Volume 11, Chapter 1

Winter ends long before the realization that it had begun.

It’s been some time since we entered the month of February.

The winter chill was still as harsh as ever and every time the arid north wind blew by, the glass windows of the classroom would rattle.

By the time short homeroom for the rest of the day had ended, the temperatures plunged even further. My seat, close to the hallway, unfortunately didn’t receive much heating and small breezes would slip in through the unnoticeable gaps of the doors. When they brushed against the nape of my neck, I shuddered.

However, I looked over at the windows and the sun was still elevated high in the sky. The length of the afternoon had progressively gotten longer

According to the calendar, the vernal equinox was coming up soon. But every year around this time when it’s this cold, you ended up thinking, “How could you even call this spring, is ‘Spring Has Come’1 playing in your head all the time or something?”

But there’s also the saying: “If winter comes, can spring be far behind?”2

It was after school and the atmosphere of the class was showing steady signs of the upcoming spring.

A little less than a month to go and that would mark the awakening of insects3 on the calendar.

Thanks to the effective heating in the classroom, my classmates had suddenly become animated just like how insects, frogs, and snakes would wake from their hibernation slightly earlier than expected by the calendar.

The window side of the classroom looked especially warm due to the heating being right below the window frames. A single group occupying that area was incredibly lively in spirit. Today like every other, I could hear their loud, conspicuous voices.

“Man, I could go for something sweet any time today,” Tobe said, flapping the ends of his hair. Oooka and Yamato hit their knees as though they knew what Tobe was talking about and pointed at him.

“You got that right.”

“Totally.”

Then, the three exchanged gazes.

“You know what I mean……? Better chocolate than never, yeah?” Tobe said, being pointlessly dramatic. The three of them made triumphant looks and shot glances over at the girls… Mmm, I thought we were nearing spring, but it still feels like we’re in the middle of winter!

But Miura’s reaction was far more callous and cold compared to their trite act.

“…Ha?”

After a small click of her tongue, she gave the idiot trio an apathetic look that shut them up. Yuigahama and Ebina-san made a stiff smile.

“Oh yeah, it’s about that time of the year, huh…?” Hayama said, taking the middle ground between the two groups. Oooka and Yamato nodded their heads.

“You’ve got it good Hayato-kun, but we’re pretty screwed.”

“True.”

Oooka stated solemnly while Yamato nodded in assertion. His words certainly did make it sound like it was a serious problem. Still, this opportunistic virgin’s jealousy is so garbage that it’s kind of wonderful… I thought. Then, Tobe made a giddy smirk while patting Hayama’s shoulder.

“Nah, Hayato-kun usually doesn’t accept anything.”

“Are you kidding!? What a waste!”

Oooka shouted causing Hayama to make a strained laugh. I see, he likely chose that route so he could avoid unnecessary trouble.

However, for girls that were in love with him, they might not be so eager to accept that. The head of that pack, Miura, was listening in on their conversation in silence while facing away from them with a disinterested expression.

Watching her, Yuigahama went “ah” and spoke.

“But hey, it’s kinda scary getting things from people you don’t know.” Yuigahama nodded her head to show she could sympathize with him.

Following her, Ebina-san struck out her hand with a serious look and stopped the conversation. “Wait. If he won’t accept anything, that means… he’ll take them instead. So the one getting taken would be Hikitani-kun?”

The moment she finished, Miura flicked her head. What the hell is she saying with that serious look of hers…? Miura took out a pocket tissue and pressed it on Ebina-san.

“Ebina, your nose is bleeding.”

“Oh, thanks, thanks.”

Ebina-san held back her suspicious laughter as she blew her nose and Miura showed a soft smile. Being immediately next to the heating as well as various other factors, all the individuals gathered over there looked rather warm.

No, they weren’t the only ones. The entire classroom was enveloped by the same warmth. The giddy mood wasn’t limited only to the idiot trio of Tobe and the other two, but other groups spread out in the classroom.

Officially, Valentine’s Day was coming very soon.

In other words, it’s the day you received chocolate from your mom and little sister.

Valentine’s Day was a day full of blessed love, but that understanding wasn’t without problems. Considering how the event came to be, it’s actually a day when blood was shed. Originally started from a saint, it’s also the day a struggle occurred between gangs. Besides, someone from Chiba wouldn’t even think twice about chocolate because they’d think about Bobby4 instead.

But it didn’t matter what the opinions of someone like me had, it’s impossible to overturn the general understanding of the event. In fact, if I were to preach the event as a conspiracy of the current confectionary industry, I’d easily be branded a heretic.

Valentine’s Day had already firmly taken root in the culture of Japan. Christmas was more or less similar in that regard. Eventually, Halloween might even get adapted to Japanese customs, too. The summer festival, the Bon Festival dance, or the graveyard visits during the spring or fall equinoxes weren’t all that much different.

Basically, it’s an issue of whether you liked them or hated them. No one’s questioning that they’re orthodox or blasphemous. If you’re going to reject them, whether it’s Christmas or Valentine’s day, you should just scream, “I hate them!”

Since Komachi would slyly give me chocolate every year, I didn’t hate Valentine’s Day all that much. As a matter of fact, since I loved Komachi so much as her older brother, I was anxiously waiting for the day to come.

I wonder what kind of expensive chocolate she’s going to force out of me as a return gift this year… As I engrossed myself in happy thoughts about wasting money on my little sister, the class grew boisterous.

“God, I’m not going to make it!”

“It’s okay, you still have time! Just keep going! Don’t give up!”

I casually looked over and a caste of girls sitting at different seats, either the second or third group from the top, was knitting some kind of muffler or sweater. It’s almost like I was listening to a conversation between a light novelist and his editor. Look, normally, you’re not going to make it. It’s almost Valentine’s Day and your progress is only at about ten percent. Rather than putting effort into making it on time for the deadline, it’d be more productive and realistic to try to extend it instead!

As it turns out, I wasn’t the only one watching that heartbreaking exchange.

Miura was twirling her hair with her fingers and breathed out.

“…Well, handmade things might be too pushy? Makes sense why you wouldn’t accept them.”

After listlessly saying those words, a faint sigh came from a different direction.

“Pushy… I guess so…” Yuigahama rubbed the bun of her peach-colored hair with her thin fingers that stretched out of her slightly loose cardigan. She then made a troubled, but embarrassed smile.

After seeing that smile, something suddenly came to mind from some time ago.

—Handmade, huh?

Just who was she making those cookies for? As I thought that, I looked towards her and our eyes met. Yuigahama and I averted our faces away in reaction.

“Well, it’s the feelings that count, not what you get.”

Hayama’s voice had a strained ring to it.

“You got that right! Nah, but see? I’m totally all over that, you know what I mean?” Tobe immediately hit his knees and expressed his agreement. Diagonally from him, Ebina-san crossed her arms and slid her gaze to the side.

“But you can’t screw up with handmade chocolate or else you’ll get exposed. And since it doesn’t cost that much to begin with, that’s kind of off-putting. Wouldn’t it be easier to just buy premade ones instead?”

“Yeah, totally!”

As soon as Ebina-san finished, Tobe changed his opinion… Come on, you could at least try a little harder.

“…Mmhmm, handmade, huh?”

Following Miura’s disinterested voice was a burst of their cheery laughs.

There existed a division in their group just a little while ago, but it was no longer there.

Hayama was sincerely acting as the Hayama Hayato that everyone sought while Miura was slowly, but surely trying to shorten their distance in her own way. As for Tobe and Ebina-san, well, they looked the same as always, but after some time had passed, they had created a mood that fit them both.

And Yuigahama happily watched them.

The classroom was restless, but even so, their place which had leisurely grown warm like the slow transition to spring was a little too bright to watch from the side that I slightly closed my eyes.

× × ×

The air permeating the hallway leading to the special building was frigid and parched. I felt my lips crack and my body stiffen.

Condensation was visible on the glass windows of the classroom, but not the hallway which had a clear look into the school courtyard. It was filled with shedding trees and bare beds of flowers, a dusty and dark brown spectacle of winter unlike one seen in the northern parts of Japan.

Not very much snow fell in Chiba. The scarce amount was prominent even in the Kanto region of Japan that was unfamiliar with snow. Last month, the news reported snow falling in Tokyo, but not a single drop was seen in Chiba.

The lack of anything wintry made it superfluously cold. Feeling the difference in warmth from the classroom I was in earlier, I lifted up the muffler wrapped around my neck.

The reason why that place in class felt warm wasn’t because of how close it was to the heating. It’s because the fissures that plagued it were filled.

I’m sure Hayama and everyone weren’t waiting dramatically for their final moments, but peacefully and warmly, as if exactly the way the world and life would end. The reality that bliss and peace was maintained through everyone’s efforts had sunk in.

It’s possible that the experience of going through numerous winters allowed them to understand that spring would eventually arrive.

Waiting ahead for us wasn’t a spring of warmth, but a spring of parting. Like the storm which comes when flowers bloom, the good friend goes away.

Our classes would change and we would build new human relationships. Next year, this season was the time we’d be right in the middle of testing and no longer be required to go to school. That’s why, everyone enjoyed and valued this winter, peacefully waiting for it to come to an end.

In that, there’s an apparent warmth as well as a faint chill. I mumbled “cold, cold” into my muffler as I walked and the sound of light footsteps echoed from behind.

I turned around and my shoulder received a light shock. I was met with a glum look from Yuigahama.

“Why’d you leave first…?”

“You didn’t say anything about leaving together…” I said unpleasantly, not having an idea of why she took that attitude.

Yuigahama’s mouth dropped open and she gently brushed her hair in embarrassment. “…Oh, I totally thought you were waiting for me. You stayed in class for a while, so…”

“That’s not really…”

While speaking, I gave some thought to the reason why I stayed behind. It’s true that Yuigahama invited me to head to club together several times. Perhaps that’s why I found myself waiting with the assumption that she’d come over to talk to me.

But another proper reason came to mind.

“Yeah, I just wanted to see how Hayama and Miura were doing.”

“Ahh, right. I think they’re good now, so I’m glad.”

Yuigahama let out a small breath and weakly nodded. She then proceeded a few steps ahead of me in the empty hallway and twisted her body.

“It’s kinda nice, you know? I’m sure everyone’s thinking about all kinds of stuff, but it’s like they’re trying to live their lives as much as they can now while cherishing it…”

She stated each word in emphasis, wearing a gentle smile on her expression.

“Yeah, I guess. We’re probably having the best time of our lives right now.”

“Ohh, you’re unusually positive…”

“When you recall the past, you want to die from regret and when you think about the future, you get depressed from anxiety. So by elimination, our time now is pure bliss.”

“You were being negative, after all!” Yuigahama dropped her shoulders with a sullen look. She then briskly walked ahead and voiced her complaints. “There you go again with that stuff… Can’t you read the mood?”

“Mood, huh…?”

Like what kind of mood?

For example, the mood on Valentine’s Day?

I suppose I could understand in that case. Occasionally, I’d learn from the masses, take in the mood, and play it off. Then, I’d just brush it all off with a simple “it’s what everyone’s doing.” Doing that made you want to have expectations, be spoiled, lose yourself, and wait.

But I don’t think that’s something you should do.

It’d be insincere if all you did was wait. Regardless of the answer and conclusion awaiting you at the end of the tunnel, you should make sure to take that step forward without deception and incredulity and leave the regrets for afterwards.

That’s why, I took in the mood and decided to ask now.

“By the way…”

I squeezed out those words with a hoarse voice and Yuigahama turned around. Her inclined head and her eyes urged me to go on. Seeing her straight-on was somewhat dazzling that I slightly averted my face.

“…Do you have a day you’re free on soon?”

“Huh? U-Um, yeah, I do… I think, “ Yuigahama said, prattling on and moving her hands in surprise. She fidgeted as she frantically took out her cellphone. But then, her movements abruptly stopped.

She shot a glance to the door of the club. After that, she had trouble bringing out her voice. And unlike earlier, her expression sank.

I was slightly surprised to see that and hesitated to ask why she was making that face, finding myself choking as well. The air in the hallway was awfully cold and dry that I had an uneasy sensation as if something was stuck in my throat.

Asking her that now in this place might’ve not been the best choice. Or perhaps, there might’ve been a better or smoother way to do so. Would it be weird to ask again? I just wasn’t confident in any of those.

Unable to exchange any more words, I glanced at her face, my back still slumped and my eyes downcast. The problematic smile that she wore caused me to lose my breath.

To fill up the silence, Yuigahama quickly said, “Let me think about it and I’ll tell you later!”

“…Y-Yeah.”

Was I relieved or just exhausted? Perhaps, something much more different?

Whatever it was, since I had let out a deep sigh at the same time, Yuigahama didn’t wait for my response, walked a few steps ahead, and opened the door to the clubroom.

× × ×

The door flung open. We walked through it and the room inside was enveloped by an air of coziness.

There were far more people in the classroom, yet strangely enough, I found it more comfortable here. Though, that could’ve been just a side effect of the sunlight that easily penetrated this clubroom in the special building.

With the gentle sunlight pouring on to her, sitting at her usual seat was Yukinoshita Yukino.

She lifted up her face from the paperback in her hand, quietly brushed her hair upwards, and softly smiled. “Hello.”

“Yahallo, Yukinon.”

“Sup.”

Yuigahama responded with a raised hand while I returned my typical greeting and we proceeded to take our respective seats.

I wasn’t sure exactly when, but this seat had become my place. No one had qualms with me sitting here, nor did anyone decree I had to, nor did anyone force me to. It was far more pleasant than I was expecting it to be.

And that alone was reason enough for me to feel pangs of discomfort from the presence I wasn’t accustomed to seeing.

“Senpai, you’re so slooooow.”

“And why are you here again…?”

Laying on the desk while indignantly kicking her feet was this school’s resident Student Council President, Isshiki Iroha. Her gestures, whether it’s her intentional sullen look or the way she was averting her face, were all so sly… No, but seriously, I can’t believe she got here earlier than Yuigahama and me. Is she trying to be as swift as some kind of breeze?5

“I asked her if she had some business here, but she wanted to wait for you two to come. So, she’s been here ever since,” Yukinoshita said, mixed with a sigh. She then deliberately sent an even colder glance to her. Despite that, she didn’t forget to be hospitable and had prepared some tea for her. There’s just so many ways of being hospitable that I want to start a Collection6!

As for the aforementioned Isshiki, she wasn’t concerned with Yukinoshita’s ice gaze. She turned towards me, placed her hand to her mouth, and whispered secretively.

“Yukinoshita-senpai had such a nice smile when I got here, but she got really bummed out right after… She’s been acting like that the entire time.”

Ahh, really now… Well, duh, every time Isshiki shows up, she’s always accompanied with nothing worthwhile, hahaha. No seriously, why are you even here? I thought. Then, there was a weak cough.

“…Isshiki-san?”

Upon looking, Yukinoshita had a broad smile. Uh oh, it’s that smile! The one that Yukinon makes when she’s being scary!

“Y-Yesss! I’m so sorry, I really do have some business here!”

Isshiki ran behind me and pushed me forward, as though it was her conditioned reflex to cower away from that smile. Hey, stop it, that smile scares the hell out of me too, you know.

“W-Well, let’s calm down. Iroha-chan, are you here for the Student Council?” Yuigahama mediated and waved at her to come back.

With a nonchalant face going “Yui-senpai, you’re so nice!” she returned to her original location.

I gave her an inquisitive look asking what she needed. Then, her face became even more nonchalant and she flapped her hand. “The thing is, it feels like I have a lot more free time than I thought I would or something?”

“Huh?”

Again with her nonsense… I hope you didn’t forget that you were the one who made us go through all that trouble last time… Or is it because we finished all that work for you that you have nothing better to do? I don’t suppose this is one of those burn-out syndromes that happens when you’re constantly subjected to cruel labor or something…? But it feels like we’re the ones who burned out, so what’s her issue again? I gave her a stern look, digging into the meaning of her words.

She placed her index finger to her chin and cutely tilted her head. “There’s like no school events around this time of the year and the VP’s taking care of all the small stuff for me. All I have left is just to stamp our year-end report.”

You don’t say. I wasn’t familiar with what the work of the Student Council entailed, but surprisingly, that’s the kind of things they’re involved in, huh? The third years were well into their testing season while the school administration was occupied with the school entrance exams for new students.

That meant the current students were left unattended. Anyone would have nothing to do because of that.

“That’s why, when there isn’t anything going on, I put the Student Council on break.”

Ohhh, a manager from a white company… Coincidentally, this club that forced us to gather in this room even when there wasn’t any work to do was undoubtedly a black company7!

And speaking of our resident black company manager, she nodded her head, moving her hand to her chin.

“Don’t you have club to attend to as well?” Yukinoshita said, slanting her head to the side.

Isshiki cheeks slightly blushed as if from embarrassment and she sweetly averted her face.

“………It’s really cold at the Soccer Club nowadays.”

That’s something to be ashamed about, not embarrassed. Yukinoshita pressed her hand against her temple in an attempt to hold back a headache while Yuigahama forcibly laughed.

“A-Ahaha… So, what did you need?” Yuigahama asked.

Then, Isshiki cleared her throat and turned her body towards me. “So senpai, I don’t really care, but do you like sweets?”

“If you’re talking about Hayama, I’m sure he’ll be happy to eat whatever you give him.”

I understood Isshiki’s general behavior all too well. I took the initiative and answered causing her to inflate her cheeks from boredom. Listening to her, Yuigahama seemed to recall something.

“Oh, but it sounds like Hayato-kun’s not accepting any chocolate, though.”

“Ehhh, why’s that?”

“…Wh-Who knows?” Yuigahama inclined her head in confusion.

Then, Yukinoshita let out a brief sigh. “It’s obviously because of the disputes that will ensue. During elementary, the classroom the follow day would see sparks flying all over the place…”

“…Ahh.”

“…Ahhhh, I think I can see that.”

Isshiki and Yuigahama nodded. Yep, yep, I totally can see that, too. Totally!

I could easily imagine a huge commotion in the classroom next day where the girls would hold a “So Exciting ☆ Women Only Witch Trials of Absentia! Don’t Forget the Betrayals, Too!”8 Conversations between girls were mostly about insulting other girls (self-research).

How scary, I thought. Isshiki, who had been living her life being subjected to resentment from the underwor—I mean, the society of girls, let out a shallow sigh.

“Fine, I’ll just have to make do with you, senpai. So, do you like sweets?”

“That’s one bizarre way of asking me…”

How do you expect an honest answer out of me when it’s the same question from earlier? That feeling of being treated like a supplement and her apathy was out of this world. As those thoughts ran through my mind, a chair rocked. I looked over and Yuigahama was leaning forward.

“Hikki likes them a lot!”

“That’s true.”

On the other hand, Yukinoshita made an overbearing smile with a patronizing chuckle for one reason or another. Pressured by their behavior, Isshiki muddled her words.

“It’s kinda weird how you both answered for him, but… that’s good to hear!”

“Right… Wait, what is?”

“I’ve been wondering how sweet I should make my chocolates, you see. People have their preferences, right?” Isshiki continued, ignoring my question.

Yukinoshita tilted her head. “How sweet… Isshiki-san, are you planning to make them on your own?”

“Now that’s a surprise…” I said.

Then, Isshiki made a resentful look. “Why’s that? I’m good at making sweets, you know.”

“Dang, that must be nice. I wanna learn how to make them too, but I’m just so bad at it…”

Isshiki puffed out her small chest while Yuigahama ducked in her shoulders and hunched over in contrast. Hmm, that’s funny, the chest that’s puffing out looks a lot smaller… Is the perspective off or something? In any case, I’ll go ahead and request that be fixed for the Blu-Rays!

Anyway, in Yuigahama’s case, she was nowhere near the level of being just bad, but whatever. It’s a trivial problem in light of her chest.

“Yui-senpai, cooking is all about being sincere. When you’re making something by hand, your feelings of kindness and sympathy are what’s important. The shortcut to improvement is to consider the person you’re cooking for.”

Isshiki gently patted the depressed Yuigahama’s shoulders to comfort her and she then erected a finger. With a peaceful smile, she encouraged her.

“After all, we’re dealing with boys here who know absolutely nothing about handmade sweets. So, handmade chocolates are a piece of cake. It doesn’t cost much to make a lot and you can add your finishing touches by customizing each one to your liking. The boys will be all over them.”

“Your sympathy’s gone far beyond the horizon… Even your kindness was purely for your wallet.”

“It’s more problematic because that way of thinking isn’t wrong in the least as well…”

“It doesn’t make me happy at all…”

Met with all that feedback, even Isshiki found herself taking a step back. She then forcibly changed the topic as if trying to brush off the topic while groaning.

“Well, that was actually a joke. It’s what senpai would say… That being said, I’d like some references for making obligatory chocolate. So senpai, what kind of sweets do you like?”

“What kind, huh…? I guess this.”

What I took out was, of course, MAX COFFEE. Why, you ask? It’s because it’s special to me.

As soon as I placed the can on the table, the three of them focused their stares on me.

Um, what’s with those skeptical looks…? There isn’t a person in Chiba who’d get upset from receiving this as a sweet. At least, that’s what I wanted to say, but everyone’s faces looked considerably doubtful…

Yuigahama stared at the can and whispered. “…I bet even I can make that.”

“Like hell you can. Quit screwing around and stop looking down on MAX COFFEE. If you’re thinking you can just dump condensed milk and sugar into coffee, you’re quite mistaken. No, seriously, don’t even bother.”

“He’s actually angry at that!?”

Obviously. It’s a completely different beast from just putting condensed milk in coffee. In fact, putting coffee in condensed milk would be more convincing to me. You couldn’t achieve that sticky sweetness through normal means. It wasn’t something amateurs should stick their heads into.

Isshiki placed the tip of her finger on her lips to think and opened her mouth.

“Actually, that would put me over my budget.”

“I don’t know exactly how much you plan on making, but you’re under a rather severe budget if you’re limiting yourself to less than 130 yen a piece…” Yukinoshita said in disbelief, rubbing her temple. That, however, wasn’t a concern.

“No problem. MAX COFFEE is cheaper if you pick the right store and buy it in bulk.”

“Jeez Hikki, just how into it are you…?”

“It’s what happens when you don’t get many opportunities to drink sweet stuff. I’m always having to drink bitter stuff, after all.” I snorted bitterly.

Then, Yukinoshita brushed aside her hair along her shoulders and wore a tenacious smile. “Bitter things aren’t something you drink, but something you experience.”

“Yeah, yeah, whatever. But the pain I have to deal with doesn’t change. In that case, I just want to live the rest of my life drinking sweet juices.”

“It sounds like what you’re tasting aren’t bitter things, but life itself…” Yukinoshita let out a profound sigh.

No, no, it’s exactly as you said. I’m totally tasting everything bitter, even life. So based on the aforementioned, life was equal to everything bitter, so life was pain! I thought with these pointless ideas running through my mind.

Isshiki sneered. “Right. I really don’t care, though.”

How mean. Isshiki gulped down the rest of her tea, placed her paper cup down, and turned towards me.

“I wanted to hear your thoughts on the basics of obligatory chocolate.”

“Obligatory chocolate, huh…?”

I scratched my head and sifted through my memories. Unfortunately, I had no experience of receiving any, so I didn’t have much to say. The chocolate I received from my little sister was love chocolate!

As though those thoughts showed on my face, Isshiki made an unpleasant snicker.

“Ohh, senpai, you’re the type to not get any, huh? But don’t boys usually compete over who gets the most chocolate? Won’t you hurt your pride as a boy if you don’t get anything?”

“Uh, it’s not like I need them… When was Valentine’s Day a sport?”

There’s nothing simpler and clearer than determining the winner by number, but the rules were all over the place. Especially the incoming successive offside traps called obligatory chocolate! It was clearly a red card in that simulation. So, what’s an offside trap? Here I am, not knowing a single thing about the rules of soccer.

I rambled on, saying one thing after the other. Isshiki seemed to have taken my ramblings as a bluff and didn’t even bother to listen. She then sighed in disbelief while sending me a strangely warm gaze.

“I guess there’s no helping you. In that case…”

“You don’t need to be concerned for him.”

Isshiki was then interrupted by Yukinoshita. She smoothly lifted her hair and wore a composed smile while Isshiki’s mouth hung open in contrast.

“Huh…? Don’t tell me, Yukinoshita-senpai, you’re going to—“

Yukinoshita didn’t let her finish speaking and softly chuckled. “Because Hikigaya-kun doesn’t have any friends he could compete with.”

“Oh, that makes sense.”

I found myself nodding in conjunction with Isshiki, and we somehow looked like a couple of hens in a hen house. Riiight, that totally makes sense. So loners operated under primitive, jobless collectivism when it came to competitions, huh? The only problem is, it’s too primitive and a loner’s just one person.

When I was on the verge of falling into a thinking pit of what true peace really was, Yuigahama who was sitting on the side puffed her cheeks.

“I don’t think you need to worry… Besides, Hikki will get chocolate… right?” She said and sent me a reserved glance.

I nodded back with a small smile.

“Wha…? You mean…”

Isshiki alternated glances between Yuigahama and me. When her eyes that trembled as though from bewilderment crashed with mine, I instinctively let out a proud laugh.

“Hmph, you got that right… I have Komachi, after all!”

And that’s exactly why I’ll get chocolate! Woohoo! I’m so glad to have a little sister! As long you have a little sister, you’re good!

However, Isshiki tilted her head while blinking in confusion. “Huh? Komachi…? Who’s that? Is that rice?”

“No.”

What, was the staple food at the Isshiki household Akitakomachi rice or something? Heck, just give me some rice from JA-Ugo9 or the collaboration rice they have. Then again, please get out there, JA-Chiba.

“Oh, Komachi-chan is Hikki’s little sister.” Yuigahama explained.

Isshiki made a completely apathetic face and let out a flat voice.

“You had a sister, senpai?”

“Yeah.”

I do. She’s a world-level little sister. As a matter of fact, she’s the world’s little sister.

I triumphantly answered and Isshiki stared at me suspiciously. She glared at me, her eyes narrowed as much as possible, and cocked her head to the side.

“…Siscon?”

“No stupid, obviously not,” I said, but the reactions from my surrounding were cold.

“…Um, I’m not too sure if I can deny that,” Yuigahama said. Yukinoshita then looked down with a pensive face. Oh come on, help me out here.

Irohasu nodded her head convincingly to their responses. Then, she erected her index finger, moved it to her chin, and tilted her head with a perky smile. “Senpai, you really do like younger girls.”

“No, not really.”

Older, younger, it didn’t matter. I was the type that almightily found most people hard to deal with.

I brushed her off and Isshiki clicked her tongue.

“Then…”

Isshiki coughed to check her throat, sent me a single upwards glance, and immediately looked away.

She tightly gripped one hand at the bosom of her uniform while the other weakly trembled and adjusted her skirt. With moist eyes, the breaths she let out were hot.

Then, she spoke in fragments.

“Do you hate… younger girls?”

I…… do not! Yeah! If you had to ask, I absolutely loved them!

Yuigahama briefly sighed and looked at Isshiki. “You know what, the way you’re asking really is the problem…”

“…Yeah, I guess.”

Yep, I can agree with that. Though, I was finally starting to get used to it now. Isshiki didn’t find that pleasing and looked at me with resentful eyes.

That attitude caused me to make a bitter smile.

Isshiki, her behavior, and her speech were charming, but there were several reasons why her actions didn’t affect me all that much in the present. Had I been myself from long ago, I’d lose my wits within the instant, no doubt about it.

There’s just one big reason amongst them all, however, and that was simple.

“As long as I have my little sister, I like them either way, older or younger.”

“That sounds like a disease far worse than being a siscon or someone into younger girls!”

Yuigahama’s tragic scream reverberated in the room and Isshiki nodded in agreement with disgust. Now you just made me imagine what a slightly older Komachi would look like. I looked around the room hoping for someone else to agree with me and Yukinoshita was tilting her head with a complicated face and crossed arms.

“The problem is what qualifies someone as younger. Their school year? Birthday? Are they considered younger if their birthday is only a little later…? The definition’s rather vague. I believe we should sort that out first, don’t you think?” Yukinoshita said, blabbering on.

Yuigahama tapped her hands. “Oh, but hey, Hikki seems like he’d be compatible with an older girl, for sure…! I think, definitely.”

She squeezed her fist, putting a lot of strength into it. But I certainly didn’t have that obsession, yes.

“…That’s not really applicable here. If we’re talking about a year gap, it’s not that big of a difference.”

Like mainly from an income perspective! The important thing was that they could take care of me. And in regards to that, Komachi was perfect. She possessed the talent to become a top breeder.

Isshiki moaned. “Ehh, are you sure? Does Hayama-senpai think that way, too?”

“No idea.”

“But senpai, you said that being younger is an advantage, right?”

“Yeah, I guess I did…”

Upon hearing that, I pondered.

Speaking of which, she’s a year younger, isn’t she…? It certainly didn’t feel that way because she didn’t show the least amount of regard, honor, courtesy, and respect towards me, so she didn’t feel like an underclassman at all…

Seriously, isn’t she taking me too lightly? Sure, my initials may be H2, but I wasn’t as trivial as hydrogen nor was I in any way related to baseball like a certain baseball manga10 out there. As a matter of fact, it wasn’t even about baseball as it was just a romantic youth comedy. But really, it’s so famous I find myself rereading all the volumes every summer vacation.

“If anything, you were born in April, so you’re less than a year apart from me. So you don’t feel all that much younger than me, anyway.”

It’s only after I took a couple of steps back that I could feel the gap between us. If we’re talking about the age gap from like Komachi or Haruno-san, that was obvious. Hiratsuka-sensei, that’d be… yeah.

Isshiki’s really only about eight months away from me and three months from Yukinoshita. I thought. Isshiki didn’t seem to be on the same page as I was and blinked at me in surprise.

“……”

“What…?”

“Oh, no… I was just a bit surprised.”

When I spoke to her, she fiddled with her front bangs and tried to play it off.

On the other hand, Yuigahama at the side nosily moved her chair back to make some distance from me.

“How the heck do you know her birthday!? That’s scary! You’re creepy, Hikki… No, seriously…”

“…You seem rather informed.” Yukinoshita smiled firmly. Though it’s closer to the smile of Nikkari Aoe11 than just a pleasant smile, so there was a transparent feeling of pressure oozing from it.

“No, Isshiki mentioned it the other day with her pointlessly sly appeal…”

“Did you say pointless!? I-Is not! Actually, I’m not the one being sly, it’s you, senpai!”

Isshiki jumped up from her chair and pointed her finger at me. Actually, I’m not the one being sly, you’re the one normally being sly, Isshiki…

“I have an amazing memory, that’s why… Anyway, if you’re done here, go back to your Student Council or Soccer Club already,” I said.

Isshiki pouted in outrage while reluctantly making her way out of the room. Good grief, this girl’s acting like that again. Yeah, yeah, you’re sly, so sly.

Yukinoshita, Yuigahama, and I smiled wryly as we watched her leave. Then, the Service Club’s door, ahead of where she was heading, was knocked on.



  1. Spring Has Come is a song composed by Hata Motohiro. 
  2. An Ode to the West Wind. 
  3. Solar term used in East Asian calendars which typically refers to around March 5 until March 20. 
  4. Bobby Valentine was a manager for the Chiba Lotte Marine baseball team. 
  5. Kantai Collection Shimakaze; coincidentally, also voiced by the same actor. 
  6. Kantai Collection 
  7. Sweatshops 
  8. Parody of the Idol Girls Only Swim Meet Tournament 
  9. JA-* is an agricultural association that sells rice using anime/manga characters to market their product. 
  10. H2 manga 
  11. Touken Ranbu – Nikkari Aoe’s name sounds similar to “smiling” in Japanese. 

158 thoughts on “Volume 11, Chapter 1

    • Thanks to the effective heating in the classroom, my classmates had suddenly become animated just like how insects, frogs, and snake would WAKEN from their hibernation slightly earlier than expected by the calendar.

      I think it should be ‘awoken’. I might be wrong, though, but plrase just check it in case.

    • The length of noon had progressively gotten longer

      Missing a period, and I think noon should be day? Noon is always 12:00, doesn’t change length.

    • “Thanks to the effective heating in the classroom, my classmates had suddenly become animated just like how insects, frogs, and snake would wake from their hibernation slightly earlier than expected by the calendar.”

      Should be SnakeS, plural.

      “I wonder what kind of expensive chocolate she’s going to force out of me as a return gift this year… As I engrossed myself in happy thoughts about wasting money for my little sister, the class grew boisterous.”

      Wasting money ON my little sister?

    • Was it relief or indifference? Perhaps, something much more different?

      Just want to point out that the “脫力” here doesn’t really mean indifference.

      It means he felt drained.

      Ex: Thanks.

    • Fixing the chest puffing on the Blu-rays may be a jab at the fact that Yui’s chest was portrayed really small in some episodes of Zoku, it is suspected that they used Iroha’s model for Yui and just changed the face to save budget so that might be Watari breaking the fourth wall

    • “During elementary, the classroom the follow day would see sparks flying all over the place…”
      Small typo, it should be following not follow.
      Thank you for your fast work ^_^

    • “Isshiki’s really only about eight months away from me and three months from Yukinoshita”

      Isn’t Iroha’s birthday (April) only 4 months away from Hachiman’s (August) and actually 9 months away from Yukino’s (January)?

    • Whoops I made a dumb mistake. The difference between Hachiman’s and Iroha’s birthday is 8 months, but isn’t it 15 months with Yukino and Iroha?

    • I looked around the room hoping for someone else to agree with me and Yukinoshita was tiling her head with a complicated face and crossed arms.

      Tilting* her head

    • She squeezed her fist, putting a lot of strength into it. But I certainly didn’t have that obsession, yes<.
      it’s supposed to be ‘yet’ right?

    • “I don’t think you need to be worry… Besides, Hikki will get chocolate… right?” She said and sent me a reserved glance.

      *worried
      I think.

    • “It’s what happens when you don’t get VERY many opportunities to drink sweet stuff. I’m always having to drink bitter stuff, after all.” I snorted bitterly. I think VERY should not be there

    • “… Won’t you hurt your pride as a boy if don’t get anything?”
      I believe you need to add “you” between “don’t” and “get”

    • It’s not exactly a grammar mistake, typo, translation error or anything, but I would like to point out one thing involving the formatting of the page. When you used the a element to link parts, because wordpress is annoying (porbably has something to do with that black bar at the top), the link goes to a bit lower than where it should start showing the content at.
      Weird example because html might be removed from replies:
      A HREF=”#parttwo”
      A NAME=”parttwo”
      WHERE parttwo actually links to
      It’s not much of a problem, although the simple fix is to just stick the destination point a bit higher than its actual location, because wordpress.

    • Sorry, I accidentally posted my correction down below before I saw this. Here ya go!

      “I gave her an inquisitive looking asking what she needed.”

      to

      I gave her an inquisitive [look] asking what she needed.

    • Sorry for the double post…I really need to get with the program here.

      “I was the type that almightily found most people hard to deal with.”

      This sounds weird with almightily in there. it sounds better if it was just omitted. Maybe supremely could be used instead?

      “As long I have my little sister, I like them either way, older or younger.”

      to

      “As long [as] I have my little sister, I like them either way, older or younger.”

    • Isshiki’s really only about eight months away from me and three months from Yukinoshita. I thought. Isshiki didn’t seem to be on the same page as I was and blinked at me in surprise.
      There should be a comma somewhere in this paragraph.

  1. Oh, so the anime episode really was from Volume 11… hahaha…

    Well, this was more informative than the anime… that said… it took Hikki long enough to get Hikki to remember the cookies…. and him with his Chiba love😛

    Thanks for the translation😄

  2. “insects, frogs, and snake”
    Snake should be snakes. That is unlike you’re making a Metal Gear Solid reference.

  3. If anything, the events of the Student Council election seemed to serve as a big foreshadowing of how things would turn out with the gang. They would always choose the wrong choice only to be presented with an alternative that was better than what they came up with (ex-pres telling hachiman the what-could-have-been). So, it gives me the sinking feeling that hachiman would again choose wrong when it finally comes to love only to realize that there would be a better alternative. And thus, his youth romantic comedy is wrong as he expected.

    • dont be so obsess or attached to the title. just because the title is that doesnt mean the story has to live up to its title. we ll just have to see once the light novel will reach its final stage

    • don’t get me wrong, I want him to have a happy ending too. whether it be with yui or with yukinon (my bet). let’s just hope for the best for our favorite loner.😛

    • The ex-pres’ alternative is actually not realistic isn’t it? Because the vice-pres, secretary, and treasurer election were held separately (CMIIW). And for 8man to win the election is almost impossible… or very out of character without some plot device.

    • eh? I don’t really think they were for Hachiman in the beginning, because Komachi are them, remember? and I believe she said they were good, which Yuis’s weren’t? So I’m not entirely sure if they were for Hachiman.

    • It’s probably to convince her dad that she doesn’t have a boyfriend by showing him how much she loves him.

  4. Hey excorcism and all you guys, I read in wikipedia for zoku’s episode 12 that Yukino in public may also be a persona( facade) ,by its description in the episode list, what do you think about its content .Do you guys agree? or what?

    • Haru wa, Furitsumoru Yukinoshita nite Yuware, Mebukihajimeru

      wikii can be edited by anyone….look for the official synopsis on oregairu japanese website…..

  5. Hello there,

    I caught up with the LN and anime of Oregairu and i’ve been visiting this page for updates.

    i want to say thanks for the hard work and sharing it with us.

    Arigatou gonzaimasu

  6. thank you very much!! i’ll wait for the whole volume to be translated then will make an epub. much easier to read offline. the waiting though….T_T

  7. Thanks so much Excorsism! Its great to watch the anime in action but nothing still compares to the LN and your selfless translations!

  8. someone have read yet the autor notes of 11 vol? What the writter says? is the next volume the end of oregairu? Please post it here jejeje

  9. This line “As a matter of fact, since I loved Komachi so much as her older brother, I was anxiously waiting for the day to come.” This made me laugh.

  10. As I thought that, I looked towards her and our eyes met. Yuigahama and I averted our faces away in reaction.

    OTP

  11. Spyro-san should release the full chapter after he finished translating. Waiting is sometimes sweet and it would be quite satisfied to read. There’ll be some good in this blog and it’s worth waiting for.
    (my opinion)

  12. Nothing that new comparing with the anime ep 13………other that=hikki monolouge …

    looking forward to the small sweet moments…..which the anime skipped

    commented on : part 1 & part 2

  13. Hachiman asking Yui out…what does that actually mean? I am a bit confused. Is it because he’s more aware of his feelings towards Yui than with Yukinon? I mean vol.1 showed us him shutting down expectations of a romcom with her because he feels it would be impossible to reach her. He’s like turning a blind eye towards his feelings towards Yukinon because he feels it’s impossible.

    • Makes me curious too because it’s the first time (CMIIW) he asks someone to go out. But the motive was stated very abstractly.
      In the beginning 8man feels both Yukino and Yui are unattainable for him (he’s at the lowest stratum after all), but we don’t know how he feels now.

    • oh nvm… commenter below just refreshed my memory that it’s his promise of repaying Yui’s toast at the cultural festival. but still why would he be so persistent to repay it asap?

  14. Well Yui’s promise date isn’t end yet because 8man didn’t count 3p date they do in aquarium as his promise date to her in his monologue in LN(FEEL cut it).He will make sure he is the one who invite her next time.

  15. why was hachiman so eager to fulfill his promise to yui???

    I hope it doesn’t end like keima katsuragi and chihiro( the world god only knows). I mean keima suddenly asks himself why did I want go on a date with her? answer-love… then BAM ….the end.( forced ending ).

    These two series are completely unrelated and different, so I hope it has a better ending.

    • What. I suggest you reread TWGOK and closely compare Keima inetractions with Chihiro to his interactions with other girls. It was pretty obvious from the festival arc that he genuinely held feelings for her but couldn’t express them due to the duty given to him.
      #Chihiro_fanboy_rant

  16. When was it that 8man remembered about the promise with Yui again? I think it was mentioned in previous volume somewhere

  17. While rereading I just realized 8man’s monologue is a reference to Vol 6 Chapter 7, Yui’s honey toast scene

    “That’s not it. I won’t wait… but I’ll go instead.” (Yui)

    Additionally, 8man’s thought on the subject of dependence, which seems to be the topic of this arc.

    It was really easy to rely on Yuigahama.
    However.
    That’s exactly why I needed to keep myself in check.
    To blindly place unrestrained faith in someone is dependence.
    I mustn’t rely on Yuigahama’s kindness. I mustn’t let Yuigahama’s good will spoil me.
    Her kindness was something that created painful memories, made you worry and agonize over them, and wring them out. And I knew all of that. That’s why I mustn’t place my trust in her so easily.
    On the slim chance that all of that weren’t due to her kindness or good will, but due to much more different emotions, then I had to be even more careful. Because that was simply taking advantage of a person’s weakness.
    Feelings should be managed appropriately.
    Distances should be maintained suitably.

    Well I can’t wait to read 8man’s narration during this whole Valentine arc. The anime doesn’t show much 8man’s expression and thought process so it could be different from the impression.

  18. {{{
    “Well, a rumor’s a rumor. There’s just no way.”
    “I think so too, but…” Yuigahama stopped her words for a moment and quickly lifted her face. “But I was just wondering that maybe that might be true for Yukinon someday. Hayato-kun, too.”
    }}} volume 10 – chapter 3.

    Was yui an idiot or something worse. What exactly was she trying to do by saying those disgusting things. ( Was she trying to remove yukino from race??? or she simply doesn’t understand a single thing about yukino and doesn’t care about her feelings )

    Through out this series I have seen many negative things about yui. I have been trying my best to ignore them and like her ( can’t really enjoy a series if I hate one of the important characters ).

    can anyone tell me good things about her? and make me like her ( though I like yukino more than any other girls).

    • the only good thing on yui that i can think of is her chest. i dont like yui and i will never like her, she is too pushy. after watching episode 13 of the anime, i am certain that i will never ever like her.though i dont feel any hate towards her, i just dont like her.

    • at 1st ep..even when Yukinoshita harshly scold her, she didn’t hate her…in fact she was able to receive them openly and even admired her for her harshness, usually people just lash out when being scolded. At the cultural festival, she was genuinely worried about Yukinoshita and asked Hachiman to help her when things get though..she is not an evil person..she is aware of her shortcomings (she knows that she is an airhead and thought of herself as selfish and unfair) and still tries to be straightforward with her feeling I guess..

    • @ nobody – yeah she is not an evil person, thanks for your explanation. I also reread some volumes and came to an understanding about her. I have simply misunderstood because she sometimes acts pushy and selfishly.

      But she is a little too lewd with hachiman.

    • Dear plantomath and aa
      Well I could guess ur thinking. Because I used to think like that too🙂
      It depends on our way of thinking.
      Why Yui did not approached 8Man in first year?
      Some might think cause she was shy and some might think because she was busy going on top.
      So I won’t tell you guys what to belive. You guys have to decide on own.
      Well, for me she is a nice girl. Until volume 10 she was the binding force which binded the trio together.
      :- Just a #Yukinofag

    • If anything Yui is one of the most considerate person in the series…
      She rejects 8man’s invitation in this chapter because she’s thinking about Yukino’s feeling, this is in spite of the fact that she brought up the promise in the first place. Also later when she rejects to be escorted home in the anime. How can a girl in love even be that considerate to her potential love rival? That’s just how good she is as a person.

    • Um not really. In the anime she was going to give chocolate to 8man in front of Yui. And when Yui wants to go, she practically beg her to stay and help her.
      Though her action can be explained by Yukino not knowing Yui has feelings to 8man. 1st because she is really dense in that field (not realizing Iroha’s confession to Hayama). 2nd because Yui and 8man never shows lovey dovey side in front of her (except that one time in Destinyland when they bought present for Komachi, but Yukino was too focused to find present).
      I believe she learns about Yui’s feeling that night before the date, that’s why she left them at the penguin site. Well yeah, actually that can be called consideration too. But Yui has many more such bad moments.

    • Anon san Yui is not that good as you think🙂 Cause of theory of a friend of mine her actions could prove her pretty bad too but I don’t want to believe in that or do it

  19. Chapter 1 Part 3 – it’s so fluffy i’m gonna die! And that “…Siscon?”, hilarious! And the whole meta stuff. The girls between-the-lines talk about who of the is more attractive to Hachiman based on age, with Yukinon trying to get some of the younger-than-you appeal as Iroha and Yui objecting. Heh, geniune romcom.

    Thank you Spyro-sama!

    • Double that. It’s like the 10.5 is continuing. Though the Vol.5 was like that, starting like a bonus volume but ending very serious.

  20. It’s cute how Hachiman thought for a few seconds that Yui was about to reject him, and how relieved he was when she didn’t.

    • So Yui’s birthday puts her 2 months older than Hachiman. Yukino’s birthday is 7 months before Hachiman’s! 7 months out of the year, she’s a year older on paper!

    • It’s 5 months after, as said in the chapter too. So, seems like she tries for “younger girl appeal” to counter Isshiki. Yui seems to be the only one older, hes her reply that he seems to have no problem with older girls.

    • @ lucius fox

      yukino is 5 months younger than hachiman.

      year – xxxx
      june -yui

      july

      august – hachiman

      september
      october
      november
      december

      next year
      january – yukino

      feburary
      march

      april – isshiki

      Thus isshiki is 8 months away from hachiman and three months away from yukinoshita….

      YUKINO is 5 months YOUNGER than hachiman that is why she was trying to say she is also younger if date of birth is considered.(she is cute).

    • The Japanese school year starts in April and ends in late March, so I think that causes confusion for Oregairu fans regarding age spreads if they’re in countries where school starts at end of August or even later in year

    • I don’t get that part.

      Unable to exchange any more words, I glanced at her face, my back still slumped and my eyes downcast. The problematic smile that she wore caused me to lose my breath.

      To fill up the silence, Yuigahama quickly said, “Let me think about it and I’ll tell you later!”

      “…Y-Yeah.”

      Was I relieved or just exhausted? Perhaps, something much more different?

      I mean it never states what exactly he is relived about? 8man could be relived about not being rejected, about Yui not having that troubled expression anymore or relieved that he wasn’t in an awkward situation anymore.
      I think I’m just being dumb and that why I don’t seem to be able to grasp the situation.

  21. “I gave her an inquisitive looking asking what she needed.”

    to

    I gave her an inquisitive [look] asking what she needed.

  22. This part, “Are they younger if their birthday is somewhat early…?”
    Isnt it a bit contradicting? younger but the birthday is earlier? hows that supposed to be?

    • Oh yeah, that’s what got me all confused too! I also recently read an article about how children born later on in a year have problems keeping up with their peers in class since they are younger, and it hinders their motivation later in life. Since the cutoff dates for school are different in japan, it is probably different.

  23. Thank you for the translation!

    Really enjoyed this chapter though I feel that my Iroha ship sunk during the third part.

  24. awesome chapter !!!

    P.S : Excorsism , don’t stop translating, I beg you😥
    I’ll also buys all the official translated volumes because wataru watari is creator of this masterpiece.
    but you are also as important as WW , i would have left this long time ago but your translations saved me and the more i read , more i got attached to it.

    if i give WW credit for creating it , then i also give you 99 % credit for making it popular outside japan.

    i don’t know for how much time kyakka will remain up , so it is a sincere thank you from my side.

    i think if i find anybody named spyro , then i’ll be forced to help him/her ,, and this is all your fault …..

    did you get that …. huh

  25. Well it’s pretty late and stupid to ask this question, but I’ll ask anyway.
    As long as I can remember yui is in love with hachiman.

    So why did yui fall for hachiman? what triggered it ? what is the reason for her love ? exactly what does she likes about hachiman?

    • The trigger was definitely the car accident. But we don’t know why or when she started liking 8man because it’s never stated. We don’t know if she already had a crush on him before giving the chocolate (it could be just a gratitude for saving her dog) or she started liking him after knowing more about him. Actually we never knew what happened during their 1st year except the vague story about that car accident.
      Maybe I should recheck from 1st vol to see when Yui started giving sign of crush.

    • After reading more, on Vol 1 ch 7 there’s this line from Yui referring to the car accident.

      “Ah, Hikki is just an idiot… His personality is bad, and he’s even bad when it comes to giving up. You didn’t give up back then either… You dashed out like a complete idiot and called out in that desperate, gross voice… I remember it all.”

      Guess that gives a glimpse to the question “why she likes him”

  26. Hachiman asking Yui if she is free? He is just doing so because of his promise right? it’s not like he loike her, right? Spyro was right on volume 10 that 8Man has started liking Yukino,right? Why is everyone silent? I am right, right?

    • @Rahul Kumar
      Why are you so surprised by it? Many his monologue about Yui indicate he has some feeling for her. just look from this chapter alone :

      Just who was she making those cookies for? As I thought that, I looked towards her and our eyes met. Yuigahama and I averted our faces away in reaction.

      While speaking, I gave some thought to the reason why I stayed behind. It’s true that Yuigahama invited me to head to club together several times. Perhaps that’s why I found myself waiting with the assumption that she’d come over to talk to me.

      and this too

      I squeezed out those words with a hoarse voice and Yuigahama turned around. Her inclined head and her eyes urged me to go on. Seeing her straight-on was somewhat dazzling that I slightly averted my face.

      Not mention that he invited her out to fulfill his promise because Valentine mood out of other reason where he could just do it in any other common day if he just do it because mere obligation.

    • @anon You make it sound that Hachiman has romantic feelings for Yui but he clearly doesn’t have those feelings for her in that way.

    • @soli18 It’s easy to make assumption that 8man doesn’t has any romantic feeling when you doesn’t accept it but at very least you should try to refute my point by explaining logic behind his monologue that i quote at my comment above you.

    • @anon How do you mean I don’t accept it? Of course he has some feelings for her but I think those are in a more friendly manner. The way he acts around Yui is far from romantic.

    • So You think :
      -when 8man and Yui mutually avert their face each other when both expect to give and take cookies between them sound just like friendly manner for you?
      -when 8man a bit upset because Yui is hang out with her friend for long time while he expect her come to him sound like just friendly manner for you?
      -when 8man shy away when invite her out for A DATE because VALENTINE mood sound like just friendly manner for you?
      Believe me if he does this with every female friend that he has, he will called as a manwhore for sure. Luckily he didn’t do any those thing to any other girl except Yui because he always saw her as potential romantic partner since “nice girl” event(volume 3) that’s why the thing always too awkward between them.

    • The True is that Hachiman tries to not falling love with nobody after his past experiences with others girls.
      That is the reason why He technically doesn’t love Yui and Yukino either. But He knows something passed between they. He said that “Yui is a nice girl” and “nice girls are kind with everybody” and “nice girls really don’t love you, is just your imagination”.
      With Yukino He said “she is a strong girl”, “she don’t need my help”.
      In the last chapters recently Hachiman tries to watch to Yui with others eyes, very slow because He still has fear to err again.

    • Well just check this monologue from vol 6 ch 7

      When I looked at Yuigahama’s moist eyes, it made me want to think about the meaning of those words. But if I were to think about them, I will be at a dead end. And ultimately, I will likely be mistaken. I’ve come this far being mistaken about a lot of things. But this time, I don’t want to be mistaken, I’m sure.

      He is afraid to accept Yui’s feeling because he’s afraid of losing their current relationship, based on his previous experiences. I think that’s why he wants to take things slowly. That’s why I can’t accept Yukino ending unless Hachiman’s real feelings for Yui is stated well. There has been so many hints that 8man wants to accept Yui for a long time.

    • Yui tried to confess 2 or 3 times and was shot down by Hachiman in any of those cases – end of Vol.2, in the end of Summer Fireworks not-a-date, and it was implied that she probably wanted to try again or something in Vol.7. and we know what happened there. I think at least by Vol. 7 Hachiman should be somewhat aware of her feelings, and that her feelings are not of pity. However he doesn’t bite the bullet. To me it is pretty much certain that he has no romantic feelings for her. He sure cherishes her as a friend, and probably might harbour some lust towards her, because his fixation on her… “Yuis”, but that’s it. no love for now.

      As for the date proposal it’s pretty much because that he’s caught on the mood of V-day and he is finally trying to get rid of the promise he gave her some months ago. He is aware that it is wrong to drag it that much and uses V-day as a pretext to make himself do something. The other reason is probably the after effects of a certain not-a-date with Iroha, so he might be trying to see what will happen. So if there will be HachixYui ending it will start to develop in the future. To me at least even Iroha is in front of Yui in the race for his heart. And it seems that Yui is aware and is slowly withdrawing from the competition.

    • @DB Did You forgot the reason why Yui was shot down by 8man in those case?
      Here the 8man monologue from honey toast scene:

      It was really easy to rely on Yuigahama.
      However.
      That’s exactly why I needed to keep myself in check.
      To blindly place unrestrained faith in someone is dependence.
      I mustn’t rely on Yuigahama’s kindness. I mustn’t let Yuigahama’s good will spoil me.
      Her kindness was something that created painful memories, made you worry and agonize over them, and wring them out. And I knew all of that. That’s why I mustn’t place my trust in her so easily.
      On the slim chance that all of that weren’t due to her kindness or good will, but due to much more different emotions, then I had to be even more careful. Because that was simply taking advantage of a person’s weakness.
      Feelings should be managed appropriately.
      Distances should be maintained suitably.

      and this line:

      When I looked at Yuigahama’s moist eyes, it made me want to think about the meaning of those words. But if I were to think about them, I will be at a dead end. And ultimately, I will likely be mistaken. I’ve come this far being mistaken about a lot of things. But this time, I don’t want to be mistaken, I’m sure.

      it’s clear he still burnout by his “nice girl” trauma from those line that why he reject her at that time
      even so there is this line :
      ——So is it okay for me to take at least one step forward again?

      Implied despite all of those reason above he actually want to deepen their relationship by going for a DATE(mind you what actually it implied here, there is no way it just friendly manner for someone to asking girl out for a date.)

      And the one vol 7 it was just merely speculation from Yukinofags that Yui want to confess 8man at that time without any kind solid evidence so i didn’t really count it even so it could be explained because 8man doesn’t want Yui got shunned by their classmate for dating him because his damaged reputation because what he done at end vol 6.

      I don’t think his fixation on Yui only because her breast alone. while it’s true her Yuis are her biggest asset on her appearance. 8man always avoided looking it because he doesn’t want to see her in sexual way like he did with Iroha,Miura,Saki etc.
      Even then his monologue in “Suki nano” scene, “I dislike see you in pain Hikki” scene and 8man jealous scene in sport festival vol 6,5 implied that he really praise and appreciate her personality and what she did to him.

      And about why his promise keep postponed by him, There is this line in vol 10:

      I understood what Komachi meant when she said “next time”. The “promise”, though I wasn’t sure if I could really call it that, was something I did make tentatively. The problem was when, where, and how to ask about it. Having no semblance of experience with going out with others had me at a loss at a time like this. Just how did everyone invite each other when going out?

      And Lastly You said He invited her just because he want to get rid the promise. He should know what is the meaning someone invite girl out around valentine day especially someone that has high awareness like he is. He is pretty much give Yui high hope for him and give her chance to give him cookie during their date if she accepted it. Do you really think he just doing it because she just some friend for him? especially aquarium 3p date that they doing in the anime actually Yui’s promise date but 8man himself actually doesn’t count it as their promise date and swearing in his monologue he will still invited her out for doing their promise date alone together next time(FEEL cut this monologue in anime).

      I doubt that Iroha is infront of Yui the race in his heart because 8man himself never shown any possesiveness/jealous toward Iroha like he did with Yui an Yukino. Especially if You already read his monologue in genuine scene 2.0 where he said he doesn’t want to lie against someone important to him(It implied the reason why he reject Yui proposal because he think it was wrong thing her to do it and he truly think Yukino should choose her own future by solve her own problem by herself as her first step).

    • DB san thanks for clearung that up
      And Anon san I think Yui is being frienzoned same think happened in Baka to test haganail and Soukarosou and we all know what happened………….(it was sad)
      Also it is clear that 8Man knows that both the girls hv felling for her even both girls know about each other felling well they are just struggling to maintain there relationship

    • @DB
      Well there’s so many ambiguities in the novel so readers can interpret it however we want and Wataru can go wherever he wants with it. But

      To me it is pretty much certain that he has no romantic feelings for her.

      I think this is too early to decide because 8man never explicitly talked about his feelings in his dialogue. So it’s just an assumption. I can assume otherwise.
      Also in vol 2 and vol 7 he was still really insecure about his relationship and still stubbornly believes that noone cares about him so he can “sacrifice” himself as much as he wants. In that state he can’t accept things like love or friendship.

      If he invites Yui on a date on Valentine without any feelings for her, while he already realized she likes him, that’s called taking advantage of her. And I would be disappointed, because this is what 8man himself said.

      On the slim chance that all of that weren’t due to her kindness or good will, but due to much more different emotions, then I had to be even more careful. Because that was simply taking advantage of a person’s weakness

    • @anon
      Where can we read vol 6,5? I haven’t read the sport festival arc, and I believe that’s a pretty important resolution arc for Sagami.

    • @Rahul Kumar read my comment above You. It is really easy to close your eyes against something that you doesn’t want to see.

    • @anon
      Thanks. That’s a really good and funny scene lol. I hope vol 6,5 will get fully translated.
      So that’s how Yui shows her cunning nature in front of 8man. I like how he sees with his own eyes that she’s popular with boys, which seems to be downplayed in the series. It should also make him think why she willingly exchanged number with him. I don’t want 8man to take Yui’s kindness as granted.

    • @Anon or anon or whatever /* won’t it be easier to choose some meaningful nickname so we can distinguish between you?*/ Yes this book is great because it really gives different options of reading between the lines, so I especially highlighted that this is my opinion on the matter. And I haven’t forgotten the quoted parts, but obviously my reading is different. What I think is that Hachiman is afraid of crushing on Yui, just because of her goodhearted nature and taking advantage of her feelings that he might not reciprocate. Not that he already got to love her or something. Hope you make the difference between crush and love? And in most of all he doesn’t want to hurt her, because I think at that time he already is aware that she has some feelings for him. So when he made what seemed like date offer, he backed down, but it was somewhat late. And that probably got her hopes high later.

      For Vol.7 – there are quite a few things about Yui getting a bit too familiar with Hachiman and it’s understandable as it is a rare occasion that she is without Yukino by her side. The train, the almost indirect kiss in front of the fountain or whatever, later sharing food and so on. However judging Hachimans reactions he is not particularly comfortable with it. And in the end, during their first meeting in bamboo forest she is just about to say that she want to confess/to be confessed in that forest. I won’t be surprised if she planned to do something after Tobe case is resolved. So her frustration in the end is understandable.

      As for offering her the date around V-day and it’s possible getting advantage of her – keep in mind what happened in the last 2 (3 with 10.5) volumes. They talked 2 or 3 times about that promise and I think in one of those cases there was either talk or his monologue that she will not wait for it forever. So even if he is to progress with Yui, that date must be cleared, so if there is a next date, it will be proper one, and not halfheartedly proposed and postponed one. And then there is the thing about the not-a-date with Iroha, that happened a few days ago in the timeline of the novels, and that she “mistakenly” made Yui and Yukino aware of (I’m still not certain when the timeline of 10.5 Chapter 3 is, but let’s say it’s before V-day). So Hachiman is out of excuses to delay the date – if he can go to a one with Iroha, he can fulfill his promise to Yui too. And by that example – getting on a date doesn’t necessarily mean romantic feelings. And then… Yui postpones this time.

      As for that jealous scene – sorry, unless I see official translation (and I mean Spyro-sama by that) of the whole chapter I’m not inclined to take it as a proof or anything. In the end it’s not that you can’t be considerate about some guy obviously hitting on your airhead friend.

      And then again – that is my understanding of the situation. It doesn’t preclude other readings. At least until the series are finished and we have definitive answers. However I’m not inclined to change my position in front of the presented arguments.

    • It’s been stated over and over in the novels that Hachiman is a person that needs a reason(or an excuse) to act on something. He isn’t one to go out of his way to do something. Just like when Komachi gave him a reason to keep the club together when both Yui and Yukino were running for president. His actions for inviting Yui on a date on V-day could be because of that.
      V-day is the day of love and friendship so a date =/= romantic feelings. At this point in the story I’d say it’s very hard if not impossible to know who(if any) Hachiman has romantic feeling for.

    • I thought asking a date on Valentine pretty much means asking to get confessed by the girl. I don’t know how else it can be interpreted. Well another way to interpret is if 8man intends to get Yui’s hope up and crush her to the bottom of the pit. But I don’t think he’s that kind of person.
      Well let’s just leave it at that and see the development.

    • @Anon san okay let’s start from the start
      Hikigaya obviously know about Yui’s love for him and this line So is it okay for me to take at least one step forward again? we all know he is talking about being frienda. Hikigaya does not want love but he want to understand everyone so this means he wants to be friend with her.

      ”Implied despite all of those reason above he actually want to deepen their relationship by going for a DATE(mind you what actually it implied here, there is no way it just friendly manner for someone to asking girl out for a date.)”

      He never used the word date I don’t remember him saying let’s go on a date to Yui ANN san

      ”I don’t think his fixation on Yui only because her breast alone. while it’s true her Yuis are her biggest asset on her appearance. 8man always avoided looking it because he doesn’t want to see her in sexual way like he did with Iroha,Miura,Saki etc.”

      If are talking about how he view the girl he always explains Yui’s appearance in somewhat with lust while when he talks about Yukino he talks about her appearance with affection or beauty he is always bedazzled by her

      ”I understood what Komachi meant when she said “next time”. The “promise”, though I wasn’t sure if I could really call it that, was something I did make tentatively. The problem was when, where, and how to ask about it. Having no semblance of experience with going out with others had me at a loss at a time like this. Just how did everyone invite each other when going out?”

      You just proved what I said  Hikki does not know how to invite a girl and he kinda got in the feel of valentine day and invited her as a friend. You know how he said that at valentine day u get choclates from family or friends so he invited her as a friend
      Now about Honeytoast scene it is clear he knows that Yui loves him and at the last he says distance should be maintained from her, why? Cause he does not have feelings for her

      Now ANN san my reason to believe why Hikki loves Yukino:-
      It is clear that hikigaya holds certain kind of affection towards her from start
      1) At volume 10 or episode 11 in LN Hikigaya was prettty disturbed by rumours surrounding Hayama and Yukino, entire volume he kept thinking about it and even talked to Hayama to clear this fact. I wonder what his actions could mean colonthree emoticon
      2) Also at volume 10 or episode 11 there was a statement that Yukino’s mom want to take Yukinoshta’s and Hayama’s relationship to another level. ( Possibility of marriage of Hayato and Yukino) but Hikigaya did not wanted to think about it stating that if he will think about it he will come to know of something horrible. Horrible, eeh? He loooooooveeeeeee her colonthree emoticon
      3) Now at last in marathon scene in LN Hikigaya was not able to hear what Yukino said to her but he felt really motivated when he watched Yukino watching him and murmuring something while he did not cared when Yui cheered him same with Iroha.
      By the ANN san are u in facebook. You know that theory about which I talked about I will like to message it to u rather than posting. Also there is a nice group for Oregairu named as service club u should join it the group is really great and the people are really knowledgeable about the series. That theory was also posted in that group by one of the memebrs

    • @ Rahul Kumar
      dont worry we know end girl is Yukinoshita😀
      even Hachiman likes Yui now it will be WA2😀

  27. Thanks for the hard work…!😀

    I really think that their way to show their feelings through implying is really cute.🙂

  28. A good quote from Yukino that I loved it:”“Bitter things aren’t something you drink, but something you experience”.

  29. From the past volume i totally Thought that hachiman was realizing that he was in love with yukino…. but this yui scene made me think that he is trying to feel something for yui too…. That damn watari is playing with both my brain and my feelings, at this point the story can ends with hachiman marrying both of them

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