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[SPOILERS] Oregairu Volume 13 Summary + Impressions

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This was a difficult volume to get my head around. I’m writing this summary not just so that fans can get an idea about what happens, but so that I can sort out my feelings on it.

A quick refresher: At the end of volume 12, Hiratsuka-sensei told Hachiman that Yukino is in trouble. He runs off to save her even though she says that she doesn’t want his help.

Volume 13 starts with Hachiman arriving at the staff room to talk with Hiratsuka-sensei. She gives him an update on the prom situation, telling him that although the proposal hasn’t been scrapped yet, the school wants “self-restraint” from the students organising the prom.

Even though the intent of this line is clearly to inspire the students to give up on the prom idea on their own accord, Hachiman willfully twists the meaning of the word “self-restraint” and decides that the issue can still be forced through. Realising Hachiman’s intent, Hiratsuka-sensei is happy. “I trust you,” she says.

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Knowing that she’ll be leaving her post as his teacher soon, she gives him some final advice. “Just helping her out with this prom isn’t going to save her.”

Hachiman acknowledges that, but even so, he still knowingly pursues the wrong path.


Hachiman’s idea for getting the prom accepted is a very typical Hachiman scheme. He’ll come up with a plan for a second prom, one that looks terrible next to Yukino’s proposal, and pressure the school into making a choice between one of the two proposals.

Meanwhile, Yukino has been going about things in her own way. In order to make the prom less “scandalous,” she has revised the dress code, among other things. But Hachiman doesn’t think that this will be enough to appease Yukino’s mother.

“I want to help you,” he insists. “I want to take responsibility.”

But Yukino insists that she needs to do things by herself, otherwise she won’t be able to move forward. Hachiman has no choice but to accept that, so he proposes a different approach instead: turn it into a competition. They’ll go about things their separate ways, and whoever succeeds will be the winner and can ask anything of the other person. After all, it was never a requirement for the Service Club to work together in order to solve problems.

After a silence, Yukino responds, “That’s fine with me.”

When Hachiman expresses his surprise at her willingness to comply, she smirks. “Didn’t you know? I’ve always hated to lose.”

Iroha, who has been watching this whole exchange, isn’t impressed. Why does he have to be so roundabout? she wonders. She’s asked Hachiman before about why he wants to help Yukino so much, but he never gave her a straight answer. Don’t talk about taking responsibility like it’s some kind of excuse, she grumbles to herself.

Iroha is a complete bystander to the confrontation, and can’t be sure if what she witnessed was a confession, a lover’s quarrel or a breakup. After Hachiman leaves, she finds it too awkward to remain in the room. Yukino appears to be fine, but just as Iroha is about to go home, she thinks she sees Yukino crying to herself.

Iroha immediately confronts Hachiman after that. She tells Hachiman why she wants to do the prom – because she knows things are ending soon and she doesn’t want anyone to have regrets.

“That’s why you have to do it right,” she says, looking him in the eye.

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The next morning, Hachiman comes across Yui and tells her about what’s happened. Yui insists on helping Hachiman, and he can’t refuse her. He appears to be unaware, however, of what Yui is really thinking and why she insists on watching over him. There’s nothing Yui wants more desperately than for the three of them to stay together, even as she knows that it’s an impossibility. Yui also has romantic feelings for Hachiman that she has kept suppressed for a long time.

I’m such a mean and horrible girl, she can’t help but think.


The rest of the volume is mainly preoccupied with Hachiman enlisting help from all the side characters in order to get his scheme to work. In what is 100% the best scene in the novel, Hachiman tricks the hapless goons from the Games Club (remember them from volume 3?) into helping design a fake website with fake opinions from students.

Another great scene is when Hachiman convinces Tamanawa that his deliberately terrible prom plan is completely viable by using nothing but buzzwords and over-the-top hand gestures, just as he learned from Tamanawa himself.

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There are still some serious scenes even in the midst of the volume’s most light-hearted content. For example, Hachiman has a conversation with Ebina, where she tells him, “Everyone can see what’s going on with you three just by looking.” This is a prospect which disturbs Hachiman somewhat, because he didn’t think that their relationship was so simple that it could be grasped from the outside.

Yui has an awkward chat with Yukino, telling her that she’s helping Hachiman for her own reasons. She also tells Yukino, rather cryptically, “Your wish won’t get granted.” Yukino responds that she’s been trying to get Yui’s wish granted, not her own. When Yui asks if Yukino really knows what her wish is, Yukino says, “It’s probably the same as mine.” Yui accepts that answer.

Hachiman also has a revealing conversation with Hayama, who finally tells him what the deal was between him and Yukino in elementary school. She was once a loner who got scorned by the other children, and although Hayama felt sorry for her, he only reached out to her in a “half-hearted way.” Because of that, he feels that he made her problems worse, and that she’ll probably never forgive him for it.

Despite the confession, Hachiman still thinks of Hayama as a good guy (although Hayama really doesn’t like him back). Because of his respect for Hayama, Hachiman feels that he can be blunt when Hayama tells him that his methods are wrong. “I know all of that,” Hachiman insists. “I do it because I know that. It’s the only way I can prove that our relationship isn’t codependent. It’s not necessary for me to help her, but I want to do it.”

Hayama blinks in surprise. “Hikigaya… do you know what that feeling is?” he asks with a conflicted smile.

“Of course I do,” replies Hachiman. “It’s a man’s stubbornness.”


After his conversation with Hachiman, Hayama calls up Haruno and they meet in a cafe.

Hayama asks Haruno why she planted the idea of “codependency” in Hachiman’s head. “Because it’s the truth,” she responds matter-of-factly.

Hayama tells Haruno to leave Hachiman and Yukino alone. Little by little, they’ve been improving, he insists. But Haruno disagrees. “That’s just a sham. I want to see something genuine.”

Her words hit Hayama where it hurts; she has long ago dismissed him as a faker. Hayama stews in his regret and wonders if Hachiman will turn out differently.

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Meanwhile, Hachiman organises to meet up with Haruno himself in order to ask her to leak the fake website for his plan. Haruno laughs in his face at his idea that through saving Yukino, he’ll prove that their relationship isn’t codependent. Yui, who has come along to offer Hachiman moral support, insists that putting distance would just make things worse. Haruno isn’t convinced, but she decides to do what Hachiman asks of her anyway.

Hachiman thinks that the matter is settled there, but unbeknownst to him, Yui goes back to confront Haruno again later. “I think you’re wrong about us being codependent,” she says. “Wanting to do something for another person… Feeling hurt and doing your best, wanting to support them, and always wanting to be with them… It’s not codependency.”

“Hey, do you think that’s something genuine?” Haruno asks quietly.

“I don’t know,” says Yui helplessly. For her, it just hurts all over.

The stage has been set for the final conflict.


In the end, Yukino’s mother accepts Yukino’s proposal in an anticlimactic twist. But everyone knew that was not where the conflict truly lay. No, the real issue was always about what came after. After arguing about who should take the credit for a little while, Yukino decides to accept the win.

So she tells Hachiman her request.

“Let’s put an end to this.”

This relationship is wrong. It’s not what Hachiman wanted for her. She’s fine now by herself, she insists. He saved her.

Hachiman has lost every reason to interact with her.

“I understand,” he says finally. “I’ll listen to what you have to say. If it’s within my power, I’ll do it.”

“Please grant Yuigahama-san’s wish.”

“Is that your wish?”

“Yes, it’s my wish,” says Yukino with a gentle smile.

After that, there’s nothing more to say. They end their final exchange, and Yukino closes the door softly behind him.

Hachiman does not look back.


Note: Photos come from this imgur folder.

Update: Added a paragraph about Yui’s conversation with Yukino and her wish.

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Posted on November 27, 2018, in Anime Analysis and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 31 Comments.

  1. nooooooo, such a cliffhanger. I cant sleep until the next volume released. Damn it.

    Btw thx for the translation. Its a great works.

  2. Thanks very much! As for Yuigahama’s wish, did she ask for a proper date with Hachiman in vol 13?

  3. Thank you so very much!

  4. Wait what was Yui’s wish?

  5. UPDATE: I’ve added this paragraph to the summary about Yui and Yukino’s conversation and Yui’s wish:

    Yui has an awkward chat with Yukino, telling her that she’s helping Hachiman for her own reasons. She also tells Yukino, rather cryptically, “Your wish won’t get granted.” Yukino responds that she’s been trying to get Yui’s wish granted, not her own. When Yui asks if Yukino really knows what her wish is, Yukino says, “It’s probably the same as mine.” Yui accepts that answer.

  6. oooh, now I have to ponder in which sense Yui means that and if Yukino (and we) really know what Yui wants. Thank you!

  7. Been a while since I was here. I need to get this whole series for real.

    Shit has definitely gone down and though I am a bit fragmented with the events before (I am always on and off with Oregairu. I wish there was more of the anime.) the way I’m seeing this ending feels really good in my opinion.

    I think I’ll buy all novels and binge by the time vol 14 hits. Good to read again bruh;D

  8. Hi, thanks for the translation!!, It really helps to know what is going on in this volume. It may be too soon, but is there any where the whole volume is transalted?

  9. Hey frog-kun can u please clarify this

    “Meanwhile, Hachiman organises to meet up with Haruno himself in order to ask her to leak the fake website for his plan. Haruno laughs in his face at his idea that through saving Yukino, he’ll prove that their relationship isn’t codependent. Yui, who has come along to offer Hachiman moral support, insists that putting distance would just make things worse. Haruno isn’t convinced, but she decides to do what Hachiman asks of her anyway.”

    How does Hachiman’s idea saves Yukino??

    • Hachiman thinks that his idea will get Yukino’s plan for the prom approved, which is what “saving her” in this context means. He wants her to succeed while also feeling as if she has maintained her independence.

  10. How can yukino be able to give up so easily on Hachiman if she was really in love with him? I bet she is not so interested in him (she reveals that she prefers her friendship with yui rather than beginning a romance with him) and wants to go back to the wealthy Hayama by using Yui as an excuse. It is in fact better cool for yukino to reject Hachiman in a cool way by saying “it’s because of my friendship with yui” instead of saying the true sentence ” Let the poor marry together and the rich marry together, “

  11. I think the central theme of this volume is “Why did Hachiman want to help Yukino?” Hachiman gave different answers to different people. It is because he was unable to be genuine about his feeling. So I believe that it is Hachiman’s turn to get help in the last volume.

  12. Isn’t Yui’s wish that she wants all 3 to be together? from the end of volume 11?

  13. If you don’t mind, may I ask what that image of Miura on the beach, barefoot and shivering, is all about? It’s made me extremely curious.

  14. Yui’s and therefore Yukino’s wish is one of the 2 I think ?

    1. Get hachiman and still keep the 3 of the together (though she has acknowledged that as impossible)

    2. For her friends to be happy and together

    The ball will obviously be in Yui’s court in the last volume. This is setting up to be hachman and yukino all the way unless the author throws in a twist.

  15. when is vol 14 going to be release?

  16. So does that mean Hayama’s Mystery “Y” girl was Yukino ?

  17. Hayama blinks in surprise. “Hikigaya… do you know what that feeling is?” he asks with a conflicted smile.

    Can anyone to me what did hayama mean by this?

    • In regards to was it Yukino……….No I’m largely sure that it was Haruno Yukinoshita………..Haruno hates him because he didn’t do enough to help Yukino during school and Yukino must have similar feelings….However his replies and instantly responding to Haruno (coupled with him continuously preventing Iroha + Miura from expressing their love to him), means he has feelings for another girl outside (Haruno).

      In regards to “What that feeling is”……….it’s less of a what did Hayama mean by it and more he was surprised by what Hachiman was saying……..Hachiman has always stated “I am alone and therefore i do things how i want”……..however he’s unequivocally stating not only that his methods are wrong (which by chance is something I’ve stated for many years now) but also that he’s willing to do anything to help Yukino……..Hayama is basically calling him selfless

      But 8man changes selfless into “a man’s stubbornness”………Note how he says “a man’s” and not “stubbornness” as one word. A man’s implies towards a woman he thinks of affectionately.

  18. Hmm Frog Kun RalphZiggy speaks very highly of you (a friend of mine from FanFic) and I can see why…I’ve read your summary from vol12 and now 13 its really well done and very concise (thank you very much).
    From what you wrote this was a seriously packed chapter (gives me hope for a s3 of the anime in fact), however I do have a few problems with it and i think Ralph shares my slight discontent.

    Firstly I dont have an issue with the ending (however i think that should have come earlier) as it was important for Yukinoshita to break her obvious co-dependency on Hachiman to allow for something genuine. However the production of a sudden second contest by Hachiman makes no sense…….the initial service club contest was never completely resolved so why the need for another??

    Next Yui’s wish was somewhat revealed at the end of the anime…….She wants it all…Hachiman and their friendship (and you stated yourself she has unrequited love feelings + an intense need to stay together). However Yukinoshita has destroyed the second aspect by breaking up the service club and therefore that can’t happen…so all she has left is Hachiman. Therefore it has to be for Hachiman to date her (or at least a date), this is going to cause huge problems because even though Hachiman agreed to carry out Yui’s wish, he himself has shot down Yui on multiple occasions and doesn’t love her which is going to push her away either during the date or after and towards Yukino.

    My other major problem with this chapter is the backtracking on the improvement of our MC’s. Hachiman had seemingly learnt by the end of s2 of the anime how his methods were wrong and required input from others to mould a much more well-rounded plan. This chapter seems to have him regress towards his previous methods of doing things himself for his own selfish requirements and becoming overwhelmed by his emotions far too much…….I really don’t see how he could have regressed so much at this stage…however thats just my opinion.

    How do i see vol 14???? Hachiman will go on a date with Yui, Haruno will get wind of the date and will tell Yukino she has to make a decision on what she wants. Yui will realise Hachiman loves Yukino and not her and she’ll once again break down but tell Hachiman to go to Yukino because she does still care about Yukino as a friend.

    Then one of two things can happen….either Yukino will move away to pursure her own wishes and come back later to be with Hachiman (more likely imo)…or they will stay together from thereon indefinitely…………I guess we shall see how it pans out (apologies for the long-winded answer).

    • Demn i cant sleep with this chapter being a cliffhanger ugh, I cant wait what will happen to the 3 . But i need to see Hachiman and Yukino being a couple xoxoxoxooxoxoxox

      • WW may already give a hint to the ending. In one of the color illustration, Yukino stands on the left, Hachiman stands on the right and with Saki, Ebina, Yui, Miura and Iroha in between. While Yukino and Hachiman stand on the foreground, the other five stand slightly into the background. I think this is half of a larger illustration. The other half will have Hachiman stands on the left, Yukino stands on the right and with Zaimokuza, Totsuka, Hayama, Tobe and Komachi in between. So Oregairu is the story of Hachiman and Yukino.

        • Yes yes yess I just need to see them to have their relationship to the next level just like in the Oregairu gamee!!! Im excited to wait for that haha, I hope that we will be satisfied in the ending of oregairu, and i may rest in piece

          • We know undoubtedly that Oregairu will have a definite and finite ending………However their remains the slight possibility that all character could still remain on their own having achieved some insight to their own indefinicienes and being able to move on with their own lives.
            I think most the fan base would prefer Yukino x Hachiman as this has always seemed the best way for both Yukino and Hachiman to complete their own (half-selves) as it were, they complete each other basically. Yui x Hachiman or any of the other girls (Iroha or Kawasaki) never really had an actual chance.
            I’ve heard April 2019 as the release date for volume 14 (and the release date i had for November 18 as volume 13 was correct from the same person) so I’m going to stick with that.

  19. I just want to see happy ending for Hachiman and Yukino

    I know Yui will dissapoint about Yukino
    Love Hachiman i very happy if Yui not
    Will sad

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