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My Teen Romantic Comedy Snafu Too Episode 4 Review: Student Politics And Hachiman

My Teen Romantic Comedy Snafu was something that had been sitting in my queue over at Crunchyroll for well over a year before I finally checked the series out. At the time I didn’t know what to expect, but I really did enjoy the series overall. I was happy when I heard that there would be a second season, known as My Teen Romantic Comedy Snafu Too. Yes, that is not a typo. It actually uses too instead of two. Why they do that is beyond me though.

For those who may not have watched the first season, here is a quick summary. My Teen Romantic Comedy Snafu is about a teenage boy named Hachiman Hikigaya. Hachiman can, at best, be described as a quiet loner with small, dead eyes. He isolates himself from others and tends to have fairly negative and cynical views about his peers. Due to an essay he wrote at the beginning of the first season, he is forced to join a student group known as the Service Club. There he meets Yui and Yukino, the only other two members of the club. Together, this unlikely trio helps other people with problems they are having.

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The first thing I have noticed over these past few episodes is that the art style has changed. The characters look similar, but there is something different about it when compared to the first season. This is especially noticeable during flashbacks to the first season. This is very similar to how the art style changed between the first and second seasons of Log Horizon. At times I find the new style more distracting, as when I watch this series I am expecting to see it look more like the first season.

So far in the second season’s storyline, Hachiman, Yui, and Yukino continue to help other people with their problems as usual. Unfortunately, recent events over the past couple of episodes have put some serious strain on the relations between the three. Especially Hachiman and Yukino. Of course, they were not exactly friends to start with and have just barely been on stable ground as it is. However, it seems that Yukino has finally had enough with Hachiman and his tendency to solve problems in morally questionable ways. They may be the right thing to do to get the best results, but in the end it always makes Hachiman look like the bad guy.

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Hachiman’s questionable methods aside, the main focus of this particular story arc is the upcoming student council election that the Service Club finds themselves working on. Iroha, a fellow student has been nominated, but she does not want to win. Trouble is, she is the only one running at the moment and may not have much choice. I wasn’t sure how the Service Club was going to handle this request, and I think their Hachiman-free solution is going to cause a great deal more harm than good. Yukino intends to run for and win the student council election, but Yui is concerned that will bring about the end of the Service Club since Yukino is basically the leader of that club. So Yui now wants to run in an attempt to stop Yukino and save the club.

Overall, I really liked this episode. There were a lot of great moments in this episode, including the part where Hayato stood up for Hachiman even though their strained relationship is not going to get any better. My Teen Romantic Comedy Snafu has a way of being both dramatic and funny without feeling forced, and that continues into the second season. Not only that, but the comedy has been much better than the earlier parts of the first season. Going forward in the story, I do not envy the position that Hachiman will soon find himself in. If Yui really plans to run for student council, that will likely cause some amount of tension between her and Yukino. If that happens, Hachiman is going to be caught in the middle of all that drama whether he wants to be involved with it or not. Either way, it seems like a lot of drama is about to find its way to Hachiman’s doorstep.

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