Upon hearing news that his mother was on verge of death, Haru Kaidou—the eldest son of the family—flies all the way to Canada. The moment he arrives, he learns that not only did his mother fool him, but he is also supposed to take care of his adoptive brother, Ren Kaidou, an antisocial kid who feels more comfortable around dogs than people.
Due to his new brother's distrustful nature, Haru initially has a hard time reaching out to Ren but their relationship eventually grows. He makes a promise to Ren: they will live together in Japan after Haru graduates from high school. However, due to an unfortunate accident, Haru loses all memories of the summer they spent together, including the promise he made. Five years later, expecting Haru to keep his promise, Ren arrives in Tokyo; but to Haru, Ren is just a random boy claiming to be his brother.
#01: "Happiness YOU & ME (ハピネスYOU＆ME)" by Ren Kaidou (Junko Minagawa), Haru Kaidou (Tomoaki Maeno) (ep 1, 9) #02: "Happiness YOU & ME (ハピネスYOU＆ME)" by Aki Kaidou (Yoshitsugu Matsuoka), Shima Kaidou (Takuma Terashima) (eps 2, 8) #03: "Happiness YOU & ME (ハピネスYOU＆ME)" by Kaidou Brothers [Ren Kaidou (Junko Minagawa), Haru Kaidou (Tomoaki Maeno), Aki Kaidou (Yoshitsugu Matsuoka), Shima Kaidou (Takuma Terashima)] (ep 3, 10) #04: "Happiness YOU & ME (ハピネスYOU＆ME)" by Ren Kaidou (Junko Minagawa), Aki Kaidou (Yoshitsugu Matsuoka) (ep 4) #05: "Happiness YOU & ME (ハピネスYOU＆ME)" by Haru Kaidou (Tomoaki Maeno), Shima Kaidou (Takuma Terashima) (ep 5) #06: "Happiness YOU & ME (ハピネスYOU＆ME)" by Haru Kaidou (Tomoaki Maeno), Aki Kaidou (Yoshitsugu Matsuoka) (ep 6) #07: "Happiness YOU & ME (ハピネスYOU＆ME)" by Ren Kaidou (Junko Minagawa), Shima Kaidou (Takuma Terashima) (ep 7)
This is your classic shounen-ai/yaoi anime and I love it. If you're not a fan of the genre or are new to it, this may not be the one you should start with. It's not lightly sprinkled with the yaoi but the core content of the anime is.
This review is biassed as I'm a huge fan of this genre.
First up, for the yaoi fans, don't fret, the anime definitely has adorable scenes you won't regret waiting for. The get slightly more at the end than what you would have noticed at the beginning. Watching the mangas scenes animated on screen was adorable af.
The story is great. It's based on the characters Kaidou Haru and Kaidou Ren who are step-brothers who try to find a way to accept their place in a family and their growing feelings for each other. It's interesting especially as the art, with the multiple and frequent chibis, enhances the comedic aspects of the plot. Some of the important events of the actual plot line do end up rushing by so a complete grasp of the plot cannot be taken. But that's no complaint as the actual art and the colours of the show make up for it.
The characters are super relatable, the story mostly does revolve around their very human feelings and their flaws. Despite their classic bishounen and overly appealing features, I would expect most of us to relate to at least a few of their traits. You see an adult, sort of, working to help support his younger brothers and hence get a glimpse of the work aspects and taking care of a family. On the other side, you see our unsociable and slightly stoic Ren get attached to Haru and try to come to terms with this development in his life. The others characters such as the high school twins Aki and Shima are quite strong characters themselves. Haruko is also shown to have a distinct strong personality of her own adding a flavour to the mix in the anime.
The opening and ending themes are quite catchy too and I personally loved the ending theme. I sat through it every time.
Overall, I loved the anime! Honestly, I expected it to be a longer series. When I updated MAL and it showed that I've 'completed' the anime. I wasn't ready for it to end. At all.
For all the veteran yaoi fans, no way you'd miss this so I have nothing to say to you.
For those attempting this genre, you can give it a try and it's lighthearted enough for you to be able to enjoy it, especially if you love cute romance animes.
I'm not a fan of these type of anime but i given it a try and honestly its really good.Its boy on boy instead of usual boy on girl but everything is really good.The art is great,the story is really good and we have a season 2 announced to start airing in January 2017.The characters are awesome and there is a lot of development through out the episodes.All in all i really enjoyed this anime and i recommend you to watch it too.I give it overall 8,it would be 9 but for me 10 episodes is simply to little but its great and worth of
This anime...was very unsettling. This is my first review so be kind. Now let me try and break it down without giving out too much in the way of spoilers.
1. The Story
So our uke/sub/bottom, Ren, grew up in Canada and was more or less raised by wolves (???) but unfortunately that's probably the least ridiculous thing about this anime. The seme/dom/top, Haru, meets him there where he becomes his caretaker and tries to teach him how to live like a civilized human in modern society (Oh the irony, but more on that later). A seven-year timeskip and unnecessarily dramatic plot device later, Ren ends up
at Haru's doorstep as his adopted younger brother.
Not that there's anything particularly wrong with this premise as far as shounen-ai goes, but it's the way the show keeps trying to push the idea of 'family' down our throats while the two act as anything but brothers. On the plus side the pacing was fairly decent; once the main setting was established it didn't feel like anything was being rushed. While some viewers may find it a bit draggy, at least it felt a bit believable.
Get ready for that usual trope of everyone living in a nice, expensive house, Haru getting cars as presents and actually just getting whatever he wants, money isn't an issue here.
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2. The Pairing
Why, oh why would anyone be okay with this?! I've seen my fair share of uncomfortable anime pairings but this one takes the cake. Throughout the show the pure and noble concept of 'brothers' is taken and beaten up and spit upon, then sucker-punched for good measure. I guess what's scariest about the pairing is how closely Haru resembles a pedophile predator. Every move he makes on Ren is manipulative, creepy, inappropriate and criminal.
It's hard to take this show as the light-hearted fluff it presents itself to be, because your main pairing is inherently dark when you think about it. Ren has no idea he's more or less being groomed by his legal guardian, and the morons who serve as side-characters in this show do nothing to stop it, or even see anything wrong with it for that matter.
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3. The Characters
Which brings us to the third strike for this show. Most of the characters are useless, bumbling idiots. The two women on this show are treated as harsh, dominatrix slave-drivers on permanent PMS, while the girls are either dust-brained Haru fangirls or evil, conniving and wicked. The only girls who're treated with some grace are those who don't pose a threat to our main pairing.
Apart from Haru and Ren, Haru's younger adopted twin brothers, Shima and Aki, are also important. No, they aren't actually, it makes no difference whether they exist or not, because they have no real opinions about anything. Shima is your token megane; while after one episode of what looked like interesting family dynamics and a strong characterization for Aki, he was reduced to another Ren fanboy for absolutely no real reason. The two see nothing wrong with their brother sexually imposing himself on a minor, as do most of the others - something is very wrong with everyone in this Lala land of Haru's fantasies.
On that note...don't get me started on Haru. You feel like reaching into the screen and slapping him 9 out of 10 times. Apparently he's incredibly good-looking, which seems to be why everyone forgives him for the stuff he does, I mean I can't find any other reason why this criminal is roaming the streets. He acts like a silly, loving, affectionate older brother but I swear it just comes off as CREEPY. He's so touchy with Ren - any scene involving the two, especially later on, is bile-inducing. I tend to compartmentalize fictional characters separately from real people so that even 'evil' characters can find a place on my favourites list, but with Haru...I can't remember the last time I disliked someone so much. I guess it's because he gets away with everything he does and no one sees any wrong in him.
I will say that Ren is a bit of a saving grace for the show. While I didn't outright like him, he was treated much better than the others as far as his character was written. But throughout he felt like the victim of the sick and perverted Haru.
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In conclusion I'll say that this show does have its strengths, especially for the audience it targets. If you're into yaoi/shounen-ai then this isn't a bad choice, there's plenty of fanservice sprinkled about and it gets heavier as you go ahead. I'm guessing people who enjoy this genre are either used to its cliches or actually enjoy them, so I won't mention that as a flaw. And while I personally found the pairing distasteful, there are those who might end up liking it. And as much as I hate to admit it, I can see Haru being popular with the younger fujoshi crowd. The music, atmosphere and artwork was also really good, to give credit where it is due. Oh and if you like dogs and canines in general, there's plenty of that as well.
On the other hand if you don't particularly care for yaoi/shounen-ai then don't bother with this anime, it'll just get you frustrated and angry. For me the best part about it was that it was only ten episodes long, but the bad news is that a season 2 is in the works. Hopefully it'll begin with Haru getting sent to prison *fingers crossed*
Speaking of the anime, I enjoyed it. Yes, the age difference between Ren and Haru did make me uncomfortable, and I wished Haru would have been younger (or Ren be older) but then my mind wandered to the blatant display of the nipples of 14 year old in the ecchi anime that I’ve watched (ya know, the kinda content that the haters of this show are totes okay with), and then I was completely okay with this relationship. I liked the character development of all the characters, especially the growing bond between Ren and Haru. I also liked how the twins warmed up to Ren,
as well as people’s reaction to finding out Haru’s intention towards Ren. Haha! Those were some genuine reactions, right there.
I liked the twins, especially Aki's feelings towards Ren and how they progress throughout the series. I also loved it when the two called out Haru on his intentions and actions - watching Haru left red faced was truly hilarious. I laughed when I should have, and smiled when I should have. The music’s good – it complements the series nicely as well. The art’s alright; nothing good, nothing bad. It did seem jarring to me when the art form became chibi (?) during funny scenes, because it completely took away from the seriousness of the situation, especially when Ren and Haru were having their moments.
The only thing that befuddled me is to why Haru took such a strong liking to Ren. I mean, he’s tall, good looking and an obviously charismatic dude with no scarcity of men or women – so why Ren? Apart from finding him “kawaii”, I didn’t find much reason for Haru’s dependency and feelings for Ren. The inclusion of Natsuo seemed pointless to me, but whatever. Who cares? It’s made for fans and it did great fan service – much better than I expected, to be honest. Without, you know, sexualizing a minor. If you’re into BL/yaoi then you’re sure to enjoy this series.
PS. If you're chill with shipping Eren and Mikasa (adopted siblings), then you should be cool shipping Ren and Haru. Chill tf out, peeps.
Incest, loli, extreme gore, and cannibalism are just some of the subjects considered taboo but they are not really rare in anime. Can you guess which taboo anime shows have found their way to this list?