Haganai NEXT Ep 4 – Turning Point

Picking up exactly where Episode 3 left off, the episode leaves the question of Kodaka’s arranged marriage with Sena unanswered and transitions into another typical scenario for friends: going to a theme park. It’s a very generic and predictable start.

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Yeah :/

The jokes are pretty much recycled and it works to comfortably move the scenes along. I thought the Black Dragon gag was a little long, but it was very effective at conveying how much of a rape train the ride was. Since I’ve had the pleasure of being forced to go on terrifying ride before, I related very easily to Yozora, Sena, Maria and Kobato.


My thoughts weren’t much different

Besides the vulgarity, another cautionary observation is that fanservice is at a higher-than usual level in this episode…
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Even with all that, viewers will inevitably become used to the rhythm of the series by now and start cruising through the series until a more significant episode hits. It’s not really a let down, more like it marks the start of the chain of average Episodes you can skip if you’re going to Re-watch…


Haganai hasn’t disappointed me yet and it didn’t start today. The twist seriously came out of the blue. We’d already long accepted Yukimura as a guy, but now they turn around and slap us with the bombshell that he’s a she. First Rika, now Yukimura. No wonder Yozora’s so sad.

Like with every episode, even though I knew it was time for it, I prayed the ED wouldn’t arrive for just a few more minutes. I really wanted to see Kodoka pick up on Yozora’s obvious jealousy.

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Haganai is winding up the tension between Kodoka and Yozora in the shadows of each episode. Something big is gonna happen between them – As if I needed to be any more eager for the next episode to come out.

Again, I had a blast with this episode, although the fun time was a step down in this one. However, the pressure is on now. Will Haganai down the ante and serve us less eventful episodes to build up for a heavy duty installment? Or will it just throw out an episode that will rock us like the Black Dragon?


About LessThanFree

Average, lazy guy who loves to game and appreciates anime and movies. Studies on the side.

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