Recommendation – Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. (Oregairu)

ImageYahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru or the more common and easier to remember term that the show goes by Oregairu is a romance comedy anime that focus’s on the three members who make up the schools Service Club.

After writing that those who enjoy their youth should just up and die on his homework assignment asking him to look back at his high school life the main character Hachiman is forced to join the Service Club by his teacher and counselor in the hopes it will make him more sociable.

There he meets the only other member and founder of the club Yukino whose ideals and approach to life immediately clash with his own. While Yukino believes in telling people the truth in order for them to improve themselves. Hachiman sees himself as insignificant and thus is willing to do whatever it takes to make others around him happy. Usually in a way that further causes him to be an outcast. Both using their own unique outlooks on life assist those who come to the Service Club looking for help.

What sets Oregairu apart from other slice of life anime’s is the shows ability to bring real issues that high school students deal with to the characters and problems they face. While the setting is still a comedy in some regards it hits a lot of the notes in drama that is very rarely done well.

With each character being more then the character trait that defines them. (Hachiman self deprecating and unsocial behavior isn’t just a plot device, but rather a trait acquired over the years by just being someone who doesn’t quite fit in.) The show is filled with unique and interesting characters who each bring something to the table.

A romance subplot does linger across the episodes as the third member to join the Service Club Yui has a crush on Haichman, but in no way does that detract from the show and become a cliche. The handling of the relationship might be one of the best aspects of the show. Without giving to much away the show doesn’t take any of the normal approaches you might find in anime’s set in a high school setting.

With all that being said it is safe to say this is a strong 9/10 anime that has an audience base of just about anyone whose been in or is currently in high school.