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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: 7.731 (scored by 102264 users)
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2 based on the top anime page.
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Oct 7, 2011
First of all, the story is exceedingly compelling. The underlying complexion of such a minute situation in the premise of today’s society and its impact on people nowadays may seem like trivial matter, but that may not always work out for all of us. Generalizing, many of us laugh/disregard those who are disabled or lack some sort of trait or ability that hinders them from their true potential. Those people, who do make fun of others, are none less than a prick. We fail as humans to understand the feelings of others, and must take into deep moderation to understand and to contemplate the situation of before we establish a viewpoint. It makes us see the world in an entirely new perspective, and allows us to be refreshed. As an exemplary, the anime, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, is underhandedly one of the benchmark for this improper demeanor bestowed on the less fortunate.
To many of us, making friends, socializing, and talking are an innate ability that most of us possess. However, in Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, that doesn't seem to be the case--it breeds a whole new example of a small group of people and their take on the world. Under the layers of a utopian world, there are situations that people face in this world, like the main characters of the show. Something so commonly omitted, have a turn to shine to show the world a new view of life. It shows two friends, perusing something out of their league, out of envy, and yet, succeeding at the end. It shows the persistence of the protagonists to build character and to become what they want by working hard, which is something that we should all do.
Such trifling matters in society may be deemed minor in our perspective, but major in others. It shows persistence and forbearance to try to rise up from the grounds of society, and to make a change, even if those steps are subtle. The allegorical symbolism portrayed within the context of the first episode underlines the hardship of others, but disregards those hardships by taking initiative to make a change into oneself. I have to say, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, have some real shit up its ass to create such a back layered story to demonstrate that a little work brings you a far. It is meant to show the struggles of others, and how insignificant they are to the context of the world, and to work harder in life, creating clearer path that will allow you to eventually see your way.
Jun 8, 2013
Oct 7, 2011
It has an original theme, "Make Friends".
In most anime in high school, club characters do in the first year, but this anime the characters decide to make the club a second year of high school.
Yozora after talking with friends about Kadoka, discovers it is not the only one who can not make friends, then create a club to make "friends" and put an ad in code, to understand just who may join the club. She and Kodak are the first to join the club.
The anime has the same graph Denpa Onna.
It's a great college comedy and anime.
The manga is also good, check it out! read more
Apr 3, 2014
The story of this anime is not that really leads anywhere. with a small 13 episode series, at least 5 or 6 of them can be ruled out as fillers which is rather disappointing. The episodes that do seem to build on the lives of the club members is either so different from the other episodes its as if the doings of the previous episodes are irrelevant to the followings or they mix in to the point where you could mistake them as fillers until the events are recalled upon in a later relevant episode.
When watching Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai in comparison to most other anime's, the art style is something that can be off putting at first. Some characters seem to fit the style really well and others seem like the artists tried to hard to try and make the "perfect anime girl" but the way in which they're presented just puts them off. However, regardless of the odd art style, the use of tones, shades and gradients mixed in with the standard cell shading blends quite nicely to the point where you sometimes forget its there or if you do notice it, it isn't so strong that it stands out from the rest of the scene.
Lack of proper sound and music at most times would be a downfall but somehow this anime manages to make it through quite well with minimal use of music, saving it for the larger character development scenes. As for ambient sounds, your standard anime cicadas and basic effects for objects isn't anything new to anime and certainly isn't a highlight here either.
When it comes to character development, it's all this anime really seems to be. With no real story to it, just a bunch a "acquaintances" trying to make friends and a one sided foggy past between two of them. Even with almost pure character dev', things barely get anywhere with the characters relationships with each other, as in all of 13 episodes only 4 or 5 are a step forward in their social activity with one another.
The enjoyment factor is what seems to make this anime worth the watch. The humor that put in it is a large verity of almost every kind, from blatant insults and cringe worth bad taste, to well timed come backs and suggestive subtleties. Some humor will leave you in pain for a minute or two, while others make you want to turn it off. A few times the teasing and insults get to a point where it gets on your nerves and the aftermath no one does can agitate some which can be a real buzz kill after a good joke was played. read more
Dec 24, 2011
I mean, you wonder how the characters can be so stupid at times, yet the series makes it very clear that the characters within the show, despite having their dumb moments are for the most part rather intelligent. They are, however, horribly awkward when it comes to social issues and this becomes quickly apparent from their lack of realization that they are making friends with each other.
I found myself coming to like all of the characters. They blend and clash in just all the right places to make the entire series interesting, but you also have characterization that is rather off the wall. However, I can also see the characterization grating on some of the viewers nerves. Not to mention some of the jokes may end up being to much for some people. Still, I was left wanting to know what will happen to this rag tag group. read more
Oct 7, 2011
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 8, 2013
The story opens up with this dude coming to a new school with an intimidating appearance. Then a girl appears and drags the guy into a club room saying that she is starting a club and your in it... and no we are not watching The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya. Than an "average plot" follows and there are some twists and turns and wacky harem/ecchi moments. Without a doubt it's an average story.
Art and Sound-10/10
Truly to an art standpoint this anime is stupendous. Even for a 2011 anime. As for sound i took the liberty of watching the English dub and i almost never have a problem with English voice actors. There was even some singing in a episode which caught me off guard of the characters that sounded so damn great.
I really like the character of Kodaka he's sort of a laid back type but also showed loyalty to his club members on many occasions. But im in love with this girl name Sena or "Meat" on this show. I don't really know what it is about her personality but everything else is *shades on* "picture perfect". I guess Hozora i mean Yozara is a exceptional character. Than a surrounding cast in the Harem adds more comedy to an already funny anime.
As far as i am concerned i would not even write a review when I did not enjoy an anime. Truly i enjoyed this anime. I laughed, I enjoyed some eye candy!, but most importantly I laughed.
This is the first season and second season I have yet to see but if your looking for an anime to past time and to have fun with look no further it won't touch your heart like a Clannad or have any action scenes like Shakugan No Shana but it's a rom-com with a little bit of fan service. -Dennis
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
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
Oct 11, 2013
Having a weird hair color makes Kodaka totally unsociable, as others think he's some kind of delinquent. His facial gestures and weird actions also worsen this situation... A bad movement quickly turn into rumours that run free all over the school, so relating with anyone becomes almost impossible...
Childhood flashbacks lead the main focus upon both Kodaka and Yozora and the Neighbour's Club is created as an attempt to raise their relationship skills, eventhough its real purpose is later revealled. Once active, this club attracts a few other girls in the same situation and activities inside are related to what teenagers oftenly do together...
Best part is that everyone ends up becoming friends with each other. However, none of them realizes that and it looks like their main problem wasn't solved at all. Still, without even knowing, doing everything they did resulted on strong bonds and an overall friendship borns...
Both OP and ED themes are pretty cheerful and energetic, songs are great and match nicely. Marina Inoue chosen to voice over Yozora was perfect! She just fits any tsundere character with a lot of precision, it's amazing! Also, Maria was voiced by the same actress than Yashiro's, from the last anime I saw, Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko. They have actually the same appearance and close personalities, so it wasn't hard to perceive that, but it surprised me and I think it's good to point out something like that...
It's funny and obviously had a lot of fanservice, since it's and harem anime. Still, I can't deny it can actually help someone really making friends... For some, it is a tough task, but anyone is able to do it, so let's make many friends and have fun! read more
Mar 5, 2014
I watched this anime after watching Special A because it was a recommendation, I came into the anime thinking that it would be simular to special A and I would fall in love with it as much as I had the previous one. Boy was I wrong. The characters in this one are awkward and stupid. I know that just using the word 'stupid' seems weird but they don't "do" anything. They make a club then go around and the same people get into the same fights and don't learn anything from their mistakes. It was just irritating, for a while I thought "YES finally the romance is coming!" that just left you with the character walking away because of some "funny" or rediculous moment that completely ruins the mood.
Sigh, for what I was looking for this was definatley not my kind of anime, although if you are in need of a good laugh and no "heavy" scenes you will enjoy this one :) read more
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.
Sep 8, 2014
To be honest I like the anime. Most of the characters minor the protagonist aren't blunt, generic and forgettable and they are drawn out pretty well. (In fact the art style reminds me of oree no immouto for some reason). The anime basically revolves around a school club of people wanting to socialize. In other words it's the protagonist and his personal harem wanting to bang him. You have the childhood friend, the busty blonde (and personal favourite) rich airhead, the science weirdo chick, the trap-in-the-trap, the protagonist's little sister, the... kid nun (heh..., guess it was there to satisfy the pedos who had moral issues about incest, go figure).
Without getting into too much detail all of them have the hots for Kodaka, the number one forgettable character and also the protagonist. He is the so common stereotype that if he was playing in Himegoto he would be trying to sexually harass Hime... In other words UNSTANDING AS F$%£! As the girls keep confessing one after the other Kodaka keeps pretending he doesn't hear anything and while this keeps the episodes going it's frustrating as hell. The fact that the protagonist can't make up his mind or take the hints they're throwing ever so subtly will make you headbang on your desk more than once. Dude it's easy! If you have so many cuties after you always go for the loli! If you don't want that go for the white-haired one! (It's a trick, get it? They're always the same).
To be fair the anime does have it's fair amount of humor... No it doesn't really. With the exception of the wonderful bullying of Yozora to Sena (in other words the 2 female leads) the humor is way too cliched. In fact at some point I had the impression that the writers were just ticking off the stereotypical jokes to make. And going by the stereotypical list... The anime also follows the stereotypical episodes high-school comedy romancies should have. There is the beach episode, there is the Luna Park version, there is the Japanese summer festival episode and so on...
To sum it up the anime is somehow way too stereotypical for an anime that tries to show "unsociable, non stereotypical people". Not only that but the protagonist is so frustrating AND forgettable at the same time that he's making it a pain to watch. On the other hand the interractions between the girls themselves are a lot of fun, especially the bitter rivarly between the 2 female leads. Personally I favour Sena (thank you Maidoll (Fei), I was wondering how to get depressed this week) and am actually satisfied with the cliffhanger season 2 left us with. I hope the series aren't continued so I don't have to put up with that retard of a protagonist any longer. read more
Jun 17, 2013
so yeah i do like the plot. the unsocial freaks who try to find friend. even though i can see the writters did this ONLY to relate to friendless internet pepole to get more views wich is a very pathetic attempt to get the show populare. that would also explain the dumb unessecary fanservice. anyway the point is. i do like the story and the main characters too. every character recived enough time to be introduced and be mixed with the others , the start was everything but rushed. there is of course the typical love triangle between the main guy, the childhood tsundere and the big breasted blond, good at everything . but i dont mind those cliches about those 3 too much. because the love triangle thing isnt shoved in our face like how other animes do . its nice hidden for the first episodes they look just like normal frie-i mean club memevers. there is the science geek. the trap guy, the kawai loli and goth loli. i dont mind the geek chick. she is pretty funny with all her nerd language wich is very much like internet language so its nice references for internet losers like me. the little nun girl can be annoying sometimes. but usually she is not that annoying. and i actually like the main guys little sister. i really like the bond between them wich is very cute ^^
also id like to point out one thing that i really love about this show. the main character guy IS NOT AN PUNCHING BAG. yeah you heared me. in harem animes the main guy is allways the punching bag victim wich gets punched or owned like 10 times per episode for either reasons he dont deserve it or dumb misunderstandings. if this is what you think slapstick is? then just go and jump from a cliff please.. the main guy usually is allwyas nice and he never recieved undeserved pain. so yeah in overall i do like the story and love the characters even though they are most of them one dimensional walking cliches. but as i said just because they are one trope-based doesnt automaticly mean its bad sometimes we do need simple shows that are not overfilled with character development. i mean if cartoons are allowed to have silly one dimensional characters with no develpment and we still like them. why arent animes allowed to do this?. i also like the refernces to actual stuff like play station 3. monster hunter etc. it makes laugh ^^
so yeah thats about the characters & story.
the art is not bad. i do hate the pink lips on girls though its f**king annoying. i mean even the little 10 year girls have pink lips? what the hell. thats groess.
but yeah thats the only thing i dont like about the art style. the rest is nice. smooth animation and nice shading.
the sound is good if you ask me.
i myself enjoy this show aloot .call me a person with lack of good taste if you want. but i really enjoy watching this and get some good few laughs here and there.
in overall i really like this. and cant wait to watch the second season read more
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
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
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.
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.