|A surprisingly enjoyable and refreshing high school title.||1 out of 1 user found this review helpful.|
Not sure what makes this a rom-com considering there's no major romantic developments or implications that take place throughout the course of A Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU. I'd more consider this a mix of comedy and social psychology which explores the differing mentalities of high school students having differing social cliques, interactions and expectations that they wish to get out of their years in high school, the latter making for the more interesting bits in this series for me as the comedy is rather hit-or-miss here otherwise. SNAFU's main focus is on a trio of students who make up a school club called the Service Club who provide some sort of aid to members of their school student body. All three are social outcasts in some form due to their mentalities on high school life and/or personal flaws and develop unique chemistry with one another as they better understand one another.
This makes SNAFU unique from other high school rom-coms because it doesn't portray a happy and optimistic feel with its story, make the main characters popular or play up any shipping teases. Relationships with the major characters start off awkward due to their differing mentalities and expectations, yet gradually develop to a point where they would consider each other acquaintances. Differing social cliques are established in the high school setting of the series as well by having several outcasts beyond our three leads, Yui trying to fit in with her group of friends and a few characters shown to be opportunists trying to raise their social standing within the school. Hachiman's character gets prominent focus throughout much of the series as we are shown what led him to adopt his cynical mentality on adolescence and the self-harm he will inflict on his social image in order to mend situations that he and the Service Club become involved in. Much of what SNAFU has to tell on the high school experience isn't explored much in many titles and makes it a nice breath of fresh air in recent years as many high school-themed titles tend to pander to otaku audiences with more conventional premises. About the only issue I have with the approach that SNAFU does with telling its story is that it lacks a proper resolution as the Service Club members have yet to fully establish a close relationship with one another and come to an understanding with their experiences in high school. But I'm sure more of this will be addressed in the show's upcoming second season.
In terms of presentation, there is nothing that really sticks out with SNAFU. Visuals are standard quality with smooth lining and vivid color on character designs, which have a decent amount of detail though not too much out of the ordinary. The soundtrack consists of energetic and light music pieces that do their part at enhancing serious and comical moments within the series, though nothing sticks out too prominently with the music to the series.
Overall, SNAFU made for an engaging watch thanks to its solid and engaging focus on social psychology with its high school aged-characters and setting. I'm definitely looking forward to the upcoming second season of this one.