Anime Review: Kimi to Boku – 8
Squidn’t you draw me a a manga?! Oh, wait, wrong anime.
The focus of this week’s episode is Yuki’s involvement in the manga club, which I admittedly had mostly forgotten about. It had served its plot point, so I thought it would be ignored and promptly forgot about it. It turns out there are other club members like Ryunosuke Matsushita, who is an underclassmen, and the individual who commissions a manga from Yuki. Of course, he’s far too lazy to do it himself, so he gets the other four boys to help him—with hilarious results.
Yuta is a surprisingly good artist (so I didn’t include his artwork in the above image), but the other four absolutely suck, and none worse than Kaname. The other boys were laughing just as hard as I was at his hilarious attempt at drawing. Their manga jumps between art styles and genres and characters between each page. I’m sure Matsushita won’t have any idea what to do with their finished work, but it was a great thing to focus on.
I love seeing these boys do just about anything at this point, and while an episode just about drawing manga had the potential to be pretty boring, their different art styles and opinions of where the plot should go gave it plenty of flavor and humor, and I found myself kind of wanting to round up my friends for a collaborative manga attempt.
At the end of the episode, we get a glimpse at the rather obvious crush Matsushita has on Yuki, as well as the other members of the manga club. I thought it was a mostly empty club, so I was surprised to see just how many members there were (there were even girls!), and how many of them admired Yuki for how un-otaku he appears. Matsushita looks up to him a lot, literally (the guy is a SHRIMP) and figuratively, and as such, focuses his own manga attempts around him.
Most of his manga ideas start out great, but Yuki’s personality just isn’t cut out for the hero position, and this makes it a bit difficult for Matsushita to continue with the stories he’s creating, because real-life Yuki rears his ugly head and abandons the plot to go read anime. Poor Matsushita.
His manga ideas are fantastic, and every last one of them involves Shun playing the female love interest slash damsel in distress, which had me giggling into my pillow the whole time. Poor Shun, he’s completely and totally doomed to be a girl in everyone’s minds, even with his hair cut like it is. The montages of the scenes playing out in Matsushita’s mind were fantastic, and I thought it was a great way to have all these ridiculous scenes with the five boys that wouldn’t ordinarily occur while also flushing out Matsushita a bit.
The first few episodes were rough, but Kimi to Boku is really starting to fill out, and is moving up to rival Working’!! for my favorite comedy series of the season. It’s a more subtle humor, but it’s a great contrast to some of the more bawdy and slapstick comedy of this season. Anyone who dropped it after the first couple slow episodes should stick it out until Chizuru comes along, because it gets so much better.
GO Rating: 5/5