Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
Anyone following this show along with me should be fairly familiar with my opinion of this show. Here’s the setup. Basically, Hasegawa Kodaka is a transfer student who has a hard time making friends because his appearance makes him seem like a delinquent. One day, he walks in on one of his classmates, Yozora Mikazuki, talking to her “air friend.” With Kodaka’s help, Yozora starts up a club called the Neighbors’ Club with the goal of making friends.
There really isn’t much of a story here. Basically, Yozora and Kodaka assemble some lonely classmates in the club and they all try to do activities together that friends would do. It’s a basic slice-of-life situation with a sort of harem vibe as well. I have to say, though, that the comedy in this show is pretty impressive. The show does a great job of just being funny, and keeping the fanservice fairly tactful as well.
The characters in this show were pretty amazing in my eye. We have Kodaka Hasegawa, the main male protagonist, who gets roped into this idea of the Neighbors’ Club by Yozora. The most impressive thing about Kodaka is his poker face. He’s put in numerous situations that would make any normal guy lose their cool, but he keeps a pretty straight face through everything.
Along with Kodaka, we have the major rivalry in the show, which is Yozora vs. Sena. Sena’s a wildly popular girl in school, but yearns for real friends who see her true self. Much of the series is a back and forth between the two as they each try to come out on top of the other.
Finally, we have the more support characters: Rika, the mad ero-scientist, Maria, the loli teacher who acts as advisor for the Neighbors’ Club, Yukimura, the effeminate boy (?) who uses Kodaka as an example to become more manly, and Kobato, Kodaka’s little sister. Each of the characters is entertaining, but we don’t see much with regards to character development from them.
Characters: Score 8/10
Animation in this show was fairly good. Nothing that struck me immediately as bad. Not quite as impressive as C3 was, but still looked good. The music in this show is all pretty light-hearted and I felt like it served the situations nicely. The opening and ending themes are also both good songs.
Animation: Score 8/10
Music: Score 9/10
Overall, I’d say that this show was very enjoyable. We don’t really see anything that looks like plot unless you count the last episode, but even that was mostly a flashback. I wasn’t a huge fan of the ending of the show, because it necessitates a second season. If there’s no such second season, I will definitely be very disappointed. I’d say the show does a great job of being funny without being so overt about their fanservice like C3 or Majikoi. If you’re looking for a nice show where you can just turn your brain off and enjoy, then I think this show is a nice choice.
Final Score: 8/10