Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT ep. 12 (FINAL)
This show has come to an end but it was kind of bad that I initially didn’t want to write a review about it. It probably gives a hint that a third season is possible but if I were to compare this episode with the ending of the first season I must say it’s not something that I wanted to see. In the first season everybody was kind of ‘happy’ at the end and all characters were present with each one of them having voiced appearance. That wasn’t the case with this episode though where Yozora only made visual appearance without voice, Kobato and Maria were also absent, making it feels like this episode isn’t as important to become a final episode. The second half was fine but it took too much time showing Rika’s raging over Kodaka, only for her to say “I want friends” in the end. That is kind of disappointing to me.
I get this feeling that Kodaka deliberately avoided romance as not to make it awkward when they’re in the club but for me it’s more like he is stupid. I don’t give a damn about he has never had any romantic experience but come on it’s not something that you need a proper experience to do. He can just say yes or no. Please if there’s going to be a third season they better do something to fix that and I don’t want to see this kind of ending again. Also I’m looking forward to see the miss president joining the harem and see how will Yozora deal with it!
I hope the BD/DVD release will show the “full version” of this scene if you know what I mean. And I want to see more of the miss president’s skin!
From here the story suddenly turned into a sci-fi with stupid brainwave-controlled metal orbs flying in all directions. The hell??!!!!
I thought he was about to “return-confess” but too bad I was wrong.
No voice role.
I forgot why I picked this snapshot but oh well I don’t care anymore.
She was devastated, kind of.
Looks like an obligatory picture of “all of us together”.
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT ep. 11
I’m not going to talk much about this episode other than the ‘sudden’ or “unintentional marriage proposal” by Sena right after they successfully defended their club from being disbanded.
Yozora has regained her ‘strength’?
Earlier Yusa from the student council practically forced them to disband the club for violating various school rules. However Yozora successfully challenged Yusa’s arguments using the same weapon, the school rules. At that time I was all behind Yozora and I believe she will make a good lawyer though facing a stranger would cause her a great amount of stress, producing similar simptom when she faces a big crowd. One thing I noticed however is that Yozora seemed to have regained her ‘motivation’.
In the next attempt to shut down the club Yusa however had to face Sena who is also her classmate (albeit Sena was kind of unaware of that fact). However Sena, just like Yozora would go to great lengths to protect, even using her position as the daughter of the school’s chairman to virtually make the club immune from disbandment. Although Kodaka personally found it was not quite right he was relieved that the club will always be spared as long as those two (Yozora and Sena) remained there.
Yozora might become unmotivated again and feel ‘insecure’ following Sena’s confession and proposal to Kodaka.
It was right after the confrontation with Yusa that Sena ‘accidentally’ mentioned about marriage and consequently confessed to Kodaka. Kodaka, just like in the previous episode with Rika, once again acted stupid and in denial as if he doesn’t get what Sena said. I don’t know what’s the problem with him. I don’t care if he decided not to pursue romantic relationship as to not to hurt any of the girls but pretending like he didn’t hear anything is very much an annoyance to Rika. Also his indecisiveness actually would trouble the girls more than keeping them in harmony. What a joke Kodaka.
The Meat bride.
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT ep. 10
Sena has just scored a hatrick, or a three-strike, or a triple-kill, or however you’d want to describe it as long as it carries the similar meaning, against her long time opponent Yozora, though the recent victory was more of resulting from a mistake committed by Yozora instead of Sena’s own effort. Kodaka’s discovery of Yozora plagiarizing a movie script has led the entire club to go against her to the point that she was forced to plead guilty. Karma has come back to her now after having looked down and undermined the members of the club all this time.
As guilty as charged.
I am kind of happy to see what happened because I’ve always wanted to see a fair fight between Sena and Yozora. Since the last episode Sena has gained a few advantages (for being Kodaka’s fiancé and have met with him at an earlier point in life than Yozora) and now that Yozora has lost her cool there’s no way she could fight back. In fact she’s no longer be able to talk back to Sena like she used to be though it’s more like to make up for her ‘crime’ and Sena seemed to have taken advantage of her new-found ’freedom’ that she can do whatever she pleases with Kobato without Yozora interrupting.
The Meat strikes back.
I do admit though that I felt some sympathy for Yozora after seeing her like this because I never really hate her in the first place but for me it’s still a fair treatment for what she’s done . From a certain perspective she is still forgivable because she just doesn’t know how to deal with friends and so does everybody in the club. Hopefully this event will teach everybody in the club, especially Yozora, and to a certain point, Sena to start respecting each other more.
I sure take too much time to update this blog despite all the efforts I’ve done in December last year to keep this blog alive. Although I promised to do a ‘proper’ and better blogging this year I was forced to accept the terrible reality almost to my breaking point. I was supposed to do something for this blog but suddenly my brother in law (who is in the security forces) was called to join the ‘war‘ last month. Since then I’ve done nothing but closely following the updates about the development of the ‘war’.
There’s nothing I could do right now other than praying and giving my support although I’m not sure who is right and who is wrong. Yeah I am sad that something like this happening near me during my lifetime but good thing I still have anime to entertain myself while hoping for the best. For now I’ll keep watching anime while I can and let’s hope that this “mini war” won’t escalate to a full-scale war. I don’t want that to happen, seriously.
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT ep. 08 and 09 are probably the best episodes in this season so far. I’m saying that because Sena has ‘defeated’ Yozora twice. Last week it was Sena whom confronted Yozora because of the way she prepared the script for the club’s movie project and it was her turn to call Sena “Ahoo!!!!” and ran outside leaving the club room, something usually happened to Sena. Even more interesting was she called Sena by her name for the first time when that happens and she was probably doing that without realizing it.
Yozora’s face upon hearing the ‘news’ about Kodaka and Sena’s ‘engagement’.
This week once again Sena ‘defeated’ Yozora and that made it the second time. Sena is turned out to be some sort of childhood friend to Kodaka as well, even earlier than the time Yozora and Kodaka first met each other 10 years ago. However that was nothing if compared to the fact that Sena and Kodaka are actually engaged, something that has been planned by their fathers, which is understandable since they’re good friends. Since then Yozora has become very unmotivated to do anything. I know I should not feel too happy about it but she’s been bullying Sena too much and in this season I think it’s fair to say that she’s going overboard although it’s undeniable that Sena sometimes deserves it. For me it’s just that both of them don’t know how to deal with friend because they never had any (other than Kodaka). Kodaka too is also doesn’t know how to deal with both of them since he has never had any friend either.
A proof that Sena is also in the osananajimi zone.
With only a few episodes left until the end of this season I found myself only able to concentrate on 2, 3 titles. I’m still closely following the development of Vividred Operation and I’m still not satisfied with the fact that the Vivid System’s biggest flaw is only Akane can initiate the ‘Docking’. Not to mention the limited access to the Vivid System when it should have been better if more people are able to use it.
Yozora got to ‘taste’ of her own ‘weapon’ by none other but Sena.
Another anime I found quite interesting is GJ-bu which I didn’t watch until at all until the episode 06 was aired. It’s an ‘ok’ anime though I feels like it was trying to become like Seitokai Yakuindomo (but kind of failed) but it is watchable on its own. I don’t know anymore what else I’ve missed while I’m paying too much attention to the real world. I can’t just stop thinking about it now that my family has already dragged into it. This is probably how people felt when they send their men to the World War II decades ago. I wish people could just stop doing stupid things like carrying around the weapons when seeking peace. I’d say if you want peace drop your weapons. Nobody would want to have a peace talk with you if you insist to keep them.
First let’s talk about Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT ep. 06. Although I decided not to do episodic review anymore talking about the best thing happened in a week of anime should not be bad, right? I like how everybody (almost) ‘transformed’ into maid. It all started when Kodaka mentioned about what their club are going to do for the school festival, which is a ‘taboo’ subject to Yozora. Actually she’s already planning to take a look around the festival with Kodaka so naturally she would reject the idea. However everybody except her were enthusiastic about it so she had to accept it finally. When Sena suggested a maid cafe for their booth Yozora rejected it immediately. However Rika somehow turned the tide by showing how it is possible to run a maid cafe. She then wore the maid costume, the one Yukimura always wear before. She played the role of a tsundere maid, which was to my surprise, amazingly good. No, I hate the tsundere part but I gave her merit for her actions and voice which were really like a tsundere. I wonder if Misato Fukuen (Rika’s VA) has played a tsundere character before.
Next was Sena’s turn. We all know Sena is a bit ‘plump’ so of course the maid costume was barely fit for her to the point that even Yukimura said the F word. It was even funnier when Rika said “western porn” upon seeing her. Anyway Sena settled with the moe maid style, complete with the “moe-moe kyun” spell. She was surprisingly good that when they asked her why she was good at it she said that she was only imitating Stella though I suspect that she was learning it from the eroge she played. The “moe-moe kyun” spell was supposed to make the drink tastes better but instead it spelled disaster for her because of Yozora couldn’t stand the awkwardness. The best thing however is that Yozora has lost her ‘cool’ when Kodoka found her trying the maid costume. She tried to make excuses but Kodaka just left her while smiling, probably pleased to know that Yozora also has that side in her. So you might be wondering if the maid costume was there what did Yukimura wear in the club then? Well she is now the club ‘butler’, which is the result of yet another Yozora’s evil plan, though it didn’t work really well. By the way everybody in the club (except Maria and Kobato) now knows that Yozora is Kodaka’s childhood friend after she admitted it, following Kodaka’s sleep-talking while he was on “time traveling”. Surprisingly everybody was fine with it, probably because they referred to it as “former friend”. Now let’s talk about Vividred Operation ep. 06 a bit. There was no henshin, let alone docking this time but instead we were presented with swimsuits and lots of cameltoes to compensate that. AFAIK their school is a co-ed but in their summer camp I don’t see any male student around. Well I’ll just assume that they were on a separate boys-only group. This time Akane’s gramps decided to strengthen the friendship bond between those girls so that they would make a stronger ‘docking’, I think. However that raised a question; did Prof. Kenjirou has mastered the science of materializing friendship that he could turn it into strength? I remember back then when the member of the armed forces said they couldn’t do anything against the monster yet those small girls were able to do so. Actually I think anybody could do that provided that they were given the Vivid System key, which means it doesn’t have to be Akane and her friends. As far as I know they have nothing special to become the “chosen ones” for the Vivid System. If anything the only connection they have is that Akane being Prof. Kenjirou’s granddaughter but still it doesn’t mean anything. In this episode I was seriously worried about those girls. I mean they were too damn reckless. While I’m fine with the level of determination shown by other girls, I found it hard to understand how did Himawari ended up being recruited to use the Vivid System and given the yellow key though I’m glad that Vivid Yellow looks like Mami-san. I mean the only positive point I could see in her is her determination to protect the Manifestation Engine. Still about Himawari, I found that her curiosity is too dangerous and risky to the team. She couldn’t hesitate to push the “No Push” buttons whenever she saw one. What the heck is she thinking? What if it was death trap? Seriously she has a shallow thought for a so-called genius. Alright, I understand all of them were determined to save Rei who was kidnapped (which was part of Prof. Kenjirou’s plan) but them not giving a second thought about it was killing me. They took a boat to an island where Rei was supposed to be but what if the one waiting on that island was not an Alone but a group of rapists? They would have been raped then. Sure most of them are capable fighters and even Aoi who seems week is actually very strong but that would not work if somebody managed to hold Himawari (the weakest among them) and threaten to kill her if they didn’t submit to the bad guys’ request.Well maybe I’m too serious but damn those girls are cute and I can’t help but to worry about them if I think they’re too careless about their surrounding. I’m afraid they were too focused to seeing Alone as the only threat to the point that they forget some rapists might see it as an opportunity to catch a prey.
One thing that I discovered with this episode 3 is that the episode titles are actually a pun of anime series of the past years or one that hasn’t even aired yet. Here’s the discovery in details:
- Ep. 01: Yahari Ore no Seishun wa Machigatteiru. It is actually the title of an upcoming light novel adaptation anime planned to be aired this year.
- Ep. 02: Homoge Bu. I don’t really know which anime this title was made a pun of but it probably refers to Ro-Kyu-Bu! though I probably wrong since the they’re completely unrelated.
- Ep. 03: Ore no Imōto-tachi ga Konna ni Kawaii. This doesn’t need an explanation.
- Ep. 04: Kono Naka ni Hitori, Otoko ga Iru! (not yet aired by the time this review is written. Info was acquired from the next week episode preview at the end of the episode 3). This is a pun of Kono Naka ni Hitori Imouto ga Iru (NakaImo) which was aired in fall last year.
What I like in this episode:
- Loli catfight. Not really the loli catfight that I expected better than nothing.
- Oral insertion.
- Sena and Kodaka kissing (almost).
- They played the ‘King’ (ousama) game.
- Kobato made an appearance after her absence last week.
- Kobato in a ‘swimsuit’ (not really but yeah)
What I hate:
This episode reminded me of episode 7 of the first season where Yozora’s attempt to ‘hit’ Sena by spamming her phone mail ended up backfiring her (where instead of just giving troubles to Sena, Kodaka also paid attention to her). This time Yozora once again tried to ‘hit’ Sena again by writing orders that would humiliate Sena and also one that would give her an advantage. It all started when Kodaka decided that the ousama game they’re playing to have some ‘rules’ to prevent people from abusing the “king’s” absolute order (though Kodaka specifically thought about Yozora and Sena might be the who would do it). To make it fair Kodaka asked everybody to write a set of orders that would be picked by the ‘king’, one per round.
This episode was really fun to watch and much better than the ‘gay’ episode last week. In the ousama game Yozora made it so that she would be kissing with Kodaka by ‘hiding’ it in a certain corner of the draw box so that nobody other than her would be able to pick it. She probably planned for that to happen if she become the king in the last draw but wouldn’t mind if she didn’t become the king either as she thought nobody would find that special order. However Sena somehow was made the ‘king’ again and found that ‘hidden’ special order that Yozora actually planned for herself. Since things didn’t go as planned (or should I say her plan was ruined the moment Sena found that ‘hidden’ special order) Yozora interrupted when Sena’s and Kodaka’s lips were about to touch each other. Well, quite a hypocrite person she is, I mean Yozora. That’s karma I think, from what she has done to Sena all this time.
When I saw the episode preview last week I was like WTF “homo game”?! When I watched this episode it was indeed about homo game except that it was not really about that.
What I like in this episode:
- We’re introduced to a new oppailicious character Kate Takayama (who is also Maria’s older sister).
- Rika without glasses and ponytail (I like her better like this).
- Sena ‘defeated’ Yozora (where she managed to read aloud the ‘dirty’ lines in the eroge she played).
What I hate:
- KOBATO WHERE?!
- Despite having ‘defeated’ Yozora, Sena felt like they were making fun of her.
I found Kate to be a quite interesting character except that she is kind of a weirdo, something you would not expect from a nun. From her I learned that Maria is very good at academics, having skipped grades several times that she probably have finished even her high school (not sure if that is what happened in the light novel since I speculated that based on the anime alone). Because of that she tend to look down on other people until Yozora arrived and ‘changed’ her, of which Kate was thankful of that. By the way when I saw the trailer and the episode preview I thought Kate was the older version of Maria. Turned out that they are related so that explains why they are look-alike.
The wait of more than a year finally over with this aired a few days ago. Just like the previous season it is still as interesting as ever, enough to over shadow all other anime in this season. However at the same time I’ve started to notice a few other things that made me a little uneasy but hope that will only for temporary.
What I like in this first episode:
- Yozora cosplaying as Sena.
- Sena’s funny hairstyle
- Hanazawa-san, er, I mean Kobato-chan!
So here are what made me feel uneasy:
- I started to have some sympathy on Sena. Before this I wasn’t aware of her being a victim because I was too indulged in the fun.
- Yozora starts to look like a bully to me. Although she denied that she was bullying but the situation was too unbalanced between her and Sena. I started to feel pity of Sena because Yozora hates her just because she was popular although I don’t think Sena was that bad. If anything I think Sena acted high and mighty was because that’s how the boys have been treating her, not because she was an ojou-sama or something. Well isn’t that prestigious school for wealthy people, which means Yozora must have come from a quite wealthy family too?
- Kodaka still have no balls to go against Yozora and at times I think he allowed her to ‘control’ him, like not even allowed him to call her Sora like he used to be. Sure it might be reasonable to think they couldn’t just go back to how they were instantly but I don’t think it’s a big deal, unless she has a feeling for him or something.
Pegasus (Sena’s father) already raised his concern about whether Sena is bullied in the school or not. Here happened another interesting thing; Kodaka ‘spontaneously’ promised to protect Sena. He has just stepped into the path of no turning back!
There’s been a steady decline of new production/submission of Sena-related artworks in pixiv. The NSFW ones are still abundant (not to mention the uglee ones too) but there’s a noticeable lack of ‘safe’ artworks for the said subject lately. Even the above pic is not from pixiv and I don’t know the original source either. Other BokuTomo-related artworks are still being produced but Sena-specific ones are significantly reduced in number. At this rate I might have to stop serving you with fresh ‘Meat’ by Q2 of this year. I hope people, especially Japanese fanartists would keep up producing it because I don’t want to see any gap until the next season of BokuTomo is aired (assuming that the second is in planning or in the making).
Daily serving of Meat – Day 5