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Uraboku episode 1

Otherwise known as Uragiri wa Boku no Namae o Shitteiru. Otherwise known as Betrayal knows my name. Otherwise known as that BL anime. But over the course of my anime fandom I’ve found myself develop an increasing tolerance towards fujioshi bait. Something to do with following Hetalia for over 50 episodes I guess, although watching Kuroshitsuji and X also helps. So this season I gave both Hakouiki and Uraboku a go despite the fact that the serve their main purpose is to parade bishies past the screen. But rather disappointingly, neither were really any good.

I’ve stated several times before that there is nothing more boring than watching a bunch of girls being insufferably nice to each other. I have no discovered that this statement is lacking because watching a bunch of ladyboys being insufferably nice to each other is just as dull. That’s precisely what bugged me about this episode. These characters aren’t real men. OK, I know one of them is actually a women reincarnated or something, but even the other male characters act like characters out of a yuri anime. Their conversations are so lacking in life that it’s painfully dull to watch.

The emo-ing about isn’t quite so bad I’ll admit. It does feel lazy though, as though so little thought has gone into why these characters are acting all emo. It’s more interesting than watching them being insufferably nice to each other but neither is it particularly interesting to watch. The imagery is quite obviously inspired by that of a certain Clamp series that also happens to have the same name as the 24th letter of the alphabet, which in itself isn’t a bad thing. But really, if you quite liked this series I’d recommend watching that series instead. I’m not even particularly big fan of X but Uraboku does feel like a cheap knock-off. It’s not terrible, but honestly you should be watching yourself some Clamp. Or alternatively, watch an anime with slash pairings that involve real men and not a bunch of ladyboys. Like Durarara.

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  1. Posted April 13, 2010 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    Well, your post served as notice to me to take a look at this series – and now I’m watching it. ;) It’s got great seiyuu – Takahiro Sakurai, Souichiro Hoshi, Akira Ishida… I’ll be watching this one and Hakuouki this season. Too many bishonen are never enough. ;)

  2. Posted April 13, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    “Or altern­at­ively, watch an anime with slash pair­ings that involve real men and not a bunch of lady­boys. Like Durarara.”
    —> But Izaya’s not 100% man to me xD LOLz

    I think a major factor of what made me love this episode despite the dullness is because I’m aware of what will be happening next…. ehehehe…..

  3. Posted April 13, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    Yeah they’re definitely running off the X art style and same tropes too, but that doesn’t mean it can’t deliver good melodrama later.

    “I have no discovered that this statement is lacking because watching a bunch of ladyboys being insufferably nice to each other is just as dull.”
    Well, at least you’re balanced on that part xD, although I could say the same of most shounen series, except that they’re simply trying to out-powerlevel one another /o/

    Now if you liked shoujo series I’d just say just view Yuki as a girl… but that’s not quite the case.

  4. Scamp
    Posted April 13, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    @Jan Suzukawa, Sapphire Pyro

    You lot are as bad as the moefags…


    Starting to see a trend eh~ See, I don’t think I’m irrationally biased against any particular genre. I give them all a fair chance, something I certainly didn’t do in the past.

  5. Posted April 18, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    I’ll keep watching for now, but if they don’t man up, I’ll be annoyed.

    What is with all the girly men this season?


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