(Originally published on Livejournal on 11/4/10)
Kuttsukiboshi Episode 1
What this is about: I made the promise that I would review every subtitled anime show (excluding blatant yaoi and/or porn) released during the Spring and Summer 2010 seasons, so now I am going back to review a handful of shows that I missed over the past few months for one reason or another. This time around, it’s Kuttsukiboshi, the first of a two-part OVA released on August 16th and sold at Comiket. It was written, drawn, and animated entirely by one person, Naoya Ishikawa, the second half is not due out until next year.
tl;dr review: Secret Summer romance blooms between two high school girls; A nice little love story…if you’re into lesbian/incest love triangles.
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Episode 1 Summary: Following an accident the previous year, Kiiko has developed minor telekinetic powers. The only person who knows about it is her best friend Aya, who is trying to develop the powers further…but one day they discover their relationship is much greater than just a simple friendship. Throughout the Summer break, the two of them meet at the empty school to do some kanoodling in secret. Kiiko finds out that one of her favorite recording artists happens to be Aya’s older brother. One day Kiiko realizes she has left her cell phone at Aya’s place, surreptitiously enters her apartment, and discovers a secret Aya has been hiding from her that will forever change their relationship.
My Thoughts: Well, at the heart of it, Kuttsukiboshi is really a yuri anime about two high school girls getting it on, although the boom-shaka-wow action is not shown, it’s just kissing and flirting and conveniently-obscured nudity. To be honest, girl x girl stories don’t really do anything for me, although I have nothing against them either (unlike the visceral animosity I have to yaoi). It’s just part of the story…well, actually, it’s the *entire* story. Just two girls exploring their first love, that’s about it. (Spoilers ahead) What I *do* have a problem with is the incest that provides the conflict in the storyline at the end. Ew, ew, ew.
What attracts me to this short little show is not the story, though — it’s the animation. Sure, it’s a bit simplistic and somewhat amateurish, although I actually think that adds more “charm” to the production rather than detracting from it. It works! And then you realize the whole thing was produced by a single person. No big studio, no team of animators, just one person’s vision, and it becomes that much more impressive.
The Verdict: – This show gets the Kimura Seal of Approval.
I really debated back and forth whether this should get the thumbs up or thumbs down. On one hand, I really don’t care about the plot itself (the story is deftly told, but the subject does nothing for me). On the other hand, I enjoyed the animation, and look forward to see what the artist does in the future. Ultimately I decided I’m waaay overthinking this, it’s just a short two-parter, I’ll probably watch the second part when it comes out next year — so fuck it, thumbs up.
For more info:
Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuttsukiboshi
Anime Diet review: http://animediet.net/reviews/kuttsukiboshi-oav-1-impression
My Anime List entry and review: http://myanimelist.net/anime/9014/Kuttsukiboshi
Teaser trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P56HmjEfBh0
Up Next for Spring and Summer 2010 shows: MonHun Diary: Felyne Village in Danger (1-3), Armored Trooper Votoms: Phantom Arc (1), Hen Zemi (1), ToHeart2: adNext (1), Kaichou wa Maid-sama (25-26), Occult Academy (13), Legend of Legendary Heroes (13-15)