Going Down The List: Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru

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This show with a very long name, that is usually shortened to OreGairu, is in my opinion a remarkable show, at least for its time (the first season aired in Spring 2013). It does something that few other school-centric romcoms do, which is to say depict children with social problems in an environment where they’re encouraged to work on the problems but don’t make immediate progress. In other words, the characters keep making obvious mistakes over and over again because they don’t know how else to act.

GDTL Yahari 1

Later on, especially in the second season, this theme stagnates for a while, not really doing anything new or going anywhere, but I loved it as an idea. I think most people can relate to being in high school and screwing up socially and not knowing what to do about it or how to fix it. For some people, though (like the characters in this show, and myself), it becomes a continuous problematic habit instead of an isolated event, and it can be very damaging. So I was very glad to see a show try to at least somewhat seriously approach this difficult topic. I think it needs to be talked about more.

GDTL Yahari 2

All of that said, though, I never really could get excited about exploring this particular topic myself. I liked watching the first season when it aired (the second season didn’t make as much of an impression on me), but I was never able to write long analyses on the themes, even though I really wanted to at first. I don’t know if that’s because the show did anything wrong or if the subject matter was just too much for me as a writer, but in any case I kind of regret not being able to contribute to the discussions. I guess this post will have to do.

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2 thoughts on “Going Down The List: Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru

  1. You didn’t like the second season? It was so much more complex than the first, and drew out the meaning of what the series was about. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it more!

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