Welcome to the Neighbors Club! Pull up a chair! Have a soda... or is that a love potion? Just don't get too comfortable, because the club is up to their usual shenanigans. You never know when you'll find them engaged in a questionable conversation about fetishes, or running a three-legged race to win the attention of the club's unwilling "harem master," or sharing a moment of bonding in the school bathroom.
Whatever the event, you can count on the Neighbors Club to march to the beat of a different drummer. This spin-off collection of short stories continues their misadventures and misunderstandings like never before, in their ongoing mission to try—and fail!—to make friends.
For readers not familiar with the Haganai universe, the story basically revolves around a group of schoolmates/friends who form a club on how to make friends (no, you read that right). Having said that, there isn't a solid defined plot line. We readers are basically treated to their day to day lives (the slice of life genre aspect) their crazy antics (the comedy aspect) and the relationships between our main characters (the romantic aspects). This sub series [Shoban!] is no different. However, I think that the situations and activities of our cast were more "extreme" than the ones found in the parent story. I
found myself laughing out loud during pretty much every chapter. Each chapter of this series has it's own backdrop and setup so don't expect story lines to carry over from chapter to chapter.
The art was superb. The drawer for this manga Shirabi-sensei will definitely be on my watch list and I look forward to their future works. The character designs and details were much more sharp, clear and refined compared to the flowing laid back art style in the parent story. Although the male lead Kodaka could have used a touch up in his design, the rest of the cast were drawn well. The trio of female leads were attractive and their personalities were expressed wonderfully. The overall shading, toning and basic ink work were spot on with no complaints. Background work were detailed and you can tell that quite some time was invested into it due to how accurate it was to the anime settings, if that means anything. If you ask me I prefer the art style in this manga compared to its parent version.
The characters in this manga did not deviate much if at all, to their parent story versions. As I might have mentioned in the STORY review, our characters were more outspoken and "popped" more. The dialogue and character scenes/interactions are more ecchi-orientated but they were done in a hilarious fashion and did not deteriorate the manga at all. Because this is a spin off series and the fact that each chapter is pretty much a stand alone, we won't witness scratch to finish character development and are expected to already know about each and every character's personality. Can be a flaw to some and new readers, but I'm fine with it personally. It will be in the reader's best interest to familiarize themselves with the parent story before heading off to spin off works anyway.
As a big fan of the Haganai series, this was a wonderful read. I enjoyed each chapter and wished there were more when I finished. The amazing art and the more extreme settings were a perfect match and hit all the right notes for me. To be honest, I would have no problem if this sub series served as the main parent story instead. It really was that enjoyable. A well done sub-series for fans and new readers of the Haganai series (to a degree) to enjoy.
I'm going to write a very brief review on this manga. Basically, if you have watched/read Boku Wa Tomodachi before and you liked it, then you will like this because all it is just extra stories that weren't featured in the main manga. I loved Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai and so I loved this as it showed me more insight into the characters, as each chapter is pretty much about 1 of the main characters. If you didn't like the original Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai then you won't like this spin-off, as simple as that. If you have never if looked at this
series before, DON'T START HERE WITH THIS MANGA AT ALL!!!! Starting with this manga is like starting in the middle of book. Instead I'll recommend you go to the original manga (just called "Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai"). Like I've said before, this was an amazing manga because it's almost exactly the same as its amazing parent manga and I throughly recommend this if you have read the main story.