Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai First Impressions

Good impression achieved and it’s not by Sena’s glorious oppai nor Yozora’s killer “S Grade” zettai ryouiki

Yozora, wanna pull that skirt up just a bit more?

While some of the other shows have been utter shockers at how good/bad they are this season, I think it’s quite reasonable to believe that Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (Sukunai) is one of the rare-er shows that is performing at least at expectation level.

What do I mean by expectation level? Well, it’s rather a tossed salad of “I like parts of this show, yet I don’t like it”. Obviously, as you all know, Sukunai is based on an extremely popular light novel, which should mean that the anime adaptation would have an excellent plot and character interaction. However, instead of performing at the unearthly levels of awesome-ness  of the light novels, Sukunai opts for a more “anime” approach. What I mean by that is, standard premier episode cast introductions, slow pace to explain everything, and basic details.

This is what I like the most about Sukunai comparatively to other show of this season. While Majikoi and Maken-Ki may be appealing to some, the bottom line is, if you didn’t read the manga or play the eroge, you’ll mostly likely not understand anything they’re talking about in those shows. Luckily, Sukunai starts from its basics and assumes the audience is a clueless retard, which in most cases, is true.

She's way too pretty to be a teacher. Must start a petition for her to be in the harem.

Thus, by not cramming in a bunch of random details or introducing a large amount of cast members, Sukunai keeps it really simple. And by keeping it simple such as introducing just Yozora, Sena, and that douchebag-with-dirty-blonde-hair-that-I’m-so-jelly-of. Also, rather than forcibly injecting the audience with a bunch of Sukunai jargon and what not, the show starts off with basic back-stories, premise setting, and how the “Neighbors Club” is put together. Certainly very smooth and easy to follow plot. Me likey.

Aside from the original plot and unparalleled show introduction, Sukunai has another factor to it which makes it stand out. Anime art fanatics will notice how that Sukunai doesn’t look like one of those cheap, ecchi anime where all girls have gigantic oppai, which despite my fervor in pursuing bishoujos with a large bust, I find that disgusting. A prime example of a so-called “low-budget-ecchi-borderline-hentai-anime” of this season would be Maken-Ki. While I don’t necessarily like the gratuitous oppai and pantsu, the art style itself seems so…generic. For a lack of better words, it certainly lacks “style”. On the other hand, Sukunai goes for a less conventional approach to its character designs. So different from the rest of the anime this season to the point that Sukunai almost resembles Denpa Onna, which is most likely a good thing. Therefore, the art and character designs from Sukunai will something that I’ll be definitely be looking forward to following all season long.

Oh Yozora, that's so moe. Marry me now please~! *adds to waifu list*

Oh right-o, before I forget, did I mention how sexy Sukunai looks? Well, as you can see from the first picture, that’s some pretty eye-catching “eyecatch”, right? Why there’s certainly no pantsu or nipple galore, it really supplements the word “tease” and “temptation” really well. Instead of giving the viewers the whole thing, it certainly leaves room for a hell lot of imagination. And if you couldn’t fantasize, then well, there’s always an abundance of doujins out there.

Anyways, so while Sukunai starts off super slow pace in comparison to other shows, I believe this first episode will set a good tone for the rest of the season. By having a slow steady pace, I think details can really be hammered out and the audience can actually have a deeper understanding of what’s going on. However, just a “good show pace” and some sultry art aren’t going to make a show go from good to spectacular. It will all depend on Sukunai’s execution for the next few episodes before a decisive conclusion about whether the show will make or break. However, that will definitely deter my fanboy-ism. GO SENA-DONO! <3~!

Oh and, if you have time to tweet and what not, go follow Sena-dono on Twitter (she’ll step on you quite a bit; truth is, I’m all covered in her footprints already~)



10 Replies to “Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai First Impressions”

  1. The art looks like Denpa Onna’s character design. I’m not really following this series because I can only handle four nor checked out the first episode. However, one thing I liked about the description is how you mentioned that this show keeps the character simple. Design-wise, based from the screencaps you posted, I don’t think it lacks style. It may not be as fancy as other anime but it looks decent to me.

  2. I liked the first epi. Not sure if I’ll stick with throughout the season, but for an AIC-ecchi show, it’s pretty entertaining, and the characters are… empathizable. Plus, those typical AIC-delicious character designs. Yum. 🙂

    1. Same here~~
      It’s an AIC-ecchi show? Not much pantsu shot nor oppai galore comparatively to shows like Maken-Ki or Majikoi though…?
      And yum indeed. GET ON THOSE MOEBLOBS RP, GET ON THEM!~

  3. Reasonable first episode. It’s not hiding the fact the Yozora-Sena dynamic is heavily mirroring the Kuroneko-Kirino dynamic from Ore no Imouto – particularly since both series are made by AIC. But meh, this is watchable enough – moreso than a lot of titles this season. I’ll continue with it for now. It’s not pretending to be something it isn’t and it is meeting expectations, so at least it’s honest.

    1. Oh right~!
      Almost forgot about it~
      It certainly looks like the good ole’ Kirino X Kuroneko match up from OreImo! And yes, at least this show seems to be pretty decent in comparison to other shows so far. Also, thank god it’s adhere-ing to what the show is actually meant to be unlike Majikoi with the “true” route…..

  4. Oh look, you did this too. Sweet~
    This show is easily in my Top 3. Fate/Zero, this and probably Persona 4. While it does seem like a comedy show or something like OreImo, I like how it kinda addressed the whole social situation of having friends, and not even having to be referential and mention some fake version of Facebook to get its point across. I liked it; it made me think some about what a friend is, especially in the rise of social media.

    “Tease” is great, almost better than seeing the whole thing (I must stress almost. Sometimes, you know, ya wanna see the whole shebang… before this gets weird, I’ll cut myself off… here!).

    1. Wow I never saw Hagani from that perspective~ That’s real deep~!!!

      Yeah, now that I think about it that way, it certainly shoots out the question “What is a friend?” I mean, sure we have all those friends on Facebook ie. that hot chick you “friend-ed” just cuz she has big tits, but in all seriousness, even the people you add out of “friendship”, are they really your friends?

      Definitely ‘tease” is good because considering the amount of doujin/ero-content on the web these days, there’s not much need of fanservice. Sure it’s appreciated, but yeah…you get the point XD

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