Anime of Tomorrow
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Ep. 1
Initial impression – a theme that is close to the heart
Autumn 2011 (12 episodes) (title literal translation – I Don’t Have Many Friends) (more info)
Boku wa Tomodachi takes inspiration for its graceful art style from Denpa Onna and gets its spunky character personalities from Oreimo—not a bad foundation if you ask me. It gets better from there with some particularly deep character traits that remind me of the kind of person I was in high school—jaded, without friends, content with my solitude but at the same time longing for a true companion I could trust. Surely, there must be a way for people with those kinds of personalities to find friends. And that’s what Boku wa Tomodachi is about. A group of socially awkward young people brought together by their loosely shared trait of being socially awkward. Who would’ve guessed such a formula could work so well? The characters are nicely diverse with lifestyles from very different paths, which creates a setting that is ripe for enjoyable conflicts.