「運命の赤い糸!?」 (Unmei no Akai Ito!?)
“A Red String of Fate!?”
It’s really weird to hear Akihisa from BakaTest go super pervert in Boku H. We meet Kaga Ryosuke (Shimono Hiro). He’s a 17-year-old guy who lives alone because his dad died when he was three and his mom works out of the country. He has a bad habit of analyzing women’s bodies aloud which gets him a bad reputation at school.
His childhood friend Okura Mina (Ishihara Kaori) lives next door. Even though Ryosuke gets caught guessing the size of her boobs, she isn’t creeped out by it. She knows he’s just a misunderstood guy who really loves everything about girls. In fact, on his six item list of things erotic about women, he lists boobs 3 times. It reminded me of the scene in the movie Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story when Patches lists the 5 D’s of dodgeball only to list dodge twice.
Despite being seemingly normal (other than his overt pervertedness), his love of women is what really gets him into trouble. Now we’ve pretty much heard this story before. He meets another girl who ends up being sort of supernatural. He invites Restall Lisara (Endo Aya) into his house only to have her seduce him, stab him and then take his perverted energy and turn it into energy for her shinigami powers.
Even though it seemed like a lovely day to him, not everything is good news for Ryosuke. Lisara’s goal is to find the guy who has the energy of a million men. She wants to form a pact with this person in order to gain their energy when they die to increase her status as a top reaper. Of course, reapers don’t have extensive fighting powers for nothing. A huge tentacle monster ends up trying to kill both of them. In the process of telling him this, she tells him that he’s going to die soon. This puts him in a bind because his only chance for survival is to assist her.
This anime parallels many that came before it. First of all, it has an uncanny resemblance to High School DxD. Other than sharing the comedy, romance, and ecchi genres, Lisara looks like a carbon copy of Rias from DxD (fire-red hair and supernatural abilities). It seems like it’ll even turn into a harem later on. Second, Ryosuke is very similar to Issei in that he also thinks pervertedly. This show also seems to borrow from other anime. For example, some ideas in Boku H seem like they come from Shakugan no Shana. A couple examples are Lisara’s ability to create a field that doesn’t affect the surrounding area and Ryosuke supposedly being on the verge of death yet having a remarkable ability to create more spiritual energy (not to mention monsters).
Many of the synopses that I’ve read of Boku H have Ryosuke losing his sex drive to Lisara. This seems very misleading since all that happened was he got knocked out when his pervert-powered spiritual energy got transferred to her. In fact, it looks like he got a bargain since he got to second base on their first meeting. It just seems as if she’s against him being perverted. I don’t know if this is just bad execution or an alteration of the source material but it’s misleading nevertheless.
The action in this anime is commendable. It is high intensity and seems to be animated very well. I say this because Boku H doesn’t really have to rely on screen blur and camera shake to get its point across. They also animated slight movements during panning. Despite not being drawn well is in some areas I thought its animation was fluid.
One thing that you can count on in this series is the amount of
boob fanservice you’re going to get. It happens early and often. I’ll see you next week where we’ll probably see Lisara in some more compromising positions.
ED: 「Reason why xxx」 by 佐咲紗花 (Sasaki Sayaka)
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