A Flaxen Fatale

 

The spring of 2015 saw the release of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. Zoku), the second season in the series. Returning with it came the self-sacrificing Hachiman Hikigaya, the aloof Yukino Yukinoshita, and the spirited Yui Yuigahama. Introduced into the cast was Iroha Isshiki, a first year student and underclassman to them. A cute girl both physically and personality-wise, she has no restraint using it to her advantage. She primarily seeks Hachiman’s aid to help her get closer to Hachiman’s popular classmate, Hayato Hayama. However, where there is sugar, there is spice. Where Hayato is the recipient of her sweetness, Hachiman receives her constant assumption that he is making advances on her and preemptively rejects him throughout the series. Although used to a humorous effect, it’s something to be noted as it’s an indication that she reveals her true face under the mask only to Hachiman.

 

Toward the end of the this good romance anime, despite using an onslaught of coquettish charm, her efforts to win over Hayato are naught. As Hayato mentions to Hachiman his awareness of her facade, he expresses a degree of jealousy over Hachiman’s unfiltered relationship with Iroha. There is a moment when Iroha overhears a deep conversation Hachiman has with Yukino and Yui. Though saddened from being rejected by Hayato, she expresses how moved she was by hearing Hachiman’s words. With a flirtatious whisper in his ear, she shows a real shift in interest to Hachiman.