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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Too Episode 5 Review: Leave it to Hachiman
Things are not going so well for the Service Club at the start of the fifth episode of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Too. In their attempts to find a solution to Isshiki’s problem, the club soon finds themselves faced with a problem that may put an end to them. Two of the members are down for the count as Yui and Yukino face off against one another. Hachiman is the last man standing, and it’s up to him to find a solution that solves their problem and saves the club.
It was clear at the end of the previous episode that Hachiman would have to pick up the pieces and find a new solution for dealing with the request the club received from Isshiki. In a rare moment for Hachiman, he does the unexpected and asks for help. Of course a lot of the people that come to help are people brought by his sister, but I never once expected Hachiman to do something so involved. Perhaps his teacher had a point in the previous episode. Even though he won’t admit it, it feels like Hachiman really wants to help people in his own way.
This episode also may be considered a serious character developing moment for Hachiman. He admits to himself that he actually doesn’t want the Service Club to fall apart, and seems to be warming up to Yui and Yukino. It may be a baby step at best, but it seems like his time in the club may be changing Hachiman along with some of his perspectives that he once held at the start of the series. Character development aside, what really surprised me was the plan that Hachiman came up with. He doesn’t really seem like the type of person to use social media as a solution to a problem, yet that is basically what happened. Even his confrontation with Isshiki and convincing her to run anyway felt more like something Shiroe from Log Horizon would do. But the way Hachiman pulled it off makes me wonder if the two characters are somehow related.
I’ve noticed this a lot recently over the past couple of episodes, but there is some sort of weird blurred dream like visual that is using with any lighting source. I’m not sure what the artists are going for with that effect, but it can be rather distracting at times. It makes a lot of scenes look like they are some sort of flashback, but that wouldn’t make much sense given that My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Too is the type of anime that prefers to stay in the present rather than shifting back or forth in time.
Perhaps it had something to do with the pacing, or the length of certain scenes, but this episode felt really short. Even though it was a full episode, it was seemingly over and done in the blink of an eye. At the end, it felt like the solution to this current story arc’s problem got resolved a little too quickly. Of course, even though the issue has been resolved, I have a feeling it will take some time for things to go back to normal for Hachiman, Yui, and Yukino. Of course, with how this series work I have a feeling that inevitably the club will receive another request for help. The only question remains is how the request and the solution will affect the Service Club, as it feels like they may not be quite out of the woods just yet.