The Neighbor's Club—a club founded for the purpose of making friends, where misfortunate boys and girls with few friends live out their regrettable lives.
Although Yozora Mikazuki faced a certain incident at the end of summer, the daily life of the Neighbor's Club goes on as usual. A strange nun, members of the student council and other new faces make an appearance, causing Kodaka Hasegawa's life to grow even busier.
While they all enjoy going to the amusement park, playing games, celebrating birthdays, and challenging the "school festival"—a symbol of the school life normal people live—the relations amongst the members slowly begins to change...
Let the next stage begin, on this unfortunate coming-of-age love comedy!!
First of all, I'd like to say that I'll be giving a normal review this time, no more weird ass insights and comments.
HELL WHO AM I KIDDING, here we go, so Boku wa Tomodachi Ga Sukunai NEXT, or I Don't Have Many Friends. From the name alone you'd think, damn is this some weird ass anime about finding friends? Well, it is, for the most part anyway. For those that haven't read the damn synopsis - lazy bastards, Haganai NEXT is about our good friends from the neighbors club, namely Sena, Yozora, Rika, Yukimura and the only guy - Kodaka, who think they don't have friends (or so they believe) so they stick together and "practice" things that normal buddies would do -they totally have no friends. Now that I've got that out of my way, ONTO THE REVIEW!
So like, Kodaka, as you should already know is part of the Neighbors Club, they're always embarking on funny -and sometimes extremely weird adventures with each other. The story itself seems pretty normal, but the way it's shown is NOT, it has enough comedy in it to keep me entertained the whole time, laughing my ass off, yet enough plot to keep me hooked on the damn show - something a lot of animes fail at. Horse Heads, Blonde Wigs, Meat, Bald Wig-thingy, and even a Mayo Chiki! references are all included in this anime, I'd say that with all of these things it really, REALLY deserves a 9/10
In Short: Great laughs all around but enough plot to keep a viewer hooked.
What can I say, I loved the first season, and the second season's art is even better. No shit I'd give it a 10, the colors provide for a vivid and enjoyable anime watching experience, they blend well and really show the character's personality off. Just viewing it makes my eyes feel nice, it's eyecandy bro.
In Short: Shit dude, just read the actual Art rating, it's pretty short - Vivid and Enjoyable.
This is probably because I've grown too used to the voice actors, but I'd say they make the characters sound the same as they look. The chatter between characters is a pretty big thing here, and the voices of the characters really play a large role in the comedic scenes, like "voice imitations" and sound effects. I don't skip the intro, meaning it's pretty good. I would have given it a 10/10, but I feel that it's lacking something, so for now the best I can do is a 9.
In Short: The voice actors were chosen well and the sound effects really aid in comedic scenes.
Now, for me, there are a lot of things that make a comedy better, one would be perverts. They're the butter (bread and butter, it's the butter) of comedy, whether it be Nikaidou Arashi from OniAi, or Kirche from Zero no Tsukaima, they always provide for a lot of laughs, that's where our resident perv-I mean scientist comes in. Boobs, would then be the bread, allowing jokes to be made about how large the characters mea- I mean breasts are, or how small and neglected they look. Obviously, we're missing an integral part of a harem - the childhood friend, but have no fear, because Yozora appears! Yozora, (one of my favorite) the weirdest of the club, is also Kodaka's childhood buddy (Season 1), and also creates most of the jokes/parodies that appear in the anime. Being the only guy, Kodaka would obviously be the center of attention - A.K.A. the harem boy, and as usual he doesn't even notice (lucky asshole). Lastly, what would a comedy be without the
unsure-gender-person Yukimura!, (well it gets solved but whatever). The large amount of comedic potential in these characters are MASSIVE, and they're, well in my opinion used properly, not just throwing in excess characters that would usually make things funnier, but actually make things worse.
In Short: All the characters you would expect from a Harem-Comedy anime, the perv, the boobs, the guy, the childhood friend and the gender bender, but used to their maximum potential.
Friday, friday gotta go home on fridays. Extremely hilarious, amazing characters, there was never any doubt that I would give it a 10 in enjoyment was there, I mean I did mention how funny I found this anime, didn't I? Finishing each new episode leaves me craving for more, what's the new skit? what's happening next?
In Short: wake me up when the next episode airs
Now, before you go on blabbering about how it doesn't deserve a 10, I'd like to say that THIS IS A REVIEW, by ME, not by YOU, god damn it people. Boku wa Tomodachi Ga Sukunai NEXT, overall is an amazing show, it may have some minor errors here and there, but it's still an enjoyable watch. I recommend you pick this series up and follow it as it goes. cheersread more
Boku Wa Tomodachi Ga sukunai NEXT or Haganai Next, abbreviated, is one of those anticipated sequels almost everyone who saw the last season was waiting. After the amusing and fun time at the Neighbors Club we get a new season full of laughter, emotions, confessions and more. In which really I wasn't expecting to be more developed in that way than last season. which it is one of the main parts that are going to be analyzed here.
STORY = 8
The story continues were the first season left. A new year at the Neighbor's Club in which we see the 7 members of the club sharing and spending time together trying to make friends. The story in this season is very developed in the way that the characters seem to mature more. At the beginning we encounter the sillyness in which the first season characterized the show, DOING ACTIVITIES AS A GROUP! But as we get going with the show we see that the characters are trying to fullfill the purpose of the club and trying to actually be friends and not just being a group of people in a school room.
The story, to describe it, is not that epic or amusing. Yet it is very intense with the truths and face to face confrontations in which everyone gets into. Also to add that it is more realistic to demostrate the feelings towards each other. Instead of only making fun of them and doing this great use of innuendo, sexual jokes and harrasment in which the first season showed A LOT. Also that the story really progresses and doesn't stay as an episodic anime as it was demostrated last year. It is fun and you can get caught into it. Making it very easy to absorb.
ART = 9
The art is admirable. The touches of bright colors give great effect in the series' presentation. It gives the impression that is alive and vivid seeming almost real. Specially the touch for the design of the characters, the main parts. For example the eyes of every character specially Sena, Maria, Rika. It feels that they can watch into your soul. Also the hair color for Kodaka, Kobato and Yozora make the reflection is given to their hair. Plus the color for the characters' skin, cloth and every trait that they have, it is outstanding. But also the important fact of where is taking, the scenario. The scenarios are a real portrait of the real live theme parks, parks, schools and even the room seem to be taking with exact detail to be animated. It is really gorgeous.
SOUND = 5
The instrumental pieces are not that good for me. Starting with the opening and ending. Both I found them very childish and just really annoying. Making it sound very irritating to the ear. But if we see the series of how it is, they are well incorporated to story that they want to tell.
The Ost isn't also that outstanding. It is very common for a series and doesn't have any instrumental piece that I could be hearing over and over to remember that it is from Haganai. It is very standard. Maybe the only exception would be the ''YOU GOT MAIL'' Ringtone of Kodaka's phone. But the rest of it is just average.
The voice acting is incredible. The actors give real life portrait to the characters and match with their personalities very well. Specially Sena and Rika whose voice actresses talk and they bring them to live. The one that I hate is Maria's actress which is very stressful with that pitch voice.
CHARACTER = 9
This is the part that admire the most of Haganai Next.
The characters are very well developed in this season. They give them something that was left in the first series and it was character and personality. Because on the first series they were very cliche characters and fight against each other for that reason. But here they have grown up and try to make their desire and club purpose together.
Starting with Kodaka Hasegawa, the often mistaken delinquent. It is very conservative, serious and easy going. One of the founders of the club. Here, he continues with the same characteristics but he develops himself very well, until the end of the series. Because of this he doesn't confront anyone but for this trait he loses a lot with their mates, because it turns himself into a coward and running away from others. This character I find him just normal and very average, it doesn't add something but with some series like this, there must be a guy.
Then we have Yozora Mikazuki. She has changed in many ways first with their hair and then with the discovery of her childhood friend. She is very aggresive and a tomboy. This character is very complete and she'll give the spectator good reasons to laugh and follow her track. This character I found her very well done characterized by the producers. Because with the discovery of his friend she tries to keep going althought at the same time being inmature for only that reason.
Sena Kashiwazaki has to be my favorite character of the series. She isn't just your typical stereotype of Blond and Giant boobs that almost every anime contains. She is a character with intelligence, rich and mature girl. She portraits her desires to be strong and be together with everyone, except Yozora. This character is of my taste because is determinated to accomplish her goals with courage and hard work. In this series we see how her father is very influential in her life and a daddy's girl. But what I love most of her is her ''AHO'' yelling to Yozora in their fight without a doubt. Without both of them the show is nothing.
Rika Shiguma. She is one of the characters that outcast the most. Her development is very rich. Also she doesn't stay as the nerdgeekfreak of sexual thoughts and yaoi mind. She is self-centered in the things that she has to do and also she focus to find friends among herself. She is very distinguished in this series because she changes her clothes and uses a different look in every situation not like most characters in series.
Then our Male/Female character Yukimura. Very Cooperative and Loyal to Kodaka. (I use ''it'' for the review because I know what gender is) It is another character whose real self will be discovered but will keep the same affection to its room mates. It is a flat character with almost the same expression and voice tone to everyone.
And finally our two lolis, Maria and Kobato, the fight of good and evil, well not exactly. But those almost make my day with their Heaven vs Demon's Brawl and fight for whose belief is better. They are very entertaining and sometimse they demostrate their cuteness. ~ku ku ku~
ENJOYMENT = 8
Haganai Next is very entertaining against its prequel. It simply grows up as a show. Taking away the overuse fan service that almost make me puke and don't watch this one. But here I enjoyed it because I laugh with cute sillyness and not dirty mind and double sense jokes like its predecessor.
The confrontations of the characters give good drama going. Plus reveals and puts us on the characters shoes and we feel their empathy.
Also with the inclusion of the characters such as Kate and Aoi give a nice touch to the series.
The only bad parts that I found are the characters' past not yet shown. Just Yozora-Kodaka childhood but others not. Like why Yukimura is like that? or what did Yozora did after she left in her childhood? Those answers that are unknown. The other one the ending of the series is just very abrupt the ending for the way it is. But I hope and pray for a 3rd season to come out to clear this up as soon as possible. This 2 things are what I have problems with, the rest is enjoyable. Although I don't see it that strong to be classified R+.
OVERALL = 8
I recommend it, if you survived the first season as I did. It is funny, dramatic with a good presentation, very well animated with great voice acting, and story. So you will really enjoy it if you are looking for a short show.
Thanks a lot for those who have read this review and sorry if I had grammar issues. English isn't my mother language.
From friendship to romance, things get a little more serious on Haganai NEXT. As the relationship between Kodaka and all other girls reaches another level, new feelings are shown... It's love... But how can Kodaka deal with that? Afterall, he never stood in a situation like this before, where someone actually falls for him... Would he be able to face it and tell what he really thinks about that?
Usual activities from Neighbour's Club still occur and it's main objective didn't change, at least, for Yozora... If it was really accomplished, there would be no reason to keep the club active... None of them wished that, so acting like they haven't made any friends yet seemed the best choice...
But would this be the only way to end it all? Yozora, Sena and Rika slowly begin to fall in love for Kodaka... Sudenly, it turns out to be a romantic comedy! As a girl and a boy become friends, there is no reason for both to get closer and be more than that. A real couple should care for each other and having a normal relationship is the first step on approaching someone you like... However, other friends may not know how to react or may have feelings they also wanted to show... Things can get weird and everything can fall apart instantly... Haganai NEXT is deeply related to real life by handling all this frindship X love subject...
The small group of friends from Neighbour's Club remained untouched, as no new additions were made. Yet, new characters are introduced, despite those only relating with Kodaka. Yozora, Sena, Rika and Yukimura also start to aim on being alone with Kodaka... He pretends not getting what they all really meant... He's affraid of having a deeper relationship with any of them...
Ending was left open, so we can expect a new season coming out soon! Cheerful OP, like the last one, but I liked first season's ED better. All this friendship stuff is complicate... Mixing it with love is way worse... Obviously, it's almost certain that dating someone will hurt another one's feelings... That's what we should watch out for... So let's just have fun, as friends!read more
Ah, another season. It's been over a damn year since the original Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai debuted and seemingly, I almost forgot some of the events and giggles from season 1. Well, I remember some memorable moments but let's cut to the case here. Season 2 of Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai is here at last. It's time to once again see what the Neighbor's Club like to do during their every day lives.
And I know that there are a lot of ways people like to enjoy during their leisure time. Some people likes to watch anime or read manga. Some people likes to discover a new hobby. Some people likes to hang out with friends. Some people likes to go travel. Then, then are some people who lacks friends and wants to make some in order to live out their short and miserable lives It's especially not easy to make friends when the look on your face represents one that looks like a delinquent. It feels like you're the new kid at the block and everyone holds some sort of aversion towards you. Luckily though, there's this club that can remedy your alienation. It's called the Neighbors Club.
Yes, it's back! It's season 2 of Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (also known as Haganai) This is the direct sequel of the original season that debuted in Fall of 2011. It's been over a year and here it is once again with the Neighbors Club. The series is based on the light novel of the same name written by Yomi Hirasaka. The series details the activities of the Neighbors Club and how they live their every day boring lives. They don't have friends but they do have themselves and each other. With that, let their days of fun begin.
First of all, what is the Neighbor's Club?
Generally, the Neighbor's Club is a group of people founded with the purpose of making friends at St. Chronica's Academy. The academy is located at Catholic School and many of the students there views the main male protagonist as a foreigner, a delinquent, and generally someone who seems to be a troublemaker. Of course, this is a misconception and misjudgement. In fact, Kodaka isn't there to make trouble. He's there to make friends and with the Neighbor's Club, it makes the purpose of just that.
The series retains its small cast of main characters who are all members of the Neighbor's Club. Besides Kodaka, the main male protagonist of the series, there is Yozora Mikazuki. She is seen as a girl who is egoistic, bitter, and a degenerate who seems to enjoy the idea of bullying. With her cold blooded personality, she lacks friends. It is not until she meets Kodaka and the other members of the Neighbor's Club that she decides to open herself more. Yet of course, she retains not only her shorter hair (from the first season) but also that dangerous and manipulate personality of her's. As a matter of fact, she is able to twist events, dialogues, and certain circumstances to fit within her liking. This is especially true to Sena, Maria, and most of the other members of the club.
Speaking of which, Sena retains her personality as well. Although not seen as manipulative or cruel as Yozora, her arrogant attitude makes it difficult for Sena to make true friends. And of course, that's why she's a member of the Neighbor's Club! Nicknamed as “meat” by Yozora, Sena continues to enjoy the habit of playing ero games (sometimes with others). Her rivalry with Yozora still retains its amusement as the duo often battles it out in many outrageous contests that has mixed results. (usually in Yozora's favor)
Among other members of the club includes the lovely self-proclaimed mad scientist Rika. Her physical appearance takes a delightful change for fans but behind that lab coat is still a girl of the same personality. Rika's love for eroticism and her own perverseness often gets her into many strange circumstances. In fact, her strange personality even becomes an hassle for Yozora to handle at many occasions. Odd one out, she's the most peculiar member of the club.
Then of course, there's Yukimura who acts like a girl, behaves like a girl, and is... a member of the Neighbor's Club who adorably addresses Kodaka as “aniki”. Yukimura plays the role of a very feminine person, one who wishes to bring out the womanly side with the help of the Neighbor's Club. It's quite amusing to watch especially as Yukimura seems to be the most ordinary member of the group as well.
The remaining two members of the club makes their appearances occasionally but every chance they encounter each other turns into a war of debate and argument. On one side, there's Kobato (Kodaka's younger sister) who often co-splays as a vampire with heterochromia. Then on the other hand, there's Maria who portrays the role of a nun at the very Catholic School the club is founded in. That's about as clear as oil mixed with water. In fact, the duo never seems to get along and gets into countless brawls. Yet at times, they seem to enjoy the fun of the Neighbor's Club because what do you know..they're also there to make some friends. Hopefully.
The series follows its traditional episodic format. In fact, some of the episodes have two different stories that are divided between each other. Nonetheless, the story maintains its lighthearted atmosphere and what it's like to have fun with the daily activities. Some of the activities in the show is portrayed to bring out comedy and laughter while others seems to bring the club members closer together. Among some of these activities often includes some sort of way a member can manipulate events and strategically allow them to reach certain desired outcomes. Of course though, there are also fun activities the group enjoys altogether and hopefully get some of the same feelings of hanging out with 'friends'.
Unfortunately, the series still suffers various problems. The characters themselves may be seen as fun and interactive to watch but lacks any sort of real development. In fact, there is not much development at all. The continued repetitive gags and rivalry between some of the characters also becomes a bit bothersome to watch. Then, there's that whole debate among fans on which girl is the “best”. Otherwise, the series seems to continue to avoid some serious drama related to events from the past regarding Yozora. In fact, at times, it seems the series just wants to have fun rather than extending the reality of story. Well, the series isn't realistic anyways since the show itself is based on this Neighbor's Club with such events in real life that makes it seem impossible for a group of students to hang around like that. The gap between fiction and reality here is just too large to fill. Among other problems, the series seems to have this unsettling mood involving many of the overused tropes. It takes its main theme of 'making friends' and turns it into a way that lacks real development. At times, the mood of the series becomes serious while other times immediately shifts to its typical mood. Although Kodaka and Rika received decent personalities from this sequel from my point of view, the rest of the cast also seemed a bit off balance.
The animation retains its original cutting edges and presentation. There's not many change except for a few twists involving the physical appearances of the club members. In fact, one of the club members isn't the gender who you may originally predicted. AIC (Anime International Company) does their job at mediocre for this sequel, the same way they have done for some its other works involving the school life theme.
As for soundtrack, the series makes it balance with the lighthearted rhythms. Tom-H@ck who demonstrates some of its skills makes the series' music in a way that is fun. Yet at times, the music is almost like a child's play for viewers' ears because of its repetition and stereotypes. The way the OP song plays the lyrics “Be my Friend” is a parody of the club as none of the members seems to be actual friends. Rather, it seems that they are just there to make their miserable lives a little better. However, I will say that it is quite catchy. BE MY FRIEND. Three words that can sum up the major theme of the series.
Overall, this anime is an amusing watch although there are many times when things don't connect together. For now, I'll give the score of a “8”. With the weak plot progress as well as characters' development, this sequel seems to sway away some of the audience. Despite this though, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT still has its fun touches. Of course, in real life, having fun with your friends is one of the most enjoyable moments youths will experience. Whether at school or at home, friends are treasures that are valuable. It is this series that gives them a fun meaning and seeing the club members of the Neighbor's Club does that. At many other circumstances, the Neighbor's Club gets into those bitter arguments that makes its member seem more like enemies rather than friends. Well are they actually friends deep down by heart? Hmm, I hope so. read more