Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai – 2: Monster Hunter Semoponume
Smart, pretty, stacked, athletic, hardcore gamer, in need of a friend.
If there’s ever a list petitioning for her to exist in the mortal realm, sign me up for it.
I’m not quite sure how the ragtag trio of the Rinjin-bu decided that playing Monster Hunter 3 would strengthen their bond of friendship.
I’m also not clear how they managed to get away with spoofing MH3 in such a blatant manner. Where’s the fun though, if you have to censor it?
But come to think of it, multiplayer games are how people interact right now. Or at least 2 years ago.
Go back 10 years and you’ll see children toting large keychain bundles of Digimon devices, skulking about the neighbourhood, looking for other kids who have similar devices to engage in battle.
Now it’s 4 people getting together to spend hours on end questing for who knows what on their PSPs, complete with constant connection to a power source.
This is the smug look of a person who had burnt 50+ hours over the weekend just to get to Level 6, otherwise known as the pinnacle of level progression in MH3.
And still manages to look this good.
She’s way out of my league man. And she isn’t even real. At least that’s what I force myself to believe. For sanity’s sake.
Now Episode 1 had a lot of talking and general non-action, but was still amusing. Episode 2 makes an explosive improvement; some of it’s parodies are near Gintama-level. Not quite, as Gintama is famed for taking the piss out of other series and games, but this comes close.
It’s more of paying a homage to the Monster Hunter series, and not mocking it.
It’s all there. The nondescript box you see at the start of all missions with the essential stuff to pick up. The environments, which are arguably prettier than what can be produced on the outdated PSP graphics engine, and the monsters whose names I have no recollection of.
Should have dedicated more time playing MH3 while in the army. But FIFA was all the rage, so fuck it.
The difference between a level 1, level 3 and level 6. I shan’t tell you who is what level, but you ought to make an educated guess.
Ahh, the friendly fire that cannot be disabled. Simultaneously proving to be a bane to a pro when a noob accidentally knocks him down, and a source of endless hilarity when your friend fucking meant it.
I like how Sena charges up her attack all Ninja Gaiden-style. I bet the developers didn’t think of it that way. Blame the way my mind perceives things.
I laughed when Yozora produced a barrel of explosives out of nowhere.
We get that a lot in games. Games fail to explain how the main character doesn’t carry anything, but has an ‘inventory’ of stuff that cannot possibly fit in his pocket, nor do they explain how a character can lower his weapon out of view and produce another weapon instantaneously while bringing it back up into view.
EDIT: I just realised Sena got shot in the ass. There. I’ve pointed it out.
Didn’t work out in the end. Somehow playing this game in the anime world enables the characters to fight each other.
Then they’d wouldn’t have to go the roundabout way of exploiting the friendly fire.
So I guess eroge or galge is the way to go then. I mean making friends is as easy as picking the right option out of 3 or 4 given choices, right?
…actually I shall not bore you with what went on about the second part of the episode. The trio are still in the formative stages of establishing a friendly relationship with each other, so it’s a bit pointless talking about how well they’re interacting with each other and stuff like that.
I think I’ll be better off spotting all the one-liner-worthy scenes. Onwards to random musings.
Well played, Haganai, well played. Trying to distance yourself from comparisons to similarly-themed school club anime Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu by spoofing one of their characters in an in-your-face manner, naming her Nagata Yukiko, in effect reminding viewers who’ve watched The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi about a certain Yuki Nagato with emotions. That was one sentence.
That’s taking a right dig at Suzumiya Haruhi. I like their style.
I wonder why Kodaka, who unlike me is from the same dimension and in close proximity, and will probably get kissed by either or both of them, is completely apathetic to their reclined postures.
I, on the other hand, am aroused by what I would term The Schrodinger Pantsu Theory. As we cannot see their pantsu, we can conclude that Yozora and Sena are simultaneously wearing and not wearing any panties, until the point Kodaka helps us to confirm the result.
So living by this theory, these two pictures are full of WIN.
I like to stitch pictures, so indulge me by taking a look at Sena, who’s crossdressing as a guy who like to show his cleavage, and Yozora dressed as a sultry teacher, who apparently has no qualms sitting on top of a shoe locker rack that probably hasn’t been cleaned since it was installed at that location. Not to mention the height of the locker that would render it impossible to sit upon without the aid of an object to stand upon.
Sena must also have her own Shouko’s corner. I am beginning to think Kodaka is gay. To have no reaction to Sena, who looks capable of making girls fall for her, one has to be gay.
To wrap up, I must say that I watched this episode with a stupidly wide grin plastered across my face, while sitting on a train in London bound for Oxford, and with people facing me in the seat across. But Haganai really pulled out all the stops in the second episode with a torrent of blatant references, parodies and spoofs. Of games, no less. This series really catches my eye, unlike Denpa Onna, which took 3 episodes to do so, and exactly 3 more for me to lose it.