Anime Review: Haganai
Genre: Comedy, Ecchi, School Life, Harem
Where I watched it: Funimation
Synopsis: Kodaka Hasegawa, a tranfer student who accidental got the reputation of a thug on his first day, and Yozora Mikazuki, a bully who hates being called a bully, have trouble making friends. Since they are in their second year they feel that it’s too late to join a club because club friendships have already been formed. So Yozora comes up with an idea to create a new club, The Neighbors Club. They are soon joined by Sena Kashiwazaki, a rich girl who hasn’t had any real friends, and Yukimura Kusunoki, who’s really a guy despite how he dresses. Their fifth member of the club is Rika Shiguma, a sex obsessed mad scientists who also makes any sexual innuendo she can. They are also joined by their club supervisor Maria Takayama, a ten year old nun who is rude and incredably immature, and Kobato Hasegawa, Kodaka’s younger sister and obessed with an anime called Fullmetal Necromancer. Their goal in the Neighbors Club is to find out to make friends and what it’s like to be a friend.
Media: Haganai, which is somehow short for Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, translates to ‘I Don’t Have Many Friends.’ It started as a light novel written by Yomi Hirasaka in August 2009 and is currently going with 8 volumes so far. A second light novel series called Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai CONNECT; I can’t find any information about it. A manga series started a year later and is still ongoing. There is a second manga series called Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai+ with only 2 volumes and is no longer being released. I can’t find anything information about it either. A PSP game called Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Portable was released in February 2012. Finally there is a second season of the Haganai anime called Haganai NEXT. There is no Funimation dub available at this time.
My Thoughts (minor spoilers): I will start off by saying this anime is rated for mature audience. There is some episodes with some nudity. One of my favorite character would be Rika and her ability to find a sexual innuendo in everything, including a train coupling. I do wish that there was more in the romance triangle that was hinted at. It may be in the second season but there is nothing more than hints in season one. The character that I found the least entertaining is Yozora because she really is really mean to people especially Sena. Another problem, is that by the end the characters didn’t seem grow in anyway. Yozura was still a bully and Kodaka was still dense.
It is funny how the rest of the school thinks that Kodaka is a thug all because he stumbled at the teacher on the first day and everyone thought that he was attacking her. And when he first meets Rika she talks about her like of rape porn and everyone thought that he raped her. I do also like Fullmetal Necromancer that Kodaka’s sister, Kobato, is into. It’s a play on one of my favorite anime Fullmetal Alchemist. Except it’s about a vampire, who Kobato is constantly dressing like.
If you don’t mind anime nudity and sex jokes then I would recommend this anime.