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.
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.