Synonyms: I Don't Have Many Friends, Boku ha Tomodachi ga Sukunai
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 7, 2011 to Dec 23, 2011
Premiered: Fall 2011
Producers: FUNimation EntertainmentL, Media Factory, TBS, AIC Build, Bushiroad Inc., Good Smile Company
Source: Light novel
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild NudityL represents licensing company
Score: 7.661 (scored by 148,788 users)
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The premise is very simple. We have the protagonist, Kodaka Hasegawa, a blond high school boy who has a hard time building any sort of rapport with people due to his hair colour (being blond in Japan is bad ass apparently) and his inability to smile. Everyone sees him as a delinquent punk and stays the fuck away from him. Enter Yozora Mikazuki, a stone cold girl in a similar situation. A chance meeting of her going full retard and the boy bonds the two outcasts who then set out to form a club with the aim of making friends.
This anime is almost poetic in its portrayal of teenage life which is filled with comedy and tragedy. Kodaka is actually a decent hard working dude but his outward shell created as a result of his past just pushes people away. Life constantly gives him chances to redeem and smile but he's trapped so far down in his own head Freddy is feeling claustrophobic. Yozora has the potential to be the most reliable friend but her high horse and arrogance prevents her from touching people's hearts.
The whole cast is filled with contradictory tragedies. Horny celibates, dumb-bass cute girls who talk about poop all day, drop dead gorgeous redheads who dream of being a dude... what the fuck am I watching? However that's teenage life in a tangential nutshell and that's what makes this anime so god damn good. I missed a chance at a threesome in high school because I couldn't read moods for shit. The kind of guy that would say " uh... I dunno" if a girl flat out asked him to have sex with her. This is what this anime is.
The visual aspect of 'Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai' is something to truly marvel at. Every episode is filled with top notch animation and... plenty of ecchi. Don't let that dissuade you however, the story is still a lot more solid than you'll ever be while watching this. I give the studio props for being able to morph just the right amount of ecchi for... entertainment purposes with the overall feel of the anime.
Likewise the VA and OST do a good job at completing this near masterpiece. Hentai grade moan acting, drama class shouting and titanic one liners delivered to you straight from the land of the rising sun. Pepper thy angus, squire.
All in all, 'Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai' is an entertaining clusterfuck of teenage angst, gravity defying tits, comedy made tragedy and... teenage angst. Definitively one to watch!
9 points. Thanks for reading.
Let me start off by saying, yes, this anime has quite a bit of fan service. If you're looking for that kind of thing, this anime has quite a bit for you. However, if you look past the harem anime staples, it's pretty humorous, and the characters will become endearing to the viewer. The story follows Kodaka Hasegawa, self-proclaimed "no-lifer" as he searches for friendship, love, and belonging. He and Yozora Mikazuki create the "Neighbor's Club" a club where a lovable bunch of misfits band together to create friendships. This series has quite a bit of crude humor (and a little bit of nudity), so viewer discretion is advised. It's a harem anime, but the protagonist won't do anything about it because he's afraid of hurting anybody. This anime deals a lot with high school drama, but is full of laughs and hijinks that'll keep you coming back for more. I love this show, and the fan service isn't the reason why. Give it a chance. read more
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
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!
On the surface, haganai is just about a group of people hanging out, reminiscent in multiple ways of Haruhi. Underneath, however, it's a story about relationships and fitting in your own way. It really isn't a series about how to make friends, the most blatant "how to" example being 30-sai. It's more about finding and accepting one's own place, quite similar in theme to Denpa Onna (as well as animation style). In this case, they were able to present all this without having to resort to magic, espers, or aliens.
If you want a character-driven slice of life comedy with a vary lively and varied set of characters, this is an entertaining bunch. However, due note that while the characters are quite developed, you won't find any real conclusions in this season.
Haganai is well drawn with a lush, colorful styling. They visit all the "required" slice of life destinations (festival, beach house, pool, karaoke) so you get a nice variety of scenery. They do occasionally use CGI though it's not too bothersome. The characters also spend a lot of time playing games so there's some fantasy-ish scenes (think Tears to Tiara/Shukufuku no Campanella styling). Character design is sure to please with a wide variety of characters. For some reason, I find the general character styling very similar to Denpa Onna (perhaps it's the lips?). Maid, loli nun, busty blonde, heterochromia... they've got you covered. The one thing I don't buy is how scary the main character appears.
There's a lot more direct ecchi than AIC's previous work Oreimo, as well as implied ecchi through Rika, though in general it's still fairly toned down compared to shows such as Yosuga no Sora. Expect a few topless scenes and a lot of other implied scenes and namings (a company named LargeHard...). There's some vague action sequences but nothing worth tagging as action or bloody.
From the moment you hear the OP, you get the sense that this is a very light series, which for the most part is true. The ED is for some reason a rock piece- I guess going off of Yozora's "air friend" she plays an "air guitar". The BGM is light and generic, but fitting.
As this is highly character based, expect a strong VA performance. At first I found it odd that Marina Inoue gave Yozora such a low voice but it makes sense later on. It's also nice to see Kana Hanazawa playing something outside her quiet/shy background girl norm. But in the end, best performance goes to Kanae Itou as Sena for just the right mix of Tsundere (esp. ep 9).
The story starts out in an identical fashion to Haruhi- a disinterested boy meets an odd girl who then decides to start a new club after just a few lines of dialogue. At that point, most similarities end as basically more people join the club and we just watch people having fun. There really isn't a strong central plot line other than the passage of time. There is a childhood friend subplot but it really isn't very important in the grand scheme of things. Plan on watching the second season if you want any sense of closure.
However, each individual episode is well developed, though it shouldn't be too hard considering that the story follows many well-established paths. The real value though is more on the character interaction side.
The wide variety of lively characters creates a fun atmosphere where comedy is bound to show up. You have not one but two lolis, you have not one but two tsunderes - though in both cases the pair members hate each other. It's a fun dynamic that works well wherever the group travels. There are also multiple girls developing feelings for the main character, though by no means is this a harem.
My primary complaint is how cutting one's hair defines who a person is. It's a bit of a leap, almost as big as how having gradient-colored hair makes one a fearful gang member. Another more minor complaint is how some of the supporting club members are only briefly developed (Rika and Yukimura), I feel that they were significantly underdeveloped considering the amount of screen time allotted. Otherwise the characters are a fun group that are enjoyable to watch, perhaps a bit annoying with the little girls fighting at times.
Overall, this is a fun, light watch that just happens to lack an ending and has some major character development plot holes. Despite the fun aspect, there isn't any further value to the series- there's no overall message or philosophical depth. A fair watch overall but nothing exciting to chain over. read more
Summary: Haganai is another average slice of life anime. It's humorous, kinda realistic, and in a club school setting. I didn't expect much and I pretty much got what was predicted. I'll just get right down to the specifics. I don't include the sequel although a lot of what I say in this review applies to the sequel.
Story (5/10): For a slice of life anime, I would say this anime had little story compared to some others i've seen. Basically just play out the strange club scenario with every awkward student in school in one club. They have fun, do weird things, and have a "school" life. Sort of. In any event, it lacked any real substance. The only noteworthy piece of storyline was the revelation between Kodoka and Yozura (I didn't name it to avoid a spoiler). Even that was relatively downplayed seeing as romance in this story takes a back seat to comedy. There isn't anything special about this story and there isn't anything to hate. I wrote a shorter story review because story isn't the main draw for Haganai.
Art (10/10): Girls are very curvy, cute, and Kodoka has weird hair. Alright being serious this art style isn't special but it sure is great to look at. No complaints. The color schemes are vibrant and bright. So everything is right in the world.
Sound (8/10): The opening theme is one of those multi-little girl songs that are really hit or miss. Think Toradora opening theme. I personally find those amusing, but after about 6 episodes the opening wears on my nerves. Other songs generally mirror this style. Dubbed version had little fault in voice quality.
Character (10/10): Before i get down to the nitty gritty, i just want to say one thing... MEAT! Yes if there is one thing I got from this anime, it is Yozora picking on Sena MEAT with lots of MEATy insults. But lets start off with Kodoka. He is the supposed boy delinquent who in reality is a good kid. He takes good care of his sister, he cooks well, and he is courteous. His only poor qualities are his a-hole looks and dirty blonde/brown hair. i really liked Kodoka for really simple reasons: he plays his part really well. He is the only guy in the Neighbors Club and he takes a lot of flak and dishes out a lot of humor without meaning to.He also has that little history with Yozora while his dad has history with the school prez. He had some development, but you have to love him more for his comical antics. Yozura is... an a-hole and a darn good one at that. I'm sorry but she is just on a whole nother level from Kodoka. She is so witty with Sena it's not even fair. I don't remember any of the humor from her being too forced. Sena literally walks in to so many of Yozora's pitfalls. She probably made me laugh the most and she was a great character. Oh and her romance/past with Kodoka is probably her only weak spot. Enjoy the mean Yozora because she is the bomb. Now on to Sena MEAT! Ok I'll stop with the meat but Sena really does have meat for brains. She is perhaps the antithesis of everything a talented girl is supposed to be. Sena is smart, athletic, hot, and... unpopular. Yes she is is the daughter of the most powerful figure in the school and she goes herself to the Neighbors Club to find friends. Now this might just be me, but I find this hilarious. More so is her fighting with Yozora. As I said with Yozora except in complete opposition, Sena is an absolute moron if it isn't school related. Oh, and what isn't hilarious about sex jokes with Sena. I literally died over Sena's embarassment when it came to those dating games. Sena is in my opinion the funniest character here because she is so stupid. Moving on to Kobato. Not much to say. She is an anime freak (haha like us all). She can be funny but mostly is just another character. She plays the little sister role perfectly. Next. Yukimura. Ok I found Yuki to be really frickin weird and before you ask, it has everything to do with his gender identity crisis. Thank god he is anime boy and so his looks don't look as awkward in a maid costume. Again sometimes funny, plays the confidence lacking cross-dresser to the letter. Next. Maria. Ok Maria is a nun... and a brat.I've loved many of these opposite social roles but Maria is second best behind Sena. LOL the 10 year old nun who is advisor of the club and gets smacked around by Yozora. I didn't get many laughs but looking back now this role Maria plays is hilarious. Finally Rika. OMG those comics were hilarious. I never would have thought porn and mecha could be so funny. And Rika makes it so much more funny. She is definitely the least realistic character of all (who heard of albert einstein living in a school lab unbeknownst to the public?). But her sex jokes make her one of the funniest characters here. Also the fact that Rika talks third person actually adds to the amusement (whereas the sisters in Railgun made me want to shoot myself after 2 episodes). There we go, all the main characters. The other side characters added to the amusement, especially the school prez.
Enjoyment (10/10): Meat, sex jokes, awkward characters. A diabolical mixture that made this show hilarious. Personally I found this show way better than Baka and Test (which in my opinion was stupid and not funny at all but thats just me). I think my first line kinda sums up how I felt about the enjoyment. It was a hilarious show. I'll leave it at that.
Overall (8/10): Yes you may be wondering why it stands at an 8. First off, the story was a little too mediocre in my view and while I did say I would grade off humor, story still factors in. Frankly I can't think of how to make the story any better because there was little solid premise besides the Neighbors Club. Second, I did factor sound more because I felt a review like this take into account more of art and sound. And the opening theme wore me down towards the end. But besides that, it was well worth watching these awkward characters get together and do hilarious things. As usual I am always up for debate but I have to leave one parting gift for this review. MEAT FOR ALL!!!
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What can one expect from an anime focused around the concept of making friends, it could lead us to some funny moments, it could be deeper and focus more on the psychological aspect, or it could, as it happened in this case, just turn into a regular run of the mill harem anime. Not all is bad as you are to find out in the coming review.
Hasegawa Kodaka has transferred to a new school, but there he couldn't make any friends as he managed to make a horrid first impression and is now feared by his fellow classmates who think he is a delinquent. One day after school he stumbles across his solitary classmate Yozora who is having a conversation with her “air friend”. Both realising that they have no real friends come to the conclusion that the best way to make some friends is to form a club for people without friends, to try and make friends. New members slowly drip into this club, all united by their lack of social skills and consequentially friends, but even so friendships begin forming within the club.
The whole idea of the anime is great as, as stated in the introduction, friends are important but crafting real friendships is sometimes a chore, especially if you lack the social skills to do so. The first few episodes are great as well, but later on as more people start making their way into the club things start getting much worse. The concept while great veers off-course and the show slowly transforms into this strange harem anime. Normally I am not one who hates this kinds of anime as you can see by looking through my other reviews, but I hate to see wasted potential. Later on they also bring in some flashbacks to some childhood memories of our main characters and in my honest opinion they felt greatly out of place and the resulting story arc felt forced, especially because the direction the rest of the anime has taken by that point. The ending is not a particularly satisfying one, but there is a second season I haven't watched yet so that ending there is the important one.
The best part of this anime have to be the main characters and they are solely responsible for the overall relatively high score it got from me in the end. Our main character Hasegawa Kodaka is a really nice guy, but he always manages to make a horrible first impression and that coupled with his looks made his whole class afraid of him. He is by far the sanest character in the whole club and is the one the harem forms around, but surprisingly he is not completely dense and is actually able to figure out that they actually like him, but does practically nothing about it. Next we have Yozora, the mastermind behind the whole club. It is not weird she lacks friends as for most of the anime she comes off as a cranky manipulative bitch, but as we find out she is actually a good person. The next person to join the club is Sena, a beautiful, rich girl who fails to make friend because guys are either with her only because of her looks or are too afraid to approach her, while girls are jealous of her good looks and avoid her. Her being a major snob is also not doing her any favours in her friend making endeavours. These three are the series’ core characters and pretty much all of the memorable moments are based around them and not around the other characters introduced later down the line. We have a genius girl who is completely obsessed with erotic manga, Kodaka’s little sister who is suffering from a serious case of eight-class syndrome and believes she is a vampire, a ten year old nun that is a teacher at the school and Yozora managed to bully into being the club supervisor and last but not least we have a lowerclassman that is bullied for looking like a girl and wants Kodaka to teach him how to become more manly, but gets tricked by Yozora into crossdressing. The problem with these characters is that they serve no clear propose and are used more or less to serve as a distraction from the meaningful interactions between our main trio.
The animation itself is decent as all the characters look good and the background are detailed. The problem arises in form of fan-service. Normally I am not one to complain over fan-service, but when ten year old girls are shown running around topless I just find it tasteless. The soundtrack is decent as well as the voice acting, but I found the opening unbelievably annoying as it was played way too fast and I also found the singing to be just appalling.
All in all Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai was decent, but it wasted so much potential so it gets a really low 7 from me, but it is possible I am going to reevaluate the score after getting through the second season as some of the events here might be given some meaning. I have to say in never actually had to force myself watching this, as it was quite funny and so I have no problem recommending it to anyone, but do not get your hopes up to soon as you are going to be disappointed later on.
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The story starts off with a teen boy, Kodaka Hasegawa, who has just moved back to his childhood town. When he first walks into his high school class, he gives the immediate impression to everyone that he's dangerous and a delinquent, mostly because of the color of his blond hair. Kodaka doesn't make any friends after this happens. But, soon after, he meets Yozora Mikazuki, another student in his class who is also antisocial and friendless. Both of them form the Neighbors Club, a place for people with no friends to help each other try to make friends. I will not go much deeper into the plot line because I don't want to spoil the story.
Art - 8/10
I don't know very much about art, but the art in Haganai seemed good to me. What made me raise my rating from a 6/7 to an 8 was that I thought the op had cute art.
Sound - 9/10
I really enjoyed the op and never skipped it. The song was super cute. I did like the ending but I started skipping it after around episode 2 or 3.
Character - 8/10
The characters were all similar in the way that they had nobody to talk to, but had very different and enjoyable personalities. Kodaka is pretty much a normal boy but his little sister Kobato pretends she is a vampire which can be very amusing at times. Yozora picks and choses who she likes and doesn't like and gets annoyed very easily. Sena is a shy rich girl. All the boys flock around her but she doesn't have any true friends. She also gets embarrassed very easily and is often picked on by Yozora. She has a soft spot for Kobato, which is pretty funny as the story progresses. Rika... she's a complete pervert but very smart and helps the group get into video games. Yukimura is a boy who dresses like a girl in order to bring out his inner manliness... explaining may mean light spoilers, so I won't go into it. Lastly is Maria, the ten year old club advisor who likes naps and fighting with Kobato. She's very gullible.
Many of the character's traits are used for comedy but during the story, these characters do grow.
Enjoyment - 8/10
I found myself addicted to this and I finished it in 3 days. I didn't enjoy it as much as other anime I've watched, but it was still worth it. My favorite character was Yukimura, he's a beautiful boy.
Overall - 8/10
This is an anime that I would recommend to comedy, ecchi, and slice of life anime fans. I really liked this one and I will be watching the second season. read more
I liked it a lot and overall it is quite nice.
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 doesn't really bring anything new to the table. However, what makes the series shine is it's characters and comedy.
What made the anime most memorable was its set of eccentric 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.
1.Art - The art for this anime was very average...... very average. Yeah the art never really gave me any excitement and it was the most boring art style that i've seen. I am definitely not trying to be a sour patch kid about it but I really wasn't impressed at all. That being said, I really appreciate the effort that is put into art by all the artist and animators and I have immense respect for that. Unfortunately the art style is the definition of average. I give art a 6.
2.Sound - The same kind of goes for the soundtrack. It never really enhanced the story or provoked any emotion in me besides a few exceptions. One of those exceptions was the opining title. It wasn't really the best but it had a lot of effort put into it and I appreciate that. There was also another piano piece that really spoke to my heart and I believe it should be on every otaku's i pod....... wait a second, do people even still use i pods..... well whatever. The rest of the soundtrack wasn't really that good so I can only give sound a 6.
3.Character - Let me say that I really enjoyed how different the characters in this anime were. They all had unique personalities and it added a lot of humor to this anime and there was a lot of very entertaining and emotional relationships in this show. On the topic of romance I would like to sat that the romance between the characters is just beautiful. The characters were very unique and very relatable to and because of that I will give character a 9. All I gotta say is that I wanna bury my face in some of dat meat TwT.
4.Story - I can without a doubt say that this anime is an awesome romance story but on the other hand it left me kind of feeling like it was lacking. It's not that it was a bad anime, it's just that at times a felt like the story was lacking depth and the ending didn't really kill it for me. It just wasn't enough to make me cry or be satisfied. That being said, the story was definitely not a bad one. The story was good but it just didn't have enough depth for my liking. I'll give it an 8.
5.Enjoyment - I think that I without a doubt say that I enjoyed this anime but at some points it failed to convey emotion to me. This show was one of those "breath of fresh air" anime. It was a very light and delicate anime that had a bit of sweet romance on the side. I wouldn't say that this is an anime that you should go out and watch right now but it is definitely a show that is worth putting your time in. I very much enjoyed this show and I will give it an 8 for enjoyment.
This anime is an overall 7.
*I would recommend this anime to a person of any age. read more
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.
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukuna, more simply known as Haganai, as the title states, is about someone who doesn't have any friends. While I was originally hesitant to watch the anime, I quickly discovered the beauty of it.
Haganai follows the simple, yet effective, harem rom-com format. Nothing particularly excels in the anime. Pretty much everything is simply decent. With that in mind, I still enjoyed the anime quite a lot. Haganai is a fun, easy-going, hilarious and enjoyable anime. I would certainly recommend it to mostly anyone who enjoys lighthearted, fun, slice of life anime.
The story followed a format that would naturally follow any harem rom-com. A seemingly oblivious boy stumbles upon a goldmine of beautiful women who are so very enamored by him. It sticks to the formula, although with a slight variation, saving it from a lower score. There is also very small amounts of plot, and where there was, it was fairly predictable. All in all, though, the formula works and the anime made an interesting show out of a simple idea.
Nothing too special, but there was never any drops in quality. Not much to say.
Again, not much to say. Sound was average. Not a big fan of the opening and ending themes, but not saying they were bad.
The characters are again, fairly normal. A tsundere, a rich girl, a nerd, a quiet one, a loud one, and the little sister. While each character did have her quirk, there wasn't much development, save for the main characters. The protagonist, Kodaka isn't quite the normal harem hero, though. He clearly tries hard not to be too much of a pervert, and is shown to be fairly worthy of the girls' trust. He's also not as oblivious as most, he just has "bad hearing."
With all of these low points in the categories, what really saved it was how involved I got into it. Haganai was fun and very enjoyable. I would watch multiple episodes at a time, even having to stop myself from watching too many, so I wouldn't finish it too fast. I really loved it, very funny and enjoyable to watch. read more
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
It has a great premise and it knows what it's doing. I also enjoyed the comedy ,it reminds me of Baka and Test cranked up a few notches. There is a story as a side element and I heard in season 2 they give it justice because those were some nice elements. Also while they may he on steroids and have cliches in them there in a way realistic. We see they aren't bad (minus Yozora but I'll get to her in a moment ) there misunderstood,judged,and confused as to what friends are. They also showed that they live in a society like ours where relationship ,rumors,and judging is a factor and it helps connecting with them and makes it believable despite the fact they possibly all have a screw lose. I would give the story a higher score but the sub plot is not fully done I feel and I hope it gets more coverage in Next.
I love almost all if these characters. They all have something I think people can see in them. For example a character cross dresses as a girl (and even looks like one )but is actually a boy and gets judged alot because of his looks.Another example is a little girl is in love with a character so much she dresses up and acts like her and she gets picked on because of it even though she is a nice character. They are quirky and strange when you step back they are all misunderstood individuals who have good intentions minus Yozora. Yozora is different from the rest of the cast ,she is avoided because of her attitude and treatment not because of being misunderstood. She is so harsh she flat out bullies them. But we see she wants friends and in the final episode see her differently. Though in all honesty I'm mixed on this character mainly because of her actions but who knows maybe season 2 fixes this. There are hardly sides because it mainly focused on the mains , but the few there were there were fun. Bonds here are strong and great. Devolpment is given to some but not others. But despite that there a strong cast.
Art and animation 7
Weakest part of the anime by far. The art is fine and it looks nice plus the color pallet fits. The problem is at times when in motion it looks sort of sloppy. Though at times it looked great.
That op is very catchy. The Ed is great too. Some parts of the sound track stood out nicely others were forgettable. I didn't see the sub yet but the dub is great so I do recommend it.
I enjoyed it. It was funny and quirky plus a bit of a social commentary. However one that bugged me was Yozora being a bully and while I'll admit it was a bit funny ,she at times go so far I'm just speechless that . It is my biggest gripe with it but other then that I enjoyed it.
I can see why some might not like it. It has fan service,it's a harem ,and the comedy may bug people. But if you look like that stuff you'll see one of the better entries of the harem genre overall. read more
The story is a simple one. A bunch of school outcasts want to make friends so they start a club to do it. The reality being they are so awkward that they don't realize they have become friends in the proses. To go along with it is a strong helping of fan service and comedy but they are secondary at times and always surprisingly organic. I repeat this is very well written and aside from the mid episode break screen thing's that all anime seem to do there is no needles panty shots or tits in your face for the hell of it.
The sound is also something I noticed in this one, witch again is not something I am normally big on noticing. Everything just had the right sounds. Nothing seemed generic, just realistic. There is a heap of character development as you would expect from this genera and all the characters there are interesting in there own right. I honestly cant say that I hated anyone in the show or was more interested in one over the other.
This is starting to get long... again, man I have to get better at short reviews haha. So on the hole I would say this is a great show. It is honestly making me rethinking my stance on the slice of life anime I had that much fun with it. I will say though, and I would like to remind you of the disclaimer now, that it got big points for being some what relate-able. I know I am a social orc with most of the world, and I know that is true for most of my friends. I can also say having been in the need community for so long that it is generally true for all of us. It's a bit of the "if you cant laugh at your self who can you laugh at" sort of thing.
So that's more or less what I thought about this one. Hope it helps you make a decision on it. As always keep fighting the good fights and anime on. Peace! read more
So I managed to sit through the whole thing in two days even if I had huge prejudices against the show - most of them turned out to be justified.
Let's split up this review into the five categories as usual:
Boku wa Tomodachi is what seems to be a basic harem anime. You have the more or less dense main character, in this case an outcast who is seemingly "bullied" because of his foreign appearance. This is most likely referring to his hairstyle because he has blond hair while basically looking like everyone else in this show.
From this point on everything is pretty straight to say the least. Kodaka meets a new member for his "No Friends"-club, everything gets quite ecchi-y and in the end he has a whole harem surrounding him. Oh, while we are at it, how come that attractive young girls have no friends whatsoever? I know it's a harem but hey, every guy is popular now at school? It's mostly the male students having trouble finding friends from my experience.
The only thing notable and standing out was the background Kodaka had with his former best friend who he never got to say goodbye to before switching school as well as the little plot twist in the end which was rather predictable because they more or less gave it away a few episodes beforehand.
While the art does not offer lots of variety in terms of character design with everyone looking quite plain, also revealing lots of similarities in their design which is most noticable at the girl’s character designs. Pretty mediocre is also the animation as well as the backgrounds. What I did like a lot were the bright colors. They really gave a comfortable mood and fitted the comedy-ish approaches the show had to offer.
The voice actors did a good job on acting the characters and also the opening and ending theme were quite enjoyable. During the watch I didn't really catch any outstanding pieces of music. Most of the time the ambient music was pretty standard.
The main issue I had with the show leaving the story aside was the rather dull characters. Again, I know it's a harem but what's wrong with having some standards? The characters were unpopular for quite no reason. The whole "talking to an imaginary friend"-thing seemed more like a plot device to get Kodaka and Yozora into bumping into each other than a real barrier on trying to establish social ties with class mates.
In general the cast was as generic as it could get with Maria being one of the most annoying characters I got to meet in anime.
Despite the shows obvious flaws in major categories I did enjoy it as a flat-humor ridden anime. I watched it in two days so I'd be lying to myself if I said I didn't enjoy it the least.
For fans of comedy shows and the harem genre there is no way they could not like this.
I didn't start Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai with lots of expectations. I didn't expect the new messiah of anime itself but it still had some obvious issues in my two most important categories for me, which would be the story and the characters. It's not like it wasn't enjoyable - as said, I have been through it in two days watching five episodes after each other. Maybe I'm just not made for this kind of genre.
A recommendation to harem-fans everyone else should rethink twice if they are looking for a good story and characters. I personally didn't get lot out of it besides the revelation I don't like harem shows.
*) Score is not an average
STORY: YAAAAAAAAAAAAAWN... Here we have a good example of what uninspired and perverted novel writers can come up with by using the official "Same Old Shit" guidebook that many others used for years on end. Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (Which literally translates to "I Don't Have Many Friends"), is that guidebook's best example for the first chapter, "One Boy, Lotsa Girls, Wackiness Insures," because, if it isn't apparent yet, this anime has all the harem trappings you can push into one episode. Our harem bait this time around, Mr. Hasegawa Kodaka, the transfer student, who has no friends (the entire premise of this anime) because of a misunderstanding on his first day at his new school (Which chapter Two of the guidebook, "Misunderstandings Is A Bitch" is covered, which can also be viewed in anime comedy 101) and now, a month later, he is still alone and feared by the student body (I'll leave out the reason because it's just too lazy to even mention).
But fortunately for Kodaka (And unfortunately for everybody else) Haru- I mean Ms. Mikazuki Yozora has no friends as well (Because, well the first episode skipped over that but she drops hints from time to time that has something to do with being betrayed by previous friends or something along those lines, you know, a reason for people to try to get people interested in her character), and it is evident because Kodaka witnesses Yozora talking to thin air, or her air friend choose your pick (And of course in over-dramatic fashion).
And what do these similar friendless outcasts do? They form the SOS- I meant the neighbors club, a club with the sole purpose of making friends (I mean joining other clubs would be a waste of time because people in other clubs are friends by now, as both Yozora and Kodaka spent at least five minutes explaining how pointless it would be, you know, stupid reasons). And only those who can decipher the stupid-but-cute-because-Yozora-make-it poster can join this friends for friendless people club.
But of course a new member joins on up to the club by the end of the episode, and she is the popular, big breasted blonde student, Sena Kashiwazaki (You'll see her earlier in the episode that she has a gaggle of boys drooling at her, an important key point about her). Her reasons for joining? She has no "real" friends. Her actual reason for joining? To get into fights with Yozora about breast sizes (Which comes from a major lesson from both the guidebook and almost all how to do anime comedy books, "The Breasts Feud," when the main female character in a series has about average bodily proportions, the girl that arrives next has to have more than twice the boobage of the other girl, so that they can get into an argument about breast sizes. I mean it's supposed to be funny right? I've never seen that actually happen in real life, but it's got to be funny, so funny that almost every harem anime does this joke to death).
As first impressions go, this one leaves with a feeling of nostalgia, in a bad way, the nostalgic feeling of overused tropes and overused jokes. And with the opening theme song animation suggests, there's going to plenty of girls to try to keep things fresh and to appeal to the many needs and fetishes of the anime community.
And don't worry, the fetishes are quite diverse, a boy who is a maid for no good reason (Only one stupid one), a loli nun, the little sister character, and a perverted girl who spends her days in a science room. If this show really wanted to be a show about outcasts, don't make them all into ecchi tropes, there are plenty of shows with these characters in that genre that are not even shunned by the background characters, there shouldn't be any reason to over-serve that genre other than to pay your bills, and maybe use that otaku money make something, I don't know, better or at least not make another rehash of every ecchi show over and over again.
The show is called, I don't have many friends, but that obviously changes in no time, because all the otaku will be great "friends", they even squander away every bit of money they have for the show, and only "true friends" will do that.
ANIMATION: Usually shows like this have decent animation, but this one looks a bit cheap looking, but the actual purpose of this anime is to sell, sell, sell character goods and other creepy merchandise.
The characters are borderline bland, yet distinctive (The original character designer is the guy who did the character designs for Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko), but are still just moe enough to sell on their own without a story about them (Their titties will bonce, and the otaku will throw money at them, it's like a more expensive strip tease bar).
However, the ending theme animation is pretty cool though.
SOUND: Just about everything typical harem stockpile music would sound like, with an upbeat opening theme and good enough voice acting to go along with that, you know, good enough to sell more merch.
Opening theme song makes me want to rip my ears off, but is almost forgivable for a pretty cool ending theme song
+ Cool ending theme song.
- Another "Beat off to the girl and fetish you like in this show" kind of anime.
- Pretends to meaningful, but is nothing more than fanservice.
- One of the most thin plots I've ever seen, probably doesn't even count as a plot.
- Unrealistic outcasts and generic stereotypes.
There is one thing this anime has taught me so far: Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other's gold, but when it comes to anime like this, the old is copper, but copper has it's uses too, ever heard of pennies? Because anime like this are as common as pennies. And of course, it's easy enough to make anime like this to simply stay afloat in the industry, but just how long do companies think they can milk the same thing over and over again before anime fans finally become bored and want something new, or (Disappointingly) maybe they won't? In any case, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai is as typical as it gets, nothing special and downright boring. read more
But enough talk and get lost in it immediately begins to talk about the plot. It is not the most complex, but I appreciated even if it is not the most original. It grows quite well and for some places even becomes interesting. I'd give it a 7.
The characters are one of the highlights of this anime. I loved and still love the dear Kobato, the sister of the main character, because it is one of those kawaii loli that you want it all to yourself. Turning to the other characters I would say that the main character is interesting but not the best. Yozora and Sena are an unfailing source of gags that can lift you up moral. The other characters I liked the scientist Rika for its fixed with BL and his filthy thoughts about robots. Yukimura was not one of my favorite characters, but it is nice too in his own way. The characters would rate a 9.5.
The sound aspect is not the best, the opening is catchy but tires easily and the ending did not make me mad. The OST can not remember any in particular. With regard to the 'look and feel, instead, I absolutely loved the character desing and animations are good. I would give a 7.5 to this aspect.
This anime also manages to be very smooth, mainly thanks to its countless gags that make die laughing. Also good idea to put a slight harem story of love as a side dish that makes the whole thing more interesting. The vote for the smoothness is a 8.5
My overall grade for this anime is a 8.1 which rounds down to 8. I recommend it to everyone because I think deserves a lot even if it is underestimated because gender has also 'ecchi. read more