Do you still remember when Hikigaya Hachiman (比企谷 八幡) and Yukinoshita Yukino (雪ノ下 雪乃) meet her older sister, Yukinoshita Haruno (雪ノ下 陽乃) for the first time at the shopping mall? I do! It happens 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。), Oregairu (俺ガイル)” LN v3. They meet coincidentally and have some chat. However, do you know something is happening behind their meeting?
When Hachiman gazes enough into her, Haruno also gazes into him.
It is difficult to observe Hachiman via Haruno’s point of view. She is an heir of the elite family, excellent in everything, so clever and has many talents. So I want to know what she is thinking while she is observing a boy beside her. What she finds out and decides later that Hachiman is very interesting.
but before proceed…
- Please read Attention page first, to let you understand that my all analyses are not 100% right.
- Spoiler alert!! And I recommend you to read/watch 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。), Oregairu (俺ガイル) LN/anime/manga Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabu Kome wa Machigatteiru. -Monologue- (やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。-妄言録-) and manga @Comic before proceed.
- 4/18/2018 – I formatted this analysis and write more to explain what I discovered. Also new assumptions. This post changes about 80% but I still insist my original concept. Haruno and Hachiman’s gazes are very important since the beginning of their story that is the reason why she is looking out for him in through the Yahari story.
- 20/12/2018 – I return to conclude what I couldn’t confirm, the meaning in Haruno’s words. You can search with Ctrl+F and this keyword. Update: (20/12/2018)
The starting point of this Analysis
In LN v8, there are many things that made me wonder. One of my doubt is in c3, After Haruno said goodbye to Hachiman and Hayama Hayato (葉山 隼人) at the donut shop. Hayato tells him 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.
- Maybe during school festival? It is possible. Because she praised Hachiman after he sacrificed himself to force Sagami Minami to 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)
- She is quite fond of him as well (attacks him with her elbow and closes to him) in v4 but I remember he doesn’t do anything that interests her in this v4 either. Besides, If the result of my analysis earlier about “Y” of Hayato is collect, the starting point would happen before v4.
Yes! v3, So I read when Haruno meets Hachiman for the first time. Haruno is the very mysterious woman because of her Orichalcum mask. Her mask is very thick that he and Yukino don’t know what she is thinking. So I analyze her in this v3, 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 review every single detail.
A woman meets Yukino and greets her. Hachiman turns and sees a very beautiful woman. She apologizes to her friends that she will follow them later. He feels something like deja vu and feels the distinct unease too.
Haruno asks Yukino if they are dating. Then she asks her more if he is her boyfriend.
Earlier, I thought Haruno’s curious is normal since she saw her sister is hanging out with a boy (Yukino is hanging out with a boy!!) and she never met this boy before. But after I read LN v3 carefully to find out Haruno’s thoughts, I think there’s a significant that becomes the reason why I decided to write about it. Because it’s related to the topic of this analysis.
Yukino’s sister (Haruno) introduces herself to him so he does the same too. She acts like she is thinking after she heard his surname and scans his whole body. This makes him chill go down his spine but this feeling disappears after she changed her expression and announced to call him “Hikigaya-kun”.
Hachiman compares both Yukinoshita sisters 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 the loud and clear voice from her sister freezes Haruno & Hachiman.
After she recovers from freezing, Haruno apologizes to her younger sister because she touches valuable gift that she got from Yukino’s boyfriend. Hachiman refuses he is not but she uses this chance to poke his cheek with her index finger nonstop. Yukino tries to stop her but it doesn’t work. Haruno’s body presses against him as well as certain body parts hit him like Moh@mmed Ali.
Yukino stops her meddlesome sister with an icy stare, Haruno apologizes to her again but turns to whisper near Hachiman’s ear about her sister. He startles involuntarily and his reaction makes her wonder what’s wrong. So he tries to excuse himself but Yukino shots his excuse with no mercy.
This situation is not strange for us because it’s normal to ask Yukino these questions since Haruno saw her sister is hanging out with a boy. But after I read LN v5, I think there’s a significance in this event.
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.
Analysis with Nietzsche’s quote
I pick Nietzsche’s quote to this Yahari analysis because somehow, behaviors of Hachiman and Haruno (or should I say their human observation skills) are similar to this quote. Because Hachiman can feel the uneasiness from Haruno so he observes her to find the answer, while Haruno notices his reaction is different from others she ever met, so she approaches him to check the answer. I think they think another side is abyss or the mystery. So to observe her/him is very normal.
If you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.
And with his quote, I tried to read Haruno’s mind to understand her thought toward a certain boy in front of her eyes. I might be wrong but I will do my best!
Analyze Part 1.
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 her childhood friend and no other boys are in the same status in her memory. So it’s normal for her to want to know about this boy. However, in LN, Hachiman starts to sense some unease feeling when he sees Haruno for the first time despite they don’t talk yet.
- I think if we look via his point of view who always thinks he is in the lowest rank in the society and has no motivation to start creating the communicate with other people (I don’t assume this, he is the one who thinks like this when he compares himself with other students), when a totally stranger is coming at him, and that person must live in the higher status, I think it’s normal for him to feel nervous. Let alone that person is opposite gender.
- Or this is his instinct only.
I will not choose the most correct answer for this part, but I think human’s feelings toward other people always are the results from the individual’s experience. I don’t believe that the origin of his feelings and deja vu is the emptiness.
I am not sure when Haruno notices his reaction and decides to check on him or not, because it’s possible that she would notice his uneasiness at this point. But maybe she doesn’t notice his feeling, or he doesn’t show his feeling so she can notice yet. In my opinion, when I reviewed LN only, I had no clue when she notices his feeling. But with manga @Comic, I found the answer that you can read in “Analyze Part 3” below.
Analyze Part 2
Haruno asks Yukino if she and Hachiman are dating. Then she asks her more if he is her boyfriend.
After I re-read LN v3. I think Haruno’s interest at this point is the relationship between her sister and Hachiman, because as her older sister who lives with Yukino, and the only boy friend of Yukino that Haruno knows is Hayato. So to see her sister is hanging out with someone is very surprising! How does this happen!? Something like that. Therefore, Haruno knows very well about Yukino’s past and trauma that are related to people around her. So the scene in front of her is super premium ultra rare.
That’s why, at this point, I conclude that her interest is focusing on their relationship. To check the answer is very easy, when she asks Yukino, you can see that Yukino shows the usual reaction to her, the same attitude like every time Haruno approaches her. So, Haruno can confirm so easily that there’s nothing between both of them. And I conclude more that she doesn’t notice anything from Hachiman yet.
But in the next event, I think her interest will change to another thing…
Analyze Part 3
Haruno, the explorer, introduces herself to him and he does the same too. In LN, I have no clue what she is thinking.
- Is she connecting his surname that is familiar with the car accident?
- Or is she thinking the relationship between him and her younger sister?
- Or does she just think his name is familiar but can’t remember when and where she heard this name for the first time?
But I assume that she notices he shivers after she scanned him. Or should I say, while she is absorbed in thought, she doesn’t wear her cheerful mask. That moment, he can see her true face. That’s why he feels uneasy. I think his feeling this time, when he sees her behavior, is stronger more than the earlier feeling he felt while he was watching her walk to him and Yukino. She thinks this is kinda “weird reaction” because no one who meets her for the first time will act like that. No one except Yukino & Hayato knows she is wearing the perfect mask. … So this is when Haruno’s interest changes from “the relationship between Yukino and this boy” to “this boy” instead.
With this, both Hachiman and Haruno have interested another one. Both of them can notice the reaction of another side because now their positions are closer. But the different thing is he is feeling uneasy, while she is not. However, this interaction makes them want to know.
However, no matter how many times I tried to interpret her thought at this moment in LN, I can’t find any absolute clues that can help me confirm that Haruno notices Hachiman’s reaction or she is suspecting that he can see through her mask. But the interesting hint that makes me think that she would notice his uncomfortable feeling and she is wondering if he can notice “her”, is in part 4. ⇑
- In manga @Comic, This moment can be interpreted more clearly. Haruno seems to recognize his surname somewhere, so she squints her eyes and looks at him. Her gaze makes him feel uneasy for some reason. I think manga @Comic is the reliable reference that can help you see their important moment.
- However, after I watched this scene in anime and read LN again, I think there’s something wrong in this anime scene either since the author didn’t describe her expression in detail except her eyes and behavior as if she is thinking. That’s why if I consider about this scene only, there’s nothing wrong.
Analyze Part 4
Hachiman tries to observe her because he doesn’t understand about this uneasy feeling, on the other hand, Haruno wants to observe him check the reason behind his reaction earlier.
After Haruno notices his reaction when they exchanged introduction, I assume that she decides to use human observing skill, she defuses with the broad grin and announces she will call him Hikigaya-kun. As she expects, with her smile, he doesn’t feel shiver anymore. He is kinda confused instead (because she changed her expression from the serious ⇒ amiable face). And this would be the first time she switches her friendly mask to ease his feeling because I think she notices that he is feeling uncomfortable.
And the important hint I said earlier to show that Haruno notices the remarkable reaction of Hachiman that connects with her next action to observe him to find if he sensed something from her. That means changing the target from “finding the relationship between him and her sister” ⇒ “finding about him”.
When he looks another way, she gazes at him to observe more. However, while she is doing that, he turns to her and gazes on her. This is the moment their gazes meet. 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 dissemble her action just now. lol This hint makes me can confirm the truth behind their gazes.
It’s too bad that this moment was not shown in anime and other manga. I can dare say that some watchers might be surprised by their actions. Although I know that this doesn’t mean romantic moment after all because their eyes meet only. So I will let you imagine when this moment happens in anime. It hides the important meaning definitely. Activate your tracing, a higher-level version of Projection that creates what’s in your mind to be the reality!! Or if you can’t imagine, I recommend you to read LN v3.
It’s like when people notice what you are doing secretly, you would do something to hide what you are doing or your objective. It’s the automatic reaction. When Haruno turns to her little sister and pretends that she is interested her Pan-san, this is how she tries to cover her action and objective from the one she peeped at, Hachiman. (But I feel sorry for Haruno to stand firm by trying to touch Pan-san of Yukino, Her life is in danger (kidding) because while she is escaping from “Eyes of Hachiman”, but her HP remains 1 points after tasted the 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.) Yes, I can tell you that she is pretending to be interested of Pan-san but I don’t mean that this is the deception or something. It’s like …the white lie. No one hurt from this simulation.
Analyze Part 5
After she recovers from freezing, Haruno apologizes to her younger sister because she touches valuable gift that she got from Yukino’s boyfriend. This is an effective way to make the awkward situation better. I can see that she can live in the society without any problem (or if there’re any problems, she can manage them) because of this skill. And I will let you focus on the next point.
When Hachiman refuses he is not Yukino’s boyfriend, Haruno uses this chance to poke his cheek with her index finger nonstop. It’s like when he talks to her, he opens this chance to Haruno (unintentionally) but she doesn’t miss this chance. Yukino tries to stop her but it doesn’t work. It’s because her older sister always does what she wants, but I think she doesn’t want to let this opportunity to go too. That’s why she continues to approach him. Haruno’s body presses against him as well as certain body parts hit him like Moh@mmed Ali to lower his defense.
Haruno is the sun so her HP can heal automatically when Hachiman starts 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 touching. Finally, she can approach him. This is how she is going to check if he can sense something from her for real, or she just imagines things.
Analyze Part 6
But Yukino starts to be upset for Haruno’s behavior so she stops her again. I think this time Haruno need to stop attacking him for now because her little sister is more upset. So she turns to apologize to her younger sister and acts as if she is guilty to ease her anger. But I don’t think Haruno feels like that for real, because when she turns to approach Hachiman again, she doesn’t show the same expression anymore. In anime, you can see so clearly. But I never think her behavior is bad or something. I think that’s how she acts to other people while she has her own objective. She’s good at dealing with people.
My old assumption
But when 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.
At this point, I ever analyzed that Hachiman startles when Haruno whispers to him because Haruno lets him see her eyes. But this assumption would be wrong because I used the reference of manga Monologue only, to analyze how Haruno is going to check on Hachiman. And I thought that this reference is good enough to explain how she shows her own self to him. Therefore, if Hachiman reacts because he senses something in her eyes, it is the low possible since she is whispering to him, it’s hard to see her eyes while she is doing that. That’s why I think he senses something because of another thing, and that is…
But when I re-read LN again, I started to think that there’s something “strange” in her words when she is whispering to him that can’t notice in anime. ⇓
When I am listening to her, I don’t see anything strange in her words. She says smoothly as if she has no any hidden intention. On the other hand, if you read her words when she is whispering, you will notice something.
“Sorry, ya know? Yukino-chan’s a sensitive girl……so you’d better watch out for her, Hikigaya-kun.”
Actually, if Hachiman doesn’t react to her words, I would not notice anything. So I decide to analyze speeches above. It’s possible that there’s something hidden in her friendly tone of voice. But the problem is I can’t confirm if this assumption is true or not. In LN, Hachiman doesn’t describe anything in detail more than he feels unease and flees from her. So the reference I can rely on is manga.
- In manga Monologue, look at speech bubbles of Haruno. And in manga @Comic, look at how she approaches and whispers to him. These two references will show you her hidden intention.
So I will conclude that there’s something hidden in her, not only her voice but from Haruno herself.
After I published this post for years, WW shows how Haruno is overprotective when it comes to her sister and how her little sister is as Haruno said. So I returned to review Haruno’s words again, especially the meaning in her words above. Therefore, I also re-reviewed the moment when she tells Hachiman to not make her sister cry or she will not forgive him. After I reviewed these two moments many days, I finally found the answer that Haruno is not telling some jokes at all. Although her manner will make us think she is not serious or she just teases him, I notice there are her true feeling and a truth that are consistent with her words. I mean, she is meaning as she said. She will not forgive anyone if they make her beloved sister cry, and she is trying to tell him that her sister is sensitive so he should watch out for her.
With this, you can see that after Hachiman flee from her, she closes her eyes that is the sign that it’s as she doubts about him. She confirms he really can sense something in her for real. Finally, her mission is finished! She defuses her plan again by pretending to ask him that she made something to make him hate her. Maybe she is ninja like Hachiman, uses the smoke bomb or something like that to escape. But I think it’s because she is really good at dealing with people. So she acts like that again to ease his worry and to pretend that she is surprised why he acted like that. I will explain her perfect skill to ease him and to make him stop to doubt her action earlier. ⇓
In this LN v3, Haruno’s human observing skill was not activated at this time only. In v5, she uses this skill when she asks a certain question to Hachiman. You can read Oregairu Analysis – “When” Yukinoshita Haruno Decides to Help Yukino. to see more detail. (And I can feel that her boxing footwork improves more than in LN v3.)
How Haruno repels the uncomfortable feeling of Hachiman.
After Haruno sees “Hachiman’s reaction” when she whispers 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 look cute ♥, to be confused and asks him she did something bad or not.
With all these lovely expressions, 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.
After Hachiman tries 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 or forget 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 to him about this topic for real. But I doubt about this assumption at the same time. 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 the 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 does 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 mentions, has the 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.
Mrs.Yukinoshita might be not the only one who is not pleased With Yukino’s Decision.
When Haruno talks about her mother is angry at Yukino who lives alone, I notice later that it’s also possible that Haruno is the one who is not pleased that her little sister runs away from home. Of course, her mother would feel the same, but when I saw a scene when she whispers to her little sister in @Comic v3, she is not smiling when she tells Yukino. And when her sister answers that it’s nothing to do with Haruno, Haruno says as if she is at fault to interfere Yukino’s business.
But I assume that Haruno doesn’t think this is her little sister’s business only, that is related to something that is related to Haruno herself too, that is her loneliness or discontent because Yukino chose to live alone. So I suspect that she is another one who doesn’t like Yukino’s decision but she uses a word, “mom” to tell her own dissatisfaction with her younger sister.
“Yeah, you’re right. It has nothing to do with me,”
(Try to interpret these words. ↑ = “No you are wrong. It has to do with me (Haruno).”)
“As long as you’ve put thought into it, it’s fine, Yukino-chan. I was trying to help, but I was butting in. Sorry about that.”
(She doesn’t think she butts in Yukino’s business, because this has to do with Haruno’s life too.)
When I consider the whispering and apology of Haruno that are full of words that are not honest, I can say that she shows her loneliness and suffering toward her sister, so I conclude that she is the one who is not happy that Yukino ran away from family (that means she ran away from Haruno as well) and lives alone. Therefore, I think she knows well why her younger sister lives alone.
Do you still remember when she tells Hachiman that…
Actually, I didn’t doubt her words. I thought …she just tells him but she doesn’t mean like that, or she tells him because she is thinking he and her sister are dating, so she needs to tell him to look after if he is Yukino’s boyfriend. Something like that.
But after the story of Yahari reaches the final arc, I looked at this Haruno’s warning again. My opinion about her intention started to change as well. I assume that it’s possible that Haruno is meaning as she says.
This is a hint that most people hardly didn’t pay attention but I think it’s understandable. So let me write about this just once. Do you remember when Hachiman looks at Haruno for the first time when she is going to walk to him and Yukino?
A sense of déjà vu assailed me. But more than that – more than anything – I was tormented by the feeling of distinct unease.
What he is feeling is two things but what he is feeling the most is the clear unease feeling. That’s why “déjà vu” was not mentioned. I will not say this too much because I have no any solid evidences. But I will point that WW likes to leave important hints silently and can lead us to concentrate on other things. Hachiman’s story this time is not different, I was led to focus on his unease feeling, more than another hint, déjà vu. If that clue was not mentioned so often, that is like the jewel. What we can do is digging it.
That’s why, about déjà vu. This is the hint that is like the sign of the beginning of Hachiman and Haruno’s destiny/fate. Also, this word is mentioned just one time only and is hidden quietly. So I will be looking forward to the ending of this story and I will look back at this important hint again. However, like I said, I have no any solid evidences that will help me confirm that this hint is very important or not. So I will leave you to interpret.
PS. This hint is hidden silently to the point it was not shown in any other references… lol
Mission report from a certain explorer (or should I say, ninja)
- During her mission, Haruno can confirm that Hachiman can sense something behind her mask.
- With all of these, she finds out he is the very interesting boy and decides to look out for this amazing person! ♥♥ (and she would tell Hayato about him 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 doubt why Hayama observes Hachiman during the summer camp and tells him in the end that he would not be friend with him during the summer vacation that is the next event after Hachiman met Haruno, 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”.
Now I will end this analysis about Haruno and Hachiman’s gazes for now. Don’t believe my assumptions before you find the answer in various medium. If you are confused about this topic, although you read LN, I recommend you to read manga @Comic v3 because it really helped me to understand her thoughts. Manga Monologue is helpful too. While anime is confusing for me, but some scenes are consistent with LN as well. Her thoughts are difficult to understand, but if you don’t stop to interpret, I am sure you will reach the truth for sure.
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