Tightrope tells the tale of the reluctant heir of a yakuza family and his childhood friend, and follows their love relationship that started budding in their school days and keeps developing slowly but surely.
(Edit: LOL I just removed the other comment. I thought it was Fukuyama Jun who voiced Tetsu! LOL It was Fukushima Jun actually! I misread it!And I don't know him OTL)
Oho~ Guess I'll be the first one to review this OVA!! :D
Tight Rope is ONE of my MOST FAVE YAOI MANGA by Natsume Isaku. So I was really really happy when I learned that it will have an ANIME VERSION!
I finished watching the 2 episodes and I must say.. it was good. It didn't really disappoint me like those other Yaoi OVAs. And I say it's good because even if you haven't read the manga itself, you will understand it and will definitely enjoy it.
This OVA is a Yazuza themed story. But not the serious-deep type of Yakuza story. Instead it's a rather cute and simple-sweet story. The story will revolve around Ryuu and Naoki, who were childhood friends since they were little. Ryuu is, however, the heir of the Ohara Family. But he is reluctant to take the position because he wanted to be with Naoki (yes he is SUPER attached with Naoki) but because of an incident where Naoki got hurt (not really serious though) he said that if he'd ever take the position, he have to let go of Naoki. And there are still two months left before their graduation so Ryuu was savoring his time with Naoki.
Well something like that. I don't want to spoil the story anymore.
The animation is.. well.. good I guess. But I can't help but to think Ryuu's looks is kinda different from the manga. Well not only Ryuu but I think Naoki as well. Or is it just me? XD I still prefer what they look like in the manga though. :D
Well most of Yaoi OVAs doesn't have opening or ending songs right.. though the opening and ending songs of this OVA were instrumental.. and I liked it. Their voices, too were good. They speak Osaka-ben.
Nothing much to say here.. I just love Ryuu's attachment to Naoki and Naoki's indifference. LOL
I did say I enjoyed this OVA because it's the adaptation of my fave manga!! But the ONLY THING that DISAPPOINTED me is... NO SEX SCENE AT ALL! ;o; Even HINTS!! NONE AT ALL. ToT Only kissing.. awww... and I was really looking forward to see it because in the manga Ryuu and Naoki were sooooo cute! Not that I'm a perverted fangirl but they could have included "that scene" right? Even if it's only hints. And as a Yaoi/BL fangirl.. that's a must see! But there's none! Gaaah!
Even without the yaoi scene, I guess it's okay. I still enjoyed it. So if you want a Yakuza-themed-story yet a sweet-cute one.. then this one if for you! It's not explicit at all so don't worry if you're worried about that. Then if you haven't read the manga.. read it after you watch this OVA! I'm sure you will enjoy it more!!read more
That was horrible ! I really love this manga and Natsume Isaku works and I was very happy that Tight Rope will be adapted into anime... but, my expectations were too high. It was more like picture drama than anime. I really not reccomend it for people who are not yaoi fans.
If you look at my list, you'll see that it is littered with \ yaoi and shounen-ai anime to which I have given really low scores. This may lead you to think that I really dislike shounen-ai, but that's not the case. I'm a gay guy (yes, I know, outside of most of the target audience) who likes romance and anime, and I think there is good potential to this genre that, as of yet, I have seen unfulfilled--with the exception of a few obscure doujinshi I've read. Of all the shounen-ai anime I've seen, though, Tight Rope comes closest to fulfilling this untapped potential.
The plot centers around an heir to a prominent yakuza family, Ryuu, and a life-long friend who eventually becomes his lover, Naoki. However, Ryuu feels he must choose between his yakuza inheritance and Naoki, and would prefer the ladder. Right off the bat, it earns points for being a shounen-ai that isn't some stereotypical shojo plot with gay guys stuffed in. There is also quite a bit of potential for character development in this plot and lots of romantic tension, as well as dealing with themes of the desire for love and happiness versus social obligation. Unfortunately, this potential is only partially tapped in execution, though it is passably well done and earns points for moving the genre in the right direction. It could have been a little longer, but the simplicity still makes it fairly good. 7/10
As far as animation and art go, it's nothing to remember for being particularly good. There are moments of awkward and slipshod movements, the background sets are pretty minimal and fairly forgettable. There is a bit of connection between the atmosphere and coloration, so it deserves points for that, and it is also directed okay. Overall, it earns a 5/10 for art.
When it comes to sound, there's almost no memorable music other than a few dramatic piano lines and only basic sound effects, but this doesn't strike against the anime as it overall has a simple vibe to it. The voice actors are decent and represent the characters well, but it's not exactly memorable for being out-of this world good. 6/10 for sound.
Characters are where Tight Rope falls way flat. The only two who really matter are Naoki and Ryuu, and there's not much development on either of them or personality to them. They're pretty much blank slates, which I guess is to be expected of such a short OVA. 4/10 for characters.
In final assessment, I enjoyed it overall, if for no other reason that it provides a glimpse to what shounen-ai could be as a genre. It repays a couple rewatches, and is well worth the little time invested in it, though isn't highly memorable for being great. I give it a 6/10 overall and for enjoyment. read more