March 31, 2013
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Title: Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT
Genre: Harem, Slice-of-life, high school, Romance
Rating: 7.5 out of 10

Summary:
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT picked up from where the original series left off. The season continues with the slice-of-life story of Kodaka Hasegawa and his group of ‘friendless’ acquaintances in the neighbor club as they get themselves into funny situations in their bid to make friends. As Kodaka and his friends seek friendship, romantic relationships blossom between Kodaka and his female friends.

Review:

This anime feels a lot like a visual novel game. While the previous season focused on the Sena Kashiwazaki and Yozora Mikazuki route, this season is more of a Rika Shiguma route. This created a static plot as it left much of the questions viewers have about Sena and Yozora in the first season unanswered. Moreover, like visual novel games, the plot centers itself over a stereotypically dense male lead character and tsundere-type female harem characters. This resulted in some obvious plot holes. For instance, the ‘common aim to make friends’ feels like a rather worn out premise after the neighbor club have become well acquainted with each other and are obviously already friends. Thus, if you’re going for some intellectual stimulation is, this anime isn’t for you.

Despite that, I decided to give this anime a rather high 7.5 rating due to its incredibly well crafted and witty dialogue, as well as the other comedic elements in this story (Which I must add, almost did not include any ecchi moments). Some of the awesome moments involve Rika’s incredibly lively and volatile personality such as those below:

As well as Sena’s incredibly natural cuteness:

However, what really gave the comedic elements an edge above the rest, is its intelligent use of references to itself and other Animes that are reminiscent of the Lucky Star series.

Thus, despite the lack of any real plot development in this season, the Anime series did not feel stale and draggy. Instead, it was thoroughly entertaining.

The Anime also introduced quite a few new characters that spice up the dynamics of the neighbor club. There are also a few interesting revelations that kept the otherwise static plot fresh. On the whole, there is good character development in the rather stereotypically sit-com fashion.

Recommended for:
Anime lovers who enjoy light hearted comedy and very lovable characters.

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