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LN Review: My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong as I Expected

Time for a light novel review here. My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong as I Expected (Oregairu) is a pretty famous property and I remember the anime was popular when it aired. I never watched the anime, although I was always curious about it.

Synopsis: Hachiman Hikigaya is a cynic. “Youth” is a crock, he believes–a sucker’s game, an illusion woven from failure and hypocrisy. But when he turns in an essay for a school assignment espousing this view, he’s sentenced to work in the Service Club, an organization dedicated to helping students with problems in their lives! How will Hachiman the Cynic cope with a job that requires–gasp!–optimism?

As most light novels (that I’m aware), the story is told in the first person. So everything that happens, you get to read what the character is thinking. All the time. But that’s not necessarily bad, as that’s what makes light novels different from other types of books. The downside is that the MC is constantly thinking how other people suck and how the girls are slurs, and that can be a little bit annoying at first. That’s why I stopped reading it halfway through the book and almost dropped it.

But, this is a story about a cynical and isolated teenager who starts to learn how to make friends. He also grows and starts seeing the good side of other people, and also starts understanding them better. That being said, after I started reading it again, and started a new story arc, I started to enjoy this novel again. Along the way the “slut calling” thoughts started to fade.

The characters are interesting and their development over time is good, which is a must for an everyday school romcom. The art is also very nice, and they do a great job of giving us a reference for imagining their situations and story clearly in our heads.

For the comedy, it’s a hit-or-miss, because you have to like cynical and isolated characters. It also references for random Japanese shows, places, and history. But if you like this, you’ll have a great time with this novel.

In the end, I’m glad I gave this novel a second chance. I think that the parts I didn’t like won’t be going to be a problem in the next volumes, so I think I’m going to continue reading this series. It’s only a shame that there’s no Kindle edition available, because it can be way cheaper.

A friendship where you’re always trying to be considerate of the other person, always worrying about what they think, always responding to every single text, always seeking their approval and then finally connecting with them, isn’t friendship at all.

You can buy it on Amazon.

Check other posts about Light Novels here on my blog!

Waiting on Wednesday (May 16)

I have to admit, this is a guilty-pleasure style Waiting on Wednesday. This time, a light novel that recently had an anime adaptation: A Sister’s All You Need, by Yomi Hirasaka (Author) and Kantoku (Artist). The Japanese title is Imouto sae Ireba Ii. I still don’t have watched the anime yet, as I’m waiting for a BD release, but I usually enjoy stories about authors, artists or about people in the anime industry, so I guess this one is for me 🙂

As always, you can buy or check more info on Amazon.

Itsuki Hashima is a novelist who’s hopelessly enamored with the idea of little sisters and is constantly surrounded by colorful characters. A world class genius and love-guru who’s beauty almost seems a waste on her. A girl who’s constantly troubled by her friendships, love interests, and can’t even find refuge in her dreams. A ridiculously talented illustrator. Each of them have as many problems and worries as the next and they never have a dull day together as they play games, travel, and work together. From the same author of the famous I Don’t Have Many Friends, Yomi Hirasaka!

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