Yahari Ore and the Highschool Comedy Genre

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Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabu Kome wa Machigatteiru (“My youth romantic comedy is wrong as I expected.”) is an awfully long Japanese anime title so to improve the readability of this post I will be referring to it by one of its short form- ‘Yahari Ore’.

Generally speaking the Highschool Comedy genre in anime is filled with some of the worst works of fiction in any medium. And I know that the word “worst” implies just my subjective opinion but if you have any taste for anything that is remotely intelligent then my advice is to generally stay away from this genre in Anime.

However this time I will have to make an exception for this specific show. So what makes this show different from other Highshcool comedies? The characters and the dialogue. One of the things that has turned me off from the Highschool Comedy genre is how shallow and unrealistic the characters were. I know that it was meant to be that way but the result of this is that you get the same types of characters in every show.

So what makes the characters of Yahari Ore different? The dialogue. This show does one of the things that I like and yet don’t see that often- it gives different reasonable viewpoints in a certain situation but does not dictate to us which one we should pick. The contrast between different view points is what make it interesting. (Scroll down this page to read some quotes from this show that will show the different views of the characters).

Another great accomplishment that I hail this show for is in my opinion is how it was able to adhere to the conventions of the Highschool comedy genre while still managing to have an interesting cast of characters. It is funny and full of tropes from the Highschool comedy genre, so I just think that this was a refreshing take on the Highschool comedy genre.

A lot of this has to do with the source material which is the light novel series by Wataru Watari of which you can read a few volumes translated into english by clicking on this link.

The rating: 4/5. I cannot give this show a 5/5 because everything about this show is average except the writing.

Quotes from Yahari Ore-

“Hard work betrays none, but dreams betray many. Working hard alone doesn’t assure you that you’ll achieve your dreams. Actually there are more cases where you don’t. Even so, working hard and achieving something is some consolation at least.”

“Hey, I’m totally an adult! I bitch and whine, I lie through my teeth and do things that are unfair.”

“When humans are truly and utterly scared, they won’t give a damn about anyone else. They’ll do anything to survive, even sacrifice others around them.”

“Relying on someone, helping each other out, and supporting each other. Most would say that’s the right thing to do. However, that’s just idealistic. In reality, someone always gets the short end of the stick.”

“They say that if you change yourself, you’ll change the world, but that’s a complete lie. They’re just forcing you to compromise by feeding you a convenient little fib.”

“People who don’t work hard don’t have the right to be envious of the people with talent. People fail because they don’t understand the hard work necessary to be successful.”

“I’m not in the wrong. Society is.”

“I don’t think ignorance is necessarily a bad thing. The more you know, the more problems you have.”

“The important thing is to take part.” Famous words spoken by Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin,the founder of the Olympic games during a speech. However, this quote tends to be frequently misused and serves as kind of a threat to force participation. There are tons of wild-goose chases in this world, you know. If the most important thing is to take part, then surely one could find meaning in not taking part as well. And if everything’s worth experiencing, then there’s little doubt that the feeling of not experiencing something is, in itself, worth experiencing. In fact, you could even call it a valuable experience to not experience something everyone else does.”

“Excuses are meaningless. The tougher things get, the more likely people are to come to their own conclusions.”

“I just loathe pointless conversation.”

“When a person loses their sense of belonging, they want someone else to hand it back to them on a platter.”

“A highly trained loner is once bitten, twice shy.”

“You can’t reset life, but you can reset human relations.”

“80% of guys go around thinking, “She likes me, doesn’t she?” Thus it’s necessary to sober oneself with a warning like “How could she possibly?””

“I hate nice girls. Just exchanging greetings with them will get them on your mind. Start texting each other, and your heart will be set a flutter. If they call you, you’re done for. Enjoy staring at your logs and grinning like a fool. However, I won’t get fooled again. That’s what your kind calls kindness. If you’re nice to me, you’re nice to others. I always end up nearly forgetting that. Reality is cruel, so I’m sure lies are a form of kindness. Thus, I say kindness itself is also a lie. I always ended up with these expectations. And I always ended up with these misunderstandings. And before I knew it, I stopped hoping. A highly trained loner is once bitten, twice shy. As a veteran on this battlefield of life, I’ve gotten used to losing. That’s why I always hate nice girls.”

“If reality is a cruel mistress, then a lie must be a nice girl.”

“I forced my own expectations and ideals on her, let myself think I understood her, and let myself be disappointed.”

“Here’s the question. The world will not change, but you can change yourself. So then, how will you change? The answer, you become the god of a new world.”

“Guys are simple creatures. Just by talking to them, they get the wrong idea.”

“I don’t believe in crap like coincidence, fate, or destiny”

“Fake people have an image to maintain. Real people just don’t care.”

“Youth is a hoax. It’s evil. People who make a big deal of their “youth”, are just inviting trouble. They try to keep everything going on around them. For them, if there’s something that has to do with their “youth”, they jump at it without a second thought. From normal daily life, to rebelling against the view of society. If you fall in with them – lies, secrets, failure, and even crimes await you. But for them, it’s just a spice of life. And if failure is also a mark of “youth”, then isn’t it ironic, that a person who failed to make any friends, is also technically leading his “youth”? Though I wonder if they would agree. Everything runs on their schedule. Let me be clear. The people who enjoy their “youth”, will eventually fall apart.”

“When people judge somebody, it becomes a fixed idea and an impression that lasts. A loner is forced to stay a loner. If you do your best at something and stand out, that will only get used as fodder for criticism. Those are the rotten rules of the Kingdom of Children.”

“Life is something that can never be lived twice. Even this pointless act will eventually end. And while thinking that one day, I’ll surely regret its end…”

“There’s no point in someone who can’t do something trying to do that something.”

“”You can’t run away” is just how the strong think. It’s impossible for it to always be the individual’s fault. Plenty of times, it’s society, the world, your surroundings, or someone else that’s mistaken. By saying that “you can change yourself”, you’re conforming to that trashy, indifferent, and cold world. You’re admitting you’ve lost to it and becoming its slave. You’re only dressing it up in pretty words and deceiving everyone, including yourself.”

“That’s right. I’m Mr. Nice Guy. Loads of things have happened to me so far, but I’ve never taken my revenge or anything on anyone. I let them off the hook. If I was an average person, the world would’ve ended by now. In that sense, I’m a messiah.”

“There are things that cannot be taken back. But the world will keep on spinning whether you laugh or you cry. High school life will eventually end too.”

“When humans are faced with truly terrifying circumstances, they don’t think about other people around them. They’re even willing to sacrifice those around themselves. By exposing that unsightly part of them, they can no longer get along.”

“Reality is cruel, so I’m sure lies are a form of kindness. Thus, I say kindness itself is also a lie.”

“No one is perfect. Humans are low and weak. We fall to envy easily. So it’s hard for a talented person to live a simple life.”

“Youth is a lie. It is evil. Those who claim to enjoy it are deluding themselves and others.”

“Ideals are ideals, not reality. That’s why it stinks somewhat.”

“Unpopular guys have a bad habit of looking for meaning in mere coincidences or simple phenomenon. I don’t believe in a crap like coincidence, fate, or destiny.”

“To work is to lose. working is the act of risking something to get a reward.”

“A wandering soul needs no habitat.”

“When girls really reject something, they do so with much colder eyes and virtually no expression on their faces. That’s how they do it. They’re scary enough to make you fear for your heart’s well-being. It makes you wanna die.”

“There it is. His ultimate technique: “The Zone.” Allow me to explain. “The Zone” is a skill that only people who lead fulfilling lives can use. It’s most profound characteristic is that it can take any place and make it better. Simply because their lives are so fulfilling, they also show the utmost kindness to those frowned upon by society. You could also call it the special air about a charismatic and kind individual.”

“Ignorance is bliss, isn’t it?”

“Marriage, the institution where one’s existence goes to die. All married people prattle on about their so-called marital bliss about how they love saying “I’m home!” to their spouses, or how seeing their sleeping kids motivates them for tomorrow. But think about it: you can say “I’m home!” if you live with your parents, you can even buy some mouthwash and say “I’m home!” to the hippos on the label. And if they’re talking about seeing their sleeping kids, that just means they’re working hellish overtime hours. How is that in any way blissful?”