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Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai  
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Hasegawa Kodaka has transferred schools, and he's having a hard time making friends. It doesn't help that his blond hair tends to make people think he's a delinquent. One day, he runs into his bad-tempered solitary classmate Yozora while she's talking animatedly to her imaginary friend Tomo. Realizing that neither of them have any actual friends, they decide that the best way to alter this situation is to form a club and start recruiting.

That is how "Rinjinbu" was formed, a club specifically designed for people who don't have very many friends. As other lonely classmates slowly join their little club, they'll try to learn how to build friendships through cooking together, playing games, and other group activities. But will this group of relationship-challenged misfits really be able to get along?


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Associated Names
У меня мало друзей
Haganai: I Don't Have Many Friends
Haganai: Nie mam wielu przyjaciół (Polish)

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Latest Release(s)
c.47 by Maigo over 3 years ago
c.46 by Maigo over 3 years ago
c.45 by Maigo over 3 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
15 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 14, Chap 64

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User Rating
Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (534 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.2 / 10.0
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Last Updated
December 11th 2017, 5:05pm PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Comic Alive (Media Factory)
Comic Walker (Kadokawa Corporation)

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English Publisher
Seven Seas (14 Volumes - Ongoing; Digital)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #616 increased(+10)
Monthly Pos #753 increased(+147)
3 Month Pos #957 decreased(-411)
6 Month Pos #649 increased(+124)

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Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Gets 2nd Season over 5 years ago
Striking similarities to oreimo? over 5 years ago
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Gets Anime over 6 years ago

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Well Done School Life Manga   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by McCasper
April 23rd, 2011, 10:01pm
I don't know what it is about manga and anime based off of light novels but they usually turn out very much above par. Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai is no exception. Many of the pitfalls of over-used school-life cliches are nicely avoided. The characters and their problems are very easy to relate to, if not, interesting. However, some of the situations they find themselves in and even some of the characters seem downright unpleasant and when you come right down to it, it is another school life manga, just better than average.
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Fun and light   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by MangaGhost
March 17th, 2011, 7:17am
Its still too early to tell how good this will get (only 10 chapters out). Its fun and light so far. Its looking to turn into a harem with the usual roles (childhood friend, etc.), but I hope that doesn't become the major focus here as its the other parts that make it interesting. For instance, I thought it was funny and cool that one of the chapters made reference to the proposed legislation banning risque or erotic manga. Also fun was making jokes and references to other manga and anime like Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Sacred Blacksmith. I hope it sticks with some of the social commentary and pop culture references. It borrows quite a bit from other manga, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Right now its decent, not great and I'll update my score if it improves or goes downhill into overused tropes and cliches.
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Doesn't tackle the theme very well, but still fun.   
Rating: N/A
by Aetheus
January 26th, 2011, 6:39am
The scenario of this manga is not itself unique - "loner attracts bunch of oddball companions" is pretty much a staple theme for almost every shounen manga in existence. However, the way it handles the theme, is. Other mangas rarely approaches the issue of being a loner as being a major problem, whereas this manga makes it the main theme.

As meosnelsity below stated, being a loner in asian culture is pretty much being seen as a failure. While I have no idea how Japanese culture works, Chinese folks place a lot of importance on having a large social pool. The whole analogy of "having a 100 superficial friends, or a single important one" is very interesting in this case, since your typical Chinese would probably prefer the former (even if they probably wouldn't admit it). And no, I'm not being racist here (it'd be pretty strange if I was, given that I'm Chinese myself), its simply the truth. Even in fiction, the only loners are villains or antiheroes, and any heroes that start off as loners are quickly "fixed" as the plot progresses.

That said, while I'm rather pleased that the mangaka chose to tackle the theme from such a unique angle, I'm also slightly disappointed with the pacing. It seems to suffer from what I call "Instant Nakama syndrome" - characters who only met for a few seconds immediately treat each other like they've been pals for years. Yozora and Sena immediately fall into the roles of "friendly" rivals, Yukimura instantly treats Kodaka like he's some karate sensei, Sena and Yozora both treat Kodaka like he's been a mock-slave to them for years, etc. This is the kind of thing that's easily forgiveable for a shounen manga, but not overlookable for this seinen manga, since the main theme is "making friends".

Still, the art is good, and the slapstick comedy scenes are pretty funny. If you're looking for a deep manga series that tackles the issue of being a loner realistically, you won't find it here. But if you just wanna read a fun manga for a change, this series if for you.

As of the time this comment is being posted, the manga is still only in its 10th (translated) chapter, so I won't rate it for now.
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Meosnelsity comment   
Rating: N/A
by angeltheya_12
August 1st, 2010, 3:09pm
I agree to her 100% since i'm also asian and i've experienced that thing called being a"loner"
It's not really like those "always happy happy in school " or like, making ur own world to provide the stuffs
You lacked.And yeah... It really happens in real life... (what we sometimes see in mangas) other students bully you if you are a loner and nervous to be friends with others... And also same in other mangas... If you are charismatic enough you'll have a lot of friends...
From my perpective we should have empathy for other countries social issues ... And i think we think too narrow that we see everything from what we believe or told... Here in North america/canada we are taught in a completely different way about how to treat/response asians' way of life.
Well i digress. But i like the art on this manga thou i havent read it yet.... Cause i have been captivated to those previous comments... But i'll edit my comment as soon as a read this (^_^)

... Last updated on August 1st, 2010, 3:11pm
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You never know if you haven't ever been to asian school.   
Rating: 8.8 / 10.0
by meosnelsity
July 25th, 2010, 2:16am
Like in so many Japanese manga that, at least some point in their story, deal with a character who initially is alone but makes a bunch of different friends as the story moves on. The reality in East Asian countries is that the school life (not university or prep school) for kids is not really, rather, about finding their mate or preparing for their future but making a "group" of friends just like what this manga puts primarily for its main topic. Most asian kids become more nervous when they don't belong to some group of something unlike that many weirdos you frequently encounter in America. Although I personally lack knowledge of recent trends, I did have similar experience before, and I think everyone does at some point in their life - if you haven't, that means you are lucky or, maybe, naive.

I don't know why I got so serious and wrote the previous paragraph, but probably I reacted too much from the previous comment. Anyway, I had a good time reading this one. If you had read my comment too seriously, here's a pitfall prevention: the actual manga content is NOT that serious about making friends nor serious about psychology (although I can't really judge at this early stage), it's a mere joke, a lovely dovey manga.

Recently, many new manga have joined my hardrive, and this one was the last one I checked today. They were all really fun to read like Tasogare Otome x Amnesia, Emu Emu, Fortune Arterial, Amagami - Precious Diary, Isuca, Dead Soul Revolver, Lotte no Omocha!, Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu, and Sankarea to name few. Well, hell yeah, I prefer those kind of drawings with ecchi romance or fantasy combo. If you have liked this one, you would probably want to check those I mentioned here though some of them recently become popular already.

... Last updated on January 23rd, 2011, 2:27am
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holy sheep shit batman   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by HuhWhat
July 21st, 2010, 1:35am
So what do a bunch of attractive high school loners do when school has failed to provide them with friends? Why, take matters into their own hand and start a club. Of course! Why didn't I think of that?

It's like I'm reading something I've watched before.

EDIT: Perhaps I make it sound like I dislike this; but I assure you that's not the case. Like with most other manga, this one has stringent bits of unoriginality and far-fetchedness; but they don't really flake away the comedy. It's at least 10x more amusing than most other school-based comedies. And in this decade, that's an awfully long list.

... Last updated on August 2nd, 2010, 9:31am
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