Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Anime

Yozora, Sena and Kodaka in Boku wa Tomodachi ga SukunaiI have spent some time trying to understand why I enjoy Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (I Don’t Have Many Friends) by concocting a philosophical or intellectual angle through which I can justify my viewing of what is merely just another harem show. I’ll just have to settle for finding it amusing.

Based on a series of light novels by Yomi Hirasaka the main drive of the show begins when lead character Kodaka Hasegawa wonders “I wonder how someone makes friends,”

Kodaka is Initially Alone in Boku wa Tomodachi ga SukunaiKodaka Hasegawa has transferred into Saint Chronica Academy. He’s an outsider, viewed as a “yankee” by his schoolmates due to his aggressive eyes and the blonde hair inherited from his English mother. Whilst wandering around school he encounters Yozora Mikazuki while she is talking to her imaginary friend Tomo. They realise that neither of them have friends and decide to make a club in order to make friends and learn how to interact with others. Soon others are joining the club including Sena Kashiwazaki, the principals daughter, an over-achiever and the girl all the boys in school fawn over, a feminine boy named Yukimura who hopes that Kodaka and his yankee reputation can turn him into a man and a scientific genius/fujoshi named Rika. From there on in we watch the growth of the club and its adventures in modern relationship etiquette.

The Gang's All Here in Boku wa Tomodachi ga SukunaiTwo things are obvious the first being that the premise of the show is so slight as to be non-existant and after reading that synopsis the harem aspect is prettyblatant. The opening for the show slaps you in the face with it.


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One Missed Call Final 着信アリファイナル (2006)

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The One Missed Call franchise follows the law of diminishing returns: with each title the directors are less prestigious, the scares are less effective but the story stands in defiance of that trend as it becomes increasingly convoluted and silly. It all ends with this entry.

Asuka is mercilessly bullied by her classmates and when they journey to Korea on a high school class trip she plots her revenge by sending messages that contain menacing pictures and sounds depicting painful death to each classmate with the note “Death Exemption by Forwarding the Message”.  The first to get the message is Azusa, one of Asuka’s most vicious bullies, but she is sceptical. The next day, while wandering around Jagalchi market in Korea Azusa is assaulted by a supernatural force. After her attack the other students start to receive messages and hurry to forward them to others and avert their own deaths!

Hangings in One Missed Call 3

From the off we’re introduced to a class full of bullying jerks as they make Asuka’s life hell and then the rest of the film gives us delightful prospect of seeing them all get bumped off. The opening scenes are pretty disturbing as characters like Hideki, Hiroyuki, and Azusa are physically violent to Asuka and for the first time when watching a J-horror I felt that the vengeful ghost was justified in her attacking random people even vaguely connected to her suffering.

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Kaibutsu-Kun, Ai to Makoto, Ranma ½ , The Parasite Doctor Suzune, Thermae Romae Trailers

Lots and lots of trailers linked by the fact that they are manga adaptations. This post was put together with a D’Espairs Ray, the Nico Nico Chorus as well as some Madoka Magica covers for background music.

The Japanese film charts look similar to previous weeks with A Ghost of a Chance and Kaiji 2 still in the top three but there is a new number 1 in the shape of Kaibutsu-Kun.

Kaibutsu-Kun The Movie

Release Date:  26th November 2011

Running Time: 103 min.

Director: Yoshihiro Nakamura

Writer: Fujio A. Fujita (manga), Masafumi Nishida

Starring: Satoshi Ono, Umika Kawashima, Tatsuomi Hamada, Norito Yashima, Ryuhei Ueshima, Choi Hong-Man, Takeshi Kaga

Kaubutsu-kun (Satoshi Ono) is the prince of monster land. To prove that he is a worthy heir to his father’s (Takashi Kaga) throne he goes to earth accompanied by his friends Dracular (Norito Yashima), Wolfman (Ryuhei Ueshima) and Franken (Choi Hong-Man)  to visit his friends Utako (Umika Kawashima) and Hiroshi (Tatsuomi Hamada)

This looks bad… but it’s in 3Deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Ai to Makoto (Love and Sincerity)

Release Date:  16th June, 2012

Running Time: N/A

Director: Takashi Miike

Writer: Ikki Kajiwara (manga)

Starring: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Emi Takei

Fresh from Phoenix Wright, Miike’s latest film is based on Ikki Kajiwara’s romance manga of the same name which ran in Shonen magazine from 1973 to 1976 with illustrations from Takumi Nagayasu. It received the live-action television treatment in 1974 and three films which makes Miike’s effort the fourth. It stars Satoshi Tumabuki (Villain) and Emi Takei who will be in the forthcoming Rouroni Kenshin live-action movie.

Troubled high school student Makoto Taiga (Satoshi Tsumabuki) meets the innocent student Ai Saotome (Emi Takei) in a love story.

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One Missed Call 2 着信アリ 2 (2005)

The One Missed Call 2 Review BannerIf the first One Missed Call owed a debt to Ringu’s haunted technology concept this one follows Ringu 2’s widening of the original mystery and gives an exploration of a convoluted back story and the expansion of the curse into an urban legend.

year after the events of One Missed Call the story has become a new urban legend. Kyoko Okudera (Mimura) is dining at a Chinese restaurant with her friend Madoka (Chisun) and her boyfriend Naoto (Yū Yoshizawa). Unfortunately the cursed ring tone is heard on a mobile phone but the restaurant’s owner answers and hears his daughter dying in the near future. His daughter Mei-Fang (Shadow Liu) comes back and takes the phone off him then meets Kyoko and Madoka for the meal. After the restaurant closes they swap contact details. Naoto discovers Mei-Fang’s father is dead in a method similar to the one he heard on the call and it looks like the curse is going to strike Madoka and Kyoko. In an effort to discover the cause of the curse and avoid dying Kyoko teams up with a detective (Ishibashi) and an investigative journalist named Takako Nozoe (Seto).

One Missed Call 2 Asaka Seto as the Journalist Takako Nozoe

The film begins with a father dying after receiving his daughter’s missed call which was a great spin on the original concept! I want to see a version of this film where people send calls to each other within time periods. Just imagine the variety of deaths, betrayals and twists as people furiously forward messages as they try to avoid whatever fate a ghost has in store.

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