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: 8.101 (scored by 27760 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
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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 colour 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. Even with that said everyone in this anime unusually interact in harmony with each other, and it just works out.
In terms of character development, we have Ritsu as our shining star. 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. Which I find perfect because it just makes the story more authentic and real.
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. 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!
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 what we see 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 12 episode 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.
The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behaviour is a The Pet Girl of Sakurasou rip-off. That is what I thought at first, but I was gladly mistaken. Today, I will be reviewing a very underrated, but outstanding slice of life/rom com Anime known as, "The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behaviour" or "Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou".
Kawai Complex is a very simple, but well executed story about first year Highschooler named Kazunari Usa who moves into a dormitory full of weirdo's because he wanted to move away from his parents. At first he absolutely hated the place and demanded to move out, but then he runs into his love at first sight, Kawai Ritsu. When he finds out that she lives at the dormitory, he decides to stay. The story is very simplistic and that is what I really enjoyed about the story. You can sit down and easily watch it at any time
I found the art style quite unique as the main love interest isn't some unrealistic beautiful girl with long ass hair and a perfect body. Kawai has nice short hair and is just an average girl. That was the most noticeable feature when it comes to the art imo. Other then that, I thought the entire show looked really nice and deserves some attention for it's character design
I really enjoyed the opening theme as it really got the point across that this anime is a feel good type of anime. Every piece I noticed wasn't all that intense or depressing, it just has this really happy sound to it. The score doesn't have any tracks that I would listen to on my own time, but it does it's job, and a damn good one at that
Kawai Complex's strongest feature is the characters. Almost the entire cast feels fleshed out and realistic. Usa is pretty much just your regular cliché MC, but he gets the job done. Kawai Ritsu is the true star out of all the characters. She is a really shy girl who doesn't like being around others and reads all day. As the story progresses she eventually begins to befriend Usa which alters her previous way of thinking and helps her with her cold attitude and begins to care for those around her. I also have to mention that Shiro is one of my favourite 'pervert' arch types. I love how he puts on his pervert act but has this big brother side to him that flourishes later through out the entirety of the show. I found watching Shiro developing as a character was really well done and needs some sort of honourable mention. Everyone else in the dormitory is well developed except for the Grandma. She literally does not show any signs of change at all. I felt like that she was like an extra in a movie she was so lifeless. Other then the Grandma though, everyone else has their own unique quirks and were well developed and fleshed out. I give the characters a 9/10. Without the movie extra Grandma, I would easily give the characters a 10/10
Kawai Complex can easily be described as a high end slice of life/rom com anime. There are a really strong cast of characters and realistic feeling to the show which I absolutely love. Most of the time the unrealistic cliché's in this genre of anime is usually overwhelming, but I really enjoy how they didn't try to shove in as many cliché's as possible and made a realistic view of a High school relationship. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes slice of life/rom coms. read more
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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