Posted by psgels on 27 June 2012 with categories: Anime Reviews

I remember that it was often a pain to sit through the first season of Kimi to Boku. Chizuru, the blond haired kid especially got on my nerves many times. The thing is however, that despite that, it did know how to build up and create good characters. And that’s the nice thing of second seasons: you’ve already done the introductions and fleshing out so you can fully focus on the good stuff.

As a result, Kimi to Boku’s second season is a lot more bearable. Chizuru definitely develops his own charm and the chemistry between the characters only gets better and better. Every episode takes one of the characters, whether this is a main or a side one, and does something clever with him or her. There’s a lot of character-development to be found in this series.

Another big difference is that the focus on drama is much greater, and by that I mean that the creators take up much more time in order to let the serious scenes play out as smoothly as possible. The result is very atmospheric. The first season had most episodes structured where most of their airtime would be random goofing-off, with some sort of redeemable twist at the end. The second season is more really slow development with you at the end realizing how much has actually been added to the characters.

You obviously need a bit of a thick skin for Kimi to Boku, because Chizuru can and will get on your nerves, but beyond that this is just an excellent drama with loads of interesting characters. The second season can be a bit slow at times, but heck: it’s been a while since a slice of life series came around that was this good with a predominantly male cast.

Storytelling: 8,5/10 – Great atmosphere, and loves to take its time to let events play out well.
Characters: 9/10 – Tons of subtle character development.
Production-Values: 8/10 – Solid animation: nothing special, but no abuse of still frames either.
Setting: 8/10 – A typical high school that for once doesn’t feel over-exaggerated.

Suggestions:

24 Responses

  1. Cholisose says:

    “You obviously need a bit of a thick skin for Kimi to Boku, because Chizuru can and will get on your nerves”

    Well, I’d say your mileage may vary on that–for me personally he never really bothered me. He was overly-energetic at times, but not overbearing. (He’s definitely not nearly as bad as certain anime characters who are really popular out there.) That said, he certainly developed into a more interesting character in the second season. The subplot with him and Mary surprisingly became quite engaging.

    I think what I liked best about the series was how it was able to delve into simple events of high school life that are easy to relate to, and simply allow the characters to interact with each other as they decide how they’ll react to/deal with said events.
    I also rather liked how mellow the show was in general, even as many of the main characters were (to some degree) in conflict with one another. The show had a peculiar atmosphere to it.

  2. wicked says:

    Wonder if there will be a season 3

    They spend a lot of episodes on Chizur and Masaki, both of whom can be very very annoying at times, and there really arent much of a payoff, which is the same way in the manga. It makes it feel like there’s not much of a closure after developing that relationship for the entire season

    Unfortunately Shun’s romantic interest didnt get a chance to make an appearance, who in the manga really help revealing another side of Shun

  3. Chu says:

    The thing with Kimi to Boku is that high-school boys don’t act in the fashion depicted. This is why I dropped it after one episode.

    In this interpretation, Danshi Kōkōsei no Nichijō can be seen as more realistic and more approximating my personal view of normalcy. High school boys shouldn’t make me feel like I’m watching old men debate universal and grandiose philosophical questions.

    • Scruffy says:

      You can hardly comment on the characters in a show if you’ve only watched one episode, which I assume was from the 1st season!!

      I don’t have any problems with the way they depict the way that the boys interact with each other. There’s the running joke that Shun is pretty girly which they like to play up on and annoys some, but other than that they act like normal teens.

      My only real complaint is there is a bit too much unrequited love in the second season

      • Chu says:

        Trust me, I had a feeling the characters would be lacking. I’ve developed a sense that allows me to determine my projected level of enjoyment from watching very little of a show.

        In episode 1, Chizuru’s apathy towards activities he excelled at projected arrogance and stupidity. I don’t want annoying and feminized boys that don’t approximate how high-school boys, which I am a humble member of, actually act.

        To me, it is quite the insult.

        • wicked says:

          Aret we arrogant? using spidey sense to see future developments.

          There a million kind of high school students, no such thing a single standard for normal. Let’s not push our own world view onto everyone else. I knew plenty of loud mouth and annoying high school students that had a crowd of friends.

          anyways, to each of their own, I enjoyed highschool student’s daily life, but I knew of no one that went to my sister’s drawers and pull out he her underwear and skirts and wears it…

          • Chu says:

            You miss the point. I’m using my personal sense to project my own level of enjoyment. Your use of “spidey sense” is therefore laughable.

            Furthermore, Chizuru is just annoying. He is very unlikely to be befriended versus the loud yet otherwise redeeming students you mention.

            Likewise, your criticism of the underwear scene in Danshi Kōkōsei no Nichijō misses the symbolic point of the scene. The underlying message is friendship through thick and thin. Yoshitake’s willingless to take the blame for the incident showed him to be a true bro.

          • wicked says:

            Again to each of their own, if you didnt like it, you didnt like it. Don’t have say it as if you can see the future, plenty of series can end up surprising you, like Madoka.

            and how do you know Chizuru doesnt have redeeming qualities? you didnt watch the series

            Whoa whoa,

            I’m pretty sure Yoshitake ratted them out as soon as he was betrayed by Tadakuni and Hidenori(didnt Yoshitake stole them the first time?) I think the underlying message was, friendship of high school students, not as deep as people think(It’s mostly high school boys are idiot when they are bored).

          • Chu says:

            I’ve been referring to the wrong character the whole time.

            *facepalm*

            As peep kindly mentioned, I probably meant to refer to Yuki.

            There were too many indicators in the first episode to warrant dislike. In this regard, I predicted my future level of enjoyment. Why should I give a lacking series a second chance?

            In regards to Danshi Kōkōsei no Nichijō, Yoshitake didn’t steal the underwear the first time – it was hidden beneath Hidenori’s buttons. Consider that Yoshitake had serious doubts relating to the correct course of action to take. The fact that he even took the blame is astounding.

            Thus, it stands that the message is still one of friendship. In the final moment before the Imouto Kick, Yoshitake openly admits that he stole the underwear. His “betrayal” is warranted – he likely is suffering extreme pain.

          • wicked says:

            no no I mean he started the trend of stealing Imouto’s underwear.

            He did the equivalence exchange in the very first episode(hilarious gag, but very disturbing when you think about it), also coerce Hidenori into wearing skirts. Honestly, Tadakuni and Yoshitake arent exactly the greatest friends to Hidenori.

            Giving up because of the threat of pain kind of defeats the purpose of through thick and thin. He did start out with good intentions though.

          • Chu says:

            If you look at it that way – yes – Hidenori and Tadanuki are less then stellar friends.

            However, friends play jokes on each other. You must also consider that these are relatively immature students. Friendship does not always dictate the activities one normally considers friendly. I always observe fellow students being trolled – perhaps not as excessively as in Tadanuki’s case.

            I do agree that the notion of stealing female underwear is troubling. However, one could easily envision immature high-school students committing such a crime.

            Also, note that Yoshitake didn’t give up due to the threat of pain – he gave up because of the experience of pain. It is unreasonable to not expect betrayal.

      • Chu says:

        You must agree that Chizuru, in real-world situations, would most likely be friendless.

        • peep says:

          @ Chu: I think your comments are being kind of misunderstood because you are talking about the wrong character. If you only watched the first episode you haven’t actually met Chizuru yet. Yuki is probably the character you meant to be referring to? Chizuru is pretty much the exact opposite of Yuki.

  4. hdhdhd says:

    Gay to Boku 2

  5. JaK says:

    ^ haters gonna hate ^^

  6. nomnomnom says:

    Let’s take a basis lesson from this.

    Slice-of-life centering around female leads will always be more enjoyable than one around male leads.

    • Lelouch says:

      I don’t know. I found this one a lot more amusing than Lucky Star, K-On and other moe bait. To those who say that they didn’t act like highschool boys I beg to differ. I act a lot like Yuuki and Kanami and fyi I’m a highschool boy. The only bad thing about it is that they didn’t focus on Kaname nearly enough. He was delegated to the background for most of the series.

      Sorry for the long post.

    • Gristle McThornBody says:

      Speak for yourself. I much preferred watching these guys develop over a group of moeblob girls discussing the best methods for eating a croquette.

  7. Gristle McThornBody says:

    Chiziru never annoyed me, I thought the episodes focusing on him and Mary were some of the best. I think Shun annoyed me more than anything, half of that being his seiyuu and the other half being the fact that he’s the only character they really didn’t take the time to develop.

Leave a Reply

Shoutbox

Name:
Email:
For:  
Mail will not be published
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Feb 11. 2016 10:41 PM)
    @Wicked, think you hit the nail on the head there. The characters one of the main reasons I am not too gone on it.
  • wicked
    (Thursday, Feb 11. 2016 10:04 PM)
    Mob Psycho is well paced for a 10 minute show I think. It’s got a lot of these pseudo cliffhanger to play for jokes. The stories get better, it’s the characters that’s not as interesting as one punch man in my opinion
  • Masky
    (Thursday, Feb 11. 2016 08:46 PM)
    Hmm, haven’t read Mob Psycho 100 much(just checked what its art looks like) so can’t comment on that.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Feb 11. 2016 07:43 PM)
    @masky, it does have better art but a much weaker story. I get the feeling the Mob psycho anime will be a five minute show.
  • Masky
    (Thursday, Feb 11. 2016 07:17 PM)
    Dunno, Mob Psycho 100 does have better art than ONE’s OPMan. Its still rough, but yeah.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Feb 11. 2016 03:36 PM)
    @wicked, I wonder how that will work out, as ONE’s style is a bit of an acquired taste.
  • wicked
    (Thursday, Feb 11. 2016 12:59 AM)
    ah, they decided to go with ONE’s art style instead of really pretty it up with Mob Psycho 100
  • oldyang
    (Wednesday, Feb 10. 2016 06:36 PM)
    Ajin is interesting, but the character design is weird. Everyone looks lifeless and angry.
  • wicked
    (Wednesday, Feb 10. 2016 08:55 AM)
    it’d actually be a shame for them to make it into I Wanna Be the Strongest in the World, or worst
  • wicked
    (Wednesday, Feb 10. 2016 08:54 AM)
    @Aidan, Yeah that guy tries really hard to make it more than just fanservice though. I have a weird respect for people that can play ridiculous concepts straight.

1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · »

Featured Posts

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu – 05

Congratulations Yakumo. You finally discovered your spark for Rakugo. And all you needed to do was dress up like a woman to do it. This may harken back to what his master said, his Rakugo is too perfect. So this play put on by Rakugo performers was really the thing he needed. By dressing him […]

Schwarzesmarken – 05

For something that definitely feels rushed, this was a pretty good episode for Schwarzesmarken. I really cannot emphasize enough at how much of a shame it is that this series looks to be cut down to fit into a single cour. If given a two cour run I think Schwarzesmarken could really shine but sadly […]

Boku dake ga Inai Machi – 05

When it rains it pours and Boku dake isn’t pulling any punches. Hinazuki is gone and the only hint of her we see is what looks to be her dead body in front of her parents, one of whom is panicking. With this we have two possibilities. Either they happened upon Hinazuka’s dead body or […]

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu – 04

Well it seems like I have to eat my words as Yakumo is quite the ladies man. Which is odd when he clearly doesn’t have any interest in interacting with women. Yakumo has a fruitful love life despite his apathy towards love in general. Yakumo and Sukeroku’s relationship has certainly gotten more easygoing as the […]

Schwarzesmarken – 04

This episode starts with a groan as we meet a new member of the cast, that being Theodor’s sister who on first sight hugs with with the ever so traditional “Onii-chan!” The sister does bring some good developments to the table, namely the machination the Stasi has in store for her, but I really wish […]

Boku dake ga Inai Machi – 04

There certainly is a layer of dread from this episodes beginning as we see happy events unfold. Things are looking up, history is changing, Kayo is finally getting out of an abusive relationship with her mother and finding happiness. But much like Satou is feeling, there is a unease at these developments. Things are going […]

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu – 03

From the looks of things this series will be focusing primarily on the past of Yakumo as the stylish opening seems to place emphasis on the characters of the flashback. Rakugo is surprisingly abset this week as World War II causes Yakumo to be left behind as his Teacher and Sukeroku go out to entertain […]

Schwarzesmarken – 03

Schwarzesmarken remains a strange specimen of an anime, while still not excelling it is clear it has the potential to. So why is it not a great anime? Well it’s beating the same point as my last post but I do think characterisation is key here. In this episode we had two characters introduced whose […]

Boku dake ga Inai Machi – 03

When it comes to matters of time travel, it’s always a wonder to consider just what rules it follows. Time travel, much like alternate realities is one of the biggest can of worms to open when writing a story. Mainly because it demands the viewer keeps in mind a series of characters,settings and event which […]

Latest Reviews

Gangsta. – 58/100

Gangsta is an anime with a lot of things going for it. A mature cast, gritty themes, a interesting setting and a trio of main characters who can carry the show. However due to a number of factors it never quite reached its potential. The main trio of characters are unconventional and quite interesting with […]

Gakkou Gurashi! – 80/100

Gakkou is one with a good facade as promotional material would have you believe it was some dime a dozen moe slice of life. I was one who wasn’t fooled by the cute cuddly exterior but I was truly surprised with just how good this anime ended up being. Gakkou is one of those rare […]

Little Witch Academia The Enchanted Parade – 81/100

I wonder when it was that a film being childish became a flaw. As a medium grows it takes steps to aim to mature itself and seek a more intellectual level of presenting entertainment. Animation did it as Anime aimed to explore terrontry that cartoons refuse to explore and video games only recently broke away […]

Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Bladeworks Review – 85/100

For a long time now this adaption has been the dreams of many a Fate fan with many believing it would never come to pass, but now that it is here is it everything that we dreamed? Short answer to this is no, long answer is nearly. I feel this show will have many divided […]

Shirobako Review – 80/100

When you see a harem anime and sigh as the breasts of the female lead jiggle with every step and wind that can flip a skirt it’s easy to forget that somewhere in Japan a group of people worked hard to get that jiggle right and draw each frame of animation. The hardships of the […]

Clipboard06

Nerawareta Gakuen Review – 84/100

Let me talk a bit about Ryousuke Nakamura. For a long time, this guy was my hero. He started off as an assistant director to Monster, in my opinion a big reason why that series got such a ridiculously solid adaptation, and then in 2008 he came with the groundbreaking Mouryou no Hako. No TV-series […]

Clipboard03

Kick Heart

Okay, so I didn’t want to exit 2013 without having seen Masaaki Yuasa’s Kick Heart. It’s only twelve minutes anyway, and I consider him to be one of the best anime directors out there. The story here is pretty silly and mostly serves as a backdrop, so I mostly want to talk about the nature […]

Clipboard01

Kyousogiga Review – 90/100

Everyone’s taste is different, and that’s a wonderful thing because that allows us to have so many different forms of media that all aim toward their own niche. My blog is obviously written from the perspective of my own taste, and even when a show doesn’t cater to it (which is nearly always), I love […]

Clipboard04

Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Lovecome o Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru Review – 80/100

Noucome! You do not want to know how long I have been waiting for a series like this. More than half a decade, at the very least. Finally a series comes along and puts the incredibly overused harem genre in its place. And it actually does it well. Thank you! So to elaborate: the harem […]