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Introduction
Hachiman Hikigaya
Hachiman
Hachiman Hikigaya
Kanji 比企谷 八幡
(ひきがや はちまん)
Romanji Hikigaya Hachiman
Vital Statics
Gender Male
Age 16-17
Birthdate August 8
Physical attributes
Hair color Black
Eye color Grey
Blood Type A
Personal Status
Status Alive
Occupation 1.High School Student
2.Member of Service Club
Affiliation Sobu High School
Debut
Light Novel Debut Volume 1, Chapter 1
Manga Debut Chapter 1
Anime Debut "And Thus Their Mistaken Youth Begins."
Potrayal
Seiyu/Voice Actor Takuya Eguchi (Japanese)


Hachiman Hikigaya is the main protagonist of Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. He is the older brother of Komachi Hikigaya, a student in class 2F of Sōbu High School and the second member of the Service Club.

Appearance

Hachiman is a teenage boy with short black hair, and his most prominent feature is his set of dead fish-eyes and a strand of hair sticking upwards. He is always seen wearing his school uniform and a casual orange T-shirt.

Hachiman sometimes acts quite vain, since once he claimed that he has a nice face, to which Yukino retaliates by saying that he has rotten eyes without commenting anything about his supposed "handsomeness".

In the light novel, Yukino states that she criticized Hachiman's unattractive facial expression, not his facial features, which she believes to be the proof of his twisted nature. Once, Yui answered to Totsuka, who felt that Hachiman is outstanding, stating that he is quite plain-looking and it would take quite a lot to notice a person like him.

From both their description, it is safe to say that he is indeed handsome, but it was diminished due to his dead-fish eyes and poker face. In the drama C.D. Komachi pointed out that his eyes were not always rotten and that they were once normal in pictures and videos when he was younger. Hachiman furthers the point by stating how there was a time when he was innocent.

In the anime version whenever Hachiman's past is shown, it should be noted that his eyes are usually covered by a shadow or purposely not shown to the audience.

Personality

He is an apathetic, isolated, and friendless boy. Hachiman firmly believes that youth is simply an illusion created by hypocrites, for hypocrites are born from the ashes of past failures. [1] According to Komachi, he’s not very photogenic. He does things by himself and never relied on anyone, since he doesn't have any friends to rely on. In class he talks to himself, which is mentioned in light novel.

Shizuka describes his personality as rebellious and loner-prone. She also says that he has the nature of a petty criminal and spineless goon with which Yukino instantly agrees. She is the first person to point out his rotten eyes and rotten heart. Yukino describes his personality as rotten, like Shizuka said, and he has a sour attitude. [2][3][4] Yui says that the way he acts in class is totally gross or disgusting. [5] In fact both Yukino and Yui often used words such as gross, disgusting and creepy to describe Hachiman.

It was mentioned in Episode 13 that almost all the girls think Hachiman as gross and disgusting, but in a completely different and belitting manner from Yukino and Yui. Hachiman explains that the girls in the relay races were pissed and uttered the word gross when he handed them the baton.

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Hachiman cos-playing in middle school days in his room

It was mentioned in the light novel that during middle school, he used to cosplay. He was an otaku to some degree. He has list of "definitely unforgivable people" and "people to kill" with him included along the list of "I didn't want to meet". Hachiman tried his best to be sociable during middle school life, but after all steps failed, he decided to stay alone and developed his apathetic, pessimistic attitude. He often wishes to be alone.

His pessimistic attitude is clearly mentioned in light novel. He firmly believes that nothing good happens to him and forces himself not to hope for something that is not existent. He makes others hate him in a way to keep himself at a distance, so that he won't be disappointed or hurt by their superficial acting. He feels himself to be a hindrance to others and avoids being there with them, purposely distancing himself out of concern. Hachiman believes that he is insignificant and is thus willing to take on blames, no matter how big, in order to keep everyone else happy.

He refuses to change, as he believes that no matter what changes the individual goes through, people will never change their view of the individual (i.e., first impressions), Example: Kaori Orimoto.

His personality stems from his harsh childhood experiences where he was ostracized and his actions were made as a joke to laugh for others, for no reason made known to the audience. He often points out all examples from his own life experience by saying "Source: Me". He often blames society for his personality and other problems as well. This can be seen when he concocted a plan to break off the relationship between Rumi's peers by exposing their selfish nature to each other. This makes him be seen by others as an extremely horrible person.

He turns down all invitations and avoids engaging in all social activities as a first reflex of a loner since elementary school. Hachiman assumes and fears that there must be some ulterior motive to any invitation he receives such as Yui's offer to celebrate Hachiman's birthday or her invitation to the firework festival. Hachiman also fears that there is ulterior movtive to Hayama's invitation for class celebration of cultural festival success and to a double date with Kaori and her friend.

Exceptions for this are Haruno, Shizuka, Saki who manages to forces him to comply however he replies. Though it should be stated that the only person who Hachiman will readily accept any invitation is if it's from Totsuka.

Despite his so called rotten personality he does show signs of being kind underneath his exterior as shown by the various methods he goes through for the sake of other people. He often keeps his face stiff and thus surprising everyone by his concern for the individual. The people who have experienced or know of his kind nature are Komachi, Yui, Iroha, Shizuka, Yukino, Ebina, Haruno and possibly Hayama.


He is mostly result-oriented, hence he is not bothered by any process, as long as no other pers
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Hachiman sneering at Hayato's anger.

on gets hurt other than himself and if it gives him the desired result. He will even perform dogeza if he has to. As a result, most of his actions are loathed by those who are aware of his true intentions.




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Hachiman's grief after the roof incident in episode 12

Being alone, he does not know how to rely on others. Also, he does not understand the feelings of others, as he judges by reasoning alone, and as a result occasionally hurts those close to him, as reminded by Shizuka. He may be seen as dense person sometimes but it is actually just a facade to avoid any hard feelings due to expectations by his harsh experience from his unwanted past.

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Hachiman and Yui

Even though Hachiman can lower himself to perform dogeza, he has an unusual pride. Hachiman refuses to accept anything he considers pity or sympathy. This can be seen when Hachiman refuses to accept Yui's friendship, and also to take an offered honey toast for free, as he felt it to be a kind of charity, Another example would be his agitation of Hayama's action towards Orimoto and her friend in the double date, as he realizes that Hayama's action was just to make up for helping him in the past.

Even though Hachiman doesn't like his own method of doing things, he has pride in his work, as he won’t let anyone call it self-sacrifice. He will not let anyone call those who picked to the best of their ability the choice that was most effective amongst their limited choices a victim. It was a disgrace that surpassed everything.

It was blasphemy against those who desperately tried to live.

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Hachiman crying before saying the genuine word.

Later, in the light novel and episode 8 of Season 2, he realizes his mistakes in doing things and thus vows to change little by little, knowing that his rotten personality can't be swept under the mattress in one day. He gives his word to the service club members that he will do something about his attitude, during his request to help Iroha. Volume 9 and episode 8 shows an emotional side of him. For example, he was on the verge of tears when he states to both Yui and Yukino that he wants "something genuine", and thus discovers that his methods does not solve the problem, instead worsening the situation.

Hachiman is sometimes mentioned as twisted by other characters in the series, such as in regrads to Yui's question about her appearance in a monster costume, he gives his answer in a roundabout manner or when Yumiko demanded explanation from Yui for her absence during lunch, Hachiman says to himself that he doesn't want to save Yui as he would lose his position of being known as someone pathetic. 

Hachiman has some degree of humor and sarcasm. People who know him and his way of thinking can understand, while others may feel pity for him. Most of it seems like he is degrading of himself. But really, it is the reverse, pointing towards the entire society for example: Hachiman's response to Hayama and Yumiko during the tennis match "Who is this "everyone" guy I never have met him before". Hachiman's answers to Yukino's question to improve Yui's cooking "Don't let Yuigahama cook". When Hayama questions about, what if Hachiman was in the same middle school as him he says "Lonely shadow will be there in school". Hachiman supporting Yui's claim of Yukino's determination, "Not even your cooking can drive her (Yukino) away". Hachiman's cultural slogan suggestion, to which Haruno and Yukino laughed. In the light novel, Hachiman mimicked Yukino in-front of Yui and Yukino herself. Hachiman's response to Haruno when she enquire about the fight between Hachiman and Komachi, "Compared to your end this is not what you would call fighting ". Hachiman explanation about Sobu High School while peeking at Saki "You'll get less delinquents, though there are exceptions". Hachiman sarcastic and teasing reply to Haruno in the conversation about her mother, "Is your mother scarier than Yukinoshita (Yukino)", "Is she still human?". Hachiman's sarcastic and twisted answer to Haruno's question of whether he likes Yukino, "My mother asked me not to be picky".

But, Kaori's idea of Hachiman being hilarious cannot be taken into account which puzzles Hachiman himself.

Hachiman dislikes superficial acting just to blend in. However, he wants to forget his past traumatic experience and wished to reset his life, thus avoiding anyone from his middle school. His hobbies include reading, watching TV and sleeping - anything that prevents interaction with others.

Ideals

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First Essay

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Hachiman holding his essay

According to Hachiman, those who enjoy youth fit any event or their surroundings to their belief system of youth for self-confirmation. For example, those who enjoy youth believe lies, secrets, sins and failures are simply the beginning of what makes youth interesting. He may imply that by following youth, one ignores the consequences of their actions. Plus, he may imply that by enjoying youth, one loses their moral standing.

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Shizuka demanding explanation for his essay

If so, it follows that those who claim to enjoy it are deluding themselves and others. A lie in a sense is something that misleads or deceives. An evil is in a sense something that brings distress, calamity or sorrow. It follows that according to Hachiman youth is an evil. They more readily inflict pain on themselves and others, because those who follow it aren't as bound by morality and delight in failure. Those who enjoy youth are full of double standards as implied by their disposition for self-confirmation.

To illustrate, if failure marks the beginning of an interesting youth, Hachiman who failed to make friends should be at the height of his youth. However, they would make an exception for him. Thus, Hachiman thinks those who follow youth are hypocritical and evil liars and he concludes that they should die.[6] [7] [8]

More at Looking Back on High School Life Report.

Second Essay

Hachiman implies that with social groups there is a choice. One can either be a carnivore or herbivore. Carnivores form social hierarchies and those who aren't on top are burdened with failure until they die. On the other hand, herbivores must abandon their comrades to avoid predators which leads to guilt. He may imply that "herbivores" form groups for cynical reasons such as avoiding predators.

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The Bear, Hachiman's ideal of loneliness

In either case, forming a group of herbivores only benefits the strongest individuals reliably. Thus, both groups counter-intuitively only benefit the individuals at the top of each respective group. In other words, to an average or below person there is no benefit. It follows that Hachiman would choose to be a bear, which is a solitary animal, to avoid any social groups. A solitary animal doesn't feel anxiety from solitude. Accordingly, Hachiman wouldn't have to experience the emotional disadvantages of his lonesome lifestyle. [9]

Abilities

He can cook curry as mentioned in light novel. He was also responsible for house chores when his sister was in elementary school to keep her safe from sharp instruments in the kitchen. He has decent artistic skills, as he drew a bear in his second essay.

Hachiman is quite intelligent. Even for his poor academics in science and maths, he is often able to formulate a plan within the given situation and time.

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Hachiman reading behind the words of Iroha

He has very good observation/perception which can be seen as he looks past several persons' facades and superficial acting within seconds from meeting them for the first time. He tends to read the actual meaning behind other people's lines, but rarely communicates or interacts with his subject to understand them, instead applying what he sees to his ideals and judging them/making decisions off of its own logic. For example, he described the relationships between Tobe, Ooka and Yamato with Hayama, and strips away Sagami's, Iroha's and Haruno's facades. This has been pointed out by Shizuka, Yui, Yukino, Hina and Haruno.

After spending a lot of time being a loner due to unsuccessful socializing in the past, he obtains an extensive knowledge in reverse psychology, often using this understanding to manipulate social interactions and dissect motivations, intentions, judgements, hidden meanings etc.

This can be seen at Yui's request of improving her skills in making cookies, the summer camp incident where he planned to expose the selfishness of Rumi's peers by asking Hayato, Tobe and Yumiko to act as bullies to threaten them, finding Sagami within 15 minutes while the entire school was searching her for a whole day by deducing her ways of thinking, and, during the confrontation with Sagami at the school laboratory rooftop, exposing Sagami's intentions, making her cry and be rescued by Hayama and her friends. However, this caused the normally kind and friendly Hayato to lose his patience, violently grab Hachiman's front shirt, and tell him to cease talking, due to his hatred of Hachiman's malicious actions. Thus, Hachiman gave Sagami what she wanted, the most popular student in the school defending her. This made him temporarily the most unpopular person in his school, and in another case, Ebina's true intention in her request to the Service Club, In order to stop Tobe's confession and fulfilling the Tobe's request of him not being rejected.

However, despite his good intentions, his methods are greatly flawed and cost him his reputation. His teacher, Shizuka pointed out that his intentions of helping others are not a good reason for him to hurt himself, as even if he himself is used to the pain, there are those who will find it painful to see him hurt. It should be noted that Shizuka herself almost wept when she was telling him that.

He is also a fast learner once he understands things clearly. This can be seen in light novel when he quickly grasped the functionality of student council from cultural and athletic committee, from which he implemented his tactics during the Christmas collaboration event of Sobu High and Kaihin Sogo High, surprising his middle school classmate Kaori Orimoto and making her question whether Hachiman was in student council during middle school, even though she very well knew that he wasn't.

In later chapters Hachiman implements great leadership. He thinks outside of the box, minimizing risks for everyone involved, even though he is not in the Student Council. The few people that realized Hachiman's leadership potential are Shizuka, who brought him to the Service Club, also Shiromeguri Meguri, Saki and her younger brother Taishi, Isshiki and it is not far-fetched to assume Yukino, Yui, Iroha, Orimoto, ZaimokuzaSaika and probably Hayama, Tobe and Hina as well. Hayato once praised his talent by saying that if Hachiman attended their former schools, where Yukino was being harassed frequently by her jealous schoolmates, things would turned out differently.

He also has decent negotiation skills, as Hachiman is able to convince others to go along with his plan, even if they are against it. For example, he managed to persuade Iroha to take her role as the student council president. At Chiba Village summer camp, he managed to convince Tobe, Hayato and Yumiko to carry out his plan to break Rumi's relationship with her peers by pretending to threaten them so that their true selfish natures were revealed. However, he is unable persuade Tobe to give up on confessing to Ebina.

In light novel, Hachiman is said to be skilled in choosing empty spots in heavy crowd to pass through, unnoticed. He names this skill: Stealth Hikki, and was almost able to apply it at the Sports Festival's pole drop event but failed as Hayama was keeping an eye on him.

Academics

He is implied to be skilled in Japanese, as he holds the third highest score in his year, outmatched by Yukino (1st) and Hayama (2nd).[10] [11] Hachiman also has an astounding knowledge in Japanese history. He quickly deduced that Yoshiteru Zaimokuza's delusions were based on the 13th Shogun of the Muromachi Shogunate. Furthermore, there is a Bodhisattva whom Hachiman shares his name with. Hachiman also knows a lot of things about his home town Chiba exceeding Yukino's knowledge. Even Yukino has admitted that he knows his history.[5] [12] Besides, Hachiman is also proficient in English, especially advanced vocabulary such as outsourcing, job rotations, work sharing, subcontractor, and final judgement. He also pointed out of Komachi's mistaken use of word the "jammed" with comparison of her mouth to a machine gun.

However, he is incredibly bad at science and maths, an example of this being when he confused a hernia for herpes, and he generally score 9/100 in maths. [13] This was pointed out by Yukino more than once in the series.

Hachiman also has a wide range knowledge to some degree as pointed out by Komachi, Yui, Yukino due to reading of variety of books.Most of the time he shows his presence of mind and intelligence in case of social & personal understanding of the individuals. Shizuka points out that his test scores are alone is good, indicating that he knows how to score marks without proper content.

Sports

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Hachiman playing tennis/squash

Hachiman is skilled at tennis according to Saika, however in raw skill he's no match for Yukino, Hayato and Yumiko. [14]

Hachiman is skilled at swimming, according to the drama CD, he swam two kilometers in middle school because he had nothing else to do when his class had pool lessons. The light novels mentions that in middle school Hachiman got 'A' in sports test earning him a medal (although this was more due to his 'friend' apathetically recording his shuttle-run times).

History

Since his birthday falls in summer vacation, he was never wished a happy birthday every year by his classmates. He never received any cookie from the opposite gender during Valentine's Day, even from his own mother. He played Jenga game alone, with no other player to play with him. [15]

When he was a kid, he didn't have many friends, and so he invented the new sport of one-player baseball–He would throw the ball by himself, hit it by himself, and catch it by himself. When he tried to devise a scheme to make the game last as long as possible, he realized that super bat-and-catch was the best way to lengthen the game. This gave birth to his final serve named by Zaimokuza as Meteor Strike in Tennis court showdown against Hayama and Yumiko pair.

He feared of asking anyone about the content on an upcoming test, and instead, he just studied silently alone and then faced the consequences directly later, because of his unwanted past with fellow students. This leave him with no choice of clarifying doubts or lessons, especially in science and maths leading to poor grades.

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Hachiman walking behind the group by two steps

He always walks behind them like a shadow and they never took his opinion for consideration It was also mentioned that those who he thought to be his friends introduced him to others as classmate and not as a "Friend". Which is mentioned by him in the Light novel of his past many times.This is a similar trait of Rumi Tsurumi.

Until the end of his middle school there were a lot acquaintances whom he thought to be his friends but they didn't seems to be treat him the same way.They just treated him as someone to laugh at. In light novel it is clearly mentioned that they introduce Hachiman to others as a laughing stock & classmate and not friends. A glimpse of Hachiman's past can be seen on the double date where Hachiman wasn't texted or invited . Another is Kaori's treatment of Hachiman throughout the double date, where she was constantly poking fun at him for invalid reasons to praise Hayama in comparison to his actions as if Hachiman is nothing more than a laughing stock to them.

Before Middle School

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A girl refusing to hold hands with Hachiman in folk dance

In elementary school, students were doing a folk dance. Hachiman was paired up with a girl but she didn't want to hold hands with him alone. The other girls followed suit. In Hachiman words, he danced with the air for the "Oklahoma Mixer" [16] in 4th grade, his classmates forgot his name and nicknamed him "Froggy". They made jokes that were related to his nickname. [15]


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Kids playing tag with it as HIKIGERMA infront of Hachiman

A group of kids were playing tag while Hachiman stood still. The "it" aims to pass a virus named after him. Accordingly the Hikigerma virus was so powerful that barriers were ineffective. [17] In the light novel, he played Mario tennis by himself. He received corn as a birthday present by his mother's friend given to him by her son who he thought to be his friend.

Middle School

In middle school, there is a chummy atmosphere between students and teachers, everyone addresses each other by first name with the exception of Hachiman.

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Hachiman tried to exchange mail address.

Classes got reshuffled and everyone exchanged numbers. Hachiman mustered courage and eagerly searched for a girl. He found one and she reluctantly exchanged numbers. [18] Hachiman used to text girls often. In Hachiman's words, he would get a dismissive reply 40% of the time (he says that he text them at 7 P.M but gets reply in the morning like “sorry, my battery ran out” or “looks like I was out of range for a bit” or "I was sleepy, see you at school" ) and 30% of the time he would get no reply.

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The remaining 30% was from a foreigner called mailer-daemon [15] (he didn't seem to know, that it is a program to indicate that the mail was not delivered due to various reasons), indicating that the girl likely gave him a fake address. At some time, Hachiman went to Chiba village for nature studies [19], which he later visits again after joining Service club as summer activity.


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Girl who talks frequently to Hachiman

When he was in 8th grade of new semester, the role of class male representative was dumped on him by the fellow male students. While a girl volunteered for to be a girl representative, that girl frequently talked to him. He thought she was interested in him. One day, he decided to ask her who she liked. She replied with the first letter which was "H". Hachiman asked if it was him. The girl was surprised and disgusted.
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Hachiman Shocked to see mocking drawings of him

The next day Hachiman saw a drawing mocking him on the class chalkboard much to his shock and dismay the whole class know about it, even though it was just the two of them at that time. [20] [21]

In drama CD, it was mentioned in middle school that there was a girl he liked who belonged to the wind instrument club. On that girl’s birthday, Hachiman gave her a present, by staying up all night compiling a bunch of anime songs to recommend. He paid careful attention to the song selection. His present was accepted. But tragedy occurred the next day. At lunch time, in the PA system of the school, The broadcast committee chose his song by saying : ‘"Aaaand the next song was requested by Class 2C’s Otagaya Hachiman-kun (snicker), a love song (snicker) for Yamashita-san!’". After this incident, the name Otagaya passed on even after his graduation which is mentioned by his sister Komachi who is studying in the same school.

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Class gossiping about Hachiman's confession to Kaori

Before or after the above confession, Hachiman confessed to another girl (In light novel Kaori-chan). Her response was to instead "just be friends" but they never spoke again. Despite the fact that the confession was private, it was made a public knowledge of the class and gossiping topic the very next day. The gossiping girls felt sorry for Kaori that Hachiman was the one to confess to her and were glad that they didn't give their contact IDs to Hachiman while sneering which can be heard by Hachiman very clearly. [13] [22] [10]

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hachiman mistakes the girl to be talking to him

The last time he talked to a girl was two years before the current time in June. He made a joke in response to an unnamed girl who was complaining about the heat. It turned out she was actually talking to another girl seated behind him. What followed was an awkward situation. Whenever Hachiman recalls this memory, he hides and screams to himself under his futon.[13] [23] [10]

It was mentioned in the light novel, once, people used to throw wrappers of local specialty sweets in his shoe locker, the perp was clearly one of the girls from his class and the fact that they would not even try to hide their criminal conduct made it hurt even more whether it was field trip or any other school outing trips. It was also mentioned that he had also been through a confessions of love by the opposite gender as penalty for losing at rock-paper-scissors, fake love letters written by boys who copy down what girls dictate to them. When Hachiman went to receive a medal for the A score in Sports test during the closing ceremony, everyone burst out laughing.

In the flash back sequence in time of Hachiman request in anime version, it is shown that Hachiman is almost same as he is in High school, reading novel in class without speaking to anyone, playing squash in gym sesion, walking homw alone while others are walking in group talking.

High School

After middle school, Hachiman doesn't want to have any contacts with his middle school classmates, which he states as a Reset or Deletion in relationships. Hence he worked hard to enter Sobu High School where his middle school classmates would definitely not go to. It was mentioned in the light novel that every year, only one person from Hachiman's middle school goes to Sobu High because of its high standards and requirement. However by coincidence, he met Orimoto later in the series.

He goes to school by bike, despite the long distance and intense weather of hot summers and blisteringly cold winters, the main reason is to avoid running into classmate and acquaintance of his.

On the first day of the High School-entrance ceremony, he was excited about his new student life, to the point which made Hachiman run to school an hour early. While traveling he spotted and saved Yui's dog from a potential car crash.

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the loner in a lively class

The result was a bone fracture that caused him to be bedridden in the hospital for three weeks. This put him on the fast track to his loner lifestyle, since everyone else had become acquainted and grouped up by the time he arrived.[10] He was forced to join the Service club by his future counselor, Shizuka-sensei, in the hopes of fixing his rotten personality. At some time in the past, Komachi ran away from home once because she hated returning to an empty house. It was Hachiman who found her and he has been returning home before her ever since. However, in the light novel it was mentioned to be a lie told by Komachi to make Saki understand her brother's worries.[24]

Hachiman frequently sleeps in class during break or his free time due to his lack of someone to talk to. If he isn't sleeping, he may be reading books and giggling. He also giggles while reading amusing stuffs in novels in the club room, "grossing out" Yui and Yukino. [25]

At lunch, Hachiman eats alone at his favorite spot because of the nice sea breezes that blow in from the shore. During gym class, Hachiman practices against a wall by himself, as usual by his own scheme, since he doesn't have a tennis partner, thus he plays squash.

He suggests practical suggestions to all the requests to the service club, he goes to the extent of scapegoat or take blame himself for the sake of others, as he very well knows that the society will blame someone when something bad happens and someone will definitely become the short end of the stick. As a result, he has a bad reputation and is loathed by almost all students in the school, due to misunderstandings. Fortunately for him, it is only temporary and is blown over afterwards. This can be seen when he was selected as a sports festival committee member without any objections by the other members, although some girls did show disgust after Hachiman passes his baton over to them. However, he was able to participate in the sports festival without receiving much hostility/loathing by the entire school, and his relationship with the other schoolmates were back to normal, e.g. Saika and Hayato.

In High school there were more than one situation for Hachiman either to go out on a date or date-like situation with girls, primarily with Yukino, Yui, Iroha. He also went on a double date with Hayama, Kaori, Chika, though only because he was scared by Yukino's elder sister - Haruno.

In the light novel, Hachiman is the only one who doesn't get space to write his future goals in year book. It was also mentioned that he had more than one part time jobs before joining the service club but none seems to exceed more than 3 months. The reason seems to be that he couldn't get along with anyone because of his past. This and his poor scores in sciences and maths lead him to the choice of becoming house husband.

Almost all characters who interact with him personally show their true natures to him.

Quotes

  • "What if... And this is strictly hypothetical... What if you could reload your save data to change your previous choice, like in a game? Would it change your life? The answer is a resounding no."
  • "Everyone has something they hold dear, something they never want to lose. That's why they pretend. That's why they hide the truth and that's why they lie.. but.. the biggest liar of all.. was me.
  • "I hate nice girls. Just by exchanging greetings with them will get them on your mind. Start texting each other, and your heart will be set a flutter. If they call you, you're done for. Enjoy staring at your logs and grinning like a fool. However, I won't be fooled again. That's what your kind calls kindness. If you are nice to me, you're also nice to others. I always end up nearly forgetting that. Reality is cruel, so I'm sure lies are a form of kindness. Thus, I say kindness itself is also a lie. I always ended up with these expectations. And I always ended up with these misunderstandings. And before I knew it, I stopped hoping. A highly-trained loner is once bitten, twice shy. As a veteran on this battlefield of life, I've gotten used to losing. That's why I will always… hate nice girls." [24]
  • "We only change to avoid the current situation. The true meaning of not running away is planting your feet firmly in the ground and doing the best you can with your present. Who's running away now? Why can't you just accept who you are and who you were?" [26]
  • "Hardwork betrays none, but dreams betray many. Working hard alone doesn't assure you that you'll achieve your dreams. Actually, there are more cases where you don't. Even so, working hard at something is some consolation at least."
  • “Oh yeah? Good on you to notice. You’re right, I am nice. I’ve been through all kinds of things in my life, but I haven’t gone out for revenge on a single person at all. If I was any other normal person, this world would’ve ended already. You could even call me the savior of the world.” Hachiman to Yui
  • "Guys are simple creatures. They get the wrong idea just from getting talked to. They'd be happy just getting handmade cookies. They don't need to taste good."
  • "I hate private parties and inside jokes… Ah, but I do like internal strife. Cuz I’m not on the inside!”
  • "The world won't change, you must change yourself in this world. Now, how will you change yourself? Answer is, you become the god of the new world."
  • "We're back to how we started and can now live our own lives again. There's no reset button on life, but at least you can reset your relationships."
  • "People often say, "If I change myself, I'll change the world." That's a load of crap. People's judgment of others create a stereotype, and that's the impression that lasts. Loners are forced to do things alone. If you try to stand out by working hard at something, you just become a target for attack. It's the rotten rule of the children's kingdom."
  • "MOT is cool and awesome!"
  • "There's probably no one who's more of a realist than the unpopular loner. I have lived my life with the Three Nevers of the Unpopular: Never to hold (hope), Never to open (your heart), Never to treasure (sweet words)."
  • "Hey, stop getting so chummy with me, I might even start treating you as a friend."
  • "The rich want their private jets and beaches. So it follows that loners, who always have plenty of private time, are the victors in life. Ergo, being alone is the new status symbol."
  • “I want something genuine.”
  • "Life goes on regardless of whether you're laughing or crying, and your high school days will eventually draw to a close."
  • "It's not like I can't talk to people. I just don't indulge in pointless small talks."
  • "Life is something that can never be lived twice. Even this pointless act will eventually end. And while thinking that one day, I'll surely regret its end."
  • "Fake people have an image to maintain. Real people just don't care."
  • "See, it’s simple. ––A world where no one was hurt is now complete."
  • "There was no meaning to things that were only superficial. That was a single belief that both me and her once shared."
  • "Girls were made of sugar and spice, and all things nice."

Trivia

  • Hachiman has a list of people he wish to murder, which includes Yukinoshita Yukino. [5]
  • Hachiman used to have "spirit world diaries" and "government reports". [5]
  • Hachiman cat's name is Kamakura.
  • Hachiman likes Buddhist, since he feels that his ideals match with it.
  • Hachiman knows many things about Chiba and has a great love for his home town Chiba.
  • Hachiman likes MAX coffee which he seems to drink frequently.
  • Hachiman wants to be a househusband someday.
  • Hachiman hates tomatoes [27] and insects.
  • Hachiman has an iPhone which he uses for the alarm, applications, and games rather than for talking.
  • Hachiman used to drink tea in the Service Club in a paper cup [28], but later Yui and Yukino gave him a cup with an image of Pan-San as a gift and as a way to show him that he is important to the both of them.
  • Some fans affectionately compare Hachiman with Batman.
    • [Batman Info]
    • There was a scene where Batman takes all the blame for Harvey Dent's murders in The Dark Knight and it was very similar to how Hachiman performed social suicide so that Sagami is spared from all the blame for disappearing while she could fulfill her duty as the cultural festival chairwoman.
  • Interestingly, both Hachiman's and Hayato's first and last name started with the letter H. Also, both his first and last names have 8 letters, while Hayato has 6 letters for each.
  • Hachiman seems to enjoy eating Saize
  • It was shown on the 2nd episode of the first season of the anime that he owns a Nintendo Gamecube and likes to cosplay during his middle school days. Then on the 7th episode, it was also shown that Hachiman also owns a Black PSP. Interestingly enough, it seems Hachiman is a typical type of gamer.

References

  1. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Anime: episode 3; part B
  2. My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong as I Expected Manga: Volume 1; chapter 1 pg.18-30
  3. My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong as I Expected Light Novel: Volume 1; prologue
  4. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Anime: episode 2; part A
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Anime: episode 2; part B
  6. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Anime: episode 1; prologue
  7. My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong as I Expected Light Novel: Volume 1; prologue
  8. My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong as I Expected Manga: chapter 1 pg.1-2
  9. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Anime: episode 2; prologue
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Anime: episode 1; part A
  11. My Youth Romantic Comedy is Wrong as I Expected Manga: chapter 1 pg.29
  12. My Youth Romantic Comedy is Wrong as I Expected Manga: chapter 4 pg.11
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong as I Expected Light Novel: Volume 1; chapter 1
  14. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Anime: episode 3; part A-B
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Anime: episode 7; part B
  16. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Anime: episode 8; part A
  17. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Anime: episode 5; part A
  18. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Anime: episode 4; part A
  19. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Anime: episode 7; part A
  20. My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong as I Expected Manga: chapter 2 pg.27-28
  21. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Anime: episode 1; part B
  22. My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong as I Expected Manga: chapter 1 pg.21
  23. My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong as I Expected Manga: chapter 1 pg.26
  24. 24.0 24.1 My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Anime: episode 5; part B
  25. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Anime: episode 3; part A
  26. My Youth Romantic Comedy is Wrong as I Expected Manga: chapter 1 pg.39
  27. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Anime: OVA; Intro
  28. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Anime Season 2: episode 1; part A

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