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Looking Back on High School Life
Lookingbackonhighschoollife
"Youth is a lie, it is nothing but evil".
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Looking Back on High School Life is one of several essays/reports written by the main protagonist, Hachiman Hikigaya. It was assigned to him by his Modern Japanese teacher Shizuka Hiratsuka.

In Chapter 8 of Volume 1 he completes his revised version that Shizuka made him write.

Summary Edit

It revolves around Hachiman's ideals. He believes that those who enjoy their youth are deceiving themselves. And that those who enjoy youth believe lies, secrets, sins and failures are simply the beginning of what makes youth interesting and valuable.

These people believe the more failures you have, the more "unique" you become. It is proof of the "teen experience". According to their values, he, himself, who failed to make friends should be at the height of his youth.

Yet their assertions are nothing but a convenient excuse to participate in "youthful indiscretion". Thus, those that enjoy their youth have poor morals and are evil. And people that don't enjoy their youth are righteous and just.

Hachiman concludes that those who follow/enjoy youth are hypocritical and evil liars and that they should die in a fire.[1] [2] [3]

UsageEdit

  • It was used as a monologue introduction in the first episode of the anime.
  • It was used as a monologue introduction of the first chapter of the Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabu Kome wa Machigatteiru Mougenroku manga.
  • It was used as the prologue for the first volume of the light novel.

Kanji & TranslationEdit

Kanji
Romaji
レポート提出用紙
repōto teishutsu youshi
「高校生活を振り返って」
koukou seikatsu wo furikaette
2年F組 比企谷 八幡
ni nen F gumi Hikigaya Hachiman
青春とは嘘であり、悪である。
seishun to wa uso de ari, aku de aru.
青春を謳歌せし君たちは常に自己と周囲を欺く。
seishun wo ouka seshi kimitachi wa tsune ni jiko to shuui wo azamuku.
自らを取り巻く環境のすべてを肯定的に捉える。
mizukara wo torimaku kankyou no subete wo kouteiteki ni toraeru.
何か致命的な失敗をしても、それすら青春の証とし、
nanika chimeiteki na shippai wo shite mo, sore sura seishun no akashi toshi
思い出の1ページに刻むのだ。
omoide no 1 pēji ni kizamu noda.
例を挙げよう。彼らは万引きや集団暴走という犯罪行為に
rei wo ageyou. karera wa manbiki ya shuudan bousou to iu hanzai koui ni
手を染めてはそれを「若気の至り」と呼ぶ。
te wo somete wa sore wo `wakagenoitari' to yobu.
試験で赤点を取れば、学校は勉強するためだけの
shiken de akaten wo toreba, gakkou wa benkyou suru tame dake no
場所ではないと言い出す。
basho de wa nai to ii dasu.
彼らは青春の二文字の前ならばどんな一般的な解釈も
karera wa seishun no ni moji no maenaraba donna ippan tekina kaishaku mo
社会通念も捻じ曲げてみせる。彼らにかかれば嘘も秘密も、
shakai tsuunen mo neji magete miseru. karera ni kakareba uso mo himitsu mo,
罪科も失敗さえも青春のスパイスでしかないのだ。
zaika mo shippai sae mo seishun no SPICE de shika nai no da.
そして彼らはその悪に、その失敗に特別性を見出す。
soshite karera wa sono waru ni, sono shippai ni tokubetsusei wo miidasu.
自分たちの失敗は遍く青春の一部であるが、他者の失敗は
jibuntachi no shippai wa amaneku seishun no ichibu de aru ga, tasha no shippai wa
青春ではなくただの失敗にして敗北であると断じるのだ。
seishun de wa naku tada no shippai ni shite haiboku de aru to danjiru no da.
仮に失敗することが青春の証であるのなら、友達作りに
karini shippai suru koto ga seishun no akashi de aru nonara, tomodachi tsukuri ni
失敗した人間もまた青春ど真ん中でなければおかしい
shippai shita ningen mo mata seishundo mannaka de nakereba okashii
ではないか。しかし、彼らはそれを認めないだろう。
de wanai ka. shikashi, karera wa sore wo mitomenaidarou.
なんのことはない。すべた彼らのご都合主義でしかない。
nan no koto wa nai. subeta karera no gotsugoushugi de shika nai.
なら、それは欺瞞だろう。嘘も欺瞞を秘密も詐術も
nara, sore wa giman darou. uso mo giman wo himitsu mo sajutsu mo
糾弾されるべきだ。
kyuudan sareru beki da.
彼らは悪だ。
karera wa aku da.
ということは、逆説的に青春を謳歌していない者の
to iu koto wa, gyakusetsu teki ni seishun wo ouka shite inai mono no
ほうが正しく真の正義である。
hou ga tadashiku shin no seigi de aru.
結論を言おう。
ketsuron wo iou.
リア充爆発しろ。
riajuu bakuhatsu shiro.

Submitted Report
'Looking Back on High School Life'
Class 2F Hachiman Hikigaya

Youth is a lie. It is nothing but evil.
Those of you who rejoice in youth are perpetually deceiving yourselves and those around you. You perceive everything about the reality surrounding you in a positive light. Even life-threatening mistakes will be remembered as single page proofs of your youth.
I’ll give you an example. If such people were to dabble in criminal acts such as shoplifting or mass rioting, it would be called ‘youthful indiscretion.’ If they were to fail an exam, they would say school is not only a place for studying. Their pursuit of ‘youth’ excuses even distortions of commonly held beliefs and social norms.
Under their discretion, lies, secrets, crimes and even failure are nothing but the spice of one’s youth. And in their corrupt ways, they discover something peculiar about failure. They conclude that while their own failures are generally a part of relishing in youth, others’ failures should be shot down as just failures and nothing more.
If failure is seen proof of one’s youth, isn’t it strange not to consider those who fail to make friends as experiencing the height of their youth? Not that they acknowledge that.
It amounts to nothing. This is simply opportunism. Therefore, it is a sham, full of damnable lies, deception, secrets and fraud.
They are evil.
That is to say, ironic as it is, those who do not glorify their youth are the truly righteous ones.

In conclusion: riajuu, go blow yourselves up.

TriviaEdit

  • The line 'riajuu, go blow yourselves up' is a reference to the japanese internet meme - riajuu bakuhatsu shirou! - based on a vocaloid song sung by Hatsune Miku. It is used to refer to someone who has a good life, a boyfriend or girlfriend and is popular with his or her peers. It is typically used by otaku.[4]

CreditsEdit

Reference Edit

  1. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Anime: episode 1; prologue
  2. My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong as I Expected Light Novel: Volume 1; prologue
  3. My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong as I Expected Manga: chapter 1 pg.1-2
  4. In the English edition the line is, "You Normies Can Go Die In A Fire".

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