Fall 2011 First Impressions: Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai

Plot Synopsis: “Hasegawa Kodaka has transferred schools, and he’s having a hard time making friends. It doesn’t help that his blond hair tends to make people think he’s a delinquent. One day, he runs into his bad-tempered solitary classmate Yozora while she’s talking animatedly to her imaginary friend Tomo. Realizing that neither of them have any actual friends, they decide that the best way to alter this situation is to form a club and start recruiting.

That is how “Rinjinbu”, The Neigbours’ Club, was formed, a club specifically designed for people who don’t have very many friends. As other lonely classmates slowly join their little club, they’ll try to learn how to build friendships through cooking together, playing games, and other group activities. But will this group of relationship-challenged misfits really be able to get along?”

Thoughts: What do you get when you take a tried and true high school harem concept and make a few changes along the way?  You get the premise for Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai.  So what makes this concept a bit different from the standard run of the mill shows that usually appear in this genre?  One is the concept of a club for finding friends instead of the male lead having a bunch of females wanting the prize in the pants.  The main male character Kodaka has a tough time getting friends because of his blonde hair he looks like a delinquent.  So one day he walks in on Yozora a pretty class mate who talks to herself because she has no friends of her own.   Therefore, Kodaka decides to create a club in hopes of finding friends.

Is this an original concept that is being created?  Nope, but who cares right?  There are a few clichés here a there, like the chairman’s daughter who is great in everything and has massive breasts.  The delinquent who everyone is afraid of, but they are just misunderstanding him, a small-breasted girl with tusndere like tendencies, etc.  While these clichés are present and we have seen them all before they just click here.  We get a fight at the end that we have seen a ton of times before but it is done in a way that is not childish and pretty much to watch even if we only briefly see it.

The music good and so is the voice acting.  The background art is all right but nothing special.  The character designs are good and little bit of fanservice we get is not distracting nor does it take away from the scenes that it is shown.

I am not quite sure about how Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai will turn out.  On one hand we have, the high school harem genre modified a bit to have friendship, which in turn could be fun to watch.  On the other hand, the show could go down the dime a dozen harems that we have seen before and just like the rest in the genre.

Score 3/5

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