English: You and Me.
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 4, 2011 to Dec 27, 2011
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisThe story revolves around four teens — the good-looking twins Yuuta and Yuuki Asaba, the effeminate Shun Matsuoka, and the class head Kaname Tsukahara — who have known each other since early childhood. While they are not necessarily good or bad friends, they continue to hang out well into high school. The half-Japanese transfer student Chizuru Tachibana joins the circle of friends in this comedy about the everyday life of adolescence.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Kimi to Boku.
Sequel: Kimi to Boku. 2
Characters & Voice Actors
Kimi to Boku... You and me. In Japanese, this is a rather informal and comfortable way of saying the English equivalent, and it is a fitting title for the series. Though certainly not the most "exciting" show to air on Japanese television, it becomes strangely alluring in its own way, and leaves viewers wanting more.
The story is rather laid back, not too complex. It doesn't focus on about saving the world, helping a friend in dire distress, or even falling in love (that's not to say that there aren't any sweet dilemmas present). It's a slice of life that revolves around the theme of growing up and friendships that grow along with one's stature. Yes, the story revolves around 4 (then 5) males. At first, one feels like this could NEVER be anything but yaoi (male on male anime/manga), but it is anything but that. Instead, Kimi to Boku brings a new light on a what could be an "over-done" subject. Poetic prose seasons the the memories of the various protagonists who wistfully (and sometimes regretfully) reminisce the past, their experiences more than 10 years ago still having strong influences and ties to what is happening at the "now" of their life. As for romance, you'll have to see for yourself.
The art is also not of the "spectacular, melts the eyes and makes them bleed" type. Those who are looking for sophisticated backdrops and blinding visual effects should look elsewhere. However, as with many anime of this genre, the art compliments the story (indeed nearly every aspect of the anime) with its simplistic and relaxing tones and hues. Simple though it may be, some of the ending credit "snapshots" are sure to curve even the most stubborn of lips. It did mine.
The sound was what stood out to me at first. I understand it isn't for everyone, but with the reviews out now that say that its "okay" leave me confused. The opening ("Bye Bye" by the artist "7!!") and ending ("Nakumushi" by the artist "Miku Sawai") are perfectly in sync with the series, and are totally worth hearing in their full versions (you guys do this too, right?). Personally, I find these artists' other songs worthwhile as well. As for the rest of the music, it isn't perfect, but it is certainly well-matched and well-placed in each episode, and at times you can find yourself tapping your foot or even rocking your head to that catchy guitar.
The other outstanding aspect of this anime are the characters. At first glance, they are flat and uninteresting. Four (then five, you'll understand what I mean) high school boys: A very feminine, long-haired Matsuoka Shun, two rather good-looking yet otherwise un-noteworthy twins (Yuuki and Yuuta) who only speak in monotone voices, and a seemingly stereotypical, steady-type nerd (Kaname -> Megane). The fifth guy is something of a wild card. You'll see.
But, as the story progresses, it's like watching a flower bloom. (Spare me your spit and jeers for saying it in such a way, but I won't take it back.) The artist really pay attention to little details, and create such depth in these characters that you'll find yourself wondering why you ever believed in Santa Claus. Each episode, viewers learn just a little bit more about these boys: what they were like when they were little and how they acted as opposed to how they are now - insignificant little details, things that seem unimportant yet hold some strange and precious place in their hearts. To these characters, the world is changed through these little details, and their bonds, it feels, are irreplaceable.
If it was meant to be exciting, this anime is not that great. It would deserve those careless sixes and sevens and be overshadowed by better shows. But it seems the artist wants to do something else. What else is there to life besides head-pounding, heart-rushing battle? Simple, sweet, everyday life. A cup of tea with friends. Fretting over school and girls. It's these overlooked yet precious, precious things that one can only miss once they are over and naught but memories. Kimi to Boku brings wistfulness in a curious way, and stokes the fires of the heart. If anything, it's real art.
Overall: 10. read more
I HATE SCHOOL COMEIDES and sentimental twaddle and will not watch "cute girls doing cute things." -- BUT I LOVED KIMI TO BOKU. -- It 's as easy to watch and as mesmerizing as a trout stream in the sunshine. It just flows along, easy, and happy, with the occasional surprise. Like potato chips I kept consuming one episode after another and was surprised when I hit ep 12. With only one ep to go I was glad to know that a second season is slated for Spring 2012.
It is a simple slice of life about four boys who have been together since kindergarten plus one radical misfit that gets dropped in to the mix. Sounds tedious, boring and trite, right? It isn't. It is funny without being silly and endearing without being sappy. It's about a lot of little things we overlook or take for granted that make life good.
There is no action or adventure, no high drama, no random wacky silliness, no ecchi, no sci-fi or horror and IT IS NOT SHOUNEN-AI. It is funny but not in an over the top guffawing kind of way but you will smile a lot, chuckle, and occasionally laugh out loud. KtB is true slice of life about a few charming characters you'd like to know personally.
Some say it has no plot. I'm not sure that is an accurate statement because each consecutive episode does build a bit on previous episodes as more and more is revealed about the character and characteristics of each player. Some say it is a "show about nothing" and that I openly disagree with. It is about love and acceptance, seeing someone's foibles and loving them just the same. Yes I said love but I mean universal love and and not the romantic sort. KtB is about friendship, reflection, and personal growth. How is that "about nothing."
I could care less about the opening and ending songs and found the sound track in no way annoying, jarring or distracting so it must have done its job well. I found the voice actors very well suited to the characters.
The art is nice. It is as mellow as the overall tone of the show. Then there are the cats. CATS? Brilliant, beautifully executed and illustrated vignettes of cats mirroring the actions and attitudes of the human characters -- ored cats. playful, mischievous cats, annoyed cats. Each character has a signature cat that reflects his personality and character traits. These aren't overly round, stylized cats but very realistic and richly detailed cats. Ah, the Japanese do seem to appreciate and understand cats. The "cat mirrors" is likely the most brilliant aspect of KtB. Hope they continue it in the 2012. read more
Same kind of humor, about teenaged boys trying to figure out life.
Both are slice of life dealing with high school students. However, unlike the norm it doesn't focus around female students but male students.
Hilariously high-tension slice-of-life series about high school boys. Neither has much of a plot to speak of, but they both have the same bizarre sense of humour -- if you've seen one, you know what I mean!
Group of high school guys having their daily life with comedy.
Group of the boys do a crazy things. Both titles are slice of life.
The school life of a group of male friends, DKnN is on the sillier side of things but still has a nice warm feel to it.
The "plot" is kinda similar. Both series are about daily life of high school students. Also - both series are funny. The diffrence is that DKNN is more crazy while KTB stays more quiet and normal.
One of the main characters from Kimi to Boku, Chizuru, is voiced by Irino Miyu - the same guy who voiced Tadakuni. Another main character from KTB, Kaname, is voiced by Karasawa's seiyuu - Ono Yuuki. The guy with glasses from DKNN has the same voice actor as Akira from KTB (Kaji Yuki). Mitsuo has the same voice as Fuyuki (Okamoto Nobuhiko). As you can see - lots of seiyuus worked in both series.
From the perspective of a teenage male attending the equivalent of high school, these two animes are adventures which are extremely realistic and relatable. These two series both deal with the eccentricities and idiosyncrasies of teenage boys (especially in romance and in their perception of the other gender.) If you like either series about dudes discovering about life and enjoying their friendships, you'd probably like the other.
Both follow a group of male high school friends that depict them in their daily lives doing crazy and hilarious activities plus the random pranks make both anime really enjoyable (watch if you like comedy) Don't watch if you don't have a sense of humor you will dislike it im pretty sure of it.
Both are comedies about little strange high school boy's daily life. Though Kimi to boku is more cute and moe-like, when danshiko is more realistic and grazy.
The animation style, characters(both have a funny group of boys), comedy and the plot of a high school for boys
If you like Kimi to Boku you will like this
its about boys everyday school life and it is funny but danshi koukousei no nichijou is more hillarious due to their stupidty activities
An uber funny look into boys being boys :)
Both are about high school boys. But I think Danshi Koukousei is funnier.
Both have to do with a group of highschool boys and it shows them living there lives. Danshi Koukousei is less serous and more random/funny then Kimi to Boku
Both these series are school comedies, and in my opinion the best two there is. These are the best of the genre for me since i am not big on school comedies. They both revolve around a group of friends and their misdeeds and adventures on a daily scale. Both are pretty short, simple to watch and incredibly entertaining!
Both are slice of life, very easygoing and heartwarming stories. I definitely felt that Kimi to Boku reminds me of Natsume Yuujinchou without any supernatural elements. Both also have very soft and sweet ED themes. There are cats in both series that play a definite role. The one major difference is KtB focuses on a group of friends, while Natsume Yuujinchou focuses on just a few characters.
Both are slice-of-life series more concerned with building bonds and interactions between characters (with ocassional endearingly quirky humour) than any kind of overarching plot. Natsume Yuujinchou has the distinction of incorporating strong supernatural themes, but if that was excluded they'd be remarkably similar series! Even with that, they have a lot of thematic and stylistic similarities, generally giving off the same pleasant, heart-warming vibe.
Similar relaxing feeling overall (although KtB is not supernatural). Slow gentle pace in a plot that revolves around friendship and bonds. Its about the daily life and the important things in life, it gives you some good lessons. And both have cats who are usually near the protagonists.
Since there are no youkai (monsters) in Kimi to Boku, both anime still have the similar relaxed and calm vibe. The protagonists are all likable and there is no doubt that either anime is quite well made. Although portrayed differently, and yet comparable, friendship, one of the two will definitely fall in taste if you've already seen either Kimi to Boku or Natsume Yuujinchou.
A strong emphasis on friends and friendship. The pacing of the story is similar, episodic rather than overarching.
Although Natsume has a super natural theme to it while Kimi to Boku is a slice of life genre - both are very heart-warming, revolved around every day life and building friendships while going through life's daily hardships. Both are interesting to watch.
I think it's similar because of the relaxing vibe both of the anime's present. Along with character design. Kimi to Boku is practically just the life part of Natsume Yuujinchou, none of the super-natural.
Opening Theme"Bye Bye (バイバイ)" by 7!!
Ending Theme"Nakimushi. (なきむし。)" by Miku Sawai (沢井美空)
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