Kato, Shimura, Arai, Nakamoto, and Takagi are friends at an all-boys boarding school. After they get tricked by their school government president, the five must put on a performance of the play "Little Women."
On my demand of watching all BoysLove anime and related I came across Graduation M. And I consider this the worst BL I've ever watched. EVER. This is starting to become hard, you see... On any case, let's see why even the most dedicated of the fans should avoid this thing.
A story, unlike the synopsis seems to claim, does not really exist. Five good looking men are presented through the first 16 minutes of the series and then engage into crossdressing for a theatre play, because "kawaii". One of the characters is show playing Graduation M game, that's by far the most interesting point of
the story... The rest rolls slowly, filling in the screen time with absolutely useless conversation that does not add anything to the story. As for the characters, that sometimes may make up for te story, are cut off cereal boxes. Each one is a stereotype, but so horribly stereotypied that it's not even fun. It's like a proto-Gakuen Heaven, but worst.
Now, this could be compensated if we had these 40 minutes f animation just for the eyecandy. It was done before, it will be done in the future, I personally have nothing against it... But the art... It's not even pathetic... It is... Miserable. Horribly amateurish, as well as the animation. Everything is crooked, it looks like Neopets fanart done by a 12 year old. The most basic laws of shading, perspective, anatomy, colouring, anything you can remember.. Even the most basice IS WRONG!
Most likely the only positive point of this piece of "bizarre" animation is the voice acting. It is clearly well done and all the actores match ehtir characters perfectly. The background music is common of the genre but not less annoying. Cheery and cute songs intercalated by rock instrumentals that may fit perfectly in games but just seem out of place in anime riddle these 40 minutes. For a moment I even considered each character would have a theme song.
In the end, a really dreadful experience. A cheap OVA created without any care or skill. Avoid it for best results.
I would’ve given a 10/10 if I could rate the seiyuu cast but alas, such great talents are wasted on the pointless and plot-less anime.
As a yaoi/shounen-ai fan, the sound of 5 bishounens cross dressing in a play based on one of my favourite childhood books was really appealing. I was lured to this anime through the false impression of its seemingly decent art, the seiyuu cast and a promising plot.
The synopsis written for this anime could only be applied for the very end of first ova as the entire ova was just an introduction of the characters and nothing much else.
The second ova was again about absolutely nothing. Only snippets of the play rehearsal were shown. Then it got even more pathetic when the anime tried to add a twist in the last 15min, desperately hoping to engage the viewers and failed miserably.
This anime was a waste of time and I only finished watching it out of obligation to the precious megabytes I’ve wasted by downloading it.