This episode takes a detour away from the Service Club drama (well, mostly) to focus more on Hikigaya and Hayama. We begin with a scene of Hayama inviting Hikigaya to go out with him on Saturday, an invitation that Hikigaya staunchly rejects. This is understandable, of course: the two certainly aren’t friends, and it’s not like they have a great history with each other. Ultimately, though, Hikigaya is “persuaded” to go along, thanks in part to some meddling from Haruno. This serves to tie a seemingly insignificant plot point from the previous episode (namely, the introduction of Hikigaya’s middle school crush) into something a little more serious, which was a nice inclusion. If nothing else, it helps cut down on “filler” content by utilizing these small things to add to the bigger picture of the plot.
While much of the episode is yet again devoted to serious, dramatic scenes, there are a few truly humorous moments. One involves Hikigaya seeing something he shouldn’t, and his reaction to it (this may be a bit risque for some viewers, but nothing inappropriate is actually shown on screen), while another scene involves Hikigaya encountering Iroha while out on the town. While Iroha makes verbal comments about Hikigay’s situation, Hikigaya translates what she really means for the viewers. These moments, though brief, provide some laughs in the midst of the otherwise serious treatment that RomCom has been receiving as of late.
Without spoiling anything, the episode actually manages to present something of a positive message, and those who may not be fond of Hayama will probably find themselves applauding him before the end. Everything ultimately manages to wrap around to the ongoing plotline as well, so that, by the end of the episode, the focus shifts back to Hikigaya, Yui, and Yukino without feeling forced. To summarize, My Teen RomCom continues to do an excellent job of dealing with some serious subject matter without becoming melodramatic or boring, weaving together multiple plot points to create a story that goes deeper than the surface.
A Christian Perspective:
Regardless of your opinion on Hayama, you have to give him credit for what he does in this episode. He goes out of his way to stand up for Hikigaya, stating his dislike for people who treat Hikigaya the way the two girls from his middle school do. Granted, Hayama may go too far in essentially insulting the girls by stating that Yui and Yukino are “cooler” than them, so we do have to sort out the commendable efforts from the poor ones.
The lesson here, though, is that we, as Christians, should be speaking up for others. Isaiah 1: 17 states, “Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” While it probably isn’t fair to say that Hikigaya was being “oppressed,” the fact of the matter is that if Hayama can put himself on the line to stand up for a classmate who is being picked on, then certainly we, as Christians, can stick up for much more important cases when they come our way.
Spiritual Content: None
Language: 1 “cr*ppy”, 1 “scr*w”, 1 “h*ll”
Alcohol/Drug Use: None
Other: A girl falls down, which results in Hikigaya seeing (and commenting on) her underwear; however, the viewer does not see anything
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