Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai – 04, 05
「後輩達は遠慮がないΣ(゜口゜;」 (Kouhaitachi wa Enryo ga Nai Σ(゜口゜;)
“Underclassmen Don’t Know How to Hold Back”
Every single week, there’s always something funny coming out of this show. If it isn’t Sena and Yozora trying to rip each other’s heads off, the interactions between all the new characters make for more than enough laughs.
Starting with Takayama Maria (Iguchi Yuka) the ten year old genius, there couldn’t have been a better choice for the Neighbors Club advisor. If you thought that Sena had it bad dealing with Yozora, think again. Slaps to the face and blatant lies are only the tip of the iceberg of problems that Maria has to worry about. But the worst part has to be that genius yet childlike brain of hers which easily gets abused by Yozora’s sadistic wits.
Ever since I caught a glimpse of Kodaka’s stalker all the way back in episode one, I’ve been curious what role that stalker might play. Lo and behold, it turns out to be another male member for our Neighbors Club; except that this he could easily be mistaken as a she! To be specific, a feminine male named Kusunoki Yukimura (Yamamoto Nozomi) who was looking for male training lessons from the scariest student at Saint Chronica Academy. The best part about the whole situation is that even after Yukimura figures out that Kodaka isn’t the delinquent he’s made out to be, he’s too entranced by the chance of becoming a man to notice.
Finally, what group of strangers would be complete without the slightly crazy BL loving girl? Shiguma Rika (Fukuen Misato), the crazy scientist who is one of the few people who recognized Kodaka’s true nature before joining the Neighbors Club, has one hell of a reading voice. After listening to her turn a mech-battle into a ridiculously dirty sex scene, I was pretty sure that I was rubbing my stomach from laughing too hard.
「今度はＳＡＧＡがガチな戦いヽ(`Д´)ノ」 (Kondo wa SAGA ga Gachi na Tatakai ヽ(`Д´)ノ)
“Now Saga is Locked in Full-On Battle”
If every episode ends up being this good, I think that this show might steal the spot of my favorite comedy of the year. The biggest thing this week had to be how Haganai is starting to slowly add some drama amidst all the comedy. Somehow, even though I’m laughing at least five times or more during each episode, the writing is still triggering my brain to care for all the little problems everyone is facing individually. This week, Kobato seemed to be the main thing the story was focusing on.
I thought I was seeing things when Kobato seemed upset with Kodaka and all of his recent antics; but the start to this episode specifically highlighted the point that Kobato’s jealously and need for attention has been building up. I personally wouldn’t categorize her as a bro-con but just a younger sister who’s feeling a little ignored by her beloved older brother. Throw in a lack of a parent figure and friends and it isn’t too difficult to see where I’m coming from, right?!
Toward the end of the episode though, I was battling between trying to laugh or trying to stop smiling when Maria and Kobato were battling it out. It’s been quite a while since I’ve seen little kids fight over things, but I don’t remember it being this fun to watch! Almost like a milder version of Sena and Yozora, it would seem Maria and Kobato are going to round out the Neighbors Club with another pair constantly fighting girls.
Like I said earlier, this show is becoming really good with all the jokes and bits of drama thrown in here and there. However, I think what really makes this show stand out from the crowd are all the IRL references it throws in. From gal-ge spin offs to outfits that remind me of a certain thief from a popular franchise, it’s all these small thing combined with spot on humor that are probably going to catapult the series into a whole new level. I hope.
P.S. Final update guys! This will be the last weekend that I need to go to California for the foreseeable future. I’m really sorry about how late these posts have been, and I personally think it’s pretty dumb how I have to group two episodes into one post. I’m trying to get ready to leave but will also try to get Kimi to Boku out tonight as well. For Shana and Horizon, those two shows will be put on hold until I get back Monday evening. But once everything’s all caught up and squared away, things should return to normal. Thanks <3.