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【Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends】Why wasn’t a third season made? An in-depth examination

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“Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends,” a popular work that became a huge hit and left a definite mark in the world of novels, was never made for a third season!
The second season was also a big hit, but the anime adaptation stopped there, and I summarized the reasons why and the possibility of a third season in the future!

The spark that ignited the shame-based romantic comedy genre! The series has sold a total of 7 million copies!

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Light novels have taken off, and many anime adaptations such as “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya”, “Toradora! Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai” and many other anime adaptations were successful in the 2000s.
In the last year of the 2000s, “Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends” was published by MF Bunko J in 2009.

The author debuted with “Horned”, which won the Excellence Award at the 0th MF Bunko J Light Novel Newcomer’s Award. which won the MF Bunko J Light Novel Newcomer’s Award, and Yomi Hirasaka, the author of “Ranobe Club” and other works.
Since then, he has been attracting the attention of some fans as a reckless writer who uses the names of actual novels, manga, anime, and games.

The illustrations were done by Mr. Buriki.
At the time, he was already an up-and-coming artist who had already drawn a lot of attention for his illustrations in “Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko” by Iruma Ningen.

The catchphrase for “Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends”, created by these two artists, was “Shame kei youth romantic comedy”.
At that time, the word “shame kei” was not yet in common use, but was simply used to describe the content of this work.

As the catchphrase suggests, the characters in this work are generally disappointing.

The protagonist, Hasegawa Kodaka, is a petulant half-breed with a pudding head that makes him look like a delinquent.
The heroines are all beautiful, but there’s also Mikazuki Yozora, who’s a slacker with a poisonous tongue who talks to air friends, Sena Kashiwazaki, who’s a queen but is so hungry for a friendly relationship that she’s happy to be called “meat,” and a man’s daughter who yearns to be a real man… There’s also Yukimura Kusunoki, a girl who thinks she’s a man but is really a girl, and Rika Shiguma, a genius but delusional and foul-mouthed girl who loves vulgar jokes.
This is the story of how these girls formed a club called the “Neighborhood Club” for the purpose of making friends, and how they spend their trivial daily lives with the addition of Kobato, Kotaka’s younger sister who is suffering from “Chuunibyou”, and Maria Takayama, a young girl sister.

Although so-called “disappointing beauties” and “disappointing handsome men” appeared in various works at the time, there was almost no precedent for a romantic comedy that focused on disappointing characters and their disappointments.
The number of fans continued to increase, and after a comicalization and drama CD release, a TV anime adaptation was announced in 2011.

When the anime adaptation was announced, advertisements were placed in the Asahi and Yomiuri newspapers.
Among them, “Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends(I have few friends)” sold over 2 million copies even before it became an anime. In 2011, the annual sales of novels were over 2 million copies.

In 2011, it became the number one selling novel of the year, and the total number of copies sold for the series, including the manga version, reached 7 million.
After the success of this work, the “shame kei” genre was born, and it became a huge hit that had a major impact on the industry.

The anime was a hit! The abbreviation “Haganai” also became popular

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The first season of the TV anime that aired in the fall of 2011 was a visualization of the four volumes of the original novella.
Before the anime aired, the abbreviation “Haganai” proposed by the author, Mr. Hirasaka, was not yet firmly established, but with the broadcast of the anime, the abbreviation was used in many media, and before long, it became widespread.
This unusual abbreviation also attracted the attention of anime fans, and the first season of Haganai became a hit, recording 11,000 disc sales.

At the time, disc sales were higher than they are now, but even so, breaking 10,000 was a respectable figure, surpassing the sales of “Hanasaku Iroha” and “YuruYuri” that were broadcasted the same year.
Naturally, plans for a sequel were launched, and the second season “Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends NEXT” was broadcast in the winter of 2013.

In the first season, the main focus was on the daily life of the Neighborhood Club, but in the second season, which was based on the four to eight volumes of the original story, the romantic feelings and relationships were portrayed and each character was delved into, making the anime more like a romantic comedy.
It was well received by the anime fans, and although the disc sales were not as high as the first season, it recorded over 7,000 copies, which can be called a fair result.

After this, however, Haganai hit the brakes.

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