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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: 7.751 (scored by 86197 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
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Oct 7, 2011
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
Aug 25, 2013
Pretty much everything about this anime in my personal opinion is outstanding. The artwork is rather impressive and has a lot of detail and bright elaborate colors. The soundtrack is also rather enjoyable and I love singing along to the opening theme. The story is pretty much like you typical romance-comedy and harem, but still rather entertaining. Finally the characters are phenomenal. I wish they could be my real life best friends, not saying that I don't have many friends.
First you have Kodaka, the main male protagonist. Kodaka was born to a Japanese father and an English mother. Inheriting her blonde hair people tend to assume he's a bully, so he has a hard time making friends. In truth though, he's a pretty nice guy and the only reasonable one out of the group.
Next is Yozora one of the several heroines in the story. Yozora is the founder and coordinator of the club. She's kind of your typical tsundere type, but she can be a caring friend.
Last is Sena, cause although there are more characters I wanna give this review a wrap. So Sena is another one of the story's heroines and the rival of Yozora. Sena is probably one of the most beautiful and well-known girls in the school. Long Blonde hair, aqua blue eyes, and a curvaceous quite well-endowed body for a girl her age. I know what you're thinking, this girl should have plenty of friends, however the dudes that admire her aren't truly into what's inside and the girls are jealous of her.
So these three and several others join the club in hopes of learning how to make friends. Ironically enough though they don't realize that they've had friends all along. This is definitely an anime I recommend.
On terms of subs vs dubs, are personally prefer dubs, but will go both ways. Pause. Either way the original Japanese audio is excellent and the dub is just as good, fitting the characters personalities.
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
Oct 28, 2011
This is another case of a show trying to mask its shallowness with a serious premise and once again hundreds of people are biting the lure. Busyness as usual. Let me start with some cold-hearted facts that many of you readers haven’t realized or don’t want to admit to, probably because you don’t like the idea of your escapism shows regarding reality to be so damn fake.
- Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai (made by the same studio) is NOT an awesome serious show about otakus being accepted as normal people by the non-otakus. It is fan catering nonsense bordering incest and fascination over porn games.
- Yosuga no Sora is NOT an awesome serious show about true brother/sister love. It is fan catering nonsense which go as far as resetting the story every few episodes as means to have the lead male having sex with everybody. NOT just his sister.
- Bakuman is NOT an awesome show about how to become a great mangaka. It is fan catering nonsense about a guy who has everything going rosy in his life and even getting a girlfriend out of someone who he never spoke to in his all life because DESTINY DEMANDS IT. Plus, it is patting at Jump Shounen fans too obviously.
In the same way, Haganai (short for what this shitty show is called) is NOT a show about making friends. Seriously, where the hell do you see the educational aspect in this show? It is fan catering nonsense about some anti-social people gathering in a room and playing porn games all day long, while insulting one another with overused boob size jokes. Very social and helpful indeed. It is also about cosplaying to fit in as many fetishes as possible in the same character. Yeah, that’s how you make friends. Nobody ever thought of, I don’t know, trying to talk to other people in an honest way helps? Nope, five minutes and they all give up trying to not be viewed as a misinterpreted stereotype and head on to become a different stereotype. One defined by boob size, hair colour, and uniform fetishes. Oh yeah, the depth is oozing out of their ears.
Now before you go apeshit about realism in anime not being important, I can always turn this boomerang back at you by saying “it is about a realistic problem” at which point you can only defend by saying you like the PREMISE of the show but not its presentation. Yes, admitting it is superficial is the only way out. And even in the weird case you do not admit and claim it is a realistic and very educational anime because it is your opinion and thus you can do anything you like (duh) then I am afraid once again you can be proven wrong by simply mentioning two other older anime.
- Welcome to the NHK is a very bold take on the lives of NEETs and hikikomoris of Japan. It delves into their deepest and darkest problems and goes as far as depicting mass suicide, pyramid scams, and drug-like dependence on games, all of which are presented as NEGATIVE!
- Genshiken is about a group of otakus making a club as means to find common grounds in their hobby. It also occasionally shows the negative part of their hobbies by making them act deviant and wait in hours in comikets.
Well this anime doesn’t try to show the negative aspect of being an anti-social. I mean, that is the main conflict of the series, right? Being anti-social is bad and you need friends. In the contrary, it is presenting it as cool. The lead male is scary for having a scary face and that is all to it. The main blonde female is scary because she has big boobs. Others are gothic lolitas and loli nuns. Do you see any ugly people? Do you see anybody dressing in a bad kitsch way? Do you see pimples, acme, fatsos, cross-eyed, crooked-teethed amongst them? NO! That is not anti-social; it is totally standard ecchi comedy stereotypes thousands of otakus go crazy about. So by simple deduction THEY ARE NOT ANTI-SOCIAL AND HAVE NO CONTEXT! The story is a lame excuse for fan catering with the stupid excuse of dealing with anti-social people.
If you just look at Princess Jellyfish, a similar show that aired a few months before this one you will clearly see how the anti-social women in the story REALLY look bad and REALLY act scared of other people (especially hipsters). You were made to believe and care about them, something that this show lacks completely.
I find absolutely nothing worthy in terms of story and the core concept is hardly looked into. Furthermore, the actual plot was further ruined with filler material not present in the anime, which happens to be far less funny and interesting than the core story. The ending is also never to be seen and all you get is a revelation that feels completely retarded. Since when does letting your hair to grow long makes you a completely different and unrecognizable character? I will tell you how; only if they are so generically drawn that they are defined JUST BY THAT!
I find absolutely nothing worthy in terms of characters. They are all generic-looking, shallow cardboards, defined by their sexual deviance and body/uniform fetishes. Frankly speaking it is nothing but a poor attempt to make the otakus feel a connection to this problem before they keep watching the same shit as always. You know, in the same way all harems have pussy protagonists everybody hates but they are otherwise the archetype most of the target audience identifies with easier.
The production values are good on a superficial artwork level; there is moe and sexy uniforms all over the place. But the poor animation, as well as the complete lack of cinematics and artistic overtones makes it an overall standard presented anime with a forgettable OST. Seriously, I am looking at it and I see nothing but overused generic school grounds, overused generic character figures, and overused generic videogame parodies. Nothing to make it stand out from all the rest MOEMOEMOE FLOOD shows out there.
As for all of you who will just try to view the series as an average ecchi comedy, you will again be disappointed. There hardly is any nude or erotic moments and everything is about few lines of vulgar speech and focus on dress fetishes, like maids and swimsuits. NOTHING MORE! You can find ten times more in a standard ecchi comedy. This is just another poor excuse to get fascinated over buying otaku-related merchandise; which, trust me, will NOT help you make more friends. In fact, you may even lose the ones you already have.
As for the whole “making friends” concept that so many people thought it’s so amazing and original and spam 10s all over the place? It is forgotten in a few episodes and afterwards it is just excuses for cosplay and comedy. You can find more serious and elaborate mechanics in a typical shounen series, where the hero makes friends out of the people he beats up. It works better than playing porn games all day and bitching at your co-player being a “sperm bucket”.
Educational anime my butt; it’s retarded fan catering nonsense for people without any expectations.
And now for some excused scorings.
ART SECTION: 5/10
General Artwork 1/2 (generic)
Character Figures 1/2 (generic)
Backgrounds 1/2 (typical)
Animation 1/2 (basic)
Visual Effects 1/2 (basic)
SOUND SECTION: 4/10
Voice Acting 1/3 (retarded and lacks context)
Music Themes 1/4 (j-pop trash)
Sound Effects 2/3 (ok I guess)
STORY SECTION: 3/10
Premise 2/2 (interesting)
Pacing 0/2 (semi-episodic and full of fillers)
Complexity 1/2 (besides the in-jokes; nothing)
Plausibility 0/2 (none)
Conclusion 0/2 (doesn’t exist)
CHARACTER SECTION: 3/10
Presence 1/2 (generic)
Personality 1/2 (generic)
Backdrop 1/2 (generic and simplistic but it’s there)
Development 0/2 (none)
Catharsis 0/2 (doesn’t exist)
VALUE SECTION: 1/10
Historical Value 0/3 (none)
Rewatchability 0/3 (go watch NHK instead)
Memorability 1/4 (no reason to remember this mediocrity)
ENJOYMENT SECTION: 1/10
Art 0/1 (looks lazy)
Sound 0/2 (sounds meh)
Story 0/3 (what story?)
Characters 1/4 (fetish stereotypes)
VERDICT: 3/10 read more
Jun 22, 2013
Jan 31, 2013
I was originally planning on trying to make this funny, but as you all probably know, I’m an awful comedian. But that won’t stop me to try. Painfully.
So, what got me to reviewing this show? I don’t really know myself. It’s got a decent following. There are, and most likely will be, reviews that outshine this one. I mean, hell, I’m just some 14 year old white kid who decided to open up Microsoft Word and ramble on about nothing.
I think what drew my attention to this particular show was its concept. See, in the world of modern anime, there are three main types:
1. The SUPER serious, epic, dark and angsty shows that take themselves way too seriously
2. The generic cutesy high school show that’s filled to the brim with moeblobs and ear-shatteringly high pitched voices
3. Mindless fanservice with no real substance to speak of.
Well, actually, I lied. There are four. I forgot to mention Hentai. But that’s a rant for another day.
Haganai, however, brings in a fairly original concept.
[[Originally had a summary here, but the guidelines discourage you from doing that, so I just cut it out.]]
Okay, so, earlier I said that Haganai had a fairly original concept, and it does. But that’s not to say it doesn’t have its own fair share of fanservice, romance and serious moments. But for some reason, they all seem to blend in perfectly with the show, and it all seems…well, natural. Other shows with gratuitous amounts of panty shots, ass shots, boob shots, and, god forbid, dick shots seem to feel out of place. It sort of deters the overall experience and frankly just distracts the viewer, in a bad way. Now don’t get me wrong, I would’ve loved to tone down the fanservice a bit at times, but I’m not uncomfortable with the amount that’s given.
I guess this is where I should introduce the main cast.
Like I said, we have Kodaka Hasegawa, who is surprisingly a likable guy in an otherwise bland cast of male harem leads. You can kind of relate to the guy, well, at least I feel like I can. And, best of all, he doesn’t think with his dick and do the stupid ‘Let me fall into your tits TOTALLY BY ACCIDENT and get the shit beat out of me.’ shtick. He’s a pretty unique character in that regard. Well, not really actually, he’s just a sensible human being.
Next up is Yozora Mikazuki, which is the lead female protagonist. Well, it starts that way at least, but I’ll get to that later. She’s cold, sarcastic, in-your-face, cruel, and quite frankly, my favorite character in this show. Now those who are familiar may be asking, “WHY HER AND NOT, YOU KNOW, THAT OTHER CHICK WHICH I HAVEN’T INTRODUCED YET?” Well, okay, I guess I forgot to mention she can be a bitch. Quite often, in fact. And I can generally see why people wouldn’t like her. But for me, other than that attitude, she’s a good person at heart. She’s the only one that truly does feel like she NEEDS friends to better herself in the long run. She’s a nice girl, but has trouble expressing herself, and so everything just comes out wrong. Now, this doesn’t mean I condone everything she does, but most of her bitchiness is directed towards one character anyway. She arguably receives the most development as a character over the show and just ends up being a well-rounded, relatable and pleasant character. Oh yeah, and her voice is just….Ah.
Next on the list of harem bait is the ever-so-popular Sena Kashiwazaki. Odds are if you’ve heard of this show, it was either through her or another character. She’s the typical arrogant rich girl with great looks, tits, good grades, tits, and an elegant demeanor. Did I mention she has tits? Yeah, if you’re coming into this show expecting fanservice, you won’t be disappointed. This chick’s tits are by far the most popular character. She receives so many unnecessary embarrassing situations and camera angles just for the sake of making our dicks hard. Which is perfectly fine. But most, if not all of the fanservice stems from her and her chest. This makes me question her validity as an actual character and not just a walking sex toy. But that’s what’s weird. She’s an actual character with an interesting personality and situation. See, boys fawn all over her for…obvious reasons, and she steps all over them. Literally. But in reality she hates that sort of treatment, and just wants to live a normal life. She doesn’t have any real friends, you could say. She loves video games, especially Eroge, and can be quite adorable once you get to know her.
But this isn’t what anyone really likes her for. Admit it, the main reason you like Sena so much, and I’m saying this in general because she OVERSHADOWS EVERY OTHER FUCKING CHARACTER, is because she has a nice rack, likes to play games, and has a nice rack. Granted, I’m not saying that EVERYONE likes her for this, but the vast majority, from what I’ve seen, seem to. And as a result, she receives the most attention, praise, fanart, you name it, just for having a nice rack along with some other shit that doesn’t matter. Kinda makes you think of the current state of things, huh?
Obviously I can’t mention Sena without also mentioning her never-ending feud with Yozora. Dear God, where do I begin? Most of the hate on Yozora stems from this. “OH NO, SHE HURT MY PRECIOUS TITS! HOW DARE SHE?” Pretty much sums up all of the Sena fanboys’ reactions. But I will admit, it does kind of bug me too and take away from my liking of Yozora. But it DOES also help establish that she’s messed up and is in need of a good hug or two once in a while. Which is pretty much the show’s point, no?
I’m not gonna go into much more detail about this, as it really won’t get me anywhere. You’ll see what I mean if you decide to watch this, though.
Okay, where were we? Oh yeah, characters.
Honestly, the rest of the cast doesn’t really do anything for me. There’s Yukimura, the maid girl who’s actually a boy who’s actually a girl, Rika, the bespectacled pervert of a scientist, Maria, the fucking BANE OF MY EXISTENCE, and Kobato, Kodaka’s sister who’s just a generic loli with a vampire fetish. For some reason, everyone gets their fucking dicks wet about this girl, which is pretty annoying. She’s arguably more recognized than Yozora, the MAIN HEROINE, and is the show’s second most popular character.
While I don’t DISLIKE any of the characters, with the exception of Maria….god, I hate her…The remainder of the cast doesn’t seem to do anything. They’re not properly developed, not properly established as actual characters and not just comedic relief. They sort of just seem like cardboard cutouts of what’s practically REQUIRED in an anime; The token maid, pervert, loli…two of them, actually, and annoying cunt. The show makes pretty clear that your main focus should be on the main three; Kodaka, Yozora and Sena. And they do a damn good job of that, may I add.
Okay, now with the characters out of the way, I can get into the meat of this show. Pun intended.
The animation is absolutely gorgeous. It’s colorful, character designs are distinct and those eyes….god I love them. Everything just looks so crisp and clean, and it really helps you become immersed in the show.
The soundtrack is, I will admit, forgettable. It’s your classic run-of-the-mill anime soundtrack. Nothing in particular stands out within the show itself. However, I’d be lying if I said the opening and ending wasn’t catchy. They’re well done and the instrumentals along with the singing are fun. Especially the ending theme, where Yozora is singing. God, that voice, I can’t even put it in words. That’s all I can really say about the sound design. It’s really that forgettable, which is a shame. I enjoy a nice soundtrack every once in a while.
If you noticed, during this review I’ve been mentioning it being a harem occasionally. Which is sort of true. Practically every girl in the club has some sort of an attachment or crush on Kodaka. Poor guy, all of these attractive girls fawning over him and he’s just plopped right in the middle. Throughout it’s obvious he develops some minor feelings for certain girls (who I will not mention specifically) and as a result, is stuck in a pretty awkward love triangle. While this concept sounds generic, it’s not played about so much that it becomes the show’s main purpose. The main purpose, really, is just the misadventures of the Neighbors’ Club and what crazy shit they can get themselves into next. Oh yeah, the show is pretty silly. It’s filled with slapstick, awkward moments, fanservice, jokes and just overall entertaining content. The romance and drama, while well executed, don’t really seem to be an overly important factor. Not to mention, the show ends on this dumb cliffhanger that disappoints me as a Yozora fan….Shit, I probably said too much, didn’t I?
But, since there’s a second season already, I’m sure all of this will be resolved. So, no biggie.
With a multitude of entertaining characters, laugh-out-loud and quirky writing, beautiful visuals and well executed romance, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai is definitely a must-watch anime for anybody who enjoys a nice slice-of-life comedy and/or harem. I enjoyed it, and I eagerly await to watch the three (currently) episodes of season two. If you watched the show, please tell me what you thought about it.
Mar 25, 2014
That aside, the problem is they tried to mix seriousness into a poor-logic comedy, which i will admit straight forward is one of the most irritating things ever for me. I absolutely can't stand shows that are based off of using misunderstandings to try and drive the comedic moments. It's not only over-used, but entirely illogical. There was honestly at least 45 good points they could have branched the show into a romance or true love triangle or something. This honestly at some parts was pretty damn emotional, especially with those last scenes, and early scenes. No gonna lie, even the way Sena reacts sometimes to Yozora's bullying will show her innocent side and even once makes Yozora feel bad. But besides that point, i should explain my self more.
Honestly, The first 3 or 4 episodes aren't bad at all. They are pretty well put together and actually do pretty damn good at what they do. It all starts with our child nun where things go downhill. First of all, like others said, after Episode 3, every episode contains the word "poop" used over and over. honestly, at that point, just use the word shit, i mean please, I feel like i'm listening to a 6 year old call people names.
But don't worry, her use of the word Poop in every episode describes the logic of every single characters head. They rarely use logic or reason, and sorta just pull the "eh fuck it" approach to everything they do. So to be honest, if you were looking for a comedy, this would be not a bad start. The problem again, is they tried to include serious plot every now and then.
So my advice is simple, If you wanna watch stupid funny stuff that has no logic or reason, just switch your brain off, and enter the world of illogical trolls. So the easiest way to do it is ignore the plot, pretend there never was a plot, and don't expect a plot. The show fell short of my hopes, but still had it's moments. Not gonna lie, the pervy Scientist makes the most sense out of all of them.
So for my review, the number attached explain my feelings. Enjoy what you can, especially the great Ending soundtrack. read more
Jun 20, 2013
-A handful of amusing gags
-Bottom of the barrel characterization
-Vast stretches of frankly unfunny dialogue and events
-Poor, sometimes disturbing use of fan service
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (hereafter Haganai) is a barely entertaining, completely forgettable series.
The characters do not deserve more than a brief mention. Their familiar, unremarkable personalities can be succinctly explained using one to three adjectives. The unloved beautiful rich girl, the exasperated protagonist, the perverted scientist, the gender-confused male, the jealous little sister. Nothing new to see here—which might be acceptable were they done well enough.
The dialogue is unfortunately slave to these routine, bland archetypes. Familiar exchanges like the artificial, gradually developing relationship between the opposing lead females are uninspiring and don't effect any sort of attachment to the characters. Humor is not completely absent, but quite rare, or at least most often ineffective.
Mention must be made of the plainly disturbing fan service. Not so much the frequency as the method by which it is employed. The 10 and 13 year old nudity—without any censorship, and played for titillation rather than laughs—fell completely flat for me (to put it lightly) and I hope for every viewer. Perhaps in its native culture it could somehow be considered acceptable but I find it nothing short of disturbing. I don't believe it excessive to call it a disgrace to the art form. I can't help but think animation like this is the reason anime has such a bad reputation with certain segments of the population.
The premise, though not particularly novel, has some potential; the evergreen popularity of school, slice of life, and friendship-centered shows stands as proof. It is wasted on the impotent gags, but a short, sporadic story thread involving Yozora and Kodoka is a small shining moment in the barren sea that is Haganai's plot.
I have yet to find a show that I consider completely worthless, and a few laughs here and there were barely enough to maintain my fleeting interest, with the hope of later improvement. A few sight gags, Kodoka's assumed yanki status, and the perverse, animated diction of Rika may make you grin if not guffaw. But to continue the ocean metaphor, these tiny islands of humor are quickly eroded by the quantitatively superior moments of boredom and annoyance.
Though I was able to make it through the first season, the unresolved plot isn't nearly gripping enough to inspire me to continue with this insipid show.
Best skipped. read more
Jun 4, 2013
Story 6/10: They did give off a good plot at the start of the anime and I was drawn into it at first. However, as the show went on it moved away from the main plot and towards something else. I didn't mind it as much but it just gave me mixed flags as to what it wanted to show. This happened to me when they showed the first plot twist I just couldn't understand their message behind it. It was a good plot but it was just executed wrong.
Art 8/10: It isn't that over the top but does make references towards other anime elements and I actually did enjoy that. They don't overdo it but just enough to get a good chuckle out of it. It was nice and well done.
Sound 8/10: For the most part I didn't really find the sound to be there; for the most part it was focusing on the dialogue. The VOs do put a good effort into their work, original Japanese cast anyways it has been announced that there will be an English cast. Background music I found to be non-existing.
Character 7/10: Every character does put something unique to the show. The only one I had a really problem with is one of the main characters, Yozora Mikazuki. I just couldn't understand her reasoning and motives were even after the big reveal at the end of the first season. I won't say what it is for spoiler reasons but my reaction towards it was "Okay, why couldn't you just do this instead what you been doing for the past first season?" The other characters are good and they do offer something good to the show but again story reference they don't know how to present it well enough.
Enjoyment 5/10: It did get me a couple of good laughs but for the most part I was like "I can't believe they went there." Also nothing really stood out to well for me throughout the first season for me.
Overall 6/10: I can see why people would enjoy this anime, it just seems like a meh anime to me. If they knew how to present its material better I would of enjoyed it a lot more and if they pulled the plot twist a bit better to keep me in better, or actual, suspense.
Jan 3, 2012
"Haganai" contains a small and rather eye catching set of characters, most of which are rather cliche and some with exaggerated personalities, but even so, watching characters such as Rika and Kobato and the conflicts between Yozora and Sena provided loads of comedy and kept the show entertaining enough to keep me laughing and tune in every week. The supporting characters were still successful in capturing my attention throughout series because of all the random humor but still remained rather static in terms of character development. Aside from their abilities to entertain me, they didn't really have much else to offer, in fact some of these characters did not really feel like a character at all, they felt like they were there for the sole purpose to tell jokes or acted as eye candy. Moving onto our leads, I felt that Sena never really changed at all and sadly stays as the typical tsundere, and as for the other two, I could only witness a slight bit of growth between Yozora and Kodaka but alas it was mostly during their confrontation at the end of the series meaning there wasn't enough time to conclude whether the two really changed from that at all.
I'm sure no one expected the background artwork in "Haganai" to be anything amazing but there is definitely one thing the animators did exceptionally well on, and that was the detail and coloring on the characters, mostly the facial features. I was able to quickly notice that there was definitely more effort in detailing the redness on the cheeks and they also focused on the lips when the characters are in a bit more focus just like the style used in "Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko" (and go figure, it's the same character designer). The eyes were also done with great detail on most of the characters, I really enjoyed how they put some thought into the color scheme like how a couple of character's eye color matches their hair nicely, or how Sena's blue eyes matches her blue hair clip, and even Kobato's red and blue contacts made her stand out. I really felt that all of the attention put into detailing the characters really pays off as the end result really makes the characters look much more appealing, in fact some more than the main characters.
Moving right along to the audio, the OP "Zannenkei Rinjinbu (Hoshi Futatsu Han)" and ED "Watashi no Kimochi" were both composed by professional musician/guitarist Tom-H@ck, who also composed all of the opening themes for the popular K-ON! series. Both singles are somewhat fast paced j-pop/rock songs which hold lyrics relevant to the theme of making friends and the songs themselves were fairly decent and not too hard on the ears although I personally enjoyed the ED much more with the low voice of Marina Inoue accompanied by a strong guitar presence. As for the voice acting, the most notable performance in my opinion was from Hanazawa Kana's role as Kobato as she did a splendid job on juggling between speaking in a goth/aristocratic fashion (that's how I like to describe it anyways) and her cute childish voice, nevertheless the rest of the VAs still provided a great a voice for their respective roles, definitely no complaints here.
Finally coming to the story of "Haganai", it carried the simple theme of making friends but soon developed into a bit of an episodic series after all the characters in the club were introduced about a third of the way in, which. For me, it became one of those shows where I just sit back, enjoy and not have to pay too much attention to specifics, but that was also the problem, the amount of random humor in every episode was sadly what the show was mostly comprised of. Although I can't say the show completely strayed away from the theme of making friends after all, the characters in the club did become more acquainted and friendly with one another, but I couldn't help but realize the end felt rather ironic seeing them be together like friends would but yet they deny or don't acknowledge the fact that they are. It was just a shame though, the series could have had more room for a richer story had the focus not been so much on comedy and cliche ideas.
"Haganai" was a bit misdirecting right at the start because of the intriguing insight made into the concept of friendship in episode one but it immediately developed into something less intelligent. I was rather disappointed with this quick change in atmosphere as the show became more of a slice of life/comedy/romance series, but regardless the show contained some effective chemistry between the characters that made it fairly entertaining, hilarious and full of life despite them being cliche or unrealistic. Despite a story really lacking depth, slow progression, and subpar characters, "Haganai" still turned out to provide a decent watching experience for me and is definitely a show for anyone that is looking for some uplifting entertainment with loads of random humor and doesn't mind the typical fan service or cliche themes being tossed around a bit, but don't expect much else. read more
Feb 16, 2013
I like the art, it's very similar to Buriki's Works, and the effects are pretty good.
I like the Opening song but not much, and i LOVE the Ending song, because i like Japanese Rock, and Inoue Marina Voice is suited with the music style...
Character is AMAZING, Especially Sena! her body, her personality and all of HER!
Yozora appearance is suited with her personality, Rikka is pretty plain actually, Yukimura is a perfect trap, and the 2 Loli's are pretty entertaining.
I Enjoy most of the anime, the Story is just a typical slice of life story but it gets serious as time passed...
Overall this anime is great, and brings nice refreshment... read more
Oct 27, 2011
Alright,the story starts with good story development. The first episode is kinda introduction to the character,of course the main one.How they behave,what kind of guy/girl is she/he , and the root of the story is started from the first episode.
But the first episode does not deliver all the information ,what is going to happens next. After watching ep 3,the main punchline of the story started.The ep 3 will tells you the new route of the story.
I think for this anime,the art is quite good,but not as good as some new anime recently released.
This anime has good music(from my opinion) and has some variation. I will give 8/10 for it.
Every main character of the story has diffrent abilities,realationship,appearance and behavior. Not much supporting character atm,but soon it will. I'm sure you will like the character.
This anime is not just let you learn something,but explain the true meaning of friendship value and bond with your friends. Of course we have a lot of friends but,there must be someone called "Best Friend". This anime reminds me,how I got my first friend.hahaha... read more
Sep 21, 2013
Characters: Most characters in this anime is typical (cliche) but likable and fun to watch. However, unfortunately, the main heroine Yozora acts like a total b**** and gets annoying which made it difficult to pleasantly enjoy this lighthearted anime.
Story: There isn't much twists and the plot is pretty straight forward. I liked the episode where they showed the view of Yozora (heroine) - it made me hate her a little less.
Overall: The anime was good. It gives the viewers what they expect. Nothing spectacular but not super disappointing either. The anime could have been better if they decreased the annoying scenes where Yozora and Sena (another heroine) fight each other over and over.
I recommend this anime to anyone looking for a lighthearted anime that involves your typical "moe" girls. Do not watch this if you expect deep insight about "social relationships". I recommend "Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru" for that. read more
Feb 5, 2013
The story is completely unoriginal and has nothing really new to it. It's just another harem.
The characters as I said are also unoriginal. No, not that they're unoriginal more like they were written to BE the generic harem girls. You've got the rich girl blonde tsundere, the man lady, the loli, the little sister with a case of bro-com, and the loli that is for some reason a scientist, and the scary looking nice guy protagonist. Can you build a bigger generic batch of characters? I think not.
And yet, even though it's so damn generic I loved it. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire show, it never felt generic even though I know it was. I think this anime reminded me that the whole, dude with his do nothing harem club, while is unoriginal and overdone that doesn't mean it's bad. If you like the whole generic harem then you'll love it, if you don't than I'd say try it with an open mind and just try to enjoy it. You might find yourself liking it more than you thought. read more
Oct 6, 2012
the story was great. they try to make friends by making a club for people with no friends. it kept this theme through the show and got better every episode.
the art was good it is my favorite style of art and its all beautifully drawn out the way i hoped when i saw the cover.
the music & sound were chosen well for this anime. especially the OP is very catchy and its always stuck in my head.
the characters were all unique in their own way. there's the guy-girl person, the nun, the vampire, the delinquent, the horny girl, the girl with big breasts, and that one girl that hates the big breast girl.
i really think you should watch this anime if your looking for something to watch it fun and enjoyable the only problem i had with it was the ending. if the ending was a little better i would have given it an even higher score but for now i will sit at an 8/10.
Oct 31, 2011
I didn't, and you shouldn't either... Because honestly, in my 5 episodes of watching Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, thats pretty much all it is so far.
Boku wa starts us off with ....badabada-bing, our scary-eyed, delinquent protagonist, Kodaka. Then, we meet lonely, hyperactive Yozora, who forms a club, dragging Kodaka with her. The story is basically Haruhi Suzumiya meets Toradora with a lot of innuendo thrown in. Not that that's not entertaining, right?
Okay. Next, we've got some pretty okay artwork. Honestly, so far, this element has got to be my favorite. I'm a fan of the way Kodaka is drawn. Everyone else is okay, too.
For character depth, none so far. All the characters are proving to be a little cliche with no originality so far, but we're only on episode 4, so maybe that will change. Wasn't expecting anything better, right? So, here we go. Kodaka, our protagonist, is the delinquent who really just wants to make friends. Aside him, we've got the feisty, dark-haired commander, the big-breasted blonde who's obsessed with dating sims (which, honestly, I find to be kinda funny), the nun (...which I'm still trying to figure out?), the clingy scientist, the obsessed little sister, and the boy who looks like a girl who reminds me so much of Hideyoshi from Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu that I refer to him as Hideyoshi. Notice that Kodaka is the only boy (other than the boy-girl) that I've listed. Harem much? Just a little.
Sound? Eeehh. The opening theme is downright horrid. The ending theme is not much better. The voice acting is alright, though. I find each character's voice to be pretty suiting, especially Yozora's voice. I like the way they used a girl with a slightly lower voice, instead of another lolita with a squeaky high voice; and trust me, there are some of those present in Boku wa.
Enjoyment? Its alright. I watch every new episode. I keep up with all the characters. I laugh at the jokes, and roll my eyes at the perverted moments. Despite the epic plot lines and lack of character depth... Boku wa is entertaining, I'll give you that. If you don't jump in expecting a masterpiece, I think you might like it, too.
Oct 21, 2011
I would compare to something like Ore No Imouto, or another anime of similar caliber, all high production, and all very lovable, with same humor, animation style, and characterization. That being said, many people dislike anime like this, as they find it fairly stupid, and cliche', and if that's the kind of viewer you are, THIS ISN'T FOR YOU. There are people that will inevitably dislike this anime from the moment they see it, and that's fine. I just hope that those with different perspectives can realize that this isn't a "one size fits all" kind of show, and move on to something else they find with more meaning.
Well, that sums up my opinion, I hope you guys enjoy this as much I have so far, and I hope the rest of the season can continue the same way it has been going so far.
Thanks :] read more
Mar 13, 2012
Kodaka comes to a new school and immediately is typecast as the delinquent by his classmates thanks to his hair. He shortly thereafter has a run-in with the other outcast of the class, Yozora, who is talking to her "air friend." They end up starting a club to make friends, and so Sena immediately joins. Sena and Yozora clearly are meant to be foils of each other, although Yozora tries to be a foil to pretty much every character besides Kodaka throughout the series. Add in some very odd characters otherwise and it becomes a full harem cast. The perverted scientist, the loli nun club supervisor, the super feminine boy whom everyone mistakes as a girl and Kodaka's goth-loli little sister, who clearly has a thing for her brother. Not exactly generic at first, but don't worry, the characters all become one stereotype or another very quickly.
The story is not too horrible. It is clearly meant to be about the three main characters as Kodaka finds out about his long lost friend from the past. Unfortunately, just as OreImo did, this one suffers from some brain damage thanks to a studio that would rather drag the story out to a second season and pour in a crap load of fanservice rather than accomplish anything that might turn into a good series.
Having not read the manga, I don't know if the characters are meant to be so over the top or not. But as it is, this studio has taken an otherwise decent romantic plot and turned it into fanservice in the extreme. I really just don't know what to say. Story...7 I guess, since I think it would be decent without the studio's "help."
The art here is pretty decent. Of course again it is fanservice/ecchi a lot of times so you pretty much know how that goes. Can't say much good or bad so I'll just give it a 7 and walk away.
The sound is largely forgotten I think. Standard J-Pop OP and ED but I've already forgotten both so I'm handing out a 6 for that.
The characters. Oh where to begin. Kodaka makes for a decent straight man early on. Other than his hair, he is actually quite normal and wants to get along with people, and seems to be the standard "great guy" in harem anime. Really, I enjoy this guy, and I think there is plenty more depth to him than this series is letting on, but unlike the others in this series, I don't think he's as brain-damaged and unserviceable. Yozora pretty much makes this series hard to watch at times. She has no friends, and it's easy to see why. She looks gloomy, and treats everyone whose name isn't Kodaka like trash. She actually has some depth to her as well, as they finally "reveal" in the last episode, but of course there is no real time for them to do anything and it just makes for a cliffhanger for -hopefully- another season.
Sena is the big-boobed daughter of the school chairman. She has boys following her around for her looks and her status but apparently has no friends as well so she joins. Straight away when the club starts playing games she finds herself being addicted to eroge, and spends the rest of the series acting like a perverted otaku. Really though, this is so much like other characters it isn't funny.
And enter rest of cast. Maria, ten year old nun that is easily fooled by Yozora into doing all kinds of stupid things. Yukimura, a boy (supposedly) that looks like a girl and follows Kodaka around everywhere like he's the leader of a gang. He follows Yozora's advice and wears maid uniforms and girl's swimsuits because that will "help" his femininity problem. Rika, a genius scientist and inventor who is allowed to not be in any class so she can experiment at school. She quickly shows that she's nothing if not a gigantic, and I mean humogoloid, pervert. She continually tries to get Kodaka to sleep with her (whether playfully or not), and brings up perverted ideas for all the club members. And lastly, Kobato, Kodaka's sister. She dresses in a goth-loli manner after her favorite character on her favorite show about vampires. She tries to act exactly like this character, speaking in an old fashioned manner and avoiding sunlight (like the rest of the characters here don't?). She clearly has a brother complex and doesn't like Maria calling Kodaka "onii-san."
Like I said, not -exactly- the stereotypical harem cast, but they all end up filling in some kind of stereotypical character role. Really the three main characters may have some depth to them, but eventually it doesn't matter because the studio has put much effort into making this more about fanservice than story. So, I give the characters a 5, even if I do like the main character.
Well, I actually enjoyed the show a lot for the most part. If there was a decent ending there I would score this better than OreImo, however there really was no ending at all. In fact the last episode was pretty much the opposite of and ending. It's something you would expect to happen in episode 5 or 6 in a normal 12 episode series. There really isn't a lot that I found funny in this show. I know it is billed as a comedy mostly, but I thought most of it was too over the top or otherwise just stupid to be really funny. I'm giving an 8 for enjoyment, but I really don't know why I enjoyed it that much.
Overall, this series has some serious flaws. I probably enjoyed most of it more than OreImo, but they at least tried to cap it off with a "Good Ending" in case there is no season 2. Unfortunately, there is absolutely no real end here which I feel takes too much away from the show. Honestly I feel like this show is a love child of Haruhi Suzumiya, Genshiken, and....well just pick a good harem show. People sitting around not having friends, standard harem characters, and they follow a crazy chick who does nothing but insult everyone. I hope there will be another season because I really did enjoy most of it, but trying to be objective, I can't score this above a 7 overall. Now time will tell if the TV gods will grant either this or OreImo another season. read more
Dec 8, 2011
After the first episode I read all that was available for the manga. Then going through the following episode I can tell that it is fairly the same except maybe for the art being much better in the anime and some event not happening in the same orders. Nonetheless I enjoy both and the anime even more.
Really funny, lovable characters it only makes me really sad that we are already 3 episodes left to it. I wish they would have make it a 26 episode season. Hopefully for a second season. hopping they wont conclude it with this one.
Jun 2, 2013
Unfortunately, that's about the only thing about the show where I wasn't.
The concept of Haganai is simple enough to be almost formulaic...
Social misfits get together in search of the ever elusive "popularity", and merriment/romance/insert trope here, ensues.
The dynamics are all in place...we have the nice guy who just can't seem to get a break; the beautiful, yet miserable outsider girl; the eye candy, I mean, the rich, beautiful, talented, stuck-up girl who only wants to be liked for herself, and an assorted cast of caricatures, I mean characters, to keep things lively.
With such a diverse group of characters and insanely beautiful and detailed artwork, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai should be an instant classic, but the only classic here are the classic mistakes made by so many shows.
It fails to develop its characters or deliver its message.
The show relies too heavily of lewd camera angles, "poop" jokes and telling the same joke over and over again, and never actually gets around to allowing the characters to grow. At the end of the season, with only one or two notable moments, the characters are exactly who they were when they were introduced to us.
Kadoka is still unfairly ostracized by the majority of the student body, Yozura is still a bitch, Sena is still a bitch, and the rest of the ensemble are still the one-dimensional caricatures they were when the show started.
It's disappointing really, because the subject matter has potential, and there were opportunities presented on numerous occasions for the characters to experience some personal growth, but it never happened.
But despite all this, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai wasn't a complete loss.
Knowing that there's a second season, coupled with the brief flashes of evolution displayed by the principles, holds out hope for season 2.
Anything this beautifully drawn deserves a second chance and I hope the writers give it the opportunity to grow that it so richly needs and deserves. read more