Well, the first season of the I Have Few Friends anime has ended, although I wish it would go on forever. As usual, each new moe anime stretches anime character types in new directions, and “Haganai” (the official 4-syllable nickname of the series since every show with a long title must have one these days) offered some new otaku character types to sample. We got Kobato, the goth-loli cosplaying imouto with mismatched eye colors; the PSP and eroge–loving Sena Kashiwazaki (nickname “Meat”), who has brought joy to many J-List customers (ahem); plus Rika, the perverted science girl who taught me that it’s fun to type the words “perverted science girl.” One theme that has been popular in recent years are “traps” (boys pretending to be girls) and “reverse traps” (girls pretending to be boys), and the deep philosophical issues that they raise in all of us. This series manages to work both popular themes into the story.
Haganai features some fun new moe characters.