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.