36 CommentsFirst Impressions / By Scamp /

I Don’t Have Many Friends episode 1

Here we go again with the latest iteration of a light novel adaptation about the perverted hijinks of teenagers, watching as it slowly but surely descends into a pit of otaku…pandering…moe…brilliance! I’ve been waiting for this. Ever since I saw the doujins come in by the truckload for the light novel (always a good sign, as it also happened for Ore no Imouto), I’ve been eagerly anticipating this anime and boy does it ever not disappoint.

I found myself really connecting with the main character as both our high school lives were the same. Much like him, I was also ostracised in school, having people give me a wide berth in the corridors and talk about me behind my backs. It was almost like I was watching an anime about me. Well, there are a few differences between him and me. I am a fat smelly nerdy loser, while he’s a handsome man with a buttoned down shirt, rolled up trousers, aloof expression and a fancy hairdo. But other than those small differences, we’re exactly the same!

The set up for the anime is the main character and his new attractive friend plan to set up a club to make new friends. Of course, we all know that plot line will be forgotten very quickly in favour of setting up the main characters harem of beautiful, young, attractive ladies. The opening makes that very clear, what with every single other character showing up being a girl. Good thing too, I don’t want to see him making friends with some blokes, that’s gay.

Well, I suppose the plot won’t be forgotten entirely. The reason each of these girls will want to join the first place is because they’re lonely and want friends. Each girl who appears will be just desperate for some loving, whether that be the religious freak or the school hottie. The big breasted barbie girl in the first episode was just like the attractive girl in my class in school, always surrounded by guys who bowed to her every whim. I bet she was lonely too and just wanted someone to be her friend. I could have done that if it wasn’t for my crippling social cowardice.

The anime also has some very clever things to say about the very nature of friendship. What does constitute friendship anyway? When do two people decide that they are friends? The ‘friend’ phenomenon on facebook is a lie, as you aren’t really friends with the people on there. Is there some kind of socially accepted standard for when you become friends, or do you both sign a contract declaring your friendship? Their conversation was rather enlightening in those areas. Plus their discussion on why they wanted friends was telling too. It’s not that they wanted someone, but they just didn’t want to be That Guy who had no friends. Why is it socially unacceptable to have no friends anyway? This anime asks this question and so many others oh god oh god I’m so lonely

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  1. Posted October 8, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    otaku pandering

    I’m not even going to comment on this, despite the screams welling up inside of me.

    Otherwise, I must agree. This show is much like my HS life, but filled with a whole lot less sex and a whole lot more talking. The exact same.

    oh god why must I lie on comment sections of anime blogs to gain acceptance. DO YOU LOVE ME NOW, MOM!?

  2. Posted October 8, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    While they asked those questions, I think it was all squandered once Yozora made it a priority to start a club. Not so much the club itself, or even the motives, but a personality of hers even attempting in the first place is puzzling.
    I would have like to have seen the two main characters explore what it means to be a friend (someone your trust, care for, at ease with, etc.) I can see this going in all sorts of directions that is going to have me grinding my teeth (much like with how OreImo handled matters).
    I’ll give a chance, though! As hamfisted the characters are, they kind of rub me the right way. At the very least, there’s a potential to have a story here that has something we can relate too.

  3. Iby
    Posted October 8, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    By the one, actually there will be one guy, you can see him even in one of the pictures you’ve posted. :3

    • Iby
      Posted October 8, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

      *one more

      • Posted October 8, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

        ^ It’s going to hit you like a ton of bricks, scamp.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 8, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

      Oh god, one of them is a trap?

      How…….original -_-

    • Posted October 8, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

      All I can say is…WHICH ONE?

      • luffyluffy
        Posted October 8, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

        Probably the Nun

      • Posted October 8, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

        I hope it’s the maid girl for the lulz.

      • hahaer
        Posted October 9, 2011 at 1:49 am | Permalink

        For the record, it is the maid.

  4. luffyluffy
    Posted October 8, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    So, what are your blogging plans?


    • Scamp
      Posted October 8, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

      Persona 4 clashes with Noitamina day and I’m generally not a big Gundam fan.

      In other words, maybe, but probably neither of them

  5. Anonymous
    Posted October 8, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, it’s really hard to take this anime seriously when anybody who has even gone to a high school, no matter what country it is, would know that these people would go up the popularity charts at the speed of light.

  6. fathomlessblue
    Posted October 8, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    I think I’ll watch this for the lulz

    I know this is true for all shows of this type, but the amount of times I consciously noticed scenes and scenarios ripped straight from other shows was pretty staggering. The pretty character ostracised for his/her looks (Kimi ni Todoke), the weirdo/outcast club (Haruhi) that will probably do nothing of importance (YuruYuri), the loli nun (Index), the busty, blonde and arrogant rich kid (Ladies vs Butlers, Infinite Stratus etc etc etc), the derpy animation (Denpa Onna)… basically a collection of the worst elements of shows I liked (KnT and Haruhi) and the standard bullshit of the rest. Brilliant!

    I don’t understand how none of these types of characters who desperately seek friends use the age-old methods of joining a club, or even better, going to a bar, pub, park etc, and start drinking. It’s a sure-fire of starting a conversation and making friends, however dubious they might actually be.

    Oh, and love that because the lead was half-British, he literally had a half-blonde/half-brown split. TBH that would probably scare me from talking to guy as well!

    • Scamp
      Posted October 8, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

      Clearly a mixed blood would have a hair with a natural gradient

      • fathomlessblue
        Posted October 8, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

        Blonde in the north, dark in the south, like his hair has been modelled on a globe of racial division… wow, that is so… deep… yeah, on second thoughts I’m bailing on this show!

  7. @aogukip
    Posted October 8, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    Is this review sarcasm…

  8. Posted October 8, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    I know your views on friendship fairly well, so I’m not surprised you found parts of this episode interesting. Then again, the cynical reaction to the way this series is packaged isn’t so surprising either.

  9. Posted October 8, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    Not Sure if Serious

    • Golos
      Posted October 8, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

      What he said.

  10. Marow
    Posted October 8, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    This show actually raised some interesting questions about friendship, which you already brought up. When are you friends, do you really need friends etc.

    And instead of doing something really interesting, it will be a typical harem. With some crazy sales maybe.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 8, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

      I agree. That last paragraph I was almost totally serious for. Some of the things this show said were really fascinating stuff

      • anon
        Posted October 15, 2011 at 4:50 am | Permalink

        i don’t get it, are you beign sarcastic now? because i did like the stuff the girl said

  11. Posted October 8, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    Man, I took you seriously for a moment there.

  12. romulus
    Posted October 9, 2011 at 12:06 am | Permalink

    Oh god this is exactly how you predicted. The a GML+his harem+a trap+a forgettable frame story. Beach episode will be the 4th one.

    I was just about to watch this but i checked out the updates here and… another crapload i can avoid. Thanks.

  13. Posted October 9, 2011 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    Aww, I enjoyed the first episode, thanks for the buzzkill. :(

    Still, if the anime ends up being funny like the OVA that was released a few weeks back, I will be quite happy, even if at it’s heart, it’s just a harem.

    • Marow
      Posted October 9, 2011 at 1:05 am | Permalink

      The… the OVA was funny? Must have watched the wrong one.

      • Posted October 9, 2011 at 1:20 am | Permalink

        Yeah, I guess it wasn’t that funny as much as it was totally off-center. And by off-center I mean the whole puke everywhere thing, I wasn’t really expecting that, especially in what appeared to be a regular school life super harem.

  14. Anon
    Posted October 9, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    Good thing too, I don’t want to see him mak­ing friends with some blokes, that’s gay.


  15. Posted October 9, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    lol what a bunch of loser nerds

    Thank god I have so many internet friends, or I’d have to stoop to (pfft) making a club to get a h-harem of hot female friends who would love me and serve me forever and are so attractive and I want to buy figures and dakimakura of them already

  16. crazyapple
    Posted October 9, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    Don’t let the OP fool you, one of the friends is actually a guy. But he’s a trap-esque guy with an unusual fondness of the main character.

    And I wouldn’t say it will forget the plot completely, but you can’t really do 13 eps of “How to make friends”. I’m expecting something similar to Haruhi; the premise remains present throughout but it’s largely just their daily hijinks.

    Manga seems to hold true to my prediction but it’s still pretty early in.

    Still though, should be a fun series to watch which is hard to come by lately. I wish a little more happened in the first ep though, if this is the pace it keeps it’s going to be a really slow series.

  17. Posted October 10, 2011 at 12:18 am | Permalink

    Remember: Friendship isn’t friendship without a harem.

    • Posted October 10, 2011 at 10:29 am | Permalink

      Friends don’t let friends form a harem.

      Know the dangers of net-zero character development before they ruin your series. If you see a harem forming, talk to an adult.

      This has been a public service announcement from the Seventh House Foundation of Social Awareness.

  18. Posted October 10, 2011 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    Wow… you ponder on the concept of friendship. I too wonder who is consider friend? and what is a friend? I agree with you on the idea of a false friendship occuring in Facebook. I have added friends to my facebook, but does’t literally mean we are friends in reality.

    Do not fear… you are not the only one that has been ostracised by ppl. I too have been ostracised because of my ethnicity. It truly sucks to be alone and I know it. I became depressed because of loneliness so I understand.

  19. Posted October 14, 2011 at 4:37 am | Permalink

    It’s okay, just admit you loved it.

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