The high school students in Kimi to Boku. consider their school life to be anything but exciting. A repetitive journey through classes, arguments, and orientations for future careers that seem way too distant. But with the right group of friends, time can be made to move a little faster.
Four high school boys, who have known each other since childhood, hang out together in school every day. There's the handsome twins Yuuki and Yuuta Asaba, the gentle Shun Matsuoka, and the calm class head Kaname Tsukahara. Although they have become used to a lack of excitement in their lives, the addition of a new transfer student, Chizuru Tachibana, who is half German and half Japanese, may add a little more adventure to their routine. With his energetic personality and stories from a distant country, Chizuru may be able to light up the dull atmosphere of the group.
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.
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
I myself think that Kimi to Boku is a must watch show. I personally think that it doesn't matter when and how often you watch it either. Kimi to Boku is one of those anime's where you can come home from a rough day of work and watch. For me, I thoroughly enjoyed Kimi to Boku and I hope that after reading this review, you will too.
I really liked the story in Kimi to Boku. I like it's simple school life style and I myself believe that the way the way they went about making this genre work, and not get boring, was really well done.
Normally in a lot of slice of life, school life anime it's very easy to get bored. I'm sure well all know this well. But with Kimi to Boku the story hooked me at the start. The story in Kimi to Boku was simple, yet effective. At the end of the anime I didn't feel the 'void of emptiness' after watching it. Instead, I smiled to myself thinking, "I really enjoyed that."
Trust me on the fact that you'll laugh at the stupid things that happen and the giggles between characters.
For these kind of anime's I always think that it needs to be simple; and that's what Kimi to Boku did. It kept it's art simple and so, it wasn't sore on the eyes. After coming home from a hard day of work you don't particularly want to see vivid colors. The art style in Kimi to Boku was smooth, and I myself had no problems with it.
It's very pretty.
While watching Kimi to Boku I thought to myself every time I heard a soundtrack play, "I've heard this before..." The soundtracks in Kimi to Boku are very repetitive and so, it at times may not be ear candy. In the first half of the first episode of Kimi to Boku not much music played at all. Though, I believe myself that it was made like that to make the pacing seem slower and to make it seem more realistic. Towards the end of the anime, they play more soundtracks and for me, that's ok. I would've put sound at a seven if it wasn't for the fact that even if the soundtrack is repeated more than a few times, they were good soundtracks. Kimi to Boku used the right soundtracks at the right time and that's not something every anime can do.
The sound effects in Kimi to Boku weren't much to talk about but they were there. They made me laugh too. :)
Wow. This anime made me love every character. There was not one character I hated. The character development in this anime was very good and I became attached to them. What I was in awe about was the fact that even if a character only had one episode, you could still call them a character. They seemed just as important as the main characters and had an amazing amount of character development for such short time that they had.
There's not much I can say here since I've pretty much already stated above my opinion and enjoyment out of Kimi to Boku. Every end to every episode left me wanting more. It was a very enjoyable anime and if you decide to watch it then I hope you enjoy it too. I remember not being able to wait until I got home to watch this anime. I hope you feel that way also.
Kimi to Boku is a hit or miss honestly. It's like marmite; you either love it or you hate it. The slice of life genre isn't something for everyone but, even if you dislike slice of life, give the first few episodes a try. I myself don't particularly watch slice of life unless it's striking, and this was. It seems simple yet the comedy and the characters in it will make you smile. The sound is good, the art is cute and smooth and the story is just what a normal highschooler may want their life to be like.
Give Kimi to Boku a try, I really enjoyed it.read more
This is my first time writing a review, so please be gentle, but Kimi to Boku more than deserves something nice being said about it for once. I'm a huge fan of the manga, so I'm a little biased, but, I'll keep focused on what my thoughts are for the anime only.
The plot of this series revolves around five high school boys who have known each other since childhood. Kimi to Boku falls under the 'slice of life' category, because that's exactly what it is. If you're expecting something that's action packed or has a fast pace, this anime will likely disappoint you, because it's neither. But, this is one of the reasons that this series is so great; it's simple. It deals with the every day lives of these five boys (Kaname, Shun, Yuuta, Yuuki, and Chizuru) and the people they interact with. Each episode they are faced with new life challenges that are easy for the viewer to relate to. Though, this series also focuses on the boys' pasts, showing little segments to explain traits that they continue to show in present time or to reflect on a previous relationship with each other or one of the other characters.
Drama hardly exists in Kimi to Boku, other than adorable, friendly squabbles or the occasional love interest dilemma. This, can either come across as boring to a viewer or as something that's soothing compared to the other anime that they might watch. To me, Kimi to Boku is a breath of fresh air. While other animes may be nerve-wrecking or stressful to watch, this anime is so enjoyable to me. Every time I sit down to watch it, I can just feel myself melt into the world of these characters and I find myself helplessly falling in love with their situations.
Personally, I enjoy the slow pace of this anime. It's slow enough to simply enjoy watching it, but fast enough to where I'm never bored watching it.
The art of this anime is very similar to Hotta's art in the manga. Both are drawn simplistically, which fits perfectly with the series' simplistic plot. The characters are drawn with detail that is just enough, not messy, but not overwhelmingly complex. Each character get's his or her own unique look and features, making them easy to distinguish between them and easy for someone who's new to the series catch on and remember their names. Although, something that I really enjoy with the anime is the beautiful pallet of colors. The anime has very soft, warm colors. The scenery of the backgrounds often involving cherry blossoms or beautiful sky images. The colors and the atmosphere of this anime only add to the beauty of this series' complicated-simplicity.
The music is alright. The background music is not overwhelming and doesn't seem to distract the viewer from the character interactions, instead, it seems to just perfectly fit with the rest of the atmosphere. The opening and ending themes are cute, although, the music all together is not very memorable. It just fits.
Rather than talking about the music in the series, I'd like to stress how perfectly cast the VAs are for these characters. I'm a fan of the drama CDs, so I didn't really know what I was expecting by being introduced to a new cast of VAs for the characters. I was a bit hesitant about it, to be honest. But, after watching the first episode, I was more than pleased. I actually had butterflies, because I think the cast did an incredible job portraying these characters exactly how they were meant to be shown. Shun is soft and meek, Kaname comes off being overwhelmed and aggravated, Chizuru is obnoxious and loud, the twins are smooth and perfectly quiet. These aspects of their personalities are easily shown in the VAs' voices. They are easy to decipher from one another, which is especially important with the twins.
I've been stating over and over how delightfully simplistic this series is, but the characters are anything but simple. Each character is something special, each character feels like a main character, and each character is able to blend with the rest of the cast. Focusing on our main five boys, each of them have a special relationship with one another and interact with each other in different ways. Though, one criticism that this series has gotten is the 'BL' aspects that the show gives off. It's all about perception, if you want to see a deeper relationship between any of these characters, then you can easily see one, if you chose to view them as just being a set of close friends, then the BL elements are hardly overwhelming. These characters are for everyone who wants to enjoy them, this series is NOT just eye candy for fangirls.
I won't go into the detail of each of the boys, to avoid spoilers, but, I think their different personalities and the different ways that they react to each other is something that's very special. Each character is incredibly likeable and each one is someone that the viewer could relate to someone they know in real life, or even themselves.
I have nothing bad to say about any character in this entire series (even the ones that have not made their appearances yet) and that's something really miraculous for me. I generally like only a few characters from each series, but, I can honestly say that I love every single character very dearly and have related to each of them in some situation or another. This is by far my favorite part of this series.
What's not to enjoy about Kimi to Boku? Nothing is unlikable about adorable characters interacting with each other in adorable ways. There's heart, there's humor, there's tiny bits of drama, and just a lot of love between the cast. I fully enjoy this series and find myself laughing at various times, although, it seems like every time I watch a new episode, the smile won't disappear from my face. It's impossible for me not to enjoy watching these character's bonds grow and change, and watch the events that lead up to these changes.
This anime gets high marks from me, especially because it's an adaptation. Usually, adaptions are done poorly, and viewers often get the wrong idea about the series by the lame anime adaption that an amazing manga got; though with Kimi to Boku, I love both the anime in the manga. I highly recommend anyone who's falling in love with these characters, or even enjoying themselves in the slightest, to read the manga. The manga is even more incredible than the anime, although, the anime is very close to being perfection. There are, of course, changes that have been made in the adaption, but, this series has a very nice flow, and I am ecstatically awaiting seeing the rest of this season's episodes, as well as the second season. read more