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Why is Yahari so popular? It seems like the generic beta MC, harem story. Yet unlike other stories of that type it's done well and feels unique. I am not insulting Yahari since I like it too. I just don't understand why. It seems generic on paper.
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>It seems generic on paper.
>harem story

Gee, I wonder why.
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It's anime of the year.
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>>100692735
>It's anime of the year.
of last year you mean
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b8man may be beta, but he isn't generic by any standard.
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>>100693552
>not omega
And yes, omega is not some empowering type, but it's what fits him better. He's got serious trust issues and rejects society for it.
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Because the characters aren't cardboard cutouts. Personally I thought all the main characters were very well characterized for the most part. You hardly see that in a HS romcom anime.
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Commercial for the light novel. Worth a look for the light novel designs used.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgQeoZXUq-8
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I have a hard time understanding it's popularity too. Sure, it was okay, but there's plenty of shit better out there. Didn't seem anything to write home about to me.
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>>100693552
bhachiman?
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>>100694099
http://youtu.be/PLFVGwGQcB0
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>>100694099

Damn why does 8man look so sexy?
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>>100694186
I think a lot of people were just responding positively to the fact that the MC had a personality that wasn't the same one that pretty much every MC has.
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>>100692033
heh if you think this is generic try watching Nisekoi
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>>100695013
He's suppose to be sort of sexy. Anime made him look worse than he's suppose to be.
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>>100694099
They have commercials for books? People are literate? America is truly a shithole.
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>>100695274

They make anime just to promote the books. See: Noucome.
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>>100695013
He looks pretty good in the light novel.
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>>100692033
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>>100695274
It's a 'light' novel, if that tells you anything about its depth. So there's no resounding revelation about it.
I won't say anything for America's literacy, though.
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>>100692033
I don't know how many anime romcoms and harems you've seen, but an MC this pessimistic and aware can be considered a rarity in the romcom genre.
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>>100695467
A page of written text is intimidating for most people around me.
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Tomokofag?
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>>100695274
I've seen commercials for books. Not many but they exist. Also lots of ads for books on the subway.
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>>100695577
So much anime has made books intimidating for me. On one hand I know when I get to it I really enjoy them, on the other, reading, unlike anime, does not give that sense of instant gratification and actually require I put some effort into them as opposed to lying down and pretend to be a potato while as I watch anime.
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>>100695274
At least most Americans know the alphabaet
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>>100695223

>he's sexy
>has gotten rejected numerous times

This is now how the real world fucking works. This is where it got retarded. A handsome cunt like him would have gotten a gf after the first few tries at the very least.
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>>100696035
If you are a socially awkward fuck you still wont get bitches, regardless of how handsome you are.
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>>100696035
>This is now how the real world fucking works.
Gee willikers. Next you'll be telling me it's impossible to get natural pink hair.
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>>100695274
The publisher actually does this for most of the light novels signed to them. GJ-Bu is an example. Notice how Kyolo's voice is different here.
http://youtu.be/m6tItTXGE0c
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>>100696110

He didn't get truly socially awkward until he got rejected 400 times.

It makes no sense that girls would have called him disgusting and whatnot.
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>>100695933
I find anime more intimidating to sit down for, especially for series that aren't holding my attention. Because I know I'll be stuck there for at least 24 minutes.

Books are still intimidating, but just because I've completely neglected reading over the years. Anyone know of any ways to read without losing my focus?
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>>100696291
He could've seemed less handsome as a kid.
More likely though, if a guy seems clingy or confused about a lot they can't really parade him around their friends, they'll make their friends think they're dating a retard.
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>>100696356
Read a good book.
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>>100696440
I take it practice helps. I just started Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. And I have a few volumes of Spice & Wolf coming in the mail in the morning.
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>>100692033
Self insertion.
8man's personality appeals to the sort of people who go on /a/ as their ideal.
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Even though I put on hold Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa... etc, I consider it as one of the best shows of last year, it just didn't attracted me as other anime in that season (and because of things, I ended up postponing watching it) but as time passes I always end up thinking on finishing it already, because almost all of the 4 or 5 episodes I've watched, still remain fresh in my head; It wasn't just not hachi for me, but all the main cast was actually likeable.
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Daily reminder that people shitting on harem mc all the time are able to surpass the limit of a loser and reach a superior status, SSL2.

Stop putting yourself against him, fags.
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>>100694099
Did Disappearance popularize the use of Erik Satie in everything or has the Japanese always loved him?
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Review of Volume 8:
http://gensakuchuu.wordpress.com/2013/11/21/yahari-ore-no-seishun-rabukome-wa-machigatteiru-8/
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>>100696512
Practice does help I guess, but personally I think if a book isn't engaging enough and it feel like a chore to read, it isn't worth reading.
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Who's the artist for the Light Novel anyway? I feel like I've seen doujins by them before.
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>>100695933
The internet gave me ADD I think. I used to be able to sit in bed for hours and just read on weekends when I was a kid, but now I find myself rereading sentences multiple times or rereading dialogue to make sure I got the meanings of them right. It's very hard for me to focus on a good book like I used to do.
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>>100695170
Yeah, Nisekoi is actually good.
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>>100696733
I'll say this again, people are definitely not kidding when they said that 8man is heading for a bad end.
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>>100696685
8man looks, sounds and acts way more realistic than 90% of harem MC so yeah, all of them feel empty to me except Hachi.
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>>100696419
I can't remember if this is imouto or the black haired girl's older sister.

Also, is this a weird comparison or does her sister kind of remind you of the sister from Doug? Just had that thought.
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>>100697017
>black haired girl's older sister.
That one


Also, isn't she the closest thing to an antagonist in the story? Other than Hachiman
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>>100696706
They've always liked classical music. I remember Satie's pieces being used in Gankutusuou to great effect.
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Summaries for volumes 3-8.
http://pastebin.com/P0c1GgPM
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>>100696796
Ponkan8 is the illustrators name.
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>>100696915
Why would he be? He's making friends beyond just Yui and Yukino.
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>>100694186
Actually there isn't enough good stuff out there compared to the amount of shit that appears yearly. Yahari uses the same setting and manages to stand on top of the pile of generic, probably cause most people figure out the world sucks, and went through a similar thought process at that stage in life. That's why I like it, granted it's someone's interpretation of how to deal with it, but yeah I can still agree it's not anything special.
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I know Kawasaki is going to lose.

But I really like Kawasaki as a love interest. She's just too cute in her tsundereness.
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>>100697375
He is developing in a sense but the events of volume 8 show that it isn't enough.

>Fake smiles by Yukino
>Yui still very awkward around 8man now
>8man on the edge of sudoku once more
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>>100697469
Ii agree and am sad the anime didn't go further for her character
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>>100696733
>They both talk a little (more details later) and Hachiman is found by Orimoto, a girl he confessed three years ago;
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>Then, they went to a cafe and Orimoto and Nakamachi started laughing at Hachiman ~again~;


Wow, what fucking bitches.
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>>100697825
Sad thing, that only solidifies his drive against relationships...
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So, how come most LNs can't have as good characterization as Yahari? All the characters have some depth and aren't just a board of stereotypes.
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>>100697825
8man had a hard life and it's going to be harder from now on.

And this guy is responsible.



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