There are two stories occurring in parallel here and there has been for the last couple of episodes. One is the continuing story of Hachiman and how he is maturing, and the second is the budding romance between Hachiman and Yukino. The first story progressed nicely this week, and the second awkwardly progressed as well. Things still seemed rushed, and whether we get original stories or a preview of Volume 11 in these last two episodes. They better be worth the hack job we’ve been getting the last couple of weeks.
Yukino is being sucked into Hachiman’s orbit. Declaring that she doesn’t care what others think of her if the people close to her understand (while staring at Hachiman). There was also the scene where they stared into each other’s eyes long enough for things to get awkward. For someone so emotionally guarded, falling for someone must be terrifying.
Hachiman for his part is also obviously sinking fast. His internal dialogue during the infirmary stare down would have been a nice way to make that scene a little less awkward, but maybe that’s how they wanted it.
Yui was largely on the sidelines again in this one. The cover of Volume 11 shows her with a very melancholy look on her face.
There are no evil characters in this show, which is a nice change. Miura is a little stuck up, but thought was given to showing to her motivations and weaknesses. (Unfortunately, her motherly scenes were among those that ended up getting cut) The antagonist in this show is inside of the characters themselves. Well, Haruno might be evil, but I suspect she is doing the things she does because she loves her sister.
Hayama is good guy because he wants to be, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a burden. He does envy Hachiman’s ability to work outside of that good guy bubble and still be a good person. This is only because working for the sake of others is a new thing for Hachiman. As the people around him come to depend on him more and more, he will be trapped inside his own bubble, just like Hayama. In the end though, Hayama will put up with the burden of being a good guy, because that’s the price of being who he wants to be.
Iroha, what are you playing at. Flirting with our protag in front of Yukino is playing with fire. If you are just goofing around it’s not worth the danger.