Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai: The Karaoke Box doesn’t have many customers

Hey minna,
back to with the Neighbor’s Club and another episode of Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, and I think we’ve finally moved away from just playing videos games, and, instead, the club goes to karaoke stands to complain about the pricing…

To kick off their summer vacation, Yozora plans a day out for karaoke for the Neighbor’s Club (being quite familiar with them herself, again with the air friend).  Not much in the way of uniqueness, not that the episode wasn’t enjoyable, but do I really need to explain what they did?…They sang songs, there, happy now?

Though, the activities heat up when Yozora and Sena, who took their own rooms to protest the outrageous pricing, end up competing with each other in score mode, trying to top the other’s score, tiring themselves out in the end.

Meanwhile, Kodaka is peridiocally reminded of his childhood friend, and the times he’s spent with Yozora and Sena up to this point. Which leaves me even more indecisive as to who I think who I think he’ll end with, Yozora has a history advantage, but Sena has the nerve to actually try for something (or maybe, she’s just trying to pick at Yozora but telling Kodaka that her father wanted to meet him)…

Summer activities continue next episode, what about the sex thing Rika was talking about? 0_0

Until next time,
– BeldenOtaku

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Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai: Now Saga is Locked in Full-on Battle

“You get into the same bed with a guy you like
and you count stains on the ceiling! That’s se-“

Hey minna,
back after an unnecessary break to catch up on the weekend’s new episodes, starting with Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai.  Again with the gaming theme, but we do get to see Kodaka’s little sister join the Neighbor’s Club, and, for once, it genuinely looks like everyone is making friends.

Starting off, after realizing that Marie-san only eats potato chips she gets from Yozora every day, Kodaka decides to make her a proper lunch. Kobata sees this, and, even though she’s also getting a home-cooked lunch to take to school, she feels like she’s being ignored by her big brother, though she tries to hide it behind her vampire persona.  Marie is ecstatic at the food Kodaka brings her and starts calling him “onii-chan”, this plays in later with Kobata, but before that…

Time for another game, this time it’s a still-in-development 3D RPG that Rika is helping to make.  Other than rather unique fanservice, the game serves to prove, once again, that Kodaka is really useless in application…

After working their way to Valhalla Castle to take on the demon king, and Marie-chan leaving the game to sleep on the couch, the party, one-by-one, gets killed off. And, with only Kodaka the only one remaining, he’s almost defeated when, surprisingly, Marie-san’s avatar begins moving again.  Hopeful that the healer Marie-san would restore him and use her magic to defeat the demon kind, Kodaka’s hopes are dashed as her character is destroyed in a blaze of glory during her monologue.  As it turns out, it was Kobata in control of the character, and while intending to save her brother, she ultimately loses the game for the party.  But, she still seems to be happy to get to play with her big brother.  Although, her happiness doesn’t last long, as Marie-san awakens, and gets under Kobata’s skin by calling Kodaka “onii-san”.  

He is HER brother after all, I really feel sympathetic towards Kobata. The scene with her sneaking into Kodaka’s room was cute :3.

Karaoke seems to be next on the neighbor’s club agenda. At this point, anything other than a video game would be preferred.

Until next time,
– BeldenOtaku

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai: Underclassmen Don’t Know How to Hold Back

Hey minna,
back again for the fourth episode the Fall 2011 series, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai. The Neighbor’s Club gets two new members and we finally met the club’s moderator.  With a few additional comedic bits here and there, this episode actually makes the Neighbor’s Club look like it wants to make friends (for once).

First up, the moderator, Marie Takayama, 10-year-old nun at the school.  Originally tricked by Yozora into giving them the room and being their moderator, she first shows up asleep on the couch in the club room.  Marie demands that they give back her naptime room…until Yozora, once again, pulls a fast one and tricks the young sister into being their moderator, because an adult wouldn’t just walk away…and, as we all know, Marie is quite growed-up.

Now to the fourth student to join the Neighbor’s Club, Yukimura Kusonoki. Gender confusion doesn’t begin to explain this character, who claims to be male, but all signs point otherwise, I don’t need to be physic to know how this character is going to develop…not that he (she?) has much chance of learning manliness from Kodaka, being constantly played around by Sena and Yozora as he is.

Finally, the newest member to the club, saved from the clutches of horny delinquents by Kodaka after passing out in the science room, Rika Shiguma.  I see her role as mainly being additional competition for Yozora and Sena’s affection towards Kodaka.

Well, the cast seems complete…let the misadventures begin!

(I think Kodaka can sense the problems he (she?) has…)

Until next time,
– BeldenOtaku

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai: There are no flags at the pool

Hey minna,
back after a short trip, time to play catchup.  First on the roster, episode 3 of the Fall 2011 series, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai.  So far, our trio, Kodoka, Sena, and Yozora have created the “Neighbor’s Club” and have (haphazardly) been trying to learn how to make friends.  This episode takes a deviation form friend-making and looks in the backstory of Kodoka a bit, as well as develops the relations of KodakaxSena and KodokaxYozora.

Kodaka and his sister, Kobata, live alone since their father left to work in America, but, thanks to a friendship between their father and the chairman of the school board, Kodaka was able to get in and stay in Japan along with his sister, who he dotes on rather lovingly.

After being driven to tears from reading her eroge game (thanks to Yozora), Sena admits to Kodoka that she can’t swim, but wants to learn for when a character in her dating sim comes along…lots and lots and lots and lots and lots….and lots and lots and lots of fanservice, pure fanservice.  Though Kodaka does show his tough side when Sena tries to pick a fight with some punks at the pool, and scolds her for doing that.  This is first time anyone has taken a attitude with Sena, and she’s taken aback at first, but I think she’s slowly learning that she needs to stop talking down to people like she has.

Yozora’s storyline isn’t as long, but definitely worth mentioning. While asleep in the clubroom, Kodaka has a dream from 10 years ago, when a friend (apparently his best friend at the time) stood up for him, and from there out, they were the best of friends.  He stammers “Just make real friends that you care about 100 times as much”…to this, Yozora says “Kodaka…you remember.” Now, she then plays it off and Kodaka leaves the clubroom.

I don’t think Kodaka realizes this…but I think Yozora was his best friend back in the first grade…

Next episode seems to finally introduce some new characters (if they don’t, then the promo is a lie and I’m seriously wondering if these people actually want friends), can’t wait for the next meeting of the Neighbor’s Club.

Until next time,
– BeldenOtaku

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai: “There is no God in the Electric World”

Hey minna,
back to laugh at the “friend-making” tactics of the Neighbor’s Club in this week’s episode of the Fall 2011 series, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai.  Though no new characters get introduced in this episode, we are treated to the first “friend-making” attempt by Yozora, gaming.

Yozora proposes that, since every teenager she’s seen has been playing, gaming is the key to making new friends. So the group each brings their own PSP to practice “socializing” in co-op mode of  a monster-type RPG.  I don’t have much to say about this other than obvious fanservice and is this what .hack would’ve looked like if it were more comedy-oriented?

The next day, the gang tries a different type of gaming, a “girl game” or dating sim (the point being to play the story of a guy winning over a girl in a game, also known as “completing a route” as there are multiple ends depending on who and how you play for).  The idea being that this game will better teach them social skills, Sena and Yozora quickly put this notion to bed, as they get socially inept to start, but then become…a little too good at the game, even going so far as to daydream themselves in the game-world, with Kodoka cross-dressing to complete the scenario.  Needless to say, this didn’t work out to help their “friend-making” skills either, Sena became so hooked that, in a single night, she played through all the routes of the game, game-binging definitely isn’t a good social trait.

The next episode also appears to be void of new characters, but full of fanservice (maybe too much without introducing the others, in my opinion).  The comedy is still fairly good and I’m loving the unique rivalry between Yozora and Sena, but I’m curious as to how new characters will affect the chemistry set up between the three.  Maybe there’s more to the next episode than meets the eyes, at least I certainly hope so.

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(Note: I’m going to have to cut down on the usual load of screen shots because I realized I’m burning through my allotted storage space, and it’s the 20+ pics per post that’s killing me.  So, unless I’m absolutely in love with a show, I guess I’ll stick to 5 pics max.)

Until next time,
– BeldenOtaku

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai

Hey minna,
back with yet another new series for the Fall 2011 season, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai. A comedy series about students looking for friends, and the fun they have together along the way.  The first episode shows the backgrounds of (what I’m taking to be) the central characters of the series, Kodaka, Yozora, and Sena; each, in some way, feels alienated from other students at their christian school, whether it be a bad first impression as a transfer student, only having an imaginary friends for fear of shortcomings from real friends, or being too popular to have any real friends who like you for who you are.

The backgrounds, so far, are diverse enough to get almost anyone emotionally invested and eager to see the Neighbor’s Club make new friends and develop their character.  The designs are also very eye-catching, I was drawn to this series via the promo because of the characters and the very moe attitudes they have. And, while we haven’t been introduced to additional characters yet, I feel there’s still more yet to come in moe-ness.

A somewhat slow-paced first episode that relies on the characters’ ability to draw empathy and relate with the audience, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai looks to be a nice, fun series to follow this season.  Definitely in for more.

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Until next time,
– BeldenOtaku