Hey. Welcome to my summary/analysis on the series. I’ll just give a quick explanation on everything. Over the past couple of years I’ve seen a lot of confusion about what exactly is going on in the series. When you take into consideration that Watari’s writing style is incredibly cryptic coupled with that season 2 took a lot of liberties with the source material (either by rushing through the content, changing certain things or just leaving out incredibly important details that would have made the series make more sense otherwise), it’s only natural that after finishing 26 episodes you’re still wondering what you exactly just watched. I mean, you see that there’s “something” important happening in season 2 and that the characters are talking like “something” important is at stake, but without the proper context you can’t quite pinpoint what that “something” is. I personally feel that the biggest reason season 2 becomes hard to follow, is because people didn’t pick up on certain important things from season 1. That’s kind of why I wrote this, to help people understand what exactly is going on.
The thing about Watari is, that he never spells anything directly out for you or holds your hand during anything that happens. Instead a lot of his story needs to be figured out, either by looking at facial expressions and body language or by looking at certain patterns that repeat themselves. Or by thinking about certain things logically. As you can imagine, it becomes pretty hard to follow when you need to do all of that at the same time.
Initially I tried to keep it fairly short, but as time went on, I’ve noticed just more and more people either not understanding what is going on and being turned off because of that or coming to wrong conclusions. So, this is kind of my attempt at trying to fix a couple of things. The result is incredibly long, but it kind of has to be this long, because I’m not trying to tell you what’s going on, but I’m trying to show you what’s going on.
I’ve done the following:
The first 6 parts are mostly about Yukino, Hachiman and the story itself. Part 1 is about the premise and Yukino’s intentions, Part 2 is about Yukino’s past and current problems and Part 4 is season 2 without Studio Feel’s interference. The other parts are a bit shorter and should speak for themselves.
From what I’ve noticed, Part 1 (the premise) is usually the thing people have the most trouble believing. I have had people either say that it makes 100% sense or that it’s a great theory and dismiss it. It’s kind of why when you start reading this it’s highly required that you read it with an open mind. I’m fairly certain you already have an idea of what you think is going on in the series, but I hope I’m able to convince you of a couple of things. Basically if you can be open minded about the first part, then the longer you keep reading, hopefully everything else should start falling into place. If not, then you can always ask me to explain something. I’ve tried my best to explain everything as much as I can (perhaps a bit too much at times), but the reason why I’m doing that, is so that you can explain it to someone else as well.
Part 2 (which is about Yukino’s past etc.) is one of the things I can’t share yet. Watari has been incredibly vague about most of that (and the Yukino, Haruno and Hayato dynamic in general), that I kind of want to save that for when Volume 14 comes out. I’ve intentionally not touched a lot on Yukino’s past for that reason, so whenever you read something about that, just take it with a grain of salt. Since Haruno ties into Yukino’s past etc. it’s probably best not to take everything you read about Haruno as a fact either. You don’t quite know what influence Haruno has had on Yukino growing up or what part Haruno played in Yukino and Hayama’s past and conflict, so it’s probably best to just wait until Volume 14 for that. Certainly Haruno wants to help Yukino now (in her own way), but you don’t know if that has always been the case and Haruno’s methods leave a lot to be desired.
The other parts are character specific analyses. I’m fairly certain that not everyone is going to like everything that they read, and I apologize in advance, but this is what the story is and who the characters are. Perhaps if you finish reading all of it, you’ll notice that there’s kind of a big difference between what Watari initially wrote and what Studio Feel presented.
There’s also a fair amount of repetition, so if you have already read something or you feel like you understand certain things, then feel free to do some skipping here and there. I’ve tried my best to focus mostly on story relevant parts.
And finally, I hope you have fun reading it or at the very least gain some additional insight into the series. Since there’s no rush, just take your time reading. I’d advise you to read it in a chronological order, because the way I wrote it, the early things tie into the things that come after.