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Kimi to Boku episode 1

You may have gotten the wrong impression of what Kimi to Boku would be about from the previews pre-season. I too was under the impressions that this would be an anime about a bunch of boys being insufferably nice to each other. It’s not about that at all. Heck, not all of them are even male. It’s about a pair of autistic twins trying to fit into school with the ‘help’ of two classmates.

The main character is Shu, the Tohru Honda female lead. You know the type. Eternally nice to everyone, with the idea of anyone not being nice being a concept her tiny brain can’t handle it. Constantly trying to break up the fights between the men by simply being nice, but with a shaky voice. A few episodes in and I bet she’ll be in some sort of trouble after running away from the male romantic interest, only to be saved at the last minute by said romantic interest, because clearly being a girl means she can’t take care of herself without some Strong Man there to save her. You know, standard shojo female lead types.

Then there’s her romantic interest, Shu. The bishie flavour of the day we’re getting here is the haughty, easily aggravated megane type. Think Chiaki from Nodame Cantabile. Slightly uptight about his appearance. Gets annoyed when others aren’t as up to scratch (which ties in nicely with the difficulties of dealing with the autistic twins, as I’ll talk about later). There’s not much in the way of chemistry between him and the female lead so far, but they’re already laying the foundations for that, what with him being all nice to her when they were kids. Setting up the Childhood Friend flag for later exploration.

Then there’s the autistic twins, Shu and Shu. It was a fairly realistic approach to autistic children I felt. For example, the twin wouldn’t pass to anyone else in basketball, failing to understand the team game aspect of it. Then there was how the other twin never mentioned his hobby of anime and manga, because he didn’t recognise there was a need for this. All in all, I’m impressed that the anime had the balls to attack a subject like autism, although I’m a bit annoyed they had to push it into the generic shojo romance nonsense.

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  1. luffyluffy
    Posted October 4, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    Wait, so it is seriously Autistic or are you just taking the piss about it

    is it sad that I can’t tell?

    • Posted October 4, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

      He’s taking the piss about it. It’s just a bunch of guys + one girl (but not the one with the long red hair, that’s actually really a guy) doing cute things.

      But maybe the twins are really autistic
      I mean, they never show any emotion, they always have this :I faces.
      Actually Scamp described this show fairly well.
      The only kid that is missing now is the blond foreigner with ADD.

      • Posted October 4, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

        Oh, but sometimes they troll people so maybe it’s all just a facade.
        They pretend to be stupid to troll the hell out of them. It’s kinda like that Megane Chick in Nichijou.

  2. Posted October 4, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    Hmm, B-, I’d say. Passable, and with an admirable internal consistency, but a rather boring central conceit. Maybe something a bit spicier in the future?

  3. Posted October 4, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    If you’re interested in reading a manga about raising a child with autism try giving “With The Light” by Keiko Tobe a read.

  4. ojisan
    Posted October 4, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    hmmmm – not Hourou Musuko, but not a pantload either. OK, I’ll bite –

  5. Marow
    Posted October 4, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    JC Staff

  6. Posted October 4, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    Umm Shu is a guy too. It really is a story about four guys.

    • Posted October 4, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

      Not that it makes any difference.

      • Hanamaru
        Posted October 4, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

        He is the type of guy that ends up getting raped by some angry seme and decides he is gay. At this point, he might as well be a girl.

      • Hanamaru
        Posted October 4, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

        Sorry, I realized that could sound derogatory to women. I just meant that he is following the powerless shoujo female lead formula that is so prevalent in the industry.

    • luffyluffy
      Posted October 4, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

      Wait wait wait, that’s a guy?!

      • Posted October 5, 2011 at 8:27 am | Permalink

        In 4chan, he’s almost like the new Hideyoshi

  7. Hanamaru
    Posted October 4, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    I’m a long time lurker and had to comment on this. I love the way you made fun of this. It gave me a good laugh. Even though this looks like it will be terrible, I’m going to keep watching it. I want to see if the red haired guy is gender confused and if there is a romatic triangle where one of the twins and the black haired guy fight over him. Did you see how one of the twins was brushing and playing with his hair? No straight guy would allow or do that. 5camp: Even though we have much different tastes in anime, I appreciate the time you put in to review the first episodes of the season. We both share a hate for plot holes and moeness. I definetely won’t be watching Phi Brain or C3. Thanks for saving me time! :)

    • Scamp
      Posted October 5, 2011 at 10:46 am | Permalink

      Wooh, first time commenters! I’m glad you like the posts :D

      …I’m getting really bad at responding to commenters recently. I can’t think of anything worthwhile to say in reply…

  8. Posted October 4, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

    Wait why are they all called Shu? Oh gosh.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 5, 2011 at 10:46 am | Permalink

      These kinds of characters are always called Shu

  9. Posted October 5, 2011 at 6:36 am | Permalink

    I couldn’t get past the twins looking like their eyes were crossed half the time. I actually liked C3 more than this, and that should be some kind of indication how overall boring I found it.

  10. gw_kimmy
    Posted October 5, 2011 at 6:49 am | Permalink

    this wasn’t noitamina, was it? *out of the loop forever*

    was slightly excited for this, but you just killed it ;/

    • Scamp
      Posted October 5, 2011 at 10:46 am | Permalink

      Nah, Noitamina is being fashionably late as usual

  11. Posted October 6, 2011 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    Why did you use the weeboo title here Scamp?

    • Scamp
      Posted October 6, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

      Because the english translation is Chihaya Full, which sounds retarded

  12. TheVoid
    Posted October 7, 2011 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    I think the best part is that Kimi to Boku is a shonen and not a shoujo.

    Makes everything you said even better Scamp.

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