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Haganai
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukanai Cover Volume 1.jpg
Cover of the first Japanese novel published by MF Bunko J showing main characters Kodaka Hasegawa, left, and Yozora Mikazuki, right
僕は友達が少ない
(Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai)
GenreHarem, Comedy
Light novel
Written byYomi Hirasaka
Illustrated byBuriki
Published byMedia Factory
DemographicMale
ImprintMF Bunko J
Original runAugust 31, 2009 – ongoing
Volumes9
Manga
Haganai: I Don't Have Many Friends
Written byYomi Hirasaka
Illustrated byItachi
Published byMedia Factory
English publisher
DemographicSeinen
MagazineMonthly Comic Alive
Original run2010 – ongoing
Volumes9
Manga
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai+
Written byMisaki Harukawa
Illustrated byShouichi Taguchi
Published byShueisha
DemographicShōnen
MagazineJump SQ.19
Original runNovember 19, 2010June 19, 2012
Volumes2
Anime television series
Directed byHisashi Saitō
Written byTatsuhiko Urahata
Music byTom-H@ck
StudioAIC Build
Licensed by
NetworkTBS, MBS
Original runOctober 7, 2011December 23, 2011
Episodes13 (List of episodes)
Light novel
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Universe
Written byYomi Hirasaka, Yūji Yūji, Wataru Watari, Yū Shimizu, Sou Sagara, Asaura, Hajime Asano, Ryō Iwanami, Shirō Shiratori, Takaya Kagami
Illustrated byBuriki, Kantoku, Ruroo, Peco, QP:flapper, Miyama-Zero, Shunsaku Tomose, Yuu Kamiya, Koin, Ponkan8, Hanpen Sakura
Published byMedia Factory
DemographicMale
ImprintMF Bunko J
Original runNovember 11, 2011 – ongoing
Volumes2
Game
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Portable
PublisherNamco Bandai
GenreVisual novel
PlatformPlayStation Portable
ReleasedFebruary 23, 2012
Original video animation
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Add On Disc
Directed byHisashi Saitō
Written byTatsuhiko Urahata
Music byTom-H@ck
StudioAIC Build
ReleasedSeptember 26, 2012
Light novel
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai CONNECT
Written byYomi Hirasaka
Illustrated byBuriki
Published byMedia Factory
DemographicMale
ImprintMF Bunko J
PublishedDecember 25, 2012
Anime television series
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT
Directed byToru Kitahata
Written byYomi Hirasaka
Music byTom-H@ck
StudioAIC Build
Licensed by
Funimation
NetworkTBS, MBS
Original runJanuary 11, 2013March 29, 2013
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
Live-action film
Directed byTakurō Oikawa
Written byTakurō Oikawa
StudioTimes-In
ReleasedFebruary 1, 2014 (2014-02-01)
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Haganai
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukanai Cover Volume 1.jpg
Cover of the first Japanese novel published by MF Bunko J showing main characters Kodaka Hasegawa, left, and Yozora Mikazuki, right
僕は友達が少ない
(Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai)
GenreHarem, Comedy
Light novel
Written byYomi Hirasaka
Illustrated byBuriki
Published byMedia Factory
DemographicMale
ImprintMF Bunko J
Original runAugust 31, 2009 – ongoing
Volumes9
Manga
Haganai: I Don't Have Many Friends
Written byYomi Hirasaka
Illustrated byItachi
Published byMedia Factory
English publisher
DemographicSeinen
MagazineMonthly Comic Alive
Original run2010 – ongoing
Volumes9
Manga
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai+
Written byMisaki Harukawa
Illustrated byShouichi Taguchi
Published byShueisha
DemographicShōnen
MagazineJump SQ.19
Original runNovember 19, 2010June 19, 2012
Volumes2
Anime television series
Directed byHisashi Saitō
Written byTatsuhiko Urahata
Music byTom-H@ck
StudioAIC Build
Licensed by
NetworkTBS, MBS
Original runOctober 7, 2011December 23, 2011
Episodes13 (List of episodes)
Light novel
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Universe
Written byYomi Hirasaka, Yūji Yūji, Wataru Watari, Yū Shimizu, Sou Sagara, Asaura, Hajime Asano, Ryō Iwanami, Shirō Shiratori, Takaya Kagami
Illustrated byBuriki, Kantoku, Ruroo, Peco, QP:flapper, Miyama-Zero, Shunsaku Tomose, Yuu Kamiya, Koin, Ponkan8, Hanpen Sakura
Published byMedia Factory
DemographicMale
ImprintMF Bunko J
Original runNovember 11, 2011 – ongoing
Volumes2
Game
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Portable
PublisherNamco Bandai
GenreVisual novel
PlatformPlayStation Portable
ReleasedFebruary 23, 2012
Original video animation
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Add On Disc
Directed byHisashi Saitō
Written byTatsuhiko Urahata
Music byTom-H@ck
StudioAIC Build
ReleasedSeptember 26, 2012
Light novel
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai CONNECT
Written byYomi Hirasaka
Illustrated byBuriki
Published byMedia Factory
DemographicMale
ImprintMF Bunko J
PublishedDecember 25, 2012
Anime television series
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT
Directed byToru Kitahata
Written byYomi Hirasaka
Music byTom-H@ck
StudioAIC Build
Licensed by
Funimation
NetworkTBS, MBS
Original runJanuary 11, 2013March 29, 2013
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
Live-action film
Directed byTakurō Oikawa
Written byTakurō Oikawa
StudioTimes-In
ReleasedFebruary 1, 2014 (2014-02-01)
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Haganai (はがない?), short for Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (僕は友達が少ない?, literally "I Don't Have Many Friends"),[note 1] is a Japanese light novel series written by Yomi Hirasaka, illustrated by Buriki, and published by Media Factory. It has been given several manga adaptations; the first incarnation, its title and basic plot unchanged, began serialization in 2010; it was written and illustrated by Itachi and published in Monthly Comic Alive. A retelling of the series, written by Misaki Harukawa and illustrated by Shuichi Taguchi and called Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai+ was published in Jump SQ.19. A 12-episode anime adaptation by AIC Build aired in Japan between October and December 2011. An original video animation episode was released on September 26, 2012. A second anime season, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT, aired between January and March 2013. A live-action film adaptation was released on February 1, 2014.

Conception[edit]

Yomi Hirasaka had been working on Light Novel Club, which consisted of short stories about everyday life. In developing Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai or Haganai for short, Hirasaka contrasts the main characters as opposites of the ones in the Light Novel Club which had good relationships to begin with. Hirasaka drew influences from personal experience: "This novel is a story about myself who also had few friends, bad communication skills, negative thinking, lacking life experiences and useless delusional habits." Hirasaka also considers the setting of the stories to be less restrictive. Hirasaka plans to keep writing volumes depending on how well it sells.[LN 1 afterword] The anime was directed by Hisashi Saito, who had previously directed the fan-service-heavy romantic comedy Heaven's Lost Property.[1]

Plot[edit]

Kodaka Hasegawa, a transfer student to St. Chronica's Academy, has found it difficult to make friends because of his mix of brown-blond hair[1] (inherited from his deceased English mother) and fierce-looking eyes that make him look like a delinquent. One day, he accidentally comes across the equally solitary and very abrasive Yozora Mikazuki as she converses with "Tomo", her imaginary friend. Realizing that they lack social lives and skills, they decide that the best way to improve their situation is to form the Neighbor's Club (隣人部 Rinjin-bu?), "an after-school club for people with no friends like themselves".[1] Other students with various backgrounds join the club: Sena Kashiwazaki is an attractive but arrogant idol, who has no female friends, and the men around her act as slaves; Yukimura Kusunoki is a feminine underclassman who idolizes Kodaka and strives to become manly like him; Rika Shiguma is a perverted genius scientist; and Kodaka's little sister Kobato thinks she is a vampire.[1]

Characters[edit]

Neighbor's Club[edit]

Supporting characters[edit]

Media[edit]

Light novels[edit]

The original light novel series, written by Yomi Hirasaka and illustrated by Buriki, began publication on Media Factory's MF Bunko J imprint from August 31, 2009. Nine volumes in the series have been published as of August 27, 2013 (2013-08-27),.[4] Hirasaka and Buriki also released the light novel Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Connect in December 2012.[5]

Two anthology volumes by several authors, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Universe (僕は友達が少ない ゆにばーす?), were published on November 23, 2011,[6] and February 22, 2013.[7]

Manga[edit]

In 2010, the first Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai manga series, written and illustrated by Japanese author Itachi, is published in Media Factory's Monthly Comic Alive magazine.[8] Seven Seas Entertainment has licensed the first manga series in North America under the title Haganai: I Don't Have Many Friends. The first five volumes were published between November 13, 2012,[9] and January 21, 2014.[10]

A remade manga series, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai+ (僕は友達が少ない+?), written by Misaki Harukawa and illustrated by Shouichi Taguchi, was published in Jump SQ.19,[11] from the December 2010 to the July 2012 issues. Plus introduces the characters in a different order and goes through different adventures. The series was collected in two volumes, which were published on October 4, 2011, and August 3, 2012.[12][13]

Three volumes of short stories, titled Boku wa Tomdachi ga Sukunai: Kōshiki Anthology Comic (僕は友達が少ない 公式アンソロジーコミック?), have been published by Media Factory since October 22, 2011.[14][15] Each chapter of them is written and illustrated by different authors.

The series of one-shot stories Haganai: I Don't Have Many Friends - Now With 50% More Fail! (僕は友達が少ない ショボーン! Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai: Shobōn!?) and Haganai: I Don't Have Many Friends - Club Minutes (僕は友達が少ない はがない日和 Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai: Haganai Biyori?) were serialized in Comic Alive in 2011–2012 and 2012–2013 respectively. Both series have been licensed for a release in English by Seven Seas Entertainment and their first volumes are scheduled for a July 1, 2014, and November 2014 releases respectively.[16]

Anime[edit]

In May 2011, an anime television series based on the light novels was announced on the wraparound jacket of the sixth light novel,[17] with an original video animation bundled with the seventh light novel released on September 22, 2011.[18] Produced by AIC Build under the direction of Hisashi Saitō, the series aired in Japan between October 7 and December 23, 2011.[19] The opening theme is "Zannenkei Rinjinbu Hoshi Futatsuhan" (残念系隣人部★★☆?, "The Regrettable Neighbours Club Two and a Half Stars") by Marina Inoue, Kanae Itō, Nozomi Yamamoto, Misato Fukuen, Kana Hanazawa, and Yuka Iguchi, while the ending theme is "Watashi no Ki-mo-chi" (私のキ・モ・チ?, "My Feelings") by Marina Inoue. The anime is based on the first three volumes and the beginning of volume four. The anime was licensed for streaming by Funimation, who hosted the stream on the website and Nico Nico,[20] before licensing the series for home video release.[21]

A follow-up original video animation episode was released on September 26, 2012.[22] The ending theme is "Kimi wa Tomodachi" (君は友達?, "You Are My Friend") by Inoue, Itō, Yamamoto, Fukuen, Hanazawa, Iguchi and Ryohei Kimura.[23]

A second season, titled Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT, aired from January 11 - March 29, 2013.[24] It is based on the novels from volume four until the end of volume eight. The series is directed by Toru Kitahata whilst Hirasaka is in charge of the scripts.[25][26][27] The opening and ending themes respectively are "Be My Friend" and "Bokura no Tsubasa" (僕らの翼?, "Our Wings"), both performed by Inoue, Itō, Yamamoto, Fukuen, Hanazawa and Iguchi.[28]

Game[edit]

A visual novel, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Portable, was developed by Namco Bandai Games for the PlayStation Portable and released on February 23, 2012.[29]

Live-action film[edit]

On April 24, 2013, Ryukoku University posted a casting call for extras for a 2014 film adaptation of Haganai, to be distributed by Toei and produced by Times-In.[30] Hirasaka later confirmed the film's existence on May 2, 2013, stating that, whilst he initially didn't approve of the project, as he didn't feel the story was intended for live-action, he decided to approve it in light of a crisis in the light novel industry. Hirasaka will have a completely hands-off role in the film's production.[31][32] Takurō Oikawa, the film's director, chose not to watch the anime and told his cast members not to watch it either so that they can present a fresh interpretation of the light novels. The film was released on February 1, 2014.[3]

Reception[edit]

The second volume of the manga adaptation ranked seventh on the top 30 of Japanese Comic Ranking, for the week of May 23–29, 2011.[33]

Rebecca Silverman of Anime News Network found the first graphic novel “fairly entertaining” with artist Itachi’s illustrations “between beautiful depictions of the girls and messy sketches, which actually works well for the series”. While the premise “retreads familiar ground”, she noted the girls’ reactions in the dating sim chapter as the highlight of the volume.[34]

Tim Jones of THEM Anime Reviews gave the anime series three of five stars. He grouped the social misfits show as a “raunchy romp filled with lots of cheesecake and hit-or-miss comedy”, with “great leads, okay side characters”, and didn’t “need to be reminded every episode how huge Sena’s breasts are, thanks”.[1]

Carl Kimlinger of Anime News Network found the anime series interesting in that it starts with misfits finding friends and deferred the typical romantic comedy entanglements but was deflated that the series was “taking on harem baggage.”[35] The second half of series was "increasingly formulaic" and left him longing for a story. He found the episodes to have very little novelty: "Relationships change little, characters evolve not at all, and the message—that these outcasts have already found their friends and just refuse to acknowledge it—remains the same. We might as well be watching the first couple of episodes repeat ad infinitum."[36] Bamboo Dong found the series' strength to be in the character development, but its drawback was that such moments are far and few compared to the "recycled referential humor, like drawing the characters inside a video game, or drawing them inside a dating sim", and the same "bland paste of old jokes". She preferred the English dub as the characters insulting each other was better than the dull name-calling in the Japanese dub.[37]

Andy Hanley of UK Anime.net gave the anime series a 6/10, and called the anime a series of two halves, where the first half contained “great and hugely funny episodes” but the second half was “increasingly tired and even unlikeable” where “sure-fire comedy concepts such as a visit to karaoke or the swimming pool fail to do anything noteworthy with their subject material.” He found that the main characters undermined the series later on with “Yozora's snarky, bossy attitude which works so well in early episodes turns to bitchiness and then downright bullying” as Sena’s obsessions to “become something of a dead horse which the series insists upon flogging.”[38] He later gave the first graphic novel a 4/10. With Yozora and Sena as "massive bitches" more so than in the anime, he wrote that "a better title for the series might be It's Probably For The Best That You Have No Friends." He found the Seven Seas translation to be balanced and that its presentation was without complaint.[39]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The abbreviation "Haganai" is defined in the author's afterword in the first light novel.[LN 1]
  2. ^ Although Yozora abuses a lot of the Neighbor's Club members, she does not seem to bother Rika, as Rika takes whatever insult she gives her and deflects it back with a dirty joke that leaves her tired.
  3. ^ In the light novel, Yozora first calls Sena a cow due to her large breasts, but later nicknames her "Meat" ( Niku?) when they play a monster hunting video game that has raw and cooked meat as items. Sena reveals she does not mind the insulting nickname because it is the first time she had ever received one.[LN 1][ch. 9]

References[edit]

Light novels[edit]

Manga[edit]

Other[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Funimation Reveals Haganai TV Anime's Dub Cast, Trailer". Anime News Network. June 1, 2013. Retrieved June 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Nelkin, Sarah (2014-01-27). "Haganai Film Director: Never Saw Anime, Did Not Show it to Cast Members". Anime News Network. 
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  5. ^ "僕は友達が少ない CONNECT (MF文庫J)" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
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  7. ^ "僕は友達が少ない ゆにばーす2 (MF文庫J)" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
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  17. ^ "Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Light Novels Get TV Anime". Anime News Network. May 17, 2011. Retrieved August 11, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Novels Get Anime DVD". Anime News Network. June 25, 2011. Retrieved August 22, 2013. 
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  21. ^ "Funimation Licenses Haganai School Comedy Anime". Anime News Network. January 28, 2012. Retrieved January 28, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Haganai Gets New Original Video Anime on September 26". Anime News Network. May 6, 2012. Retrieved September 28, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Haganai Add On Disc Video Anime's Promo Streamed". Anime News Network. July 13, 2012. Retrieved September 9, 2012. 
  24. ^ "2nd Haganai Season Slated for January 10". Anime News Network. November 22, 2012. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
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  31. ^ "Haganai Creator Hirasaka Confirms Live-Action Film". Anime News Network. May 2, 2013. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
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  37. ^ Dong, Bamboo (2014-02-12). "Friendship is Magi - Shelf Life". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
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