Doukyuusei is a very simple romance story that will leave a big smile on your face.
Based on the very popular manga of the same name, this movie follows Hikaru Kusakabe and Rihito Sajou, two high school students of the same age, through their journey of self-discovery and their first love.
Story (8/10): Even tho this movie is good, the story isn't very deep or emotional. In real life first loves can be a very complicated thing, but not for these characters. The story flows as it should be, there's isn't a "dramatic twist" or a "love rival" or a "love triangle", this movie didn't need that
at all, it's just them falling in love and enjoying each-other. Nothing more, nothing less.
Art (9/10): Doukyuusei has a very unique kind of artstyle. I personally think it works PERFECTLY with the movie and the characters but you'll have to see it for yourself.
Characters (9/10): the characters are what makes this movie WORK. How they interact with eachother is the cutest thing you'll ever see. You can feel the love they have for eachother, and that's an big accomplishment for the mangaka, the studio and specially the director.
Overall: If you're looking for a hardcore yaoi movie then you'll be disappointed because this movie is very romantic and REAL. You can easily feel the characters and understand their actions because they're very relatable.
Reading the manga, a lot of stuff bugged me. Mostly how quickly the storyline just moved on. The characters and relationship didn't get time to properly develop or even be introduced well. The idea of this story was cute, but the way it was told turned the manga pretty shitty. However, in the movie they changed all of that. The creators stretched out all of the "soon-to-be-over" scenes, and ended up spending their time very well. This way it was easier for me to really get to know the characters, and for their relationship to build. They also managed to not stretch anything too far.
They changed some of the moments in this story from being weird or feeling unnecessary to being absolutely adorable.
The artstyle is unique and simpler than what we're used to, I really liked it. It's very similar to the manga artist's artsyle. Animation is smooth and fits this movie perfectly. Just the animation itself made me laugh a several times. The backgrounds are also gorgeous. I loved all of the usage of colors.
The soundtrack somehow gave Doukyuusei a realistic vibe, and Galileo Galilei's song playing at the ending was perfect.
Both Kusakabe and Sajou are mostly chill characters, and seeing them get along like this makes me very happy. Their love doesn't seem forced, which is in my opinion the most important thing when it comes to love stories. Sajou is a typical nerd/careful character, but something about him makes him stand out, as if there's something that he really wants. Kusakabe is not like the typical rock star/talk-without-thinking character. He's calm and very nice. They are both just high school students, which is very easy to notice. They make dumb choices like every teenager does. I love how their ages actually show through their personalities.
I would recommend this movie to anyone, whether they like shounen-ai or not. This is what a good love story looks like: characters falling in love the most natural way.
The only thing I didn't like was one of the changes from the manga. I wish that they would tell us something about Sajou earlier. ***SPOILER He has a fear of trains SPOILER IS OVER*** In the manga, they made this very clear, and it cleared up what was going on in some of the scenes. In the anime, this didn't come through well at all, and has definitely caused confusions.
(Intro is spoilers sorry even then it doesn't take away enjoyment.)
Asking your teacher at an all boys school how two guys do it. Basically. Dating someone who's really popular and has good looks, Unlike you. Not talking about your future, and falling out. ⠀
⠀Where do I begin with Classmates?! (English title) Actually the plot isn't anything new, it's been dried out like a fruit. Even so if you put enough emotion and love into something it's bound to hit some heart stings!
The characters drove this movie till the end. If anything I'd like to say well done to Kamiya Hiroshi, for always putting in 100%.
It's honestly a treat to hear his voice acting.⠀⠀⠀
⠀So the animation is fluid, or how I like to explain it. Not really detailed but the running and backgrounds all were pleasing to look at. Honestly I think this style is surprising for A-1, they usually have that more generic A-1 look if ya know what I mean. I'm pretty sure it's the first Shounen Ai they've produced too, correct me if I'm wrong it's usually Deen.⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀Overall I highly recommend it if you're a fan of sekai ichi hatsukoi or Junjou Romantica, it's got all the same drama and feels plus that comedy.
You have no idea how long I've been waiting for this. I've been familiar with the source material for more than a couple of years and have read it over and again multiple times. I've even listened to the Drama CD more times than I would probably ever confess to.
I am what you would call "biased af".
So yeah, no effort to be objective here.
Simple story, "a boy meets a boy, they were in the blush of youth", but it is that simplicity that keeps it fresh and sweet without making it too mushy. The movie covers only the first volume of the
series, but it is enough to appease my fangirl heart.
I don't think I've ever seen a movie before that just has me grinning from side to side for the whole time looking like a psycho.
As an interesting point that can also be a bit of a minus, you can clearly tell this was plot derived from a manga. You have shots that lead you around like panels, jokes that work more on manga since they are kept more brief and a pacing that is at the same time a bit rushed and slowed down. But you can't really blame anyone, that's how manga works, translating Nakamura Asumiko's format is probably pretty tough.
The voice actors are once again doing an outstanding job, it was interesting to hear them do the dialogues in slightly different tones, pacing, implying different emotions (yes I remember what they sounded like for all the dialogues in the Drama CD by heart I'm fujoshi fangirl trash). It felt like they understood maybe their characters more. Kamiya Hiroshi is one of my all time weaknesses in the seiyuu world, he didn't disappoint. I guess it's funny how the Drama CD was made during the time none of the three main voice actors were big and yet now they are considered quite the formidable cast. It makes you realize how long it's been.
All in all this was great for my heart. It makes me want to re-read the series. I probably will. Ok I'll read it now bye
Well, you can definitely say that Doukyuusei is aesthetically pleasing. The colours used for backgrounds are generally muted, but the characters are vivid. Expressions are adorably drawn and very clear through a distinct art style.
Music and sound are gentle and well picked to bring out emotions , so that in combination with the art means that moments lacking in plot-driven interest often make up for it through pure atmospheric value.
Really, it's good that the aesthetics can carry the movie, because the characters can be frustrating and the plot is feeble at best.
As this was the highest ranked shounen-ai, I entered thinking this would
be a genuine romance with a fairly realistic story - barring cute coincidences. Instead, I got something pretty typical - boy meets boy, they run into issues that could be solved through minimal amounts of communication, and ultimately put issues aside because their love is too powerful to fight, or whatever... It felt pretty weak, and 'important' moments in the relationship just didn't carry any weight.
This was mostly because neither character really bothers to work for their relationship. They both enter it thinking the hard part's over, and freeze at the hint of any kind of challenge. Any time they're in conflict, they let it fester until they can have a big, dramatic moment which loses the heartwarming factor in favour of a frustration because they could have just talked to eachother, damn it.
(Spoiler: Seriously, who follows up "I guess we don't know anything about each other." with "We shouldn't meet for a while"????)
Overall, Doukyuusei is sweet and pretty, but painfully shallow. It's nice if all you're looking for is some blushy faces and cute kisses, but it pretty much fails as a depiction of a relationship.
(Also, a warning: there's a random taboo interaction between a teacher and a student stuck in there for nothing more than an extra dramatic event. Why.)
I was really pumped when I heard there was a decent, cute BL anime movie coming out. I was a little disappointed. Not because it was bad, because by any means it's a decent flick, but because it was only merely okay.
I want to start off by saying I'm a (bi) girl, and I didn't check to see if this BL is aimed at girls or boys, but I think that all genders would be able to enjoy the movie.
The pacing seemed really off. It moved too slow and too fast at different moments, and I think it's because it's a movie instead of an
OVA. Had it been an OVA, say, a 6-episode OVA or even a 3-episode OVA, a lot of the plot would have moved much smoother.
The story itself is pretty okay. It's about a kinda flashy guy in a rock band and a shy cute guy who fall in love after the rock guy decides to teach the shy guy how to sing his part for the school choir. It's really cute! They go through some ups and downs, which is where the pacing problems come in, because the story moves very fast and skips through some of the fluff straight to the drama. Story-wise, though, it's a typical and adorable story. The kisses are steamy and there's discussions of sex but nothing happens.
The characters are cute, but they seem a little one-bit to me. I have a hard time believing their motivations and personality points besides one or two things. In fact, I can't remember if they had any motivation and personality. Their design was okay.
The art is okay. I think they might have cut some corners, which is terrible considering this is a movie. The sound is okay.
All in all, it's an okay movie. I like it better than I like a lot of BL, but not by much. It's cute but it honestly doesn't feel like a lot of effort was put into this movie, which is a pretty big disappointment. I'd say give it a shot because you might see something in it that I don't, but don't be shocked if it isn't as great as you hoped it would be (if you hope it's great).
I was really excited about this anime. I heard great things about it, and having been monumentally disappointed with the BL genre in general, I thought that FINALLY a gem had been made.
Eh. Not really.
The thing is, when a story is entirely centered on romance, I want that romance to BLOW ME AWAY. If there's no bigger or more intricate plotline, I want the story to put everything it has into the relationship I'm being shown and really move me. I want poignant interactions, whether it's deep conversation or cute moments. I want to see them be charmed by each other, surprised by each other,
and, sure, maybe a little lusty for each other. I want to see them fall in love.
Doukyuusei just kinda...skips all that. And then boom! They're together. And I sigh because once again it's a story of, "No, I'm not going to bother showing you why these two people are drawn to each other or why they're meant to be, you're just supposed to go with it because I said so." I mean, this is why I hate most canon het romances these days: A boy and girl share a glance within the first five minutes of a film/show and that's it, that's the entire relationship build-up. Doukyuusei may have slightly more than that to go on, but not much.
The "relationship build-up" all takes place off screen, and I simply can't fathom why a romance anime would do that. Instead of seeing any real connection between Kusakabe and Sajou, we get a montage of Kusakabe showing up late to band practice. Um. Okay. Not sure how I'm supposed to be invested in this couple, and therefore the entire anime, when I'm not seeing any kind of interaction between them in the first place, but sure, go ahead and have them kiss and pretend like that's all a relationship is. (And then--SPOILER except not really because it's not like there's much plot to spoil in a plotless romance--it's a year later and the characters themselves are like "why do we keep making out when we don't know anything about each other." Yeah, I don't know either, guys.)
But, okay, I do have some nice(ish) things to say. Despite the utter lack of showing a foundation for the relationship, Kusakabe and Sajou do have a certain quiet and gentle connection that I still found myself enjoying, though it pained me that the anime didn't do it justice at all and failed to put the depth and intensity that should have been there. They share a number of sweet scenes that were really quite beautiful. There's also a lot of cuteness and humor. If the movie was longer or if they'd made it an OVA or something, it would've been nice to build on those moments and see this relationship really turn into something--though admittedly, I'd prefer more time be spent on the build-up because I find the foundation of the relationship really important and interesting and it's a shame Kusakabe and Sajou didn't have that. It's like: imagine approaching an acquaintance right now and kissing them and reciting poetry to them and immediately thinking, "Wow, we're so in love, this is great." That's pretty much what this relationship seems like.
I do have to say that I really liked the artwork. Unique and whimsical and refreshing. The music was very nice too, perfectly complementing the moment and the scenery. The voice actors did a wonderful job (I'm always a sucker for Kamiya Hiroshi).
I honestly can't tell if I'm being too generous with my rating or not. I certainly didn't hate this anime and, despite my criticism, I wouldn't even say I disliked it. I did get some mushy fluffy feelings at some parts and I generally liked the relationship between Kusakabe and Sajou, but there was always that feeling like something was lacking. I feel like I just watched a teaser and now I'm waiting for the actual movie.
Alas, I continue to wait to see if the BL genre will ever really satisfy me. For now, non-canon m/m ships in other anime continue to have more substance than anything I've found in BL ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
A very good movie to watch on a summer day. It's light, with a little bit of pain. The art is wonderful. I actually never read the manga of this movie, because I don't like to read things that make me sad, and I knew this story will most probably make me cry. But in the movie it was actually what added the deeper layer to it. It's a very simple movie, and watching it definitely made me think of "youth". Also a note that I believe is important: there are no homophobic slurs in this film. This film is about love between two people,
two men, and it's completely acknowledged to be so. They also kiss. Several times. Honestly, this is probably one of the best BL movies I've ever watched.
Well I have to say that this was a rather interesting movie, but I need to point out a major flaw. This was simply found rushed to me, as I feel like there was simply not enough time, in that hour to really tell the story. Unlike the manga, there is no real development of their relationship, nor other feelings like jealousy are shown, like it has been in the manga. It's a bit of a shame, since I felt like that is what really made the manga what it is, and it could have been easily incorporated into the movie too. Maybe if this
made into an anime instead of a movie, then perhaps that cold have been expanded on better.
As for the art, I have to say it was one of a kind, it's certainly not one that I see often. So I really have to say well done to the creators of this, from going out of if you like the norm type of art for anime. I feel like it truly has show something completely different, in comparison to the main stream anime and manga.
The characters were truly adorable. The way in which they interact in an "awkward" way was really sweet. You can see that they are falling for each other, but neither of them seems to know how to go about it. Their character's are truly a gem.
Well overall all I can say is that you need to have a go at this movie, even if there are aspects which some may not find appealing, this is still worth the trouble.
Doukyuusei is truly one of the best Yaoi movies i have ever seen it is absolutely amazing and beautiful i love it. It's just a very sweet and endearing film, i do feel like you have to be very open minded to like a film like this seeing as it is a boy's love film. But if you throw that aside you will see it's just as good as anyother romance even better.
Sound: The Music was great and i really like it very classical and peacefull music.
Charecters: The were great especially the main blonde boy he was just so cool but i can't remember his
name but i loved him.
Story:' Just a really sweet and innocent love story but it is realistic in the way the tell it not any of that annoying fake anime shit. It's actually how love feels all awkward and new and shy. So i like how they captured that aspect of it.
Overall: Should you watch this film? YES. Espically if your somebody that doesn't normally watch stuff like this as it can give you a different perspective on love.
Before I go off, let me say straight-up that I'm a person who thinks that ALL "boy love" stories are a waste of time and potential, but this movie has proved me wrong. It was at my surprise a really well made romance with awesome characters regardless of genders.
It was a sweet, refreshing, non-cliché romance without any creepy scenes between the two MC.
Generally in any romance movies or animes, one of the leads is seen as older and pushy, while the other one is shy, awkward, unwilling to reciprocate the same feelings, hesitant to make any move or even afraid of the other character's motives,
which is usually felt like "a forced drama".
Luckily, Classmates didn't put the MC through that generic pattern, instead, it made me believe that Kusakabe and Saijo are just normal high-school teenagers trying to figure out their first serious romance, fleshing them out as "real" and relatable persons as possible as it can be.
And, despite there not being any big or heavy drama, i loved how the direction took its time to pay so much attention to expressing the characters'emotions and personalities, in almost every shot.
Another thing I was highly impressed with, is the fact that "romance" wasn't the sole defining theme of the movie. Kusakabe especially felt like an actual 18 years old teenager, with enough attention paid to his band, friends (I love his supportive friend by the way) and outside life, to make it feel like he "exists" outside of his interaction with Saijo. Both of them has chacarter developement outside of the romance plot, in a sense that it's important to grow and change rather than to force things to stay the same.
Furthermore, the movie was pretty funny sometimes! I laughed so hard when Kusakabe went to ask Hara-sensei about "how dudes do it" in front of all the teachers in the room. It shows you how clueless teenagers can be through humor rather than uncomfortable secondhand embarrassement situations.
Now i must say how much I loved the artwork. The animation was unique, extremely fluid. The backgrounds were beautifully done with a watercolory style. The music was gorgeous! it wasn't anything godly or overwhelmingly impressive but was delicate, very subtle and fit well with the climax. The voice acting was amazing as well, with great performance from Kusakabe's seiyuu (Levy from AoT) and Saijo (Natsuya from Free!, Eiji from BananaFish).
I understand that shounen-ai and BL stories are a big no-no for a lot of people, but this is really a fantastic movie about two boys trying to discover themselves and each other, far more than it's just about sexuality. It's not perfect. I think the direction could have done better with portraying more of Hara-san's personality, nonetheless, it's hard to describe it as anything other than beautiful.
To be honest i never actually thought i would like this when my friend recommended this to me as I was never really into the yaoi and romance genre. But I was wrong.
The reason why I didn't like the yaoi genre was mostly because of those highly unrealistic story lines. I know I know, "this is anime just turn off your brain and enjoy the show!!!". But seriously, in anime like sekai ichi hatsukoi and jinjou romantica, they act like the whole fucking world is gay and focus only on the romantic scenes between the protagonists to satisfy the fangirls. It's just basically like changing
the girl into a dude and BANG you get shounen ai.
However this show managed to not only portray love scenes that will bring a smile to your face but also the difficulties and and differences of loving someone of the same sex. This is still your typical love story but that little detail they actually put effort in is what made all the difference.
I seriously can"t rate is anime unbiasedly as it goes beyond my expectations of a shounen ai movie. But overall It's a decent movie that will leave a smile on your face and is definitely worth watching. Seriously it only takes you an hour, GO WATCH IT.
I'm putting 10 in every single rate
The story is freaking amazing and so are the characters
What I love about this is that it isn't rushed nor have too much sexual scenes like some anime where it fairly focuses on that.
The point here is that it is a soft Yaoi and the way their relationship developed took time if you really take an hour to watch and listen to everything they say
The way they interact to each other tells a lot about their own character and yes they do contrast but that's the fun part. They meet in the middle, can't stop but this movie is
pretty f*cking great.
This review could go on but overall is perfect
I love everything about it and enjoyed it very much
The story of this character-driven film explores a relationship which blooms between two classmates brought together by rehearsals for their school’s chorus performance. The film was made using the watercolor animation style we’ve seen before in, for example, Wandering Son, a style which was especially put to good use in the numerous humorous scenes. On the audio side, the soundtrack and voice acting are both of a generally high quality.
Doukyusei seems to mirror Junjou Romantica and Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi in its themes (social acceptance of gay relationships, jealousy, insecurity, and separation), characters, and sense of realism, in addition of course to its nature as a
character-driven, romcom drama. The only fundamental difference I can see is the absence of internal monologues as a narrative device, something which prevented the similarities from becoming overwhelming. The film’s story fits very well into its 60-minute runtime, and the school setting and animation style provide agreeable variations on Junjou's and Sekai-ichi's formula.
The film doesn’t represent much of a step forward from where Junjou Romantica and Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi left the shonen-ai genre, but it proves that their formula still has more to offer.
I was... not expecting this at all. Having seen some yaoi before, I've rarely come across any that's realistic or relevant. Most of the time, it's a little strange, makes no sense, and is more than a little heteronormative and it makes me a little annoyed. In this case, I think that they managed to portray it in such a beautiful way that even if you're not a fan of the yaoi genre, you'll be able to enjoy this as an amazing romance on its own.
To begin with, the story is split into multiple pieces as seasons. It's very poetic and has a slow,
realistic pace. There isn't as much sexual assault as yaois usually have, which is a relief. Other than that, it's also very sweet and builds up naturally. Not for a moment did I feel this was undoable in any way. The whole time, I actually felt like the characters had chemistry as well. The problems they faced together were very true to life.
I've seen some people complain about the art, and when I first saw it, I had a similar opinion, but watching the whole thing, I've been charmed by it. It's a strange style for sure that I've never really seen before, but at the same time, it's very fluid and soft, much like the story itself. I think it really matches the flow of the story.
Most of the time, I'm not really impressed by the music, but the background music and the closing song are both gorgeous. I could just listen to the plain instrumentals all day long. This was so calming to listen to.
Gosh, the characters were masterpieces. They weren't heteronormative sexual assaulters and the plot wasn't spent mostly on the seme-uke dynamic and claiming that they definitely weren't gay. There was acceptance, there was romance, there was conflict, there was chemistry. What more can we ask for?
I enjoyed this way more than I thought I would. It's a perfect movie to watch with a significant other or even alone on a rainy day. It's adorable, it made me squeal and smile and also nearly cry. But I'm a little bit of a crybaby so I don't know if the crying will apply to everyone. :)
I would recommend this if you: like romance movies, dislike heteronormativity, dislike the classic yaoi tropes, want to watch something short on a rainy afternoon, want a cute date movie, want to smile like an idiot for an hour
I would NOT recommend this if you: like classic yaoi tropes, are expecting smutty stuff, like the seme-uke structure, don't like romances
Art- 4/10. Probably the biggest con for me was the simple, non-digital art style. Kusakabe's character design wasn't all too much to my appeal either, but of course, this all comes down to a matter of personal taste. Gradually, it started to bother me less and less as their personalities and emotions started to overpower their appearances.
Story- 6/10. Simplicity. It's something that could either make or break a film, but in Doukyuusei, it's what carries the story up. There's nothing special or outstanding to be found here, but this is a film that deals with feelings of first love, inner turmoil and a coming of
age growth. If you're looking for soap opera worthy drama or angst, this isn't for you. If you're looking for deep, intricate relationships that delve into serious matters, this isn't for you. What it is is a short and sweet, heart-warming flick to pass a good time.
Character- 6.5/10. Considering this is only an hour long movie, you shouldn't expect much character development. While this is true, it still manages to leave you with a smile watching Sajou and Kusakabe stumble about their relationship. If cardboard characters don't faze you, this one's a decent fluff fest.
Doukyuusei (同級生) is what every shounen ai (or yaoi) story should aspire to be. The story is brought to life by the incredible voice acting, soft and bright art style, and relatable themes shown in the story.
Story: The story was great, and while it was cheesy and rather simple, I feel like that was the point. The more complex the story is, the harder it is to relate to the story, and I think the point here was to show how a typical high school relationship between boys in Japan may go. It is easy to relate to, but it isn't so plain that there's
no character development. The ending was sweet, though it didn't wrap everything up, as there has to be room for sequels (which exist through the Manga, and hopefully through future movies, if A-1 decides to pursue the sequels).
Art: The style is nice, soft and vibrant. The backgrounds had much more detail put into them than the characters in the background, whom are noticeably undetailed, but I believe that enhances the theme of the story. The only characters who have detail put into them are Kusakabe, Sajou, and Hara-sen; even Kusakabe's friends, whom seem to get even more showtime than Hara-sen, aren't detailed. The reason behind this is likely due to a focus on the relationship between the two main characters, in that this story focuses solely on them. For some reason, Hara-sen is a detailed character, yet he plays a relatively small part in the film (this may have something to do with the sequels). Other than that, the animation is mostly fluid and the style is easy to watch. It isn't on-par with some of the masterpieces of animation that are out there, but it is definitely good for a modern anime film, and the focus is mostly on its other aspects anyways.
Sound: The sound was nice and pleasant, but nothing popped out at me. Every tune seemed to be background music (aside from the credits and Moyuru Wakaba, sung by the choir). However, it was pleasant background music, and its ease in ability to sit in the back of the movie and play without my noticing does a good job complimenting the film in that we can keep our focus on the story while the music does its work backstage.
Character: Kusakabe has the most character development and screen time, and deservedly so. He is more outspoken, with many different character traits that make him an interesting character. Unfortunately, we don't see much character development from Sajou, but this can be attributed to his timid and reserved nature. Unlike Kusakabe, it seems that he spends most of his time on his studies, like a typical Japanese student. There is a bunch of character underneath, but on the outside, he is quite plain, which can explain why he did not get as much development. I am hoping that the sequels will draw him out of his shell more and show more character, perhaps post-graduation when he is finished with his studies. Hara-sen, as mentioned earlier, was the third most detailed character in the series, but he didn't get much attention at all. I would have also liked to see more about Kusakabe and his band; however, the movie is about an hour long, and that's a very small amount of time for an animated movie to flesh out their characters. Even so, they do so very well, while leaving us more to crave from potential sequels.
Enjoyment: I have a lot to relate to here, so personally, I enjoyed watching it a lot. I've gone as far as to order Aniplex's overpriced collector's edition of the movie just because I want to support it and the potential for its sequels. It's such a beautiful movie, and it's compacted into an hour for easy viewing, so I can easily see myself showing it to everyone and watching it several more times in the future for details that I may have missed.
Overall: It was a great movie, with great character development, great art, great everything. It left some to be desired, but I feel like these things are nitpicks, which can potentially be solved through sequels.
Here's a basic list of Pro's and Con's to sum up my review:
Pros - Great art and animation, one of the very few yaoi stories that isn't entirely based around sex, and genuine romance themes that can melt any (non-homophobic) heart.
Neutral - Short film (while being short has its advantages, it leaves a lot out that could have fleshed out character development further), Collector's edition is like $90 and that's pretty much the only way you can legally purchase the movie outside of Japan (you can thank Aniplex, however this doesn't subtract from the content itself, it's just a little aside, so it's in Neutral)
Cons - Leaves some to be desired (sequels?), can be seen as generic and cheesy (even if that's the point), forgettable (but still solid) soundtrack.
This film absolutely blew me away! It manages to achieve more in it's 1 hour run time than most high school romances do in there entire series. What's more is that it leaves you more connected to these characters than the majority of anime in general. The wispy art style works to the films benefit as it shows through the characters very expressive facial expressions as well as giving it a great beauty right from the get go. While this is shounen-ai it certainly doesn't pander to the fudanshi and fujoshi audience. In fact anybody can enjoy this film as all it is, is a
truly fantastic romance. I can't recommend it more.
Doukyuusei delivers a quaint story told in several sections, each developing the central relationship. While the story is simplistic, the characters are carved out in a way that highlights the charming animation style while engaging the viewer. I was afraid that it would feel equally rushed as the manga, but the writers diminished parts of the source material that I didn’t like and brought everything that I enjoyed about the original story to life. The music blends with the emotions of the characters using soft guitar, and the animation is gorgeous. The story doesn’t try to be more than anything
it is, but the characters stand out enough in humor and struggle to entertain. The length of the movie was surprisingly satisfying—the writers didn’t draw out the plot to an excessive length and instead focused on the details of the animation and story itself.
The movie was so simple that it will blow your mind while watching it..
It was the simplicity of the movie that will make you finish the movie.. though the ending was (no spoiler) so so so ughhhh... so ughh that you will want the continuation of it. To all my co-shounen-ai and yaoi lovers, I hope you will understand what I feel.
Another thing is that the art or the graphics of the anime was simple yet enchanting. enchanting in a way that it so simple that you it to be a live action. Their gestures and contact with each other makes you want them to
go beyond on what their doing (if you know what I mean)
Rihito is smart but so adorable when he's experiencing things he doesn't know, on the other hand Hikaru is a simple-minded guy but sweet in his own way.. they are so opposite with each other making them so perfect together..
that's all I can say so you should go and watch it for yourself and tell me what can you say about it.