Posted by psgels on 1 July 2013 with categories: Anime Reviews


I like surprises, like when a series comes that just turns out to be good against my expectations. Yahari Blahblah from the outside had all the signs to turn into yet another one of those high school comedies: snarky male lead, pointlessly long title that fails at being witty, various other cliched side-characters. And they made something good out of it!

The credit here goes to the original light novels this was based on, because for once, this show aims to stray away from mindless fluff, even though it may not seem like that at first. The lead character at first seems like the umpth snarky male lead, but eventually he sets himself apart to be different by actually using the weaknesses in his own personality as a weapon. This gives him wit that leads to some very insightful character-development, and the great thing is that this series never claims that he is just right, but instead it provides multiple viewpoints at the same issue. The original source material was very well written, and thankfully the creators of the anime managed to carry that over in their adaptation.

The side characters also surprised me. They range from intelligent to… not so intelligent, but I was quite impressed with how so few actually try to play up their own stereotypes. For example, you have the typical blond girl who is the most popular girl in the school, and while she acts cocky, she actually has more to her character than that, and she never really just starts acing like a complete spoiled princess. The lead female at first seems like a Senjogahara-clone, but quickly develops her own traits that make her far less one-dimensional than what you’d expect.

There is a lot of standard high school fare, and this show does linger along at places, not to mention that I feel like its ending is quite rushed and inconclusive. The visuals also aren’t anything special: they are adequate, but the animation never stands out nor falters. Still, for a high school “romantic comedy”, this was pretty damn good.
One-Sentence Review: Takes the generic high-school love-comedy set-up, and makes it good with some deep characters.
Suggestions:
Umi ga Kikoeru
Hana-Saku Iroha
His and Her Circumstances

13 Responses

  1. tirthasg says:

    Happy that you gave Yahari a higher rating than Hataraku-Maou sama.This series was definitely a surprise for many as it was being compared with Haganai. Definitely the 2nd best anime of this season!

  2. Mazz says:

    I agree with this review. To me, this show had the potential with its characters to be something really, really good, but the story was never interesting enough. The show had great characters and portrayed them all very well (the few that weren’t will probably get more development later in the novels). Hikki is the best deadpan narrator in anime and he made this show really enjoyable.

  3. KaZuHiRo says:

    The infamous 82.5

  4. TheUltimateReaper says:

    My Teen Romantic Comedy Is Wrong as Expected, is not that bad of a title in my opinion, The SNAFU part makes me lol internally just about every time.

    I guess you have to be like Hachiman to really empathize with this series, so for me, it’s extremely enjoyable.

    Season 2 I await.

  5. rubix says:

    For a show you liked, it’s a shame you never learned its name.

  6. Shensu says:

    Wow, picked it up after reading your review. I nearly missing a really great comedy show. Considering I’m getting gradually older, i found myself laughing or grinning quite often – more than any other comedy/middle school series since long.

    So – thank you :)

  7. Lone Wolf says:

    This anime is indeed worth watching, and quite different from what I have observed watching other comedy type anime. “The snarky male lead” does not deviate from its character [i.e. being who he is] throughout the series, where the cocky males [in other anime] eventually become soft (emotional) and romantically involved. This is the major difference which I liked about this anime. Although it is a romantic comedy type anime, I didn’t observe any sort of romance, which is probably for the best since it just depresses the moment of enthusiasm.

    The way the lead male character makes plausible comments in solving a crisis or observations regarding reality makes the anime logically interesting. Also it neglects the wishful ideas and thoughts and brings the truth upfront, so it feels as if a mere reflection yourself in real life. It atleast made me realize the bliss of solitude.

    Having said all that, the way the anime ended was disappointing, since I expected that he’d still try to get out of that service club, rather it felt like he cherished the moments spent there [which is totally out of his character]. Eitherway, I am patiently waiting for the next season [if there is any].

    • Obvious Dude says:

      Characters don’t always have to be static. They can change with time. Ever heard of dynamic characters genius? He could be changing. So narrow-minded.

    • Eric says:

      He does undergo development in throughout the series. It seems like you are really glorifying solitude and Hachiman and all that, but you don’t seem to realize that this show is incredibly SYMPATHETIC of the protagonist, and doesn’t doesn’t glorify his downfalls. Hachiman may try to put them in a better light, by using some cynical justification, but without a doubt, Hachiman’s problems are caused by his own personal faults.

  8. ratsgnoF says:

    I’ve caught up with the light novel, and I have to say it is very well written. I’m very impressed. Psgels, this is only the beginning. There is so much more depth than is portrayed in the first season of the anime. I believe that you will enjoy the up coming season in spring of 2015 which I’m very excited for.

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  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:30 AM)
    Watchmen was deemed ‘unadaptable’ for about thirty years, so just getting what Snyder got out of the material is a huge success; it is said that what he did was to write a book version of Ingmar’s Holy Mountain. Watchmen is the only graphic novel to ever win a Hugo award and is easily the most intricate and multilayered Alan Moore comic, so it’s no surprise that it continues to top ‘best comics of all time’ charts to this day.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:20 AM)
    I beg to differ. Doctor Manhatten is the most intriguing character of Watchmen and the comic is a giant in ,not only in the comic world, but the history of literature itself. It is a deconstruction of superheros and Dr. M shows how afraid the world would really be when faced with a ‘superman’ and how a creature in such a higher realm of time and perception would show apathy toward humans and their foolish struggles.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:15 AM)
    GitS just won’t work. Maybe in a world before the Matrix, but not now with so many elements of it borrowed liberally by so many franchises in various mediums. Scarlet Johansson is decent in roles that fit her. She was enjoyable in Lost In Translation, but race aside she has nothing in common with Kusanagi. This is a travesty and the franchise is dear to me so it especially burns my ass.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:10 AM)
    While I am no fan of man of steel, Nolan and Snyder, just about anyone would have a hard time taking a difficult character like superman and making him work on screen.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:08 AM)
    Apart from Veidt and Rorshach I could never get into the characters all that much in watchmen. I also found the film overly long and mediocre acted for the larger part. But to each there own. For Alan moores works I always preferred his Miracleman, swamp thing, V for Vendetta stories.
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    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:06 AM)
    Nolan can produce the action plus personal and dark story that Alita would need, and he also brings talent such as composer Hans Zimmer and Cinematographer Sally Pfister to the table. Him and Snyder have too much combined integrity to make a mockery out of Alita like Spielberg did with the GitS license.
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    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:03 AM)
    Well Snyder has respect for his source materials and that is key in anime-to-film adaptations. Hell I’m a big Watchmen fan and I thought his version was (almost painfully) close to the comic. You’re not going to get that anywhere else in Hollywood. Also the combination of Nolan/Snyder is quite different than them individually.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 05:34 AM)
    And directed it as a co-production with America, using a Japanese cast.
    Yeah…this is impossible…
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    Wait wait…his Van helsing film is a reboot sorry I confused it with the other one.

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