Genre: Romance, Comedy & School
Also known as:
"Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru" "My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU" This romantic comedy revolves around an antisocial high school student named Hikigaya Hachiman with a distorted view on life and no friends or girlfriend. When he see his classmates talking excitedly about living their adolescent lives, he mutters, They're a bunch of liars. When he is asked about his future dreams, he responds, Not working. A teacher gets Hachiman to join the volunteer service club, which happens to have the school's prettiest girl, Yukinoshita Yukino.
--Season 1: 13 Episodes + 1 OVA --Season 2: 13 Episodes
Season 1 The plot revolves around Hikigaya and (hopefully) you read the description of the anime which says Hiki is a loner but is forced to join the "Service Club" with Yukino. The club helps out on peoples requests and problems. Although the problems are simple the way the main characters solve them isn't. The comedy usually revolves around Hikigaya and Yukino's witty dialogue and sarcasm. Season 2 It's pretty much the continuation of the story but with a lot of change as the characters have matured and the humor is not there as much as it was on S1. However, it turns to a more serious style of storytelling with the involvement of more emotional impact than S1 offered. There's also a lot more backstory which connects many dots from S1.
This is where the anime (both seasons) excel the most. The anime is all about character development and the best at it in my opinion. The relation of the characters are hilarious, ridiculous, emotional and even realistic at times. Hikigaya is this loner who has a twisted view of life and society and are definitely one of the most captivating views of life that I've ever seen. His views of life actually affected my way of viewing life. His monologues are also enjoyable. Obviously, as the protagonist, he is the reason why the anime is so immersive, relatable and of course, the one who develops the most. Yukino on the other hand, is the complete opposite of Hiki. She's beautiful, rich, and smart and believes change is always a good thing. However, she also has the problem of being a loner as she is a perfectionist, and we know how people treat them unfortunately. Also, her smart remarks are funny and her quarrels with Hiki are hilarious. Yui is the last member of the club and she serves as the middle man to keep the club together and to help resolve the constant problems Hiki and Yukino have. She is not a loner like the other two and she seems like a typical anime character at first, but without her, the anime wouldn't be what it is.
The voice acting in it is splendid. It has passion, depending on the situation, it sets the mood perfectly, the main reason why the characters are so likable and it can become very emotional at times (specially in Season 2). Not only that, but the background music supports even more how good this anime is at setting the mood. Lastly, all the songs are charming. You have no idea how I felt every fricking time I listened to those endings after an emotional episode.
-Reasons to Watch-
I will admit I was skeptical at first. At the time, I just wanted to watch a school anime and god I wasn't ready for something like this. This is the perfect example of how an anime can be so magnificent, specially when their main theme (character development) is done right. I can't emphasize this enough. And it's not only for the first season. The second season continues this by adding even more background story. For the 1st season, expect a lot of comedy, how the characters are introduced and how they mature. This season is only to get to know the characters, their development and what the anime is about so don't expect nothing too serious or emotional, just enjoy a great anime. For the 2nd season, get your "feels armor", some popcorn and tissues because this is where it gets serious and emotional. At first I thought it was going to be just the same theme and some new characters but I couldn't have been more wrong. I never imagined a charming and hilarious anime to become serious and emotional, and the best part is that it was just as good even though it had a different feeling to it. Lastly, you can relate to the characters in a personal way which is why you get so immersed and attached to them. A lot of times I was like "Oh I know how he/she feels" because the problems happening in the anime were stuff that happened to me as well. "Oregairu" shows us that a great anime doesn't need an amazing plot or lots of action to be good, instead, a personal connection with the viewer is all it takes.
This is a Must-Watch for any anime fans. You relate and learn with the characters as you watch, it's marvelous! and people say you don't learn anything by watching anime...