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Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Manga Review: Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai


Title: Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
Author: Hiraska Yomi, Itachi
Release: Monthly
Status: Ongoing
Genre: Slice of Life, Comedy, Seinen
Art: B
Originality: A
Story: A
Characters: A
Humor: A
Action: B

Impression: This is the manga adaptation of a series of light novels by the same name. The story is about a group of individuals who are socially awkward in some way and are incapable of making friends for one or another. Because of this, they form a new club in their school to help them practice and develop their friendship forming skills. It starts off with a chapter set somewhere in the middle of the story to show off what we can expect to see in future chapters and from that it’s easy to see what sort of hilarity we can expect from this series. The characters are all very interesting and have very entertaining dynamics in their relationship and it’s quite easy to understand why exactly they need such a club. The comedic prospects aside, there also seems to be quite a good deal of story to be told and character development to be had here. The fact that the novels already have a manga adaptation suggests that it’ll be worth a read once they get to those points so it’s got me looking forwards to what they’ve got in store for the future. It takes quite a good storyteller to make a story about high school teenagers worth reading so I’ve got high hopes for this one. I’m also hoping that a certain someone in the club is skewed enough to consider Takamichi Nanoha’s method of befriending people as a viable method of making friends.

P.s. Anyone else notice that the art style looks a lot like Kato Hiruaki’s signature style? What’s the deal with that?

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