Synonyms: I Don't Have Many Friends, Boku ha Tomodachi ga Sukunai
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 7, 2011 to Dec 23, 2011
24 min. per episode
R+ - Mild Nudity
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SynopsisHasegawa Kodaka has transferred schools, and he's having a hard time making friends. It doesn't help that his blond hair tends to make people think he's a delinquent. One day, he runs into his bad-tempered solitary classmate Yozora while she's talking animatedly to her imaginary friend Tomo. Realizing that neither of them have any actual friends, they decide that the best way to alter this situation is to form a club and start recruiting.
That is how "Rinjinbu", The Neighbours' Club, was formed, a club specifically designed for people who don't have very many friends. As other lonely classmates slowly join their little club, they'll try to learn how to build friendships through cooking together, playing games, and other group activities. But will this group of relationship-challenged misfits really be able to get along?
Related AnimeAdaptation: Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
Prequel: Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Episode 0
Sequel: Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai: Add-on Disc
Characters & Voice Actors
To be honest, I came here looking for just a plain comedy, what I found was a much more. The opening few episodes were genuinely funny. At first the characters don't look particularly fascinating however, as the series progresses they become more and more interesting. Towards the end the anime is set up brilliantly for its next season which would be hard to miss if you completed the first one. An anime to get easily hooked to and one which becomes more interesting as it progresses.
I liked it a lot and overall it is quite nice.
“It doesn't matter if you can’t make 100 friends. Instead, make real friends who are as important to you as 100 of them. It doesn't matter if you have one, as long as it’s a friend that you care about.” – Mikazuki Yozora
Everyone at some point in their lives eventually will make the decision as to who their real friends are going to be. This quote summarizes the theme of the anime.
‘Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai’, or ‘Haganai’ for short, is a story about a transfer student named Hasegawa Kodaka, who is having a hard time making friends due to the fact that he looks like a delinquent. He comes across another lone wolf named Mikazuki Yozora, and the two decide to form the ‘Neighbor’s Club’ in an attempt at helping others who have similar issues with making friends.
Simply put, it’s a comedy story about the ‘Neighbor’s Club’ and the shenanigans and hilarity that ensues. Whether it’s playing video games, chilling at the beach, or even going to summer festivals, there are many ways the club members entertain themselves. The main goal is to learn from these experiences in order to reciprocate them with any friends they may make in the future. The narration of the series is done by Kodaka, so the viewers see everything on a more human aspect instead of from an outsider’s viewpoint. This is good because that means we see the characters on a more personal level, which helps us relate to them. In general, the story is fun and entertaining, but its comedy elements are what make it shine.
What made the anime most memorable was its interesting set of characters. From the perverted Rika to the sadistic Yozora to the chunnibyou Kobato, their personalities are eccentric and enjoyable. The comedic interactions the characters have among themselves are what add humor to the story. What makes the characters so likable is that they’re easier to relate to since they have human like flaws, and what makes them so funny is how realistic the humor is.
The art does its job in complimenting the series and its characters. The character designs were drawn by Buriki, he is also the artist for the series Denpa Onna to Seishun, and Nagi no Asukara. This artist is good at bringing out the beauty of each of his characters in a variety of ways whether it’s the blonde beauty Kashiwazaki Sena, or the gorgeous cross dressing maid Kusunoki Yukimura. The background scenery also uses many colors, which made the animations vivid and beautiful. The close-up shots were clean because they had a good use of color pallets; however sometimes it did have its drops in quality.
There isn't much to mention about the sound. The soundtrack fit the mood at times. However, the sound definitely isn’t one of the anime’s strengths, because the OST just wasn't very memorable. Though, I did find the opening and ending song to be catchy.
At first glance, I never would have thought this series would be this addicting. The character interactions were very fun, and the humor itself made this such an enjoyable watch. This is an anime in which I found myself laughing out loud more often than not. The humor may not be for everyone; however it’s still a very memorable anime due to its amusing characters and comical situations they are placed in.
Though the anime was very enjoyable, it isn’t perfect. The story isn’t amazing, and the soundtrack wasn’t anything extraordinary, but the strengths more than outweigh the weaknesses, and overall I thought it was very good. The series was very enjoyable, and it kept me very consistently entertained. I highly recommend this to anyone that is fond of the genre.
'Teen Romantic Comedy Gone Wrong', or whatever typically long-winded light novel jibberish 'Yahari Ore' translates into shows all the signs of being Boku Friendship DONE RIGHT. As another user noted with their recommendation, Boku Friendship gradually turns into something of a full-on ecchi harem fest. Unlike Yahari, Boku wa started out as purely lighthearted rom-com fluff--causing later developments that expand on previously 1D comic relief characters to be awkward & its lead's turn towards a more... emo stance coming across unnaturally. Yahari one-upped this by presenting its characters as humans with relatable social difficulties from the get-go whilst still retaining sharp, witty dialogue.
Instead of, say, a blonde Japanese guy everyone assumes is a thug without talking to him & a blonde American-tit'd #1 school idol that refers to herself as a Goddess and has men kneeling before her at will, Yahari presents a dysfunctional lead trio, consisting of: a misanthrope lead pushed away from social contact by rejection, a beautiful girl well aware that her physical beauty causes others problems & an average 'TRYING TO FIT IN' girl--her attempts to climb the social ladder being illustrated nicely in ep2.
While it's true that Yahari still leans more on the side of fantasy than reality with its 1x loner guy x2 beautiful girls in an empty club premise, the set-up/presentation/illustration of social woes is executed much better than in most other similar works. Paint me impressed!
Similar premises, socially-challenged high school students form a club all about helping others overcome their difficulties. Both shows employ snappy, blunt dialogue, but Haganai unfortunately falls victim to the generic harem ecchi trap.
Main character who has no friends and people think is scary for how he looks, similar lead females, assertive female, popular girl, pretty boy who looks like girl, main character also has cute younger sister. Also mc joins club to make friends with female lead who doesn't have friends either.
Club members consist of people who don't have many friends. I find that both of these shows is very enjoyable and you'll feel right at home watching them. Yahari Ore, I feel is more "pessimistic" and has apparent less fan service compared to Boku wa Tomodachi.
The male main character doesn't have friends and forces/joins a club to make friends. He eventually gets surrounded by females and they go through the saga of not calling each other friends when at the end of it all they are friends because they do friend stuff.
Both of them have characters which don't have friends and are unsociable. Throughout the story, in both anime, the main protagonists develop friendships with the people they hang out with, which they don't realize or don't want to realize.
The main difference is, that in Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, the protagonists want to have friends and fail to realize that they've already made them, and in Yahari Ore no Seishun, they don't really care about such things (at least that's what they want us to think).
TL;DR: Both are fun to watch. However, if you liked one of them it doesn't mean that you'll like the other.
Stories of unpopular male MC joining a club, of which all other members are girls. Show extensive interaction between members within the club and how they try to achieve their club objectives. Both shows are humorous (not just comedy but zany humor).
Both anime operates under the concept of teenagers with relationship problem.
Similar in various ways. Both of the male main characters have no friends. They both join a club. In a way, both of the main characters are involved in a love triangle.
Both main characters have no friends, school club setting, main females have similar personality.
Same type of humour and interesting main characters
• Both of these stories are about people who have problems making what can be considered a true friendships with each other because of some sort of social stigma that they themselves place
The author of OreGairu got the idea and inspiration to write the light novel after reading Haganai. Both series have a similar atmosphere, so if you'll like/have liked one of them, then the other one won't let you down, either. OreGairu might be a bit deeper than Haganai, however, as it includes various philosophies and truly emphasizes relations between the characters. Regardless, both have a similar touch and are very suggested.
club for the socially challenged
both protagonists make clubs for people who don't fit in and one boy is surrounded by a bunch of girls. they also make the most of their time in the clubs and you get to see the gradual changes in them as the series progresses.
Both main characters are loners in school and want to make friends. They both end up being forced into the same club as the female lead. They participate in club activities and their circle of friends start to grow.
This is also one similar story of how a lonely guy came into a club and he started getting friends. It is quite a good story. However, unlike Oregairu, this anime has some fan service so the guys should be able to enjoy it.
In both anime, the main character is a guy who has no friends and then joins a club. Join the adventure of these anime!
- characters has no friends/wants to make friends/socially challenged
- misunderstood protagonists
- similar characters/tropes
- kuudere/tsundere: Yozora and Yukino
- fujoshi/pervert : Rika and Hina
- trap: Yukimura and Totsuka
Both of these series involve socially inept skills and attempt to recover from their personality problems that set them far from the social interactions of their school.
These two are so similar that the OreImo cast made a 'from behind' cameo appearance, in episode 11 of Boku.
Kirino and Sena are the same character... breasts aside. Their spoiled princess attitudes, erotic game addiction, prideful arrogance getting in the way of friendship and fangs are NEARLY IDENTICAL. What's more, Kuroneko and Yozora ALSO MIRROR EACH OTHER--sharing 'bickering love' friendships with K&S respectively. They argue CONSTANTLY when together, oblivious to the how similar their personalities are. The only difference of note in the relationships between the shows is that Yozora clearly has the upper hand against Sena--often forcing her to run away, crying. THERE'S EVEN A GUY IN THE LOVE-TRI MIDDLE, IN BOTH SHOWS!
The episodic content is VERY familiar, also: making friends is central to Boku's story but even OreImo had an episode about trying to make friends. And both shows deal heavily with otaku/gaming jokes.
• Both have similar art styles
• Both have similar characters
• Both involve gaming, cute girls gaming.
The art is similar and both have many things is common.
The constant fighting between Yozora and Sena remind me a lot to Kirino and Kuroneko (and the personalities are also similar, as the fanaticism that Kirino and Sena have for the eroge).
In short, if you like "OreImo" you'll like "Boku wa Tomodachi..." as well.
Similar comedic formats (one male straight man, two females who argue constantly but are united in harassing the guy)
Also, similar themes about being true to yourself and learning to accept your own quirks.
Same animation style, both really funny and comical
sibling relationships, playing eroge
* 1 main male character
* 2 main female characters, one with dark and one bright colored hair
* they play video games
* the girls aren't very good friends at the beginning
Both involve girls who are obsessed with eroge and want friends. Also have similar characters.
Both animes are made by AIC Build. Also, in both animes, there is moe, a girl who likes ero-games, a girl who dresses in gotchic lolita dress no matter what weather, and a otaku girl who wears glasses.
Both are also seinen series, and have harem in them.
Similar comedy style and both series have a girl obsessed with eroge.
Both animes try to address certain problems in today's society. Oreimo deals with the problem of being an otaku while Haganai focuses on the issue of making friends. While neither are particularly educational, they both offer hilarious moments and sometimes emotional moments.
Very similar in art styles and in episode 11 of boku wa tomodachi ga sukunai there is an appearence of the characters from ore no imouto ga konnani kawaii wake ga nai.
-Similar character personalities
-Recurring eroge theme
There are some jokes/allusions to OreImo within the series.
I really like both animes.
In both you'll find a male main character that is surrounded by a lot of girls. One difference here is that Boku wa Tomodachi also includes younger girls that couldnt't be in a relationship with the main actor. Also there is no brother/sister love story, like you can see it in Ore no Imouto, especially later on in the story.
And still with have two girls with Sena and Yozora that seem quiet related to Kirino and Kureneko. Their relationship is the same and both want something from the main character. Also Rika fits Manami somehow..
So as you can see also from the other comments, both series got a different storyline but have many characters that are familiar.
Both the artwork and cast, especially the cast, are very similar. For example, Sena and Kobato are practically IDENTICAL to Kirino and Kuroneko and they end up in fights as well. In addition, both shows make references to other anime and have brother complex and eroge too so if you liked one, then be sure to check the other one out!
They both are comedy, obviously. They both have a male protagonist and a little sister to accompany them in some way. They both deal with solving a problem.
They have a similar feeling due to the video games and the awkward moments.
If you enjoyed Ore no Imouto Konnani Wake ga Nai and wish to find something similar to this anime, I suggest Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai. It is about the heroine and protagonist wanting to learn how to make friends so they create a club called "The Neighbors Club" which is about learning how to socialize to make friends and to make friends within the club. Quite similar to the conflict that the heroine in OreImo faces and both animes include that of otaku hobbies as well as have a character who's name is Sena. =)
(and they are both into games that feature homoge, eroge, galge, etc.)
Both the characters Sena and Kirino are full on otaku and force the main characters into playing the games that they like.
Both shows have a similar feeling--lightly harem, lots of otaku-oriented references, mostly about character and relationships, not too much high-concept and nothing supernatural. The theme of acceptance is very strongly presented in both shows. Both are primarily comedy with some dramatic moments. Both have sequels that differ in quality from the original (except that Haganai's sequel gets better, and Ore Imo's gets worse).
Opening Theme"Zannenkei Rinjinbu (Hoshi Futatsu Han) (残念系隣人部★★☆(星ふたつ半))" by Tomodachi Tsukuritai (友達つくり隊) (Marina Inoue, Kanae Itou, Nozomi Yamamoto, Misato Fukuen, Kana Hanazawa, and Yuka Iguchi)
Ending Theme"Watashi no Kimochi (私のキ・モ・チ)" by Marina Inoue
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