Opening up with the episode, we get a look at how things are faring in the Service Club. As normal as it seems, the mood is pretty awkward, more or less. Yukino doesn’t so sharp and attentive anymore, more like, resigned and passive. Something broke after the election outcome, at least, for Yukino. The other two don’t seem to notice, or perhaps, they’re just acting willfully ignorant of the situation.
Slight changes in the opening again. Find Waldo! Everyone’s back in the club, but the cups at the end see no sign of use.
Hachiman watches Hayama and company’s group and Yui notices him looking at them too much. Turns out he can’t explain why he was doing that. Perhaps, their relationship reminded him of something of his own, like say, the current Service Club. As Totsuka notes, it’s rare to see Hachiman and Yui talk to each other in class, even more so when the both of them decide to head to club together. An indicator that Yui probably finds it awkward going to the club alone with how Yukino is feeling as of late. Hachiman asks how their lunches have been together, essentially asking how Yukino is doing, and it turns out everything seems “normal.”
Yukino’s melancholy is palpable. It hurts physically to watch. As to why Hachiman was staring at Hayama and company, he felt they could answer his questions, his questions of how long the Service Club will continue on as they are now, for how long it can continue on, and what will eventually happen; essentially, their little charade of hanging around the Service Club just for the sake of it. Is there any way to fix what is broken? Who knows.
That look of annoyance. But anyway, Iroha comes with another request right off the bat and that’s for help with her first job in the Student Council.
Kudos to Feel for giving us all these different expressions from Yukino, and people still think she’s emotionless. Compared to her outspoken and assertive nature from before, she’s a lot more “lifeless” and passive. Instead of giving her own opinion on the matter of Iroha’s request, she just listens in and acts as the yes-man in the group. So when Yui suggests taking up the request, she just gives her the okay without much thought.
So let’s talk about why she’s so out of it. From Hachiman’s POV or most viewers at this point, Yukino had the desire to become the SC President personally. But is that really all there is to it? No, it wasn’t. Yukino wanted to run for president for herself, but she also wanted to see something; that is, will it affect the relationship that exists between her and the other two? To Yukino, actions speak volumes more than words. Where does this come from? Volume 6, the whole theme about how “words are the source of misunderstandings.” This applies to Hachiman as well. His confession in episode 2 is essentially saying that “I place value in superficial things” overturning everything he’s done and claimed so far, the things that both Yukino and Hachiman were supposed to hate. She lost that one common belief that allowed her to connect with him and vice versa. There’s also Haruno’s comment about how Yukino always lets others do the work for her, which is eerily similar to how the Service Club works; Hachiman has been doing most of the heavy lifting while she’s been stuck on the sidelines, not being able to contribute as much as she’d like.
The SC election was the perfect opportunity to relieve herself of her anxiety and fear that could be potentially true about those around her and herself. So in short, her motives for running for presidency:
- She tries to run it for her own sake.
- She’s afraid that her relationship with Hachiman and Yui is superficial, so she wants to see if the SC would affect them in any way; is the only thing tying them together the title, “Service Club?”
- The fear that what Haruno says about her is true, about how she lets, even if unintentionally, others do the work for her. Becoming the president meant fulfilling the request and allows her to finally contribute something substantial to the club.
As Hachiman described, there are people who can only act when they have a reason. That describes him and Yukino. In this case, Yukino has Iroha’s request as her reason while Hachiman has Komachi’s request as his reason. Ultimately, Hachiman removes Yukino’s reason, making her unable to act which also confirms her fears as stated above. Her “I’m sure you (the both of them) could understand” was her assumption that maybe the two of them felt the same way, that their relationship wasn’t something strictly linked together by a title. Unfortunately, this is where communication breaks down as Yukino doesn’t really say anything (understandable since she doesn’t put much faith in words as does Hachiman which we learn in volume 9), Yui pretends as if nothing is wrong, and Hachiman forgoes an honest discussion with the two at all despite it being part of Komachi’s request.
On to her depressed state. So the fears from the election came true; that her relationship with Hachiman and Yui is really superficial, after all, that’s what their actions told her in the election; and that what Haruno told her was also true, that she is powerless and is unable to do anything unless someone else does it for her. So why doesn’t she just speak up and say she doesn’t like it or tell them what she wanted, I mean, Hachiman was able to, right? It’s not that simple. Their circumstances are completely different. Hachiman has people outside of the club to give him the push he needs, Yukino doesn’t; she has Yui and Hachiman but the former is too considerate for her own good while she was in a cold war with the latter.
From Yukino’s POV, she thinks that Hachiman and Yui are content with their relationship, a superficial one. She was hoping to prove that fear wrong, but now that she feels it’s true, she doesn’t know what to do anymore, or rather, she feels she can’t do anything anymore, not for them or not for herself. Think back to how Haruno said Yukino would continue to send her family souvenirs because she didn’t want them to hate her. This is the same situation. As much as she hates how superficial the relationship Hachiman and Yui have with her, she doesn’t want them to hate her by going against the harmony that the two wanted and that’s to keep the club afloat just for the sake of it (from her eyes). To her, the only choice she had was to just go along with them; it’s because she cares about them. So she ends up passive and resigned about their relationship because she’s afraid that the two people she thought she could relate with and be together with without any pretenses will eventually leave her. At the same time, she feels that it’s inevitable given how weak their relationship, so she can’t help but think there’s nothing she can do about it, thus her passivity and her resignation. Add in the fact that what Haruno told her ended up becoming true only made her more miserable. And remember, we’re talking about a girl who is arguably more lonelier than the MC himself: family problems; living alone; no friends in elementary, middle, and the first year of high school; a friend (Hayama) who failed her in some way in the past; an older sister that antagonizes for god who knows why; and so forth. Her frozen, icy exterior is just as, if not more, thicker than Hachiman’s logical self-defense mechanism.
So TL;DR: Shitposters suck.
From what we know, Yukino wanted to be the Student Council President. Isshiki comes in with a request as the Student Council President for her own work. Not exactly the greatest feeling having to deal with that, at least, from Hachiman’s perspective. It’s like pouring salt in the wound, so Hachiman decides to reject the request and take it on personally instead of as a club; to owe up to his responsibility for making Iroha the president as well as destroying Yukino’s ambition from the election. I think it should be obvious by now that Hachiman’s getting pretty considerate when it comes to Yukino’s needs, for better or worse.
So sly, so sly! So Iroha’s pretty mindful of her image and she makes sure to avoid whatever routes that may make her look bad. Luckily for her, she has the Service Club to use. Hachiman returns to the room and lies about how he convinced her to do the Christmas Event collaboration on her own. It’s possible the two realize that he lied, but kept quiet about it; he was being pretty obvious, after all. As for Yukino’s line about how it’d be better if there weren’t any requests and they should just spend their time doing nothing, it’s another look into her situation. Let’s just pretend nothing’s happening and stay together in this club doing nothing. Sound similar? The other two seem content with that, so Yukino really can’t do anything about it either, so she just accepts it and lets it go.
Onii-chan skill, activate! Also, Iroha’s third rejection.
Meet Tamanawa, the most pretentious Student Council President around. So basically, Iroha’s request is to help her (the Student Council) successfully carry out a Christmas event collaboration with another school, Kaihin Sogo High School. But due to her inexperience as the president as well as her not-so-nice upperclassmen, they’re kind of overwhelmed by the other school. In particular, the way they talk is ridiculous. They’re English equivalent counterparts would be people who use a thesaurus and insert random words they don’t know into their everyday speech. Even worse with the way he moves those hands of his, truly outrageous.
Anyway, it turns out the other members of the SC in Sobu High aren’t too fond of Iroha as you can see in their awkward interactions. Understandable since she’s a year younger and the fact that their group is pretty much doing all the grunt work for the other school. Orimoto also happens to be with the other school, an unexpected re-reunion. She still has that DAYONE~ personality, but she seems a bit less insulting this time around.
I need to do some BRAINSTORMING to write more here.
Orimoto assumed Hachiman was dating Yukino or Yui, but he responds that they’re just fellow club members. When Orimoto laughs about what kind of club he’s in, he doesn’t find it very amusing; that is, he doesn’t know what the Service Club means to him anymore. This shit ain’t funny, woman.
- I knew Yukino was pretty depressed in the light novel, so Feel did a good job showing how passionless and resigned she is in this episode. Keeping up a charade of friendship is taking its toll on her, it seems. Seeing her so out of it is physically painful to watch. Come faster episode 9.
- Iroha’s high voice is still pretty grating, but her honest voice sounds good. Those rejections are piling up.
- Tamanawa turned out more hilarious than I was expecting. I don’t think there was any description about how fluid his hands were. Super spooky.
- The volume I felt was pretty melancholic, but it’s surprisingly comedic in this episode. Starting next week, I suppose.
- Omitted material
- Sensei’s brief appearance
- Hachiman making excuses to leave the club