Under Nariyuki Yuiga's devoted tutelage, his classmates Rizu Ogata, Fumino Furuhashi, and Uruka Takemoto are finally pulling average test scores on their worst subjects. But time is ticking, and there is still a long way to go before the three geniuses of Ichinose Academy are ready for their upcoming university exams. Meanwhile, the girls still struggle to balance the pursuit of their dreams with their growing affections for their unsuspecting tutor.
Joining them are Mafuyu Kirisu, a teacher with strong views about education and talent because of her past as a rising figure skater, and Asumi Kominami, a graduate from their school aiming to attend a national medical university. With these two additions, the group of six is livelier than ever before. Completely caught up in hilarious antics with his new friends, Yuiga finds that his last year of high school now includes a lot more than just going to class and studying.
This show is trash. You know it, I know it, everyone knows it. It doesn’t even try to hide the fact that it is indeed trash. It doesn’t take risks on the narrative, owns up to every typical harem trait ever, and just by watching it my functioning brain cells is halved each minute. Having paid the price of a million brain cells, I can, nevertheless, say without hesitation - I enjoyed this show, and I did so unreservedly.
“Why?” You asked in confusion, “why would anyone enjoy trash?” Well, Bokuben has reached a level of honesty only the most courageous can attain. When other trashy
shows hide its true colours behind a curtain of drama, this show truly embraces being a dumpster. In short, I love honest shows.
There’s no plot to be spoken of but MC-kun flirting with his harem, albeit unintentionally on a daily basis. The shy classmate, the outspoken childhood friend, the school goddess, the teasing senpai, the clumsy teacher… I wasn’t spouting vague character traits, those are real characters inside this show.
They put some effort into the music though, not gonna lie. Both OPs in the first and second season is sung by the female leads of the show. The ED is nothing special though, not bad, but it probably would never get a place in my weeb playlist on Spotify. The character models are fine, but the animation is no good - it's literally manga on TV. Luckily, the manga panels flow quite nicely, which is a silver lining in the clouds.
But all these serious analyses isn’t why you are here, it’s the second season already! You already know what you are getting into - complete nonsense. And yet, to all you brave warriors out there who are still watching, bravo, bravo indeed - you have discovered the true way to enjoy this show. Now, spread that wisdom to those around you, I envision one day where everyone can enjoy any show they watch, where suffering is no more in the Land of Anime.
For those who want to try to get in the show, just leave your mind blank at all times. That’s how I think this series is best appreciated. And if you do so, I can promise it will be the most relaxed 20 minutes you are going to have all week. Just one caveat though, you most likely won't be proud of yourself.
As the Buddhist saying goes, "the source of all pain is attachment." And this show has offered a first-hand experience on how true that is. Only by detaching ourselves from the chains of human decency and the pride as a tasteful weeb can we truly transcend and be freed of agony and pain - the pain from watching a dumpster in flames.
At the end of the day, what makes for a good anime is its ability to inspire. And the enlightenment this show bestowed on me has overcompensated for its flaws, proving itself worthy of a solid 7 and an earnest recommendation with a pinch of salt.
Bokuben doesn't do anything particularly groundbreaking with its story or organisation. Despite that, I would still not call it "trash" as some others have. Bokuben is great at what it's meant to do, and that's be a harem slice of life comedy that provides an escape route for Otaku escapism. It's why series like these get so popular in Japan and part of the reason for a declining birth rate, but that's another story.
Bokuben 2 follows in the footsteps of Bokuben 1 and offers a continuation of the back and forth race between waifus. Similar to Bokuben season
1, every episode follows one of the girls as they attempt to get closer to generic Harem MC and to get into university. The pattern stays much of the same throughout the manga and will be the same in the anime. That said, we do see gradual character and relationship development over the course of the story. The art, music, characters and overall setting are really enjoyable for me, so it is an easy 10/10. I understand that some of you may be looking for more substantive plot narrative and structure, but come on, it's a harem anime, we watch this to escape, not to learn life lessons.
Overall, if you enjoyed Bokuben 1, you will enjoy Bokuben 2, it's full of the same laughs and the waifu wars are better than ever. Give it a watch.
It's been awhile since the last time I enjoy harem anime. Back in the day I was OBSESSED with it! Like the amount of time I would watch different type of harem is ridiculous.
But as the time passed I got bored of it, I think manly because of the fact I don't like tsundere anymore. I mean I don't mind if they makes the tsundere character in the joking way, but for the super aggressive "imma chop you head off, even though I love you" tsundere just not sit well for me anymore.
There's always that one character that I don't like in harem
and everytime their faces is on the screen I went "Ugh" but for some reason it never happened for BokuBen, Rizu, Fumino, Uruka, Senpai, Sensei, I love every single of them.
Even though at first I thought Sensei is always gonna be a bit "B*tchy". But as the time pass she ended up becoming my favourite character on the show. Even though she never show it, she actually cared about her student. She just trying to tell them that chasing after your dream that you not 100% guarantee for succeeding is not worth it, and it's going to risked your future. Just like what she went through with her dream sport. But oh well.
The story itself is pretty good. The show is based around Romance so you should expected this to play a main role here. So, we got Rizu and Uruka who is in love with Nariyuki(He still didn't catch it. Standard) And Fumino knowing this, trying to help these two get close to him. Lil did she know that shes in the harem aswell. Because she trying to help these peoples getting closer, she ended up getting closer to Nariyuki aswell.
As for Senpai she might have a lil feeling for Nariyuki. People say if you tease someone it means that you liked them. But for Senpai I'm not 100% sure. She might just being thankful for what Nariyuki did for her.
But her aim right now.. Well I should say all of the student aim right now is what they're studying for. Long story short:
Rizu trying to understand more about people emotions.
Uruka trying to go to the Uni she aiming for because of her swimming capability.
Senpai trying to take over her father on becoming a doctor.
Fumino is looking for her "mother's star" and wanting her life to have a connection to the stars. And for that she need to pass Science exam and learn astronomy.
So to put romantic feeling in between of these is going to be difficult.
So far the things above didn't put enough impact on the show for people to care. But these things is going to play a big role in the future. On what will they do about their feeling combining with the thing they been study for.
I can't wait for that.
So far I enjoyed this show, the story is good, the characters is fantastic, the screen-time for each character is also good. It's a well balanced harem anime, I enjoyed it.
If you want lovable characters and some good romcom harem, I recommended this show.
Sidenote: This show so far is nothing serious, it's just a pure RomCom Harem. So if you looking for light anime to ease and calm your heart this show is good.