Oregairu Analysis – When Yukinoshita Haruno Also Gazes into Hachiman.

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.
or maybe helmet. she's ready for battle anytime!
or maybe helmet. she’s ready for battle anytime!

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.

Almost Ready

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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”.
  3. 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.

    library-panda-pixabay
    And both of you forgot about me, didn’t you?
  4. 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.
  5. 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!

  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 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?)
  2. 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.

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You guys…
  • 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.)
    sun-pixabayHaruno = 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 seriesYahari 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.)


    The real feeling of Yukinoshita Haruno (雪ノ下 陽乃). (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabukome wa Machigatte Iru. Oregairu My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, as I Expected. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。 俺ガイル 果然我的青春戀愛喜劇搞錯了。 ep 9)In this LN v3, Haruno’s human observing skill was not activated in 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.


How Haruno repels the uncomfortable feeling of Hachiman (New!)

Act 1

Hikigaya Hachiman (比企谷 八幡) will not let Yukinoshita Haruno (雪ノ下 陽乃) feels guilty. (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabukome wa Machigatte Iru. Oregairu My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, as I Expected. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。 俺ガイル 果然我的青春戀愛喜劇搞錯了。 Ep 6)

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.

ps.

  • 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.

Act 2

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.

Act 3

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).


Yukinoshita Haruno (雪ノ下 陽乃) is patting on Hikigaya Hachiman's back (比企谷 八幡), while Yukinoshita Yukino (雪ノ下 雪乃) is watching. (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabukome wa Machigatte Iru. Oregairu My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, as I Expected. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。 俺ガイル 果然我的青春戀愛喜劇搞錯了。 Ep 6)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.


ps.

  • 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)

  1. 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.
  2. 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”.


Yukinoshita Haruno tries to approach a certain person secretly. (Oregairu ep 6)
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Related Oregairu analysis you should not miss!

I collected clues about Haruno and Yukino started in LN v1-4 already. The clue about Yukino’s reaction when she heard “mom” from Haruno is just tiny clue, but it’s very important.


The analysis in this page mentioned what happened in LN v3. But in LN v4, you will know why Hayama observes Hachiman so much and tries to compete with him. Everything have their own reasons. Because a certain woman he likes, is interested in Hachiman.


After Haruno knows Hachiman can see right through her, and many things happened. It appears that she trusts him enough to vent her feeling to him when she is having problem.


What will happen if the one Haruno is interested, ever confessed his feeling to another girl before? Operation Fire Doughnut starts in this period!

Haruno confirms that Hachiman is the interesting boy. But she has the different feeling to “a certain boy”.

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14 thoughts on “Oregairu Analysis – When Yukinoshita Haruno Also Gazes into Hachiman.

          1. Well I just posted so you can check it if you want. I’ll be translating the other posts too. I started with the post about Haruno because I think that’s a good point to be started.

            Greetings and thank you for your work.

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            1. I think you will start with “Y” first. Could it be because this analysis was focused on LN v3 and “Y” analysis was focused on v4?

              I will visit your blog soon or later for sure. ;9

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  1. A bit of an unrelated question but you think with the right method and time and effort, could 8man be exceptional at mathematics. In OreGairu wiki it said that 8man is terrible at math, and it struck me as odd as a person who is as intelligent and methodical like 8man find mastering mathematical concept difficult. Now but since 8man is quite proficient in English (since he use specific term in English like out-sourcing and sometimes correct English mistake) he could go to Khan academy or something to learn math. It’s something that has been bugging me for a while and it’s more of my problem than the novel’s. What do you think?
    Personally, I think with the right method and a bit of times and effort, 8man can be extremely proficient in math or any natural science subjects and maybe chose his career path differently and separate himself from other people (but that isn’t really what he really want isn’t it?). It’s quite fascinating the more you think about it actually.
    p.s. I love the characters of OreGairu so much i really want to know what happen inside their head (STALKER ALERT!!!) as well as their strength and weakness. I’d love to get my hand on the novel itself but unfortunately it’s not available in my country so your blog really gives me more insight into the characters.

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    1. I actually never think about that. Interesting. If you are interested my opinion, let see…

      I am not surprised if 8man will be good in Math because I read Hiratsuka-sensei mentions about his thought management is …orderly (in LN v5). So I think he can get high scores if he will solve mathematical problems. However, it seems he got very low scores in this subject.

      I’m quite good in Math so I am confused why 8man who is smarter than me (IMO), doesn’t go well in this. So maybe this is just my assumption. He likes to observe humans and I notice he concentrates in this observation more than try to solve mathematical problems. When he tries to think about people/society, his interest was pulled to that way. Moreover, I see him likes to read books, so maybe his memory is full of English words and technical terms automatically.

      All of what he concentrates are not involve with math much. And if you want to solve mathematical problem, you need to concentrate in it too (include remember formulas), what 8man interested is kinda… out of Math realm.

      However, I notice he is quite good in science (since Humanity subject is one of science too). So I think he can be quite good in Math either, because his thought process is suitable for this subject. But too bad he is not interested in this, I don’t see why he will get good grade if he don’t think he can solve them well. No motivation in math, no way you can solve it. Because to me, Math is challenge.

      Another thing about Math is, if you think it’s too difficult before you try to solve it, you will end up can’t solve it for real.

      8man can be extremely proficient in math or any natural science subjects and maybe chose his career path differently and separate himself from other people (but that isn’t really what he really want isn’t it?).

      I see 8man tried his best to attend Sobu so he will not attend the same school as his classmates because of his suffering back then. But choosing science path will not help him to be “the loner” or “has more friends” more than this. He is still the loner no matter which career path he chooses. I think …8man believes the career path he chooses is the best choice, because he interested in Humanity and reading hobby helps him to decide this (just as Haruno advises him in LN vol 10).

      Moreover, if 8man chooses science path so he can continue to be the loner, I don’t think he will sacrifice his important decision just to escape from environment he is not fond of. Attending top level high school to escape from nightmare is runaway but he will gain advantage in many things so it’s fine.

      >>p.s. I love the characters of OreGairu so much i really want to know what happen inside their head (STALKER ALERT!!!) as well as their strength and weakness. I’d love to get my hand on the novel itself but unfortunately it’s not available in my country so your blog really gives me more insight into the characters.

      All of these are just my personal opinion, and maybe it’s not like 8man actually thinks but I see his good potential and also think he can be great no matter which path he will choose. But he seems like and never bored for Humanity subject already.

      Thanks for bring interesting topic, @Cud. :3

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      1. Thanks for your replies.
        Talk about career choices, have you ever wonder about what Haruno studies in university? In the wiki it is said that she’s studying for a Bachelor of Science degree, but what kind of science? Since she suppose to be the next head of the family’s company i would assume she’s studying something related to economic. But she also seems to have an understanding of human nature and social structure (her quote on how a common enemy improves the group and technological advancement) so psychology or sociology or even social engineering! So many possibilities.
        Speaking of that, why does WW-sensei keeps this information away from us? Is it because it is unrelated to the plot or he is looking for the right time to reveal it? Quite a lot of food for thought.

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        1. Well, company of Haruno’s father is construction company (if my memory is not wrong, Haruno is CEO of this company too). I think with Faculty of Engineer of National university, she would study for her family’s business. Because her family orders her to study this faculty. If we connect the faculty she is studying and her family’s business, I assume her family wishes her to has Engineer knowledge will benefit for the business.

          >>she also seems to have an understanding of human nature and social structure

          In my opinion only, I think Haruno is suffering from humans around her (family) for a long time, so she is like other characters who are suffering because of similar cases (Hachiman, Yukino, Hayama). She would spend time to learn about human’s mind (I judge from her reading hobby and this memorandum from LN v10). To learn is to try to understand about them and also to search how to solve it.

          why does WW-sensei keeps this information away from us? Is it because it is unrelated to the plot or he is looking for the right time to reveal it? Quite a lot of food for thought.

          Yes, a lot of yummy food to taste. Maybe the author wants us to notice and to brainstorm, I guess. I also wonder which faculty Haruno actually wants to study because it seems Engineer is not the subject she wants to learn. Maybe humanity, maybe something the musical since she is the conductor.

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  2. Oh wow. Another impressive analysis. I haven’t read/watch this series yet, but it’s been sitting on my list for quite some time now. This post is making me want to at least watch an episode of the anime an see if I like it. Keep these informative analyses up. Cheers!

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    1. I feel Oregairu helps me develop my thought process, so again, I recommend this best story for you. Actually, if you watch this anime, I hope I can read your opinion after watched it too. :3

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