When Kodaka Hasegawa finds out that he will be transferring to a new school, he is determined to make a positive impression, and maybe even some friends. However, Kodaka discovers he is out of luck when he immediately gets labeled as a violent delinquent due to his blond hair and intimidating expression. Although a month has passed, Kodaka is still alone thanks to his notorious reputation. However, his life begins to change when he finds fellow loner Yozora Mikazuki talking to her imaginary friend in an empty classroom. After sharing stories of their lonely high school life, Kodaka and Yozora decide to overcome the difficulties of making friends together by starting the Neighbor’s Club. Created for people who don’t have friends, daily activities involve learning social skills and how to fit in, which will hopefully allow them to make friends. Joined by the eroge-loving Sena Kashiwazaki, and other eccentric outcasts, Kodaka may finally have managed to find people he can call friends, in this club filled with hilarious oddballs. – My Anime List
Based on 17 review scores:
I really rank this Anime right with Oreimo which I previously said was one of my absolute favorites. I blew through this series is one night staying up incredibly late just to see the end and loved every moment of it. It has a lot of heart and soul to the story and the animation is great as well. Will everyone love this animation as much as me? Probably not, but if you’ve ever felt like you didn’t have a friend in the world or had to transfer schools and start all over again; then you’ll probably enjoy this animation as much as I did. I have no idea if the books will ever be translated and brought over, but I would love to read them after experiencing this adapted version of them.
I loved it, It was funny, and I can’t wait for the next season to come out. I really liked the plot, I agree it was less of “I never would have guessed” and more of “Knew it”,.but I’m really hoping this one comes to crunchyroll.
Dazz’s Anime Stop
This is a very strong “harem” series, with great amounts of character development, unique score, and interesting all around fun, While the show doesn’t make surprise factor into Kodaka’s backstory, and it isn’t knock off your seats with it’s English dub, the show is worth giving a few chances, and who knows? You might find yourself liking it.
The Foodie Geek
I just love how everyone in the cast is so humbled and baffled by the thought of making friends, to the point that the concept is actually very alien to them. Not being able to go to amusement park with friends, karaoke, beach, swimming pool, festivals, etc. in their late age actually make a good catalyst to highlight their personalities more. That ‘what if’ they were able to do so and how will they react to it thing. There’s one scene that Kodaka didn’t see any use for a cell phone other than to call home, but Rika suggested otherwise. You should see the look on Kodaka’s face when he was able to input a contact to his phone besides a family member! Much more, to Yozora, who never had any contacts to here phone in the first place.
The Geeks FTW
If you don’t mind anime nudity and sex jokes then I would recommend this anime.
Overall, Haganai is a fun series to watch with a lovely ending that leaves you wanting more as the relationships are not yet fully developed. Since a new beginning to the story seems to develop towards the end this make the next season a must watch straight away.
Haganai is a lot of cut-and-paste from other shows of the same genre, but it’s also got a grasp on keeping character interactions interesting and funny, even if some of it comes across as forced and annoying at times. The exclusion of a plot makes it hard for me to recommend based on any sort of writing merits, but the animation sure is pretty and the show comes across as harmless (except for the pointless nude scenes). It’s nothing new, but it’s good for what it is. Fans of harems and ecchi will enjoy this; people who aren’t into those genres will want to steer clear. My original review gave Haganai two and a half stars, but I think it’s more deserving of three, above average but not quite good.
Anime Review Center
As you can tell this anime evolved into a heram tords the end, I enjoy herams XD and most of the anime that I will review will be this genre. I enjoyed all of the characters’ personalities, mostly Rika’s.
Review With AD Dude
Overall the character have all unique traits and are individuals. They all stand out in their own way without over powering plot or overshadowing all the other characters. The interactions between the characters are just wonderfully lively and enjoyable to watch. The romantic elements don’t over power the comedy so this series is more of a comedy than a romance but there are enough hints to make any romantic watcher happy. The plots were well paced and no episode felt slow, mind you as a slice of life no episode will make you need to watch the next episode right away. The jokes are well played and that is all thanks to both the writing and the actors delivery. There are also some very touching scenes in the final episode of the season and those are pulled off wonderfully by the voice actors. The animation is well done, clean and crisp. All the character have a unique look; the guys are handsome, the girls are cute and some characters are both. Overall the season was well done.
My Anime List
Haganai just felt like a jumble of too many ideas, too many characters, and not enough depth anywhere. It is a shallow production laden with offensive language and poop jokes. And not the good kind of poop jokes, just repetition of the word “poop.” The show struggles with trying to be realistic whilst adding so many unrealistic elements it just became frustrating.
I enjoyed this series far more than I’d originally expected to; yes there is a fair amount of fan service; mostly involving the large-chested Sena whose bikini leaves little to the imagination. There is a little bit of actual nudity although this is hidden by ‘lens flare’… presumably things won’t be hidden on DVD releases. The characters were pretty good although Yozora’s bullying of Sena did reach uncomfortable levels at times. The reason I enjoyed it was because there were a good number of laughs in every episode; the way Yukimura perverted everything was hilarious!
Uneven but funny, Haganai is a short, enjoyable series that has great leads, okay side characters, and mixed-at-best storytelling/comedy.
Overall, if you can deal with cliches or are even looking for fanservice, you might find Haganai entertaining. When the series tries and doesn’t choose to pander, it can be funny, but overall I can’t really say it’ll be a series I’ll remember forever as among the greats, even for its kind. I give season one of Haganai a mediocre or so-so 3 out of 5. If it’s your type of thing and wind up liking it, check out season 2 which is coming soon to DVD. Join me next time when I transcend to wizard-dom.
The Nihon Review
In the end, no modicum of depth present here was able to stem the tide of mediocrity that eventually overcame this series. I did have some genuine laughs throughout Haganai, particularly at the beginning, so I will at least give it that, but you can be sure that there will be hardly a reason to jump up for a possible season two in the future if it is ever made.
The Fullmetal Narcissist
At first glance, Haganai looks like it has the potential to become more than the sum of it’s parts, both as a harem series and just as a series in general. Well, that’s what it wants you to think, with it’s eye-catching aesthetic and cynical tone. By not following through on any of this potential, it falls far below the sum of it’s parts, offering the same damn cheesecake garbage we’ve seen a million times before. I might be able to forgive it for that if it hadn’t been so pretentious in it’s presentation, and had just decided to have fun with itself like any ecchi show should do… But it doesn’t, which lowers my opinion of it right back down to the level of all those other pandering titty-fest shows that it should be at least technically superior to. It’s lazy, unoriginal; and just flat out not worth the effort.