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.


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  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.


            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.

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  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 06:51 PM)
    Hype kills anything. In regards to the kind of emotional manipulation Clannad and maybe Undertale uses, it’s like a drug. The more you are subjected to it, the less of an effect it has.
    Still there are examples of something which comes close to expectation. People say Muv Luv Alternative gives you PTSD and in a kinda does. Though it’s helped by the connection you build with the characters though the first two games.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 06:47 PM)
    @Kaiser,I haven’t updated the old entries of my MAL in quite a while. Pretty sure Code Geass is sitting at a 10 on it and I am sure if I give that a rewatch that rating is going to fall harshly.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 08:59 AM)
    I say this because people often like to hype up the genre or those elements. I bring this up/think about it now because I played a game called undertale lately on my brothers recommendation and he was all like it emotionally destroyed him but I never ended up crying, I mean don’t get me wrong its a good game, there were laughs to be had and there was sentiment but it wasn’t THAT sad/funny.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 08:44 AM)
    Given how many people cry at some drama, clannad included.
    That reminds me…
    I can’t actually remember the last time in my life where I cried, I draw a blank.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 07:58 AM)
    @Aidan: Something always feels off to me when you criticize clannad, I mean I’m critical enough of key these days too but it seems odd that you rank it as an 8 on MAL when you’ve always made it sound its more of a high 6 or a 7.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 03:45 AM)
    But I’m no fan of gung-ho soldier games/most fps games so I am glad clannad, a visual novel outsold call of duty.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 03:44 AM)
    I said it once I’ll say it again. I preferred the clannad movie over the tv series, had more style, a more mature feel to it and cut out all the superfluous arcs/comedy for the better. It also concludes better than the series. The emotional involvement in the kyoani version doesn’t work for me anymore, doesn’t hold up. However the film remains emotionally engaging after revisiting it.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 03:19 AM)
    Holy hell Clannad is selling like hotcakes on Steam. Even beat Call of Duty in sales at one point.
    Kinda happy to see a VN get recognised and it would help open up the market for more titles to come over. But..well..Clannad really isn’t all that great.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 02:29 AM)
    I can remember when I first got into anime when I was a whole lot younger I always said I would watch lodoss war, El Hazard and slayers, yet I never ended up doing so…
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Nov 24. 2015 05:34 AM)
    Ha, the child in me would love to see a film like that I’d imagine, when I was young I was pretty crazy about Egyptian supernatural stuff.

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