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Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai

Alternative Titles

English: Haganai: I don't have many friends
Synonyms: I Don't Have Many Friends, Boku ha Tomodachi ga Sukunai
Japanese: 僕は友達が少ない


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 7, 2011 to Dec 23, 2011
Premiered: Fall 2011
Broadcast: Fridays at Unknown
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: AIC Build
Source: Light novel
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 7.501 (scored by 231,462 users)
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Ranked: #15852
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Popularity: #96
Members: 394,863
Favorites: 3,092


'Teen Romantic Comedy Gone Wrong', or whatever typically long-winded light novel jibberish 'Yahari Ore' translates into shows all the signs of being Boku Friendship DONE RIGHT. As another user noted with their recommendation, Boku Friendship gradually turns into something of a full-on ecchi harem fest. Unlike Yahari, Boku wa started out as purely lighthearted rom-com fluff--causing later developments that expand on previously 1D comic relief characters to be awkward & its lead's turn towards a more... emo stance coming across unnaturally. Yahari one-upped this by presenting its characters as humans with relatable social difficulties from the get-go whilst still retaining sharp, witty dialogue.

Instead  read more 
report Recommended by AironicallyHuman
These two are so similar that the OreImo cast made a 'from behind' cameo appearance, in episode 11 of Boku.

Kirino and Sena are the same character... breasts aside. Their spoiled princess attitudes, erotic game addiction, prideful arrogance getting in the way of friendship and fangs are NEARLY IDENTICAL. What's more, Kuroneko and Yozora ALSO MIRROR EACH OTHER--sharing 'bickering love' friendships with K&S respectively. They argue CONSTANTLY when together, oblivious to the how similar their personalities are. The only difference of note in the relationships between the shows is that Yozora clearly has the upper hand against Sena--often forcing her to run away, crying.  read more 
report Recommended by AironicallyHuman
For whatever reason, this didn't hit me until I watched the first episode of Tomodachi's second season but there's a SUPER OBVIOUS linking factor to be found between these two:

- Crazy bitches/galpals in a small school clubroom.
- One crazy bitch/galpal bullying the other in a "friendly" way.
- The male lead quickly becoming indifferent to the chaos surrounding himself; going with the flow due to being smart enough to know that it's pointless to either resist or intervene. (Instead, it's OBVIOUSLY better to commentate to the viewers with his internalized thoughts about what's going on.)

I suppose the whole love triangle  read more 
report Recommended by AironicallyHuman
Both are school-comedies where the main male character is dragged into a not-so-ordinary club. Also, I find Chitose sorta like Yozora with her slightly violent personality, Kenji a bit like Kodaka and Takao to be like Sena (she is wayyy better than her though) Also Kenji acts like a delinquent, same as Kodaka. Both are funny and lovable. 
report Recommended by TragicRomance
Both of these stories are about people who have problems making what can be concidered a true friendships with each other because of some sort of social stigma that they themselves place, or someone else does. The art style is also very simular. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
Anime that feature clubs that to normal students serves no purpose but for the actual club members serves as a place to belong. Both Anime also have a nice style. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
Both has :
-Love triangle
-Similar feeling/Situations
-Childhood friendships
- Comedy and Romance
-Unique funny characters

Differences :
-Boku wa Tomodachi is more ecchi
-Nisekoi has more romance. 
report Recommended by slicetherice
Lead male complained and avoided by his delinquent appearance but a nice guy in the inside, also both live alone with a naive and not completely independent female whom they care while doing the housekeeping. They both also interact with a set of ladies in an institute environment.  
report Recommended by evanicafan
Haganai and oreshura incorporate light-hearted humor in the daily interactions of the male lead with the main female characters.

Due to joining a certain club, the male lead slowly discovers that he is placed in a situation where several girls are fighting to determine who will be his love interest. Drama ensures. 
report Recommended by bunny1ov3r
Both are about club activities with 1 guy and multiple girls. 
report Recommended by KaminaKai
Both have a guy and girl starting a club together that starts to grow, both clubs have more girls than guys, and they are both romantic anime 
report Recommended by PandaFlow
Same inappropriate humor. Both male characters were forced into the club. One male with many females around him.
report Recommended by CoffeeBean

tada banri- kodaka

The story of these anime are the same, its all about a childhood friend and friendship.
report Recommended by shast007
The theme of a club at school with its members doing random activities to pass their time is present in both series.

Both series' main male protagonist are surrounded by a group of characters who all have their own personalities and adds fun/drama to the series.

Both series' main female protagonist/president has a strange personality that often gets into weird moments with the main male protagonist. There seems to be a lack of plot present in both series but rather follows what the club's activities in their every day lives.

There is also a lot of comedy present in both series.  
report Recommended by Stark700
Clubs, high school, slice of life, romance.
Both are about people trying to get along with each other.
Both are love triangle anime
Kokoro Connect is supernatural,
Boku wa Tomodachi is ecchi,
Both are flippin good. 
report Recommended by Littaylor
When it comes down to it, these are basically the same show. Male character is scorned by the school population in general, so he joins a vaguely-purposed club populated by mostly girls. Fanservice, romantic tension, and hilarity ensue. Several of the characters have rough analogues between the two shows:

Yuuta = Kodaka
Mio = Sena
Arashiko = Yozora
Tatsuki = Yukimura
Noa = Rika 
report Recommended by Zalis
Both have this little group of people who do activities together, Both has quite a bit of ecchi in them (some more in Noucome though). The story and character development are really good in both animes, and both will give you a good laugh :p. 
report Recommended by Shipi
They both prominently feature characters that are social pariah's and are unpopular. They are also both about making friends. 
report Recommended by Marseille
In both series, it revolves a club with special activities. However, these activities usually are not so typical with school related ideas. Otherwise, Natsuo and Sena both have some similarities as being popular but also at times insecure and has a strange fascination in their minds. On the other hand, Yozora and Riko are considered tomboys and has a strange interaction with their club members.

There is many fun gags from both series and among other things...catchy dialogues, humor, and randomness. Both series also takes place at a school life setting.  
report Recommended by Stark700
Both are great Dramas with multiple girls liking the MC. Both MC's are outcast from most of their classmates for either wanting to keep cats in the school dorms where it is strictly prohibited or because their hair makes them look like a delinquent. Both find peace and tranquility... cough cough, that's what they were hoping but no, they both end up with madness all around them.

Difference is in Sakurasou, the MC makes up his mind between the girls whereas in Tomadachi he doesn't 
report Recommended by Mthw15
Both of these are School Life and Slice of life anime, as well as comedies. Both of the main male characters try to fit in in their new school. Both anime have a lot of pretty funny situations, and the story is really interesting. The animation and art style are both really good, too. 
report Recommended by AzureSage
These two are very different in concept, but they both have an extremely similar humor, centered around absurd scenarios, ecchi comedy, and character traits and personalities. They also share the theme of being largely school-based, but having many scenes that take place outside of school, as well. The male leads of both are quite different, but similar in the sense that they are misunderstood and strive to be normal, while being surrounded by strange females, who they feel the need to protect. Not to mention, both male protagonists have odd and overbearing little sisters with strong attachments to their brothers. 
report Recommended by survivingphoenix
Same feel. Protagonist surrounded by many girls, some with strange habits. Both have a "tsundere", "loli" and a girl with big boobs. 
report Recommended by bereta002
Both titles:
- are novel adaptation
- are harem/romance/comedy/school/slice of life genre witch ecchi elements
- include scenes from perspective of character's video game avatar's
- one way or another include gender bending ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
- have quite similiar cast like girl with social problems and an popular otaku kamidere
- in both shows characters are forming particular club 
report Recommended by Piromysl
they're kind of similar. the guy in a group that consists of mostly girls, and most of the girls love him. 
report Recommended by walloman
The story about group of socially awkward people that trying to make friends. 
report Recommended by azzuRe
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (or Haganai) and Kimi ni Todoke have similarities in which both shows focus on a character who lives a troubled school life where all of their classmates misunderstand them and eventually meet someone who changes their life. Through out both of these shows the main character learns true friendship and what it's like to have true friends. 
report Recommended by LovelyKatie-chan
tired of violent, noisy and dramatic anime?
try this "boku wa tomadachi ga sukunai" then after. Watch "hoshizora".
both anime are relaxing, peaceful, and fun. 
report Recommended by Luuji222
If you want a nice school comedy, with some flavor of romance, these 2 are very similar in that sense. They differ, though, in that while in Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun the relationships are all 1x1 and develop quite slowly, Haganai configures a Harem in which the girls all fight a cold war to win the main protagonist. 
report Recommended by Ishikami
Both of these animes are feel good stories of highschool "social outcasts" attempting to make friends while each overcoming their own unique difficulties. Isshuukan friends focuses more on plot and character development while Boku wa tomodachi ga sukunai has more comical/fanservice aspects mixed into it. Both are very good animes and i would highly recommend both of them. 
report Recommended by Blank0L
Gamers and Boku wa Tomodachi have a lot in common:
[*] Romcom hinges on misunderstandings
[*] all the girls are inexplicably drawn to MC
[*] MC is typical clueless coward
[*] Gaming/club themes as a thinly veiled premise
[*] Occasional fanservice/filler episodes
[*] school setting

Neither show is new or unique, but if you're looking for a similar generic misunderstanding romcom, these shows are very similar 
report Recommended by Uranium238
Both have a similar setting and each of the character have their own UNIQUE personality! Which is same to both anime! Especially the main character!!
Not to mention the similarity in genre -

Both are comedy, romance and school live as well!  
report Recommended by NajSuarez94
They are both light-hearted, romantic-comedy anime. Both of them are very funny and will brighten up any day. Both of them are very enjoyable to watch. 
report Recommended by nguyenco
In both titles the MC started his school career with a bad reputation (one for fighting, the other for the looks). But they join a school club full of beautiful ladies and so the adventure begins.

Boku wa.. more focussed on getting friends and adventures with the growing group of friends
Yamada.. more focussed on... well the MC wanted to make friends to begin with... but now (with as little as spoilers I can tell) he wanted to prevent someone for returning to her original self (closed, friendless, forced to smile).

Both ani's I recommend to watch if you like comedy, harem and  read more 
report Recommended by Tokimime
What do you get when you add Myself;Yourself, Kore wa Zombie, Baka no Test, Toradora, Yosuga no Sora, Suzumiya Haruhi and a bit of School Days?

You get this anime, albeit less drama, less gore, less violence but nevertheless the plot elements, characters and references can be found similar to the other anime. 
report Recommended by Nequam
The characters and their personal struggle is the main resemblance of these animes. They are made for you to appreciate them as they are, with their imperfections, dreams, and weirdness. 
report Recommended by NatoBoram
basically tsuruga and yozora are almost the same. both are childhood friends that's very precious to the protagonists and they reveal their identities at the end of the series.  
report Recommended by yabuki-kun
i can't believe that no one recommend this !!! haganai is like the spin off of Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata in a way !! the neighboursclub ---> the doujin circle
sena ---> Eriri Spencer
yozora ----> Kasumigaoka, Utaha
Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata is the story where kodaka would be an otaku  
report Recommended by maha_amead
Both MCs are getting romantically involved with a childhood friend, and as to not spoil anything I'll leave it at that. Also, both shows have a 'Trap'... kinda. Again, not to spoil anything. 
report Recommended by ButadonMeitante
MC is in a school club where he is the only male member. All the female members of the club have feelings for him. 
report Recommended by _Kairu_
In order to make friends, one has to socialise. To do that, one has to go outside. But in order to go outside, one has to leave their comfort zone, opening up to the world. Both stories work when viewed succession, as it follows the struggles of all of the above statements.

While Welcome to the NHK follows Tatsuhiro Sato, a college dropout who cannot leave his comfort zone and go outside, Haganai, follows Kodaka Hasegawa who stuggles to socialise and make friends. Even though both characters are completely different, they can still be related to in some ways.

Both anime series  read more 
report Recommended by natural_hype
I know this sounds totally ridiculous at first but hear me out

-Both are about some sort of organization or club
-The characters are very similar
-Both display qualities of a harem anime yet don't feel like one because of their unique settings 
report Recommended by thelectricow
MC is the only male in a school club full of women who all hold affections for him. Hijinks ensue. 
report Recommended by _Kairu_
* Both are about a school club and making friends in the club.
* Both have a basement in their club and attend it almost all the time.
* Both have the same feeling and vibe to it.
* Both will leave a very similar impression on you.
* Both are erotic but Haganai is Ecchi and Genshiken is not.
* Both have Otaku/Gamer characters.
If you liked one, you'll definitely like the other, I have given both of them the same score. 
report Recommended by KazamiSan
Main Protagonist is idiot in both anime because of that both anime is good comedy,romantic and harem in a good way. 
report Recommended by hunterking
Both have harem, both have fan service, both are ecchi...

except this has demons, angels and epic fights in addition. While the 1st season of High School DxD may lack the good characters Haganai does, everything is fixed in this 2nd season.

One warning though, the fan service in this one might be way too overwhelming to any girls trying to watch. Actually, calling it fan service is an understatement. This is almost hentai. BUT, if you are able to look past that, the story is pretty amazing. 
report Recommended by 1nvader
Want to see more comedic situations involving a manipulative sadist (Yozora) messing with a perverted ditz (Sena) on a daily basis? If yes is your answer, then Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai is the show for you!  
report Recommended by Lucia_Rosier
Harem atmosphere and heavy fanservice. HaGaNaI is more comedy and Duo is more romance. 
report Recommended by LoidNerdy101
Both are slice-of-life comedies that sometimes wander into more serious and emotional territory. They rely heavily on a group dynamic, which focuses on a couple members while the rest support. However, every character has a unique character design. Both series begin in a school setting with a new student and groups forming with a goal in mind, and they are eventually successful. 
report Recommended by lycheejane
All the girls in this show like the male protagonist.
Both anime are harem,comedy and romance.
---- ------ --------
Haganai - club activities(making friends)
Rosario+vampire - making friends with supernatural girls.
report Recommended by bloody_Venus55
At the end of "Boku wa Tomodachi..." a chibi version of the characters appear, and this is very similar to "OreImo" chibis at the Animated Commentaries. 
report Recommended by puccapardini
At least in the chapters 0 and 2 of "Boku wa Tomodachi..." the fanaticism for games (specially visual novels), and how the character gets into the unreality world remind me a lot at "KamiNomi"! 
report Recommended by puccapardini
Similar animation style, indifferent characters. Segawa is much more annoying then kodaka. 
report Recommended by vasplar
The main characters are pretty similar:

They are both feared because of their appearance

yet despite that they happen to find love 
report Recommended by PandaFlow
Similar character personalities. Yoroza from Sukunai has the same personality as Kirihime. While Shining is the same as Sena. Both clash at each other from time to time. Shining aka Sena is given a nickname that only Yoroza/Kirihime refrers to her. Kodaka and Kazuto both revolve around these two.  
report Recommended by AnimeFan500
Both are involved with club activities.
Boku wa's OP is very similar with K-ON!'s 2nd season OPs.
Both have Blonde Ojou-sama's. 
report Recommended by Zakkyliar
A similar relationship with pseudo-delinquent guy, brunette osananajimi and blonde tsundere. 
report Recommended by Ksa
Both Anime's are about clubs that contain the most out there club members who honestly just want a place to belong. The Anime are also harem anime. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
Colorful characters and fanservice that manages to be hilarious instead of distracting, no matter how over the top it goes.  
report Recommended by BMJ
School life has a way of creeping up on someone and giving the unexpected twists and turns. Both of these Anime deal with school life and have a rather crisp style to them. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
Both animes are Harems. Their are two main male leads who are use to being loners and are suddenly surrounded by girls. Some of the characters are similar.

Kadoka and Souta,
Megumu and Yukimura
Nanami and Yozora 
report Recommended by whoodakid
Similar theme. A club is created just to have fun and get close to one another. 
report Recommended by AnimeFan500
The theme of school and clubs are present in both of these series.

The main character has interactions with different characters of conflicting personalities. Although there is much comedy, both series have serious and emotional moments.

Also, there is hints of obvious romance present in both series that are shown in an unique way. One way of supernatural, the other one of tsundere.  
report Recommended by Stark700
i know this has no similarity to the plot but they are both very funny
they both have comedy,ecchi,harem in them
also has alot of girls going after the guy 
report Recommended by F0R3V3RAL0N3
Both about Clubs and childhood friends.
Both packed with fun times and romantic times.
Saku = Kodaka
Mihoshi = Yozora

in boku wa tomodachi
Kodaka don't know about yozora being his childhood friend, but in sora no mani mani he knew already. 
report Recommended by UpDownLeftRight
If you love school romance drama and this anime is for you.
and both are definitely worth watching!
report Recommended by bloody_Venus55
The characters all have to get over these get-along hardship. Sort of similar to Hentai Ouji. There are romances between the characters, and they deal with school life also. 
report Recommended by rikkanokoi
Both anime share common genres which are harem/romance/comedy and focus on a male protagonist (of course). Boku wa Tomodachi is a full-on comedy that also deals with some important issues. I guaranteed this anime will have you up till 6 in the morning watching it because it is truly a hilarious, sexy, and enjoyable show. This anime not only targets male viewers but a female audience too. Anyway, enjoy ^_^ (P.S. There is a sequel to this anime!!!) 
report Recommended by McleanSenpai
I started watching this right after i finished DXD and both are two of my favorite harem comedies of all time. Though i did enjoy DXD more because of its violence. Haganai is a great series that takes you on one hell of a emotional ride! 
report Recommended by Shonenlegend
Both are comedy slice of life about a group of friends who like to try different stunts in their everyday life. The humour in both shows are the same type so if one makes you laugh, no doubt the other will too. Lots of references made to other anime, fantastic voice acting and pervy jokes. 
report Recommended by Mayuka
both anime have characters that are weird in a somewhat similar ways 
report Recommended by pakin
Both main characters are kind hearted guys starting to a new school and seeking friendship. Also both being misunderstood and feared by others for their delinquent-like appearance (more close to demon-like for Kitano) 
report Recommended by Zauker
Atmosphere similar, involving the protagonist's childhood ... not to mention that Ikusu Mizutani resembles the Mikazuki Yozora... 
report Recommended by Fagner_O_Costa
Similar comedy, artistic style, and characters.

Haganai is a bit more random and toned-down overall in terms of excitement, while OniAi is more exaggerated and focuses almost exlusively on the romance/harem aspect. Both involve plenty of fanservice (just watch their OPs to get a sense of it).  
report Recommended by ataraxial
More and more people accumulate in a nearly-family-like group. Both could do with less ecchi, though. 
report Recommended by LoidNerdy101