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My Teenage RomCom SNAFU 1 – No Friends Makes for a Rotten Soul

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Look at those eyes: Those are the eyes of a high schooler who knows his adult life will be shit and has decided to get a jump start on it.

(P.S. I am going with Commie’s rendition of this show’s title, because holy fuck long anime title.)

Perhaps it’s because I had zero expectations going into this series, but I found this first episode . . . shockingly decent? Not particularly pretty to look at, mind (it’s mostly talking heads), but the interactions are sort of amusing. People being jerks to each other makes me laugh, what can I say? I actually got a genuine laugh from the “Source: Me” comment, and while I wouldn’t say the rest of the back-and-forth is hilarious, it didn’t make me want to throw up my hands and quit, either. That’s definitely something at the beginning of a new season.

There’s at least the potential for amusement with the premise, too. Believe that I am being non-ironic when I write that it’s difficult to screw up two friendless jerks volunteering to better the lives of their fellow students. We’ve already got the seeds for it here: Our beloved club leader trying in vain to raise people to her level and getting frustrated when humanity inevitably fails. Then Creepy Eyes comes up with something vaguely inspirational out of nowhere because the plot needs to end and people need to learn some sort of lesson — people other than the main characters, that is, because what fun would it be if they learned anything? How often do you and I truly learn anything, friends? It takes years of mistakes pounding me in the face to actually learn life lessons!

But, hey, in general I find that I’m more apt at dishing out life lessons than actually heeding them myself, so Creepy Eyes dropping the knowledge isn’t unusual or anything. (P.S. I am not good at dishing out life lessons, unless said lessons are about living a life wholly inappropriate to contributing to modern society. Then I’m basically like Jesus throwing out parables everywhere.)

Anyway, I think Maou-sama‘s first episode is funnier, but this at least didn’t make me drop it before the end credits, which is more than I say for Crime Edge, Red Data Girl (Reading’s most popular anime!) and Photo Kano.

(Newspaper image courtesy of @Swabl.)

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22 Comments

  1. Posted April 5, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    The abbreviation I’ve seen a lot is Oregairu.

    I enjoyed Hikki’s flashbacks a lot particularly the one of him getting friendzoned XD Maybe it’s my subs but I didn’t understand fully the one about how saying the weather being hot and humid is embarassing

    • Kuddlesworth
      Posted April 5, 2013 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

      The two girls in the flashback weren’t talking to him but he thought they were so things turned awkward.

      • Posted April 12, 2013 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

        actually i think they were talking to him…i think, and i think he went home and lamented what happened because he tried to be smart with his answer lol

    • Posted April 7, 2013 at 6:28 am | Permalink

      My favorite abbreviation for it is “My Guile.”

  2. gravethestampede
    Posted April 5, 2013 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    Are any of you guys going to cover Devil Survivor 2: The Animation?

    • Posted April 5, 2013 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

      Maybe Scamp? I saw him watching it earlier. I just finished it and have zero interest in watching more.

      • gravethestampede
        Posted April 6, 2013 at 4:38 am | Permalink

        Blegh, gotta admit, I would not care had I not played the game.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 5, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

      Saw it but found it pretty bland. Can’t really think of anything to say about it either

      • matrixEXO
        Posted April 5, 2013 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

        How about “Devil Summoner 2: Summon the blandness of anime!”?

      • Zahha
        Posted April 10, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

        Want to +1 your comment but I can’t on this site. x)

  3. Posted April 5, 2013 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

    “but I found this first episode . . . shockingly decent?”
    You’re SO disowned now.

    • Posted April 5, 2013 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

      It’s OK, someone will take me in eventually.

    • Posted April 12, 2013 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

      WHATTTTT?????????? This was “shockingly decent” though. There isn’t really any other way to put it to be quite frank. What’s (terribly) wrong with the show?? lol

  4. Ramiel
    Posted April 6, 2013 at 1:17 am | Permalink

    Waiting for you guys to start covering the good shows this season….

  5. Shengar
    Posted April 6, 2013 at 4:28 am | Permalink

    Since pretty much all the animes you guys covered have ended (except for Biske-chama’s Bizzare Adventure), which anime you guys gonna cover? Is this your take Shinmaru?

    • Scamp
      Posted April 6, 2013 at 8:49 am | Permalink

      The way we do it is we lay claim to have first stab at one title each. Shinmaru has Aku no Hana, I’ve got Valvrave and Inushinde has Attack on Titan. That doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll cover that, but that’s a start

    • Posted April 7, 2013 at 6:32 am | Permalink

      I am probably not going to cover this weekly, mostly because I’d probably run out of stuff to say quickly.

  6. Chipp12
    Posted April 6, 2013 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    It’s not a Commie’s rendition it’s one of the official english renditions.
    http://www.tbs.co.jp/eng/programsales/animation/myteenromanticcomedysnafu.html

    • Posted April 7, 2013 at 6:34 am | Permalink

      SNAFU being in all caps amuses me.

  7. fluffybunnyboy
    Posted April 6, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    I read this review just because the title of the article sounded like something that Dio would say.

    “No friends makes for a rotten soul! I’ll deprive Creepy Eyes of everything until he is a quivering coward, then his inheritance will be mine!”

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