Cover of the first Japanese novel published by MF Bunko J showing main characters Kodaka Hasegawa, left, and Yozora Mikazuki, right
(Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai)
|Written by||Yomi Hirasaka|
|Published by||Media Factory|
|Imprint||MF Bunko J|
|Original run||August 31, 2009 – ongoing|
|Haganai: I Don't Have Many Friends|
|Written by||Yomi Hirasaka|
|Published by||Media Factory|
|Magazine||Monthly Comic Alive|
|Original run||March 27, 2010 – ongoing|
|Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai+|
|Written by||Misaki Harukawa|
|Illustrated by||Shouichi Taguchi|
|Original run||November 19, 2010 – June 19, 2012|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Hisashi Saitō|
|Written by||Tatsuhiko Urahata|
|Network||TBS, MBS, Funimation Channel|
|Original run||October 7, 2011 – December 23, 2011|
|Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Universe|
|Written by||Yomi Hirasaka, Yūji Yūji, Wataru Watari, Yū Shimizu, Sō Sagara, Asaura, Hajime Asano, Ryō Iwanami, Shirō Shiratori, Takaya Kagami|
|Illustrated by||Buriki, Kantoku, Ruroo, Peco, QP:flapper, Miyama-Zero, Shunsaku Tomose, Yuu Kamiya, Koin, Ponkan8, Hanpen Sakura|
|Published by||Media Factory|
|Imprint||MF Bunko J|
|Original run||November 11, 2011 – ongoing|
|Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Portable|
|Released||February 23, 2012|
|Original video animation|
|Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Add On Disc|
|Directed by||Hisashi Saitō|
|Written by||Tatsuhiko Urahata|
|Released||September 26, 2012|
|Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai CONNECT|
|Written by||Yomi Hirasaka|
|Published by||Media Factory|
|Imprint||MF Bunko J|
|Published||December 25, 2012|
|Anime television series|
|Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT|
|Directed by||Toru Kitahata|
|Written by||Yomi Hirasaka|
|Original run||January 11, 2013 – March 29, 2013|
|Directed by||Takurō Oikawa|
|Written by||Takurō Oikawa|
|Released||February 1, 2014|
Haganai (はがない?), short for Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (僕は友達が少ない?, literally "I Don't Have Many Friends"),[note 1] is a Japanese light novel series written by Yomi Hirasaka, illustrated by Buriki, and published by Media Factory. It has been given several manga adaptations; the first incarnation, its title and basic plot unchanged, began serialization in 2010; it was written and illustrated by Itachi and published in Monthly Comic Alive. A retelling of the series, written by Misaki Harukawa and illustrated by Shuichi Taguchi and called Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai+ was published in Jump SQ.19. A 12-episode anime adaptation by AIC Build aired in Japan between October and December 2011. An original video animation episode was released on September 26, 2012. A second anime season, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT, aired between January and March 2013. A live-action film adaptation was released on February 1, 2014.
Yomi Hirasaka had been working on Light Novel Club (ラノベ部 Ranobe-bu?), which consisted of short stories about everyday life. In developing Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai or Haganai for short, Hirasaka contrasts the main characters as opposites of the ones in the Light Novel Club which had good relationships to begin with. Hirasaka drew influences from personal experience: "This novel is a story about myself who also had few friends, bad communication skills, negative thinking, lacking life experiences and useless delusional habits." Hirasaka also considers the setting of the stories to be less restrictive. The anime was directed by Hisashi Saito, who had previously directed the fan-service romantic comedy Heaven's Lost Property. Hirasaka noted that the Itachi's portrayal of the characters in the manga are "all so cute" and "their faces are full of life", especially the expressions of the heroines Yozora and Sena.[vol. 1:afterword]
Kodaka Hasegawa, a transfer student to St. Chronica's Academy, has found it difficult to make friends because of his mix of brown-blond hair (inherited from his deceased English mother) and fierce-looking eyes that make him look like a delinquent. One day, he accidentally comes across the equally solitary and very abrasive Yozora Mikazuki as she converses with "Tomo", her "air" friend (in the same sense as an "air" guitar). Realizing that they lack social lives and skills, they decide that the best way to improve their situation is to form the Neighbors Club (隣人部 Rinjin-bu?), "an after-school club for people with no friends like themselves". Other students with various backgrounds join the club: Sena Kashiwazaki is an attractive but arrogant idol, who has no female friends, and the men around her act as slaves; Yukimura Kusunoki is an effeminate underclassman who idolizes Kodaka and strives to become manly like him; Rika Shiguma is a perverted genius scientist; and Kodaka's little sister Kobato thinks she is a vampire.
- Kodaka Hasegawa (羽瀬川 小鷹 Hasegawa Kodaka?) is the viewpoint character of the light novels; he is a transfer student who has been unable to make friends in his first month at St. Chronica's.[LN 1] He and Yozora Mikazuki start the Neighbors Club with the purpose of learning how to make friends and how to act in social situations. He has a gentle and balanced personality; but his unusual spotty-blond hair color, inherited from his late English mother, leads classmates to assume he is a violent and abusive delinquent and to spread defamatory rumors about him.[LN 1][ch. 6][ch. 10] Because of his reputation, Kodaka has become accustomed to conflicts and having to defend himself.[LN 1] Prior to the series, Kodaka often had to move because of his father's work as an archeologist. He has few memories related to home life, and no friends besides a single childhood friend from ten years previous, whose name eludes him at first.[LN 1] He later discovers that his friend 'Sora', whom he thought to be a boy, is in fact Yozora.[ch. 28,29] He does not show any romantic intentions towards anyone in the club until Sena's confession, which prompts him to reveal that he has been in love with her since their first meeting.[LN 9] Kodaka is voiced by Ryohei Kimura in the anime's Japanese dub, and by Jerry Jewell in the English dub. For the live-action film, he is portrayed by Kōji Seto.
- Yozora Mikazuki (三日月 夜空 Mikazuki Yozora?) is a black-haired girl who is described as not having much going for her other than her looks.[vol. 3:char profile] She is a gifted student who often argues with Sena, who consistently scores better than she does on their exams. Yozora is verbally abusive towards people in general, not to mention the other members of the Neighbors Club,[ch. 12] especially Yukimura, whom she fools into working for the club as a crossdressing cosplay maid.[ch. 5][note 2] Ten years prior to the start of the series, she and Kodaka ("Taka") were childhood friends, but because she had short hair and wore a cap, Taka mistook her for a boy and called her "Sora".[ch. 28] The day before he moved away, she wore a skirt to reveal the fact that she was a girl, but was too embarrassed to meet with him.[ch. 29] Kodaka was going to tell her of his imminent departure at the meeting, but since it did not happen, it appeared to Yozora that she had been abandoned, thus exacerbating her distrust of others. At the start of the series, she recognizes Kodaka as her childhood friend. When Kodaka discovers her talking to her imaginary friend "Tomo-chan", she creates the Neighbors Club in order to renew their friendship.[vol. 7:extra] Kodaka does not recognize her as Sora until later in the story after she cuts her hair short.[ch. 28,29] In the anime, Yozora is voiced by Marina Inoue in the Japanese dub, and by Whitney Rodgers in the English dub. In the live-action film, she is portrayed by Kie Kitano.
- Sena Kashiwazaki (柏崎 星奈 Kashiwazaki Sena?) is a blonde-haired schoolmate who is described as "perfect in every way except for her personality."[vol. 3:char profile] The daughter of the school's chairman, Sena shows a dislike of all things "ordinary". She is both attractive and academically successful, but her arrogance precludes her from making female friends, and she treats her male classmates as slaves.[LN 1][ch. 2] She enjoys playing video games,[LN 1][ch. 3][ch. 4] particularly bishoujo (games where the main character tries to win over a girl) because they allow her to make female (if virtual) friends,[ch. 4] although some of the games have embarrassing adult content.[ch. 7][ch. 15] She does not get along with Yozora, who calls her "Meat" (肉 Niku?),[note 3][LN 1][ch. 3,9] Although she originally joins the Neighbors Club to learn how to make friends, she develops feelings for Kodaka after he scolds her for inciting an incident during their trip to the swimming pool.[LN 8] When it is revealed that, fourteen years previously, her father arranged a marriage between her and Kodaka (his best friend's son) [LN 7] Sena confesses her feelings and proposes to Kodaka.[LN 8] In the anime, Sena is voiced by Kanae Itō in the Japanese dub, and by Jad Saxton in the English dub. In the live-action film, she is portrayed by Mio Otani.
- Kobato Hasegawa (羽瀬川 小鳩 Hasegawa Kobato?) is a junior high student at St. Chronica's Academy. She is very close to her an-chan (older brother) Kodaka, and behaves in a jealous and clingy way whenever he does not give her attention. Kobato cosplays as "Reisys V. Felicity Sumeragi", an ancient vampire, her favourite character from the anime Iron Necromancer, by wearing gothic clothing and a red contact lens, drinking tomato juice (blood) and speaking in affected formal language,[LN 1][ch. 6] although Kodaka still treats her as a little sister by making her eat her vegetables and take a bath.[LN 1][ch. 6] When she gets emotionally worked up, Kobato reverts to a strong Kyūshū accent.[volume & issue needed] She joins the Neighbors Club to spend more time with Kodaka, and develops a rivalry with Maria, who is closest to her in age.[ch. 15] When the club visit her school's festival to watch her class film, it is revealed that she is quite popular, but has refused to make friends with her classmates despite their efforts to befriend her. In the anime, Kobato is voiced by Kana Hanazawa in the Japanese dub, and by Alison Viktorin in the English dub. In the live-action film, she is portrayed by Sayu Kubota.
- Yukimura Kusunoki (楠 幸村 Kusunoki Yukimura?) is an effeminate schoolmate who is first introduced as Kodaka's stalker. A gullible student with low self-esteem, Yukimura believes Kodaka to be a romantic and masculine outlaw who lives life the way he wants to, and eagerly pledges to become his "underling" in order to learn how to become manlier.[LN 1][ch. 5] Despite claiming to be a boy,[ch. 15] Yukimura dresses in girls' clothes, as he takes to heart Yozora's flippant comments about masculinity and clothing.[ch. 15,25] Later in the story, Kodaka discovers that Yukimura is actually a girl, even to Yukimura's own surprise.[LN 5 ch 6-7] In the anime, Yukimura is voiced by Nozomi Yamamoto in the Japanese dub, and by Ashleigh Domangue in the English dub. In the live-action film, Yukimura is portrayed by Sara Takatsuki, who has worked on live-action adaptations of Great Teacher Onizuka and Daily Lives of High School Boys.
- Rika Shiguma (志熊 理科 Shiguma Rika?, lit. "sigma science"[note 4]) is a first-year genius-scientist student whom the school has given a special research room and excused from attending classes. She becomes interested in Kodaka after he rescues her from the lab after one of her experiments goes disastrously wrong. Although she wears glasses and seems serious,[ch. 27] she is the most sexually forward club member, and often converts innocent remarks into something perverted.[ch. 13,26] She enjoys reading BL (boys love) dōjinshi (self-published magazines), and is especially aroused by stories that involve intercourse between mecha.[ch. 14] In the anime, Rika is voiced by Misato Fukuen in the Japanese dub, and by Alexis Tipton in the English dub. For the live-action film, Rika is portrayed by Mao Kanjō.
- Maria Takayama (高山 マリア Takayama Maria?) is a ten-year-old nun and the club's staff adviser. She is very rude and immature, and often uses a variety of expletives when annoyed.[ch. 12] After Kodaka starts making her packed lunches, she becomes very affectionate with her new-found onii-chan (big brother), much to Kobato's annoyance.[ch. 15] She is easily manipulated by Yozora, who gets her to perform menial tasks by framing them as things adults would do.[ch. 12] Volume 8 of the light novels has a story where her teaching position is challenged.[LN 8] In the anime series, Maria is voiced by Yuka Iguchi in the Japanese dub, and by Kristi Kang in the English dub. For the live-action film, Momoka Yamada portrays Maria.
- Pegasus Kashiwazaki (柏崎 天馬 Kashiwazaki Pegasasu?) is Sena's father and the president of St. Chronica's. As a friend of Kodaka's father, he arranges for Kodaka and Kobato to attend the school.[LN 1] He is embarrassed by the unusual pronunciation of his first name, which would normally be "Tenma". He often badmouths Kodaka's father, but only because he truly values him as his best (and more or less only) friend.[ch. 23] He seems intent to betroth Sena to Kodaka, often saying that he considers Kodaka to be "a man I can entrust Sena to", after misunderstanding Sena's intentions to make Kobato her younger sister.[volume & issue needed] He is a wealthy man who wears traditional clothing,[ch. 23][importance?] and is quite weak to alcohol (drinking two glasses and becoming drunk within seconds).[ch. 24] In the anime series, he is voiced by Ryōtarō Okiayu in the Japanese dub, and by Brandon Potter in the English dub.
- Stella Redfield (ステラ・レッドフィールド Sutera Reddofīrudo?) is the Kashiwazaki family butler[ch. 23] and Sena's older sister.[LN C] A blonde 22-year-old woman, she is a capable servant, though often surprisingly outspoken to her employer. She has a habit of making straight-faced jokes.[volume & issue needed] In the anime series, Stella is voiced by Ryōka Yuzuki in the Japanese dub, and by Caitlin Glass in the English dub.[episode needed]
- Kate Takayama (高山 ケイト Takayama Keito?) is Maria's older sister who meets Kodaka and expresses her gratitude to him and the Neighbors Club for taking care of Maria and keeping Maria's ego in check. She has a largely nonchalant attitude, and sometimes inappropriately belches or farts in public. Despite being relatively mature, she eventually calls Kodaka onii-chan (big brother) as well, since she is only 15 years old.[ch. 32] In the anime series, Kate is voiced by Emiri Katō in the Japanese dub, and by Brina Palencia in the English dub.[episode needed]
- Aoi Yusa (遊佐 葵 Yusa Aoi?) is the student body treasurer at St. Chronica's. She is Sena's classmate and ranked second in the year-end exam. She competes with Sena in her studies and is also envious of her popularity and other excellent attributes. She also attempted to disband the Neighbors Club twice due to the club's lax performance and unmet requirements, but failed nonetheless after being faced with Yozora's and Sena's harsh scolding. She is first introduced in second season of the anime series, and is voiced by Mariya Ise in the Japanese dub, and by Felecia Angelle in the English dub.[episode needed]
- Hinata Hidaka (日高 日向 Hidaka Hinata?) is the student council president in the anime series, and Yozora's older sister. She is very popular in school and is a great athlete. She is voiced by Yōko Hikasa in the Japanese dub, and by Brittney Karbowski in the English dub.[episode needed]
- Hayato Hasegawa (羽瀬川 隼人 Hasegawa Hayato?) is Kodaka and Kobato's father. He is a renowned archaeologist. He is voiced by Katsuyuki Konishi in the Japanese dub, and by Bill Jenkins in the English dub.
- Saionji (西園寺?) is the cold-hearted student council president who is an exclusive character to the live-action film adaptation. He is portrayed by Louis Kurihara.
The original light novel series, written by Yomi Hirasaka and illustrated by Buriki, began publication on Media Factory's MF Bunko J imprint from August 31, 2009. Ten volumes in the series have been published. Hirasaka and Buriki also released the light novel Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Connect in December 2012. Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Universe (僕は友達が少ない ゆにばーす?) is a series of anthology stories by various guest authors. Two volumes were published on November 23, 2011, and February 22, 2013.
|No.||Japanese release date||Japanese ISBN|
|1||August 25, 2009||ISBN 978-4840128797|
|2||November 2009||ISBN 978-4840130950|
|3||March 2010||ISBN 978-4840132527|
|4||July 2010||ISBN 978-4840134576|
|5||November 2010||ISBN 978-4840135894|
|6||May 2011||ISBN 978-4840138819|
|7||September 2011||ISBN 978-4840142229|
|8||June 2012||ISBN 978-4840145985|
|9||August 2013||ISBN 978-4840151290|
|10||June 2014||ISBN 978-4040663920|
The first Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai manga series, written and illustrated by Itachi, has been published in Media Factory's Monthly Comic Alive magazine since its May 2010 issue, released on March 27, 2010. Additionally, the series has been collected in twelve tankōbon volumes, published between July 23, 2010, and March 22, 2015. Seven Seas Entertainment has licensed the first manga series in North America under the title Haganai: I Don't Have Many Friends. The first six volumes were published between November 13, 2012, and March 4, 2014.[dated info]
A remade manga series, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai+ (僕は友達が少ない+?), written by Misaki Harukawa and illustrated by Shouichi Taguchi, was published in Jump SQ.19, from the December 2010 to the July 2012 issues. Plus introduces the characters in a different order and goes through different adventures. The series was collected in two volumes, which were published on October 4, 2011, and August 3, 2012.
Three volumes of short stories, titled Boku wa Tomdachi ga Sukunai: Kōshiki Anthology Comic (僕は友達が少ない 公式アンソロジーコミック?), have been published by Media Factory since October 22, 2011. Each chapter of them is written and illustrated by different authors.
The series of one-shot stories Haganai: I Don't Have Many Friends - Now With 50% More Fail! (僕は友達が少ない ショボーン！ Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai: Shobōn!?) written by Chiruwo Kazehana and illustrated by Shirabii; and Haganai: I Don't Have Many Friends - Club Minutes (僕は友達が少ない はがない日和 Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai: Haganai Biyori?) written by Kiurian and illustrated by Bomi, were serialized in Comic Alive in 2011–2012 and 2012–2013 respectively. Both series have been licensed in English by Seven Seas Entertainment; their volumes are scheduled for release on July 1, 2014 and December 16, 2014, respectively.
In the English manga, each chapter is numbered as a Club Activity Log. Translation is done by Ryan Peterson, and adaptation is done by Ysabet Reinhardt MacFarlane.[vol. 1]
|No.||Japanese release date||Japanese ISBN||English release date||English ISBN|
|1||July 2010||ISBN 978-4840133463||November 13, 2012||ISBN 978-1-937867-12-6|
|In the prologue, Kodaka Hasegawa enjoys a day at the beach, but it is just a dream as he is with a group of people called the Neighbors Club and they have been trying to eat some dark nabe. Prior to the eating event, Kodaka is a transfer student who has had trouble making friends. He encounters a classmate, the normally cold Yozora Mikazuki talking happily with a classmate, but the latter is revealed to be an "air friend". As they talk about their troubles in making friends, Yozora is inspired to make the Neighbors Club: dedicated to help people make friends, and recruits Kodaka as a charter member. She makes a poster that attracts Sena Kashiwazaki, a beautiful blonde who wishes to make female friends. Sena and Yozora do not get along, but they attempt their first activity: a cooperative monster role-playing game. However, Yozora and Sena end up attacking each other, causing the mission to fail. The next activity is a girl game. Kodaka questions Sena and Yozora's choice of responses. Suspecting that someone is stalking him, Kodaka searches the school, followed by Sena and Yozora, and eventually discover Yukimura Kusunoki, an effeminate boy who sees Kodaka as a role model. Yozora has him join the club.|
|2||May 2011||ISBN 978-4840137997||February 5, 2013||ISBN 978-1-937867-17-1|
|At home, Kodaka attends to his younger sister Kobato, who thinks she is a vampire. Kodaka and Yozora stumble upon Sena as she plays a hentai game. When Sena tries to defend it as art, Yozora challenges her to read some of the dialogue out loud. The Neighbor’s Club practices their acting skills in role-playing a version of Momotarō. Sena invites Kodaka to a water park so she can learn how to swim. When Sena is confronted by some guys, Kodaka defends her. He thinks about his childhood best friend and his words about how having a real friend is more valuable than having a hundred friends, but when he mumbles it while resting, he startles Yozora. In the bonus chapter, Sena and Yozora engage in some non-verbal sparring as they wait in front of the school for Kodaka.|
|3||September 2011||ISBN 978-4840140355||June 4, 2013||ISBN 978-1-937867-30-0|
|The Neighbor’s Club discuss how comedy could improve their social stature, and try out some wigs. Kodaka tries to tell some funny stories but falls flat. Kodaka discovers a ten-year-old girl in a nun’s habit, who turns out to be the club’s advisor Maria Takayama. Science girl Rika Shiguma joins the club after Kodaka rescues her from a lab accident. She shares her interest of robot manga with underlying sexual innuendos. When Kodaka offers to make lunches for Maria, Kobato becomes jealous and becomes the club's latest member.|
|4||December 2011||ISBN 978-4840140768||October 15, 2013||ISBN 978-1-937867-70-6|
|The Neighbors Club take turns writing a round-robin story. They don virtual-reality glasses and play a prototype role-playing video game called Romancing Saga Prefecture. They try to do karaoke as a group, but Yozora and Sena rent individual booths. They reflect on their inability to make friends, during which Sena invites Kodaka to her house.|
|5||April 2012||ISBN 978-4840144384||January 21, 2014||ISBN 978-1-937867-86-7|
|The Neighbors Club decides to organize activities by communicating with cell phones; Sena scrambles to get one. To beat the heat, Kobato is inspired to strip/dress down from her gothic lolita outfit. When the club goes to the pool, Kodaka gets embarrassed by Yukimura’s bikini outfit. When the club meets in swimming gear, Yozora sports a horse head with her outfit. Sena invites Kodaka and Kobato to her house, where they meet Sena’s father, Pegasus Kashiwazaki. After dinner, the Kashiwazakis have them stay over where Kobato takes a bath with Sena, and Kodaka shares conversation and a drink with Pegasus.|
|6||August 2012||ISBN 978-4840147088||March 4, 2014||ISBN 978-1-626920-11-8|
|Ten years ago, Kodaka plans to tell his one-and-only friend that he has to move, but his friend does not show up. Back at present time, the Neighbors Club go to the beach and stay the night at Sena’s summer beach house, during which Yozora tells a ghost story about betraying friends that have many of the girls wanting Kodaka to escort them to the bathroom. Inspired to eat takoyaki, the club goes to the summer festival where everyone except Yozora wear yukatas. After eating and playing games, they set off fireworks. Afterwards, Yozora’s hair accidentally catches fire and has to be doused. A week later, she shows up to school with her hair cut, but Kodaka recognizes she is his childhood friend.|
|7||December 2012||ISBN 978-4840147675||June 17, 2014||ISBN 978-1-626920-35-4|
|Kodaka learns that Yozora had known they were childhood friends all this time, and that she did not show up on the last day because she was too embarrassed to reveal that she was a girl. They agree to keep their childhood friendship a secret from the other club members and treat each other as they always have. Yozora and Rika style up Sena’s hair into an elaborate pouf. When Rika changes her own hairstyle and goes without glasses, Kodaka is attracted to her. The club screens an anime ‘’Yaoi Game Club’’, which Rika insists is not adult, and find it rather interesting until the last scene where the guys kiss, which raises some emotions and discussion regarding kissing among the members. In the Haganai Connect chapter, Yozora tells her side of the story of her seeing Kodaka for the first time in ten years, and the formation of the Neighbors Club.|
|8||April 2013||ISBN 978-4840150477||August 19, 2014||ISBN 978-1-626920-44-6|
|9||November 2013||ISBN 978-4040661155||October 21, 2014||ISBN 978-1-626920-77-4|
|10||March 2014||ISBN 978-4040665054||February 3, 2015||ISBN 978-1-626920-93-4|
|11||September 2014||ISBN 978-4040668512||June 16, 2015||ISBN 978-1-626921-54-2|
|12||March 2015||ISBN 978-4040672816||September 22, 2015||ISBN 978-1-626921-74-0|
In May 2011, an anime television series based on the light novels was announced on the wraparound jacket of the sixth light novel, with an original video animation bundled with the seventh light novel released on September 22, 2011. Produced by AIC Build under the direction of Hisashi Saitō, the series aired in Japan between October 7 and December 23, 2011. The opening theme is "Zannenkei Rinjinbu Hoshi Futatsuhan" (残念系隣人部★★☆?, "The Regrettable Neighbours Club Two and a Half Stars") by Marina Inoue, Kanae Itō, Nozomi Yamamoto, Misato Fukuen, Kana Hanazawa, and Yuka Iguchi, while the ending theme is "Watashi no Ki-mo-chi" (私のキ・モ・チ?, "My Feelings") by Marina Inoue. The anime is based on the first three volumes and the beginning of volume four. The anime was licensed for streaming by Funimation, who hosted the stream on the website and Nico Nico, before licensing the series for home video release.
A follow-up original video animation episode was released on September 26, 2012. The ending theme is "Kimi wa Tomodachi" (君は友達?, "You Are My Friend") by Inoue, Itō, Yamamoto, Fukuen, Hanazawa, Iguchi and Ryohei Kimura.
A second season, titled Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT, aired from January 11 - March 29, 2013. It is based on the novels from volume four until the end of volume eight. The series is directed by Toru Kitahata whilst Hirasaka is in charge of the scripts. The opening and ending themes respectively are "Be My Friend" and "Bokura no Tsubasa" (僕らの翼?, "Our Wings"), both performed by Inoue, Itō, Yamamoto, Fukuen, Hanazawa and Iguchi.
On April 24, 2013, Ryukoku University posted a casting call for extras for a 2014 film adaptation of Haganai, to be distributed by Toei and produced by Times-In. Hirasaka later confirmed the film's existence on May 2, 2013, stating that, whilst he initially didn't approve of the project, as he didn't feel the story was intended for live-action, he decided to approve it in light of a crisis in the light novel industry. Hirasaka will have a completely hands-off role in the film's production. Takurō Oikawa, the film's director, chose not to watch the anime and told his cast members not to watch it either so that they can present a fresh interpretation of the light novels. The film was released on February 1, 2014.
The second volume of the manga adaptation ranked seventh on the top 30 of Japanese Comic Ranking, for the week of May 23–29, 2011.
Rebecca Silverman of Anime News Network found the first graphic novel “fairly entertaining” with artist Itachi’s illustrations “between beautiful depictions of the girls and messy sketches, which actually works well for the series”. While the premise “retreads familiar ground”, she noted the girls’ reactions in the dating sim chapter as the highlight of the volume.
Tim Jones of THEM Anime Reviews gave the anime series three of five stars. He grouped the social misfits show as a “raunchy romp filled with lots of cheesecake and hit-or-miss comedy”, with “great leads, okay side characters”, and didn’t “need to be reminded every episode how huge Sena’s breasts are, thanks”.
Carl Kimlinger of Anime News Network found the anime series interesting in that it starts with misfits finding friends and deferred the typical romantic comedy entanglements but was deflated that the series was “taking on harem baggage.” The second half of series was "increasingly formulaic" and left him longing for a story. He found the episodes to have very little novelty: "Relationships change little, characters evolve not at all, and the message—that these outcasts have already found their friends and just refuse to acknowledge it—remains the same. We might as well be watching the first couple of episodes repeat ad infinitum." Bamboo Dong found the series' strength to be in the character development, but its drawback was that such moments are far and few compared to the "recycled referential humor, like drawing the characters inside a video game, or drawing them inside a dating sim", and the same "bland paste of old jokes". She preferred the English dub as the characters insulting each other was better than the dull name-calling in the Japanese dub.
Andy Hanley of UK Anime.net gave the anime series a 6/10, and called the anime a series of two halves, where the first half contained “great and hugely funny episodes” but the second half was “increasingly tired and even unlikeable” where “sure-fire comedy concepts such as a visit to karaoke or the swimming pool fail to do anything noteworthy with their subject material.” He found that the main characters undermined the series later on with “Yozora's snarky, bossy attitude which works so well in early episodes turns to bitchiness and then downright bullying” as Sena’s obsessions to “become something of a dead horse which the series insists upon flogging.” He later gave the first graphic novel a 4/10. With Yozora and Sena as "massive bitches" more so than in the anime, he wrote that "a better title for the series might be It's Probably For The Best That You Have No Friends." He found the Seven Seas translation to be balanced and that its presentation was without complaint.
- The abbreviation "Haganai" is defined in the author's afterword in the first light novel.[LN 1] Hirasaka noted starting to call it by that title, and that it has somehow become the official title.[vol. 1:afterword]
- The only one spared this treatment is Rika, since Rika takes whatever insult she gives her and deflects it back with a dirty joke that leaves her tired.
- In the light novel, Yozora first calls Sena a cow due to her large breasts, but later nicknames her "Meat" (肉 Niku?) when they play a monster hunting video game that has raw and cooked meat as items. Sena reveals she does not mind the insulting nickname because it is the first time she had ever received one.[LN 1][ch. 9]
- According to the chapter footnotes regarding Rika Shiguma's name, "Shiguma" 志熊 translates to the greek letter "Sigma" and Rika, while being a typical girl's name when romanized, has a kanji 理科 that translates to "science" [ch. 13:translator's footnote]
- At the end of the English version of manga volume 1 is a preview chapter for Mayo Chiki.
- Vol. 1: Hirasaka, Yomi (August 25, 2009). 僕は友達が少ない (in Japanese). Illustrated by Buriki. Media Factory. ISBN 978-4-8401-2879-7.
- Vol. 2: Hirasaka, Yomi (November 25, 2009). 僕は友達が少ない 2 (in Japanese). Illustrated by Buriki. Media Factory. ISBN 978-4-8401-3095-0.
- Vol. 3: Hirasaka, Yomi (March 25, 2010). 僕は友達が少ない 3 (in Japanese). Illustrated by Buriki. Media Factory. ISBN 978-4-8401-3252-7.
- Vol. 4: Hirasaka, Yomi (July 23, 2010). 僕は友達が少ない 4 (in Japanese). Illustrated by Buriki. Media Factory. ISBN 978-4-8401-3457-6.
- Vol. 5: Hirasaka, Yomi (November 25, 2010). 僕は友達が少ない 5 (in Japanese). Illustrated by Buriki. Media Factory. ISBN 978-4-8401-3589-4.
- Vol. 6: Hirasaka, Yomi (August 25, 2011). 僕は友達が少ない 6 (in Japanese). Illustrated by Buriki. Media Factory. ISBN 978-4-8401-3881-9 (regular edition); ISBN 978-4-8401-3880-2 (special edition).
- Vol. 7: Hirasaka, Yomi (September 22, 2011). 僕は友達が少ない 7 (in Japanese). Illustrated by Buriki. Media Factory. ISBN 978-4-8401-4222-9 (regular edition); ISBN 978-4-8401-4221-2 (special edition).
- Vol. 8: Hirasaka, Yomi (June 25, 2012). 僕は友達が少ない 8 (in Japanese). Illustrated by Buriki. Media Factory. ISBN 978-4-8401-4598-5.
- Connect: Hirasaka, Yomi (December 25, 2012). 僕は友達が少ない Connect (in Japanese). Illustrated by Buriki. Media Factory. ISBN 978-4-8401-4365-3.
- Vol. 9: Hirasaka, Yomi (August 27, 2013). 僕は友達が少ない 9 (in Japanese). Illustrated by Buriki. Media Factory. ISBN 978-4-8401-5129-0.
- Vol. 10: Hirasaka, Yomi (June 6, 2014). 僕は友達が少ない 10 (in Japanese). Illustrated by Buriki. Media Factory. ISBN 978-4-0406-6392-0.
- Vol. 1 (ch. 1–5): Haganai: I Don't Have Many Friends Volume 1. November 2012. ISBN 978-1-937867-12-6. and 僕は友達が少ない 1 (in Japanese). July 2010. ISBN 978-4-8401-3346-3.
- Vol. 2 (ch. 6–10): Haganai: I Don't Have Many Friends Volume 2. February 2013. ISBN 978-1-937867-17-1. and 僕は友達が少ない 2 (in Japanese). May 2011. ISBN 978-4-8401-3799-7.
- Vol. 3 (ch. 11–15): Haganai: I Don't Have Many Friends Volume 3. June 2013. ISBN 978-1-937867-30-0. and 僕は友達が少ない 3 (in Japanese). September 2011. ISBN 978-4-8401-4035-5.
- Vol. 4 (ch. 16–20): Haganai: I Don't Have Many Friends Volume 4. October 2013. ISBN 978-1-937867-70-6. and 僕は友達が少ない 4 (in Japanese). December 2011. ISBN 978-4-8401-4076-8.
- Vol. 5 (ch. 21–24): Haganai: I Don't Have Many Friends Volume 5. January 2014. ISBN 978-1-937867-86-7. and 僕は友達が少ない 5 (in Japanese). April 2012. ISBN 978-4-8401-4438-4.
- Vol. 6 (ch. 25–28): Haganai: I Don't Have Many Friends Volume 6. March 2014. ISBN 978-1-626920-11-8. and 僕は友達が少ない 6 (in Japanese). August 2012. ISBN 978-4-8401-4708-8.
- Vol. 7 (ch. 29–31): Haganai: I Don't Have Many Friends Volume 7. June 2014. ISBN 978-1-626920-35-4. and 僕は友達が少ない 7 (in Japanese). December 2012. ISBN 978-4-8401-4767-5.
- Vol. 8 (ch. 32–35): Haganai: I Don't Have Many Friends Volume 8. August 2014. ISBN 978-1-626920-44-6. and 僕は友達が少ない 8 (in Japanese). April 2013. ISBN 978-4-8401-5047-7
- Vol. 9 (ch. 36–40): Haganai: I Don't Have Many Friends Volume 9. October 2014. ISBN 978-1-626920-77-4. and 僕は友達が少ない 9 (in Japanese). November 2013. ISBN 978-4-0406-6115-5
- Vol. 10 (ch. -–): 僕は友達が少ない 10 (in Japanese). March 2014. ISBN 978-4-0406-6505-4
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