OP: 「おかえり」 (Okaeri) by 矢田悠祐 (Yata Yuusuke )
It’s been a while since I’ve last watched anything with BL (boys’ love) so SUPER LOVERS was actually quite refreshing to see. I can’t vouch for where it’s going, but from what I saw of this first episode, it was rather tame and kind of cute. Kaidou Haru (Maeno Tomaki) is a young teenager, returning to Alberta, Canada (Woot! I won’t lie, that’s why I’m intro-ing this show) for the first time in a while to visit his mother. When he arrives, he finds out that she’s adopted a new son named Kaidou Ren (Minagawa Junko). Ren is a bit rough around the edges and despite Haruko’s (Tanaka Atsuko) attempts, Ren refuses to behave. Then Haru comes around and he starts looking after his adopted brother very carefully. Throughout the summer, he makes him lunch, looks after him and they do the typical summer activities together. Ren eventually opens up to Haru and they share a brotherly bond (I’m calling it a brotherly bond.). The episode wraps it up with Haru heading back after the summer ends with his father and his step-mother. The ED implies that there will be a time-skip though as our main characters age, and it’ll also welcome Haru’s 2 step-brothers.
The entire episode felt like a very quick ONA as it breezed through Haru’s relationship with Ren in its early stages. For anyone wondering, they’re actually 8 years apart (with Ren being 8 years old in the beginning) and they’re not technically related by blood at all. This first episode went by so fast that even though I wanted to appreciate their relationship, it felt like a big brother watching over his younger brother for an entire summer. Haru was portrayed as a great character, very understanding and charming – but Ren was just… a bit of a brat who turned into another average little boy. There was definitely a lot of development cramped into one episode. However, if the bulk of the story is after this time skip, then I don’t mind. I just hope I’m not expected to look back and think, ”Wow, they were so cute together!” because they were cute – but not in a romantic way. I’m definitely feeling the family ties more and perhaps that’s why I don’t feel like the kissing and hugging was in any way inappropriate because I just imagine family members taking care of one another. It’s not the perception that this show wants to enforce I’m sure, but it also means that this first episode didn’t have enough BL in it for me.
So does this show turn me off? No I don’t think so. I was anticipating more of the BL to come out but since Ren is so young, it’d only be awkward if it did. When he comes back older, then we’ll talk. I definitely think that the age gap can be an issue (even if Ren is 16 later on) but if you think about two adults being 30 and 38, that’s not so bad anymore right? So I’m going to just assume that Ren and Haru are more mature than their age states and whatever comes out of their relationship won’t be seen as incest or pedophilia. From the looks of our cliffhanger, the show will be more dramatic than its premiere, which I’d be interested to see how it suddenly takes such a turn. The animation makes the show seem so light and comedic; when in reality, that monologue at the end just made me think, ”What…??” Speaking of animation, I’m actually loving it. Some of the still shots are lovely and all the full-length images – my gosh, I’ve got to take some of them next week for you guys. I could actually melt into Haru’s eyes.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Well that went by… incredibly fast. I wasn’t expecting there to be a time skip either. Honestly, this didn’t feel like BL at all – it felt like a very cute brotherly love OVA or something =) #superlovers
ED: 「ハピネスYOU＆ME」 (Happiness YOU & ME) by 海棠4兄弟 (Kaidou 4 Kyoudai)