Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai‘s 2011 season was a mixed bag. The show didn’t seem to go anywhere, many thought Yozora was too abrasive, and there was a bit too much fanservice involving middle-schooler Kobato. On the other hand, Haganai (as some call it), unlike most other comedies, even good ones, had the ability to make me double-over laughing with a one line, a visual bit, or even just a noise. And while I thought Yozora was too mean to poor Sena, I admired her misanthropic tendencies in general. In fact, I liked the entire cast apart from Yukimura, who just stands around being androgynous. So I’m happy to see the show return.
It’s pretty much the same. First they con Sena into getting a “heap” hairstyle. Kodaka, as usual, can do nothing. This and the teaser make use of the show’s strength: the clubroom scenes, where everyone can interact and mess with each other, often leading to chaos or at least a really silly hairstyle. One question, however: when did Rika get so mean spirited? Before, she was a rather guileless, perverted mad scientist, but here she helps Yozora reel Sena in (with appropriate background noise–one of the show’s more playful moments) to be a hair design guinea pig. I didn’t know she had it in her. The second half reintroduces us to Sena’s disturbing father Pagasus, and Stella, the deadpan maid, an excellent but underused character. Good stuff. Not everyone’s favorite show, but I’m glad it’s back.
And the final show on my list is something something Unlimited, and I nearly turned it off when I realized that the hero is a smug, overly powerful, smirking bishie. Some people hate moe, I hate smug, smirking bishies. Alas, the rest of the episode wasn’t all that bad. It’s not spectacular; our smirking hero, Kyosuke goes to prison and takes a liking to another esper there, Hinomiya. The two team up and rescue a loli while lots of things, including a monster, get blowed up real good. Some good action and soundtrack. But it’s an offshoot to a franchise I’ve never watched, a point against me watching it. I don’t like the idea of playing catch-up with a anime series unless there’s a really good reason, and smug bishies ain’t it. I might watch another episode or two to see how the current story pans out, but that means more of the bishie. I’ll decide later.
And that’s about all for the series I wanted to try this season. Overall, it doesn’t look like a great season, or even a good one. I can only think of a handful of shows I want to watch again. Just as well. I don’t have the time.