Anime: Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
Producer: AIC Build
Director: Hisashi Saitou
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Ecchi
Release date: October 2011
“I have few friends.” That’s precisely what the plot of this series is dictated by (and that’s also the translation of “Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai”). Depending on who you are and what kind of anime interests you, that will or will not immediately grab your attention. But, for those of you who don’t think that sounds interesting enough, here’s a quick overview of the plot that’ll determine whether or not this is the anime for you.
The anime stars a transfer student named Kodaka Hasegawa whose had a track record of being unable to make friends, mostly thanks to the color of his hair, and to his supposedly intimidating eyes, which immediately threaten his classmates around him. He meets a girl one day by the name of Yozora Mikazuki, in which he finds her in a classroom, “alone,” privately conversing with an imaginary friend. After meeting each other and discussing their troubles in making friends and not having social lives, they decide to establish a club on campus, the Neighbors’ Club, in an effort to make friends, and to learn the social skills that every other classmate around them possesses.
Through the first season, we are introduced to the following people who join the Neighbors’ Club:
1) Sena Kashiwazaki – An attractive and arrogant girl who doesn’t have female friends, and takes advantage of the males who are blinded by her beauty and act as her servants.
2) Yukimura Kusunoki – A feminine underclassman who serves as an “underling” to Kodaka in an attempt to become more manlier.
3) Maria Takeyama – A 10 year old teacher and nun who is recruited as the adviser for the Neighbors’ Club.
4) Rika Shiguma – A perverted underclassman (underclasswoman) with fujoshi tendencies, but is also a genius.
5) Kobato Hasegawa – The younger sister of Kodaka who worships Gothic anime.
Lots of different personalities, and thankfully each of these characters play a role in keeping you entertained throughout the anime. You have the two girls, Yozora and Sena, in a situation where the other woman has to be better than the other: a situation which I’m sure many of you can relate to. You have the two younger girls, Kobato and Maria, who argue over whatever younger kids these days argue about. You have the side characters, Yukimura and Rika, who keep you entertained based on what their personality provides in this show. Actually, I shouldn’t have called them side characters. Their characters make huge transformations through the anime and you can argue that at the end of season two, that they are a whole lot more important in the anime than you initially thought they were when you were first introduced to them. And now you really have the actual side characters, which include Sena’s dad, Maria’s older sister, and a few other characters that make appearances later in the anime. I’m not going to go over their personalities right now, but some of these characters really do entertain you too and have a reason to be cared about in the show.
Though, this is a comedy, and has its really funny moments (as you can probably tell, these people don’t know how to socialize after all), most of the time you’ll just be calmly sitting in front of the screen. But, there’s a reason for that: it’s not just a comedic anime. Originally, the story began with two people trying to make new friends, but a-whole-nother story stems through the ground and becomes another reason why I loved watching this anime: love.
Okay, I’m sure some of you are sick of those lovey-dovey animes. But there isn’t necessarily a whole lot of lovey-dovey stuff in this anime. In fact, there really isn’t any, depending on how you look at it. The anime isn’t all about love, and there’s a reason why it’s called a Romantic Comedy. It’s funny, but the story is also driven through crushes and feelings, which a lot of you can relate to, especially those who are in relationships or have crushes on someone right now.
As far as the music goes, it most likely sounds like music in other shows that’re under the Ecchi or Romantic Comedy genre. One or two of the openings/endings may sound catchy to you, and that’s pretty much it. I was pretty fond of the second season’s opening, but it’s not something that I’d really listen to over and over again. But hey, it’s not like this is a Shounen or Mecha anime, which usually have the best music. The music definitely isn’t as annoying as the music that Yuri anime has, though.
Overall, you will either like this anime or you won’t. But, if you are open to any type of anime, I think you’ll like it. If you are a fan of Romantic Comedy/Ecchi stuff, then you definitely should check it out. After each episode, you will be eager to find out what happens next and because of that, you’ll definitely be watching more than on episode every sitting. This was my first taste in those genres and I particularly enjoyed it and watched each episode and was thoroughly entertained throughout the anime. The only thing that I wish this anime did better was make me laugh more, but that’s not a big problem. I especially recommend it to those who can relate to love stories, because you may find a spot in your anime playlist for this one. I imagine there will be another season of Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, but season 2 has been done since March 2013, and as I am writing this review (June 2013), there is no season 3.
Final rating: 7/10