「僕は友達は少ない」 (Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai)
“We Have Few Friends”
I’m speechless. For the final episode to one of my favorite shows this season, I’m left with mixed feelings. There was a lot of good things, there were a few bad things, and a disappointing ending. But at least the ending left ample room for a second season, right?
For starters, I thought it was really interesting how we got to watch the main parts of episode one from Yozora’s perspective. Unlike my initial impressions, when you give all of her actions some meaning, it displays a completely different side that I never knew existed — a sweet and kind Yozora. For example, I thought that the idea for the Neighbors Club was pretty dumb at first; a club only redeemed by its members and their unique personalities. But after Yozora revealed it was supposed to be a place for Kodaka and her to rekindle their lost friendship, it gives The Neighbors Club an almost romantic appeal, doesn’t it? Throw in a great flashback with Inoue Marina singing in the background, and the first half of the episode really managed to conjure a lot of emotion from within me. However, the second half was completely the opposite of what I was thinking.
While I couldn’t get enough of Yozora having such a cute expression as she was talking with Kodaka, I was terribly, terribly disappointed that Sora and Taka didn’t rekindle their lost friendship. With the cat finally out of the bag, I was waiting for Kodaka to do something to respond to Yozora’s advances — which sadly didn’t happen. Plus, it didn’t help that Rika went into complete fangirl and lost it. Sure, it was really entertaining to watch her grow extremely horny, but it was at that point where I gave up all hope that something really sweet and endearing might happen between Yozora and kodaka.
In the end, it felt like just another episode for Haganai — Rika with her crazy antics, Sena and Yozora fighting, and Kodaka sitting on the side watching from afar.
INS2: 「二人の季節」 (Futari no Kisetsu) by 三日月夜空 (CV. 井上麻里奈) (Mikazuki Yozara (CV. Inoue Marina))
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Once again, I get to cover one of my favorite shows of the season! It’s been a long ride full of laughs and a few awkward moments but I think Haganai has been extremely successful in succeeding at everything it’s good at — bringing the laughs with some fanservice while balancing things out with some well-timed emotional moments.
In Haganai, it’s definitely the characters that make the show as entertaining as it was. There’s such a wide mix of personalities to pick from that when they bounce off one another, something good always resonates. You have Sena who’s outlandishly bratty exterior is actually a façade for the girl who’s actually an Otaku, Yozora who’s the leader with a soft spot for anything related to Taka, Kodaka who’s the misunderstood nice guy, Rika who’s the maniac otaku/BL/yuri/sex-crazed scientist, and Maria and Kobato who fulfill the roles of the cute loli girls (except in my opinion, Kobato is a lot cuter and funnier to watch). Throw any of the two together, and there’s a perfect combination of funny that comes from their interactions. Be it Sena and Yozora’s constant bickering, Kobato and Maria trying to best one another, or Rika’s constant attempts at trying to seduce Kodaka — Haganai’s formula for making laughs only works because of its characters!
In the storyline department, I was hoping for the members of the Neighbors Club to regard each other as friends sometime before the season ended. While everyone is still going out of their way to avoid the “f” word, I think it’s clear how much everyone cares for one another. I just wish that they could have all verbally stated it!
But what made Haganai shine in my eyes had to be the humor that spawned from each episode. Be it hilariously funny or hilariously awkward scenes — there was something that I could always laugh at. I’m sure that the moments of Yozora literally dominating Sena or Sena trying to eat Kobato are all clear in our minds. But even when things weren’t spiraling out of control, there was Rika there to take things like a mecha manga or a moving train and turn it into a porno. And if dirty jokes weren’t your thing, there were some genuinely funny awkward moments like figuring out that cell phones could call places other than your house.
As a whole or broken up into parts, I think Haganai is one of the better shows I’ve watched in a long time. What more can you ask for than a great cast of characters that tackle the idea of friendship by throwing laughs, boobs, and meat at it?