Name: Hachiman Hikigaya
Anime: Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru
Voiced By: Takuya Eguchi
Club: Service Club
Background: Hachiman Hikigaya is the main protagonist of Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. He is a student in class 2F of Sōbu High School and the second member of the Service Club.
Reason for CotM: I recently decided to jump on the SNAFU train a couple years after its season one release and I’ve come to regret waiting so long. Hikigaya started out as a cynical, brooding, unintentional comedian and turned into one of the most relatable characters. The series did an amazing job building up Hikigaya’s personality as well as the supporting cast around him over two seasons. I felt that the writers never intended him to change his personality in any way, but rather learn to adapt what is best for him and his lifestyle. While many other anime force their characters to dramatically change their way thinking, Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru realized that isn’t what real people do. The idea of friendship isn’t to accept everyone and everything, but rather hold the ones close to you dear. The way Hikigaya treated each person differently is a great example of how people truly are. He was very kind and open with his sister (the person he felt closest to), defensive against Yukino, and weary of Yui when the anime first started. However, over time he began to adjust his attitude toward the people around them based on their demeanor and his personal interactions with them. Hachiman Hikigaya’s character and development alone is a reason to pick up Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru, thus making him our July 2015 character of the month.