== Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteriru. Zoku ==
Far more drama than the first season
Meaningful development of all main characters
An actual romance series (with its share of problems)
Satirical comedy of the first season
Light-hearted slice of life
First thing to know about Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteriru. Zoku is that nobody actually calls it that full title. Oregairu 2 is Season 2 of the series by the same name. I do not have a review of the first Oregairu on YouthfulLaughter, but it is a pretty old series so I expect many have seen it. If you have not, it is a statirical dark humor series that I personally love.
With Oregairu 2 created by a new studio, however, my biggest gripe of the new season is the drastically different art style. Yukino and Yui are still relatively the same, but Hachiman is far too pretty for his sharp and jagged personality. Hachima is a machiavellian through and through – to him, the ends justify the means and he will employ any tactics to achieve his goals. He is not a people person and views them more as obstacles than allies. Therefore, the more unrefined art style of the previous season fit him far better.
Small gripes aside, assuming you have seen the first season, the key difference for Oregairu 2 is that this season is a far more complete package, filled with more drama than slice of life snippits of the Volunteer Service Club. The show starts as a satire of the rom com genre in Season 1 and transitions to a more dramatic romance in Season 2. While personally I was expecting more of the comedy of Season 1, there is a heavier emphasis on the character relationships and their growth as human beings.
Recommended if you enjoyed the characters and their interactions during season 1. If you enjoyed the satire of season 1, don’t expect too much of that dark humor from Hachiman this time around.
|+ Complex drama. Nice development from the original setup.
+ Still the great characters from Season 1
+ Hachiman is still the best MC of any series
|– Lacks the lightheartedness of the original.
– Drama spans the entire season and can get exhausting to watch. Recommend to spread out the series over time rather than marathoning all of the episodes.
Overall: 8/10 (Like a K-Drama except with good characters)