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 309635309,635 users)
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Ranked: #18732
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #306
Members: 649,599
Favorites: 4,321

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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
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Nov 16, 2023
Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata, also known as "How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend," is more than just a harem anime; it's a delightful tale of otaku passion, romantic dilemmas, and the challenges of creative collaboration. With its beautifully drawn characters, heartwarming moments, and clever humor, Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata is a must-watch for anyone who loves anime, especially those who appreciate the nuances of otaku culture.

A Harem of Beautifully Drawn and Talented Experts

At the heart of the story is Tomoya Aki, an unassuming high school student with a deep-seated passion for anime and visual novels. Inspired by a chance encounter with a mysterious girl, he ...
Nov 21, 2022
Mixed Feelings

Saekano is a show that i watched on a whim. It is short, sweet and the premise interested me enough to give it a shot. Normally i take a lot of time before deciding to watch something because i am very scared of wasting my time, so my watchlist became an absolute warzone. But i bit the bullet and started Saekano. But was it worth it?

STORY – 7/10

First off, i have to say that although the plot is simple, the characters grounded and the fanservice manageable, this is not a show for beginners. The amount of references, otaku tropes, archetypes and ...
Aug 5, 2022
The best way I can describe how I feel after finishing this show is if I went outside, someone ran up to me and kicked my ass, but I was somehow also bored while they were doing it.
There are all the pieces of a good anime here, but they forgot to add in a little thing called dramatic tension. That would be bad enough, but I'm a sucker for good romance, so if the romance was good I could forgive it a little. Well its not good, it left me feeling disgusted, sad, and overall wishing I could wash it from my brain like ...

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