Horimiya: Season 2/ Episode 8 “Yanagi-Kun” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)

Like previous episodes with named characters, what begins to be about them, eventually focuses on others perception of them, with barely any new information or progress in any storyline.

Yanagi (Jun Fukiyama)

General Information

This section Includes information about the Director, Writer, and Cast.

Release Date (Crunchyroll) August 19, 2023
Director(s) Kakushi Ifuku
Writer(s) Chiaki Nagai
Previously Noted Characters and Cast
Yanagi Jun Fukuyama
Sengoku Nobuhiko Okamoto
Remi M·A·O
Hori Haruka Tomatsu
Miyamura Kōki Uchiyama

Plot Recap

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Everyone Wants To Be Closer To Yanagi – Yanagi, Sengoku, Remi, Hori, Miyamura

The gist of the episode is Yanagi is attractive to everyone, man or woman, and with some, like Miyamura being close enough to him to call him Akane, his first name, so comes a bit of jealousy. Thus leading to some, like Remi and Hori being playful and trying to get closer to him that way, or Sengoku, who gets so worried and caught up that he draws negative attention to himself.

Meanwhile, Yanagi, a bit oblivious to what everyone is doing and wants, is just trying to get to school on time since he isn’t a morning person.


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Feeling Like They Should Have Made An OVA Instead Of A Season

Yanagi (Jun Fukuyama) waking up
“Yanagi (Jun Fukuyama) waking up,” Horimiya, “Yanagi-Kun,” directed by Kakushi Ifuku, 2023, (Crunchyroll)

“Horimiya” is increasingly showing us why this season’s subtitle is “The Missing Pieces,” for, more often than not, it can feel like what we’re getting is the stuff that belongs on the cutting room floor. It doesn’t add anything notable, really adds to the story of these characters, and often feels like filler.

Now, granted, sometimes the filler is comical, like whenever Sengoku is made into the butt of a joke because he is a bit of an odd young man. However, at this point, it seems you could skip episodes and not miss anything, this being one of them.

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Horimiya: Season 2/ Episode 8 “Yanagi-Kun” – Overview


By the episode, the second season of “Horimiya” pushes the idea we’re experiencing a sophomore slump, and being eight episodes in, I can’t say there is much reason to get excited about the final 5.

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