|Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru Volume 4|
|No. of chapters||8|
|Pages||296 (Japanese edition)
208 (English edition)
|Publisher||Shogakukan (Japanese edition)
Yen On (English edition)
|Release date||March 16, 2012 (Japanese edition)
January 30, 2018 (English edition)
|ISBN||ISBN 978-4-09-451332-5 (Japanese regular edition)|
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Episode 7 covers chapters 1-5
Episode 8 covers chapters 6-8
SUMMER CAMP IS A MINEFIELD FOR A LONER.
Ahh, summer break. No school, no responsibilities, and no friends to pass the time with-until Miss Hiratsuka drafts the Service Club (plus a few normies) into volunteering to supervise an elementary school camping trip. But Hachiman has a knack for sticking to the sidelines and is prepared to survive this awkward outing with as little conflict as possible-until he meets a little girl who's already started down the path to loner-dom herself.
The chapter guide is meant as a light timeline (under 4000 words) of events for reference and/or comparison to the anime. If you are looking for any extreme detail, please use the ISBN #'s to purchase the full volumes.
The prologue is a middle school book report by Hachiman, on Souseki Natsume's book: Kokoro (Heart).
Chapter 1 - "This is how Hachiman Hikigaya spends his summer vacation". Edit
During summer break, Hachiman and Komachi are going through his old homework. Komachi is trying to find something "normal" that she can copy instead of doing actual work. Hachiman finds an essay about taxes that Komachi quickly dismisses. She gives up and decides to write her own report because Hachiman's are too twisted. Komachi wonders how Hachiman got such good grades with his bleak outlook on things. She reveals she wants to copy his assignments for better grades so she can get into Soubu.
One day Hachiman heads out to do some of Komachi's errands so she can focus on studying. While out in Kaihin-Makuhari he becomes irritated with the crowds. He notices Totsuka and his tennis club members and Zaimokuza with his arcade buddies among all the people. He stops at a book store to find a book for himself and study material for Komachi. He feels someone staring at him and is surprised to discover Yukino browsing books as well. She doesn't say anything and quickly leaves when Hachiman makes eye contact. Hachiman notices she was just looking at cat photo albums.
On his way home Hachiman runs into Yui who is out with Yumiko. Yui remembering Hachiman's birthday occurs during summer break, from discussing it at her own (Volume 3 Drama CD), offers to throw him a party, or at least have "everyone" hang out. She also bashfully mentions just the two of them could do something, she suggests a bunch of summer activities that Hachiman dislikes, upsetting Yui. He then mentions he wouldn't mind doing something normal though. Yui says she'll make plans and leaves. Hachiman decides to go home too.
Chapter 2 - "No matter what you do, you can't escape Shizuka Hiratsuka". Edit
Hachiman is relaxing at home thinking about how the Service Club can't force him to do anything over the summer when he receives an email. He sees its from Shizuka and quickly mutes his email notifications. Shortly after, his phone starts ringing which he ignores when he sees its also from Shizuka. He eventually decides to read the email and notices he's received lots of them from her, which scares him. He reads that Shizuka is trying to get him to volunteer over the summer break. Hachiman turns off his phone and thinks that will be the end of it.
A little later Komachi joins him in the living room. She wants a reward for studying so hard. Komachi asks Hachiman to go shopping in Chiba with her, which he reluctantly agrees to. While waiting, Hachiman notices Komachi gathering "random" objects and packing them into two large bags. Komachi uses her sisterly charm to keep Hachiman oblivious to her real plans. She lures him to the Chiba bus stop where an angry Shizuka is waiting. Shizuka reveals she "pulled some strings" to get a hold of Komachi, and managed to convince her to bring him to the bus stop as well as invited her along. Shizuka explains that the Service Club will be helping out at a camp in Chiba Village, as they are joined by Yui, Yukino, and Totsuka. Shizuka then ushers everyone into a minivan to leave.
Shizuka makes Hachiman ride shotgun with her up front, because she likes talking with him. On the ride, Shizuka asks Hachiman what he's been up to. He replies anime, gaming, studying, to which Shizuka appears a little jealous. Hachiman asks her what she did, and she tells him she was working as she only gets the Bon Festival off and no summer break, which depresses Hachiman.
Upon arrival everyone takes in the scenery and smells of the mountainous countryside. As they begin to unpack, Hachiman is surprised to see Hayama, Miura, Tobe, and Ebina exit another van. Now that everyone is present, Shizuka tells them all they will be aides (slaves) to the camp workers during their stay. But in their free time they can do as they please. Privately, she also tells Hachiman and Yukino it is a good opportunity for them to learn to work with other social circles. Hachiman believes this is a poor skill but necessary, it is basically lying to yourself and others. Forced relationships are built on falsehood, suspicion, and deceit.
In the main meeting area, Hachiman, Yukino, and Yui are all intimidated by the sheer "power" of the 100 elementary school children they will be helping. A teacher calms the crowd and introduces the Sobu High students. Hachiman watches Hayama give a small speech and notices how easily he is able to communicate with the large crowd and teachers.
After orientation the elementary students are broken up into groups and the Sobu students wait for instructions. While walking along Hayama introduces himself to Komachi and learns that she is Hachiman's, whom he still calls Hikitani, sister. When Hayama leaves, Komachi worriedly expresses that Hachiman stands no chance in anything against a hottie like Hayama. Hayama returns with Shizuka who tells them they will be preparing the students meals for today and sends them off to get started.
On their way to the cooking station they watch the elementary kids on a scavenger hunt. Occasionally Hayama and Miura would offer help and encouragement. Hachiman notices that many of the younger students look up to the "popular normies". However in one group he notices a girl who is obviously a loner and isn't interested in Hayama's charms. Hayama oblivious, tries to include her in the activity. She introduces herself as Rumi Tsurumi. Hachiman and Yukino both agree that what Hayama just did was wrong, and he missed her loner aura entirely. They watch as Rumi's group wanders off and slowly begins to exclude her again.
The Sobu student reach the lunch area. The Service Club begins to prepare the food while Hayato's group starts setting up the eating area. Since Yui is incompetent in the kitchen, she plates the food while Hachiman, Yukino and Komachi prepare the snacks and peel fruit. To pass the time quicker they play some trivia while working, soon after the elementary kids start appearing for lunch.
Chapter 4 - "Out of nowhere, Hina Ebina starts proselytizing".Edit
While preparing dinner later that night, Hachiman finds himself preparing a fire alone with Hayato. Hayato wants to tell Hachiman something but they are interrupted by others returning, he says they can talk later.
When the cooking fires are lit, Hachiman sees Komachi and Shizuka heading towards him and laughing. Shizuka explains they were just enjoying talking about him and his younger days. Komachi becomes flustered but Shizuka sends them to finish preparing dinner. The Hikigayas join Yukino in preparing the ingredients for curry. They start to discuss the various ingredients for curry, Yui and even Tobe join in.
When the curry is finished prepping and left to cook, Shizuka makes the Sobu Students help out another group. Hayato leads them over to Rumi's group, where she has been excluded from participating again. Hayato notices and singles out Rumi, to Yukino and Hachiman's disapproval. He tries to include her, but she brushes him off and heads over to a spot near Hachiman and Yukino. Hachiman awkwardly starts a conversation and Rumi rudely asks him his name. Rumi opens up slightly to Hachiman and Yukino by telling them she notices they're different, and that she is too (loners). She explains that she is being bullied by "friends" she used to bully others with. Every so often they would pick a new person to bully, eventually it was her turn and it never changed. She hopes in middle school she can meet new friends. Hachiman and Yukino tells her its unlikely as most of the people she knows will go to the same middle school. Their small group is quiet as they watch Hayato's group finish their meal preparations.
After dinner Rumi is casually brought up. Hayato wants to do something to encourage her to participate more. Hachiman explains she's being excluded by others and isn't just shy. Shizuka thinks this falls under their "volunteer" job description and asks them if they really want to help Rumi. Yukino says she will try any means to find a solution. Shizuka leaves the Sobu Students to come up with a plan and goes to bed.
The group can't come up with any ideas to help Rumi. Hayato wants the plan to make everyone friends. Hachiman and Yukino disagree, stating that his thinking is flawed. No one has to be friends, but the bullying has to stop. Miura begins to defend Hayato's ideas which leads to an argument. Hachiman notes they don't stand much of a chance to help Rumi, if they cant even get along with each other.
Chapter 5 - "All alone, Yukino Yukinoshita gazes up at the night sky".Edit
That night Hachiman is changing after a bath when Totsuka accidentally walks in on him. He quickly changes and heads to the room he is sharing with Tobe, Hayama, and Totsuka. He hears Hayato say that he is studying to Tobe and accidentally joins their conversation. He learns that Hayato is 2nd in overall grades to Yukino. Totsuka returns from his bath and everyone gets into their beds. Tobe wants to gossip like on field trips. He brings up crushes and says he likes Ebina, surprising Hachiman. Tobe asks Totsuka who says he doesn't like any girl, then asks Hayato, who is hesitant. Hayato only reveals a first initial "Y", before saying he's had enough and goes to sleep.
After a while Hachiman can't sleep, he's thinking too much about Hayato's "Y". He thinks everyone is asleep and decides to go for a walk. While out he comes across a girl standing in a clearing singing quietly. Hachiman accidentally ruins the girls serenity and she reveals herself as Yukino. When Hachiman asks why she is outside alone, Yukino reveals she had an argument with Yumiko and made her cry. She went for a walk to clear her head until things cooled down. Yukino quickly changes the subject to Rumi, mentioning she really wants to help her. Yukino says Rumi reminds her of Yui. In his head Hachiman thinks Rumi is much more similar to Yukino. Yukino thinks Hayato really wants to help too. Unsettled Hachiman asks if she and Hayato had some sort of relationship. Yukino tells him they went to the same elementary school and Hayato's parents are legal advisors for her family's business. Hachiman internally compares himself to Hayato, he even considers them equally attractive males. Hachiman then says hes sorry their families push her and Hayato together. Yukino continues saying its not really her problem, as her sister (Haruno) is the one who handles family business. She considers herself a stand in or replacement for her sister. Yukino finally says shes glad she could come and wishes Hachiman a good night before heading back to bed.
Hachiman now alone, accepts that Yukino didn't answer more questions and values the comfortable space between them. He starts to wonder about Yui, Yukino and Hayama's pasts.
Chapter 6 - "Unfortunately, Hachiman Hikigaya did not bring a swimsuit".Edit
The next morning, Hachiman is roused by Totsuka. Totsuka is concerned about Hachiman's summer sleep/exercise routine and demands they exercise at some point after camp. Totsuka gives his email to Hachiman, who embarrassed, happily accepts it and promises to stay in touch.
Hachiman and Totsuka join the others for breakfast and Komachi brings them each a tray of food. During breakfast Shizuka explains the final days events. They are to prepare a "spooky forest trek" (test of courage), and a bonfire for after. After breakfast they all head outside to an open area and start to prepare the bonfire.
Hachiman finds himself working with Hayama again. When they finish they realize they are the only two left in the area. Hayama suggests they head back to their room. Hachiman declines because he doesn't want to be around Hayama. Hachiman heads to a nearby creek to wash his face and kill time.
When Hachiman nears the creek he hears Yui and Komachi playing nearby. Before he can leave, Komachi sees him and calls him over. He sees his sister and Yui in their bathing suits as Yui hides in embarrassment. Komachi doesn't get an enthusiastic response for her look, so she pushes Yui in front of Hachiman and asks about her. Yui is very pretty and Hachiman has a hard time looking away, he's drawn to her chest in particular, but manages to start washing his face in the water to distract himself. He suddenly hears the cold voice of Yukino insulting him, when he turns around to retort he "forgets to breathe", and is stunned by her beauty. He manages to compose himself before Shizuka appears looking glamourous and "healthy" in her own revealing swimsuit. Shizuka is happy Hachiman came for free time (even though nobody told him to come).
From behind Shizuka, Miura appears and snidely remarks that "she wins" while passing Yukino. As everyone consoles Yukino, it takes her a moment to realize they are talking about her "modest" chest. She reacts embarrassed, stating its not an important feature, overall perfection is more important. The girls then head into the river to play.
Tobe, Hayama, and Totsuka show up excitedly and are surprised to see Hachiman there. Totsuka asks him if he brought a swimsuit. Hachiman hadn't, but is suddenly upset that he didn't because he wants to play with Totsuka. In the end Hachiman retreats to some shade and watches everyone play while returning to his "loner" routines.
As Hachiman is zoning out he hears someone get close. He sees Rumi and calls her over. She says it was "free time" for her, but everyone ditched her. They are joined by Yui and Yukino. They start to talk about how Rumi can make friends. Hachiman and Yukino say when she hits high school no one from elementary school will ever meet her again. This puts Rumi somewhat at ease, but explains her mother wants to see her happy and with lots of friends. She was even given a camera to take pictures with. Rumi begins to break down, Hachiman wishes her a good time later during the "spooky forest trek" (test of courage), and leaves her with Yukino and Yui. He is determined to make Rumi's situation better.
Chapter 7 - "In the end, Rumi Tsurumi chooses her own path".Edit
Time is running out to come up with a plan to help Rumi. The Sobu students are doing a final check of the "spooky trek" course and discussing what to do. When no one can come up with a plan, Hachiman reveals his own idea. To have some of them pretend to be delinquents and bully Rumi's group into breaking up, after all, if everyone is a loner no one can be excluded. The other Sobu students react negatively, but eventually agree to Hachiman's plan, as it's the only thing they can do. Hayama agrees because he thinks the girls will band together instead of turning against each other like Hachiman believes will happen.
Shizuka asks the Sobu students to tell ghost stories to set the mood for the elementary school kids. Since none of them can tell any good stories they decide to just show a scary before the "test of courage" instead.
As the kids watch the movie, the Sobu student place the final touches on the "test of courage", and finalize their plan for Rumi's group. They break out some "scary" costumes that the camp provides, and find out they aren't scary at all. Komachi dons a cat costume, to which Yukino nods in approval. Hachiman see's everyone is ready and they head out to start the event.
Hachiman does some recon to see how the event is going. He sees Komachi handling the groups, Yui doing her best to scare kids. He finds a stunningly icy beauty, Yukino, alone in the moonlight. She is startled to see him, while they talk for a moment, some kids happen to come by and mistake Hachiman for a zombie and run off. Hachiman passes Ebina on his way back to the start.
Rumi's group is the last to depart on the trek. When Hachiman sees this he follows from a distance and is joined by Yui and Yukino. Some distance into the forest, Rumi's group runs into Hayama, Yumiko, and Tobe acting like delinquents. They are caught off guard when Hayama's group begins to bully and threaten them. Hayama threatens to have Tobe beat them up unless they make 3 people stay behind. The group volunteers Rumi immediately, but then begin to fight among themselves for the last "sacrifices". Rumi's group forces a girl named Yuka out and are distraught they still have to sacrifice one more person. Hachiman believes they now understand its wrong to exclude others and is about to pop out and reveal the scary "ruse". Before he can do anything Rumi uses her camera flash to blind Hayato's group and leads her bullies away safely. The Sobu students are left. They compliment each other on a successful plan, then leave to change out of their costumes and think about what just happened.
Back at the bonfire Hachiman sees Rumi is on her own still and her old group members look miserable, but each occasionally glances at Rumi. Yukino joins Hachiman and she approves of how things went. They are joined by Yui who starts lighting sparklers, which Yukino decides to watch from afar.
Yui mentions they basically did all the summer things she promised to do. But now its his turn to make his promise come true. Just the two of them should go and do something sometime.
Afterwards while cleaning up Hayama approaches Hachiman. Hachiman is sorry he had Hayama be the villain. Hayama doesnt mind, he's just happy he could help. He saw something similar in his elementary school days and didn't do anything then. He also wonders aloud, what would've been different if Hachiman had gone to the same elementary school as he and Yukino. Hachiman insistd he'd be the same loner he is now. Hayama believes things would be different, but he says "jokingly" he still wouldn't have liked Hachiman, before walking away.
Chapter 8 - "With Yukino Yukinoshita aboard, the car drives away".Edit
The next day Shizuka takes the Service Club, Komachi, and Totsuka home. Everyone is asleep except Hachiman and Shizuka. Shizuka praises Hachiman for trying to help Rumi, but thinks the way he tried to help was horrible. She warns him even though things worked out this time, he walked a very narrow and dangerous path. If one thing had gone wrong, terrible damage could have been done. She says each member of the Service Club gets a "point" for this task, however he loses his because of his cheekiness towards her.
Shizuka drops everyone off at school and tells them to be careful on their way home. As everyone says their goodbyes, a black limousine pulls up and beautiful woman (Haruno) gets out. Yukino quickly informs Yui and Komachi that it's her sister. Haruno begins to tease Yukino and Hachiman, and Yui when she steps in to help Hachiman. Shizuka is the one to stop Haruno. Its revealed that Haruno is one of Shizuka's old students.
Haruno says she's there to pick up Yukino. Yukino is initially reluctant, but gives in when Haruno explains they are to go and meet their mother. As the car drives away Yui tells Hachiman she recognizes the car (as the one that hit him, although they haven't talked about it yet). Hachiman internally agrees, and mentions they didn't see Yukino for the rest of summer break.
- Hachiman Hikigaya - The main character. High school second-year. Twisted personality.
- Yukino Yukinoshita - Captain of the Service Club. Perfectionist.
- Yui Yuigahama - Hachiman's classmate. Tends to worry about what other people think.
- Yoshiteru Zaimokuza - Nerd. Dreams of becoming a light-novel author.
- Saika Totsuka - Tennis club. Extremely cute. A boy, though.
- Shizuka Hiratsuka - Japanese teacher. Guidance counselor. Single.
- Komachi Hikigaya - Hachiman's little sister. In middle school.
- Hayato Hayama - Haciman's classmate. Popular. In the soccer club.
- Yumiko Miura - Hachiman's classmate. Reigns over the girls as queen bee.
- Hina Ebina - Hachiman's classmate. Friend of Miura and Yuigahama. Slash fangirl.
- Rumi Tsurumi - Elementary schooler.
Characters not in glossary
- Sable - The Yuigahama family dog.
- Haruno Yukinoshita - A stunning beauty. Yukino Yukinoshita's older sister.
- Haruka Kinoshita - One of Shizuka's past friends. Got married and had a baby. Shizuka resents her.
- Yuka - One of Rumi's bullies. In elementary school.
- Hitomi - One of Rumi's bullies. In elementary school.
- Mori - One of Rumi's bullies. In elementary school.
- Tsuzuki - The Yukinoshita family limo driver. Stylish and proper.
Differences And OmissionsEdit
While not everything in the light novel can be adapted into the anime, most of it is. The order of events is even changed in places. Some key differences, and large omissions will be listed here.
- ↑ All of Chapter 1 is omitted from the Anime
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Omitted - Hayama is left out of this section in the Anime.
- ↑ Omitted
- ↑ Omitted - References Chapter 1 content. Also omitted from the anime.
- The limited edition of this volume was released with an art books by Ponkan8 and guest illustrators.
- According to Hachiman's book report he was in class 2-C (official) and 2-3 (Fan translation) during Middle School.
- In chapter 1, there is mention of Saburo Omura returning to play for the Chiba Mariners baseball team. This dates the series as 2012. It night also be an author oversight as this novel released in 2012.