Blu-ray Review: My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO – The Complete Series

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We return to the isolated world of Hachiman in My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO to see if any type of Romantic Comedy finds itself within the series; The answer is not really but this aside what did I experience from my time viewing this Blu-ray by Animatsu Entertainment? Well let’s find out!

Synopsis:

The stampede of recent events may have herded the awkward members of the Service Club into something closer to a real bonding, but the upcoming field trip to Kyoto threatens to reverse those tiny steps forward. Alongside a list of attractions to see, they’ll also be taking along a lot of emotional baggage, and helping others with their personal and romantic issues may just cause the entire luggage rack to collapse.

Between Hachiman’s growing realization of how much he can manipulate others, Yukino’s underlying battles with responsibility, and Yui’s shifting needs and insecurities, the tenuous thread that holds their relationship together is more fragile than ever.  Even as the path ahead is strewn with psychological traps, the feelings that each of them refuse to acknowledge may end up being the true pitfall in MY TEEN ROMANTIC COMEDY SNAFU TOO!

Our View:

Despite being titled My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, otherwise abbreviated to OreGairu in Japan, this series is far from a Romantic Comedy and offers more in the way of a constant discussion with an ending nowhere in sight. This aside the second series of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU is an entertaining series that continues to expand the storyline left off from the previous series but when the final curtain call draws near I get the feeling that hardly any progress has been made at all. Which is a disappointing realisation when you consider that a third season is no-where to be found; it’s unexplainably entertaining but disappointingly frustrating at the same time and in turn makes this series a rather interesting one to discuss.

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Twisting emotions and realisations aside this second series of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU once again follows the events of Hachiman Hikigaya and his adventures with Yukino Yukinoshita and Yui Yuigahama within the service club; a club aimed at aiding other students within the school.  There is an underlining story here of course; the promise that was made between the three members of the club, and a teacher, whereby they would each work with one another to better themselves and change for society. Unfortunately however this ‘promise’ rarely sees the light of day and as there is virtually no recap to the events of the previous season you’ll find yourself getting sucked in to general activities of each episode; which in this case turn out to be long-winded-requests from fellow classmates.

The synopsis of this second season collection pretty much lays down the foundations of what to expect; but to summarise its generally three episodes per request, such as the student council president election, the Christmas organisation party and the romance between classmates alongside other tibits of information that lead up to the penultimate episode. Everything that takes place within SNAFU TOO is technically important, as it helps develop characters and moves the story along, but alas it never feels important to actually care about. For instance I cared very little about the task at hand for the Christmas party nor the student council president elections; instead I was more focused on how Hachiman, and in turn Yukino and Yui, would handle the situation and – as the words ‘Romantic’ Comedy are in the title – I was hoping for some sort of love story to bloom; but alas that wasn’t too be the case.

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You could say I have two perspectives of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO; From one perspective the series feels overly disappointing with its relative lack of focus to the evolution of the main characters and their ever-changing-personalities; but on the second perspective it’s interesting and fun to watch these characters engage with others and how they will solve the issues they have been dealt. I’ve very rarely seen a series that I’ve wanted to stop watching, because I lacked interest in the content, but wanted to continue watching to see the characters grow; and this is exactly how I feel with My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO. It’s a series that is not necessarily needed, as the first Season was superb on its own right, but at the same time this second season helps these characters grow to become accustomed with others in society; which is what the promise made in the original series was about.

Extras:

This Blu-ray instalment of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO Continues the foundations laid out by previous Sentai Filmworks authored Animatsu releases and as such you will find a selection of creditless opening and closing songs as well as a selection of trailers for other Sentai Filmwork authored release.

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The unique aspect about these bonus features is that not only are the standard opening and closing songs included but a bonus ‘Special’ opening animation song is also included; which I suspect is the ‘alternative’ version of the opening song which features Iroha in the club room during a certain scene.

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In addition to the opening and closing songs you will also find four trailers; with only “When Supernatural Battles Become Commonplace” being the only other Animatsu/MangaUK release; although Monthly Girls Nozaki-Kun has received a release from MVM Entertainment. Basically it’s a barebones release; but it’s nothing less than expected.

Specs:

Media:  BD 50 x1, BD 25 x1
Region: A & B
Running Time:  3:47:33 (Disc 1), 1:40:38 (Disc 2)
Video: MPEG-4 AVC
Audio: DTS-HD 2.0 (Japanese)
Subtitles: English (Yellow for Subtitles & White for Translations)
Resolution: 1920×1080 (1080p)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frame Rate: 23.976 fps

Overall:

My praises for My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU end with the first season; as what started as an interesting, potentially insightful, but entertaining anime series has quickly turned into a rather obscure, relatively frustrating, but unique second series with this instalment of SNAFU TOO. In my eyes its just another selection of episodes which see the Service Club aid other students with their issues; with problems ranging from confessing feels to a girl, rigging a student council election and organising a Christmas party event. Each ‘situation’ should be interesting in it’s own right; but instead I found myself not caring about the situation and instead looking forward to how the service club will resolve the situation; and as expected it’s usually Hachiman pulling through with his unique – potentially self centered – ideals. Of course some headway is made, as previous support characters start to become more dominant and offer their opinions to our main characters, and in turn Hachiman begins to change his own ideals; but unfortunately it all ends rather adruptly and leaves us waiting for the next instalment.

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Theoretically the phrase ‘An annoying Cliff-hanger’ should be used to describe this series as every important aspect is left in the balance with no answer in sight. For instance Hachiman’s heartfelt request  to the service club of wanting something genuine is left unsolved and unexplained and then there is the issues with Yukino between her, her sister and her mother which take up several minutes worth of screen time but never become answered and finally their is Yui’s own personal feelings that are completely unbeknown to the viewer.  Basically the elements which should have been explored haven’t and by the time it gets round to it the series ends; leaving you on the edge of you seat frustrated in what will actually happen next and sadly for now we may never know.

My deliberations with SNAFU TOO’s storyline pacing and presentation aside this Blu-ray disc release by Animatsu Entertainment, with discs authored by Sentai Filmworks, remains consistent with recent Blu-ray release, and more importantly the previous season one release. It’s worth mentioning that SNAFU TOO – much like Season 1 – is strictly a Japanese only (with English subtitles) only release and as a result we are not subject to Sentai Filmworks questionable voice-over production work. This aside the subtitles are presented in their traditional Yellow font, although White text is presented during on-screen translations of if multiple people are talking at once; which is a feature I’ve always enjoyed about Sentai Filmwork releases. Subtitles aside both audio and picture quality remain consistent throughout with no distortion or pixilation of any kind and as with the previous season SNAFU TOO features a nice background soundtrack that flows naturally with the events that are transpiring on screen.

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Overall My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Too is a series I enjoyed watching unfold but looking back it’s not something I would rewatch anytime soon. Sure enough the slow and steady character development for those within the Service Club, as well as the interaction and connections Hachiman makes with other people, is great to watch but the daily events of each episode – such as the requests but excluding Hachiman’s engagement with his sister and club members – is one that I clearly did not care for. It’s good; but it’s a far cry from its previous Season 1 release especially when you consider the amount of information and content that has been left open for a follow-up. Of course if you’ve seen the previous season then owning SNAFU TOO is a no-brainer but’s not something I would rush out to get; which is a shame really as I was looking forward to this one.

Score: review-stars-3

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO – The Complete Series will be available as a Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack from the 24th October 2016.

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About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has worked at ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the PS Vita, PS4 or Xbox One.

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