Friday, 14 October 2011

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai - Episode 2

The "Neighbours Club" now has itself three members looking to traverse the path towards finding and forging friendships - it would probably be better if its two female members weren't constantly bitching at one another, however.

Still, Yozora at least has plans for the club, and the first of these is to learn how to find friends via the medium of the video game.  Their first port of call along these lines is a co-op multiplayer game of Monster Hunter on the PSP - although once Sena and Yozora become involved, it's probably a bit of a stretch to call it co-operative in any sense of the word, and by the end of it the term "deathmatch" would probably be a more suitable one to use.

Given then failure of this attempt, perhaps something more sedate is in order, and thus Sena's effort for the club involves bringing in a PS3 and a visual novel to play through.  Certainly, it helps Sena to make lots of female friends.... unfortunately, they all happen to be 2D ones, while her and Yozora's rationale behind their in-game decision making proves to be questionable at best.

After a decidedly ordinary first episode (and a decidedly awful OVA), this second instalment of Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai turned out to be a really fun one - yes, it's obvious otaku pandering with its pair of gaming girls getting excited over visual novels and the like, but beyond that it featured a fair few funny moments while also putting the rivalry between Yozora and Sena to good use.  The trouble is, I'm not sure that this rivalry really has the legs to power the entire series, so hopefully we'll see more characters added sooner rather than later - if nothing else though, this week's episode proves that with a bit of decent writing and production, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai might not be a complete write-off in comedy terms after all.

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