5/15-5/21 Anime review. “Haganai”, “INVADERS of the ROKUJYOMA”, and “My Bride Is a Mermaid”

TLDR:
Haganai: Skip
Invaders: Stream
Mermaid: May be worth buying, definite watch.

Longer version:
“Boku Wa Tomodachi Ga Sukunai” (“Haganai”):
This show had two seasons but no ending. Worse yet, I don’t think it will GET an ending, which is too bad because it was starting to come to a conclusion at the very end of the second season.  I’ve since read up what I could find online about the series, and apparently the original writer of the light novels had a huge falling out with the editors of the anime and wrote a ‘horrible’ ending to his novels, so the anime is dead. No conclusion means I just can’t recommend it. Basically this harem goes no where so just avoid it.

 

“INVADERS of the ROKUJYOMA”:
This series also doesn’t conclude, but there may be future seasons to rectify that. If there does end up being a second (or even third) season and they end up as good as this first one, this’ll be a definite recommend.  It’s not anything really new in the harem genre but I actually liked all the characters in this one. The main character isn’t an idiot, the girls aren’t either, and I like that. They all have their definite agenda’s and they clash, but they are all finding ways to appreciate and work with each other. The magic/sci-fi/ghost combo just works here and I fully expect a time travel arc in a future season. I usually HATE time travel in TV and movies but I think it may actually work here.  I’m recommending this one be watched but just stream it. The recommendation may change if it does/or doesn’t get future seasons.

“Seto no Hanayome” (“My Bride Is a Mermaid”):
This one basically has a conclusion after the first 26 episodes. There was an OVA but it’s basically just 4 short stories showing the wacky going ons in the characters lives. Basically this story is, “Drowning boy gets saved by a mermaid. Mermaid law demands they marry. Mermaid’s family is actually Yakuza and her Dad thinks a better solution is to just kill said boy because nobody touches his precious precious daughter!” Hi-jinks commence.  I know this won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, and I’ll admit the first half of the first episode is kind of ‘meh’, but I was laughing my ass off the rest of the way.  This show was hilarious and I say that after watching it in English. (Usually a sub kind of guy but the English voice actors did a really good job here.)  I’m not going to say more here but I’m seriously considering this a series I’ll buy. At the very least find a way to stream this if you can.

As per always I’m trying not to spoil anything in the ‘review’ above, but I’ll gladly delve into them in the comments!