An all-boys boarding school deep in the mountains where love unfolds. Despite the brimming sexual desire, the overly awkward love story hooks you in!
First-year Toono transfers from Tokyo to the all-boys boarding school deep in the mountains, "Mori Moori Private School." The friendly Yaguchi who calls out to him becomes his only friend, but his dislike of sports makes him join the most laid-back looking photography club instead of Yaguchi's soccer club. However, the photography club is in name only and is actually nicknamed the "Yarichin Bitch Club," filled with colorful seniors. In contrast to the troubled Toono, Kajima, who joined the club at the same time, is completely unphased and even slips a confession to Toono into the confusion. Toono himself thinks Yaguchi is cute, but Yaguchi finds himself blushing around Kajima and stuff happens. Furthermore, complications arise between the seniors…
So this finally came out (no pun intended)! I'm happy to say that I really enjoyed this OVA. I could never get super into the manga, so when the anime came out, I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did. As someone who loves BL, I was super pumped when this got announced. It pained me to wait for a sub, but after I found one online, I was not disappointed. Here are a few of my thoughts:
So, the concept of this is a little ridiculous, to be fair. The idea is that the main character, Toono, needs to join a
club, and it turns out the "Photography Club" is really just a sex club. While it might sound like this is all smut and no romance, that turns out not to be the case. There are some nice romantic moments between the characters right off the bat. After watching this, I might pick up the manga again and see how all of their relationships work out!
The art is gorgeous. My favorite part about them is the eyes and hair! It's clear to me that a lot of effort went into making the characters detailed and sexy. I love the art style they use and the blushes on the guys are top notch. This review wouldn't be complete without me mentioning how they draw the smut: it is great. They draw the muscles so well, every lewd scene (of which there are like 4) looks great. I just wish it wasn't censored.
I honestly don't have much to say here. I listened to the "theme song" in one of the PVs (I think?) and it was pretty swanky, so that's really all I have to go off of. The lyrics are really dirty too, which I thought was funny.
Each character is unique in his own way. Toono is your stereotypical yaoi protagonist who is like "I'll never be gay!!!!!" which is honestly such a meme at this point. That can be a little tiresome, but what I do like is how a lot of the other characters (like the upperclassmen) are way more open about their sexuality. Although this is yaoi, and therefore 18+, I think this is a good thing to see in gay anime. The other main character, Kashima, seems like a down to earth guy and I'm looking forward to seeing how he interacts with the other freshman (and protagonist), Toono. Yaguchi seems pretty cute too.
I thought this was a good OVA. It said "to be continued" at the end, so I'm looking forward to future installments! General comment about the smut though - it was pretty hot, but I'd like to see it in a more romantic context. Obviously it fits with the "playboy club" title, but real romance would make it so much better. Other than that, I thought this anime was really funny. It's crazy to hear Nagisa (Free!) talking about gangbangs and sex toys, but that's part of what makes it enjoyable. The characters interact in a very entertaining way. The only BAD thing I would say about this OVA is that the moves along a little too quickly. However, this is understandable. This isn't being adapted into a full series so they have to cut out a lot of stuff in order to get hit the major plot points (and smut). Ideally, this would be more than just an OVA, but I'll take what I can get.
It seems that whoever was tasked with creating this piece of... art was also skilled in the arts of psychological warfare. I've suffered my great share of traumatizing yaoi (Shounen Maid Kuro-Kun and Boku no Pico are things I might be able to erase from my internet history but not from my memory, unfortunately) but I never expected to be this shocked by an ordinary-looking yaoi anime. As for the setting - I just gave up on trying to make sense of it once they said that the teachers are common clients in there.
The story begins innocently enough, if you only look at the first
three or so minutes of the anime. But it gets real very quick. With the main character joining the Bitch club for some reason (even though he doesn't really want to?). There were a lot of inconsistencies, like the main character seems more surprised that gays exist rather than about what takes place in the club. After that we get a lackluster story about Yuri, ignoring the main character completely. The great reveal at the end feels underwhelming and you're left wondering if this really is a finished OVA.
I won't be unfair though, I gotta give it up to the art team for the work they did. Visually the anime looked very good, the flashy scene cuts were interesting enough. The only thing that really ruined it was the atrocious censorship. Because they wanted to show so much, paradoxically they ended up showing pretty much nothing. I would have prefered the traditional approach of "angles that fix the problem". This "Level C" style censorship was really not enjoyable to watch.
The music - well I'm pretty sure they played like one or two tracks during the entire thing. Nothing memorable but it wasn't bad. What bothered me though was the voice actor for Yuri. I get that he's supposed to be ~super weird~ but every time he spoke he just grated on my nerves so much. Also a weird thing was that rather than the usual awkward moaning that you have to hide in your headphones, the characters giggled during sex a lot? Well I don't know what else to call it. It was kind of strange.
The characters... I guess they loosely fleshed out like three of them and the rest just... existed. Nothing memorable, although the character design was... original in some cases.
I enjoyed this series about as much as I enjoy physics lectures - I don't understand, I don't want to understand and I really want to go home. As for fulfilling its purpose as a yaoi, marketed towards fujoshis - I guess there's something there for you? Mostly you'll find it funny, I don't think there's anything sexy happening during the whole time but hey - maybe you'll think differently.
Overall I think it's ideal for when you need to turn off your brain and relax - or just think about something else for a bit. It certainly crashed mine.
As a fudanshi, I was really looking forward to this.
I was unaware that it was an OVA. I knew it was going to be a special release but I didn't think it was just going to have one episode.
Nonetheless... Honestly... It was kinda bad. Hear me out though because I have a bit more to say about it.
The Story wasn't that great. It was humorous at times which I appreciated but it was really all over the place. The only reason I didn't score lower is because knew It was a OVA. Watching the OVA, it felt like they jammed 5 or 6 episodes into
that one episode. Everything was so rushed, nothing seemed like they were actually expanding on it (But then again... it was just one episode so what can you expect)
The good thing though is that it has a lot of potential. If it were to get picked up for a full length 12 or maybe 15 episode anime, I could see this being a pretty decent show. Of course it's more meant for adult humor given its Mature rating - so I wouldn't expect if it to be a groundbreaking anime if it were to be picked up, but I do think it would become a classic to a lot of people.
The Art is pretty amazing I can give it that much. Its about time we were given a Yaoi with a pretty much 10 out of 10 score for its Art. The last Yaoi (made OVA or Anime) I can remember with an artistic - not overdone - art style was Dramatical Murder but of course thats up for debate with a lot of people.
The Characters seemed pretty okay, given the short amount of time we were introduced to them. For some reason one of the main characters Yuri is really popular and has a little bit of a big following (People talking about him - calling him their favorites etc.) However in my opinion his voice really annoyed me throughout the OVA. Going in I thought he was going to have a stereotypical bad boy, ruckus, loud and obnoxious voice but instead he was given a voice that makes him seem as if he has an IQ of 0. That is until were surprised at the very end when theres 4 to 5 seconds of him talking normally. Kind of confusing.
Overall it was a pretty decent watch. I laughed a few times and I was genuinely shocked from the few absurd things that happened in the OVA.
It really... was just that. Decent.
But.... It does have a lot of potential like I said if it were to be picked up into a full anime. Lets hope it does because if not, they really missed out on a chance at creating a classic.
I found this through a friend. We're both insanely into Yaoi and BL content. She told me about this and I found it to be an interesting concept. Having watched it, I can say that I am definitely pleased with it. I won't say that it's the best that I've watched, considering some of the other animes that I've watched, but it's definitely a good one to watch.
Story: [7/10] In terms of the storyline, I feel like it might have been better to make this an actual series compared to the (currently) one OVA. While there are rumors going around about there being a second
OVA in the works, we still have to keep in mind the entirety of the storyline. With it just having one or two episodes, everything will be crammed into such a short amount of space. Personally, this would fit better as a short series, such as what Yuri! On Ice was. Give it about 10-12 episodes and you could make a decent series of it, spacing-wise. Other than that, I felt everything was amazing. To me, it's almost relatable. I felt like I related to Toono and Kashima (the two transfer students) and honestly, it made it a little more enjoyable. Is it realistic? Definitely not. But do I still relate? Definitely.
Art: [7/10] I'm in no ways an artsy person. I can say, however, that I enjoy the art style. In terms of anime, there are three things that get me hooked on an anime and I need at least two of them. Those things are Storyline, Art, and Music. The storyline was amazing (as mentioned above) and the art was pleasing to the eyes (at least for me it was). There were a couple instances where it might have been a little weird for me, but in the grand scheme of things, it actually worked out and fit really well with the overall style of the anime.
Sound: [8/10] The sound was pretty good. Honestly, I had no problems with it and enjoyed everything. The background music was nice, the ending theme was actually a great song (I want to find a full-length version of it so I can have it on repeat), and the voices honestly fit really well with the characters they were for.
Character: [8/10] Honestly, I enjoyed most of the characters. Like I mentioned earlier, I related to Toono and Kashima a little. One of the main instances is their reactions to the club. On one hand, I would have freaked out and would have tried to get out like any rational person while on the other hand, I would have been interested in it because it seems like it could be fun and interesting. Another instance was the love triangle (or what I felt could've been a love triangle) or a portion of it anyways. I can definitely relate to having fallen for someone who is in love with another person. It sucks but it's definitely relatable. In terms of the other characters, I definitely enjoyed most of them. I think Yuri is someone that I could come to enjoy but he would take some getting used to. Definitely an acquired taste and is (more than likely) certifiably insane.
Enjoyment: [9/10] Like I've said many times before, I enjoyed the anime. It was something that I had liked the idea of and after having watched it was happy with it. Anyone who is a fan of Yaoi/BL would more than likely probably find some enjoyment out of it, even if it's not much for them.
Overall: [8/10] Overall, it's definitely an anime I would recommend for anyone who is a fan of Yaoi/BL. It's definitely worth giving a try and even if it doesn't end up being your cup of tea, at least you can say you tried. Personally, it's enjoyable and relatable at times and is definitely something I would like to see more of (at least in terms of the anime). I have heard that there is a manga version of it and it might be worth giving a try if you liked the anime. I'll definitely be looking into it.