Kimi to Boku Episode 1
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Series Premise: Kimi to Boku, or “You and Me”, is a weekly anime television series started in October 2011, based on a slice-of-life manga series by Kiichi Hotta. Four boys who have known each other since they were small children enter high school, and are joined by a new, boisterous transfer student. Together, the story centers around their everyday, normal lives.
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Spoiler-free set-up: Four slightly cross-eyed boys are now in their second year of high school, after knowing each other since childhood. First there is Shun, a young
boy…uh… girl…uh…boy (I think), the alpha male Kaname, and two lackadaisical twins Yuuki and Yuuta. While laying around doing nothing during lunch, they decide to try and find a club for Yuuki to join. After trying out various activities around school, the finally find the right one for him, although nothing seems to have changed.
My Impressions: Bra-vo, Kimi to Boku, Brah-VOH. You managed to make the least interesting anime show possible. You deserve the most sarcastic golf clap ever.
You know how the recent anime landscape is absolutely littered with examples of shows about groups of school-age girls who are friends/become friends and essentially do nothing of importance? The best example of that is the incredibly popular K-On, but you could also point to stuff like Lucky Star, or A-Channel, or Softenni, or Tamayura, or Yuruyuri, or Nichijou, or Azumanga Daioh, or Hidamari Sketch, or Geijutsuka Art Design Class, or…well, you get the idea. So, what about doing the same thing, only with guys instead of gals? After all, turnabout is fair play, as they say. Fine with me.
While the concept itself is certainly solid, the execution of that well-worn formula results in a real snoozer of a show. Seems like Kimi to Boku manages to bring together four of the least exciting layabouts in existence. Then they sit around and essentially do nothing worth mentioning. Just normal, boring high school boys hanging out together, and that’s it.
The producers of the show must have realized how boring this was, because the scenes of the boys shuffling through their daily lives was interspersed with scenes of various cats just sitting around, yawning, stretching and sleeping. It was the perfect analogy.
Was it awful? Well, not really. But it was something worse: It was boring beyond belief. It’s like watching four boys who are on maximum doses of lithium. Perhaps that would explain why they are all cross-eyed, too.
- Preview trailer on Youtube.
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- If you like this, you might also like: Tamayura or Sketchbook: Full Colors.
Sampling of Online Reviews:
- “The whole thing just seemed really lack luster and subdued. The music was nice and the animation pretty but it just didn’t leave much of an impression, if any impression at all. It was a really boring twenty minutes with nothing but lazy characters wandering around a school, with the occasional injection of a random “cute” sequence to try and break up the monotony. It wasn’t bad or anything, I just wanted something a bit more entertaining.” – Metanorn
- “I couldn’t take my eyes off from this show. I like the fact that they do not fake anything and do not try to be pretentious with the story. It is so simply yet so brilliantly done. I freaking love it! Kimi to Boku took me back to my school years. Those were one of the good times in my life. *reminiscing* Grade: 10/10.” – Conspicuous Klux
- “This is the next iteration in the cute girls do cute things genre. Except it’s guys instead of girls. And they have no enthusiasm whatsoever. And it isn’t funny at all. Those are the two components which made this genre interesting in the first place. Stripped of them, it’s just people sitting around complaining.” – Draggle’s Anime Blog
- “Most slice of life shows live or die based on the personalities of the characters so I declare this one dead because none of the personalities really draw the viewer in to watch more.” – Nerd Age
- “The dialogue itself isn’t really bad or anything, and the characters are fine, but there isn’t too much that I find compelling about this series. As of now it’s just about a bunch of guys who randomly complain to each other in some strange ways. The banter between the cast can be fun, but it can also be a drag. Grade: 6.5/10.” – Emory Anime Club
- “I’ll get straight to the point: this was pretty boring. There’s not much in this first episode to really grab you and keep you watching, except for flashbacks of them as little kids being all cute and silly. There are the gag moments that are supposed to make you laugh, cute flashbacks that should make you feel warm and fuzzy, and the internal monologue that is supposed to touch your heart or make a reflective statement that resonates with some moment of life or friendship or whatever, but unfortunately it’s not funny enough to make us laugh and too early for us to feel moved by characters we hardly know.” – Sekijitsu
- “It’s not that the premiere was bad, because it was pleasant. It was a little bland, but that’s not uncommon for premieres. What really concerns me is that instead of what I described above, they seem to have given us a “four cute girls” series where the girls have penises…think back through the episode, and find me a scene that wouldn’t have worked if the four boys had been girls. I don’t think you’ll find one. And if that continues, as far as I’m concerned it torpedoes the whole enterprise. I mean really – what’s the point?” – Lost in America
- “Overall, Kimi to Boku is off to an average start. It was funny enough to get a few giggles out of me (when I wasn’t busting a gut at the crossed eyes) and the art is very well drawn and clean, with nice soft colors to compliment it. I hope it will pick up as we get to know the characters more. Grade: 3/5.” – Population GO
- ONCE AGAIN, THE CART DRIVER NAILS IT – READ IN FULL: “All in all, I’m impressed that the anime had the balls to attack a subject like autism, although I’m a bit annoyed they had to push it into the generic shojo romance nonsense.” – The Cart Driver
- “I’ll be blunt, I didn’t like this episode. The problem wasn’t a bad adaptation but bad production all around. The episode had almost no energy at all. Everyone sounded so bored most of the time, save for Kaname. Grade: 6.5/10.” – Astrialite
- “I was really underwhelmed by this first episode. It set a tone and introduced some characters. And that’s about it. The good thing is, even though I’m underwhelmed, I’m not disappointed in the least. There were parts were I thought I was going to be disappointed, or I felt like I was on the verge of being disappointed, but somehow, I would just forget about my near-disappointment, and before I knew it, the show was over.” – Bokutachi no Blog
- “Kimi to Boku has this strange kind of catchiness. It suffered from trying to be too ironic, its characters still stick a bit too much to their stereotypes…but the dialogue between them in the end was quite enjoyable. These guys are down to earth, and in any case it’s good to see another slice of life series that is in no danger of being overrun by boob jokes. Potential: 75%” – Star Crossed Anime Blog
ROUND ONE RESULTS FOR THE FALL 2011 SHOWS:
Thumbs-up for Round One: Un-Go, Chibi Devi, Working Season 2, Bakuman Season 2, Mirai Nikki
Thumbs-down for Round One: Morita-san wa Mukuchi Season 2, Kimi to Boku
Coming up next: C3, Shinryaku Ika Musume Season 2, Mobile Suit Gundam AGE, Ben-To, Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon, Chihayafuru, Phi-Brain, Last Exile: Fam the Silver Wing, Fate Zero, Majikoi Oh! Samurai Girls, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, Shakugan no Shana III, Hunter x Hunter, Mashiro-iro Symphony, Tamayura Hitotose, Persona 4, Maken-ki, Cross Fight Bedaman, Digimon Xros Wars II