Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru (やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。— My Youth Romantic Comedy is Wrong as I Expected), often abbreviated as Oregairu because of its lengthy title, is a series of Light Novel written by Wataru Watari. It was adapted into an Anime that aired during spring of 2013, licensed by Sentai Filmworks under My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFUnote SNAFU is a military slang term for Situation Normal: All Fucked/Fooled Up.Our protagonist is a deeply cynical, anti-social second year male high school student named Hachiman Hikigaya who believes that happiness of youth life is a lie and should just die. Concerned by his personality, a guidance counselor at his school forced Hikigaya to join a "Service Club" where he, along with an equally problematic student, Yukino Yukinoshita, must provide help for any troubled schoolmate who requests it. Hilarity Ensues as Hikigaya starts to reshape himself and those around him.The anime is currently streaming on Crunchyroll. Viewers in the United States, Canada, South Africa, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark may watch it legally there. (Also on The Anime Network.)
Oregairu provides examples of these tropes:
Adaptation Distillation / Compressed Adaptation: The first season for volumes on to six. All the necessary plot points are there, but most moments of the more filler-ish (and flag-generating, to shippers' dismay) kind are skipped, and several scenes are rehashed to incorporate that.
Advertised Extra: Some of the promotional artwork for the series has Saki, Zaimokuza, Totsuka are featured prominently, almost appearing to be the second set of main characters to the Service's club main trio. Within the series itself, they're featured less prominently than Hayato's clique.
A House Divided: Hachiman purposely invokes this trope in episode 8 with the help of his classmates to the group of girls Tsurumi Rumi is with.
Always Someone Better: Take your pick: beauty, academics or sports and Yukino is this to everyone at school. However her sports position is a little nebulous because she, in her words, has poor stamina.
Animal Motifs: Hachiman explicitly compares Yukino to a cat and Yui to a dog, several times during his narration.
Hachiman: We only change to avoid the current situation. The true meaning of not running away is planting your feet firmly in the ground and doing the best you can with your present. Who's running away now? Why can't you just accept who you are and were? Yukino: If that's so, then there would be no way to relieve concerns and no way to redeem one self would there?
Armor-Piercing Question: In episode 5, Shizuka-sensei tries to talk to Saki about her staying out late. When she tries to mention her parents may be worried, Saki immediately asks her how she would know what a parent knows since she's single. The question hilariously knocks Shizuka-sensei to the ground, and Hachiman jokes that someone should marry her already.
Author Appeal: Repetitive and alliterative names. We have Hachiman Hikigaya, Yukino Yukinoshita, and Yui Yuigahama for main characters.
And the Author's name? Wataru Watari.
And the opening is sung by Nagi Yanagi. C-C-C-Combo!
Those who doesn't: Yumiko Miura, Komachi Hikigaya, Haruno Yukinoshita. Breaker!
But those are only minor characters in the story. Finish him!
Awesome Mc Cool Name / Meaningful Name: Zaimokuza bases his delusions of being a Samurai around one famous Shogun from Sengoku Period, Ashikaga Yoshiteru, whose surname he shares with. Hachiman's name is not to be taken lightly either since his is the same with The Great Bodhisattva Hachiman.
Beady-Eyed Loser: Hachiman has beady eyes in the anime only. Although, in a sense, the loser part of the trope carries through the LN, manga and anime. The trope implies Hachiman is average looking or ugly, but in the LN (so far) his attractiveness is ambiguous.
Beautiful Dreamer: Hachiman happens to watch a dozing off Yukino in Episode 2... but then she promptly wakes up and makes an obligatory snark about his face.
Book Ends: Compare part B of episodes 1 and 12 concerning the relationship of Yukino and Hachiman. Here are some examples.
Yukino(episode 1): I hate how you affirm people's weakness. Yukino(episode 12): But I don't really hate how you affirm weakness.
Hachiman(episode1): I began to think the two of us are very similar. That's unlike me. Even this silence had started to feel comfortable to me. It felt like my heartbeat wanted leave the clock's second hand in its dust and hurry on to the future. Hachiman(episode12): Yeah, we're not alike at all. Maybe that's why these conversations always felt so nice and fresh to me
Bookworm: Yukino and Hachiman. The former is usually reading in the club room if left to her own devices. After getting accustomed to the club, so does the latter.
Hachiman and his dad are confirmed bookworms in Volume 5 of the LN - ask their bookcase.
Borrowed Catch Phrase: Yukino starts using Hachiman's catch phrase "source: me" or it's variants by episode 3.
In Volume 1/Episode 1, when Yukino tells Hachiman to guess what Service Club does, his first guess is literature club, what with the absence of any equipment and Yukino, well, reading. In Chapter 2 and onwards, his first actions after entering the clubroom is always getting a seat and start reading himself, effectively making it two-person Literature Club.
Yui's dog tends to get free from his leash and run away. The present Hachiman bought for Yui's birthday is a new dog collar.
Yukinoshita knows no restrain in speaking out her opinions. This gets so bad that she makes Yumiko cry.
Hachiman tries to invoke this trope by being mean to Yui at the end of episode 5, then explaining that he would rather be alone than be fooled by a nice girl like her, who is polite to him and everyone else, since he doesn't want to get his hopes up. Tears well up in her eyes, she calls him a jerk, and ends up running away. He did this because Komachi casually mentioned she was the girl whose dog he saved from getting run over by a car a while back, and he thought she was being nice to him simply because of that. He doesn't realize she actually did have feelings for him, but stopped her before she could say anything.
He also does this rather harshly to Sagami after the latter disappears before the closing ceremony for the school festival in episode 12. His brutalness is so badnote He tells her that she was deliberately hoping to be discovered. Yet Hachiman found her first despite not caring about her at all, asking her how serious the others were in trying to find her in the first place that Hayato, the usual Nice Guy, does a What the Hell, Hero? moment on him, if nothing else, to stop him tearing her character down more.
Byronic Hero: Hachiman, is one in that his methods in addition to hurting people while achieving the best result, it would almost always paint him in a bad and evil light. By Episode 12, he is the most hated person in the school, which he simply said that it's nice to finally get noticed.
Call to Adventure: Hachiman is forced to leave his solitude or the known world and forced to interact with others or to explore the unknown world. Although unlike most who have this trope, he has strong opinions about said unknown world.
Cosplay: The girls dress up in battle armor during a cavalry battle where they try to take each other's headbands off the other team. While they are embarrassed by it, others comment that since this is a battle, it suits them just fine, although the girls question why it's western-style armor and not samurai armor.
Cosplay Cafe: The service club and company briefly visit one in episode 5.
Cry Cute: Yui at the end of episode 5 after Hachiman says some rather mean things to her.
Dismotivation: Fits Hachiman to a T. Among the usual reasons, like not wanting to be hurt again, he has an uncommon but somewhat logical argument. Hachiman, after being accused by Yukino of running away because of his dismotivation, makes his point of view clear (manga chapter 1):
Hachiman: We only change to avoid the current situation. The true meaning of not running away is planting your feet firmly in the ground and doing the best you can with your present. Who's running away now? Why can't you just accept who you are and were?
Don't You Dare Pity Me!: When Hachiman finds out that the dog he'd saved and ended up hospitalized and kept out of school belongs to Yui, he tells her not to pay attention to him out of pity or guilt; internally he comments on his hatred of "nice" girls who act close and friendly out of pity, due to the fact that it allows him to get his hopes up even though there's no real feeling behind it.
Saika to Hachiman: Will you do it note Tennis Practice with me?
Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Hachiman is often subjected to this from Shizuka-sensei. In one example, during episode 4, he writes yet another essay in which he has a very cynical outlook on life, and she wonders if him being in the Service Club changed him at all for the better. He then states that his motto is to "stick to my guns", immediately followed by a "Silly Me" Gesture, prompting her to punch him in the stomach for being a First-Person Smartass during that scene.
Dysfunction Junction: The Service Club. Two cynical and brutally honest social outcasts combined with a cheery yet somewhat gullible girl to counterbalance them(with a varying degree of success), led by a Christmas Cake club advisor with severe love life issues.
Flaw Exploitation: Shizuka exploited Yukino's competitive nature early on. Yui, to get Yukino to play a penalty game, does the same later.
Yui: She was all like "I can acquire my nourishment by myself, I fail to see how satisfying a faint lust for conquest could bring about any satisfaction". Hachiman: That's her allright. Yui: But then I said "so, you're afraid to lose?", and she gave in. Hachiman(quieter): That's her all right.
Funny Background Event: In episode 2, while Yukino is criticizing Zaimokuza's novel, Yui starts reading it and gradually falls asleep.
Genki Girl: Yui is the counter balance for Hikki and Yukinon's cynicism.
Got Volunteered: Hachiman and Yukino in episode 10, when they're part of the cultural festival committee. In Hachiman's case, it's because no one volunteered and he got picked by Shizuka-sensei. Yukino was likely volunteered because of her sister taking part in it in a past festival, and making it a big success, so many students probably expected her to do the same thing.
Yui was initially volunteered as well. Fortunately Yumiko pulls her out, only to then volunteer her for something the former was planning to do. Yui is at first thankful, but then surprised that she still got volunteered for something.
In the same episode, one of the female students in Hachiman's class volunteers to be the chairman for the committee, only to then be late for meetings, and passing almost every single one of her duties to Yukino. Both Yui and Hachiman suspect something wrong there, but Yukino just soldiers on as best as she can.
High School: It's the setting where a good fraction of the events happen.
Hilarious in Hindsight / Dramatic Irony: In-universe example during episode 3. When Yukino tries to think of the way Hachiman can improve a group of people, she decides that the only possible solution is the "common enemy" strategy. In the culture fair arc, Hachiman does exactly that.
Hope Spot: Zaimokuza in episode two, courtesy of Hachiman.
Zaimokuza(after his manuscript being harshly criticized by Yukino): Hachiman, I trust you would understand [Hachiman gently smiles] Hachiman:Now where did you rip this off from?
Yui: Yo, sup, Komachi. Hachiman: Is that greeting suddenly trending or something? It sounds stupid, so stop it! [Saika arrives and uses the same greeting] Hachiman: My God, that's cute! We should start a trend with that.
Idiot Hair: Hachiman has the hair only in the manga and anime. He doesn't have the indicated traits. In the anime the cowlick is serves as expressive hair.
He eventually also gets one in the illustrations in the later volumes of the light novel.
Averted with Yukino. You can see that she bears one in the anime and light novel, but the actual weight of the Idiot Hair makes it limp.
If It's You, It's Okay: Hachiman doesn't like it when the girls doing cutesy acts, but he's completely okay if Saika is the one doing them.
Hachiman was rejected twice in his past. It's now that he's a cynic and pessimist that Yui just so happens to be interested.
Yui is interested in Hachiman but he, or others for that matter, show little romantic interest if at all.
In the past, Yukino was uninterested in anyone and in her words, most boys who came near her came to like her. Haruno's comment note "So Yukino-chan is not gonna be chosen again, huh?" suggest that she might have been the losing side of a love triangle in the past. The other way what was said could be interpreted as Yukino was not picked to be one of the faces of her family's company.
Is one of the reasons everyone hates him.note Well, more like he manipulated everyone to hate him as they don't even know they've been manipulated.
Metaphorically True: When they met in the club room Yukino claimed not knowing Hikigaya. She of course did, as she was in the car that sent him to the hospital.
Yukino: I wasn't lying, back then I didn't know you.
Moment Killer: In episode 9, Yui is about to confess to Hachiman when her mother calls. As is expected of him, he makes use of this opportunity to kill the moment and make sure she does not say anything more.
Nice Guy: Hayama Hayato. So much so that Hachiman thinks there's something wrong with him.
This trope is also lightly Deconstructed and Lampshaded. Hayato being nice to everyone causes a friction between his friends who all want to be in the same group with him in a school trip. It is both his greatest strength and a hindrance.
The Nicknamer: Yui, who notably starts calling Yukino Yukinon a day after they first meet. She also calls Hachiman Hikki despite being a classmate (a fact he isn't even aware of) is the only relationship he previously had with her.
Noodle Incident: Both Yukino and Hayato refer to an event in their past where Hayato failed to resolve a social situation similar to Rumi's case.
Nose Bleed: Hachiman's classmate, Hina Ebina, has a subtle one in episode 10 when she's talking about making Hayato a lead character in a musical she's writing, along with Hachiman as a supporting role, with the intention of doing some Ho Yay. However, Hayato points out that Hachiman can't take part because he's on the cultural festival committee, and doing a musical would take too much time. So she relents, and makes Hayato the supporting character, and makes Saika the lead role, causing the former to lament that he's still stuck in it.
Episode 6 gives us a (rather complicated) mix between Type 1 and Type 3. Both Hachiman and Yukino's original intention was to go shopping for Yui's birthday presents together, but Hachiman takes his little sister along with them for help, who then decides to play a good wingman and leave them alone. To make things worse, they encounter Yukino's sister and Yui, who both immediately think they're couple on a date. Misunderstandings ensue.
Another example in Episode 9, where Komachi (again) organizes a date for Hachiman and Yui. They both get the hint, but Hachiman doesn't really like the situation.
Not So Above It All: Yukino, despite trying to be as perfect as it gets: she's easily coerced into doing things when accused of being afraid of something, lowers her shields around Service Club members(if ever so slightly), and can sincerely enjoy the sports festival(Hachiman spoiling the victory with his schemes notwithstanding). Not to mention her relationships with cats.
Not So Different: Komachi tries to tell Saki about not wanting to be a burden on their siblings in episode 5, as Saki's brother feels like he's burdening her by having her work at night to help pay for his tuition.
Tsurumi Rumi in episodes 7 & 8. Because she's outcast from her group, Hachiman feels a little connection to her, although interestingly enough, so do the rest of his classmates, including ones that have friends such as Hayato.
Hachiman: We're the same. We're both members of the lowest stratum of society. Just think about it, I couldn't care less about you, yet I was the first to find you. Doesn't that mean nobody really tried that hard to find you? You know this already, don't you?
Obstructive Bureaucrat: Hiratsuka-sensei fills this role in episode 13, shooting down every idea that the athletics festival committee suggests. Her reasoning is that said ideas are too plain and boring, and if the students want something more exciting, they need other ideas.
One Dialogue, Two Conversations: In the end of the sixth episode, Yukino and Yui. Yui thinks Yukino is about to announce she and Hachiman are going out, while Yukino simply wants to congratulate Yui with her birthday. Luckily, Hachiman is savvy enough to detect it and clear the misunderstanding.
Opening Monologue: Several from Hachiman during the series, usually being exerpts from his essays.
Opposites Attract: Inverted. Yukino says she doesn't like Hachiman, for one, because his ideals are opposite to hers.
It may not be inverted after all. The end of episode 12 affirms that Hachiman feels that their opposing conversations feel nice and fresh to him. And by twisting Yukino's 2nd rejection for Hachiman's wish to be friends, it may imply that she'd rather be more than that.
Popular Is Dumb: Yumiko. She seems popular in class 2-F and she didn't understand, luckily perhaps, much of Yukinoshita's initial rant. It may be subverted in the future for her friends.
Political Correctness Gone Mad: In Episode 13, with ideas for sports festival. Turns out a simple bun eating contest may offend those who prefer rice.
Hachiman's lack of presence by Yukino. While he doesn't deny it, he never likes the way she says it, as she always tries to paint him in a negative light.
Say My Name: In episode 4, after Hachiman calls Totsuka by his first name, the latter asks if he can call the former "Hikki". Hachiman rejects it immediately, but when Totsuka asks if "Hachiman" is okay, he immediately asks him to repeat his name three times. Totsuka does it, the first time sounding fairly normal, the second time as a question ("Hachiman?"), and the third time he yells the name when he notices Hachiman doesn't seem to be paying attention. Hachiman during that scene was struck by Stupid Sexy Flanders while Totsuka called his name.
School's Most Beautiful Girl: Likely Yukinoshita. In the LN chapter 1, Hachiman describes her as having "unparalleled looks" and "the school's number 1 beauty." Although in the anime episode 2, Yui describes Yukino as "really cool" but Yumiko as "gorgeous." But Yui has a reason to lie in that situation. Well at least to Hachiman it's true - much to his annoyance.
School Festival: The students plan it during episodes 10 and 11, and then it kicks in during episode 12. They also have an athletic festival during episode 13.
Shipper on Deck: Komachi for Hachiman/Yui or Hachiman/Yukino (whichever comes first), and Haruno for Hachiman/Yukino. Quite a lot for unsocial loner.
Shout-Out: Metric tons of it, especially in the novel:
To start with, Hachiman constantly references anime, manga and games in his narrations, from popular to rather obscure, from decades old to currently ongoing and for all the audiences.
As a specific example, one of Hachiman's opening monologues references the anime S-cry-ed. His teacher, Hiratsuka, counters this by punching square in the gut and tells his to shut it unless he wants to face the might of her "Annihilating Second Bullet", a power used by one of S-cry-ed protagonists.
Same goes for Hiratsuka-sensei, a common ground she and Hachiman share. Except her references are rather dated, and Hachiman periodically pokes on the fact with varying consequences for himself.
Last but not least, both him and Yukino are rather well-versed in classic literature, and both frequently drop some quotes.
Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Likely applies to Yui. Hachiman saved Yui's dog from a car accident that left him in hospital for 3 weeks.
Sliding Scale of Beauty: Yukino is likely a world class beauty. Because she is described as a "peerless beauty" and according to her the majority of males were infatuated with her, from her looks alone, in the past.
Yui is likely a common beauty. Because she and Yukino have similar facial features but no one has commented on her appearance so far.
If the Hikigaya siblings are right; Hachiman is pretty good looking. He would fall under imperfect beauty. Because his "fish eyes" and "gross disposition" counteract his similar when neutral facial features, bar his eyes, to Hayoto Hayama who is probably at least a common beauty. If they're wrong, Hachiman probably is Flawed Average on the scale.
A notable straight play is the verbal beatdown Hachiman gives Sagami in episode 12. His brutal and highly critical analysis of her hypocrisy is completely true, and the fact that he's seen as the bad guy for saying it only adds to the argument.
Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Initially, Hachiman and Yukino just barely tolerate each other, but gradually learn to work together.
Tempting Fate: In episode 6, while Hachiman and Yukino are shopping for a gift for Yui, he mentions that them being seen together could lead to lots of rumors. Yukino says that as long as no one they know sees them together, they should be fine. Then they run into Yukino's sister, and moments later, Yui, both of whom assume the two are dating.
This Is a Work of Fiction: In the anime, when Hachiman starts explaining a rather (or very) biased and subjective viewpoint, a disclaimer would appear on screen, citing that "This is his personal opinion."
Title Drop: While rewriting his essay, Hachiman substitudes his "Normalfags should burn in hell" conclusion with the novel's title.
Two Girls and a Guy: The trope is played in a uncommon way because the guy is the protagonist. On the romance side of things, one girl is interested in the guy. The other girl's interest is somewhere between ambiguous and non-existent depending on who you ask. Although the guy finds both physically attractive, he doesn't want a relationship with either.
Vitriolic Best Buds: Given the main character's disposition, almost all of his relationships are like this, whether it be with nice guys like Hayama and Totsuka, or more abrasive ones like Yukinoshita and Hiratsuka
Wag the Director: A variation of this trope is invoked during the school festival in episodes 10-12. Sagami, a girl in Hachiman's class, volunteers to be the festival committee chairman after Yukino turns it down. Although she tries to do various things, she is clearly not up to the task, and Yukino ends up giving her and the committee members various directions as if she were in charge. Hachiman also does his usual thing, causing Sagami to gradually feel her role diminish, despite Haruno trying to give her some motivation and countering both Yukino and Hachiman. In the end, although the festival seems to be successful, its obvious that she feels like a figurehead at that point, judging by how she flubs both the opening and closing ceremonies.
Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: A cause of the chemistry between Hachiman and Yukino. Although compared to the average person, it's debatable if Hachiman is a loser. Still compared to Yukino this trope is likely. Yukino is described as incredibly beautiful, a strong first academically and, in Hachiman's words (LN), the "epitome of nobility". On the other hand, Hachiman is described as having an unpleasantappearance, academically variable at best and socially awkward.
What the Hell, Hero?: Hayama despite understanding Hachiman's intentions eventually gets frustrated with his twisted method of bringing Sagami back.
What Is This Feeling?: Hachiman once, so far, wished to befriend Yukino. There is a good chance he hadn't wanted anyone specific to be his friend for years. However his feelings were promptly crushed - courtesy of Yukino.