Little Worm

Now this is one nice prelude before a boss fight.

TONS OF DAMAGE!!

Now this is one good rapeface

GG BITCH!!

And nothing beats sweet ‘ol revenge! Seriously, this is one of the best bitch takedowns I have ever seen and as we all know, Sagami deserved EVERY. BIT. OF. AGONY. that Hachiman forced to feed her. Seeing the little bitch squirm and rely on the aid of others against Hachiman’s assault was quite satisfying.

Well, I heard it to be different in the novels/manga since it involved Hina/Kakeru but whatever. This resolution did the job and still made Hachiman notorious throughout the campus. If there’s ever a second season, I bet everything’s gonna be an uphill fight for him. Not that he’s not used to handicaps and disadvantages but I’m getting interested in how he plans on facing the tomorrow with the title of being most hated hanging on top of his head.

If Hachiman held the title of most hated then this episode just cemented Hayato being the most loved. Like every shounen hero who aspires for naive goals and idealistic settings, Hayato’s act of kindness serves as a symbolic foil to Hachiman’s perspective, much as Hachiman is a foil to him.

The thing is, this series have yet shown an ideal persist over Hachiman’s major arguments. Sure, every idealistic setup shown in this series was able to come side by side with Hachiman’s perspective but I don’t recall one being able to provide a concrete solution to a conflict.

Looking back, the tennis match that Hayato “lost”, the novel review, the “buying time to find bitch chairman”, those events proved how ideals offer the most convenient solution. But when it comes to reforming individuals how come no ideal stood its ground?

It’s not really a complaint or anything against this series but from the way I see it, it’s always a one-sided battle. Hachiman’s words pierce the hearts while Hayato bask in the shallow glory of being a good guy. What does that make Hayato? What does his ideals symbolize other than being just a face?

Well, one episode left before this series ends. That or could this be the last episode and the other one a filler? No matter, I’d still wish for a second season!

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. x
    Jun 22, 2013 @ 04:00:24

    It seems all one sided because we are seeing things from Hachiman’s cynical point of view. With such cynicism, any other approach would feel “false”. As for reforming individuals, I’m not even sure if Hachiman’s methods are as effective as portrayed (or maybe I’m just too pessimistic :p).

    This seems more like the last episode, while the next one might be filler or epilogue material. Yeah, I’d wish for a second season as well. So far, this anime and Maou-sama are the first two this season that come to mind when I think about wanting a sequel :p. Maou-sama seem popular enough to get one, but I’m not so sure about this one. On the other hand, Date A Live already have a second season announced OTL (I guess the pre-orders for the BDs must have been fantastic or something).

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  2. Wilco
    Jun 23, 2013 @ 03:57:54

    While watching this I couldn’t help but cheer for Hikki. I still remember chewing out someone once quite like Hikki did.
    But Hikki seems like the stereotypical anti-hero in a regular world (as in love song of J Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot). He is also easy to hate but always has a point.
    But I do think they could have made an arc where his prediction (or thought process) failed.
    But anyways I hope to see a sequel to this series. This has unfortunately been one of the few decent or better series this year for me.

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  3. baka~
    Jun 23, 2013 @ 20:05:29

    @X

    haven’t actually watched Date A Live but don’t all fanservicey anime sell well? As for Hachiman’s methods, I guess they’re not as effective as one would think. After all, how can a solution that provides sacrifices be effective? They are, however, efficient enough to get the job done.

    @Wilco

    I think deep down, I too have been looking for such arc where Hachiman loses in his argument. Believing in fairy tales or happy endings may prove futile and naive but I guess most of us would be happy to see how such a solution realistically comes to fruition.

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  4. x
    Jun 26, 2013 @ 00:51:18

    There are many fanservicey anime that don’t. Not that I care much for them :p.

    As for solutions that provides sacrifices being effective, well, that’s often a matter of perspective. However, in the case of Hachman’s methods, it feels more like he tries to keep the status quo for everyone else by sacrificing himself (which I think wouldn’t work as long as there’s someone who actually cares about his well being ^^; ).

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