It had been a while since I watched anime; lifestyle changes and coursework deadlines greatly contributed to that. But when I found myself in Asia, tired from spending long days in the heat and just wanted to unwind for a bit, there was little else to do. I searched the net for an easy-going, episodic anime to watch occasionally as I travelled the world. Something I could put on for 20 minutes before going out to dinner.
I’m not a big fan of the slice of life genre, but I think when it’s done right, it’s really good. And Kimi to Boku? Definitely lit my interest on fire again. What was supposed to be a casual show, ended up taking up hours of my days. Valuable hours; hours that should be spend exploring, visiting temples and what not, but I simply couldn’t put it down. Luckily it’s only thirteen episodes, and the wifi was pretty bad in most places, so I was able to enjoy travelling despite my newfound obsession.
The best thing about this anime is definitely the characterisation. While a bit sentimental at times, the boys are very well fleshed out, and totally believable. They play off each others’ strengths and weaknesses, creating friendships that everyone should have in their lives.
Great characters make the comedy good too. The jokes work, and there’s few to none of the usual clichés you see so often in anime. For someone as apathetic as me, it was refreshing to finally have a show make me smile again (it’s been a rough year).
Likewise, the drama is heartbreaking. You really feel with the characters. The various crushes that they have, the upsetting love triangle that develops, the fight between the twins; they all twist you little heart strings into a knot of fluff and sympathy because you really care for the characters.
The best part of it all? I finished this show while in Tokyo. It took me a journey across the planet to finally get my feelings back in check, but seriously, it was magical. What better way to return to a long-term hobby and passion of mine, but with an incredible show in the Mecca of the medium.
I had a great time in Japan. I had a great time watching Kimi to Boku. And I’m having a great time writing about it.
- Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
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