OP: 「残念系隣人部★★☆ (星二つ半)」 (Zannen-kei Rinjinbu Hoshi Futatsu-han) by 友達つくり隊 (Tomodachi Tsukuritai)
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「僕達は友達が出来ない(´・ω・`)」 (Bokutachi wa Tomodachi ga Dekinai (´・ω・`))
“We Can’t Make Friends”
I think I may have found my new favorite show for this season that isn’t a sequel or prequel. The humor in this show is spot on and perfect for what they’re going for that it almost doesn’t even matter that the characters all remind me of Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko (which I also loved). With a great seiyuu lineup featuring the likes of Kimura Ryohei playing the male lead with Itou Kanae and Inoue Marina bringing up the rear (for now), there’s no way you could go wrong while watching Haganai.
Coming into this show, I was under the impression everyone joining the Rinjin-Bu or Neighbors Club was going to be some introvert who had difficulty making friends or were so socially awkward that they scared everyone away. Looking back at this strange impression, not only do I think I must be crazy crazy but I doubt that it would have been as funny. For the most part, it seems that everyone who’s bound to join the Neighbors Club is someone who has life working against them.
Enter, Hasegawa Kodaka, someone who managed to make the worst impression possible. Not only was he late on his first day transferring into Saint Chronica Academy but he has blonde hair, assaulted a teacher, and even extorted a textbook from his classmate — perfect way to blow your chances at having a normal high school life right? While most of that was blown out of proportion, it still doesn’t change the fact that he’s friendless because of things out of his control.
This makes the perfect setup for Mikazuki Yozora to sweep right in and start channeling her inner Haruhi. I love how she goes around and appears to be this selfish little girl even though she can’t hide the fact that she has a big heart. I’m willing to bet that throughout the series she’ll slowly reveal what occurred in her past. But until then, I’m excited to watch her battle with Kashiwazakai Sena, the perfect girl who’s perfection scares off everyone around her (except her stalkers). How can you not enjoy watching both Yozora and Sena’s obvious hate for each other cloud their vision, leading them into this never ending quarrel?
With half the full cast still missing, I can’t wait to see what kind of strange things are preventing them from making friends. If this first episode was just a taste of what’s to come, I’m extremely excited for what’s hopefully coming in the future. On a personal note, it’s never a bad thing to have more Inoue Marina and Itou Kanae. With the two playing roles that are constantly at odds with each other, it’s like a dream come true for me. Especially when I listen to Itou Kanae – instead of thinking about (or hearing) Elsie or Ohana, it’s really interesting for me to hear her in such a pompous role.
P.S. For those of you who didn’t follow the comments in the Fall Preview, the abbreviation Haganai comes from the show’s title. 僕は友達が少ない。Ha-Ga-Nai – nifty huh.
ED: 「私のキ・モ・チ」 (Watashi no Ki-Mo-Chi) by 三日月夜空 (井上麻里奈) (Mikazuki Yozora (Inoue Marina))
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