Ashita no Anime

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.

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