Yusa-“Please can I get my own spin off series!?” Producer-san-“Maybe…”
|We have reached the final episode of Haganai NEXT here on Metanorn! However, I have a strong feeling that there will be more of this for us to enjoy in the future! Also thanks to Ness for our new banners and icons! Anyway, how are you doing, Kara?|
|After having the same icon for two seasons, this was a nice change actually. But anyways, I’m sad that Haganai is ending. Obviously they left it this way to open up the possibility of another season, but it still felt okay as an ending…|
Rika has ESP?!
Rika-“Attack the harem master, my round metal friends!”
Quick someone better sign Rika up for Academy city because she developed super cool psychic powers overnight! Just kidding or am I? I think she would fit in quite well and become Kuroko’s rival in perverted moments. Once again I have to say that Rika stole the spotlight for the episode this week while the other characters deal with some changes in the club because Kodaka has avoided everyone from the club thanks to Sena’s random confession last time, but at least Hinata got some valuable screen time along with Yusa. I thought it was kind of funny watching Kodaka get tricked into “helping” the student council members with some physical labor, oh and Yukimura’s comment about him being turned into a slave by the council made me laugh so much! Damn she has a way with words and who could forget her reaction to use Kodaka’s yaoi-hole? OH MY GOD Rika what have you done to poor Yukimura’s innocent mind? I mean aside from that I really like Hinata’s personality and it kind of reminded me of Rider’s personality from Fate/Zero? Anyway back to Rika who used some extreme tactics and brainpower to get Kodaka to finally accept her as a friend by hitting him with those metal balls over and over again; however, in the end obviously EVERYONE in the club is his friend, it just took him a long ass time to figure that out.
High-tech Violence Solves Everything
Kodaka-“Damn you Rika and your scientific brain!”
Screw going to Academy City, the cast of Chuunibyou should get her to develop stuff for them. I’m sure they would love high tech ‘magical’ things like that (since S2 is apparently coming and all). Anyways, yeah. Rika totally did steal the show here. What better way to get the guy in denial to come to terms other than beating him up on the rooftop using a highly improbable manner? Okay, so I guess part of his awkwardness was because he didn’t want to commit and possibly break up the club. I’m just glad he figured out before the ending of this season. It was kind of funny (obviously in an ironic way) how he kept saying that he wasn’t the main character in a harem show, but this explains why he was never really an active participant in the girl’s activities and was more like the tsukkomi in the background. Anyways,Rika seems to have been friendzoned (only not really because I’d still say she’s an eligible OTP candidate), but Kodaka seems to be over his reluctance now. He and Sena were kind of blushing at the end, but I don’t think that means much other than that they need to talk about that (which I assume would end in Kodaka saying “ask again later and see how I feel then”, but who knows. The season is already over).
As for Yozora… Well, her running off like that was what made the ending feel incomplete (I honestly think they could have left it as Kodaka coming back to the club and life continuing on as usual). Though I’m not particularly upset about her leaving though since it found it funny in a way. It felt like it was tacked on last minute (only, I know that’s not true since Sena’s confession obviously impacted her heavily and I assume it happened in the novels too) and was like the production staff saying “Oh yeah, and Yozora is gone. Have fun buying the BDs and hoping that those will fund a season 3!” …In short, I found it unintentionally funny, so I’ll take it.
Fun with Rika and friends
Not sure if want.jpeg
Super aggressive Rika is kind of amazing!
Indeed, Mr. Kodaka…
Good bye my science waifu! Until we meet again love Fosh.
Damn I wanted more from that ending! Seriously why did it have to end like that? I guess we are to believe Yozora turns around and finds Kodaka or the other club members standing there? Then again, I think this is the classic anime misunderstanding because to Yozora she assumed Rika stole Kodaka away from her or am I way off because it certainly feels that way to me, but of course maybe Rika touched a nerve that bothered Yozora? Besides the dull ending which in my opinion easily opens the door for a Haganai movie that follows the club members looking for Yozora or can they produce a third season? I have no idea how popular Haganai is so only time will tell I guess…
While I was annoyed at the ending I had a blast with the second season because it gave me what I wanted from the first season with more Rika! And boy did she become one of the best developed characters in this series, but we had plenty of other characters that went through some dramatic changes like Yukimura finally figuring out she was a girl the ENTIRE time? We also watched Maria and Kobato sort of became friendly towards each other. Not to be forgotten, Kodaka discovered he HAS friends and Yozora wanted to get romantic with Kodaka? Rounding off the final characters with Sena who I feel is still the token fan service girl, but in the end she revealed more of her emotional side through the entire second season and obviously she LIKES Kodaka! So, who do you think had the most development this time?
So yeah. What I said above. I’m not particularly worried about the state of season three though. I don’t know for certain, but I assume Haganai is popular enough in Japan if all of the Kobato and Sena PVCs and paraphernalia I see while browsing is any indication (there was that PSP game that came out). Plus that ending just screams ‘sequel’. It might just be a cheap trick so that people are more willing to buy Haganai in order to increase the chances of another season, but I don’t think they would have planned the ending THAT poorly without the intention of another season. Maybe they even planned on this from the start, since the word ‘next’ is used in listing off things. The word ‘next’ doesn’t offer as much of a hint of closure then if they had named it something like ‘final’ (obviously). It’s more like saying, “this is the next Haganai”, hinting that there will be more. …Okay, I’ll stop rambling about this.
Overall, I wasn’t as disappointed by this as I was S2 of KoreZom (if that puts things into perspective. …Which it probably doesn’t.) I definitely forgot a lot of what happened in S1 and it seemed like there wasn’t a lot of character development that lasted very long. …Only there was because things like Sena’s engagement and Yozora learning that being childhood friends might not actually mean much (and Yukimura). And then of course, there was Rika, who completely stole the show and managed to maintain her character’s amazingness for pretty much the entire season. It might have been a bit slow and all over the place, but Haganai S2 actually did have a plot. …So where NEXT hasn’t ended well, at least S3 (assume that it’s made) will pick up in a very interesting spot.
Yozora-“That hat makes me look fat.”
Thanks for joining me Kara and thanks for all the comments along the way readers! Now we wait and see what happens next with this series.
Thanks again Fosh, for letting me join~. In other news, after much debate, Fosh and I have decided to leave on a journey due to this ending. …Don’t bother looking for us.