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I’m feeling a little bit lazy this week, so I’m just going to cut straight to the chase. Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai ended up being a pleasant surprise.

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai

I went into this show really thinking I wouldn’t like it at all. I’ll be the first one to admit that I’m extremely biased against most anime that promote themselves with fanservice. Many anime have gotten the axe from me before I even bothered watching a single episode because the posters showed a bunch of girls with oversized boobs. And while Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai had a semi-interesting premise, I was having difficult time getting past some of those pictures. Turns out I can be wrong from time to time. While this show does not shy away from fanservice, it’s actually got an interesting plot and cast of characters to balance it out. Even though I didn’t really care for all the suggestive shots in the opening sequence, nor the argument about whose boobs were better, this show made me grin and laugh quite a bit. And while there was, indeed, some fanservice, there was not nearly as much as I was expecting. The majority of it was in that opening sequence, and then the commercial break card. Of course…this is just the first two episodes, so that leaves this show plenty of time to turn into what I was initially expecting…but since it hasn’t yet been as bad as I was prepared for, there’s a decent chance it won’t stray so far that I’ll feel the need to stop watching this. It’s not going to get the “Best Show of the Season” award by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s entertaining enough to make me want to keep watching it (and its less formulaic then Mashi-iro Symphony, which gives it an extra gold star).

Final Verdict: Pass

 

 

And now for a show that  did live up to my expectations…Kimi to Boku:

Kimi to Boku

The best way to sum up how I feel about this show is: UGH. It’s so obvious that this show was written by a woman. And not just a woman…but a woman who clearly has zero understanding of how friendships between males work. This series is pretty much a shonen-ai-wannabe. The only thing stopping it from being that is the fact that, unless I missed something, none of the characters are gay. It feels like they should be though. ’cause these characters aren’t boys. They’re girls trapped in male bodies. I’m serious. I know I’m probably being really terrible by saying something like this…and if I offend you, I apologize…but it’s true. NO GUYS PLAY WITH OTHER GUYS’ HAIR. Girls will do that. But not guys. And NO guys are THIS touchy feely with other guys. Girls are. But not guys. I realize there are exceptions to the rule…really, I do…but stereotypes exist for a reason. And it’s usually because a certain pattern of behavior is so common with a specific group of people that it becomes very easy to generalize those actions in such a way that you assume it’s one of those across-the-board sort of things. Of course this is not entirely true for everybody…but it probably is mostly true for the average person. Now to get off my little soapbox…and to stop saying controversial things before I get myself into trouble…I can’t watch this show. I just can’t. It’s like watching another one of those slice-of-life comedies with cute girls in it. Just with boys. Except the author forgot to make the characters stop like cute girls and start acting like real boys. So it might as well be another slice-of-life comedy with cute girls in it. And what’s up with the cats? A couple of the random cats are kind of cute, but a lot of them look really creepy, if not downright scary. Whoever was drawing the cats is making the feline species look bad.

Final Verdict: Fail

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