Some people have trouble making friends, it seems. I wouldn’t know these people, since I’m not their friend or anything, but they’re bound to be out there somewhere. Finally, there’s an anime for them to relate to filled to the brim with socially awkward attractive people who perfectly understand the plights of the audience.
The good news is it actually manages to be somewhat deeper than your average harem-fest involving a club with a disproportionate number of teenage girls. The bad news is it’s still a harem-fest, and the club is only a contrivance in order to allow for a situation to allow socially awkward attractive women a place to get together and swarm our bland male protagonist. It also has that weird thing that Denpa Onna did with the smiles, in that they were far more unsettling than likely intended.
So yes, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Herk de Durr is a cut above the rest of the slop in its category, in that it actually presents something for the audience to think about while taking in the harem antics. So what happens in the episode? A half Japanese, half British student starts a club with a classmate of his in order to meet new friends. That’s about it, really. There’s nothing to write about regarding the episode past that, aside from saying that it wasn’t a terrible watch, but it will likely get worse. Instead, I’d like to address one point before cutting this off and moving on: The content of the OAV.
Many of those who watched the Boku no Tomo-I’m-Not-Writing-This-Shit-Out-Again OAV were left disappointed at just how hopelessly boring it was. And really, it was rather dull material, basically the bland male protagonist being doted on by his harem in stereotypical harem settings. It couldn’t have been less exciting if it were narrated by Ken Burns on sleeping pills. While I think it was made to be as boring as possible… what was the purpose of that? What’s the purpose of introducing a scenario with little conflict, only to take it to a slightly depressing conclusion in a dark room?
As far as I can tell, it was completely out of keeping with the rest of the show, and I can see no reason why it was necessary. Since I’ve seen quite a few troll-ish posts regarding this show, I felt a somewhat dull one with very little to say wouldn’t hurt to write. So in conclusion, would I blog this? Absolutely not. It’s a harem anime of the lowest order, with the main love interest introduced early on, and thus the point of watching completely obliterated.
I still don’t know why series like this are being made, to be honest, since the only way to keep a harem interesting is to either introduce an element of unpredictability, or to have the characters be strong enough to prop a show up by themselves, and BokuTomadachi seems incapable of either feat from what I’ve seen… which is likely not more than anyone else, so take that with a grain of salt.
With that said, I’m not writing it off completely as watching material. Mayo Chiki surprised me by not being wholly terrible (Just mostly), so that taught me not to throw something into the trash pile right away just because I’m not impressed with it. Sometimes you need a decent trashy show, and this looks to be good in that regard, if lacking in every other.