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Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Review

Rating: ★

It’s an unfortunate truth, but many romantic comedy anime are harem series.  I recently gave Mayo Chiki! a rather unfavorable review, and in general… yes I strongly disapprove of this subset of anime.  That being said, Tomodachi ga Sukunai did slightly better in my opinion.  Maybe it’s because the anime’s focal point is half romance half slice of life.  Slice of life isn’t quite the right way to describe it, but the premise and most of the show consists of seven mostly high schoolers’ attempts to stop being an outcast and find friends.  As a result, hijinks occur between their clashing personalities, and the evil main female protagonist provides the audience with many laughs due to her love of putting the other members through torture.  It’s a pretty straightforward series so I won’t say much, but there is fan service galore, tastefully done for the most part, hilarious comedic moments, and a few touching dialogues here and there.  Every episode was entertaining, and for some relatively light humor done decently well, I’d recommend this show.

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Mayo Chiki! Review

Rating: ★

Mayo Chiki! or Mayoeru Shitsuji to Chikin na Ore to is yet another anime of the harem genre.  I’m trying to think right now, and I don’t think I’ve ever truly liked a series of that genre except for Love Hina (mostly for nostalgic reasons) and the Key anime adaptation trio, although I have heard good things about Sora no Otoshimono (on my to-watch list).  Sometimes though, if the fan service isn’t too irrational, and the art isn’t half bad, I’ll watch a series for my amusement.

Mayo Chiki! was one of those series.  It is filled with clichés, such as the boy who can’t touch a girl without nosebleeding or the girl who has to cross dress for some reason or another.  My main problem with the series was that the cross dressing girl looked nothing like a guy, yet all the girls “kyaaaa”~ed over him.  The character design was done for obvious reasons of course, because there were times when the “guy” and the main protagonist had to be squared off of each other, and if the “guy” looked too male, it would venture into yaoi territory.  But where things really started getting to me was when the other girls would run into the “guy” in his natural female form, they were stupid enough to accept the fact that the girl was the “guy”s cousin named Punyuru, which is by the way, the least realistic name ever.

Really, the main thing that redeemed this show for me was the fanservice art and how relatively tactfully the studio was able to insert it in.  (I am a huge hater on shows that randomly switch camera angles on a scene just so they can show a panty shot.)  If fan service and substance-less comedy are your thing, this is the show for you.

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2011 in 2 Stars, Mayo Chiki!, Series Overview

 

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