Who’s your ideal boyfriend? You might find just the guy in Makura no Danshi. Each short episode features a different boy who will listen to you and hold you when you need it.
Episodes are shown from the viewer’s point of view, and the boys all address the viewer personally. Listen to them talk about their day, then tell them about yours. All the boys have kind hearts and will make you feel special and loved.
Each boy has a distinct background, age, and personality, sure to please any kind of viewer taste. Merry is a gentle brown-eyed boy with an open heart. Eiji Kijinami is a punk from your school who is really not as scary as people think. The shy Ryuushi Theodore Emori loves to watch the stars with you, getting lost in the night sky. There are other boys and personalities to discover.
I used to be a bitter person. Every day, I got home from my part-time job and proceeded to watch anime, read manga/books, listen to music and sleep the rest of the day in order to run away from the day-to-day desperation but none of these activities was enough to satiate my loneliness. It was getting hard to breathe. It was as if an invisible noose was around my neck, loose enough to keep me breathing, but tight enough to hurt my neck and leave marks and bruises. I was contemplating suicide, no joke. There was nothing to look forward to anymore, and without friends or a girlfriend, no one would even care if I just disappeared.
But, just as I was about to give up, Makura no Danshi entered my life. I work from Tuesday to Saturday, so that leaves Sunday and Monday as my only free days of the week. While browsing the list of Monday releases on this TOTALLY COOL anime related website, Makura no Danshi caught my attention. The synopsis was about “healing tired hearts”, and my heart desperately needed some healing. I downloaded the first episode and it was like resurrecting. Merry, our first “pillow boy”, might as well be called “our Lord and savior”. That 2D boy alone saved me from myself. With just two minutes and a half of screen time (Makura no Danshi has this brilliant catchy OP every episode), he touched my heavy heart and made it light, freeing me from anxiety and despair. Thank you, Merry. Thank you so much.
The rest of the characters introduced on the following episodes were equally good. From this beautiful violinist that is scared of spiders (HOW CUTE IS THAT??), to a high schooler dealing with Chuunibyou. Their personalities may be different, but they are all great at keeping us happy and looking forward to the next episodes. We even got these innocent, pure twins with only the best intentions and an old man (which may be older than the other boys, but was just as awesome), proving that variety is just one of Makura no Danshi’s many positive feats.
Makura no Danshi doesn’t have a plot – and it sure as hell doesn’t need one. With groundbreaking animation and soundtrack (the lack of any background music must be a scathing satire about modern pop music), jaw-dropping voice acting and a huge cast of beautiful characters, there's no need to complain about the lack of an overarching storyline. An anime like this only happens once every fifty years, so make sure you watch this now if you haven’t yet. If you've already watched this, time for a re-watch: Makura is filled with easter eggs and symbolism, and its thought-provoking themes can be revisited any time.
This anime changed my life. I have become the manager of the company I was working thanks to the perseverance of these 12 magical boys. Found myself a girlfriend after being inspired by their courage, and we are expecting our first child (I hope it’s a boy so I can name him Merry!). Found myself some friends (I just recommended Makura no Danshi to random people down the street and they immediately started hanging out with me) and made up with my family (dad became addicted to the show too), so, long story short, this anime changed my life for the better. Oyasumi, darlings. read more
My Grandfather smoked his whole life. I was about 10 years old when my mother said to him, 'If you ever want to see your grandchildren graduate, you have to stop immediately.'. Tears welled up in his eyes when he realised what exactly was at stake. He gave it up immediately. Three years later he died of lung cancer. It was really sad and destroyed me. My mother said to me- 'Don't ever smoke. Please don't put your family through what your Grandfather put us through." I agreed. At 18 years old, I have never touched a cigarette.I must say, I feel a very slight sense of regret for never having done it, because this anime gave me cancer anyway.read more
I would argue that 90% of the description for this show is a lie.
Also this review is littered with spoilers but I honestly don't think anyone cares.
"This "new and novel animation entirely in the first-person perspective" is designed to "heal tired hearts.""
I don't get how it would, all it is, is different boys talking to you for like two minutes. Doesn't really heal my tired heart. You know what does? Sleeping.
"...all full of distinctly individual personalities and each catering to viewers who like a certain "type.""
Is a little boy a type? Are two twins who are so rapey that it's unbelievable a "type"? Like I get that they all have different traits but at the core, they just follow a couple of the same archetypes. There are multiple tsunderes. There are multiple just nice guys.
"The boys all live in the same town underneath a starry sky."
What fucking starry sky? The one we saw with the dude camping in a single fucking episode? The one that literally doesn't exist in the third episode when it's daytime? Or the one you can't see in every single other episode.
"Each of the "makura no danshi" will star his own weekly episode as they "sleep beside you and whisper.""
None of them did this. I'd argue the closest we ever got to that was the first boy and the camping boy. Sleeping in the car? Nope. The violinist? Watching you sleep. Actually that's a recurring theme, all of them WATCHING you sleep, not actually sleeping. Creepy.
Honestly, this was an interesting concept for a show, but it was pulled off awfully.read more
alright, i've never written a review on here but i'm drinking and this one has earned it.
the original concept described was pretty interesting and worth checking out: pretty anime boys are gonna talk at you like they;re beside you in bed. and if you see just the op you might actually think this isn't going to be bad. so wrong.
this is show is a beautiful trainwreck. rather than have the boys just tell stories about their day or something, they're trying to talk at you. and it's not only rhetorical questions. if this dora the explorer "shout map!" vibe wasn't weird enough the camera is jumping around into undesired close ups of fairly simple (OFTEN TERRIFYING) faces. i can't describe what about every character's face is so goddamn spooky - i think it's something in the mouth and just... the way they draw the eyes? - but my skin cRAWLS. i think it's the mouths. one minute he's asking you about your day and RIGHT when you're about to start telling your computer screen all about it using the silence provided, HE'S THERE. SO CLOSE. STARING. one of them told you to be quiet and listen to his music then they had no music play - it was just a still holding a violin in silence i f****n lost it
i swear to god i get giddy when i see the new episode is out because i KNOW i am guaranteed 4 minutes of an ab workout as i cringe and curl in fits of laughter and secondhand embarrassment. it's absolutely surreal how creepy it is to watch and in that regard i highly recommend it - i think everyone should take 4 minutes out of their life to watch something that will inexplicably flip your stomach a little. it's fun. it's an experience.
story: 2/10? there isn't really one
art: idk 3/10? terrifying faces and they don't really move much in general
character: 2.5/10 they're all tropes but you can't expect depth in 3 min of show (actually 3 of them aren't the worst- like food stall guy is p cool)
ability to put you to sleep (what seems to be its goal): 0/10
enjoyment: a bizarre 6/10
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