Friday, 9 December 2011

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai - Episode 10

Following discussions surrounded it last time around, it's time for the almost inevitable training camp episode of Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai this week, and equally inevitably Sena just so happens to have a large summer house by the beach available for the exclusive use of the Neighbours Club.

Of course, our collection of loners struggle somewhat with the normal traditions of such a club, which turns the usually spontaneous cries upon reaching the beach into an overly-considered damp squib, while much of the rest of the camp is spent in typical Neighbours Club style by really not doing any much.

In fact, "nothing much happens" is pretty much the synopsis for this episode - Yozora continues to act like a bitch towards Sena whenever possible while her attempt at telling a ghost story is clearly a thinly-veiled jibe at a still-clueless Kodaka despite being head and shoulders better than anyone else manages to muster in terms of actually scaring people.

While it wasn't quite the pure fan service-fest I thought that it might be, there still isn't a lot to write home about from this episode of Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai - most of the characters aside from Sena, Yozora and Kodaka are largely peripheral while this week's instalment doesn't really do all that much to tackle the love triangle of sorts between them.  It's Yozora's role in proceedings that bothers me most however these days - she's a horrible, sadistic and mean-spirited bully who I now simply can't stand to the point of all-bit grimacing every time she comes on-screen; a far cry from the slightly mean but sharp-witted character who nabbed most of the good lines in the show's early episodes.  I'd hate to overthink a show with such simple goals as this one, but there's something a little bit disturbing to me about Yozora's behaviour as the show has progressed, and I don't like it one bit - it's another sign of the slow but sure rot that has crept into the series over its duration, sadly.

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