Sakaguchi is a high school boy and also a "fudanshi" who loves boys-love stories. He hangs out with his friends, a fujoshi named Rumi, his gay friend Yuujirou, fellow fudanshi Daigo, and his "normal" friend Nakamura.
The fact that I am a gay shouldn't have any impact on my views here, however a lot of these reviews seem to think that such an inconsequential personal detail is the lynch pin on which the entire world should turn.
Fudanshi Koukou Seikatsu is a charming, inoffensive and hilarious series, something that is evidently lost on the joyless, humourless losers who seem to think they're being oppressed by cartoon characters.
Fragile little faeries with hair trigger emotions and a victimhood fetish this is evidently not for you.
But anybody with a sense of humour and skin thicker than a wispy fart will be utterly captivated
by these characters and their fabulous interplay, 3 minutes per episode isn't enough time to tell a complicated story, but it is enough time to make a human connection and its more than enough time to make you fall in love.
Highly recommend... unless you're a humourless weakling.
To start off, as someone who is bisexual I can see why many in the LGBT community would be upset by the themes of this anime. But I personally don't think any harm was meant by any of it and it is clearly intended as a comedy, not serious at all, or intended to be homophobic, that should be taken with a pinch of salt.
The word 'Fujoshi' itself is a word for rotten, so there isn't any need for people to further go on about how disgusting fujoshi are because that's the intention of the word itself. While the fetishisation of gay people is
a problem, if people are reasonable and it is limited to anime, manga, yaoi, etc, it really shouldn't be something people are massively offended by because...It's not real. Please do not confuse fujoshi with the kinds of people who fetishise real life gay couples.
Each to their own I say, and I personally thoroughly enjoyed this anime and would highly recommend it if you are looking for a lighthearted humerous anime with BL and fujoshi themes. I am also a fan of other BL and yaoi animes but I wouldn't class myself as a serious fujoshi because of this, I actually agreed with Sakaguchi, that it's more about the love and romance between the couples seen in these things that I really love and get a cute happy feeling from!
Overall cute fun anime, I enjoyed watching Sakaguchi interact with his friends, make more friends and loved the end theme so much! :)
I felt compelled to write a short review of this anime after finishing solely because of how much it annoyed me until the very end, starting after the third or fourth episode.
Like many people have said in their reviews before, this show is obviously not catered towards those who identify as LGBTQ+; that being said, you would think that the show would have a main character who wasn't appalled at the thought of possibly being attractive to other men, considering he reads BL comics that obviously focus on those sorts of characters.
Now, I can't say this isn't typical behaviour of a high-school aged boy--though it
isn't behaviour I can relate to, not being a male myself and never having the mindset that being anything other than straight would be disgusting. I've seen this mindset in teen boys before, true, but that doesn't excuse it. I just found it baffling that Gucchi would even think that way, though, again considering how he's into BL--works about MEN who are attracted to other MEN.
The way I described this show to friends was "No Homo - The Anime." It would've been refreshing if that was not the case--Gucchi throwing a fit every time another man found him mildly attractive or enticing got very annoying very quickly.
I found the only redeeming factor of this show to be the voice acting, which was overall decent. I obviously wasn't expecting anything top-notch from a show that was 3-4 minutes long, but the direction that the show started going in after the first couple of episodes left a really bad taste in my mouth. Ranked against other short shows, it was average--ok art, nothing wildly inventive or beautiful, with a shallow plot and characters with generic designs who possessed little to no depth. Again, I wasn't going into this expecting a masterpiece, but comparing this show to others of a similar nature, it was lacking. It didn't help that the poster creeped me out at first.
Don't go into this show thinking it's going to be the very best anime of all time. It's not. It really isn't. I found it to be below average in all respects bar the voice acting--which again, was only decent, but nothing special. The show's target audience was presumably teenage girls--but as a teenage girl (at the time of writing this) I wasn't impressed. But that's just my opinion. And I'm obviously not the voice of everyone who watched.
I personally loved this anime. I immediately went and read all the comic strips after watching the first episode too. I see a number of people criticising the work for being homophobic or offensive or other such garbage which I really don't understand. I think these people have misunderstood the premise or context of the anime and expected something different from it.
This anime is (as the name suggests) about the daily life of a fudanshi high schooler - and as a fudanshi, my friends and I all found it hilariously relatable. They managed to capture it so well given that the episodes were only 3-4
minutes long. Also, just in terms of representation, this is the second anime I've ever seen with a fudanshi character (the other being Genshiken Nidaime, which I recommend if you want a more serious look at a fudanshi character), and it honestly felt really nice to have a character I could relate to that much.
I would recommend this anime to any fujoshi or fudanshi, as well as anyone who is even a little interested in yaoi. I do kind of feel however that if you don't already have some experience with the genre, some of the things they say or do may go over your head.