Mar 7, 2014
4 of 4 episodes seen
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Okane ga nai is everything that is wrong with the yaoi genre, and it was painfiul to sit through.
Okane ga nai's biggest sin is that it's trying to portray itself as romantic, when in reality it is very sick. It is constantly trying to make the viewer think "oh isn't that sweet, they love eachother!", by having the characters in various dramatic situations where at the end they like eachother more. The truth is that this is a story about a possesive man, who become obssessed with a boy because he lent him an umbrella on a rainy day, who believes that raping is
bad, but does it anyway. In order for his "beloved" to be free from the debt his cousin thrust upon him, the man pays him lots of money in exchange for sex. ROMANTIC HUH? 1/10.
The proportions are completely off: oversized shoulders and hands, thick necks, strangely shaped faces, and so on. Strange proportions is common in yaoi, but this is one of the worst designs I have ever layed my eyes on. The uke has discustingly big eyes (and several layers of eyelids, for some reason), and he looks like he's ten times younger than he actually is (fake shota). On top of that the seme of the story looks cross-eyed several times (just look at the OP).
Backgrounds are simple and just as uninspiring as the character design. The colors are dull, and there is way to much grays, blues and beige. On top of that it is obvious that it had a low budget, so there is very little (and lazy looking) animation. 3/10.
The only average part of the series. The OP is passable (but the lyrics doesn't fit the show at all), the ed forgettable, but both are OK to listen to. The background music is the typhical elevator music that sadly haunts most yaoi and hentai. The voiceacting isn't bad, but not particulary good either. Jun Fukuyama's voice is usually nice to listen to, but here it annoyed me, because he sounds scared and pathetic most of the time. 5/10.
The main characters names are Ayase and Kanou, but screw it, lets call them Seme and Uke, because they are such stereotyphical yaoi characters, and neither of them are likeable or memorable. Uke is kind and almost always scared... that is all you get. Seme is possesive, a rapist, but tries to make things right (only to fail, but uke is such a sickly forgiving person), and that is all you get, The way the two main characters interact feels unrealistic and forced.
The only decent character is Someya, and only because he/she has attitude and likes yelling at the Seme. There are no deep or interesting characters in this show. 1/10.
With everything (other than the sound) bothering me, I don't think it's suprising that my enjoyment is as low as it can be, and only stubborness made me complete the series. 1/10.
It's a lousy yaoi, and there is nothing to praise. 2,2/10.
Is this a series for you?:
If the premise appeals to you then go for it, but if you want to watch it only for the sex, don't waste your time. You barely get to see anythig (and the little you get is still images, and it is tasteless and mostly rape as well).
If you want better yaoi series, then I recommend the manga Junketsu Drop, and Zankoku na Kami ga Shihai Suru (compared to Okane ga nai, and most yaoi, it portrays the mental wounds caused by rape in a more realistic way).