So, back once more to my guilty pleasure harem titles. This time it’s Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (I Have Few Friends), known as Haganai for short. The second season, titled Haganai NEXT, is currently airing.
Hasegawa Kodaka doesn’t fit in well. Being half-English, he has naturally blond hair that everyone thinks is dyed which leads to them assuming he’s a delinquent. (Not that his social skills generally help much either.) One day, he catches his classmate Mikazuki Yozora talking to her imaginary friend (her only friend, as it happens), and they wind up forming a club to help them make friends and develop social skills.
This goes about as well as you’d expect. They get a few members for the club, misfits the lot of them. And aside from Kodaka himself, all cute girls. Harem show, remember? Well, one of them claims to be a guy (and apparently honestly believes she is), though there’s no real way she could be mistaken for one, especially after she’s put in a maid uniform. Just why someone who thinks they’re a guy would agree to that I’m still not sure of, though.
Anyway. They spend their time learning how to do the sorts of things you do in social situations – or at least try to. Each attempt usually fails when the cast – usually Yozora and her archnemesis Kashiwazaki Sena – spend more time fighting with each other than actually trying to do what they’re supposed to. There is a reason these people are misfits.
There are a few rather unlikely elements to the setting, most notably the ten-year-old nun that’s a teacher at the school and the club’s official advisor. But hey, it’s a comedy. I’m willing to let that sort of thing slide if the result is funny enough.
And the show is pretty damn funny. It’s never going to be mistaken for a great masterpiece, but it’s entertaining.