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Think, struggle, stumble and worry. Otherwise, it’s not genuine.

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    Openings and endings 

  • Opening 2 "Pseudo-Spring". The lyrics of the song picture a person whose way of living through logic and ideals is eventually not enough to pull them through life and the person eventually wishes to change and find something genuine. Sounds familiar?
  • Ending 2 "Everyday world" has some of the most recurring characters of the series simply having fun. Even Yukino and Hachiman are smiling at half and at the end of the song respectively.

    Season 1 

  • Episode 1: Hachiman gets a homemade cookie from Yui for his help. Despite the cookie's dubious taste, he still eats it as an acknowledgement of her gratitude. What makes this even better is when we later learn that the person Yui was baking those cookies for was Hachiman all along. What a sweet ending.
  • Episode 2: Hachiman sees Yumiko alienating Yui and tries to stop himself from helping her because he's not that kind of person. It doesn't work and he tries to stand up for her but Yumiko scares him away with a mere Death Glare. Eventually, Yui ends up being saved by Yukino instead yet Yui still thanks Hachiman for trying to defend her.
  • Episode 4: Hachiman's solution to the stalking messages. If the cause is that the suspects don't get along with each other because they all want to be closer to Hayato, then, the solution should be getting Hayato out of the picture for enough time to allow them to get along without the need of having Hayato around. It works and it gives birth to the Comic Trio.
  • Episode 5:
    • Saki's love for her family.
    • Komachi's story about her running away from home for experiencing Parental Abandonment and later being found by her big brother.
  • Episode 6:
    • Yukino going extra mile to congratulate Yui with her birthday, and solving the club members' differences in the process.
    • Sable's attachment to Hachiman. Considering he saved Sable from an accident prior the events of the series, it's really cute how the little dog hasn't forgotten about him.
  • Episode 11:
    • Both Yui and Hachiman pay a visit to a sick Yukino and, basically, say that if she doesn't want to rely on strangers, she can rely on them instead.
      Yukino: "Well, it might be hard for me now, but one day I'll definitely rely on you. So, thank you."
    • Yukino's timid parting wave to Hachiman. Besides being really adorable, it shows how much she opened up to people in general and to Hachiman in particular.
  • Episode 12: One of the few moments where Hiratsuka isn't abusing Hachiman. After he ruins his reputation by verbally tearing into Sagami, she reminds him that his twisted attempts to help others shouldn't mean that he should always sacrifice himself.
  • Episode 13: "Good job there", "The rest is up to you", "Hikki, do you best" and a couple of casual high-fives. All service club's trust and friendship in three phrases and two gestures.
  • OVA:
    • Yui's turn during the cooking test. Played for Laughs but nonetheless sweet. Yoshiteru doesn't judge the food's appearance and eats it without hesitation while Hachiman does the same to prevent Saika from being the next one because he's worried about him. And although his reasons weren't exactly related to Yui, she's still very touched when he finishes the whole dish.
    • Komachi explaining that if she were to fall in love with someone, she'll like that person to be as honest, loyal and serious as her brother is with her.
    • Hachiman calming his sister down after Hiratsuka scares her with a Death Glare.

    Season 2/Zoku 
  • Episode 1
    • No one likes Hachiman as his gambit in the first season saw to that, so when Hayato brings Tobe to ask a favor of the Service Club he tells them that he doesn't want to talk about it around Hachiman. Yui grits her teeth, holding back her anger when Yukino politely says to leave. Hachiman thinks she means him and gets up, but Yukino tells him to sit down and clarifies that she meant for Tobe and Hayato to leave. She then berates the two of them for their attitude because that is not how they should ask someone for a favor. It's a nice re-affirmation that even though Yui and Yukino tease Hachiman a lot, they've still got his back when someone really slights him.
    • Ditto near the end of the episode:
    Yukino "Bye. Good night. And ... um... Thank you for walking me back.
    • It's the little things, like this scene, that truly show just how much the Service Club members have grown to love and trust each other.
  • Episode 5:
    • At the start of the episode, Hachiman patches things up with Komachi. The heart-to-heart sibling talk that ensues is pretty uplifting.
    • Seeing Hachiman in a troubled state, Yoshiteru approaches him and offers to hear his problems out. Hachiman tries to turn Yoshiteru down, but Yoshiteru insists otherwise, as Hachiman listened to him all the time before. Yoshiteru says he's "reaching out to the weak", and while Hachiman says "Idiot. Don't say stuff that's actually cool", he smiles at the end.
    • Yui giving Hachiman a literal Pet the Dog by caressing his messy hair and remarking how hard he worked to protect the Service Club. And even though Hachiman tries to act completely indifferent to her attempts, this only causes her to try harder to show her appreciation.
  • Episode 7:
    • Hachiman having a soft spot for Iroha. He might excuse himself by calling it his responsibility but it's hard to take that as the whole truth when he immediately reacts to her exhausted image and tries to do everything he can to make things easier for her.
    • No one agrees with Hachiman's methods and what he has done for others at the cost of his own image to the point even Hachiman is doubting himself. No one but Saika who admires Hachiman's resolve and prefers to appreciate the good things that he has done and the sacrifices he has made along the way to ensure everyone else is happy. Then he tells Hachiman that if at one point he feels troubled with himself, he's there for Hachiman.
    • Kaori's change of heart. Half of her role during the season was making fun of Hachiman in front of everyone. But when Iroha asks Kaori about her previous relationship with Hachiman, who looks clearly uncomfortable, Kaori decides to dodge the question and it surprises Hachiman so much he's left stunned.
    • Similarly, Yukino's actions at the end of the episode. She admits that for all her talk, she's not the paragon she thought she was, and she wasn't being fair to Hachiman. She can see he's staying in the club mainly because he cares about her and Yui, and she tells him he doesn't need to worry about them, and he's free to go if he wants. She'll understand. Coming from such a proud person and one who often gave him a lot of crap, it really says something about how kind she is, and how much she really does care about him.
  • Episode 8:
    • Hiratsuka sensei's lecture about everyone making mistakes and miscalculations to Hachiman on the bridge, which doubles as another moment where they share a scene and he isn't being abused nor snarking at her. Despite all the crap she puts him through, this shows that she truly does care and understand him. The best part is when she complains about not finding a husband due to her own miscalculations, Hachiman blurts out that it's really because the guys she knows have lousy taste, causing her to blush. Even better? He meant it. He says that if he were ten years older, he would have fallen in love with her.
    • Hachiman's breakdown. Hachiman admits that his methods don't really solve anything and have strained his relationships with the few friends he's managed to make: Yui and Yukino. Actually weeping in regret, he admits that he wants to understand others and their emotions, however he finds it completely selfish and conceited of himself to do so because it's out of a desire to stop being in the dark - not out of a desire to actually help people. Yet, what he says afterwards firmly establishes that he actually does care about Yui and Yukino, and he wants to make a true stand at friendship with the both of them.
      Hachiman: (To Yui and Yukino, on the verge of tears) I want...something genuine.
  • Episode 10
    • Iroha explaining to Hachiman that he was the reason why she confessed to Hayama and how it also serves as an explanation of Hayama's statement at the beginning of the episode.
      Hayama: (To Hachiman) You're incredible. Just like that, you can change those around you.
    • And in the same scene, this Wham Line that knocks off Hachiman even more about Iroha wanting something genuine, too.
      Iroha: Senpai, it's your fault this happened to me, you know.
      Hachiman: (blushing) Well, the student council president thing is, but the rest...
      Iroha: (whispering in his ear) You'd better take responsibility. (Hachiman blushed even more than before)
    • Hachiman giving Rumi the leading role on their play as a way to help her to come out of her shell.
    • Saki acting like a Doting Parent for her little sister.
  • Episode 11:
    • Yumiko, of all people, gets Character Development and reveals her Hidden Depths. Her conversation with the Service Club shows that her feelings for Hayato are not just a crush. She wants to learn more about him so she can be able to understand him and the thought of being separated from him once they finish high school scares her so much it brings her to tears.
    • The PV after credits features a funny conversation between Yumiko and The Service Club. This is the same girl who hates Yukino and dislikes Hachiman. It shows that if she actually tried, the three of them could get along just fine.
    • Hachiman and Saika having a Friendship Moment where the latter expresses that he probably doesn't look very reliable. Hachiman counters that this is not truth at all and Foreshadowing when the time comes, he'll rely on Saika.
    • Those 20 seconds, which is arguably even better in the novels, where Hachiman describes the scene first hand. His often bland, concise and exact descriptions give way to a beautiful, almost romantic, picture of Yukino.
      Hachiman: (internally) "Her exposed skin that was as white as a blanket of snow. Her wet, damp black pupils. Her long eyelashes that momentarily shook with a blink. The finely shaped bridge of her nose. The smiling shape of her mouth along with the escaping of breaths."
    • Yukino and Hayama getting along for the first time the entire series. Whatever happened in the past, it sure is in in the past.

    Season 3/Max 

Alternative Title(s): Yahari Ore No Seishun Love Come Wa Machigatteiru, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU


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