My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Too! (UK Rating: 12)This is the second season of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU and it spends no time explaining or establishing the events of the first season, so viewers who have yet to check out that first season would be wise to do so before watching this. The first season of Snafu introduced protagonist Hachiman Hikigaya as an antisocial, moody, and pessimistic teenager. After getting tired of Hachiman's attitude, his teacher, Shizuka Hiratsuka, forces him to join the school Service Club, where he has to help out any fellow student, whatever their request. This second series from Manga Entertainment is out now.
Hachiman wasn't the only student in the Service Club - there was already a member there, the top student at the school, the "Ice Cold Beauty" Yukino Yukinoshita. The beliefs of the two clashed, greatly, but deep down they weren't all that different, both loners with a huge chip on their shoulder due to past events. The pair were not only tasked by their teacher to help their fellow student, but they would also compete to see which of their ideals and methods work best in solving the various problems the other kids faced. Yukinoshita explains it best right at the start of the first season, using a rather old adage. The Service Club does not give food to the hungry - rather they teach the hungry to fish so they can feed themselves. As a parade of students entered the club, Yukino tried to convince them to dedicate themselves to the hard work of improving and getting better while Hachiman would instead go out of his way to put himself out to help them.
The club gained new members over the course of the first season and, most importantly, the more people the club helped the closer the members of the club grew. There are big parallels here with Haganai, seeing a group of misfit students all without any real friendships, who bond and become friends themselves instead. On top of Hachiman and Yukino, the cast is rounded out with plenty of lovable weirdos and the main one of these is the third of the series' love triangle - a polar opposite of the main pair. The girl is Yui Yuigahama, a happy-go-lucky, cheerful and lovely girl, one that owes a lot to Hachiman; he saved her dog from getting hit by a car during the first day of school, an act that he still feels influenced his social standing.
Speaking of history, one of the new characters this season gives a lot of insight into Hachiman's. The girl mentioned through introspective moments and flashback - the girl that broke Hachiman, a girl called Kaori. Kaori is a seemingly vapid, careless, and immature girl that only accepted Hachiman out of pity and still sees him as the weird, friendless kid. It's great seeing her begin to understand how much he has changed. This is one of numerous story threads this season that is considerably more serious than the first season. That's not to say it's without humour - there's still plenty of humour throughout - but it's grounded in much more contemplative stories that look into the life of high school students.