My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected
|My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected|
Cover of the first light novel volume, featuring Hachiman Hikigaya and Yukino Yukinoshita
(Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabukome wa Machigatteiru.)
|Genre||Romantic comedy, slice of life, drama|
|Written by||Wataru Watari|
|Original run||March 18, 2011 – present|
|Volumes||12 + 3 short story collections|
|Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabukome wa Machigatteiru. -Monologue-|
|Written by||Rechi Kazuki|
|Published by||Square Enix|
|Original run||September 25, 2012 – present|
|Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabukome wa Machigatteiru. @comic|
|Written by||Naomichi Io|
|Magazine||Monthly Sunday Gene-X|
|Original run||December 19, 2012 – present|
|Yahari 4-koma demo Ore no Seishun Rabu Kome wa machigatteiru.|
|Written by||Yūta Taneda|
|Magazine||Manga 4-koma Palette|
|Original run||March 22, 2013 – present|
|Anime television series|
|My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU|
|Directed by||Ai Yoshimura|
|Written by||Shōtarō Suga|
|Original network||TBS, MBS, CBC, BS-TBS|
|Original run||April 5, 2013 – June 28, 2013|
|Original video animation|
|Directed by||Yūsuke Onoda|
|Written by||Wataru Watari|
|Released||September 19, 2013|
|Yahari Game demo Ore no Seishun Rabukome wa Machigatteiru.|
|Anime television series|
|My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO!|
|Directed by||Kei Oikawa|
|Written by||Shōtarō Suga|
|Original network||TBS, MBS, CBC, TUT, BS-TBS|
|Original run||April 3, 2015 – June 26, 2015|
|Yahari Game demo Ore no Seishun Rabukome wa Machigatteiru. Zoku|
|Original video animation|
|My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO!|
|Released||October 27, 2016|
My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected (Japanese: やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。 Hepburn: Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabukome wa Machigatteiru.), abbreviated as OreGairu (俺ガイル) and Hamachi (はまち), and also known as My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, is a Japanese light novel series written by Wataru Watari and illustrated by Ponkan8 about a socially awkward boy who is forced by his teacher to join the school's service club, working with two girls who have their own, personal issues to offer help and advice to others while dealing with their inner conflicts.
There are three ongoing manga adaptations and two anthology volumes. It has been adapted into an anime television series, which aired between April 4 and June 27, 2013 and was followed by a second season which aired between April 2 and June 25, 2015. A video game, titled Yahari Game demo Ore no Seishun Rabukome wa Machigatteiru. and published by 5pb., for the PlayStation Vita was released on September 19, 2013. A second video game also by 5pb was released on October 27, 2016.
The story follows two loners: the pragmatic Hachiman Hikigaya and beautiful Yukino Yukinoshita, who, despite their varying personalities and ideals, offer help and advice to others as part of their school's Service Club, assisted by the cheerful and friendly Yui Yuigahama. It largely depicts various social situations faced by teens in a high school setting and the psychology driving their interactions.
The main characters in the series are members of the school's service club, which is run by Yukino Yukinoshita.
- Hachiman Hikigaya (比企谷 八幡 Hikigaya Hachiman)
- Voiced by: Takuya Eguchi
- The viewpoint character of the light novels, Hachiman is a student in class 2F of Sōbu High School who has been discriminated in the past to the point that he becomes isolated, friendless, and pragmatic to a fault. His most prominent feature is his set of "dead fish-eyes". He believes that youth is an illusion created by hypocrites, for hypocrites, born from his past failures. His experience lead him to believe the happiness of others is a facade. He is affectionately called "Hikki" by Yui. Hayato's clique wrongly address him as "Hikitani."
- His teacher Shizuka worries about him becoming a social outcast and forces him to join the Service Club. Hachiman believes that he is insignificant and is willing to take the blame in order to keep everyone else happy.
- On the first day of high school, he winds up in a car accident from trying to save Yui's puppy and ends up in the hospital for three weeks. He thinks that Yui's feelings for him are due to guilt and thus, indirectly rejects Yui, thinking he would cause trouble for her. He also distances himself from Yukino after realizing that the car that rammed into him belongs to her. In both cases, they make amends with him once said misunderstandings are cleared.
- He ends up arguing with Sagami at the end of the first season, to let out his anger at the discrimination he is always being subject to. Despite this, he does not hold a grudge against society and ends up helping those who belittled him the most (Yumiko Miura and Kakeru Tobe) during the second season.
- Yukino Yukinoshita (雪ノ下 雪乃 Yukinoshita Yukino)
- Voiced by: Saori Hayami
- Yukino is a student in class 2J and the leader of the Service Club, but was the sole member until Hachiman joins. Born from a wealthy family, she is smart, beautiful, and nicknamed the "Ice-cold Beauty" for her icy demeanor. She lacks empathy and despises Hachiman at first, but eventually opens up to him. Due to her popularity with boys, she is envied by most girls and is disgusted by their attitude to undermine her instead of improving themselves, thus she has few friends. She has a twisted sense of noblesse oblige, and believes it is the duty of the exceptional (in other words, herself) to help the "lost lambs" of the world. Her personality often leads her to be disgusted at the naiveté of others, particularly Yui's, and she does not hesitate to show it. Despite this, Yui still affectionately refers to her as "Yukinon." She recognizes Hachiman from the car accident, but lies about it when Hachiman joins the Service Club. After the cultural festival, she still does not recognize Hachiman as a friend but an acquaintance, although she secretly seems to harbor feelings for him.
- Yui Yuigahama (由比ヶ浜 結衣 Yuigahama Yui)
- Voiced by: Nao Tōyama
- Yui is Hachiman's classmate. A cheerful, outgoing girl. she becomes the Service Club's first "customer," asking them to help her bake cookies for "a certain someone." Her problems lie not with her personality, but with her inability to express herself due to fear of losing friends, and thus admires Yukino and Hachiman, who are able to express their true feelings. She believes that talent is inborn, and often aspires to be like others until Yukino changes her way of thinking. Following her experience with the Service Club, Yui begins to attend Service Club sessions after school as well, despite Yukino's objections early on. In class, Yui is a member of Hayato's clique but has no say in matters as she is often overwhelmed by Yumiko. She has been holding feelings towards Hachiman ever since he saved her dog on the first day of high school.
- Saika Totsuka (戸塚 彩加 Totsuka Saika)
- Voiced by: Mikako Komatsu
- Saika is the president of the tennis club who has an androgynous appearance, but prefers others to not mistake his gender. He is called "The Prince" by his female classmates. On their first meeting, Saika asks help from Hachiman to join the tennis club, which was brushed off by Yukino. Saika then asked the Service Club to help him improve his tennis skills. He eventually became one of the few people in class 2F who would talk to Hachiman on a first name basis, and often hangs out with him. Despite knowing that Saika is a boy, Hachiman oftentimes finds himself unwillingly attracted to him.
- Hayato Hayama (葉山 隼人 Hayama Hayato)
- Voiced by: Takashi Kondō
- Hayato is Yukino's childhood friend who is a central figure in class 2F and the ace of the football club. He is extremely kind to other people, including Hachiman, and often offers his help to others. However, Hayama claims that he can never forge a good relationship with Hachiman since, despite understanding his acts of social suicide to protect everyone, he does not agree with him. He and Yukino have some strain to their relationship, stemming from an incident in the past, and thus far, his attempts to mend his relationship with Yukino have failed. Despite his popularity and success, he feels largely inferior to Hachiman.
- Yumiko Miura (三浦 優美子 Miura Yumiko)
- Voiced by: Marina Inoue
- Yumiko is a popular girl from class 2F with a pompous personality. She is the main female figure in Hayato's clique. Due to her popularity, she has no trouble making friends, and thus has little to no understanding towards people who have social troubles. She brushes off anything she doesn't understand as "making no sense".
- Hina Ebina (海老名 姫菜 Ebina Hina)
- Voiced by: Nozomi Sasaki
- Hina is a fujoshi from class 2F who is in Hayato's clique. She has a habit of preaching about her hobby whenever she is excited, and thus is generally avoided by her male classmates. Hina knows of Kakeru's feelings towards her during the school excursion, but does not want to engage in a relationship at the current time due to her lack of confidence, and thus requested help from Hachiman, who succeeded, to help maintain the status quo.
- Saki Kawasaki (川崎 沙希 Kawasaki Saki)
- Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu
- Saki is Hachiman's classmate who seems like a delinquent, but wants to make friends deep down. She cares deeply for her brother as she hid her name and age to work in night-shift part-time jobs in order to pay school fees and reduce her family's load. After her brother asked help from the Service Club, they eventually followed Saki to her workplace and found out her motives behind working night-shifts; she stopped working after the Service Club suggested her to aim for a scholarship instead.
- Although this isn't developed in the anime, she seems to harbour feelings for Hachiman, to the point where she can barely look him in the eye.
- Kakeru Tobe (戸部 翔 Tobe Kakeru)
- Voiced by: Chado Horii
- Tobe is a member of Hayato's clique who is in the football club. He has feelings for Hina and is the only guy in the class who supported Hina's script for the cultural festival. During the school excursion, he intends to confess to Hina, and therefore requested help from the Service Club. However, as Hachiman understands Hina's current stance to not be in a relationship, he thinks that what's broken can't be fixed and thus confessed to Hina ahead of Kakeru. Hina's rejection of Hachiman successfully stopped Kakeru from confessing to her, thus maintaining the status quo.
- Yamato (大和 Yamato)
- Voiced by: Yoshihisa Kawahara
- Yamato is a member of Hayato's clique who is in the rugby club.
- Ōka (大岡 Ōka)
- Voiced by: Minoru Shiraishi
- Ōka is a member of Hayato's clique who is in the baseball club.
- Minami Sagami (相模 南 Sagami Minami)
- Voiced by: Minako Kotobuki
- Minami is the leader of the second most influential clique in class 2F, and holds a grudge towards Yui, who she was friendly with in their first high school year, for being in the superior clique. She volunteered to be event organizer for the cultural festival in order to promote her worth without the actual ability to do such job, and thus requested help from the Service Club. As such, Yukino took up the role of assistant event organizer and claimed the spotlight in making the cultural festival a successful one, which in turn made Minami depressed about her own uselessness and refused to host the closing ceremony. However, as Hachiman's fierce scolding has successfully turned himself into the scapegoat and shifted the blame away from Minami, she attended the closing ceremony and ended the cultural festival on a high note.
- Shizuka Hiratsuka (平塚 静 Hiratsuka Shizuka)
- Voiced by: Ryōka Yuzuki
- Shizuka is Hachiman's teacher, a language teacher who serves as his futures advisor/counselor and the consultant for the service club. She is aware of Hachiman's supposed "problems", and takes steps to ensure he is freed from them, her first move being to force him into joining the Service Club. However, she appears to have some quirks of her own: she is a young smoker, she is very sensitive about her age and single status, and she is often prone to quoting or copying scenes from popular shōnen manga. Additionally, she never remembers to knock before entering the Service Club's classroom, much to Yukino's chagrin. After the cultural festival incident, she tells Hachiman that helping others should not be a reason for Hachiman to hurt himself, as there are others who would feel pain seeing Hachiman hurt.
- Komachi Hikigaya (比企谷 小町 Hikigaya Komachi)
- Voiced by: Aoi Yūki
- Komachi is Hachiman's younger sister who, different from her brother, is cheerful and lively, and is a member of the student council in her school. She understands her brother's anti-social personality, cares for, and relies on him. While attached to her brother, she shows cleverness in trying to pair up Hachiman with Yukino or Yui.
- Yoshiteru Zaimokuza (材木座 義輝 Zaimokuza Yoshiteru)
- Voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama
- Yoshiteru is a student from class 2C who suffers from adolescent delusions. He sees Hachiman as a friend after being paired up with him during physical education lessons. While he is annoying, he has a group of otaku friends he's on good terms with. He aims to be a light novel writer.
- Haruno Yukinoshita (雪ノ下 陽乃 Yukinoshita Haruno)
- Voiced by: Mai Nakahara
- Haruno is Yukino's elder sister. Unlike Yukino, she shows a good attitude towards other people at first but eventually shows a sinister personality. Hayato even claims she destroys those she hates. Despite being a college student she spends a good deal of time spying on her sister's life. Yukino holds strong animosity towards her and Haruno can only say her sister constantly tries to overtake her as cute. Nonetheless, Haruno eventually shows her own grudges against Yukino and makes Yukino and Hachiman feel bad in the 2nd season.
- She is a former student of Sōbu High School. She acknowledges Hachiman's perceptiveness and often playfully teases him.
- Her being beautiful, rich, and charismatic makes people (including the series' audience) only see her good side, defer to her and ignore big problems she causes to others. For instance, in the 1st season, Haruno appears suddenly to abruptly intervene with the Cultural Festival where her role becomes to encourage the President to take it easy, resulting in delayed tasks. Hachiman takes part in picking up the slack and assumes his usual blame-taking role by complaining for the sake of others, complaints that only get him criticized, leading him to a dramatic confrontation with the Festival President.
- Taishi Kawasaki (川崎 大志 Kawasaki Taishi)
- Voiced by: Ayumu Murase
- Taishi is Saki's little brother and Komachi's classmate. He is on good terms with Komachi and is worried about Saki coming home late every night.
- Rumi Tsurumi (鶴見 留美 Tsurumi Rumi)
- Voiced by: Sumire Morohoshi
- Rumi is a lonely primary school student who is openly despised by her peers. Hayato at first tried to resolve the situation through talking to her in front of her classmates, which instead attracted more hateful attention to her. After much discussion, Hachiman and company decided that the only way out is to destroy the trust between her peers, through having Hayato and Kakeru acting as bullies threatening Rumi's group-mates during treasure hunt and exposing their selfish nature to each other, thus preventing further organized acts of teasing on Rumi. However, in exchange, she would hardly have any friends after this.
- Meguri Shiromeguri (城廻 めぐり Shiromeguri Meguri)
- Voiced by: Azumi Asakura
- Meguri is a third-year student and the former president of Sōbu High School's student council. Although she is not a reliable leader herself, her personality has brought her immense support from the councilors and thus she is able to unite the student council.
- Iroha Isshiki (一色 いろは Isshiki Iroha)
- Voiced by: Ayane Sakura
- Iroha is a first-year student who manages the football team, is cheerful and pretty. As she was recommended as a candidate for the student council president in a prank, out of her dislike of the role, she filed a request to the Service Club in order to not get elected and yet not lose in an embarrassing fashion. She eventually accepts her role of being the student council president after Hachiman managed to convince her. Like most people she looks down on Hachiman. She – arrogantly and politely – frequently rejects him as she thinks he's about to confess to her. However, she can never do her job as student council president and continually seeks his help and develops some interest in him.
- Kaori Orimoto (折本 かおり Orimoto Kaori)
- Voiced by: Haruka Tomatsu
- Kaori is Hachiman's classmate in middle school, whom he confessed to in the past. She is interested in getting to know Hayato. She attends Kaihin General High School.
- Chika Nakamachi (仲町 千佳 Nakamachi Chika)
- Voiced by: Saki Fujita
- Chika is Kaori's friend and schoolmate at Kaihin General.
- Tamanawa (玉縄)
- Voiced by: Satoshi Hino
- Tamanawa is Kaihin High School's student council president.
- Mrs. Yukinoshita
- Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue
- She is Haruno and Yukino's mother. She worries for Yukino's whereabouts living alone and has Haruno spy on her who seemingly manipulates Hachiman to get info. She is disappointed when she found Yukino arriving late at night at her apartment by the end of 2nd season. This situation leaves the series in suspense as she is looking forwards to forcing Yukino to change her life for the worse, like living with her sister.
- Mrs. Yuigahama
- Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara
- She is Yui's mother and has a close mother-daughter relationship with Yui, one which Yukino is envious of.
The light novel series is written by Wataru Watari and illustrated by Ponkan8. It is being published by Shogakukan under the Gagaga Bunko imprint. The first volume was published on March 18, 2011, and as of September 20, 2017, 12 volumes have been released.
Volumes 3, 4, 7, and 8 were published simultaneously with limited special editions. The special editions of the 3rd and 7th volumes were bundled with drama CDs and those of the 4th and 8th volumes – with art books by Ponkan8 and guest illustrators. A set of the first 7 volumes was released on March 19, 2013. A collection of short stories, volume 7.5, was published on August 20, 2013. Three additional short volumes, 6.25, 6.50 and 6.75 were bundled with the limited editions of the 1st, 3rd and 5th DVD and BD volumes respectively of the anime series, and were released as single volume, numbered 6.5, on July 22, 2014. A limited special edition of it was bundled with a drama CD. Another short story collection volume, labeled 10.5, was released on March 18, 2015.
|No.||Japanese release date||Japanese ISBN||English release date||English ISBN|
|1||March 18, 2011||ISBN 978-4-09-451262-5||September 27, 2016||ISBN 978-0-31-631229-5|
|2||July 20, 2011||ISBN 978-4-09-451286-1||May 23, 2017||ISBN 978-0-31-639601-1|
|3||November 18, 2011||ISBN 978-4-09-451304-2 (regular edition)
ISBN 978-4-09-451307-3 (limited edition)
|September 19, 2017||ISBN 978-0-31-631806-8|
|4||March 16, 2012||ISBN 978-4-09-451332-5 (regular edition)
ISBN 978-4-09-451333-2 (limited edition)
|January 30, 2018||ISBN 978-0-31-631807-5|
|5||July 18, 2012||ISBN 978-4-09-451356-1||May 22, 2018||ISBN 978-0-31-631808-2|
|6||November 20, 2012||ISBN 978-4-09-451380-6||—||—|
|6.5||July 22, 2014||ISBN 978-4-09-451501-5 (regular edition)
ISBN 978-4-09-451502-2 (limited edition)
|7||March 19, 2013||ISBN 978-4-09-451402-5 (regular edition)
ISBN 978-4-09-451403-2 (limited edition)
|7.5||August 20, 2013||ISBN 978-4-09-451434-6||—||—|
|8||November 19, 2013||ISBN 978-4-09-451451-3 (regular edition)
ISBN 978-4-09-451453-7 (limited edition)
|9||April 18, 2014||ISBN 978-4-09-451482-7||—||—|
|10||November 18, 2014||ISBN 978-4-09-451523-7||—||—|
|10.5||March 18, 2015||ISBN 978-4-09-451542-8||—||—|
|11||June 24, 2015||ISBN 978-4-09-451558-9||—||—|
|12||September 20, 2017||ISBN 978-4-09-451674-6||—||—|
A drama CD, titled Tatoeba Konna Birthday Song (たとえばこんなバースデーソング, subtitled with "Birthday Song for you"), was released with a special edition of the 3rd light novel on November 18, 2011. The drama CD contains a character song, sung by Saori Hayami and Nao Tōyama, titled "Bright Generation" and composed by Yukari Hashimoto. A second drama CD, titled Hikigaya Komachi no Keiryaku (比企谷小町の計略, subtitled with "His sister's tactics"), was sold together with the first one at Marvelous AQL's booth at Comiket 83, held on December 29, 30, and 31, 2012. A third drama CD, titled Kanojotachi no, We Will Rock You (彼女たちの、うぃー・うぃる・ろっく・ゆー♡, subtitled with "We will... We will rock "you"!!"), was bundled with the special edition of the 7th volume, published on March 19, 2013. The drama CD contains a character song by Saori Hayami and Nao Tōyama, titled "Rock You!!" and composed and arranged by Yūya Saitō. A fourth drama CD, titled Sono Christmas Candle no Akari ga Yureru Toki... (そのクリスマスキャンドルの灯が揺れる時……。), was released with the special edition of volume 6.5 on July 22, 2014. The fourth drama CD contains a character song by Saori Hayami and Nao Tōyama, titled "Kimi to Merry Christmas" (君とMerry Christmas).
The first manga adaptation is illustrated by Rechi Kazuki and published by Square Enix under the title Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabu Kome wa Machigatteiru. -Monologue- (やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。－妄言録－). Its serialization began in the magazine Big Gangan on September 25, 2012. As of September 7, 2016, there have been nine tankōbon published. A second series, illustrated by Naomichi Io and titled Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabu Kome wa Machigatteiru. @comic (やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。＠comic) began serialization in Shogakukan's Monthly Sunday Gene-X magazine. The first chapter was published in the magazine's January 2013 edition, released on December 19, 2012. It has been collected into four tankōbon volumes, published, between May 17, 2013 and November 19, 2014 A 4-panel manga series by Yūta Taneda is published by Ichijinsha under the title Yahari 4-koma demo Ore no Seishun Rabu Kome wa machigatteiru. (やはり4コマでも俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。). A preview chapter was published in the May 2013 issue of the Manga 4-koma Palette magazine, released on March 22, 2013, and the first chapter – in the June 2013 issue, on April 22, 2013. A tankōbon volume of it was released on June 21, 2014. An anthology volume by several authors was published by Ichijinsha under their DNA Media Comics imprint on May 25, 2013, and a second one, on July 25, 2013.
A 13-episode anime television series, directed by Ai Yoshimura and produced by Brain's Base, aired between April 5 and June 21, 2013, with an additional anime-original episode with writing by Wataru Watari following the series on June 27, 2013. The series was simulcast with English subtitles by Crunchyroll. An OVA episode on Blu-ray Disc was bundled with the limited edition of the video game, released on September 19, 2013. The opening theme is "Yukitoki" (ユキトキ) by Nagi Yanagi and the ending is "Hello Alone" by Saori Hayami and Nao Tōyama. The anime has been licensed by Sentai Filmworks in North America and Madman Entertainment in Australia and New Zealand.
A second season was announced by Shogakukan in 2014. The season, titled "Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Zoku", is produced by Studio Feel and directed by Kei Oikawa, with character designs by Yuichi Tanaka and series composition by Shōtarō Suga. It aired between April 3 and June 26, 2015. The main opening theme is "Harumodoki" (春擬き) by Yanagi. The season's main ending theme is "Everyday World." (エブリデイワールド) by Yukino Yukinoshita (Hayami) and Yui Yuigahama (Tōyama). The second season has been licensed by Sentai Filmworks. An OVA episode, titled Undoubtedly, Girls Are Made of Sugar, Spice, and Something Nice (きっと、女の子はお砂糖とスパイスと素敵な何かでできている Kitto, Onna no Ko wa Osatō to Spice to Suteki na Nanika de Dekiteiru), is bundled with the limited edition of the second video game, which was released on October 27, 2016.
A video game for PlayStation Vita, titled Yahari Game demo Ore no Seishun Rabu Kome wa Machigatteiru. (やはりゲームでも俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。 lit. "My Youth Romantic Comedy even in Game is Wrong As I Expected.") was published by 5pb. and released on September 19, 2013. Takuya Eguchi, Saori Hayami, and Nao Tōyama reprised their roles from the anime. The limited edition was bundled with an OVA episode. 5pb. developed a second video game for the series for the PlayStation Vita that adapted the second season of the anime television series. It was released on October 27, 2016. Like the first game, the limited edition was bundled with an OVA episode. The release date of the second game was postponed from July 28, 2016 to October 27, 2016 on June 14, 2016.
My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected was chosen as the best light novel of Japan according to the online polls compiled by the Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! annual guide book in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Hachiman Hikigaya was elected the best male character in 2014, 2015 and 2016, Yukino Yukinoshita was elected the best female character in 2015 and Ponkan8, the series' artist, was chosen as the best illustrator in 2015 and 2016.
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