Do you still remember when Hikigaya Hachiman (比企谷 八幡) and Yukinoshita Yukino (雪ノ下 雪乃) met her older sister, Yukinoshita Haruno (雪ノ下 陽乃) in the first time at shopping mall? I do! It happened in “Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. (やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。)” LN v3. They met coincidentally and have some chat. However, do you know something is happening while Hachiman observes the woman in front of him?
When Hachiman gazes long enough into her, Haruno also gazes into him.
It is hard work to try observe Hachiman via Haruno’s point of view but I found this is challenge as well! She is a heir of elite family, top in everything and so clever and has many talents. So I want to know what she is thinking while observe a boy in front of her. What she found and decided later that Hachiman is very interesting.
Starting point of this Analysis
In LN v8, there are many things that made me always doubt. One of my doubt is in ch3, After Haruno said goodbye to Hachiman and Hayama Hayato (葉山 隼人) at donut shop. Hayato said to Hachiman that she seems to be quite fond of him. At the very least, she looks interested. If she is not interested, she wouldn’t do anything. She’ll meddle so much with what she likes to the point of killing it.
Hayato’s words above made me wonder when Haruno started to be interested in Hachiman? Umm… Let’s see.
- May be during school festival? It is possible. Because she praises Hachiman after he sacrificed himself to force Sagami Minami finish her job in LN v6.
- Or could it be during firework festival? She tried some tricks to check his thought as well. (ps. Firework festival happened in v5)
- But I found she is quite fond of him as well (attacks him with her elbow and closes to him) in v4 but I remember he didn’t do anything that made her feel interested to him in this v4. Besides, If my analysis eariler about “Y” of Hayato is true, the starting point would happen before v4.
Yes! v3, then! So I read when Haruno met Hachiman in the first time. Haruno is very mysterious woman because of her Orichalcum mask. Her mask is very thick that he and Yukino don’t know what she is thinking. I will analysis her in this volume but before that, I need to summarize events back then.
Please let me find v3 in my shelf first. OK! My keyboard and fingers are ready! I will try to write short as much as I can but not drop anything.
- A woman meets Yukino and calls her. Hachiman turns and sees a very beautiful woman. She apologizes to her friends that she will follow later. He feels something like deja vu and feels distinct unease too.
- Yukino’s sister (Haruno) introduces herself to Hachiman so he does the same too. She remembers his name and scans his whole body. This makes him chill go down his spine but this feeling disappears after she announces to call him “Hikigaya-kun”.
- Hachiman compares them quietly but he feels unease again so he gazes on Haruno but meets her eyes only fleetingly, she instantly changes her attention to Yukino and reaches out Pan-san but loud and clear voice from her sister freezes Haruno & Hachiman.
- After wakes from freezing, Haruno feels sorry because she touches gift from Yukino’s boyfriend. Hachiman refuses he is not but she doesn’t believe him and pokes his cheek with her index finger nonstop. Yukino tried to stop her but it doesn’t work. Haruno’s body presses against him as well as certain body parts hit him like Mohammed Ali.
- Yukino stops her meddlesome sister with icy stare successfully, Haruno apologizes to her but turns to whisper in Hachiman’s ear about her sister. He startled involuntarily and his reaction makes her wonder what’s wrong. So he tries to excuse himself but Yukino shots his excuse with no mercy.
I intend to summarize this shortly but it’s longer more than I think. My eyes and finger are burning but this time my brain will be too. Time for gaze into void!
Analysis with Nietzsche’s quote
I pick Nietzsche’s quote to this analysis because somehow Hachiman and Haruno’s behaviors (or should I say, their human observation skill) are the same as this quote.
If you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.
And with his quote leads me, I will try to read Haruno’s mind for understanding how/why she thinks a certain boy in front of her eyes is very interesting. I might be wrong but will do my best!
- Haruno meets her sister and a stranger who would come to that shop together with her. She would think how super rare her sister goes to shopping with a boy. Because she (and her mother – LN v10 c2) knows that Hayato is the only one boy who is childhood friend and no other boys are in the same status in her memory. So it’s okay to take her time to be the explorer, right? But before that, she should tell her friends who hang out with her to go without her first. (However, Hachiman starts to sense some unease feeling when he sees Haruno for the first time. Could it be this is instinct?)
- Haruno, the explorer, introduces herself to him and he did the same too. So she got his name and started to scan him to remember this boy who is Yukino’s acquaintance but she notices he shivers after she scanned him. She thinks this is kinda “weird reaction” because no one who met her in the first time will act like that, could it be he can sense something from her? No one except Yukino & Hayato knows she is wearing perfect mask. …then Haruno decides to observe this mysterious boy as well!
– Hachiman wants to observe her because he doesn’t understand about this unease feeling, on the other hand, Haruno wants to observe him to check he knows she is wearing mask or not.
– From manga “Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatte Iru. @comic (やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。＠comic)” v3, when Hachiman tells Haruno his name, her “cold eyes “can be seen clearly while scan him. And I can see clearly about Hachiman is frozen from her scanning.
- After Haruno decides to use observing skill, she defuses with broad grin and announces she will call him Hikigaya-kun. As she expected, with her smile, he doesn’t feel shiver anymore. He is kinda confused instead. When he looks other way, she gazes on him to observe more. However, while she is doing that, he turns to her and gazes on her! Haruno doesn’t know he will turn to her way so they meet eyes fleetingly. Because of that, she was caught off guard so she tries to turn to Yukino instead, to stand firm and finds a chance to confirm her doubt later. (But I feel sorry for Haruno to stand firm by trying to touch Pan-san of Yukino, Her HP is almost 0 because sudden Hachiman’s technique and drops to minus after tasted absolute zero from her sister.
I notice Haruno wants to stand firm because she so suddenly pay attention to the opposite way of Hachiman and her tone is sprightly unnecessary when she talks about Pan-san.)
Haruno = Sun
- Haruno is the sun so her HP can be heal automatically, when Hachiman started to talk to her, she uses this gold chance to pierce his defense by attacking with her javelin finger and absorb his HP with her brea… I mean her body. Yes! Her body! Finally she can be close to him. She did all of these because she wants to confirm he can sense something under her mask or not.
- Haruno pretends to whisper to Hachiman about her sister but her real intention is to let him see her eyes closely so she can confirm her doubt earlier. When he sees her eyes (or should I say, abyss), he startles involuntarily. With this, she can confirm he can sense her mask. Finally, her mission is finish! She defused her plan again by pretending to ask him that she made something to make him hate her. Maybe she is ninja like Hachiman, uses smoke bomb or something like that to escape.
– In LN, Watari-sensei never write that Hachiman gazes into Haruno’s eyes when she is whispering to him, but in manga series “Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatte Iru. -Monologue- (やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。-妄言録-)“, v3 c13, it happens.)
– In @Comic v3, when Haruno tried to be near Hachiman, he can’t see her eyes but can hear her “cold voice” clearly instead. I like reactions of both of them in this @comic the most. I can see their expressions clearly more than LN and anime (I can see a bit in manga Monologue, but mangaka of this @comic can draw their expressions and reactions reasonable.)
How Haruno repels the uncomfortable feeling of Hachiman (New!)
After Haruno saw “Hachiman’s reaction” when she whispered to him, this confirms her suspicion about him. But the result after her testing, it appears that he feels uncomfortable. So I assume that…
- she, who wearing the perfect mask, would do something to make the situation between them better.
- or to hide her true intention from him.
- or both.
So she pretends to be look cute ♥, to be confused, and asks him she did something bad or not.
With all these lovely expression, I am not surprised Hachiman feels guilty because if I look from his point of view, he makes her who is beautiful and older than him, apologize to him because of his reaction earlier + her lovely pose, so he tries to find any excuse.
- In manga @Comic v3, you will see how surprised Haruno is, after saw him back off like that. If you want to see her expression, well, you know what I mean, don’t you?
- I think her “lovely act” in manga @Comic v3 is consistent with the description about her act in LN the most.
After Hachiman tried to make Haruno feels comfortable, Yukino tells him to not reveal his… like that or he will be sued. Haruno is in the good mood again after heard that. She comments he is funny, meanwhile, pats on his back.
Yukino’s opinion is not what Haruno did, but I suspect she doesn’t miss to grasp this chance to repel his uncomfortable and guilty feeling, or to make him not worried about “her doing” earlier.
Haruno invites Hachiman to go out for a meal, as Yukino’s sister, she must know that he will be suitable to be Yukino’s boyfriend or not.
I give her 10/10 for the perfect sister’s act. Maybe she wants to talk with him about this topic for real. But I don’t think so. Because her expression while she is saying this, makes me think she is pretending to be the older sister who is worried about her younger sister’s matter but she just is trying to change topic. She is smart to know that if she says like that, Yukino will be annoyed and refuses they are not like that, but Haruno still do it anyway. If my assumption is correct, her reason why she does something like this, I already wrote (above).
After Haruno succeeds in repel Hachiman’s uncomfortable feeling and to not let him think about “her doing” earlier, right now she is talking with her sister, and whisper about “mom” for the first time.
It seems this person Haruno mentioned, has influence on Yukino a lot. So I collected this clue in this post – “Oregairu analysis – “Before” Yukinoshita Haruno Decides to Help Yukino.” There are clues about Yukino and Haruno spread in LN v1-4.
- In manga @Comic v3 again, you will see Haruno’s expression when she whispers about “mom” to Yukino. Maybe because what I see in this manga, I suspect she is not pretending after all in this moment.
- This scene about “mom” doesn’t appear in anime ss1 ep6.
Mission report from a certain explorer (or should I say, ninja)
- During her mission, Haruno can confirm that Hachiman can sense her mask, likes to observe people and wants to see the real being of people in front of him.
- With all of these, she found out he is very interesting boy and decided to look out for this amazing person! ♥♥ (and she would tell about him to Hayato later.)
Then what happened after Haruno met Hachiman and before the summer camp?
After she met him and found out he is “very interesting” like I mentioned above, I suspect she would meet with Hayama, before the summer camp period in LN v4.
If you are confused why he observes Hachiman and tells him in the end that he would not be friend with him, you can read in this post – “Oregairu Analysis – Finally, “Y” in Hayama Hayato’s Heart Was Revealed”. There I revealed about his “Y” but I also explained Haruno’s timeline during the gap between LN v3-4 (after Haruno met Hachiman – before the summer camp) I suspect more that she would tell Hayama about “this interesting boy”.
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