Despite having a competition with Yukino, why the fuck is this series emphasizing on Hachiman’s solutions? Not that I dislike the idea but rather, is there no other alternative to it?
Don’t get me wrong. As cruel as it may be, I agree with Hikigaya’s idea. The loner within me confirms the efficiency of his solution. But considering that Yukino is supposed to be a foil to Hikigaya’s personality (and Yui too), I have to admit that I was disappointed in that they weren’t able to present their ideas clearly on the table.
Maybe because this issue fell directly into Hikigaya’s expertise that he was able to hog the glory for this episode but the fact that Yukino and Yui wasn’t able to do something about a loner means they are, at this point, incapable of confronting Hachiman and “curing” him of a similar mindset.
It’s not like I dislike the fanservice (or manservice) of this episode but for some reason, this felt like a major arc that bore the closest reflection to Hikigaya’s background. Of how he came to be. And the fact that the girls were unable to provide a solution for Hikigaya’s kind is no different from letting that person become a loner all their life.
There is nothing wrong with being a loner but it is hard to find the strength to continue to be one. Loners have nothing to support them and are constantly under emotional, mental, and sometimes, physical pressure to retain their sanity, their sense of identity. This brings out their sense of self-awareness and pushes them to suck it up and fight against the world.
A loner’s strength is something other people may admire but the price to be paid for forging such steel is no easy feat. As with how most individuals’ (initial) impressions on Hachiman throughout the series, being a loner is a disgusting process that lacks honor and dignity.
The issue aside, it seems that after Yui, Hachiman ought to confront Yukino for the events that tie them waaaaay back though I wonder what happens after these chain of events. Will Hachiman reset his relationship again or will a new development happen?