OP: 「バイバイ」 (Bye Bye) by 7!!
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「ボクらの17回目の春に」 (Bokura no Juu Nana Kaime no Haru Ni)
“Our 17th Spring”
I can already feel that this won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. However, I hope that won’t prevent you from checking out at least the first few episodes of this awesome show.
So where do I start for a show like Kimi to Boku? In terms of revealing what this show is about or where it plans on going, this first episode went absolutely nowhere. Instead, we’re given a quick introduction to a group of friends who don’t seem like friends at all. It was actually a bit strange to watch the four interact with each other — especially when it felt like a constant battle between the head-strong Kaname (Ono Yuuki) and Yuki (Kimura Ryohei) the introvert.
However, it did feel like the groundwork for the rest of the show had been properly placed. Not only was this episode full of flashbacks depicting Yuki’s lack of social skills, but there were subtle hints about certain characters thrown in amongst the introduction. From the way Kaname phrased his words toward Azume-sensei to the stupid joke about indirect kissing, I’m hoping that the story will focus not only on our friends but things outside their circle.
The best thing about this first episode would have been the revelation that Kaname actually has a really big heart had that last flashback not been ruined at the last second. In a quite ironic way, even though Kaname’s kind offering was more forced than voluntary, I felt myself relating to all the strange quirks that these four friends share. From the constant bickering, direct insults straight to the face, and a feeling of no cohesion from within the group, it felt exactly like how a group of best friends should be. Unlike a bunch of shows that have this perfect group dynamic from the get go, I’m really enjoying how imperfect everything seems.
At the end of the day, there are only a few things I can say about this first episode of Kimi to Boku. At first, I wasn’t enjoying the way the character’s faces were drawn and I felt that the episode was moving really slow. But as I got into the gist of things and started to drop any reservations I had for this show, I started to really get drawn into the world that Kimi to Boku was trying to make.
ED: 「なきむし。」 (Nakimushi.) by 沢井美空 (Sawai Miku)
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