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Haganai Movie Due – Author: “A Bad Idea I Know”

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Tomodachi ga Sukunai’s author Yomi Hirasawa has not only confirmed that a live action movie adaptation is due, he also concedes he authorised it despite thinking it “unsuited” to 3D, and politely asks fans to stop trying to get it cancelled…

He is admirably frank in admitting he thinks he may have erred in allowing the project to go through:

It doesn’t get much more uncool than being revealed through a request for extras (I won’t use the work’s keyword of “unfortunate”), but yes, there is a live action movie adaptation of Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai underway.

The offer asking to adapt it into a movie came in June of 2011, and with the first season of the anime under way it was the most positive time of my life.

Personally I don’t think Haganai is really suited to live action, so when it came to discussing the offer I was dead against it.

However, I was quite worried about the future of the light novel industry at the time, so I recall acceding to the request thinking that “it’s necessary for the health of the industry to get new people working on adaptations beyond just anime and manga, instead of just fighting over slices of a tiny pie.”

As to what I think now after a second season of the anime, let’s just say that with lots of people already working on the project it doesn’t really matter, and leave it at that.


Lastly, a request. On Twitter and elsewhere there are petitions and the like trying to get the movie cancelled. However much you hate it, rather than trying to destroy it, wouldn’t it be better just to ignore it?

That doesn’t apply just to films, but also anime, manga and games, it’s all the same.

IF you dislike something, there is absolutely no need to try to force yourself to accept it, and if you don’t want to watch it, you don’t have to.

I have written any number of times about the malign nature of trying to eliminate something you don’t like by force in Haganai, so I trust readers will be able to understand my point.

I love 2D media such as anime and light novels, so if I said I had misgivings about 3D adaptations of them I’d be lying, but whether I affirm or deny the decision I made 2 years ago I’d still rather see the movie first.

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