A very powerful industrialist directs his daughter to pick a husband from three candidates he has chosen for her. They are to come into her life, and their uniqueness would cause her to recognize them immediately. All three of the candidates are outstanding. Well, it’s actually four...
The story evolves along the lines of a power political mystery involving a small middle eastern country.
Personally, I tend to like reverse-harem animes that have good character development. To appreciate this story, one needs give it more than a few episodes. The series spends a good 10 episodes setting up the storyline and getting a feel for the roles of the characters. From here on, the story is filled with plot twists, one (sometimes 2-) dimensional political strategy and good fun that makes you want to watch the next episode....this is especially true around episode 20 when things really start getting complicated. Every episode is adds a new dimension and piece to the storyline, exploring different types of love and the varying criteria of functional companionship for different types of relationships.
Art (7 out of 10):
The art itself isn't too bad but sometimes the movement of characters is a little stiff. For the most part, the color scheme, contrasts, and proportions are good. I like the style and delicacy of the lines, the eye animation is especially good in exhibiting more "serious" emotions such as "determination" or "pain."
Sound (7 out of 10):
The ending theme and opening theme (so far) has been the same for the whole series. I ike the opening theme and it does a nice job of setting up the tone of the show. However, I think the ending theme song is gorgeous.
Character (9 out of 10):
The characters are wonderful. Kajika is a little ridiculous....she isn't stupid just pretty reckless and willful (but you don't really see these qualities until later in the story where it is tested). She is really weird but that's what I liked about her. You really get swept into "her" way of thinking even if it may be a little naive at times. The guys are wonderful...I think the author pretty much just listed the sexy archetypes of male anime characters than made a character for each characterization. Then, beyond that, developed back stories that would explain why there were the way there and what characteristics would be necessary in an emotional partner for each. That may sound boring but it is actually really well done and entertaining in the storyline....it later is put more together (in relation to each other) as the story progresses.
Enjoyment (10 out of 10):
If you like stories with well-developed romance, not too intense political intrigue, interesting character interplay, and amusing philosophical one-liners, then you will like Hanasakeru Seishounen. I thought this show was pretty addictive and great for more mature audiences who can appreciate the idiosyncrasies of the characters.
Overall (10 out of 10):
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I typically have a four episode rule when I watch an anime: After four consecutive episodes, if it has descended to such depths of frustrations and stupidity as to make watching it painful for me, I stop.
This series failed my four episode test on the first four episodes.
The Pros: The art style is nothing original, and several other bishonen series have very similar styles. The quality is not terribly bad, with the possible exception of the very first scene in the very first episode, where child kajika's head is disproportionately large. The characters are well voice acted, even if the rest of the sound is absolutely run of the mill. The characterization is actually well done, for the most part, and is the most successful aspect of the anime, in my opinion. I find myself able to empathize with Li-ren and Barnesworth, and even Kajika, though her stubbornness is based squarely in stupidity and naivety, and her inability to consider the consequences of her actions is incredibly frustrating.
The Cons: As I mentioned at the end of the Pros, Kajika is frustratingly stupid, and the series world just goes along with it, trying to portray her idiocy and self centered naivety as heroic behavior.
The plot starts off alright, and has great possibility, but quickly descends into absurdity, with a nonsensical dilemma based on a convoluted family history. This is made worse by kajika's part in it, which seems to be limited to A) her insistence that Eugene is her dead pet cat because their (Eugene's and the cat's) eyes look the same, and B) her shooting a gun at a mirror, which manages to cause Eugene to spontaneously abandon his planned suicide and change his worldview entirely.
I guess all the people at the suicide hot line need to do is have someone on hand to drive out and shoot a mirror, and that will instantly cause the suicider to abandon their self destructive course and see the world differently. Sounds like a plan; let me go tell them.
In addition to this, the series is thematically barren, and consistently seems to shout that good looking people are somehow worth more than average looking people, and that it's okay to drive people to suicide as long as you're a selfish noble with a 'dark' past. Personally, I blame the schools.
Bottom Line: Well, this is what I have to say to you, creaters of this anime: As one of those average looking people, I object, and rate your crappy anime a 3 overall, based on it's crappy, poorly constructed plot, frustratingly idiotic main character (that everyone pretends is saintly), and inability to say anything worthwhile. So, no need to make any more, you should all just go die.
Now, you might think that harsh, but if I was a silver haired, greened eyed pretty boy, you'd want to have my babies, wouldn't you?
You might possibly like this anime if you...
-are a narcissist
-like effeminate whiny guys
-like impossibly stupid girls with weird eyes
-think that your pet cats will inhabit the bodies of other people when they die
-enjoy watching fake stories about fake rich people who seem to be bound by none of the standard rules of society, and lack all common human decency.
Caveat: I may be a little harsh, as I'm writing this write after finished episode four and the frustration and annoyance is still fresh, but it's a good estimation of how you will likely feel too. Unless, that is, you are a reincarnated cat.
Update: I'd like to apologize to all those who read this before now. It took me a while to come back and proof read, but I did. I'm fairly certain I discovered all the offending passages and corrected them. Please enjoy.read more
"I love the happiness and the suffering. Because the only emotions I feel... are the ones you grant me."
At first, Hanasakeru Seishounen appears to be a rather typical reverse harem story. Young girl surrounded by several beautiful men, nothing new for the given genre. But don't let this throw you off. Soon enough, our protagonists, along with the three marriage candidates, get involved in a complicated political conspiracy of a small Middle Eastern country. They face great dangers as they travel across the world, learn to trust and support each other, discover new emotions within themselves, and mature in order to survive and reach their goals.
The story was nicely paced and very intriguing, with numerous plot twists -- I could not bring myself to stop watching it or to let any other anime interrupt it. I loved that although the story set off with romance in mind, it was not the main focus. I will even say that if the whole husband-choosing piece was not present, this anime would still be just as good.
At the end of the series, there was a certain sense of completeness, all questions were answered, all characters found their place in the world; it was a perfect spot to drop the curtain. I did feel a little sad, however, that such a great series came to a finale.
Kajika is not your typical damsel in distress constantly being saved by her male harem. She is strong and confident, is able to stand up for herself and to speak her mind when she has to. She is, however, rather slow when it comes to love and realizing her own feelings; but that is also understandable, considering that she grew up away from society and did not get a chance to experience romance until the husband game began. But even despite that, she treats each man with equal respect and consideration, which is very admirable.
To me, however, the most interesting characters are the men surrounding Kajika. Needless to say that they are also not your typical male stereotypes found in a reverse harem. What grabbed me the most is how each one of potential candidates represented a different kind of love. Li Ren's love is strong and deep, to the point of becoming possessive of Kajika, yet his pride as a head of his clan stops him from being honest. Eugene's love is noble and selfless; he is willing to spend an eternity just watching over Kajika, whether she chooses him or not. Lumati, a young heir of Raginei, is blunt and straightforward about his love, but is also ready to admit defeat if his rival is worthy. And lastly, Carl is rather reserved and indecisive, but is equally sincere with his love and respectful toward his rivals. I really loved that these characters are not at each other's throats all the time, despite "fighting" against each other and feeling jealous, and instead act like mature adults and take both Kajika and each other seriously. Li Ren and Eugene may be an exception to that, but I don't believe they were ever serious during their quarrels.
One character whose purpose I am still not sure about is Yui, Kajika's first female friend. She does not seem to do anything aside from exchanging letters with Kajika and fangirling over the male cast. She definitely belongs in a more typical shoujo setting, but thankfully her occurance was not frequent enough to cause a distraction.
Somewhere around episode 10 I found out that starting from episode 24 the series will have a different director. I was not worried about that. In fact, I was sure the series would become even better, considering that the second director is more experienced with shoujo anime and is famous for series like Fushigi Yuugi and Ayashi no Ceres. But unfortunately, as I later discovered, that change was not the best idea. It was obvious how the series became more "shoujo", with more diverse and less realistic facial expressions, and a couple super-deformed scenes here and there. However, Hanasakeru Seishounen is a dramatic story that had no need for comedy elements; if anything, they were a distraction. Kajika, who was now blushing and showing her "girly" side more often, almost started to look like a typical shoujo heroine. Semi-chibi elements seemed completely out of place in such a serious setting. The character designs also went through a slight change, and although it was not major, some general inaccuracies emerged; for example, Kajika described Eugene's eye color as "topaz" in the beginning, but with the direction change, his eyes became a mix of light green and yellow instead of a golden brown from the first twenty-three episodes.
The animation quality itself seemed to have improved in the second half and toward the end, and the opening animation also became more appealing, but I would still prefer that it did not undergo such a drastic change in the middle. Also, all the CG vehicles stood out too much and were a pain to look at; especially considering that cars, planes, and helicopters appeared on the screen very often because the characters moved around a lot between cities and countries.
The background music was pretty good; it did not really grab my attention though, so there isn't much to discuss. I was not too impressed by the opening and ending songs either -- they were too "pop" for my tastes.read more
Based on the 10 episodes that have aired so far, at first, the show might seem silly, and the story very average. The first few episodes were really not awe-inspiring at all. However, since the introduction of the character, Lumati, his storyline has breathed new life into this show.
I just recently started watching anime, so I am no authority. But, I really like the story that has cropped up since episode 5. Let's hope they keep up the good work!
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