test this was the student council election. It’s certainly likely Yukino wanted to run for presidency personally, but that wasn’t the only thing. She wanted to see if their relationship wasn’t bound by something as superficial as a title, the Service Club. This is where Hachiman gets it wrong. And this is where Yukino gets disappointed. Not just in him, but also in Yui. She wanted to see if their relationship was genuine. She wanted something genuine. Keyword that will be incredibly important in the next few episodes. She had expectations of both of them, that they also felt the same way, and thus would understand what it is that she was trying to do. But they were too blindsided by the idea of the Service Club which is more or less the root of the problem for Yukino. So at this point, Yukino gave up hence her lukewarm reaction at the very end.
So to sum it all up, Yukino wanted Hachiman to understand her in the same way Komachi understands him; the sour grape.
I’ll update this more later, just writing random thoughts out.