Ordinarily when I see a "snippets" volume like this added to a series, I expect pleasant passtime vignettes of the familiar characters to keep us loving them. This volume is NOT that. True, some of its contents are that, notably the first entry. The others are almost all more interesting than that, and the author saves the best for last.
In this series as I've encountered it in the past, notably in the anime, I've occasionally been unable to deciper what Hachiman was up to. He's presented early on as possibly a keen viewer of the high school social scene from an outsider point of view, though, and clearly he's growing into being that. In the last story in this collection we see him in one of his finest hours, analyizing and scheming effectively. It's quite a pleasure.
In others of the stories, we get fun periods of the main characters growing closer, and moments of near-intimacy (limited by Japanese sternly asexual decency rules for light novels!) between some of them. This is all building excellently toward making the four main characters the memorable characters you'll hate to leave.
It worked for me! I'm committed to this series to the end.
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Yen Press (18 June 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1975384156
- ISBN-13: 978-1975384159
- Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 1.8 x 21 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 213 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)