English: Haganai Next
Synonyms: Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai 2nd Season
Japanese: 僕は友達が少ない NEXT
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 11, 2013 to Mar 29, 2013
24 min. per episode
R+ - Mild Nudity
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Score: 7.961 (scored by 43025 users)
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SynopsisThe 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!!
Related AnimeAdaptation: Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
Prequel: Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai: Add-on Disc
Characters & Voice Actors
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.
MEAT~MEAT~MEAT. read more
Haganai Next is a direct sequel of the first season. Comparing it with the first season, where the characters are presented to us and where we get to know them, their development between each other truly begins and is emphasized in Next. The attraction on the first sight changes to the attraction on the 100th sight, as we get to see our protagonists hang around and do various things together in the Neighbours Club.
Through the story itself, a lot more romantic and admiring scenes are shown between the female characters and Kodaka, mostly including Yozora and Sena, followed by Rika. There are not any bigger turn-arounds or dimensional switches, the whole story is still set on Earth and presents us a harem romantic comedy.
The art & sound were fine. Although at some parts the art did look a bit genetically mutated, it overall did the trick and has contributed to the overall whole. The same would go for the sound. There weren't any huge roles for the voice actors to perform, so they have done what they had to do for what's worth.
It is the characters and their actions that I would like to point out specifically. Most of them were around the same as they were in the first season, only more attached to Kodaka, especially Yozora and Sena, who are the "main competitors" in the battle of who will win Kodaka's attention, each of them in their own way. All that is understandable, but then comes Kodaka himself... Many were heavily disappointed over Next because of him and his bitching around. All the chances brought, all the feelings shared, all the moments spent... he nulled and zero'd them all. At the peak of the excitement when we even hear a public confession, he decided to run out of the room, saying that he has something to do, just to avoid the need of responding. Although it is clearly shown that he is avoiding such issues only to keep the club together as it was until the issues themselves began happening, it simply angers the one watching seeing him like that. All in all, you might either understand his actions and sympathize with him, or be pissed to see him go bitching around like a girl, running and not facing the issues face-on.
Overall, if you liked the first season, I very much suggest the watch of the second one as well, despite all the hate around it. I found it really entertaining as a whole, and the very ending made me believe that a new season just might come, but at the time of me writing this review, that won't be any time soon, since there is almost no material to adapt. As a Light Novel reader myself, I can say that Next might have been a total fail as a stand-alone, but as a part of the chain of the whole story, it fits in perfectly.
“Looks like our sad youth has yet to end.” read more
Both settings are in a club room well most of the time that is, some characters are similar and both have no definite plot.
If you like Boku then you will like GJ. Both have friends in a club and each one has a specific trait for each character. They also have comedy in each of them with hilarious moments in there. Both also have one main guy character in each club that all the girls like them. Overall, give this anime a try.
Guy who found himself joining some weird club whose member are equally weird.
Harem, school, comedy and romance genre.
Not the same:
One of the member of the guy's harem in anime has a cross dress okama.
Same comedy, school, harem, romance, and guy who found himself joining in some club which was founded by a wired girl and whose member's are as equally wired.
The difference, is that the guy in one anime has a dorky way of wearing his school uniform, while the other guy looks decent in his.
Opening Theme"Be My Friend" by The Neighbor's Club (隣人部)
Ending Theme"Bokura no Tsubasa (僕らの翼)" by The Neighbor's Club (隣人部)
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