Anime Review: Oregairu – 3

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This episode is the antithesis of Prince of Tennis. Like, the exact polar opposite. It’s kinda impressive, really.

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Now that the shine has come off of Oregairu, it’s just not as captivating as it was before. Or maybe it’s simply missing the flair it had in the first two episodes. In either case, my interest and investment in this show have severely plummeted.

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This decline isn’t so mysterious that there weren’t reasons for it, though. Probably the biggest contributor having the “in” crowd heavily featured. The popular kids are an even bigger pain in this episode than the previous one because they’re slowly making the transition from secondary characters to active bullies. This push is really just the work of Yumiko’s whining and complaining so it should be just her. But apparently, everyone else in that group is a too much of a tool to not do what she wants. The result is that we have this amalgamous group of inexplicable popular people who are in general jerks. So really, just a shallow Japanese stereotype with more screen time. Excellent.

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Hachiman’s more nihilistic side probably annoys me on a fundamental level than Yumiko and company. I accept that the pushy popular kids is a trope and that it drives the story. And I can acknowledge Hachiman’s apathy and defeatism as an integral element to the story, but I am not okay with it taking center stage. And really, it’s a problem I have with a lot of the anime I watch; the push-over protagonist is infuriating. I don’t know why I gravitate to these types of shows, but I really wish I would stop — it’s not good for my general life outlook. At least Hachiman offers his own special spin on it, by taking pride in the fact that he doesn’t play by the social rules of adolescence. Whatever. He still comes off as childish and the constant backtalk doesn’t really qualify as sass. It gets old really quick and I’m hoping this will be the last time he spews this crap for a while.

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Having both of these aspects overshadow much of this third episode has made realized that for me, Yukino carries this show. Or more accurately, Yukino’s banter with Hachiman. So really, having more of Hachiman on his own and the bullies means less of her which dilutes the presence of the one character that shapes the show into something worth watching. I know that both of these things need to be in Oregairu; I would just like them not to dominate as they did in this episode. Hopefully this is just a quirk and not indicative of a trend. I can’t stand reviewing another show I loathe.

GO Rating: 2.5/5

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Ernie Capagal

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