Synonyms: I Don't Have Many Friends, Boku ha Tomodachi ga Sukunai
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 7, 2011 to Dec 23, 2011
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: R+ - Mild NudityL represents licensing company
Score: 7.771 (scored by 72103 users)
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Dec 22, 2011
What do you get when an ambitious and rather oddball girl drags an unwilling male into forming a club for whatever reason? You get the "Save the World by Overloading it with Fun (SOS) Haruhi Suzumiya Brigade!" Oh wait, wrong show. You alternatively could get the "Neighbors Club." Yes, that seems about right. This fabulous club is composed of Kodaka and Kobato Hasegawa, Yozora Mikazuki, Sena Kashiwazaki, Rika Shiguma, Maria Takayama and Yukimura Kusunoki. Watch as this rebellious group takes on one of the world's most challenging of tasks: making friends!
"Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai" follows the misadventures of our assembled group of social misfits as they chase after the ever elusive rose-colored campus life of "popular" people. And what a daunting task this seems to be. After all, when your club is made up of such interesting people as a misunderstood "Yankee", two girls who assert themselves as goddesses (though only one of them is truly worthy of the title), a gender-confused-full-of-fighting-spirit-samurai and many others, the task of making true friends would seem quite difficult. Unknown to them, however, perhaps they will make friends with the very misfits they set out on this journey with.
Let us quickly get this out of the way. The artwork in "Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai" is flat out awesome. Those familiar with "Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko" will immediately recognize the similarities, since they were done by the same artist. And how fortunate that is, because depictions of Meat are as glorious as they can be. Backgrounds and characters are very colorful and animations are fluid enough, giving the viewer delicious eye candy. Look at those sultry lips on the females for instance...Check out official arts if you are having doubts.
"Haganai" (which is what I will be calling this show now) gives us the rather touching message that it is not necessarily the number of friends one has, but its about the one friend that is worth a hundred. The de facto leader of the Neighbors Club, Yozora, once wisely proclaimed this as a child, but now has trouble even maintaining normal conversations with other people. She above all wants to make friends, along with the rest of the club. However, most of the show is focused on comedy that usually arises with clashes between Yozora and Sena, and not actually making friends. I mean they try, and by that I mean Kodaka tries, but they usually end up having their share of laughs without establishing that close connection they desire. The club is already in trouble in the beginning, seeing as we have two tsunderes with a liking to the main character, Inde--Maria and Kobato fighting for Kodaka's brotherly affections, and Yukimura and Rika, who are both plain weird. Rika more so.
The sound of "Haganai" is quite enjoyable in its own charming kind of way. The opening theme is "Zannenkei Rinjinbu" by all the female members of the cast, and is an extremely cheesy J-Pop song detailing aspects of friendship. It is upbeat and disgustingly catchy, with a good indication of what the show is about. The ending theme is "My Feelings "by Marina Inoue (voice of Yozora) and fits well enough. It is yet another disgustingly catchy theme accompanied by a very enjoyable sequence of Yozora and Sena interacting in a rock band...The voice acting is excellent, and Marina Inoue's deeper voice for Yozora is quite enjoyable, in particular when she is on one of her many rants and shenanigans concerning Sena and general social values.
"Haganai"s comedy is generally pretty funny. Most of the comedic scenes are the club's fruitless attempts at making friends, such as establishing connections through multiplayer gaming, karaoke, and keeping in touch via cell phones. Of course, these attempts go horribly wrong, such as griefing each other and keeping things too literal....It is a fun and rather cheerful series, but Yozora is usually there to give the brutally sarcastic remarks she characteristically has, giving glimpses of her underlying attitude. I did not dislike her, but I certainly wished that she had tried a bit harder in making friends with the others, rather that step all over Sena and try to get closer to Kodaka. She may even have become much closer friends with Sena if she did not act that way, giving her just one more friend. The last episode just might change your opinion of her however...
There was a slight plot interwoven throughout the episodes, but it does not really leave much of an impact, at least not on me. You will have to be the judge on that. I however, simply watched "Haganai" for my weekly servings of Meat and shenanigans of the "Neighbors Club."
"Haganai" is an entertaining show depicting the doomed attempts of the "Neighbors Club" in making friends and ultimately becoming popular. Even though most of their attempts fail, it gives a rather nice message that friendship can come from the most unexpected of places. It covers basic methods of interacting with others and the hilarity that follows. The comedy is good, and the delicious eye candy may be enough to draw you into the series. Check it out if you ever need an anime guide on how NOT to make friends!
Oh, and to those who have bothered to read this far, I am a Sena fanboy. Sorry, Yozora, move over for the REAL goddess. She, along with a certain brigade leader, will be the only Gods I'll ever worship!
Jan 2, 2012
Haganai was not an enjoyable anime for me. I did not find it funny past a certain point. For the first three episodes the show revolves around the mistaken delinquent and the two "heroines" of the series - Yozora and Sena. These episodes for the most part were quite sharp, and as Sena and Yozora's antics grew and grew, Kodaka's role as the straight man would be stressed further and further.
So it makes sense when dolloping even more characters into the show would have scary consequences. Kodaka's cosplaying sister, a perverse scientist, a ten year old sister of the church who says poop IN EVERY EPISODE THEREAFTER, a cross-dressing maid (whose original gender I can't even remember) - and you know what? There's a line that is drawn eventually where you're just sitting there watching your Mazui subs on your home computer and go "why do I give a shit about any of these characters?"
Your rhetorical question is not easy to answer. It's a bitter reality, but Haganai is just another generic ecchi harem. Kodaka can do nothing to save the show any more. The craziness gets too out of hand for a single straight man, and amidst the chaos you lose the ability to sympathize with any character. Do I root for Sena? She was just so mean in that last scene! But now Yozora's being illogical! Who am I supposed to side with? Thank goodness the nun got naked! That sure helped alleviate tension!
The characters feel too unbelievable for an anime that tries to deal with an actual issue. It's about a group of freaks trying to become friends, except said group is so eccentric that such personalities could never exist. There is no characterization to any cast member as each is treated as a joke. All other reviewers call Rika the "perverted scientist" because that's what she is; nothing more. She has no feelings, she has no emotions, she just has her gags. There is no insight into any of the characters of the show save Yozora and Sena, and the little that is given into them is so cliche and sparse that it's hard to separate Haganai from the thousands of other ecchi comedies.
Haganai just felt like a jumble of too many ideas, too many characters, and not enough depth anywhere. It is a shallow production laden with offensive language and poop jokes. And not the good kind of poop jokes, just repetition of the word "poop." The show struggles with trying to be realistic whilst adding so many unrealistic elements it just became frustrating.
I do not recommend this anime to anyone. It earns 5/10 (average) and has nothing interesting to offer beyond one or two jokes throughout it's 288 minute run-time. read more
Jan 14, 2013
As mentioned above, this anime has just a whiff of a story. The main character Kodaka transferred to a new school. Due to his unusual blonde hair and unintended aggressive behavior his classmates avoid him and leave him friendless. One afternoon after class, he goes to his classroom and sees Yozora, his classmate, talking to herself (or rather to say her “air friend”). After discussing this issue, Yozora founds the Neighbors Club in order to make friends. Kodaka is forced to join the club. Shortly after the foundation, another girl named Sena joins the club. She and Yozora often fight and see the other as rival. Furthermore, the club is joined by other girls who I’m going to describe in the character section.
This story seems quite interesting but after seeing the first two episodes one quickly realizes that it just forms the shell of the anime while fanservice and comic elements form the core. Therefore, I cannot give the story a higher rating than a five.
Kodaka is your average reserved boy in every ecchi/harem anime, nothing to add. Okay, he has a small background story which is not worth mentioning. Actually, the two interesting characters are the following: Yozora and Sena. Yozora is the leader of the Neighbors Club. She is a witty and barbed girl who always teases Sena. In addition, she has a background story which this review does not cover due to the fact that it would spoiler (even if it is not a stunning spoiler). Sena is our fanservice. Her big boobs are bouncing in almost every scene. She is popular amongst the boys in her school but she does not have any real friends and loves to play VNs. Her rivalry with Yozora refreshes this anime and makes it enjoyable and worth watching. It is very amusing as they are actually similar in their character traits but do nothing except teasing the other.
The supporting characters are simply disappointing me. Kodaka’s sister Kobato and Maria are annoying (just like their voices). Maria’s affection to Kodaka enrages Kobato which results in a fight between them. Yukimura and Rika are just weird to watch.
The animation is okay, nothing innovative or “epoch making” but seriously, what do you expect of an ecchi anime?
The opening and ending themes are enjoyable and catchy. I like them although they are somewhat strange and exaggerated.
What I really loved while watching the anime were the piano themes. They fit the situation well and are rememberable. But the problem is: they are overused. The themes are repeated in every episode and although I like them they start to annoy you due to the fact that they have a funny character. Though I have to admit I did not notice it until the last two episodes.
If you are interested in a serious and intertwining plot, this anime is definitely nothing for you. But if you like humorous scenes and you are interested in a not so exaggerated ecchi anime, then give it a try. The “conflict” between Yozora and Sena is enjoyable and funny. I liked this anime and completed it in two days.
Summing up one can say that this anime is refreshing and funny to watch though the story does barely develop. The story and the weird supporting characters force me to downrate this anime although I would have given it an eight or maybe even a nine. So now I am going to watch the second season and I am excited to see it.
PS: This is my first review. Contact me for criticism. Thank you very much for taking your time reading this review. read more
Jun 21, 2012
Almost everything went wrong apparently.
The first four episodes were actually very nice to watch. Being the only focus of the story, Kodaka, Yozora Mikazuki, and Sena Kashiwazaki were able to ingratiate themselves to the viewers. It is here where we see Kodaka, Yozora, and Sena at their best. Awkwardly practicing to make friends and perhaps not realize that they’ve become closer already. While it wasn’t the most well written interaction available it was still reasonably amusing as Kodaka kept Yozora and Sena’s antics in check and by extension allowed the show to hit that special middle zone between gratuitous and outrageous. Best of all the mood of the series was consistent and knew what it wanted to do. The early episodes of Boku wa Tomodachi wa Sukunai are the best in the series.
Unfortunately, once the first four episodes pass the anime starts to add more characters than it can handle. Of course, as a harem anime not having more than two choic—err, I mean heroines was inevitable. The problem is that there was simply no time for a new character to ingratiate themselves to the viewer because more often than not another member of the Neighbors Club was introduced before the audience could be familiar with whoever just joined the cast. Worse still is that the anime’s tendency to show every character as much as possible has nothing to show for it. Either the series has no development to let the supporting cast stand by itself or what little characterization they have becomes dispersed by the imprecise ensemble focus to the point of being unrecognizable. A spotlight episode for Kobato Hasegawa, Rika Shiguma, Maria Takayama, and Yukimura Kusunoki would have actually been welcome since Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai focused on everyone instead of just Kodaka, Yozora, and Sena anyway.
Of course, even if the characterization and development took a hit there was no reason for the interactions between everyone not to retain any quality. I assume you would go into this anime expecting certain clichés and humor. It makes sense. What doesn’t make sense is how inconsistently the dynamics are treated. At times Yozora’s cruel jokes on Sena are merely played for laughs while at others the outcome of the humor produces drama. Some people might say it shows Sena no longer tolerating Yozora’s antics but that explanation makes no sense because the first case of the humor being treated seriously doesn’t mark the end of it as a gag. The inconsistent mood is further worsened by some of Kobato and Maria’s bickering that reaches a point where it looks like it might become dramatic only for everyone else to treat their banter as irrelevant. Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai can’t decide how seriously it wants to take itself.
Most damning of all, however, is how the show tries to seem meaningful at the end by showing flashbacks of mostly the Kodaka, Yozora, and Sena moments. Not only does it undermine the side characters that were introduced at the expense of the main characters in the first place but the main characters don’t have many moments to reminisce about because the side characters diluted the show’s focus on everyone. Ironically, if the side characters weren’t in the anime then this attempt at reminding the audience of all the time Kodaka, Yozora, and Sena spent together would have actually have had the nostalgic effect it was going for; Either the entire 12 episodes would have had more chances to develop their relationship or the series would just be compressed to the Kodaka, Yozora, and Sena moments. The side characters are ultimately pointless in the overall plot of Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai and end up bringing down the main characters as well.
I say the anime got almost everything wrong because if nothing else the opening song, Zannenkei Rinjinbu, is very catchy and is sung by a group of prolific seiyus with Kana Hanazawa among them. The rest of the show’s soundtrack is decidedly average mood matching but at least there’s nothing particularly out of place.
However, as I believe I’ve already implied, the best part about Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai are the visuals. This is one of the few anime that piqued my interest solely for the delicious character designs so hey, at least I’m getting the fanservice I expected. There’s a variety of designs too so I’d imagine it’d be pretty difficult not to find some meat—err, I mean character appearances you’ll like.
Yet that’s about where the good points of the anime stop. The show looks delicious but has more characters than it can handle, nothing to show for it, inconsistent in mood even with its own dynamics, and ultimately defeats itself by trying to give everyone the same amount of focus; that doesn’t sound like a series that should be digested. On a side note, “Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai” means “I don’t have many friends”; if you’re making an anime as disappointing as this then you probably shouldn’t have any friends. read more
Feb 18, 2012
Jan 3, 2012
What really got me was the number of face-palm, cringe-worthy moments in this show. After all, Haganai is about awkward kids trying to make friends. If you think watching someone with Asperger's try to hit on chicks would be hilarious, go for it. For me, there were quite a few times when I felt like just hitting stop and leaving to do laundry or clean the house.
The character interactions are just reused repeatedly throughout the series and they mostly just interact with the male lead, so you get the feeling that some characters are just there to provide fan service. Haganai copies tropes extensively but not to the point of parody, so it feels like a cheap shot compared to Ore no Imouto (which I enjoyed).
Haganai was animated by the same studio that did Ore no Imouto, so the production was well done. There were some endearing moments and a decent yet entirely predictable ending, so it wasn't a total bust. All in all, it's a short series that has some good parts buried underneath the stereotypes and fan service, and while it's certainly not something I would recommend to most, it might be right for you.
Dec 2, 2013
Boku Wa Tomodachi Ga Sukunai is the story of the endeavors of the Neighbors Club, a Highschool club dedicated to the purpose of making friends for those who have none. ... That's really all you can say without throwing a spoiler in there.
The plot itself throws a whole cast of characters together, slowly but surely, and makes it so that they all become friends with each other, indirectly achieving the objective of the club in the first place.
It might sound like I'm tearing this apart, but.. I loved this anime. It was humorous quite often, sad at times, and certainly makes you feel different emotions towards this group of club members. They do all sorts of things that make you laugh, at the randomness that this anime throws at you.
The characters are... Unique? Half of them are. There's the few you see immediately as typical high school anime characters, but then there are a few that stick out as oddball, and seeing them interact is really something to behold.
The animation style isn't the worst I've seen. That kinda downplays it, it was really good. There are a lot of small details filled in that shouldn't, but the writers do it anyway. The soundtrack doesn't have much going for it except the opening songs, which are catchy and happy. They'll make you feel happiness.
I'm not really sure if you can say the plot progresses, because the club members are always doing something different and still never really make any outside friends besides each other. It's kind of a given that this would happen, as they all just pay attention to each other, but they still bond closer, so it's sort of a win.
The one downside is that it's a typical guy surrounded by an abnormal number of girls type of Highschool anime. There seriously are about 3 male characters throughout the entirety of the show. Nevertheless, it's still funny to watch them all interact with each other as I said before.
So if you like to laugh, be happy, then end up being hit with feels at random points anyway, I'd definitely suggest watching this. I hope this helped you in even the slightest, because this one is definitely worth taking the time for. read more
Jan 26, 2012
The answer, of course, is, “It’s someone who you ask for money. Yes, they are also known as rich people. And yes, they will.”
Without a doubt, Boku not Pico refuses to acknowledge the true definition of friendship. It is romanticist in its ideals, believing that friends are people whom you trust in and can talk to. This is what Boku not Pico is all about: making friends.
Boku not Pico is made for the sake of fans and money. Even before reading any of the reviews, you should know what you’re getting into. If not, then there is a good chance you will not like this work. Consider this to be one of those animes made for otakus; it takes a special breed of people to enjoy this work to its full potential.
Anyone watching this work who invest a whole lot of emotions on characters will definitely get disappointed. Everyone is unappealing at its core.
The work deliberately uses other archetypes from other works with no manipulation whatsoever: Hasegawa Kodaka has the same personality traits (criminal-looking, antisocial, forgettable) as that male character in Toradora! and the girls are clones of Oreimo’s Kirino and Kuroneko characters. Kobato is a nod to Kuroneko (same seiyuu) as well. There is no interesting twist to the archetypes whatsoever, except for Yozora.
Note the unnaturalness of the cast: Kodaka is stiff and boring; Yozora reminds me of annoying grandmas (and mothers); Sena should be casted for a leading role in 90210. Everyone else in the supporting cast is okay, but they are only used to throw lame jokes into the audience. Shiguma Rika, who has an uncanny resemblance to Ace Attorney’s Ema Skye, can only make perverted jokes. Her distinctive quality melts into the hell known as the obnoxious zone. Kusunoki makes trap jokes; Maria makes kids’ jokes; the list goes on. All of the characters’ art design look displeasing visually; they feel like flattened versions of visual novel character art.
That said, the pandering to Oreimo fans is entertaining. It is no mistake to consider this an Oreimo clone; it’s done by the same studio for Lain’s sake! In Oreimo, the episodes featuring the two rival otakus always had them fighting to prove they have the better taste in anime. Here, it’s almost the same. Yozora and Sena instead fights for pride (and bigger breasts). The studio has finally attained enlightenment: “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Good money comes in; the Oreimo fans and casual viewers are happy. Why stray from the formula of being mindless entertainment?
Because all animes need drama! Right, people?
A romantic love triangle is almost a must-have in romance works, in general. Some of them can be masterful, almost touching my cold and bloodless heart. Other times, it gives me heartburn. People should run up and scream to the screen, “That girl’s in love with you, you nincompoop! Stop dating other girls!” This is no School Days, but it is. Kodaka is even stupider than Itou Makoto of School Days fame. There is a subplot involving both Kodaka and another female character and the studio did a bad job at hiding the mystery. This subplot becomes grueling to the mind. Add in a love triangle subplot that's as romantic and relatable as Mitt Romney and you get yourself a winner!
There is no uniqueness in the soundtrack. Mediocre at best. Nothing is spectacular and some of the tracks are grating to the ears. Boku not Pico’s OP requires listeners to have paid health insurance for auditory damages; it is painful to listen or watch a second of it. Oh, the fanservice! The ED is more interesting to listen, but not too memorable.
With all these ramblings about how much I disliked the work, there is one question that must have popped up into your mind:
Did I enjoy it?
As I said, the Oreimo formula is fun and the way the writers write it can be somewhat creative and unexpected. No one can replace Kirino and Kuroneko in my mind, but Yozora and Sena still has a fun relationship dynamic that bounces up and down like a stock market. Kobato is just plain cute -- Kana Hanazawa, you win this round. The supporting characters can be a blast and the references, if you get it, are clever and witty.
It is obvious who will like this work and who doesn’t. If you enjoyed Oreimo, Toradora!, and slice-of-life works that achieve no sense of cultural purpose, then this is a safe bet to watch. Everyone else will have a hard time watching. I suggest you to turn off your post-Eva brain, insert antidepressants into your nervous system, and have a good laugh.
If you cannot, then give it a 6. Which is what I did. It is hard for me to give this work above a 6. There is a degree of likability, but it is engulfed by the overpowering flaws that will forever haunt this work. What a pity. It could have been a nice guilty pleasure for me, but it failed badly at it. read more
Oct 11, 2013
Having a weird hair color makes Kodaka totally unsociable, as others think he's some kind of delinquent. His facial gestures and weird actions also worsen this situation... A bad movement quickly turn into rumours that run free all over the school, so relating with anyone becomes almost impossible...
Childhood flashbacks lead the main focus upon both Kodaka and Yozora and the Neighbour's Club is created as an attempt to raise their relationship skills, eventhough its real purpose is later revealled. Once active, this club attracts a few other girls in the same situation and activities inside are related to what teenagers oftenly do together...
Best part is that everyone ends up becoming friends with each other. However, none of them realizes that and it looks like their main problem wasn't solved at all. Still, without even knowing, doing everything they did resulted on strong bonds and an overall friendship borns...
Both OP and ED themes are pretty cheerful and energetic, songs are great and match nicely. Marina Inoue chosen to voice over Yozora was perfect! She just fits any tsundere character with a lot of precision, it's amazing! Also, Maria was voiced by the same actress than Yashiro's, from the last anime I saw, Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko. They have actually the same appearance and close personalities, so it wasn't hard to perceive that, but it surprised me and I think it's good to point out something like that...
It's funny and obviously had a lot of fanservice, since it's and harem anime. Still, I can't deny it can actually help someone really making friends... For some, it is a tough task, but anyone is able to do it, so let's make many friends and have fun! read more
Nov 18, 2011
Hmm... Well, all I can say is that there's nothing really spectacular about this new series as it uses the same old jokes and themes. The plot is obviously heading to a love triangle or possibly a harem and it's slowly deteriorating in terms of comedy. As for the characters, I've not seen any developments or whatsoever, they are basically a bunch of static stereotypes. I've also noticed that their faces are very similar (with the exception of Kodaka), they only seem to differ according to their hairstyles. The fanservice is also noticable in this one.
For me, that pretty much sums it up and I don't mind watching these kinds of series from time to time lol. read more
Dec 23, 2011
Coming from the same studio that brought us Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai, it's no surprise that the art style is similar. For me, I really liked how the characters were drawn. They didn't look to be too complex and yet, also seemed sufficiently detailed. The other designs were also easy on the eyes and were enjoyable to watch. Solid animation overall.
Compared to characters from another genre of anime, there wasn't that much character development in Haganai. However, this doesn't mean there wasn't any. On the contrary, there was more than I expected from a series that is classified as a romantic comedy. In general, the characters from a romantic comedy are developed poorly with lots of random comedy and a rushed romantic ending. But in Haganai, almost all the characters, most notably the male protagonist and the two main heroines, developed from being socially awkward people to being able to communicate and interact smoothly with one another. True, this is generally not too big of a deal but considering the whole story is focused on "making friends", I'd say this is kind of development is noteworthy.
This is the weakest category of the four given that sound aspects in this series were above average at best. A upbeat OP and ED does fit the atmosphere of the show but, musically, they didn't appeal to me. The only bright spot in terms of songs was the insert song in the last episode. The BGM was barely noticeable and for the most part unmemorable. The voice acting was decent with names like Itou Kanae (Sena, Ohana [Hanasaku Iroha], Elsie [The World God Only Knows]), Inoue Marina (Yozora, Laura [Infinite Stratos], Yoko [Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagen]) and Hanazawa Kana (Kobato, Kanade [Angel Beats!], Kuroneko [Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai]) catching my attention.
What got me interested in this series was the idea of a story revolving around loners making friends. It's a new concept for me and, to be honest, I had no idea what to expect. Now that I've finished watching it, I can say that the story was executed decently (I don't really have anything to compare it to). I loved how the backstory of two of the main characters was integrated into the series alongside the main story. Even though the cliché "childhood friend" card was used, the result did not follow the same route. With the series left open-ended, a continuation of what was shown in these 12 episodes is possible. If I were to assume this possibility to be true, then I must say that the episodes so far have definitely set up the story quite well.
I think that Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai has exceeded my expectations. Upon starting the series, I was hoping for a romantic comedy to satisfy my cravings for both those genres. Despite the fanservice in some episodes being slightly more extreme than I prefer, the show as a whole - from the story to the characters - was well done. I would honestly recommend Haganai to anyone who wants something entertaining to watch, as long as they can handle the fanservice. It has been a great ride and I'm really hoping for an announcement regarding a second season sometime soon. read more
Aug 8, 2012
The story of Haganai (Short for Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai) is a typical high school comedy, joining a club, going out and having fun in their own very special way, whether its rubbing sun scream on your friend with your feet, or playing some really realistic fantasy game. While this is a rather normal story line, there is another one that involves Yozora and Kodaka past, I won't say anymore but if you watched the anime its pretty much obvious what's going on after the 2nd episode basically. But the story is simply a backbone of all the comedy that is to follow, what makes Hannagi great is the comedy not the story.
The art in Haganai is quite well done, each character design is very well drawn/animated but i guess thats expected of an anime released in 2011. You can't not love Sena and her "Meat" or Kobato's very epic cosplay, that makes her very kawaii! shes just so god damn adorable. The art plays a big part in the comical scenes, examples include very obscure swim suits or unique natural hair colour plus cross dressers . But one thing i can say is that, its very hard to forget about some of the characters appearances once you have watched it.
The sound is so-so, not the strongest point in this anime, but its not exactly important. The opening of Haganai is one of those weird super high pitched ones, i'm personally not a big fan of those. To be honest even at those point i dont even really remember the OST of Haganai =/
Each character personality is the thing that defines this anime and makes it amazing. Yozora, innocent yet rude, sarcastic and quite weird acts as the president leader of Rinjinbu club, she provides plenty of funny and rude comments against the chairman's daughter Sena, who has ridiculously big "meat" and is a female galge gamer that is obsessed with each of the in game characters, their personality are practically the direct opposite of each other, but with 1 thing in common they both feel something for Kodaka. But what i will probably never forgot, is Rika's crazy perverted imagination, it can turn an innocent mecha manga into an ecchi scene, ahhh 'UNIVERSEEEE!!" One of my favourite characters is Kobato, i love her cosplay and her jealously when Maria calls kodaka onii chan, jeez "An chan" just realise just how kawaii your sister is =P.
Ths is one of the few anime where i was basically laughing my head off at literally every episode, with funny nicknames, rude comments, crazy imaginations, it truly is an unforgettable anime with scenes that I can watch over and over again on youtube without getting bored of it. If only I can forget about it and watch it again.. -sigh-
This anime has its good and bad points, bad points being quite average sound, and not much of a story, but the good points heavily out weigh the bad ones. I personally found this anime pretty good overall, and is definitely something everyone should watch as you are pretty much guaranteed to laugh out loud at one point during this anime. Also some of the parodies are quite well made, plus it has characters that you can't help but love in the end. I am looking forward to season 2 in Jan 2013 and hopefully it'll jut be as funny! read more
Jun 8, 2013
Dec 23, 2011
1. Each character has an special "humor" (and personality) and the mix of everyone is really cool and funny.
2. The drawings and landscapes are amazing... a master piece of art.
3. The story is creative and interesting, has few bored moments but the mix of "ecchi" and "funny" moments is fantastic.
I was thinking that would be a big mistake add more characters but honestly was a good bet.. Maria, "The maid" and the "Ero Scientific Girl" are great characters that gives to this series another sense with their comments.
This anime should be in your list of "great animes"!! :D niku read more
Oct 7, 2011
First of all, the story is exceedingly compelling. The underlying complexion of such a minute situation in the premise of today’s society and its impact on people nowadays may seem like trivial matter, but that may not always work out for all of us. Generalizing, many of us laugh/disregard those who are disabled or lack some sort of trait or ability that hinders them from their true potential. Those people, who do make fun of others, are none less than a prick. We fail as humans to understand the feelings of others, and must take into deep moderation to understand and to contemplate the situation of before we establish a viewpoint. It makes us see the world in an entirely new perspective, and allows us to be refreshed. As an exemplary, the anime, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, is underhandedly one of the benchmark for this improper demeanor bestowed on the less fortunate.
To many of us, making friends, socializing, and talking are an innate ability that most of us possess. However, in Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, that doesn't seem to be the case--it breeds a whole new example of a small group of people and their take on the world. Under the layers of a utopian world, there are situations that people face in this world, like the main characters of the show. Something so commonly omitted, have a turn to shine to show the world a new view of life. It shows two friends, perusing something out of their league, out of envy, and yet, succeeding at the end. It shows the persistence of the protagonists to build character and to become what they want by working hard, which is something that we should all do.
Such trifling matters in society may be deemed minor in our perspective, but major in others. It shows persistence and forbearance to try to rise up from the grounds of society, and to make a change, even if those steps are subtle. The allegorical symbolism portrayed within the context of the first episode underlines the hardship of others, but disregards those hardships by taking initiative to make a change into oneself. I have to say, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, have some real shit up its ass to create such a back layered story to demonstrate that a little work brings you a far. It is meant to show the struggles of others, and how insignificant they are to the context of the world, and to work harder in life, creating clearer path that will allow you to eventually see your way.
Aug 8, 2013
The story opens up with this dude coming to a new school with an intimidating appearance. Then a girl appears and drags the guy into a club room saying that she is starting a club and your in it... and no we are not watching The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya. Than an "average plot" follows and there are some twists and turns and wacky harem/ecchi moments. Without a doubt it's an average story.
Art and Sound-10/10
Truly to an art standpoint this anime is stupendous. Even for a 2011 anime. As for sound i took the liberty of watching the English dub and i almost never have a problem with English voice actors. There was even some singing in a episode which caught me off guard of the characters that sounded so damn great.
I really like the character of Kodaka he's sort of a laid back type but also showed loyalty to his club members on many occasions. But im in love with this girl name Sena or "Meat" on this show. I don't really know what it is about her personality but everything else is *shades on* "picture perfect". I guess Hozora i mean Yozara is a exceptional character. Than a surrounding cast in the Harem adds more comedy to an already funny anime.
As far as i am concerned i would not even write a review when I did not enjoy an anime. Truly i enjoyed this anime. I laughed, I enjoyed some eye candy!, but most importantly I laughed.
This is the first season and second season I have yet to see but if your looking for an anime to past time and to have fun with look no further it won't touch your heart like a Clannad or have any action scenes like Shakugan No Shana but it's a rom-com with a little bit of fan service. -Dennis
Jun 17, 2013
so yeah i do like the plot. the unsocial freaks who try to find friend. even though i can see the writters did this ONLY to relate to friendless internet pepole to get more views wich is a very pathetic attempt to get the show populare. that would also explain the dumb unessecary fanservice. anyway the point is. i do like the story and the main characters too. every character recived enough time to be introduced and be mixed with the others , the start was everything but rushed. there is of course the typical love triangle between the main guy, the childhood tsundere and the big breasted blond, good at everything . but i dont mind those cliches about those 3 too much. because the love triangle thing isnt shoved in our face like how other animes do . its nice hidden for the first episodes they look just like normal frie-i mean club memevers. there is the science geek. the trap guy, the kawai loli and goth loli. i dont mind the geek chick. she is pretty funny with all her nerd language wich is very much like internet language so its nice references for internet losers like me. the little nun girl can be annoying sometimes. but usually she is not that annoying. and i actually like the main guys little sister. i really like the bond between them wich is very cute ^^
also id like to point out one thing that i really love about this show. the main character guy IS NOT AN PUNCHING BAG. yeah you heared me. in harem animes the main guy is allways the punching bag victim wich gets punched or owned like 10 times per episode for either reasons he dont deserve it or dumb misunderstandings. if this is what you think slapstick is? then just go and jump from a cliff please.. the main guy usually is allwyas nice and he never recieved undeserved pain. so yeah in overall i do like the story and love the characters even though they are most of them one dimensional walking cliches. but as i said just because they are one trope-based doesnt automaticly mean its bad sometimes we do need simple shows that are not overfilled with character development. i mean if cartoons are allowed to have silly one dimensional characters with no develpment and we still like them. why arent animes allowed to do this?. i also like the refernces to actual stuff like play station 3. monster hunter etc. it makes laugh ^^
so yeah thats about the characters & story.
the art is not bad. i do hate the pink lips on girls though its f**king annoying. i mean even the little 10 year girls have pink lips? what the hell. thats groess.
but yeah thats the only thing i dont like about the art style. the rest is nice. smooth animation and nice shading.
the sound is good if you ask me.
i myself enjoy this show aloot .call me a person with lack of good taste if you want. but i really enjoy watching this and get some good few laughs here and there.
in overall i really like this. and cant wait to watch the second season read more
Feb 20, 2013
When I read the synopsis of this anime, I was worried that the, "ecchiness" would totally ruin the potentially good plot (i.e. random flashing tits, panty shots), BUT HELL NO, I was quite surprised it wasn't as fanservice as I would've thought and I do like fanservice, BUT just as long as it doesn't destroy/take from the intentions of an anime *cough cough* Rosario + Vampire Capu2.
Now, probably the ONLY ecchi/fanservice parts to this anime are probably ALL the eroge references the Viagra in a bottle 1st year, Rika mentions, Sena's boobs, and oh, some convenient censoring XD!
Now, the plot, I did say was potentially good, but it is generic as it's about outsiders/shut-ins forming a club, which aims to make friends. We've ALL been there especially in highschool. I remember when I was in highschool and I've been made fun of/spread rumours that I was, "pimping" on 2 girls when in fact, those 2 girls were both of my closest friends. To the popular kids in highschool, they perceived me as the shy one who was, "afraid to talk AT ALL!" Now, I can totally relate to Kodaka, the main protagonist in that sense cause not only did the, "popular ones" spread rumours about me, BUT most of my friends are all female lol!
Now, aside that, I really felt like the anime was absolutely hilarious without going over the top and the hilarious parts come at the RIGHT MOMENT! Also, I find it cute/entertaining that whenever the club tries to go in a, "social area/event," they try so damn hard to do what they can (e.g. Sena, Yozora, and Kodaka finally understanding what cellphones were meant to be used for, going into a karaoke box, you name it, anything a group of good friends would do). Another point is that in terms of character development, I think the entire club, did take a step forward in terms of FINALLY doing something shut-ins/outsiders wouldn't be able to do alone and the fact that the club itself, became a posse of good friendship. Now, it may not be a dramatic turning point for all of the important characters (except maybe Kodaka and Yozora since ____ happens and it'll be predictable what actually happens to the 2 of them as you watch the anime), BUT that step forward was quite significant and that definitely translated to this anime's optimistic ending that this club will always continue and improve on their social skills.
Now, there are some questions still in my head that the anime didn't fully go into detail, BUT that's why there's a SEASON 2, right? I just hope Season 2 immediately picks up on Season 1 so I'm crossing my fingers that the Season 2 doesn't suck.
My actual rating (including decimal numbers): 8.7/10.0 read more
Dec 24, 2011
I mean, you wonder how the characters can be so stupid at times, yet the series makes it very clear that the characters within the show, despite having their dumb moments are for the most part rather intelligent. They are, however, horribly awkward when it comes to social issues and this becomes quickly apparent from their lack of realization that they are making friends with each other.
I found myself coming to like all of the characters. They blend and clash in just all the right places to make the entire series interesting, but you also have characterization that is rather off the wall. However, I can also see the characterization grating on some of the viewers nerves. Not to mention some of the jokes may end up being to much for some people. Still, I was left wanting to know what will happen to this rag tag group. read more
Oct 7, 2011
It has an original theme, "Make Friends".
In most anime in high school, club characters do in the first year, but this anime the characters decide to make the club a second year of high school.
Yozora after talking with friends about Kadoka, discovers it is not the only one who can not make friends, then create a club to make "friends" and put an ad in code, to understand just who may join the club. She and Kodak are the first to join the club.
The anime has the same graph Denpa Onna.
It's a great college comedy and anime.
The manga is also good, check it out! read more