My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU(やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。,Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabu Kome wa Machigatteiru.?, lit. "My youth romantic comedy is wrong as I expected."), also known in the short forms Hamachi(はまち?), OreGairu(俺ガイル?), is a Japanese light novel series written by Wataru Watari and illustrated by Ponkan8. There are four 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. A video game, titled Yahari Game demo Ore no Seishun Rabu Kome wa Machigatteiru. and published by 5pb., for the PlayStation Vita was released on September 19, 2013. A second anime season has been green-lit.
The story follows 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. It largely depicts various social situations faced by teens in a high school setting and the psychology driving their interactions.
Hachiman is the story's main protagonist. Hachiman is a student in class 2F of Sōbu High School who is isolated, friendless and pragmatic to a fault. His most prominent feature is his set of "dead fish-eyes". He firmly believes that "youth" is simply an illusion created by hypocrites, for hypocrites, born from the ashes of past failures. In this state of apparent corruption, he is coerced into joining the service club by his futures advisor in the hopes that exposing him to the world will change his personality, and ultimately make him a "better person". He is ranked third in school for language subjects, but is incredibly bad at science. Hachiman believes that he is insignificant and thus is willing to take on blames in order to keep everyone else happy. He is called "Hikki" affectionately by Yui.
On the first day of high school, he was involved in a car accident while trying to save Yui's dog, which resulted in a 3 week hospital stay. He thinks that Yui's feelings for him are due to guilt, and thus indirectly rejected Yui, thinking that he would cause trouble for her. He also distanced himself from Yukino after realizing that the car which rammed into him belonged to Yukino. In both cases, they make amends with him once said misunderstandings are cleared.
Yukino is a student in class 2J and the leader of the service club, of which she is the sole member until Hachiman joins. She is from a wealthy family, smart, beautiful, and is nicknamed the "Ice-cold Beauty" for her icy demeanor. 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 that 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 naivete of others, particularly Yui's, and she does not hesitate to show it. Despite this, Yui still affectionately calls her "Yukinon". She recognizes Hachiman from the car accident, but lied about it when Hachiman joined the service club. After the cultural festival, while she still does not recognize Hachiman as a friend, she recognizes him as an acquaintance.
Yui is Hachiman's classmate. She is a cheerful, outgoing girl who 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 in losing friends, and thus admired Yukino and Hachiman who are able to express their true feelings. She believes that talent is inborn, and often aspired to be like others until Yukino changed 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 their first day of high school.
Saika is a member of the tennis club who has a feminine 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 Hachiman.
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 as 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 in which Yukino was being ostracized or bullied, and Hayato failed to protect her. So far his attempts to mend his relationship with Yukino failed.
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 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 to help maintain the status quo, which Hachiman succeeded in.
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, the service club eventually followed her 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.
Kakeru is a member of Hayato's clique. He is in the football club. He has feelings for Hina and is the only guy in 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, Hachiman thinks that what's broken can't be mend and thus confessed to Hina ahead of Kakeru. Hina's rejection to Hachiman successfully stopped Kakeru from confessing to Hina and thus maintained the status quo.
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 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. She also 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 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 that her brother has a corrupted personality but still cares for and relies on him regardless. While attached to her brother, she shows cleverness in trying to pair up Hachiman with Yukino or Yui.
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 is Yukino's elder sister who is even more outstanding than Yukino. However, unlike Yukino, she shows a good attitude towards other people, even if she has to lie about her true feelings most of the time. While Yukino holds strong animosity towards her, Haruno sees her sister who's constantly trying to overtake her as cute. She is a former student of Sōbu High School.
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 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 is a first year student who manages the football team. 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.
Atsugi is a physical education teacher in Sōbu High School. He is strict and feared by his students, especially those from sport clubs.
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 the latest, ninth - on April 18, 2014. 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 an 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.
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.
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 December 25, 2013, there have been three 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. There have been two tankōbon published, on May 17 and November 19, 2013. 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 will be released on April 22, 2014.[dated info] 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 12-episode anime television series, directed by Ai Yoshimura and produced by Brain's Base aired between April 4 and June 20, 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. A second season has been green-lit.
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 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 be bundled with an OVA episode.