Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai – episode 5

This week, Kodaka made some lunch for Maria, Kobato got jealous, everyone played a VR game, and then Kobato joined the club.

Wait, you want me to do a proper post? But almost nothing happened! Fine, here goes…

Look, I did enjoy this week’s episode, Haganai remains as funny as it’s ever been, that’s a given, but after introducing three main characters all in one episode last week, it seemed like there wasn’t a hell of a lot the writers could think of doing this week. Once again, I enjoyed it, but it’s just going to be hard to write about for a few hundred words, but I’ve already gone past 100, why stop now?

This week opens with Kobato talking to Kodaka about the club again, and when Kodaka mentions that he’s going to make lunch for Maria in a bid to get her to eat something a bit healthier than potato chips, Kobato gets jealous of her.

He still makes the lunch for Maria and gives it to her anyway, and after Kodaka tells Maria that she reminds him of Kobato, she begins calling him onii-chan. Sena absentmindedly mutters that she wishes she could go into a game world and Rika naturally has a VR game that she has a beta copy of, so everyone decides to try it out using the incredibly well named LargeHard console. Seriously, LargeHard? Come on, PlayingStates was a better name; at least that was just a PlayStation rip-off, not really stupid innuendo! (Though if I showed that to some of the students at the school I used to attend, they’d laugh for hours)

Everyone ends up choosing bizarrely dressed character classes, with Kodaka being a “wizard”(read: Otaku), Yozora being dressed in a flower costume, etc. Except for Maria, who pretty much wears the same thing she usually does, now with pink rather than blue. (I’m actually surprised they didn’t take the opportunity for an Index shout-out, given how both characters are sisters and they share the same voice actors)

Long story short, they fight some weird looking monsters which happen to be a kind of food Kodaka used to eat, he gets upset when the others try to kill them, then they get to a boss. Maria ends up going to sleep and letting her character just stand around while everyone else gets killed off by the boss one-by-one until it’s just Kodaka and Maria’s immobile character left, but Kodaka can’t do anything because he picked a useless character class. Suddenly, Maria’s character starts moving around and talking about her “kindred”. Naturally, this turns out to be Kobato, who’s come to find out what Kodaka’s been doing in the afternoons. After an argument with Maria about Kodaka, it’s decided that Kobato will become a member of the club, considering she has no friends either.

Whew, did it! There really wasn’t much to talk about this week, but like I’ve said, it was still funny and very entertaining. But seriously, what is up with the way things are named in this show? Is LargeHard riffing off another console or something that I’m unaware of?

6 Responses to “Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai – episode 5”

  1. 1 Anonomyous
    7 November 2011 at 6:40 am

    For Index, they did do a reference. Maria even said she would always be a nun of god or something. And Kodaka said that he saw her look somewhere. This episode was full of references

    • 2 Gooney
      7 November 2011 at 6:53 am

      I just assumed that was because Maria is a nun, and I thought that what Kodaka said was just because it was so similar to what she usually wore. Can’t believe I didn’t pick up on those!

  2. 3 Karry
    7 November 2011 at 1:41 pm

    “I’m actually surprised they didn’t take the opportunity for an Index shout-out”

    What did you think that was ?
    This series supposedly is a treasure trove of shout-outs. To that dead fucker Steve Jobs, to Monster Hunter, to OreImo, to…i dont remember, i saw a half-page list of these on one of the forums.

    • 4 Gooney
      7 November 2011 at 1:58 pm

      See the above comment, I realise that I made a mistake and I’m sorry about that. I’ll try to avoid it in future.

  3. 5 aDubiousNotion
    8 November 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Largehard wasn’t innuendo, it was another parody of a real company, just subtler than PlayingStates.

    If you take the inverse of the two words “large” and “hard”, you get Microsoft.

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