Anime Reviews

Haganai (Seasons 1 and 2) – The Harem With Bewitching Visuals

  • Genres: Ecchi, Slice of life, Comedy, Harem, Romance, School
  • Studios: AIC Build
  • Source: Light Novel
  • Season 1 Title: Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (Haganai: I don’t have many friends)
  • Episodes: 12 – 24min (Completed)
  • Date: 7 October 2011 — 23 December 2011
  • Season 2 Title: Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukanai NEXT (Haganai: I don’t have many friends NEXT)
  • Date: 11 January 2013 — 29 March 2013
  • Episodes: 12 – 24min (Completed)

Summary (MAL)

When Kodaka Hasegawa finds out that he will be transferring to a new school, he is determined to make a positive impression, and maybe even some friends. However, Kodaka discovers he is out of luck when he immediately gets labeled as a violent delinquent due to his blond hair and intimidating expression. Although a month has passed, Kodaka is still alone thanks to his notorious reputation. However, his life begins to change when he finds fellow loner Yozora Mikazuki talking to her imaginary friend in an empty classroom.

After sharing stories of their lonely high school life, Kodaka and Yozora decide to overcome the difficulties of making friends together by starting the Neighbor’s Club. Created for people who don’t have friends, daily activities involve learning social skills and how to fit in, which will hopefully allow them to make friends. Joined by the eroge-loving Sena Kashiwazaki, and other eccentric outcasts, Kodaka may finally have managed to find people he can call friends, in this club filled with hilarious oddballs.

My Review

Haganai is one of the greater generic ecchi harems out there. It’s the same old thing, with the sole guy being somehow dragged into a group of eccentric beauties and adorable cuties. Yup, nothing novel here. But that barely matters, because Haganai knows it’s strengths and plays around it well, giving us viewers a sufficiently good watch.

The characters have the ideal labels that can establish a decent harem. You have the capable, cool and low-key charismatic protagonist. The two gorgeous main tsunderes, both unique in their own way. The darling imouto and her adorable playmate rival. And, the most eccentric among the group of eccentrics, the lunatic side girl character. Well, the list goes on. From the character design alone, the show has already set itself up for all sorts of wacky awesomeness. With such a dynamic cast of somewhat weird people, we can expect lots of fun interactions and a simply good time. They each have exuberant personalities, true to their own design, that successfully bring life to the show.

Haganai’s best selling point, is without a doubt its visuals. The characters were simply breathtakingly good-looking! As if the story wasn’t enjoyable enough, such gorgeous looking characters and overall great art in its scenes makes it a hard to look away. The characters are all so wonderfully designed that they charmed us for all 24 episodes. Haganai’s art managed to seamlessly bewitch me through all of its episodes, giving my eyes a year’s worth of eye-candy. I figured it out, it’s their eyes..


Overall, Haganai’s story is rather simple. Since it is a slice of life, the plot isn’t massively influencing the show’s essence. And I think that this is absolutely great. The ecchi romance harem format is one that’s more entertainment oriented, and what better way to entertain us all with their comical shenanigans than through a slice of life format. The comedy is plenty, often entertainingly crude, and there is sufficient romantic tension to make it exciting. The story manages to guide the characters through a series of events that serves entertain.

Should I watch Haganai (Seasons 1 and 2)?

I think Haganai is really good, especially so for beginners who simply want to have a good time. There are bits of romantic developments, comical shenanigans and a cast that is pleasing to the eyes.

But when u examine its every aspect, other than the art, Haganai is really not all that special. Its a pretty usual setting, with comedy that some might consider stale, and developments that could’ve been better.

So if you’ve seen many shows like these before, then you probably won’t feel that it’s anything too special, while if you’re new to this, then Haganai will definitely be a pleasant watch.

Kobato is best imouto

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