I’m a year late to the party, but I’m not going to miss out on this for any longer.
And yes, I was on vacation during the past two days. This can explain the inactivity because wireless Internet wasn’t free. Since I am back, its time to catch up.
After watching the first two episodes of Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (僕は友達が少ない, lit: I Don’t Have Many Friends) and it was rather entertaining. I kind of regret not watching it when it aired back in 2011 since I couldn’t watch any more shows. I think most of it has to do with the Neighbor’s Club’s main purpose, to make real friends with three 2nd year students (so far as there is more) as they struggle to find any.
Clearly, this show becomes more entertaining when it makes references to Otaku subculture as seen with other anime that focuses some aspects on it such as Ore no Imouto and Nogizaka Haruka’s Secret. Our male lead, Kodaka Hasegawa seems to like reading light novels although most people see him as a delinquent thanks to his blond hair. Obviously, this was just the beginning as more references take shape.
As Yozora creates this club and Sena forces her way in, we are introduced to a bit more of it in the second episode when they start playing video games in order to grow their friendship. Yep, they play Monster Hunter in co-op mode and believe it or not, I couldn’t stop laughing when Yozora and Sena griefed each other opposed to completing the quest. This kind of behavior is not uncommon in co-op and multiplayer games. Nevertheless, I couldn’t stop laughing when the two try to kill each other’s characters while under leveled Kodaka gathered materials. It didn’t stop there! They even played a visual novel and chose all the bad choices that lead to a bad ending because they hate Akari as she was too nice. Ironically, Sena went back to played her arc and changed her mind completely. Does this suggest that it’s easier to make 2D friends than real ones? Maybe, but I was able to make some by just interacting with other people
Overall, this is a rather entertaining show. While there is some fanservice such as a close up at Sena’s breasts, it’s nothing compared to the horrors of Nogizaka Haruka. Even so, I expect things to become more entertaining with each episode.
Note: I won’t be blogging the first season since everyone already knows what happened. Once I finish watching, I will write a review and hopefully start the sequel, which is currently airing.