Oregairu And The Complexity Of Basic Characters (2023)


On the surface Oregairu can be seen as just another romcom from the early 2010s that isn't very unique. People often point out Oregairu's side characters in an attempt to show just how basic it is but I disagree with that and this video is my explination as to why they're wrong. This is also just an excuse for me to finally make a video on Oregairu :)

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I like oregaru, and because of that, it makes me sad to see people trying to say, oregaru is bad because its side characters are generic without delving deeper into the meaning behind these generic characters.

I won't say that the side characters, vodagairu aren't generic.

But what I will say is that this is done purposefully.

And this action makes the show all the more enjoyable people often forget, the main purpose of odegaru it's meant to show the development and growth of a socially distraught character.

It is meant to show hikigaya hachiman's growth.

Over the course of his last few years of high school and show how even someone who's, seemingly incapable of social interaction can work their way out of that position through the point of view of hachiman, although the anime does this somewhat differently, because it often shows us things from a third person perspective.

The light novel is set entirely through hachiman's perspective.

We get to know what he's thinking all of the time and how he feels about his situations.

Thus we also get to see all the characters around him through his own thoughts of them, which the anime carries over, despite the difference in their perspectives, it would make sense for someone like hachiman who sees everyone socially capable as fake to perceive those around him as generic cliches and see himself someone who goes against the flow of the social norm or well, someone who can't go with the flow as unique and different compared to them.

These characters are purposefully written as generic because they're seen from the point of view of hachiman and their designs are only there to amplify this perception.

Yukino is meant to be the generic cold tsundere with long.

Black hair yui is meant to be the annoying yet lovable people person.

And lastly, miura is supposed to be the girl you see in every show with all the makeup and hair and other beauty related things.

These characters are all perceived this way by hachiman and their character designs, strengthen this perception.

So it makes sense that the viewer would also think of them as just another set of generic side characters with no depth.

This point is flipped on its head, though when the characters start to be developed more and more as hachiman gets to know them, because it shows that although they have generic aspects that isn't their entire character.

This is primarily displayed in the two heroines of the show yu yuigahama and yukino yukinoshita, the two characters that hachiman interacts with the most.

But the characters that I mentioned earlier are also developed through their interactions with hachiman.

The viewer begins to perceive these characters differently because hachiman has begun the thinking of them differently.

The only reason that these characters are still considered generic is because they're not important to the story and thus hachiman doesn't interact with them enough for not only his, but also the audience's views to change regarding them yet characters like yukino and yui are seen as less generic by the end because they did get their time to interact with hachimon and have his views of them change the more that he knew about them and their lives like I said earlier, this applies to even those that he's only really interacted with a few times.

These few interactions with these side characters are what it took for his generic image of them to change at the beginning of the series miro was seen as a geyaru.

She was the complete opposite of hachiman having been the center of attention within her group of friends popular and someone who embraced being able to read the room, these things resulted in hachiman, having a strong disliking for her and seeing her as just another basic background character that was sort of related to one of the people he's close to most of the audience shared this kind of thought with him.

But that changed for some people, including hachiman himself later in the series when he ran into mira at a gas station during this interaction, mira's personality, didn't necessarily change, but hachiman was shown a different side of it a side that wasn't cold towards everyone.

But one that cared for her friends and didn't want to see them hurt while still wanting to let them find their own happiness in any way that they see fit this kind of thought process, isn't an uncommon, one in real life.

But it came as a surprise to hachimon in the audience because up until this point, we'd all thought of mira as just another one-sided background character, although it sounds narcissistic for hachiman to think about her this way from his perspective, she really is just some random person that he doesn't want to interact with.

So his perception of her is only that of a surface level.

One we the audience are compelled to view mira in the same way because we're experiencing the story through hachiman's perspective.

So his thoughts on her character strongly influence their portrayal in the story that's, why it started feeling like mira was more human.

And nicer after this interaction, though, this is more greatly shown in yuki, no nui, the two heroines of the story, because they get more screen time and development than any of the other characters yukino was the one whose character was more greatly developed over the course of the story.

But yui also had her fair share of development.

Similarly, to mira, both yukino and nui could be seen as generic side characters at the beginning of the story.

Yukino was the cold yet cool, black-haired.

Beauty and yui was the popular girl that would be seen accompanying someone like meera, which she does these two characters each developed in their own ways, but they both involved their interactions with hachiman or their interactions that hachiman witnessed.

Firstly, yui who hachiman saw as someone who could read the room and chose to go with the flow always complying with those around her turned out to be someone who cared about others and attempted to help everyone, although hachiman doesn't know how to do something like reading the room, nor does he ever want to learn to do something like that.

He doesn't discredit yui for the effort that she puts in to be able to achieve such a feat despite yui still being someone that follows the group.

Her character is developed through hachiman's view as one that cares for others, rather than one that complies with others.

This development came about, because of the amount of time that hachiman has witnessed yui and dealt with her wanting to help.

Everyone hachimon likes yui in her character, regardless of how different their worlds may be and regardless of how bad his first impressions of her were yukino on the other hand, more closely resembles hachiman in the sense that they both don't associate with societal norms.

But their differences are made apparent through their initial interactions and threw hachiman's thoughts on her at first hachiman has isolated himself from society and those around him, because he was pushed to that point.

He was bullied and cast out of anything social throughout his life.

So he ended up embracing that in an attempt to stop the hurting and make it seem as though he's chosen this path yukino being in a similar position as hachiman currently was and still is revered by those around her rather than isolated.

Instead she's chosen to isolate herself, because she sees no reason to associate with people because those people will only bring her down understanding this hachiman didn't like yukino for looking down on him.

And everyone else when he believes that she in actuality also simply couldn't make friends by conforming to societal standards like himself in the eyes of hachiman yukino went from the cold ice queen to someone who is misunderstood by those around her through her actions, yukino despite disliking those around her always kept her word, or at least put all of her effort into doing what she said she would being in the service club with her resulted in hachiman understanding her more and thinking more highly of her.

When all of these characters were first introduced, they seemed like the same characters.

You would find in a bad romance show in the early 2000s, rather than ones you'd find in a critically acclaimed show that's been loved since the early 2010s.

But as the story progresses, it seemed that all of these characters do actually have depth, although they still more or less conform to their generic role in the show they have their own personalities that the main character hachimon comes to understand about them.

The characters in oregaru may be seen as generic, even after having watched the entire show, but these generic characters were made to be this way intentionally while still having enough development to be considered unique.

But the story being said, through hachiman's perspective is only one of the reasons as to why the characters are made out to be generic other than being said through his perspective.

The story is about hachiman.

He is the main character and the other characters are only there to aid in his development, other than them being generic because they're being viewed through hachiman's perspective, they're generic to add emphasis to hachiman's unique character as well as the end goal of his development.

He is different from them.

But as the story develops, he slowly becomes more and more open to people developing his own group of friends that he relies on and who rely on him as the story progresses.

These characters, not only break out of their generically set stereotypes from the beginning.

But they also contribute to the development of hachiman, although hachiman is still fairly cynical and apathetic until the very end of the series.

There are moments where he starts acting like one of the people that he spites moments where he gives into society, wanting to be happy with other people.

These moments are meant to be the end point.

And the characters around hachiman are meant to represent this end goal, rather than be similar to him hachiman is meant to grow to be a normal person who enjoys the cliches of high school like those around him.

And the characters being generic are just one way to allow him to do that by the end of the series.

There are a lot of subtle things that oregaru uses to show hachiman developing one of the simplest yet most unique ways is his posture and appearance as the story progresses and hachiman develops more his posture and appearance also start to get better.

These small changes make it.

So that hachiman develops slowly in a way that isn't too noticeable until season 3, where it all comes together in season, 3 of oregaru, hachiman isn't seen to suddenly change into someone who cares about his social appearance, but it's more so highlighted now than ever when he's reminded of his previous remarks on society in high school, he cringes, because even he realizes that he's changed for the better.

The characters around him were there to influence him.

Because like I said earlier, they represented the type of high school life that he wanted to have he's still cynical.

But his ideologies aren't as radical as they previously were allowing him to enjoy the remainder of his high school.

Life oregaru has flaws as all media does.

But there are things being considered bad parts of the series when in actuality, they serve to better the experience of the viewer.

And I think more people should know about that instead and enjoy the show for everything it offers if you enjoyed the video, then please like and subscribe.

Thank you for watching you.


Why did Yukino reject Hachiman? ›

After the completion of Tobe's request, Yukino expressed her hatred for Hachiman's methods. She was angered by Hachiman's plan for Iroha's request. She became hostile towards Hachiman until he went to the Service Club to apologize and request help with finding something "genuine".

Who does Yui Yuigahama end up with? ›

As a result, Yui and Hachiman rebuild their relationship with no secrets while it's clear that Yui's feelings for him have further developed.

Who does Hayato Hayama like? ›

Hayato is known to have a good relationship with the Yukinoshita family. His father is the legal adviser for Mr Yukinoshita. Their families are mentioned to have a feast together during New Year and Christmas.

Who is Hachiman crush? ›

10 Hachiman Thought Kaori Had Feelings For Him

Before the main events of Oregairu, a younger Hachiman had developed romantic feelings for a girl named Kaori Orimoto. Kaori Orimoto was friendly to Hachiman, unwittingly making him believe that she had feelings for him.

Does Hikigaya marry Yukino? ›

In a very rare romantic scene, Hikigaya steps up and confesses to Yukino that he wants to spend the rest of his life with her and that she means everything to him. Admittingly, Yukino hugs Hikigaya and asks him to never let go of her. Followed up by that, Yukino finally tells Hikigaya "I love you."

Why does Hikigaya hate himself? ›

As they walk away, Hachiman ends with a soliloquy explaining that he hates himself for believing his own forced perspective/idea of Yukino, who is "always truthful", because just like any ordinary person, she too can lie.

How many kids does YUI have? ›

Yui considered herself lucky to escape the Sakamaki's tight grasp. After becoming a vampire (with the help of her biological mother, who is a high-ranking demon), she conceived 10 daughters. The girls have the same mother, but different fathers.

Does YUI have a child? ›

In Ruki's Brute ending in DARK FATE, Yui and Shin have a son called Adam.

Who does YUI love the most? ›

Yui also has a deep love for her father which remains unchanged when she descovers he hid the fact that she was adopted from her. Even though in certain endings Seiji tries to kill her she still sees him as her father and seems to have no interest in looking for her biological parents.

Who is Hayato's wife? ›

Akiko Oshidari: Izumi Kurushima - Hayato's wife.

Does Haruno like Hikigaya? ›

Hachiman Hikigaya

According to Hayama, Haruno is fond of Hachiman, as she always meddles with him. She seems to like pairing up Hachiman and Yukino. She constantly addresses Hachiman as her future "brother-in-law" and tries to get him to call her "big sis", much to his annoyance.

What is Yui's wish? ›

Yui expresses her wishes to hang out with Yukino after the prom- to go to Disneyland, to Seaworld, and to have sleep overs. The purpose of this moment was for Yui to tell Yukino that she loves her a lot (as a friend) and she wants their friendship to remain no matter who gets Hikki in the end.

Who is Iroha love interest in OreGairu? ›

Hayato Hayama

She harbors romantic feelings for Hayama, who is an ace player in the football club of which she manages. She mentioned to the Service Club that her classmates are jealous of her due to her being close to Hayama.

Who does Yui like? ›

It's evident that Yui's been in love with Hachiman quite early on in the story. I always thought that it started right after her matter with Yumiko's been solved (I think it was episode 2 of the anime). But the issue with her cookies for Hachiman in the last episode of season 2 made me doubt it.

Is Totsuka Saika A Boy or a girl? ›

Saika has a soft, feminine appearance, and on occasion is mistaken as a female. Hachiman sometimes "forgets" that Totsuka is a boy. He has short, light grey/silver hair, large, sparkling blue eyes, and light skin tone.

Who will marry Hachiman? ›

Hachiman basically proposed to Yukino in the end of v14 and Yukimom even began to like Hachiman. Do you think Hachiman will be willing to give up his surname to marry Yukino?

Has Oregairu ended? ›

Light novels

The first volume was published on March 18, 2011, and the series was concluded with its 14th volume released on November 19, 2019.

Does Shizuka love Hachiman? ›

Shizuka cares a lot for Hachiman. As his teacher/adviser/counselor she appears to really care about his well-being, enough to force him into joining the Service Club. They have a common interest in manga and light novels, they even go shopping together for Christmas mentioned in Drama C.D 6.5/Volume 6.5 Bonus Track.

Is Hachiman manipulative? ›

Hikigaya Hachiman is the main protagonist of OreGairu. The anime falls into the romance-comedy category, so it is quite baffling to see a manipulative character like Hachiman. At the beginning of the series, Hachiman was a loner with almost no friends.

Who rejected Hikigaya? ›

Kaori Orimoto (折本 かおり Orimoto Kaori) is Hachiman Hikigaya's former classmate from middle school who is currently a student at Kaihin Sougou High School. Her rejection of Hachiman left a scar in his psyche which is mentioned throughout the Light novels and anime.

Is Hikigaya smart? ›

Academics. Hachiman is quite academically gifted. He ranks 3rd in Japanese behind Hayama (2nd) and Yukino (1st). Hachiman is also proficient in English and other humanities/social science subjects.

Did YUI get married? ›

Though her father tried to discourage her from living out her dream by burning her face when she was young, Yui kept her hope alive by the time she was married to Gabimaru, believing that the human spirit could not be so easily shattered.

What ethnicity is YUI? ›

Yui (born March 26, 1987), stylized as YUI or yui, is a Japanese singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

Why did YUI quit? ›

I had the strong desire to appear on stage again but my physical condition is not at its best even now, and further I feel that I would like to pursue my dream, one that I have had from a long time ago, of going on my own as Mizuno Yui. It is these factors that led to my decision. Advertisement.

What color eyes does YUI have? ›

Her eyes are a light glistening pink color and has a white skin. Yui usually wears a flower clip pinned to the left side of her hair.

Is YUI pregnant? ›

Today, YUI revealed some important updates about her personal life on her band FLOWER FLOWER's official blog. She is is now married and pregnant. YUI's new husband is a non-celebrity man.

Is YUI a demon? ›

Yui is a succubus demon trapped in hell questioning what earth was like, so she begged her dad if she could live on earth and he accepted, intercepting a order from god to create a girl, changing it to Yui's needs. Yui's old succubus form in hell is inside a pod, to keep her other body alive while on Earth.

Why is Yui scared of men? ›

Yui reveals that she suffers from androphobia, which she developed after nearly being raped in junior high. Despite being a martial arts expert, Yui felt powerless and has been terrified of men ever since.

When did Yui fall in love with Hachiman? ›

At the start of the first season, when Yui is introduced, she shows recognition towards Hachiman and attempts to be friendly with him and later on when Hachiman learns of her behaviour and confronts her, I think probably at that point Yui had developed feelings for him.

Does Ayato marry Yui? ›

Several days later, Ayato and Yui are getting married, but Ayato decided to skip out on the actual ceremony. It's revealed that Ayato, true on his words, has become the head vampire thanks to the power granted him by Yui's demon blood (inherited from Cordelia, whose heart is still within her).

Is Emile a girl? ›

Emile is a boy's name of French origin.

Who is Katagiri husband? ›

Seiichirou Katagiri is a supporting character of the series Akkun to Kanojo. He is the father to Non Katagiri, and husband of Tsugumi Katagiri.

Is Emile Crossfade a girl? ›

Emilia is the female protagonist of Hundred. She is a silver-haired girl from the Britannia Empire and Hayato's roommate. She initially poses as a boy under the name Emile Crossfode (エミール・クロスフォード, Emīru Kurosufōdo) with only a few people aware of her secret until she eventually reveals the truth about herself.

Why did Hikigaya cry? ›

All Hachiman ever wanted in his life was a "real" relationship where no one is pretending and everyone is honest with each other. So he breaks down while telling this to them and starts crying.

Who does Haruno end up with? ›

Naruto fans will know that by the end of the series, after a long and tortuous series of rejections, Sakura Haruno ends up married to Sasuke Uchiha.

Why does Hikigaya look different? ›

Hachiman Hikigaya is MAL's #14 most popular character, but his appearance changed rather drastically between seasons due to a change in studio. Which design did you prefer?

Who is Yui's boyfriend? ›

Minoru Fujiwara is a transfer student of Ryotei Gakuen High School Academy and is the boyfriend of Yui Komori. He is very hated by the Sakamaki, Mukami, Tsukinami Brothers, and Kino.

Who is the pink hair girl in snafu? ›

Yui Yuigahama (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU)

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU capitalizes on its characterization, and Yui is a prime example of this.

Is snafu a harem? ›

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU is a high school club room comedy anime. Despite the title, it is not a harem anime; the main character only deals with a love triangle.

Who is Iroha Tamaki shipped with? ›

YachIro is the femslash ship between Yachiyo Nanami and Iroha Tamaki from the Puella Magi Madoka Magica fandom.

Does Kaori love Hachiman? ›

Hachiman Hikigaya. Hachiman explains his relationship with Kaori as just middle school classmates. She is a girl whom he harbored feelings for and he even confessed to her. Kaori rejected him and said it was a shock as they had never really spoken before.

Does Hachiman have a crush on saika? ›

Hachiman often has 'romantic thoughts' about Saika, and quickly stops himself after reminding himself that Saika is a male. Although sometimes he stops to think if that's really an issue or not but eventually snaps out of it.

Is Yui the antagonist? ›

Her first appearance was in The Adventure Over Yui Horie III ~Secret Mission Tour~ concert, acting as the antagonist who wanted to turn the world black and white. The character has since had a self-titled anime series, with the premier season televised on October 1, 2013.

Does Saki have a crush on Hachiman? ›

She may have developed feelings for him which can be noted from her behavior later in the series. She is either nervous or shy when crossing paths or talking to Hachiman. Saki would avert her eyes as soon as their eyes met, indicating shyness and sometimes she was shown to blush.

What is Hachiman real name? ›

Minamoto no Yoshiie, upon coming of age at Iwashimizu Shrine in Kyoto, took the name Hachiman Taro Yoshiie, and, through his military prowess and virtue as a leader, came to be regarded and respected as the ideal samurai through the ages.

What is Totsuka full name? ›

Totsuka-no-Tsurugi (十拳剣, lit. "Sword of Ten Hand-Breadths") is not a specific sword, but a common noun for any sword of this length. In Japanese mythology, numerous deities own a sword of this kind.

Who was the girl that rejected Hachiman? ›

Kaori Orimoto (折本 かおり Orimoto Kaori) is Hachiman Hikigaya's former classmate from middle school who is currently a student at Kaihin Sougou High School. Her rejection of Hachiman left a scar in his psyche which is mentioned throughout the Light novels and anime.

What is Yukino's problem? ›

According to Haruno, Hikigaya finds forbidden pleasure in helping Yukino, and that he acts as a bad guy (making himself the enemy, self-deprecation, etc). Apparently, this is him being codependent.

Do Yukino and Hachiman break up? ›

The preludes interspersed between the early chapters of the volume reveal that after Yukino broke things off with Hachiman, she went to Yui's house and admitted that she likes Hachiman.

Why does Hayama hate Hachiman? ›

He resents Hachiman because he's unable to get close to Haruno due to her resentment over Yukino, whereas Yukino openly applauded Hachiman and accepted him into her fold which Hayama failed to do.

Did Iroha actually like Hachiman? ›

Different from others, Iroha respects Hachiman and is very fond of him and calls him "senpai" in a somewhat playful manner. Despite her ways of keeping her image with others, she is shown to have no qualms about being seen with him in public even though he is an outcast in their school.

Is Hikigaya manipulative? ›

Hikigaya Hachiman is the main protagonist of OreGairu. The anime falls into the romance-comedy category, so it is quite baffling to see a manipulative character like Hachiman. At the beginning of the series, Hachiman was a loner with almost no friends.

Why was Haruno so mean to Yukino? ›

Despite all of the teasing, Haruno cares about Yukino. She loves the way Yukino follows in her footsteps, and does her best to help Yukino flourish as a person. Later in the series Haruno reveals she is envious of all the freedom Yukino has yet wastes, while she is stuck being the Yukinoshita heir.

Who is Hayama married to? ›

22 Mar– Singer and model Kyary Pamyu Pamyu recently announced that she is now married to actor Shono Hayama. The news was shared by the singer, real name Kiriko Takemura via social media on 20 March, where she and the "Terrace House" alumnus shared several nuptial photos.

Did Hachiman get hit by a car? ›

Unfortunately Hachiman was involved in a car accident on the first day of high school causing him to miss the first month of school. This and Hachiman's already negative/loner mindset ensured he avoided everyone and remained a loner in high school.

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