Synonyms: I Don't Have Many Friends, Boku ha Tomodachi ga Sukunai
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 7, 2011 to Dec 23, 2011
Producers: FUNimation EntertainmentL, Media Factory, TBS, AIC Build, Bushiroad Inc., Good Smile Company
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: R+ - Mild NudityL represents licensing company
Score: 7.701 (scored by 123550 users)
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Dec 12, 2014
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!!!
PS: If you enjoyed this version of critique please message me. I like to choose what anime I review and if my audience prefers this form a review, I will base my pieces as such. read more
Jul 20, 2014
Everyone at some point in their lives eventually will make the decision as to who their real friends are going to be. This quote summarizes the theme of the anime.
‘Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai’, or ‘Haganai’ for short, is a story about a transfer student named Hasegawa Kodaka, who is having a hard time making friends due to the fact that he looks like a delinquent. He comes across another lone wolf named Mikazuki Yozora, and the two decide to form the ‘Neighbor’s Club’ in an attempt at helping others who have similar issues with making friends.
Simply put, it’s a comedy story about the ‘Neighbor’s Club’ and the shenanigans and hilarity that ensues. Whether it’s playing video games, chilling at the beach, or even going to summer festivals, there are many ways the club members entertain themselves. The main goal is to learn from these experiences in order to reciprocate them with any friends they may make in the future. The narration of the series is done by Kodaka, so the viewers see everything on a more human aspect instead of from an outsider’s viewpoint. This is good because that means we see the characters on a more personal level, which helps us relate to them. In general, the story is fun and entertaining, but its comedy elements are what make it shine.
What made the anime most memorable was its interesting set of characters. From the perverted Rika to the sadistic Yozora to the chunnibyou Kobato, their personalities are eccentric and enjoyable. The comedic interactions the characters have among themselves are what add humor to the story. What makes the characters so likable is that they’re easier to relate to since they have human like flaws, and what makes them so funny is how realistic the humor is.
The art does its job in complimenting the series and its characters. The character designs were drawn by Buriki, he is also the artist for the series Denpa Onna to Seishun, and Nagi no Asukara. This artist is good at bringing out the beauty of each of his characters in a variety of ways whether it’s the blonde beauty Kashiwazaki Sena, or the gorgeous cross dressing maid Kusunoki Yukimura. The background scenery also uses many colors, which made the animations vivid and beautiful. The close-up shots were clean because they had a good use of color pallets; however sometimes it did have its drops in quality.
There isn't much to mention about the sound. The soundtrack fit the mood at times. However, the sound definitely isn’t one of the anime’s strengths, because the OST just wasn't very memorable. Though, I did find the opening and ending song to be catchy.
At first glance, I never would have thought this series would be this addicting. The character interactions were very fun, and the humor itself made this such an enjoyable watch. This is an anime in which I found myself laughing out loud more often than not. The humor may not be for everyone; however it’s still a very memorable anime due to its amusing characters and comical situations they are placed in.
Though the anime was very enjoyable, it isn’t perfect. The story isn’t amazing, and the soundtrack wasn’t anything extraordinary, but the strengths more than outweigh the weaknesses, and overall I thought it was very good. The series was very enjoyable, and it kept me very consistently entertained. I highly recommend this to anyone that is fond of the genre.
Dec 22, 2011
What do you get when an ambitious and rather oddball girl drags an unwilling male into forming a club for whatever reason? You get the "Save the World by Overloading it with Fun (SOS) Haruhi Suzumiya Brigade!" Oh wait, wrong show. You alternatively could get the "Neighbors Club." Yes, that seems about right. This fabulous club is composed of Kodaka and Kobato Hasegawa, Yozora Mikazuki, Sena Kashiwazaki, Rika Shiguma, Maria Takayama and Yukimura Kusunoki. Watch as this rebellious group takes on one of the world's most challenging of tasks: making friends!
"Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai" follows the misadventures of our assembled group of social misfits as they chase after the ever elusive rose-colored campus life of "popular" people. And what a daunting task this seems to be. After all, when your club is made up of such interesting people as a misunderstood "Yankee", two girls who assert themselves as goddesses (though only one of them is truly worthy of the title), a gender-confused-full-of-fighting-spirit-samurai and many others, the task of making true friends would seem quite difficult. Unknown to them, however, perhaps they will make friends with the very misfits they set out on this journey with.
Let us quickly get this out of the way. The artwork in "Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai" is flat out awesome. Those familiar with "Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko" will immediately recognize the similarities, since they were done by the same artist. And how fortunate that is, because depictions of Meat are as glorious as they can be. Backgrounds and characters are very colorful and animations are fluid enough, giving the viewer delicious eye candy. Look at those sultry lips on the females for instance...Check out official arts if you are having doubts.
"Haganai" (which is what I will be calling this show now) gives us the rather touching message that it is not necessarily the number of friends one has, but its about the one friend that is worth a hundred. The de facto leader of the Neighbors Club, Yozora, once wisely proclaimed this as a child, but now has trouble even maintaining normal conversations with other people. She above all wants to make friends, along with the rest of the club. However, most of the show is focused on comedy that usually arises with clashes between Yozora and Sena, and not actually making friends. I mean they try, and by that I mean Kodaka tries, but they usually end up having their share of laughs without establishing that close connection they desire. The club is already in trouble in the beginning, seeing as we have two tsunderes with a liking to the main character, Inde--Maria and Kobato fighting for Kodaka's brotherly affections, and Yukimura and Rika, who are both plain weird. Rika more so.
The sound of "Haganai" is quite enjoyable in its own charming kind of way. The opening theme is "Zannenkei Rinjinbu" by all the female members of the cast, and is an extremely cheesy J-Pop song detailing aspects of friendship. It is upbeat and disgustingly catchy, with a good indication of what the show is about. The ending theme is "My Feelings "by Marina Inoue (voice of Yozora) and fits well enough. It is yet another disgustingly catchy theme accompanied by a very enjoyable sequence of Yozora and Sena interacting in a rock band...The voice acting is excellent, and Marina Inoue's deeper voice for Yozora is quite enjoyable, in particular when she is on one of her many rants and shenanigans concerning Sena and general social values.
"Haganai"s comedy is generally pretty funny. Most of the comedic scenes are the club's fruitless attempts at making friends, such as establishing connections through multiplayer gaming, karaoke, and keeping in touch via cell phones. Of course, these attempts go horribly wrong, such as griefing each other and keeping things too literal....It is a fun and rather cheerful series, but Yozora is usually there to give the brutally sarcastic remarks she characteristically has, giving glimpses of her underlying attitude. I did not dislike her, but I certainly wished that she had tried a bit harder in making friends with the others, rather that step all over Sena and try to get closer to Kodaka. She may even have become much closer friends with Sena if she did not act that way, giving her just one more friend. The last episode just might change your opinion of her however...
There was a slight plot interwoven throughout the episodes, but it does not really leave much of an impact, at least not on me. You will have to be the judge on that. I however, simply watched "Haganai" for my weekly servings of Meat and shenanigans of the "Neighbors Club."
"Haganai" is an entertaining show depicting the doomed attempts of the "Neighbors Club" in making friends and ultimately becoming popular. Even though most of their attempts fail, it gives a rather nice message that friendship can come from the most unexpected of places. It covers basic methods of interacting with others and the hilarity that follows. The comedy is good, and the delicious eye candy may be enough to draw you into the series. Check it out if you ever need an anime guide on how NOT to make friends!
Oh, and to those who have bothered to read this far, I am a Sena fanboy. Sorry, Yozora, move over for the REAL goddess. She, along with a certain brigade leader, will be the only Gods I'll ever worship!
Jun 1, 2014
I liked it a lot and overall it is quite nice.
Jan 3, 2015
Another fanservice fap romp; Or is it?
Art and Animation
Technically animation is above average, and fanservice is surprisingly subtle.
Overall Haganai is pleasant to look at
Sound and Music
First season opening and ending are great, second season (Haganai NEXT) not so much. Rest of the OST is in the background without any stand out track.
English voice cast performance
Dub brings Haganai to life, yet another great effort by FUNimation.
Story, Characters, and Writing in general
Despite the marketing, this is slice of life show about people without friends, and their efforts to change that. There are good reasons why main characters are "lonely"; From borderline schizoid Kodaka, conceited Sena, to egoistic to the point of bullying others for her own amusement Yozora, rest of the characters include: obligatory moe loli Kobato, completely useless Maria, (seriously why is she in the show?) usually failed attempt at comic relief Yukimura, and only character that actually cares about making friends Rika.
Haganai is show with mostly unlikeable but relatable, somewhat realistically written characters, that hocks viewers with its humor, although more jokes then I would like fall flat. Overarching story is almost nonexistent. Haganai NEXT ending tied most of the loose ends, however third season feels mandatory.
If you usually watch dark shows like I do, Haganai is fun distraction, I enjoyed it
Final score and conclusion
Haganai is not for everyone, it's fun, lighthearted show with dark subplot. If you think that you might like it, my recommendation is to stream Haganai
FINAL SCORE: 7.2
IGNORE IT / STREAM IT
Oct 28, 2014
Characters: The male main character,Kodaka is likeable. He appears to be a delinquent but really just want to have friends. He is afraid of change and this fear is the driving force for the main plot.
Pretty much every stereotype of a girl is in this anime. There is the childhood friend Yozora, Koda's Siscon sister, Kobato, the Lolicon Maria, the love-interest/Bishōjo Sena, the smart Rika, and the maid/butler Yukimura.
Art: As you expect from a modern Anime. Good looking character model and scenery.
Plot: Mainly watched it for its enjoyment. read more
Mar 14, 2015
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
Dec 8, 2014
The one thing I think that could have been improved was the story at the beginning (the first few episodes) asi think if it was more exciting and interesting it would have hooked more people into watching the rest of the story which is great.
Overall I rate this anime as a 9 because it was one of the first animes I watched and is still to this day one of my favourites if you do end up enjoying this anime I seriously reccomend that you watch boku wa tomodachi ga sukunai NEXT (the sequel). P.S there is a dub for both called haganai and haganai NEXT read more
Jan 2, 2012
Haganai was not an enjoyable anime for me. I did not find it funny past a certain point. For the first three episodes the show revolves around the mistaken delinquent and the two "heroines" of the series - Yozora and Sena. These episodes for the most part were quite sharp, and as Sena and Yozora's antics grew and grew, Kodaka's role as the straight man would be stressed further and further.
So it makes sense when dolloping even more characters into the show would have scary consequences. Kodaka's cosplaying sister, a perverse scientist, a ten year old sister of the church who says poop IN EVERY EPISODE THEREAFTER, a cross-dressing maid (whose original gender I can't even remember) - and you know what? There's a line that is drawn eventually where you're just sitting there watching your Mazui subs on your home computer and go "why do I give a shit about any of these characters?"
Your rhetorical question is not easy to answer. It's a bitter reality, but Haganai is just another generic ecchi harem. Kodaka can do nothing to save the show any more. The craziness gets too out of hand for a single straight man, and amidst the chaos you lose the ability to sympathize with any character. Do I root for Sena? She was just so mean in that last scene! But now Yozora's being illogical! Who am I supposed to side with? Thank goodness the nun got naked! That sure helped alleviate tension!
The characters feel too unbelievable for an anime that tries to deal with an actual issue. It's about a group of freaks trying to become friends, except said group is so eccentric that such personalities could never exist. There is no characterization to any cast member as each is treated as a joke. All other reviewers call Rika the "perverted scientist" because that's what she is; nothing more. She has no feelings, she has no emotions, she just has her gags. There is no insight into any of the characters of the show save Yozora and Sena, and the little that is given into them is so cliche and sparse that it's hard to separate Haganai from the thousands of other ecchi comedies.
Haganai just felt like a jumble of too many ideas, too many characters, and not enough depth anywhere. It is a shallow production laden with offensive language and poop jokes. And not the good kind of poop jokes, just repetition of the word "poop." The show struggles with trying to be realistic whilst adding so many unrealistic elements it just became frustrating.
I do not recommend this anime to anyone. It earns 5/10 (average) and has nothing interesting to offer beyond one or two jokes throughout it's 288 minute run-time. read more
Jan 3, 2012
What really got me was the number of face-palm, cringe-worthy moments in this show. After all, Haganai is about awkward kids trying to make friends. If you think watching someone with Asperger's try to hit on chicks would be hilarious, go for it. For me, there were quite a few times when I felt like just hitting stop and leaving to do laundry or clean the house.
The character interactions are just reused repeatedly throughout the series and they mostly just interact with the male lead, so you get the feeling that some characters are just there to provide fan service. Haganai copies tropes extensively but not to the point of parody, so it feels like a cheap shot compared to Ore no Imouto (which I enjoyed).
Haganai was animated by the same studio that did Ore no Imouto, so the production was well done. There were some endearing moments and a decent yet entirely predictable ending, so it wasn't a total bust. All in all, it's a short series that has some good parts buried underneath the stereotypes and fan service, and while it's certainly not something I would recommend to most, it might be right for you.
May 12, 2014
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
Jul 16, 2014
This show weakest point is probably it's story, because it has almost no major plot development's, or even real arks until the end of season 1, and the end of season 2. Despite that it does have many redeeming qualitie's in other aspects; specifically characters.
Haganai is often compared to Oregairu because of the theme of social outcasts, and loners. However Haganai's character's can probably hold their own against Oregairu's. Since Haganai's main focus is characters. Even character's who are more side character's also are well developed such as Rika, and Maria. Even Kodaka our protaginist is a great character's though I can't go into him without spoilering.
Since I wasn't always Mr. Popular in school I managed to connect with quite a few characters. I related to character's when they mentioned being left out during group projects, and how being arrogant causes you to be left out, and how if your really good at something to the point of being better than everyone else people who also like that thing will dislike you, even if your not arrogant about it. (That last one I saw happen it didn't happen to me personally.) This cast was really relatable makes up for the lack in plot.
The art is unique since it shows lips. Something I rarely see in anime. (except those girls with the make up and huge lips.) This show also has service shots. Not like HOTD fan service with Boob Bullet Dodge, more like here and there. I personally find it (some) nice. One major question I have, which could even be a good reason to watch the show: Do the girls wear panties? Sometimes it looks like they do while other's it makes me wonder...
The openings, and endings for both seasons didn't really stand out enough for me to put them on my phone, though I do feel they were fitting for the show. BGM was also based around character's since almost every time Yukimura comes in they play traditional Japanese stuff. However I did like the Sena and Yozora conflict theme.
Overall this show was pretty good. Not for everyone, but if you were in similar situations in school, or are sympathetic you'll probably like it. Even if your just into school life, romance, or even harem. It's probably one of the better harems out their since the protaginist is good.(Not the best, though it does come close. Ichigo 100% is the best. If your coming here for harem watch that then come back!) Even if you just have nothing better to do I'd say watch it. It makes good points on friendship and the likes. 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
Jan 26, 2012
The answer, of course, is, “It’s someone who you ask for money. Yes, they are also known as rich people. And yes, they will.”
Without a doubt, Boku not Pico refuses to acknowledge the true definition of friendship. It is romanticist in its ideals, believing that friends are people whom you trust in and can talk to. This is what Boku not Pico is all about: making friends.
Boku not Pico is made for the sake of fans and money. Even before reading any of the reviews, you should know what you’re getting into. If not, then there is a good chance you will not like this work. Consider this to be one of those animes made for otakus; it takes a special breed of people to enjoy this work to its full potential.
Anyone watching this work who invest a whole lot of emotions on characters will definitely get disappointed. Everyone is unappealing at its core.
The work deliberately uses other archetypes from other works with no manipulation whatsoever: Hasegawa Kodaka has the same personality traits (criminal-looking, antisocial, forgettable) as that male character in Toradora! and the girls are clones of Oreimo’s Kirino and Kuroneko characters. Kobato is a nod to Kuroneko (same seiyuu) as well. There is no interesting twist to the archetypes whatsoever, except for Yozora.
Note the unnaturalness of the cast: Kodaka is stiff and boring; Yozora reminds me of annoying grandmas (and mothers); Sena should be casted for a leading role in 90210. Everyone else in the supporting cast is okay, but they are only used to throw lame jokes into the audience. Shiguma Rika, who has an uncanny resemblance to Ace Attorney’s Ema Skye, can only make perverted jokes. Her distinctive quality melts into the hell known as the obnoxious zone. Kusunoki makes trap jokes; Maria makes kids’ jokes; the list goes on. All of the characters’ art design look displeasing visually; they feel like flattened versions of visual novel character art.
That said, the pandering to Oreimo fans is entertaining. It is no mistake to consider this an Oreimo clone; it’s done by the same studio for Lain’s sake! In Oreimo, the episodes featuring the two rival otakus always had them fighting to prove they have the better taste in anime. Here, it’s almost the same. Yozora and Sena instead fights for pride (and bigger breasts). The studio has finally attained enlightenment: “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Good money comes in; the Oreimo fans and casual viewers are happy. Why stray from the formula of being mindless entertainment?
Because all animes need drama! Right, people?
A romantic love triangle is almost a must-have in romance works, in general. Some of them can be masterful, almost touching my cold and bloodless heart. Other times, it gives me heartburn. People should run up and scream to the screen, “That girl’s in love with you, you nincompoop! Stop dating other girls!” This is no School Days, but it is. Kodaka is even stupider than Itou Makoto of School Days fame. There is a subplot involving both Kodaka and another female character and the studio did a bad job at hiding the mystery. This subplot becomes grueling to the mind. Add in a love triangle subplot that's as romantic and relatable as Mitt Romney and you get yourself a winner!
There is no uniqueness in the soundtrack. Mediocre at best. Nothing is spectacular and some of the tracks are grating to the ears. Boku not Pico’s OP requires listeners to have paid health insurance for auditory damages; it is painful to listen or watch a second of it. Oh, the fanservice! The ED is more interesting to listen, but not too memorable.
With all these ramblings about how much I disliked the work, there is one question that must have popped up into your mind:
Did I enjoy it?
As I said, the Oreimo formula is fun and the way the writers write it can be somewhat creative and unexpected. No one can replace Kirino and Kuroneko in my mind, but Yozora and Sena still has a fun relationship dynamic that bounces up and down like a stock market. Kobato is just plain cute -- Kana Hanazawa, you win this round. The supporting characters can be a blast and the references, if you get it, are clever and witty.
It is obvious who will like this work and who doesn’t. If you enjoyed Oreimo, Toradora!, and slice-of-life works that achieve no sense of cultural purpose, then this is a safe bet to watch. Everyone else will have a hard time watching. I suggest you to turn off your post-Eva brain, insert antidepressants into your nervous system, and have a good laugh.
If you cannot, then give it a 6. Which is what I did. It is hard for me to give this work above a 6. There is a degree of likability, but it is engulfed by the overpowering flaws that will forever haunt this work. What a pity. It could have been a nice guilty pleasure for me, but it failed badly at it. read more
Jul 8, 2014
Story - 4/10
Usually I find animes based off of light novels are pretty good and I end up liking them a lot, but this was not the case with Haganai. Your basic outcast main characters is of course faced with the "trying task" of being surrounded by beautiful girls all head over heels with him for some reason, the reason at this point being all of them are weird and desperate for friends. The two main girls, those with the least wrong with them, I suppose, are both seriously in love and they set it up so that the anime might turn into one of those 'Who's he gonna pick', except he doesn't pick. Disappointingly, they blow it off in favor of an 'everything's back to normal' ending, therefore offering no good resolution to what seemed like a serious romantic plot. As well, the whole thing can't decide if it wants to be a romantic comedy or a slice of life or straight, suffocating fanservice. I have to wonder if the light novel was any better.
Art - 6/10
The animation is just fine, not the best I've seen, but tolerable. I'm not a fan of when their shirt is sculpted unnaturally to their boobs, and I'm also not a fan of ecchi involving seven year old girls, but I get that some people are so I don't count it as a big deal.
Sound - 6/10
Not a very noticeable soundtrack, and the title sequence was very loud and in-your-face. Just remember to keep your volume down so it doesn't blow any speakers.
Character - 6/10
The characters are made up of your basic tropes for a harem--the sister figure (there are actually like 3), the cold chick, the bubbly, big boobed girl, the pervy one...etc. etc. The main two girls your MC has to pick from are the cold, standoffish Yozora and the bubbly, loud cry-baby Sena. However, Rather than being cold and standoffish, Yozora spends the entire series bullying Sena, and comes off as nothing short of, for lack of a better word, a bitch. Yet, for some reason, our useless MC prefers her to the girl that is actually nice to him, just for the sole purpose of falling in love with the childhood friend. All in all, the endless trope make it tiring, and there is little to no character development anyway.
Enjoyment - 5/10
As for overall enjoyment, the series bored me. As a romantic comedy, it was lack luster and unsatisfying. As a slice of life, it was easily thrown off the deep end by all of the over-the-top character types. As a straight comedy, the jokes were all relationship or sexually based. I was bored. If anything, my enjoyment comes from it being over.
Haganai is not the worst anime I have ever seen, but it certainly doesn't scale very high. If you've been seeing the big-boobed blonde girl around the internet or her weird hair colored guy friend, that's basically all there is to the anime; 12 episodes of girls screaming and fawning over weird hair color guy, and there isn't a very satisfying ending as a reward for braving the series. Good luck. read more
Jan 14, 2013
As mentioned above, this anime has just a whiff of a story. The main character Kodaka transferred to a new school. Due to his unusual blonde hair and unintended aggressive behavior his classmates avoid him and leave him friendless. One afternoon after class, he goes to his classroom and sees Yozora, his classmate, talking to herself (or rather to say her “air friend”). After discussing this issue, Yozora founds the Neighbors Club in order to make friends. Kodaka is forced to join the club. Shortly after the foundation, another girl named Sena joins the club. She and Yozora often fight and see the other as rival. Furthermore, the club is joined by other girls who I’m going to describe in the character section.
This story seems quite interesting but after seeing the first two episodes one quickly realizes that it just forms the shell of the anime while fanservice and comic elements form the core. Therefore, I cannot give the story a higher rating than a five.
Kodaka is your average reserved boy in every ecchi/harem anime, nothing to add. Okay, he has a small background story which is not worth mentioning. Actually, the two interesting characters are the following: Yozora and Sena. Yozora is the leader of the Neighbors Club. She is a witty and barbed girl who always teases Sena. In addition, she has a background story which this review does not cover due to the fact that it would spoiler (even if it is not a stunning spoiler). Sena is our fanservice. Her big boobs are bouncing in almost every scene. She is popular amongst the boys in her school but she does not have any real friends and loves to play VNs. Her rivalry with Yozora refreshes this anime and makes it enjoyable and worth watching. It is very amusing as they are actually similar in their character traits but do nothing except teasing the other.
The supporting characters are simply disappointing me. Kodaka’s sister Kobato and Maria are annoying (just like their voices). Maria’s affection to Kodaka enrages Kobato which results in a fight between them. Yukimura and Rika are just weird to watch.
The animation is okay, nothing innovative or “epoch making” but seriously, what do you expect of an ecchi anime?
The opening and ending themes are enjoyable and catchy. I like them although they are somewhat strange and exaggerated.
What I really loved while watching the anime were the piano themes. They fit the situation well and are rememberable. But the problem is: they are overused. The themes are repeated in every episode and although I like them they start to annoy you due to the fact that they have a funny character. Though I have to admit I did not notice it until the last two episodes.
If you are interested in a serious and intertwining plot, this anime is definitely nothing for you. But if you like humorous scenes and you are interested in a not so exaggerated ecchi anime, then give it a try. The “conflict” between Yozora and Sena is enjoyable and funny. I liked this anime and completed it in two days.
Summing up one can say that this anime is refreshing and funny to watch though the story does barely develop. The story and the weird supporting characters force me to downrate this anime although I would have given it an eight or maybe even a nine. So now I am going to watch the second season and I am excited to see it.
PS: This is my first review. Contact me for criticism. Thank you very much for taking your time reading this review. read more
Apr 3, 2015
Aug 24, 2014
Plot - 6 - Doesn't progress much.
The plot of this show is a basic one, but a decent starting point, that is if it ever had anything added to it. Without spoiling anything a basic summary would be
"A male transfer student who has no friends meets a female who has no friends, so they together start a club to find friends. They make some friends."
Characters - 5 - Are baseline characters with shallow progression.
The characters in the show are again fantastic starting points, but they barely progress. For example the first new club member is a popular, big breasted blonde fan service machine, who wants to make friends. Her personality is laid out almost entirely in her first 5 minutes of screen time. The only advancement she gets is that she like the male transfer student. The rest of the character get even less.
Sound and Art - 5 - Nothing stand out, in a bad nor a good way.
The sound and art of the show are fine, there is nothing good nor bad to say about them. I personally think some of the characters faces look strange but hey it doesn't really matter.
Enjoyment - 6 - It was fine but I am not thrilled enough to dive in to the second series.
I would say I did not enjoy this anime, mostly because I had hoped it would be good, and it was, at best the most generic comedy romance harem I have seen and at worst dull and boring.
Overall - 6 - A great baseline, but that's not good enough this late into the genres.
Overall, I would personally not recommend this anime if you're expecting anything truly entertaining, instead watch OreImo, watch High School DxD, watch anything really. At least those 2 live up to at least one of there stated genres.
Nov 18, 2011
Hmm... Well, all I can say is that there's nothing really spectacular about this new series as it uses the same old jokes and themes. The plot is obviously heading to a love triangle or possibly a harem and it's slowly deteriorating in terms of comedy. As for the characters, I've not seen any developments or whatsoever, they are basically a bunch of static stereotypes. I've also noticed that their faces are very similar (with the exception of Kodaka), they only seem to differ according to their hairstyles. The fanservice is also noticable in this one.
For me, that pretty much sums it up and I don't mind watching these kinds of series from time to time lol. read more
Dec 23, 2011
Coming from the same studio that brought us Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai, it's no surprise that the art style is similar. For me, I really liked how the characters were drawn. They didn't look to be too complex and yet, also seemed sufficiently detailed. The other designs were also easy on the eyes and were enjoyable to watch. Solid animation overall.
Compared to characters from another genre of anime, there wasn't that much character development in Haganai. However, this doesn't mean there wasn't any. On the contrary, there was more than I expected from a series that is classified as a romantic comedy. In general, the characters from a romantic comedy are developed poorly with lots of random comedy and a rushed romantic ending. But in Haganai, almost all the characters, most notably the male protagonist and the two main heroines, developed from being socially awkward people to being able to communicate and interact smoothly with one another. True, this is generally not too big of a deal but considering the whole story is focused on "making friends", I'd say this is kind of development is noteworthy.
This is the weakest category of the four given that sound aspects in this series were above average at best. A upbeat OP and ED does fit the atmosphere of the show but, musically, they didn't appeal to me. The only bright spot in terms of songs was the insert song in the last episode. The BGM was barely noticeable and for the most part unmemorable. The voice acting was decent with names like Itou Kanae (Sena, Ohana [Hanasaku Iroha], Elsie [The World God Only Knows]), Inoue Marina (Yozora, Laura [Infinite Stratos], Yoko [Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagen]) and Hanazawa Kana (Kobato, Kanade [Angel Beats!], Kuroneko [Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai]) catching my attention.
What got me interested in this series was the idea of a story revolving around loners making friends. It's a new concept for me and, to be honest, I had no idea what to expect. Now that I've finished watching it, I can say that the story was executed decently (I don't really have anything to compare it to). I loved how the backstory of two of the main characters was integrated into the series alongside the main story. Even though the cliché "childhood friend" card was used, the result did not follow the same route. With the series left open-ended, a continuation of what was shown in these 12 episodes is possible. If I were to assume this possibility to be true, then I must say that the episodes so far have definitely set up the story quite well.
I think that Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai has exceeded my expectations. Upon starting the series, I was hoping for a romantic comedy to satisfy my cravings for both those genres. Despite the fanservice in some episodes being slightly more extreme than I prefer, the show as a whole - from the story to the characters - was well done. I would honestly recommend Haganai to anyone who wants something entertaining to watch, as long as they can handle the fanservice. It has been a great ride and I'm really hoping for an announcement regarding a second season sometime soon. read more