Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai OVA

Despite the show's title (which translates into English as "I Don't Have Many Friends"), our male protagonist as we first meet him in this brief OVA for the autumn's light novel adaptation Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai seems to have no trouble in the friends department.  In fact, the guy has a veritable harem of girls with various character tropes at their disposal as they hang out on the beach, play games, go to karaoke and generally have a whale of a time.

Of course, all of this is a dream, and eventually we get a small glimpse of the real-life nightmare that is Kodaka Hasegawa's existence - a nightmare which, on this occasion, involves a decidedly dodgy looking hot pot and an equally oddball cast of girls around him.

So goes this brief introduction to Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai which does little by way of either introductions or impressing newcomers to the franchise.  To be honest, it's a rather dull short episode that doesn't really showcase anything beyond the show's character designs... although maybe that's the entire point.  In fairness, you do get the feeling that there is potential for this series as it kicks off properly from its cast and circumstances even if you have to dig rather deep to see it - it's popularity seems in little doubt before it's even begun, but it has a lot of work to do to become a critical success judging by what we've seen here.

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