Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend

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English: Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend
Synonyms: Saenai Kanojo no Sodate-kata
Japanese: 冴えない彼女〈ヒロイン〉の育てかた


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, SchoolSchool
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.511 (scored by 249183249,183 users)
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Ranked: #15802
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Popularity: #295
Members: 528,802
Favorites: 3,604

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Both animes are about the mc wanting to fulfill there dream to make there own video game, even though they both don't really have a good idea are really the skill to make a video game. Both anime also show a good of amount of the otaku lifestyle and both are also romcom. 
report Recommended by Jayage
Both shows are about high school students making bishoujo games and the project leader is an otaku who recruits students that don't know much about the otaku culture to work on it. The biggest difference is that in Saekano, the lead guy is the otaku, while in Shokomeza, the lead girl is the otaku.  
report Recommended by GridironOtaku
Kami nomi and Saekano are shows that feature an otaku protagonist surrounded by a bunch of girls with various interesting personality. What make them stand out is that both are parody in nature, and are fully self-aware of the tropes and cliches in anime and galgame, sometimes going further to make fun of them.  
report Recommended by bunny1ov3r
Both have similar plot of developing anime/game. 
report Recommended by Kyuuketsukisama
If you add up a love hating, otaku, unpopular male protagonist, a cold, intelligent, sharp tongued female protagonist, with some equally interesting female protagonists? What do you get? You get two of the best romcom animes in history. Both anime's are set in a school club environment where everyday comedy and romance ensues. Why is this? Because a couple of beautiful female characters going after your average normal male lead character can create some hilariously awkward situations. If you enjoyed one of these anime's, I will bet my underwear that you will say the same about the other. 
report Recommended by poormeate
What the 2 have in common: They both have the same harem genre, where it involves 1 obnoxious guy and 4 cuties in a club room where for the most part the 2 have nearly the same plot, except for some minor modifications. However one relies on a quasi-supernatural and comedy, while the other has romance, also their were some difference with the character setting but even so, the harem's relationship with the guy is still the same.  
report Recommended by Mugen900
Both are comedy, harem, slice of life anime that present the events from the perspective of regular otaku doing otaku things. In each of them there is that one character that after being compelled by the other otaku characters they become fans. There is also the blonde tsundere that writes novels/doujinshi and tries to hide the fact that she is an otaku, the rival writer, the idol and the blogger. In both the characters try their hardest to enter the industry. In Saekano the story is based about them creating a VN. In OreImo this is not a main theme but they also face challenges in this  read more 
report Recommended by Hibiki07
both have manga/doujinshi/ero game theme.while mangaka san focuses on comedy and echhi. saekano focuses a bit more on charachter development and little drama.that being said the comedy in saekano is pretty nice too.i personally hate "sticky ,cliche"drama however in saekano the drama is interesting ,smooth and not not too long. the main point which appealed to me of both is that the harem elements are showed very well in both 
report Recommended by opzoro
Comedy, harem romance and slightly ecchi series that feature a oblivious yet caring male protagonist, surrounded by various beautiful girls who try to get involved romantically with him. Both series are cliched and full of tropes, yet they are somewhat aware of their own cliched nature and makes fun of it to create great comedy. A source of shipping wars in both series.  
report Recommended by bunny1ov3r
Both animes are about making video games. Both have fun characters. Sodatekata has a bit more of a romantic element to it while New Game is just a bunch of girls chilling and having fun. Both are great, if you're into the whole game creation or things like that you'll enjoy them 
report Recommended by quavothegeniie
Highly recommended if you liked bakuman and want a bit of romance. Both are focused on creators within the anime. While Bakuman is making manga, this one is focusing on Dating Sims (games) Where Bakuman has 2 guys, this one has a guy and three girls. While Saenai does not have the drama tag, and is mostly comedy, there are still certainly Drama elements, especially along the lines of season 2.  
report Recommended by Katchow
There are some similarities like: - about creating games (and many problems) - similar characters (tomoya-yamazaki) - both of them contain romance and humour The difference is that NHK isn't just about games like Saenai. 
report Recommended by windowsmemphis
A two good harem romance comedy with likeble characters and a very good comedy 
report Recommended by OMercurio
The main character is equally as otaku short-haired heroine romance comedy 
report Recommended by orekihachiman
Well-known students unlikely to interact come together with their specific talents and ideals to create something that will serve as a milestone in their lives as youths. The cast of Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata strive to collectively create an eroge whereas the characters of White Album 2 unite to form a band. However, drama becomes more prominent as the series progresses when the heroines fall in love with the protagonist. The main character can only choose one to become his lover, which will break the hearts of the others and threaten the stability of the project everyone holds dear. 
report Recommended by -Karoshi-
Both anime are about a group of high school students trying to make a doujin game Both have a nice Sol setting going on Both has moe characters 
report Recommended by oryouohagi
same goal, the different is in saekano the Heroine who should make character development in JakuChara is the Main Character and this jakuchara "point" is Character Development.  
report Recommended by Ryzm
Both series addresses somewhat the misconception and reality of highschool romance in a vague style 
report Recommended by earabiana
Both Rom coms. A big part of both stories is working as a group on a project 
report Recommended by kurules08
Same male main characters have a certain dream, the MC met that one beautiful girl -- which is the heroine -- in a romantic scene, and then that girl gives MC ispiration and eventually getting to know each other -- and other girls. Both are harem. Both male MCs have moe and kawaii girls help them to fulfill the MC's dream. Those girls also have feelings to the MC, but its obvious who is the girl that MC really loves. 
report Recommended by XeruleanXD
Putting aside the time travel element, both anime are similar in terms of: > both feature students as the main characters > both show the reality of the Japanese entertainment industry > both feature characters who are working hard to make it big in the game development industry 
report Recommended by AruJirichi
Saenai Heroine makes fun of visual novels, harem genre tropes, and Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun ridicules shoujo genre. The difference is that Saekano has plot and character development, and not solely comedy, someone says it's a deconstruction of "school romance visual novels". They are not similar at all, but if you like one you'll like the other. (P.S. I think that's the real purpose of a recommendation, there's no point watching two identical shows, right?) 
report Recommended by free_to_choose
Both Saekano and Oresuki are romantic comedy harem anime with MC not confident enough to embrace the feeling of being loved by someone.. the thing is Oresuki shows you the lack of harem world in a realistic way and gives some plot twist that makes it more surprising to watch. and Saekano gives us the twist to accept the heroine who always be there for you. 
report Recommended by Kolonemaru
This show might not be close in concept but the whole feeling and vibe is similar. Both shows have a conclusive ending and 2 seasons with a movie ending.  
report Recommended by Lil_Muffin
The main character have the same kind of obsession they Both "don't" attract girl the girls also are also kinda similar I. guess and the anime let you the same feeling at the end I want more of this.(The second season of sauna is better than the first one for me and reveal the true potential of the show) 
report Recommended by FaustHigurashi
Tomoya Aki and Hyakkimaru--two teenage boys who will stop at nothing to seek what will make them complete. Tomoya's adventure has a more metaphorical take on the idea, creating videogames to satisfy his eroge-induced wanderlust. Hyakkimaru's tale is a bit more literal; he collects his body parts in order to make himself whole. The dynamics between Megumi and Tomoya and between Hyakkimaru and Dororo also reflect each other very nicely. Megumi and Hyakkimaru are the stoic ones who have some torque backing them up when they get emotional--they have a difficult time expressing what they want to, but their companions, Tomoya and Dororo - the  read more 
report Recommended by SAT0rii
Both are harem with gender reversal (1 boy/1 girl surrounded by tons of baes) Both discuss what it means to be an otaku and make references to otaku culture (similar comedy) Both are based in high school Both have multiple main characters with unique personalities  
report Recommended by Nng56
Both are romantic comedies, but saekano focuses more on the harem aspect. Both shows delve into the more serious aspects of romance as relationships conflict with one another 
report Recommended by MayDay_77
The Main Protagonist invited some girls to become his assistant / group members to contribute in his own project. Steins;Gate is more dramatic and thrilling while Saekano is more romantic and funny. 
report Recommended by renzospark
Stories where the MC actually has a distinctive bond between each of the female characters he is in a harem with. The female characters are all perfect on the surface, but are flawed beneath what we initially see. The storytelling allows for proper development of the characters, exposing the flaws of each character beautifully. Basically, harems done right. 
report Recommended by Sekaiou
Two series with pretty random storylines that would make you laugh at any given point, based on first impressions I made this recommendation. Saekano just seems to have the same sort of feel to it as D-Frag had, really light and comedy based but also including the development of a game throughout (even though D-Frag does drift away from this). If you liked the randomness of one you need to check out the other XD Another point is that both these series do have certain serious moments so it isn't all fun and games. 
report Recommended by AngelBeatsYui
The art is close to being similar to the art of Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata, and has harem in it which in turn they both have. The only difference of this anime from OreShura is that the MC here is a game-maker while in OreShura, he's an anti-love kinda guys. 
report Recommended by VanquishedSouls
Both deal heavily with the otaku subculture. Both the main protagonists Aki and Shinnichi display great passion in the otaku industry and show others about it. In addition, both are harems. However, while Saekano is set in modern Japan and explores the creation of a dating sim sort of, Outbreak company is set in a medieval fantasy world with magic and mythical creatures. 
report Recommended by Branime
Telling daily life of creators and their relationship. with more harem and more dense MC. 
report Recommended by gahara31
i really like katou megumi of saekano and it will be my main reason for recommending hensuki and saekano where the character of their heroines especially mizuha (the sister of hensuki) and katou megumi (main heroine of saekano) felt the same. both heroine has same way of expressing things with the same flat voice line. although you could feel their love clearly, they express it in a somewhat awkward way. that being said, both anime also set in a school life background with many similarities in their heroines concept (a big busted senpai, a flat chested kohai, a classmate/someone of the same age, a sibling). all  read more 
report Recommended by sora2eugene
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
Some "special" characters make a special anime, both anime's are pretty wack. The personalities of the characters together make two pretty wierd anime's. 
report Recommended by poormeate
Both series are about Masters of their craft without equal in a High-School setting. R-15 has poor art compared to Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata, but if you can look past that I think that if you enjoyed one series that you will enjoy the other.  
report Recommended by skyhei1995
In these two anime, main character admired the otaku culture and has a goal to achieve.In genshiken, the story is focusing on their hobbies and goals with few romance on it.While in saekano is way more interesting story with sweet romance. If you like to observe the life of a die hard otaku people. You're gonna love these two shows. so give it a try.  
report Recommended by Luuji222
- One male lead with four female leads - Both male leads are otakus to varying degrees - Both male leads are surprisingly reliable when they put their minds to work - Both male leads are at the mercy of the female leads Main difference is that Seitokai no Ichizon is more of a slice-of-life while Saekano has a clear plotline to it. 
report Recommended by -Remix-
Sarcastic humor, harem, male protagonist not interested in girls (or pretend to not be). Both of these are giving you a perspective on a specific culture; in Saekano the otaku culture and in Shomin sample the commoners culture. Both shows share same kind of athmosphere 
report Recommended by Salokannel2
Comparable snappy dialogs and character archetypes, Saekano tries to ape Monogatari quite hard. While not as fascinating or unique, it still shows bits of clever writing and pretty animation. Unfortunately it seems to be satisfied with just that, lacking the oomph to truly stand out on its own. If you enjoyed Bakemonogatari's pacing and atmosphere, Saekano hits close to home. Check it out! 
report Recommended by JoePanichelli
The main protagonist and one of the heroines of both anime are similar. Amano = Aki (Both very obsessed in games (in other words, Otaku)). Tendou = Utaha (The most popular girl in school who's secretly an Otaku). 
report Recommended by renzospark
Saenai is like a less lewd version of Eroge but with a better developed plot. 
report Recommended by itzLevii_