Kodaka transfers to a new school, but quickly scares off his classmates from befriending him with his intimidating appearance. Together with Yozora, a girl he spies talking to her “air friend”, the two form a club to make friends.
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (abbreviated Haganai) is a harem, but it’s pretty good as far as these things go. The main character has a personality, and the haremettes are all socially incompetent, which keeps things interesting.
I’ve read the manga, and I love it. But I have to say I’ve been disappointed by the anime adaptation. The main reason is the animation. It uses the same style as Denpa Onna, with the brightly colored lips and thin mouths. In my opinion, this makes the characters look kind of loose (I’m not sure I can rationalize why…) Coupled with the fact that the anime has ramped up the fanservice immensely, this makes the characters seem kind of slutty, especially Sena and Yozora. In the manga, this wasn’t the case at all: how can someone who’s socially incompetent be a slut? But here both Sena and Yozora have become rather unlikable. In fact, Yozora comes off as a complete jerk with no redeeming qualities. In the manga, she was rude and obnoxious as well, but you could tell that she actually wanted to make friends. In the anime version, all she seems to care about is Kodaka.
My favorite character is Rika, the mad scientist, and they portrayed her fairly well, although once again, the lips bothered me. This show has two lolis, and both annoyed me to no end. This wasn’t particular to the anime adaptation, however.
All in all, it was a decent show, but it lacked the special something that the manga had.
- Plot / Script – C – Too much focus on fanservice and romance, not enough attention to making friends, which should be the heart of the story.
- Characters – B – I was not entirely pleased with Sena and Yozora’s portrayal.
- Production – C – Not a fan of the Denpa Onna face style.
- Overall – C+
Recommendations – Denpa Onna, B Gata H Kei