Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend

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Synonyms: Saenai Kanojo no Sodate-kata
Japanese: 冴えない彼女〈ヒロイン〉の育てかた
English: Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend
German: Saekano? How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend
Spanish: Saekano: Cómo Educar a una Novia Aburrida
French: Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 16, 2015 to Mar 27, 2015
Premiered: Winter 2015
Broadcast: Fridays at 00:50 (JST)
Licensors: Aniplex of America
Studios: A-1 Pictures
Source: Light novel
Genres: ComedyComedy, RomanceRomance, EcchiEcchi
Themes: HaremHarem, Otaku CultureOtaku Culture, SchoolSchool
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.481 (scored by 309677309,677 users)
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Ranked: #18712
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Popularity: #306
Members: 649,718
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Tomoya Aki, an otaku, has been obsessed with collecting anime and light novels for years, attaching himself to various series with captivating stories and characters. Now, he wants to have a chance of providing the same experience for others by creating his own game, but unfortunately, Tomoya cannot do this task by himself.

He successfully recruits childhood friend Eriri Spencer Sawamura to illustrate and literary elitist Utaha Kasumigaoka to write the script for his visual novel, while he directs. Super-group now in hand, Tomoya only needs an inspiration to base his project on, and luckily meets the beautiful, docile Megumi Katou, who he then models his main character after.

Using what knowledge he has, Tomoya creates a new doujin circle with hopes to touch the hearts of those who play their game. What he does not realize, is that to invoke these emotions, the creators have had to experience the same feelings in their own lives.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Mori, Akitoshi
Niwa, Masami
Assistant Producer
Nakajima, Yasuhiro
Assistant Producer
Kamei, Kanta
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard


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Mar 27, 2015
Here's a show with an interesting theme
About an otaku with a dream:
To create a new game
That puts all else to shame
And produced by the girls from his team

One day he met a girl dressed in white
It was a case of love at first sight
Except instead of love
It was rather kind of
Apr 1, 2015
Mixed Feelings
This series commits to nothing.

Great coloring, animation, camera angles and alternative color palettes. A pleasant viewing experience that delivers fan service in spades.

You will get several self aware character archetypes and a very superficial look at visual novel game creating. Closeups of female body parts and flustered faces.

Other than that its not really much of anything.

It is not quite slice of life, not quite character drama, not quite comedy, not quite romance. It seems to try to be all, but not really committing to either of them.
Apr 16, 2015
Saekano is the most frustrating kind of bad show: the kind which could have been legitimately good if it tried.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t hyped for Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata (Saekano for short) at the start of winter 2015. It’s a shiny new adaptation of Fumiaki Maruto’s light novel series – the same Fumiaki Maruto who wrote White Album 2, which got an anime around a year and a half ago. He also wrote Parfait and Sekai de Ichiban NG na Koi – both of which I’ve seen glowing reviews of. Naturally, I’d expect Saekano to be something close to his work ...

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