When a teaser trailer for the live-action movie adaptation of Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (or Haganai, for short) was first streamed on the Web earlier this year, it didn’t just give us a glimpse of what the final movie would be like.

The teaser also left many of its viewers (including myself) intrigued, due to the ominous note on which the teaser ended: “And so they begun to play the forbidden game”.


Fortunately, we won’t have to wait till the live-action movie’s February 1 release in Japan to find out, as a new full-sized trailer for the film has revealed what the afore-mentioned “forbidden game” is referring to, along with it the premise of the movie, which differs greatly from the original light novels and anime series of the same name (the original author opted not to be involved in this project).

But before I give it all away, you might want to first spend a moment to watch the new full-sized trailer. Even if you don’t understand Japanese, the visuals alone might give you a clue as to what’s going on here.

In the Haganai live-action flick, shortly after Yozora and gang forms the Rinjin-bu (Neighbours’ Club) for the purpose of learning how to make friends, they discover (or build) a device that could transport them into a computer game world, thus allowing them to simulate and practise the friend-making process in a safe, virtual environment — that’s the so-called “forbidden game” that the teaser trailer had previously been referring to.

Although Yozora expresses her disapproval for using the device initially, she inadvertently goes along with the plan. As the trailer shows, the Rinjin-bu members quickly find themselves to be quite popular in this virtual reality.

However, disaster strikes when, after the gang has gotten acclimatised to the virtual world, a malfunction with the device leaves Yozora and gang trapped in the virtual world forever. Can they safely return back to the real world?

It is unclear at the moment if actor and model Louis Kurihara’s character, the tyrannical school council president Saionji (who serves as the villain and an original character exclusive to the film), is part of the real world or the virtual game world that Yozora and gang are stuck in.


The live-action movie adaptation of Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai opens in theatres all across Japan on February 1, 2014.

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