Japanese yakuza clan heir Ranmaru just got married on a lavish cruise ship, but things aren't as they seem. The marriage is just for the appearances, and he ends up getting drunk and spending the night not with his bride but with the sexy ship captain. When the two men meet again in Italy, it is the start of a spectacular love story.
As anime's go this one is never going to go down in history as the greatest love story ever told. Nor is it going to be notorious for breaking tabboo's or showing some shockingly graphic scenes.
That doesn't mean to say though that you won't enjoy watching it anyway. If you're into yaoi, Ikoku Irokoi Romantan is a nice, short OVA that can provide you with a little boy love fix.
The story isn't groundbreaking but it's enjoyable to watch, the characters are a little bit predictable but I couldn't help but like them anyway. There are some quite unrealistic
scenes in it which might leave you thinking; Oh that would never happen!
But the point of this anime isn't to bring shocking realism to a gay love story. The point is that it's a fantasy. There are a couple of hot scenes if you're into your boy smut & there are some quite funny moments as well as a little action thrown in for good measure.
I don't think non-yaoi fans would like it all that much but for anyone who wants to watch themselves a non-heavy and fun boy-love anime, then give Ikoku Irokoi Romantan a go.
Plot and story:
This short anime is about Ranmaru who recently got married. He ends up drinking on their wedding day and, obviously, becomes drunk. The captain then takes advantage of Ranmaru's drunk state and leads him to a room on the ship where he rapes Ranmaru. Yes. Rape. Non-consensual sexual activities.
Even if it had been with consent, there is no love story or romance. Not even friendship. The captain clearly has no interest in Ranmaru's personality or life and only wants to bang him, which is far from being romantic in my opinion.
The captain is a disgrace to Italians, even though
he's just a fictional character. He's clearly not interested in forming any sort of relationship with Ranmaru. Considering how he has no sense of moral, personal space or respect, I'm sure this isn't the first time he has done this either.
As for Ranmaru, there isn't much to his character. While watching the anime, I couldn't relate to this character, his personality was flat and by the end, we don't know much about him other than about his marriage. Overall, he wasn't an interesting character.
Design and art:
The only plus for this forsaken anime. Ranmaru looks handsome, which is probably the only reason why Captain Rape wanted him.
I think I've already made my opinion about this anime as clear as possible.
But at least the horrifying experience was short (Thank God for that).
This is just another anime that proves Japan can't create a proper yaoi and/or shounen ai anime.
It completely skips the most important thing in a love story and jumps directly to the bed scene, as if that is what romance is all about.
Before I watched this anime, I was expecting drama, romance and angst. Three typical things in forbidden love stories, which is what the anime was supposed to be. Did the anime have any of these things? No.
As a hopeless romantic person, I want to see actual romance. Seeing two guys in a bed will never impress me. The love needs to be pure and the bond between the characters needs to be strong and well developed. This anime had neither of these things and failed to convince me that these two main characters love each other, which means the anime has failed to show and work with its main genre - romance.
Such a disappointment.
I recommend skipping this anime. Read a fanction or a doujinshi about your favorite pairing instead.
In the story there is a feeling of the main character being traped as he is going to marry a woman he does not like for the sake of his familiy,The story starts when he goes onto the cruise ship he is getting married on where he meets the ships captain who loves Japanese culture,not being able to stand one night even in the same room as his new wife he goes of to the bar where he meets the captain agein,as from then there where coincides of them two which seemed to be destined wherever they go.
The art is very good,thought out the ova's
there is no point where I could complain about it as expected from PrimeTime who also brought us Koisuru Boukun,Kirepapa etc
The cast of voice actors is great,the main character being voiced by Itou Kentarou who voices Hiroki from Junjou Romantica and the captain voiced by Suwabe Junichi who is Frau from 07 Ghost.
In only two ova's is its hard to not have one dimensional characters,The characters don't change dramaticly thought out the ova's but Im not dissapointed in it,they change enough to be satisfied.
The enjoyment was good,there where points where I wanted to scream of excitement and embarrassment as the main character lives up to his partner's needs which leads him into shame anpon family members and friends.
Overall this is one of my favourite yaoi animes,don't just skip it becuase its not a series,I think for a boyXboy fan this is a much watch !
I'll make this review short and simple, as the anime was just that.
I must say, I find myself surprised at how much I actually enjoyed this. I find that I enjoy objectively watching yaoi in attempts to find stories of romance that I enjoy. This one actually caught my attention.
Although I am strongly against what i call the 30 minute I love you, I did very much like the idea. A man forced to marry someone he doesn't love, only to find the one hes been waiting for right under his nose. The bit about the human trafficking wasn't entirely necessary...but eh, I can
live with it. My only other issue is that Al was a bit too perverted for my taste...
The Seiyuu's and the art were as good as I could have asked for, and I love the serious tone! I'm a business kind of person.
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