The project's premise follows Kouta Hasegawa, a high school boy that loves the yellow Pom Pom Purin dog. By mere coincidence, he ends up attending the same school as Yuu Mizuno, a boy who likes the bunny My Melody. Yuu tells Kouta that there's nothing to be ashamed of for liking Sanrio's cute characters. Together, Kouta, Yuu, Shunsuke Yoshino, Ryou Nishimiya, and Seiichirou Minamoto learn to accept their love of the characters instead of feeling embarrassed.
Sanrio Danshi is something that at times can touch closely to my heart. I have a lot of experience with liking something that doesn't fit with what society expects of them. Sanrio Danshi uses this as the principal conflict that drives many of the early episodes. And personally, I think it nails it. There are struggles that the characters go through that reminds me of my own experience. One of the tough issues with being different from society's expectations is dealing with that difference, a lot of times one will hide it because of the pushback they received. Sanrio Danshi is adept at being able
to show all of the different emotions and experiences that can come from this difference and liking something that is different from what one would expect. Many different ways of dealing with it, from hiding, denial, and owning it are all explored with the different reactions of the characters and how each of them acts. It reminded me a lot of my own life and some of the struggles I had with coming to terms with who I was and what I liked.
Added to that each of the characters goes through a central conflict in the show and has their own time devoted to them. While I couldn't relate to this as heavily as the former part this was still well done. Each character's issue felt believable and the different experiences that they were able to showcase believable issues that people can have in these humorous years. That said while each conflict was believable the show did have a bad habit of becoming too melodramatic with the events and sometimes going too far in how it displayed what it was showing.
Sanrio Danshi is fairly what you see is what you get. It has its strong moments, and it deals with those conflicts well but that is the center of the story. The characters are decently written but are more written with those conflicts in mind rather than as a whole. While they do have good chemistry together and do make a unit quite well I felt a lot of the non-plot based episodes were weaker in comparison. Furthermore, Pierrot has never been one to have good animation and that does still apply here. While it's not distractingly bad like with some of their other works, it still leaves a bit more to be desired. Same with the OST. Some of the same tracks are repeated too often for the same conflicts. While they may have worked at first hearing the same minimalistic track for the same expression over and over again does limit the power of it. And while Sanrio Danshi had good writing and while the conflicts were believable and relatable, the production of them was not the best and thusly they didn't have the rich power they could have.
Stilll despite production issues, it's a good show. The characters are likeable. The situations are relatable, and overall it tells a good story of friendship and bonding based off of a unique trait. So if you want to see some of that, this is a good show to give a try.
Sanrio Danshi is a pretty relaxing show with some conflict that each character eventually goes through. There is a lot of promoting of Sanrio merch and Puroland, but that's expected from an anime about Sanrio. Despite that, it had a nice message throughout the series: liking things that other people might think is not acceptable for your age is ok. I find that kind of relatable myself when I know people who think anime is for kids only, but fortunately I've found friends my age or older who appreciate anime. All the characters were quite different but they all loved a different Sanrio
characters. The story overall is a pretty simple typical school show involving boys with similar interests hanging out, so it didn't leave a big impression compared to other school shows. If you want a show that's relaxing with a bit of conflict in each episode, try this show out.
This is like a very long but cute informercial for Sanrio. That said, I appreciated the character development and wanting more. The premise is simple and direct and alot of teenagers, boys and girls can relate to - the importance of friendships. I like that they weave in the Sanrio characters into the story line, and there are tons of cute moments. I'm not a My Melody fan, but I LOVE Yuu. Artwork is done well, I can appreciate the experience. Would love to see more of it, especially at the very end they introduced 2 more characters that
there's no time to develop. Look forward to more.
Hey babies! So sorry for the delay...my life these past few months have been a complete mess, BUT I am in the process of getting back on my feet, financially, emotionally and spiritually.
Sanrio Danshi or Sanrio Boys was very dear to me because I’ve a HUGE hello kitty fan. I remember the first time I fell in love with Hello Kitty...It was the year 2000 and I was in the Spring semester of my kindergarten year and I was on the bus to go home. I was wearing long, dark brown crochet braids my mom did herself and they were blowing in
my face aggravating me. Suddenly, there was a nice older kid about seven or eight years old who leaned over my seat and offered me a scrunchy...but it wasn’t an ordinary scrunchy, it was a blue scrunchy with a cute white cat dressed as a ballerina attached to it that I would later that day learn as Hello Kitty. The same day, my mom took my brother and I to McDonald’s and I was delighted to get a Hello Kitty toy!
Sanrio Boys is a cute show about high school boys who learn to embrace Sanrio characters despite what society says about it. I felt like this show would be a great example of the “Boy Joy” movement, because it’s 2018 and we should all let go of gender stereotypes. I wasn’t completely let down with this show, because it was a pleasure to watch.
Story: I liked the plot, it was a cute one...but I do wish the writing focused more on the social aspect of boys liking “cutsey” things a little bit more, however, I’m guessing that the topic is still a controversial one and producers didn’t want to get involved with, but I still believe their platform would have benefited the movement. There were comedic as well as heartfelt moments, this show had a good balance.
Art: The artwork was great, easy on the eyes. The artists involved in this project did an amazing job with the characters and the scenery. I felt that the subtle visual of each boys beloved Sanrio mascot in their clothing and personal belongings was a cool, non-obnoxious way to show which boy liked what character. Each boy was drawn beautifully, and the Sanrio stores and products looked awesome!
Sound: I wasn’t too crazy about the opening theme, but it didn’t suck. The ending theme was adorable, I enjoyed listening to it. The voice acting was good, and I’m hoping that the US English dub is just as good.
Enjoyment: I’ll be perfectly honest, this show was nothing like i expected it to be. As I previously mentioned, I was hoping that this show would touch more on the topics of “boy joy” and “toxic masculinity” and be a bit more fun, but it didn’t. However, after each episode, I was patiently waiting for the next to be released. Watching this show didn’t make me fiend for it, but I did enjoy all twelve episodes and I felt that the ending was super cute.
Overall: This show is a solid 8. It shows boys (sort of ) standing up against the naysayers who think it’s “gross” for high school boys to like cutesy things. Each boy decided to live their lives the way they want while supporting each other along the way. Also, this show kind of brought Hello Kitty and Co. back into society’s eye in a world full of Pusheen and Grumpy
Cat (I hate those two). I recommend this show to anyone who likes Sanrio or cute boys! Thanks for reading my review! Keep an eye out on my next one: BTOOOM!.