Hashiba Sora has fallen from a 4th story window and has lost all of his memories. When Fujimori Sunao comes to his school as his new room mate, Fujimori tells Hashiba that he is called Ran. Fujimori and Hashiba both have a split personality which they developed in their youth. Their split personalities, Yoru and Ran, are deeply in love. Even though it creeps Fujimori and Hashiba out what their other selves do with each other at night, they also start to fall for each other. Because of their relationship, Hashiba Sora finds out a lot of shocking facts about their youth.
The yaoi fangirls are going to hate me for this. Back when this series came out, it was a runaway smash hit with American fans, especially on the internet. I had never bothered watching the series, but did so on the recommendation of a friend while looking for something to fill my yaoi needs.
I am a pretty dedicated fan of yaoi, but Sukisho is the genre done wrong. Ordinary I am fairly forgiving when it comes to yaoi anime because I understand that the prime focus isn't much different than that of a soft core pornography. The idea behind most shounen ai/yaoi series
is to give the girls (and boys) something to gush over. I believe my main problem with Sukisho is that it attempted an actual plot line only to fail miserably.
So what make Sukisho's intriguing sounding plot line so horrible? The fact that most of it was so out of the realm of possibility. The two main characters grew up as test subjects. Where exactly was child services? Why are they so ruthlessly testing kids?
While these kids are being tested, one develops an alternate personality after seeing the other one walking into the room after a test. His personality develops instantly, and evidently, he teaches the other boy how to have an alternate personality of his own. So thus, ran and Yoru are born. To be fair, this kind of hollywood psychology is acceptable. What strikes me as odd is that the alternates not only have totally different voices than the characters themselves, but when Yoru (alternate 1) appears, he also comes sporting bandages that fly elegantly through the wind after coming out of nowhere.
This kind of overdramatic device is common through out the entire series and used mindlessly.
The characters are likable enough, but lack substance of any kind. [Characters] got my highest rating of 4. i am mainly talking about the two main characters, as the rest were not much more than empty token side characters used for the purpose of goofy antics and "developing" the plot. Despite my distain for the story, I was at least looking forward to some emotional man X man scenes, only to find that whenever one of these scenes came, they were very stereotypical.
To be blunt, half of the cast is so cliche gay that she should have just changed them into women. Suano (lead) Matsuri (the dorm leader) and Kai(the school nurse) all look unquestionably female. This might be making up for the fact that there are literally no women pictured in the show. Sukisho takes the idea of a seme and an uke to an extreme in which i have never seen before, and the romances between these feminine men and their masculine counterparts more resemble a strange sexual fantasy rather than real homosexual relationships. Adding on to this weirdness...apparently every man in the show is gay. No exceptions.
The positive points to these characters all go to the main character Sora. He doesn't take a stereotypical role in any sense. He is just an average, decent guy who happens to caught up in this strange gay fantasy land. Sunao also has his moments, and I liked that despite him being the clear submissive, he was still cheeky and didn't always act like a delicate lady flower.
The worst aspects of these series were the art and sound. If you are an art junkie, Sukisho will drive you crazy. The main complaint I hear even from Sukisho fans is that all of the characters have absolutely wild hair and are in despite need of a haircut. I can't think of a word to use better than "puffy". Most of these guys looked like they belonged in an 80's rock band rather than an anime. It was bad even by anime standards.
Beyond even that, the art was just amateurish and made far too many attempts to be cute. Topping that off with our "so feminine they are androgynous" cast and you have a recipe for disaster.
The background score reminded me a lot of a American television shows from the 1980's. It wasn't very diverse and sounded like it popped off a midi keyboard. Considering almost all anime these days has at least a decent instrumental/j music soundtrack, I would put Sukisho's background score at the bottom of the barrel.
Overall, I would recommend this series to only the most hardcore of yaoi/boys love fans...especially those who like pretty boys. For those of you looking for a series with a developed and realistic plot line, I would look further than Sukisho.
Okay Sukisho does have some faults. The strangest thing about it is the absence of any female character in the entire series, although there is no shortage of males looking like females. The plot is not particularly original and the uke REALLY needs a haircut.
But overlooking this there is a lot more positive in this series than negative. The seme/uke stereotypes are not as predictable and the story (shock horror) is actually told from the seme's perspective! The dynamics between the characters are really cute too.
Comedy wise, although some of the jokes were predictable, I still had to pause and go back because I
was laughing so hard. The art was pretty in my opinion and I am very fussy when it comes to art, it can make or break an anime for me.
So all in all I loved it and I have already re-watched it. If you are into shonen ai/yaoi, romance or comedy, then I would recommend it.
The summary may sound good, but what really lies beneath is a typical, overused plotline with no real comedy to back it up. Hey who cares? Were in it for the shoujo-ai, that itself was somewhat disappointing but enough to appease the people, however this story really lacked so much, not only failing to be remotely funny, it fails in the drama department aswell, the drama is so weak that you just want to laugh. However what really saved this anime from turning to complete boredom was Ran and Yoru (you'll see :P).
The art wasn't amazing stuff. but
just mediocre art like most animes out there.
The voice actors did a good job; it must've been hard being a guy and trying to keep a feminist voice... The music was okay... It played some really dramatic music where it just wasn't dramatic at all. Then again the drama really sucked all together.
Two names, these two people let alone saved the anime for me; Ran and Yoru, everyone else is either okay or just bothersome.
Why did I like this anime?
I really didnt like it, it was okay... There are some parts where you are just wondering, "why didnt he get up and run himself", there are some very very frustrating parts to this anime but what more can I say? Watch yourself and find out, if you catch the meaning of the quote in the later half of the series I hope you get the same reaction I did.
This is one of the few anime I have bought and I was totally satisfied with it. The story is not the best, it seems not planned at all. The artwork could been done better time to time. In other hand I like the background music (especially Matsuris) and I love the humor and the characters! I don't hate a single character, even if one of them is evil.
Sukisho made me laugh like crazy and because of the enormous enjoyment I got from watching it I give it "10" as an overall score. I was very touched in the end of the anime, it was
all sweet! I'm not going to tell spoilers.
For me this is a masterpiece and is one of best anime I ever seen. I have watched it over and over again, I don't know how many times actually. The OST is very, very great to me too. I listened to it until I grew tired of it, and now I can sing every song.
The leight of this series is good to, not too short or too long.
I highly recommend this, especially to people who like funny animes with shounen-ai!
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