Haganai NEXT #1 & #2: Revenge of the Meat

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The misadventures of our seven socially inept Breakfast Club misfits continues with Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT, Media Factory and AIC Build’s continuation of the Fall 2011 adaptation of Yomi Hirasaka’s light novel series.

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Not bad, but in order for it to be 100% accurate, you'll need a little more in the chest area.

Not bad, but in order for it to be 100% accurate, you’ll need a little more in the chest area.

So what’s new at the Neighbor’s Club this time in Episode 1? Well, word around school is that something called a pouf is becoming the next big thing. So Yozora and Rika manage to ploy Sena into styling her hair into this pouf.

Speaking of hair, I might as well come out and say it: I’m not a fan of Yozora’s short hair. I liked her better with long hair. And why the heck is she wearing lame knee-length socks? One thing I was looking forward to again was her nice thigh-high-clad legs. This is an insult! …I like nice legs, so what?

Anyway, in order to complete Sena’s pouf, they require a watermeon, a bikini, fireworks, and yakisoba. Wait, what?

Not sure if Lady Gaga would approve...

Not sure if Lady Gaga would approve…

So Sena decides to walk home. I have no idea how you’re supposed to walk with all that stuff in your hair. But the next day, she says that her father spanked her and told her to take it down. By the way, nopan is still in effect for NEXT.

Later that night, Sena is bugging Kodaka to come over to her house the next day so they can study for finals. He asks Kobato if she wants to come along, and I suppose her shocked expression pretty much says no. Or maybe hell no. When Kodaka comes over, he realizes Sena’s dad is always constantly asking about him.

I knew it all along. The blush, the suspiciously specific denial. He's tsundere.

I knew it all along. The blush, the suspiciously specific denial. He’s tsundere.

A quick glance into Sena’s room shows that her ceiling is filled with photos of Yozora, and she also bought her wig, hoping that it’ll give her motivation to deliver payback against her. Scary…

Anyway, Stella gives Kodaka some snacks and condoms. You heard me, condoms. Yeah, I don’t know either. Anyhoo, Sena and Kodaka take a breather from studying to play video games. She pops into her PlayingStates III a fighting game based on Kobato’s favorite anime, Fullmetal Necromancer. Having been forced to stay the night, Kodaka is asked by Pegasus (I forgot his name) if Sena is being bullied at school. If only he knew…

Yeah. Totally not the makings of a creepy stalker...

Yeah. Totally not the makings of a creepy stalker…

In Episode 2, Kodaka and Yozora enter the clubroom only to be greeted by Rika sporting a new look.

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Apparently, she only wears glasses for show. Why? It’s part of her character design, I guess. Anyway, after getting rejected by Kodaka, she finds refuge in an anime movie called Homo Game Club, which is based from 18+ homoge, but made work safe by the TV anime. Yozora forbids it, but Rika says never to judge a book by its cover. Kodaka, knowing that feel all too well, agrees that she should play it.

So they watch Homo Game Club and it’s actually pretty good. Good enough to drive Yozora and Sena to tears. Afterwards, Rika is brainstorming which of her eroges she should bring, which brings Sena to the point of why her gal games are badmouthed. Apparently, Yozora’s answer basically sums up to that it matches the goal of the Neighbor’s Club, as opposed to what Sena plays…

More importantly, I'd like to know why the girl bears a striking resemblance to Kobato.

More importantly, I’d like to know why the girl bears a striking resemblance to Kobato.

Yozora then dares her to read the dialogue on the current scene out loud to prove her point. Sena fires back, daring her to do the same with Homo Game Club. She ends up reciting the awesome-sounding lines word-for-word. Which bring us back to Sena’s game, titled One Day, I Suddenly Got a Blond Little Sister with Pigtails and I Can’t Take it Anymore.

Exactly my point. All these ridiculously long titles are getting out of hand.

Exactly my point. All these ridiculously long titles are getting out of hand.

The show cuts to commercial before she is able to say the full line... fortunately.

The show cuts to commercial before she is able to say the full line… fortunately.

After final exams are finished, Kodaka meets a Sister that looks exactly like Maria, but taller. That is actually Kate, Maria’s older sister. She expresses her gratitude to the club for looking after Maria because it’s revealed that before she started advising the club, Maria became more and more conceited. And it took Yozora knocking her down a few pegs to get her out of that mindset.

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…I’m gonna pretend that didn’t happen. Moving right along, Kodaka meets with Yozora and Sena, and they start comparing their answers from their finals. Which causes Kodaka to worry if he may have misspelled something on his history test. Comparing answers are serious business.

Well, that’s the start of Haganai NEXT. Kodaka really should keep an eye out for Sena. I don’t think that’s normal behavior…

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