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