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: 7.501 (scored by 281284281,284 users)
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Ranked: #16612
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Popularity: #299
Members: 581,751
Favorites: 3,976

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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
Kamei, Kanta
Fujita, Akiko
Sound Director
Ogawa, Yuuki
Episode Director, Key Animation, 2nd Key Animation


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Mar 27, 2015
HaXXspetten (All reviews)
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
Like he wanted her soul's copyright

She would model for the female lead
For the game; he made sure she agreed
But despite interests joint
To just get to that point
There was one more thing that they would need

So he then asked with all of his heart
If his tsundere friend could take part
Since under a fake name
She'd gotten tons read more
Apr 16, 2015
deepbluejeer (All reviews)
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 read more
Mar 26, 2015
Candangz (All reviews)
Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata, or Saekano for reduce, is an anime where the protagonist is an otaku who wants to fulfill his dream of creating a galgame, after meeting his beautiful heroine in a captivating scene in which his hat flies downhill, stopping near of protagonist, who is shocked to see a girl with such beauty. To follow his dream of creating a game, he forms your harem... I mean, your team, with qualified people in various areas which are needed to create a game, but with unique personalities, which consequently develops a bit of humor on the series thanks to this factor, and then read more
Mar 26, 2015
poormeate (All reviews)
What does it take to create a dating SIM which will cause people to laugh and cry, but also touch their hearts? This was a question our main character asked himself, which sparked the beginning of the roller-coaster of laughs we call Saekano.

I’m sure when we were younger you’ve all had dreams and goals you wanted to achieve when you get older. The anime tells the epic adventure it took our MC, Tomoya Aki, to achieve his goal of creating a game, complete with all the girl problems, and sexual harassments he receives each day from his devious co-workers.

While I was scrolling through the read more

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