English: The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 4, 2014 to Jun 20, 2014
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 8.091 (scored by 31938 users)
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SynopsisThanks to his parents' job transfer, high school freshman Kazunari Usa finally gets to enjoy living on his own in the Kawai Complex, a boarding house that provides meals for its residents. Ritsu, the senpai he admires, also lives in Kawai Complex, as do a few other "unique" individuals: his masochistic roommate Shirosaki; beautiful, big-breasted Mayumi who has no luck in finding men; and sly, predatory college woman Sayaka. Surrounded by these people, Usa never finds his daily life boring.
(Source: ANN, edited)
Related AnimeAdaptation: Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou
Side story: Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou Special
Other: Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou: Shiro-san to Ore
Characters & Voice Actors
What is love? The Oxford English dictionary defines the word "love" as: a strong feeling of affection. However is it really just that? The definition for love is different for everyone is it not? For me, love is a special connection one has for another individual, it's complex, it’s unique, it’s a roller coaster and above all love requires time and work. And with that resonating definition, we have Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou.
The story follows a high-schooler named Kazunari Usa as he moves into a boarding house complex, illustrating the unique blossoming relationship he has with fellow roommate, Ritsu Kawai. On top of that we see the connections Kazunari develops as a result from meeting his roommates.
The art and sound is an area where I find this anime excels in. The sound is perfect; everything from the pedalling of the bikes to the rustling of the bed sheets when someone wakes up is heard, it’s all there. The art is quite special as well, the colours are vibrant and pleasing to the eyes. I urge everyone who has not seen this series yet to download this series, do not steam this anime. Even if you are not a downloader, just download the first episode and compare the quality to that of streaming, you will enjoy and appreciate the art more and find the anime more enjoyable.
Charm and loveable characters are very difficult to radiate in an anime, specifically when we get to see a board spectrum of personalities from shy-introvert Ritsu to unusual/creepy Shirosaki to dysfunctional Mayumi. Even with that said everyone in this anime unusually interacts in harmony with each other, and I'm sure you will find someone from this anime that will gravitate towards you.
In terms of character development, we have Ritsu as our pupil. Her development is based off the main plot of this anime, which is flowering relationship between herself and Kazunari. If I were to use the caterpillar, cocoon, butterfly analogy; I would say that Ritsu evolved from a caterpillar to a cocoon by the end of the series (watch the anime and you'll understand what I mean). Which I find perfect because it just makes the concept of love more authentic and leaves an air of mystery for the audience.
My enjoyment of this anime surprised me in a good way, I was going into this series expecting two people to eventually fall in love, confess to each other and by the end have their first kiss and that would be the end of this anime; just like and typical romantic comedy. To my surprise, it was the complete opposite of what I thought, you will have to watch and see I don’t want to spoil it! I will add, if you're into witty humour and stereotypical iterations between characters in a romantic comedy, this anime is right up your alley. However, if you're the type who just wants an rom-com anime where the main characters profess their love interests to each other, then you should not watch this until a sequel comes out.
Now remember at the beginning I had my own definition of love? Part of that definition I said, “above all love requires time and work.” And this is evident in this anime, love in real life takes time and work, it doesn’t happen as soon as most romance anime depict it to be. It's refreshing to see that within a short anime, the important aspects of love is not crunched into 12 episodes. Overall I loved this anime and have absolutely no complaints, if you want an authentic romance anime with some witty comedy, I’d suggest you watch Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou.
'Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou' (aka: 'The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior') is a rather unoriginal anime... in presence at least. Unoriginality though, does not automatically equal 'plain', 'unappealing', or 'bland'. It could very easily, but this show manages to take many things that you're probably familiar with (or maybe even tired of) in the anime-world and present them in a fun, simple way.
Story - 8/10
As MAL's synopsis covers the show's general plot-line well, I won't reiterate it here. You've seen this kind of setup all over the anime-community. Boy strikes out to 'live alone' and encounters some kind of problem, usually comedic or romantic (or both). But, who doesn't like to see something you're used to done again, so long as a fresh spin is taken and originality (as much as is possible within the limited setting such as this) shines through.
The story is primarily a slice-of-life, comedy and romance. The romance is light and sweet, and the comedy is flamboyant - as it should be in a show such as this. You will definitely laugh and, if romance is something you enjoy, probably swoon. The story is never dull, and also not too flashy or dramatic. As such, the story is very enjoyable and flows well. Though, when the story ends, it just... ends, with no real conclusion (typical of this genre), so watch out for that.
Art - 9/10
This part will be subjective from person-to-person. But to me, the art was very solid. The realistic look of things is a nice touch to an anime that aims to not be too intense in any one way - comedy or drama/romance, but rather even in both. Typical anime flourishes are here: 'oh crap' looks, variations on chibi-like character models for funny moments, words beside the character, giving hilarious looks into the characters mind and feelings of that instant. It meshes well together, the 'funny animation' and 'normal animation'.
On the technical side, everything was nice. No jarringly bad moments - consistency was kept across the whole series - and colors are bright and vivid.
Sound - 8/10
The seiyu all did a great job, though nothing that stands out from any other anime with great voice-work. The music is light and and works with the scenes portrayed and the mood that has been set at the time. No stand out tracks though, aside from the opening and ending themes which, depending on your tastes, could be catchy and fun. They were to me at least.
Character - 8/10
If you read the synopsis, then you have a pretty good idea of what you're dealing with here. For those that didn't, allow me to expand and explain on them (those who did, just skip this part if you want)...
You have (all tenants of the 'Kawai Complex'):
Shirosaki; the masochistic and perverted tenant. The unique thing though, is that there's also a lot more to him: wisdom and compassion. He is actually a deep character, though not that deep, the perverts (almost ) never are...
Sayaka; The tease, the flirt, especially with males her age (or, heck, any age). Also, the 'frenemy' of Mayumi (who I will get to next). This woman is insane, in the fun-to-watch way.
Mayumi; The drunkard, well-endowed office lady with horrible luck concerning men. She loves to meddle and tease, though is nowhere near as sadistic as Sayaka, who she often fights with. When she and Sayaka go at it, hilarity ensues.
Sumiko; Ritsu's great aunt and the manager of 'Kawai Complex'. Usually kind and soft-spoken - but, don't disobey the complex's rules or shame the name of the residency with your actions... or else the other side of her will appear. A side far scarier than Sayaka at her worst. Even Sayaka retreats when Sumiko gets ticked off.
Now we have the main two: 'Usa' and 'Ritsu'...
Usa; Our main character. Your typical nice guy that's infatuated with a girl. He has a few quirks, but he's not terribly unique. The girl he's infatuated with though - Ritsu - is an interesting character, even if she's a bit cliche...
Ritsu; An EXTREME bookworm, to the point of obsession - though it's played off comically. She is shy and reserved, preferring to read rather than socialize for the most part. But once you get to know her, it becomes evident that there's a wealth of personality under that shell of hers. She is a blast to watch when she starts breaking that shell. That is when she shines as a character.
All of these characters are cliche in many ways, but also unique. At the very least, you'll enjoy some of them. Their interactions with each other are the threads that hold this show together.
Enjoyment - 9/10
This series is easily enjoyable. Some moments may be slightly bland or lackluster, but they are rare. For the most part, you will be constantly entertained and presented with a very nice amount of comedy and innocent romance. After all, that's what slice-of-life romance/comedies are supposed to do, and this one does it pretty well.
Overall - 9/10
Overall, 'Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou' is a nice little slice-of-life series with a romance-comedy vibe. If you are a fan of this genre, then just jump in headfirst and enjoy; you're not likely to be disappointed. And for those on the fence, give it a shot, who knows, you just might enjoy it!
Both have the same school, romance, comedy and slice of life genre.
Both main male character have the same personality and even are in the same ridiculous predicament.
Both involves main female character, who are stoic and weird.
Both where set in some kind of boarding house.
One anime has an extra harem genre, while the other has seinen as its.
The female character in one anime is completely depended on the male character, while the female character in the other anime is a tough nut to crack.
The male character in one anime is at the same age and the same year level as the female, while the female character in the other anime is a year older than the male character.
A fairly normal guy enters an old dorm filled with social misfits. While Sakurasou is filled with mostly geniuses of one kind or another and Kawaisou people that don't fit in for slightly different reasons they share a very similar atmosphere. Also, romance ^^
Note: Based on only one episode of Kawaisou, but they already seem similar enough for a recommendation
•both anime are pretty much set in the exact setting as each other
•both anime focus on the main protagonist male which moves into a dorm/house, where the not so average residents reside and make the most out of their lives fun
•both protagonists are totally different in personality,you have one that over reacts to anything that leads to romance in any sense, and is not realistic at all, wheres as one is more realistic and more normal
•if you like one, you would possibly like the other, with the random personalities of each resident that resides in the dorm, that carry the show.
Both series have a guy moving in with a bunch of roommates which and be considered weird I guess. You definitely get that deja vu feeling when your both watching both series.
Both involve the same situation where a guy lives in a dorm surrounded by weird people and the girl he likes also lives there as well, except in SnPnK it was the girl who came into the guy's life, while in BwMK it is the boy who comes into the girl's life.
The same scenario where it is set in a boarding house, where the people are a bit unusual and there is one member of the house who is the only normal guy around who has to deal with these people on a day to day basis.
These are slice of life school, romance/comedies.
In both we follow a relatively normal boy that moves into a dorm/house filled with "lunatics"
Making it feel very similar.
Even though, Sakurasou is much more drama based, ups and down that give good character development. Also having more episodes to do so, and Kawaisou mainly focuses on comedy all through.
+ A group of misfit high schoolers (though Kawaisou has some older inhabitants as well) live together and try to get along
+ Above average animation and character designs
+ Similar romance element
+ Enjoyable comedic moments mostly brought about the characters' quirks
- So far, Kawaisou doesn't seem to have the good drama that Sakurasou has
- Same setting (living in a some kind of dorm)
- Same female heroine (weird)
- Same supporting characters (unique personality)
- Same genre (RomCom,SoL)
First of all, they even have similar settings. Both is set on, well, as we all know that 90% of anime is set in, high school, in a dorm or at least dorm-like setting.
Main character falls in love with main heroine immediately in both ones.
Only difference I'd say is that one is...well...better than the other. Sakurasou shows how harsh life could be while Kawaisou doesn't and is more of a love comedy than a slice of life. Preferring one might not immediately mean you prefer another.
Both shows have an interesting set of quirky, really strange characters and the humor of the shows is mostly based on them. The characters are great in both shows, so the humor is also great. They both have somewhat ecchi moments, however, and can be quite lewd, but overall they are both really funny, and the ecchi parts are not unbearable by any means
Both series have the same setting, characters and comedy are also very similar. Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo tends to head in a more serious direction with the drama while Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou sticks more to the comedy side of things. Both great series with a highly enjoyable and memorable cast of characters.
Both are comedies where main character starts to live together with weird people.
Both have to do with a young male protagonist dealing with love in a group home with many strange people and his main love interest. Also both have amazing art/coloring styles.
Both are school romantic comedies in the slice of life genre with a weird female and centered around dorm life with weird people.
Sakurasou has extra drama.
It has the same story line. A guy moves to a new city and lives in a dorm where he finds new friends. What's similar you will ask.... all people from the dorm are a little bit crazy, also has the same romance atmosphere.
Maison Ikkoku nostalgia hit me hard during Kawai's first ep. You have a student moving into a boarding house, finding his new room invaded by a weirdo, and - on the way out of the door - seeing a girl he falls in love with at first/second sight. And, of course, he then decides to stay--putting up with the other residents. IT'S MAISON IKKOKU BORN AGAIN!!!!....
...well, not really. I mean, it was obviously inspired by Maison Ikkoku - as all boarding house rom-coms are to a certain extent - but the main romance is nothing like in MI. The heroine in Kawai is more like a slightly less bitchy/more eccentric version of Suzuka (heroine from another series that took a little from MI), where as in MI Kyoko was a widow in her early 20's with LONG hair. And, whatever Godai's failings were in MI, he didn't blush constantly over purepure lovelove. Or stalk Kyoko, as Kawai's lead stalks his love. Plus, the leads in Kawaii are both still in high school--considerably younger than the leads in MI.
The main similarities lie in the old-fashioned boarding house setting, where practically all of the scenes take place (like in MI, where college appeared rarely), and the vibrant/eccentric supporting characters that live there. In MI, poor Godai was bullied/tortured 'lovingly' by the other residents as he pursued his love, and although Kawai's lead doesn't have it so bad, he still has to deal with a drunken-sluttyish character (two of MI's characters rolled into one), a weirdo room-mate into S&M (equivalent to MI's snake-like voyeur, Yotsuya) and a twisted-pure college girl that has already gotten him beaten up. There's a whole lot of trolling potential, in short.
Dorm Life full of mayhem and memorable tenants who are unique and different. A hint of love is also in the air.
Male character fighting for a girls love while living in the same dorm (communal apartment house in Maison Ikkoku). The girls family owns the place so she has strings she can pull.
The main character also shares a room with a strange man who is constantly invading his personal space. (In Maison Ikkoku, Mr. Yoshida lives in a separate room, but makes his way in through a hole in the wall constantly.)
Both shows also have a risque, yet sensitive girl for a tenant.
The story is similar. Student lives with weird people and he decides to stay with them because the girl he loves lives in the same place
Opening Theme"Itsuka no, Ikutsuka no Kimi to no Sekai (いつかの、いくつかのきみとのせかい)" by fhána
Ending Theme"My Sweet Shelter" by Ritsu Kawai (CV: Kana Hanazawa), Mayumi Nishikino (CV: Rina Satou), Sayaka Watanabe (CV: Hisako Kanemoto)
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