Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai started with Yozora and Kodaka forming a club called The Neighbor’s Club with the intention of learning how to make friends. I think that was the reason although there were several times I thought I read Yozora said “to be popular”. I don’t know about you, but trying to make new friends and trying to be popular are two entirely different things.
Now, there were a lot of times Yozora mentioned that they’re not making any progress in their social lives, and kept emphasizing they haven’t make any friends. Really?!
The Neighbor’s Club members have been spending most of their free time, if not all, together. Let’s take a look at the list of things they’ve done together.
- Sing karaoke (although in different rooms)
- Swim at the pool (failed, but they went together didn’t they?)
- Holiday at a private beach
- Play video games
- Spent most of the summer holiday hanging out at the club
As far as I could tell, they are making plenty of friends. Each of them now has at least five friends no? Granted, the friendships aren’t very close.
I find it amusing to see the interpersonal relationship of Yozora and Sena as well as Kobato and Maria. For those who are following this series will know how these pairs never seem to get along with each other. Since the beginning and for a reason only she knows, Yozora took a liking to bully Sena. More often than not, whenever Yozora teases Sena, I pass it off as something she does because she is someone who doesn’t have a high EQ (Emotional Intelligence). It’s not a very good excuse, but Sena is a popular girl at their school. She only joins the club because she’s too popular with the boys that she couldn’t make any girl friends. It’s different case for Yozora.
As for Kobato and Maria, their rivalry is a result of their attachment to Kodaka. If it wasn’t for him, I bet they’ll get along just fine. I notice everytime they meet, Kobato and Maria will start to quarrel as if they just couldn’t stand the sight of each other. They even started punching and pushing each other when they found out they’re roommates at the beach house. That alone is enough to show how much they dislike one another.
But hey, guess what? They’re often found spending time together, even when they’re not bickering or shoving each other. Is it because they’re of same age that they find it easier to hang out with each other? I was actually smiling when I saw Kobato and Maria were hanging out watching the television together peacefully at the back. For a pair who does nothing but fight, it is a rare sight.
The same goes for Yozora and Sena. Since day one, all they did was fight and quarrel, nothing too friendly. But then again, Sena showed anxiety when Yozora mailed her that she was leaving the pool. They both have perfect understanding when plotting the not-so-perfect plan during their karaoke outing. And for the most part, Sena looks desperately wanting to be close and on friendly terms with Yozora.
The reasons why I wrote this post are 1) I find it weird why they keep saying they’re not making any friends, and 2) for Yozora and Sena, Kobato and Maria who can’t stand the sight of each other, they seem to enjoy the company of the other and would often be found nearby each other. Just thought it was kind of interesting…
Sometimes, friendship is a weird thing.