10 February 2014

僕は友達が少ない Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai

Title: 僕は友達が少ない Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
English Title: I Don't Have Many Friends
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Year: 2014
  • 瀬戸康史 Seto Koji
  • 北乃きい Kitano Kie
  • 大谷澪 Otani Mio
  • 高月彩良 Takatsuki Sara
  • 神定まお Kanjo Mao
  • 久保田紗友 Kubota Sayu
  • 山田萌々香 Yamada Momoka
  • 栗原類 Kurihara Louis
  • 石原良純 Ishihara Yoshizumi

Hasegawa Kodaka transferred to a new high school about three months ago, but he still hasn't made any friends. Kodaka was born from a Japanese father and a British mother, and people assume he is a troubled kid because of his naturally blonde hair.

Kodaka sees his classmate Mikazuki Yozora taking to herself in an empty classroom. Yozora claims that she's talking to her pretend friend Tomo, because she doesn't have any friends.

Kodaka told Yozora about how he really wants to have a true friend. Yozora then creates the Neighbor's Club, so that people can meet other people who want to make friends. Yozora forces Kodaka to enroll in the club.

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai is about a group of strange individuals who find it difficult to make friends. For one reason or another, they just can't seem to fit in with their peers, and they are always excluded from group activities.

Hasegawa Kodaka: There's 7 billion people in this world, and whoever you can meet is destined. And among those people you meet, those who become your friend are a great miracle as the chances are one of 7 billion.

Some people say you can't choose your families but you can always choose your friends, and I sometimes wonder if that's true. Strictly speaking, you can only be friends with people you encounter regularly such as in your communities, in your schools, in your religious groups, and in your social groups. To an extent, it is only possible to be friends with someone who have something in common with you, such as social status or religious beliefs, etc.

Hasagewa Kodaka, Mikazuki Yozora, Kashiwazaki Sena, Kusunoki Yukimura, and Shiguma Rika may have very different personalities, but it was possible for them to get together because they all have some things in common: they are outcasts in school, and they are all longing to make friends.

The movie also highlighted one important aspect of friendship; you need to spend time regularly so that you can get to know each other, hopefully on a much deeper level.

When Yozora established the Neighbor's Club, they finally have a club room where everyone can go to hang out. Since they spend a lot of time together, they then start to care for each other as friends.

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai is based on a manga with the same title, which possibly explains why the characters are slightly off-kilter. Even though most normal people tend to downplay their weirdness or hide their eccentricities, most characters here have no qualms about telling or showing strangers their unconventional ways.

It's also important to note how the film is demeaning to women, because there are a lot of unnecessary scenes that expose women's bodies. Since it has a mostly female cast, that means there's a lot of useless frames showing panties and bras.

僕は友達が少ない Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai