Kouta Hasegawa is a completely normal high school student who likes his Pompompurin stuffed animal, a Sanrio character modelled after a Golden Retriever, which his grandmother gave him when he was young. However, an incident in which other kids accused him of being girly for liking Sanrio characters made him ashamed of his attachment to Pompompurin.
Through a series of unexpected events, Kouta ends up meeting others at school who also like Sanrio characters—Yuu Mizuno, a flashy boy who is popular with girls; Shunsuke Yoshino, a member of the soccer team; Ryou Nishimiya, an underclassman who is a library assistant; and Seiichirou Minamoto, the student council president.
Through his new friends, Kouta learns that there is no need to be embarrassed for liking Sanrio characters; and together, they aim to create a play for the cultural festival in order to transform his normal school life into a sparkly one.
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.
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.
TL;DR: This is a decent anime about 5 boys sharing a similar interest in Sanrio products (such as Hello Kitty, Purin Dog, My Melody, and etc) and their personal issues around liking a non-masculine/feminine subject. If you like something cute and average, you'll like this.
Even though it isn't bringing much to the table animation wise, the overall arc of all the main boys is very well done and relatable on a personal level, especially liking things and being bullied for it by family or society in general.
Heartwarming scenes aside, the anime doesn't stand out alot. Really should've had it's own style since it was
related to sanrio like having pastel backgrounds or having solid colors for the characters while the backgrounds are decorated. SOMETHING to make it stand out. Because the subject of the series is really good!
Soundtrack is decent and the voice acting was done well, especially during dramatic moments!
But I'd give this a 7 only for the subject matter being handled so well.
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.