High schooler Masahiro Setagawa is a fairly helpless delinquent, so much so that the neighborhood bullies use him to run their errands. His life changes when he meets high school teacher Kousuke Oshiba, a man whose fighting abilities have earned him a powerful reputation on the streets. Oshiba finds himself with a desire to protect Setagawa, and despite swearing that he's not interested in men, Setagawa finds himself getting more involved in Oshiba's affairs...
After watching a few episodes of this anime, I have some mixed feelings about this one.
Firstly, when I think shounen ai, I think BL with a proper story and good character development. However, this anime failed to present these factors.
The story starts off with the main character, Masahiro and his past. How he coped with things and how he came to find his first friend. At first, I admit, i found this interesting. And thought it would differ from other foolish anime like Junjou Romantica ( sorry, yaoi fangirls, It's true) though, I thought his character was stupid, I also thought it would undergo development.
the thing about shounen ai anime is that they never meet your expectations and instead of trying to deepen characters they make them do stupid things so that we end up hating them.
Four episodes have gone, with the first two episodes being completely foolish. They focus on supporting characters, who have very little connection with the main story. They show the supporting characters falling in love, and throughout these two episodes, you see very little of Masahiro. The third was a little better, but was still very foolish in my opinion.
In the end, this anime is just a good way to spend time, other than that, I don't think this will particularly stand out is just meant to be forgotten as some BL anime which wasn't very entertaining.
My expectations for Hitorijime My Hero weren't very high, but the first four episodes were a pleasant and enjoyable surprise.
The art is pleasing to look at-- the characters don't have chins sharp enough to cut rock and everything has a more realistic approach than other anime. The animation does seem lacking and the characters do go off model sometimes, but that seems fairly par for the course. Overall it's nothing special, but it suits the anime just fine.
I really like the OP's and ED's music. The OP works to get you excited for the show, and the ED is great for
playing out the dramatic moments. As for the soundtrack, I didn't really notice it while watching for the most part, but during the sentimental moments, it enhanced the scenes greatly. The voice acting (subbed) is pretty good, too.
Since the anime isn't completed, I can't comment on the entirety of the story, but so far I care about what's happening to the characters and I'm invested in the 'will they, won't they,' plot. So far, the anime is handling itself more seriously than other BL and is more in line with other romance anime.
As for the characters, the main character, Setagawa, is the most interesting of the bunch. His internal conflict is relatable and his character design notably different than other characters. However, the other characters pale in comparison but they're still fun to have on screen and share a lot of chemistry with one another.
I found myself laughing at the comedic scenes and to the point of tears at dramatic scenes. It did such a good job of sucking me in that while watching I could overlook some of its flaws in art and animation. I'm enjoying it a lot.
As a more serious BL anime, Hitorijime My Hero stands out in the genre as something that feels new and refreshing. However, I can't say that it stands out amongst anime as a whole-- I don't think it's an anime that will ever get acclaim. It is a fun watch, and I don't regret the time I've spent watching it.
I had no idea this was airing until I checked MAL today. I was interested to see how this shounen ai or BL looked like.
If you are going to watch Hitorijime My Hero, I found the first episode a bit confusing in my opinion. However, by episode 2 everything was explained. The first three episodes are mainly about the side characters, normally I'd click away but the relationship did catch my attention.
A small problem with this first couple, it lacks, in my opinion, some depth, a deeper meaning. In my opinion some scenes were very obvious and too predictable. I even started predicting
when a flashback would appear.
The art, for me, is dull. But that's what makes the lighter (more colourful) scenes stand out even more.
I'd recommend Hitorijime My Hero to an average Fujoshi os someone who enjoys BL, yaoi etc.
However, this anime is nothing "heavy". I watched the seven episodes with ease and the opening song is quite enjoyable too.
If you have time to spare and are looking for an almost slice of life anime, try the first 4 episodes and see how it goes!