Aharen-san wa Hakarenai

TV (12 eps)
3.764 out of 5 from 4,259 votes
Rank #2,478

Follows the "indecipherable" daily life of the short and quiet Reina Aharen and Raidou who sits next to her in class. Aharen is not so good at gauging the distance between people (or personal boundaries), and Raidou initially sensed some distance between the two of them. Then one day, when Raidou picked up the eraser that Aharen had dropped, the distance between them suddenly became uncomfortably close.

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Aharen-san is Indecipherable is a cute comedy series I have been watching. It's one of those shows where you have a girl who has some noticeable quirk whether it's an inability to speak/communicate or being typically shy.  In this one, the series revolves around Raidou, a tall young man who suffers from RBF which is a shame due to him actually being a pretty nice guy. When he arrives at high school on his first day, he resolves to make friends starting with a small girl sitting across from him.  However, whatever attempt he makes to get this girl to talk with him falls flat but he is not deterred. After giving her eraser back when she dropped it during class, the girl, Reina Aharen, takes that to mean that he was now her best friend and becomes closer to him. It's a cute series that does not have an overarching story, but it is still enjoyable because I love seeing Raidou interact with Aharen and trying to figure out what is on her mind.  Really, the comedy comes from his consistent wild mass guessing on what Aharen is thinking at the moment coming to ridiculous conclusions like her being an assassin or adopting the punkster lifestyle.  The characters are overall lovable except for one. Raidou is a nice guy and despite his appearance, he really does care about Aharen showed whenever he assumed that she was making a big decision and, instead of deterring her from it, he instead vows to assist, oftentimes imagining himself becoming a big star alongside her. When he first met her, he goes as far as to gather several materials just to communicate with her. Aharen is simply adorable, reminding me a lot of Kanna. She would appear "distant" at first, but it's really because she doesn't want to impose on others which would make them put off as a result. Her interactions with Raidou are adorable. It's just so cute how she clings to his arm whenever they are walking together. It's like a little cat clutching its owner's leg to keep its owner from leaving.  That being said, what makes the show dip in quality is Aharen's childhood friend Mitsuki. It called back to how I never attempted to watch Working!! because of Mahiru Inami's constant urge to punch any male that comes across her. Nothing about that was funny in the slightest instead being more annoying.  Much like Mahiru, Mitsuki is initially scared of Raidou which is...understandable. However, what she does next is just disturbing; she stalks him everywhere he went, yes, even including the restroom because she thought that he was antagonizing Aharen.  Except she's even worse. She cries a lot, and she continued to antagonize Raidou even when Aharen cleared things up even one time admitting that she was tempted to shave Raidou bald just because she was jealous of him. How is any of that funny? This character is just annoying and I personally feel the show would have been better without this character. Animation quality is good and polished. Voice work is also done well. 

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