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OP/ED of the Day #23: Zannenkei Rinjinbu

Title: Zannenkei Rinjinbu ~Hoshi Futatsu Han~ | Artist: The Neighbors Club | Show: Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai


Description: This is the opening theme to Haganai, the common abbreviation for Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, or "I Don't Have Many Friends" in English. It's a show about a bunch of losers in high school that have no idea how to make friends. They set up the "Neighbors' Club" with the intent of both studying how to make friends, and practicing what the hell to do with them afterward. The losers in question include a rich girl with a large fan club but no confidants, a foul-mouthed tsundere who's transferred schools so often she's barely bonded with anyone ever, a science maniac who'd rather ship male mecha together than talk to her classmates, a student that everyone thinks is a girl but swears up and down is male, and a perfectly nice guy that happens to look like a scary juvenile delinquent (his natural blond hair goes a long way toward this). The club is also later joined by the scary guy's little sister (grade schooler, also blond, and a chuunibyou) and a nun-in-training (also in elementary school), being as this is actually a catholic school. They're all losers on their own merits and they're a goddamned mess as a group, which leads to great fun for the viewers.

Why You Picked It: The song is very well matched to the show. It's sung by the main female cast members' VAs, and it has them each calling themselves and each other out on their idiosyncrasies. Its name translates roughly to "Neighbors' Club of Losers ★★☆" (that two-and-a-half stars is in the title, "~Hoshi Futatsu Han~" and I have no idea what it's doing there) and it wastes no time in letting you know these people are exactly that. It's got a lot of energy for such a self-deprecating work, but that's also how the show itself feels. Basically all of the club members' actions are a desperate attempt to stay positive even through their self-acknowledgement of being losers. Most of their club activities might actually have helped them had someone - and it's a different someone every time - not sabotaged it out of spite or reflex or habit or who-the-hell-knows-what-else. This song really captures the fact that they're trying to have fun, sort-of-together, even though they know they're not "normal" and can't reshape themselves to fit in. As negative as I make this all sound, the show is really upbeat most of the time, if not a little frenetic, so this song is a really great fit for it in a lot of ways.

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