(Edit: LOL I just removed the other comment. I thought it was Fukuyama Jun who voiced Tetsu! LOL It was Fukushima Jun actually! I misread it!And I don't know him OTL)
Oho~ Guess I'll be the first one to review this OVA!! :D
Tight Rope is ONE of my MOST FAVE YAOI MANGA by Natsume Isaku. So I was really really happy when I learned that it will have an ANIME VERSION!
I finished watching the 2 episodes and I must say.. it was good. It didn't really disappoint me like those other Yaoi OVAs. And I say it's good because even if you haven't read the manga itself, you will understand it and will definitely enjoy it.
This OVA is a Yazuza themed story. But not the serious-deep type of Yakuza story. Instead it's a rather cute and simple-sweet story. The story will revolve around Ryuu and Naoki, who were childhood friends since they were little. Ryuu is, however, the heir of the Ohara Family. But he is reluctant to take the position because he wanted to be with Naoki (yes he is SUPER attached with Naoki) but because of an incident where Naoki got hurt (not really serious though) he said that if he'd ever take the position, he have to let go of Naoki. And there are still two months left before their graduation so Ryuu was savoring his time with Naoki.
Well something like that. I don't want to spoil the story anymore.
The animation is.. well.. good I guess. But I can't help but to think Ryuu's looks is kinda different from the manga. Well not only Ryuu but I think Naoki as well. Or is it just me? XD I still prefer what they look like in the manga though. :D
Well most of Yaoi OVAs doesn't have opening or ending songs right.. though the opening and ending songs of this OVA were instrumental.. and I liked it. Their voices, too were good. They speak Osaka-ben.
Nothing much to say here.. I just love Ryuu's attachment to Naoki and Naoki's indifference. LOL
I did say I enjoyed this OVA because it's the adaptation of my fave manga!! But the ONLY THING that DISAPPOINTED me is... NO SEX SCENE AT ALL! ;o; Even HINTS!! NONE AT ALL. ToT Only kissing.. awww... and I was really looking forward to see it because in the manga Ryuu and Naoki were sooooo cute! Not that I'm a perverted fangirl but they could have included "that scene" right? Even if it's only hints. And as a Yaoi/BL fangirl.. that's a must see! But there's none! Gaaah!
Even without the yaoi scene, I guess it's okay. I still enjoyed it. So if you want a Yakuza-themed-story yet a sweet-cute one.. then this one if for you! It's not explicit at all so don't worry if you're worried about that. Then if you haven't read the manga.. read it after you watch this OVA! I'm sure you will enjoy it more!!read more
I'll give you the shorts: If you've read the manga then the anime is practically a two episode squeeze of the six chapter volume. They cut out characters, events and a few extra scenes including their 'together scene'. So practically they turned a Yaoi into a Shounen-Ai.
Come on PrimeTime! You didn't cut 'The Tyrant' love scenes out...so why Tight Rope?! :(
Wasn't a total loss though as seeing the characters come alive and hearing their voices was worth it - i especially like Nao's voice actor. And i did have a few heart fluttering scenes as Ryu saves Nao ♥_♥
I would recommend watching the anime first so the manga is joy to read because of all the little extras - including a steamy 'holding' scene *droolz*
So, lets review:
x No Yaoi action - besides kissing
x Lots of characters and events/scenes were chopped
x Music was plain - just typical background music
✓ Clean animations and soft colourings - yay PrimeTime!
✓ Nice plot/story and easy to follow
✓ Characters were delivered well with good voice actors
✓ Light drama and mild action involving brotherhoods and bonds
✓ Some scenes were exaggerated from the manga for better story - like Nao getting shot was more intense
Compared to the yaoi animes out there this wouldn't rate very high. But coming from a Manga-to-Anime this is good and i was happy with the outcome. The manga is still much much better (as they normally are) but who can complain about ANY yaoi animes :D
That was horrible ! I really love this manga and Natsume Isaku works and I was very happy that Tight Rope will be adapted into anime... but, my expectations were too high. It was more like picture drama than anime. I really not reccomend it for people who are not yaoi fans.
If you look at my list, you'll see that it is littered with \ yaoi and shounen-ai anime to which I have given really low scores. This may lead you to think that I really dislike shounen-ai, but that's not the case. I'm a gay guy (yes, I know, outside of most of the target audience) who likes romance and anime, and I think there is good potential to this genre that, as of yet, I have seen unfulfilled--with the exception of a few obscure doujinshi I've read. Of all the shounen-ai anime I've seen, though, Tight Rope comes closest to fulfilling this untapped potential.
The plot centers around an heir to a prominent yakuza family, Ryuu, and a life-long friend who eventually becomes his lover, Naoki. However, Ryuu feels he must choose between his yakuza inheritance and Naoki, and would prefer the ladder. Right off the bat, it earns points for being a shounen-ai that isn't some stereotypical shojo plot with gay guys stuffed in. There is also quite a bit of potential for character development in this plot and lots of romantic tension, as well as dealing with themes of the desire for love and happiness versus social obligation. Unfortunately, this potential is only partially tapped in execution, though it is passably well done and earns points for moving the genre in the right direction. It could have been a little longer, but the simplicity still makes it fairly good. 7/10
As far as animation and art go, it's nothing to remember for being particularly good. There are moments of awkward and slipshod movements, the background sets are pretty minimal and fairly forgettable. There is a bit of connection between the atmosphere and coloration, so it deserves points for that, and it is also directed okay. Overall, it earns a 5/10 for art.
When it comes to sound, there's almost no memorable music other than a few dramatic piano lines and only basic sound effects, but this doesn't strike against the anime as it overall has a simple vibe to it. The voice actors are decent and represent the characters well, but it's not exactly memorable for being out-of this world good. 6/10 for sound.
Characters are where Tight Rope falls way flat. The only two who really matter are Naoki and Ryuu, and there's not much development on either of them or personality to them. They're pretty much blank slates, which I guess is to be expected of such a short OVA. 4/10 for characters.
In final assessment, I enjoyed it overall, if for no other reason that it provides a glimpse to what shounen-ai could be as a genre. It repays a couple rewatches, and is well worth the little time invested in it, though isn't highly memorable for being great. I give it a 6/10 overall and for enjoyment. read more
I thought this series was so cute, and wish that the series was longer.. That is my only complaint and it usually is my only complaint from yaoi animes haha.
The overall relationship was really adorable and I loved the personalities of the main characters. If you are someone that likes the relationship more than the (you know what) then you will really like this anime. Personally, I'm one who likes a very adorable relationship and that's totally what this one is, and it had some humor which I loved.
The artwork, sound, enjoyment and story overall is definitely a high 9 or 10 for me as you can tell! I always love aarinfantasy artwork because they are the ones who made Sekai itchi Hatsukoi, Junjou Romantica and a couple others and never disappoint. I totally recommend this anime! <3read more
Let's be real, this art isn't a 8, but for animated yaoi it's really good.
Oh, Lord… Most things looked awkward, from fighting to walking to kissing to sometimes even talking, no fps can help this and they repeat animation sequences so much.
Lol, what sound? The OP and ED are easy going compositions that disappear from your memory the moment you finish listening to them, the background music is basically non-existing apart from the "que piano music for dramatic appeal", unrealistic everyday sounds for instance walking, hitting people, etc. Still, the thing that really pulled through was the voice acting, Tight Rope actually has really good voice actors, popular ones at that, they portrayed their characters nicely and I'm not sure if anyone can dislike that dialect they got going on, not sure if it's Osaka or Kansai, but I do know it’s adorable.
There's really only two characters that are remotely important, and some shitty antagonists alongside unnecessary supporting non-homosexual cast.
Firstly we have Ryu, the son of the Ohara yakuza family, despite growing up in a "tough" family who sheltered him constantly he is a really nice, puppy dog styled character, his mind might be in the gutter but his heart is in the right place, he spends his time obsessing over Naoki, beating on thugs, fantasizing about Naoki, rejecting to take his place as heir and trying to get Naoki in the sack. Along side his easy going character that is generally pretty lovable there is another side that comes to the surface whenever Naoki is put into any sort of danger where he loses himself completely and only focuses on eradicating the source of Naoki's pain.
Then there's Naoki, our loveable uke, but, wait for it, he is not generic! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Naoki is not the type of uke who is small, defenseless and gives into the seme's dominance. Naoki is the one who keeps Ryu wrapped around his finger, knows how to fend for himself and actually does not fight and hate the seme in the beginning, so yes, he is not a tsundere. Also another redeeming quality is that he is not a typical showcase of an uke who just accepts his fate of getting surprise butt sex constantly. In general, he's just a cool headed, spunky character who has Ryu's best interests at heart.
It's not a bad show, it's actually not close to bad. It has some minor funny moments, the bound between Ryu and Nao is REAL, the characters are not bland for a 2 ep OVA, the lack of character development doesn't even hit you that hard since it's short and lighthearted. If you're an avid yaoi/shounen ai lover, you'll probably love this, if not, well it's not the highest budget production but it's not at all displeasing, if you just want to awe a little, have a short laugh and feel like shutting your brain and just relaxing then this is the 40 minutes of "plot" for you!
tight rope is a two episode movie about gangster love. It's very sweet and funny and has the same theme as sekai ichi hatousi. There is some fighting in it and sexual implication but both enhance the story.
I enjoyed the character relationship the best, I'm a romantic at heart and liked how they interacted.
Again my only complaint is how short it is, can certainly see this as a longer series but even in the two they completed a whole story that leaves you with a good feeling.