Finding a club to join shouldn’t be that hard, should it?
Right off the bat, it became obvious to me what kind of anime Kimi to Boku hopes to be: a male slice-of-life comedy, in the same vein as Azumanga Daioh or Hidamari Sketch, only featuring an all-male cast instead of an all-female cast. So far, it seems a little dry, but it’s only the first episode, and it did manage to get a few giggles out of me.
Our episode this week had two main focuses; trying to get one of the twins (Yuki, the one wearing the sweater as opposed to the blazer) to join a club, and a flashback of their childhood.
The childhood flashback had to do with the idea that whoever sleeps in the middle in a row of futons will lose years off their life. I thought they spent a little too long on this gag, and it wasn’t really that funny. I did like that there was an argument over what exactly “the middle” was, and whether or not there was a middle in a row of four like there was in a row of three.
The other focus of the episode was trying to get Yuki to join a club. We find out that the reason he hasn’t joined one isn’t because he’s under-qualified; far from, actually. He’s incredibly talented at sports and even cooking, but he’s just too lazy to dedicate himself to anything (a sentiment I think many share). Yuki is a fun character, and his “I honestly don’t give a shit” personality was enjoyable, especially being as adept as he is.
We don’t know a terrible lot about the characters at this point. The twins (Yuki and Yuta) both seem to be bored of absolutely everything, Shun (the long haired boy) is feminine to the point that my roommate walked by and asked why the girl was wearing a boy’s uniform, and Kaname is your typical, straight-laced megane-wearing student council member. None of these are exactly original character archetypes, but I still like them (especially the twins).
My biggest problem with the series so far is that all the characters are freaking cross eyed! I’m sure it’s not on purpose, but any time we get a close up at the characters, I just start cracking up. It feels like they’re making faces at me, making it so if there was ever a serious scene, I wouldn’t be able to take it as such.
Kimi to Boku is taking No. 6’s place as the totally/totally-not heterosexual anime of the season. I’m pretty sure there’s not going to be anything blatant, but the undertones in just one episode are enough to take my slash goggles and forcibly push them on to my face. So while I’ll try to keep my slashy thoughts out of my reviews, it’s going to be a tough one.
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.
GO Rating: 3/5
Will Continue to Watch: Yes
Will Continue to Review: Yes