Candy Boy

November 7, 2009

Finally I’ve managed to convince myself to finish watching the ONA (original net animation) production Candy Boy. I don’t really remember if I did promise myself the last time I blogged this series but I do remember that I was interested to watch it when the ONA comes out or finish. So okay, being an ONA means that the show doesn’t necessarily follow the weekly schedule of 1 episode per week. But since there are only 7 episodes in total, it took a whole year for it to be released! That’s like almost 1 episode per 2 months on average.
 
Well at least this ONA sequel is slightly longer than its prologue predecessor. Yeah, 14 minutes long on average. Hey, that’s twice the length so I suppose that’s good enough. Except for the final one which lasts around 20 minutes. As the second title of the series suggests "Nonchalant talk of the certain twin sisters in daily life", those who aren’t too keen on yuri drama shouldn’t waste their time on this. I don’t want to imply that I’m a yuri fan but you know my initial memory… Basically this ONA explores further the relationship between the twin sisters Kanade and Yukino as they continue their lives as Tokyo high school students. Since they are from the countryside, they reside at the school’s dorm. They are so close that people may think they are even into that. Now put in that lesbian junior Sakuya who is infatuated with Kanade and you’ve got more yuri drama on your platter.
 
Episode 1
The episode opener sees Kanade waking up first and tries to wake up Yukino but the latter is having some kind of weird dream. Perhaps a horny one? Yeah, she’s inviting Kanade to sleep with her. Looks like she did because of that they overslept and are in a hurry to catch a train to school. As they chat (about waking up among things which resulted in Kanade furiously pinching Yukino’s cheeks), stalker Sakuya comes by to greet her beloved senpai who is no other than you know who. I’m sure Kanade must be getting sick of this so as usual Sakuya goes on ranting about her sick fantasies. By this time the train has arrived so the twins got onboard, leaving that lesbian junior behind to dream all she wants. Sakuya eventually manages to get to school so she isn’t happy about that as she confronts the twins. As compensation she wants to go out on a date this Sunday. An excuse, eh? Then boldly right in front of Kanade’s eyes, Yukino and Sakuya trade stuff. New Kanade photos in exchange for 50 free pass tickets to a luxury hotel. Another cheek pinching moment. I can understand how Kanade feels so disgusted when she sees Sakuya during swimming lessons making a love umbrella picture on the glass.
 
After the twins do their shopping, back at their room Yukino shows Kanade the super soft pillow that she has bought. She claims the softness of the pillow is so that even dropping an egg on it won’t crack. Kanade thinks it’s an advertising gimmick so Yukino demonstrates. The egg breaks. Yeah, now the pillow stinks. One rainy day after class, Kanade notices her spare umbrella is missing and tries asking for anyone with a spare but with no luck. Sakuya comes by and she has no choice but to ask from her. But it seems she too didn’t bring any but offers her a ride home. Kanade declines. Kanade takes this opportunity to ask her about her relationship with Yukino and Sakuya’s earnest answer of would it be alright to have Yukino hate her so that she could date Kanade surprises the latter. Kanade thanks her and leaves. Kanade is waiting outside when Yukino comes by and as luck would have it, the latter has brought her own umbrella. As they walk out together, Kanade asks if she has deleted the photos since Sakuya asked her weird questions. Yukino did not answer but instead rush off in the rain. You know what this means. Yeah, notice the ever growing photos of Kanade on Sakuya’s wall. And it seems Kanade’s spare umbrella ended up in Sakuya’s hands and that it was her plan all along to get Kanade to have a car ride with her but even if that failed, she takes consolation in her umbrella. But she opens it to find it full of holes. The next morning, Kanade is a little pissed because Yukino continues to act sleeping and wants her to wake up this instant.
 
Episode 2
The twins remember how they threw a tantrum when they were young because their lunch boxes were slightly different. Then Yukino wishes for Kanade to buy her another of that pillow for Christmas so Kanade suspects that she may have bought a few of them and the reason why Yukino borrowed her allowance. However Yukino says anything she receives from her will be fine. Then Kanade realizes Yukino is eating her snack and it’s punishment time. In school, Sakuya continues to stalk the twins by taking photos of Kanade with her handphone. She’s so obvious. Sakuya hands a Christmas party invitation letter to them. Though Kanade is reluctant to come, Sakuya says she’ll delete the photos is she does. How sly. But the twins can’t attend because they have to go back to their hometown in Hokkaido. Sakuya surprises Kanade with the amount of info she knows about them. Courtesy from the snack bribes she gave to Yukino. Another cheek pulling punishment… On the way home, the twins notice that a new building for the dorm is being built. The company building it belongs to Sakuya’s dad. Which means that lesbian kid is relishing the moment when she’ll be moving in with Kanade once it is completed. Oh no.
 
The twins are out shopping for their Christmas gifts and Yukino hints of getting that pillow. That would be her fourth one already… Kanade suggests buying their presents together. They then spot a gemstone they like but Yukino thinks it is way too expensive. Somehow Kanade is like under some spell as she takes out their air ticket money to buy them! Kanade of all people? I’d understand if it was Yukino. Yukino tries to stop her but too late. So they cool things down and chat at the park. Yukino says how she thought it would be better if they were different and didn’t liked others to see them as being the same just because they’re twins. Even so, she didn’t hate it. Kanade apologizes for wasting their money like that so Yukino says she’ll forgive her if she puts the gemstone earring on her ear. In school, the twins are wondering how to get money for their return trip. Asking from their parents to send them money? Not good. Trade with Sakuya? No way. Not a chance! Before they know it, Sakuya comes by to hand them air tickets for their trip (she read in Yukino’s blog about what happened). But there’s a catch. There are 3 air tickets. Which means…
 
Episode 3
That’s right. Sakuya is tagging along with them back home. Yeah, her parents let her do as she pleases. It’s already bad enough at school, you know. Inside the airplane, Yukino shamelessly eats the souvenir snacks meant for their family while Sakuya rants about going to the hotspring with Kanade so much so she nose bleeds. Somebody arrest this girl before she turns into a serial pervert. When they arrive at their destination, Sakuya thinks they’ve got off the wrong stop because not only it is snowing cold but the place is desolated. That’s the countryside for you rich urban kid. Because of that she kicks up a fuss of not wanting to go. I suppose kind hearted Kanade can’t abandon her so she tries to force her along but she’s clinging on to the post real hard. Sakuya wants some motivation to go on and you know what kind lah. Sakuya then gets a snowball thrown at the back of her head. It’s from a young girl named Shizuku and is the twins’ younger sister. She’s here to pick them up but isn’t too happy to see them holding hands. Kanade introduces Shizuku to Sakuya (who may be jealous of another ‘rival’) but since she is hesitating what school grade she is, this prompts Shizuku to say how she even forgot her birthday and needed Yukino to remind her.
 
When they return to their humble abode, they learn that their parents have left for Kobe. It seems daddy got injured at work so mummy went there to accompany him but since the twins are returning, Shizuku stayed back. Before dinner, Yukino gets another punishment when Kanade finds out that there are 3 pieces of the souvenir snacks left. Two for their parents and one for Shizuku. Which means none for Kanade, eh? Meanwhile Sakuya goes obsess over the twins’ room and somehow she even knows which chair Kanade sits on. Creepy. Kanade and Shizuku are preparing dinner as the latter asks if she is going to college there too. Kanade might if she passes. Yukino comes by to help and as usual the twins get very friendly with each other which upsets Shizuku. In teary mode, she says how it isn’t fair that they get to be together. Her answer shocks the twins. But the final scene is a hilarious one because Sakuya is seen tied and wrapped up in a sleeping bag all alone in some dark room, wondering what has happened. Yeah! They should keep and put that sicko away like that for eternity.
 
Episode 4
The episode starts off with a flashback whereby the twins and Shizuku happily went to school together. Back in present time, the twins are having a heavy mind thinking about Shizuku. Shizuku confines herself to her room browsing pictures of the twins with her handphone and a lone sketched picture of Shizuku sits on her drawer. Morning comes and I don’t know how Sakuya got out from her confinement as she makes her way to the twins’ room so that she could give Kanade a good morning kiss. A short flashback from her sees a tense atmosphere between the twins and Shizuku during dinner and because Sakuya continued to rant about her fantasies and Christmas gift, before she knows it, she’s locked away to where she was. Served her right. Before Sakuya could barge in, Kanade opens the door, slamming it in her face. Ouch. Shizuku still feels gloomy so Kanade tries to cheer her up by asking to accompany her to the grocery store. Excited Sakuya volunteers while Shizuku retreats to her room. Kanade has no choice but to take Sakuya out (she’s treating this as a date…) so she asks Yukino to take care of Shizuku. Yukino goes to have a heart to heart talk with Shizuku and in short, she doesn’t want to be separated from her sisters. Yukino says Kanade never forgot her birthday but she was rather busy with school work although she wanted to draw a portrait of Shizuku as her birthday present. So she stayed up all night to do it and request Yukino to hide it from her. Thus they would never forget her birthday. Though Shizuku realized, she noticed that all that was a lie too.
 
That night Kanade asks Shizuku if she wants to take a bath with her but Shizuku prefers to do it on her own. Sakuya volunteers but is being snubbed. Shizuku asks Sakuya why she’s obsessed with Kanade and not Yukino. Initially Sakuya isn’t going to tell her until Shizuku bribes her with new photos of Kanade. She knows the trick too. We learn Sakuya’s birthday falls during school breaks so she rarely has friends to celebrate them. When Kanade heard this, she told her that at such times they have to change their way of thinking like saying happy birthday to one’s parents would be appreciated because on that day her dad and mom became parents so in a way it can be considered as their ‘birthday’. That’s the start of her admiration for Kanade and though she likes Yukino too, she doesn’t intend to view at them as twins. That night, Shizuku comes to sleepover with her sisters. She starts crying as she apologizes so they comfort her like how big sisters should. They promise to call every week but in return Shizuku has to attend school (she’s currently playing truant). Lastly she asks for a request in which to have the portrait not only with herself but with them as well. You could say that their relationship is patched back but I wonder how it would be like if Sakuya actually finds out the trio get to sleep together. Man, she’ll boil over. Thankfully she didn’t find out. The last scene is funny in the sense that we see the sisters happily trudging together in the snow while Sakuya falls flat on her face. Yeah, snubbed. Lastly a portrait with Shizuku and her sisters now sits on her drawer.
 
Episode 5
Kanade and Yukino are seen chatting with each other in the snow as Shizuku makes snow sculptures of what looks to be Sakuya. The scene suddenly changes to a warm summer grassy field and Yukino is a chibi fox character! Kanade lets her nibble her finger when Yukino asks if she has studied for her exams. That’s when Kanade woke up from her strange but embarrassing dream. Furthermore, sleeping Yukino is still sucking on her finger. Do they even share the same dream? Once they both wake up, Kanade wonders why she’s eating her fingers as cheese stick but Yukino can’t seem to remember so she doesn’t think so. But Kanade has proof and shows it with the shot she took with her handphone! Haha! Back at her! She doesn’t want to delete it too. In retaliation, Yukino threatens to send an embarrassing pic of her to Sakuya. As they tussle, a friend of theirs happens to open the door and see them in compromising position. The twins are chatting over lunch and once again stalker Sakuya appears. She’s going to get into trouble like that one of these days. So to get rid of her, Kanade throws her packet drink and just like an obedient dog, Sakuya chases after it. Later Kanade intends to go shopping alone for Yukino’s Valentine’s Day gift but the latter found out so she thanks her. Hey, notice a note on their room door stating the immoral couple they are!
 
In class, stalker Sakuya continues to stalk… So Yukino devises a plan which makes her go away. She told her how Kanade is having fever because of the huge amount of homework and exam preps after giving her their Valentine chocolates. At an expensive place, the twins share a chocolate cake, courtesy of the free coupon that Sakuya gave Yukino. There is only 1 coupon since Sakuya thought Yukino would be eating here alone so Kanade suggests to share. Yukino swipes a piece of chocolate cream with her finger and wants Kanade to eat from it. Yuri moment here. Uh huh. Sucking it real good. Later they go to a nearby chapel holding hands. Back in Sakuya’s room, though she laments she can’t be Kanade on Valentine’s Day, at least she got the pillow supposedly with Kanade’s smell all over that Yukino gave her. Yeah, she’s smothering her face all over it and fantasizing. Till she realizes a sour smell. Yeah, must be rotten egg. In the end, Yukino finds out that Kanade has more homework assignments to do, interrupting their plans to spend time together for the holidays. It seems the teacher doesn’t approve a sketch of Kanade’s. The one whereby she sketches Yukino as a chibi fox. No wonder. They’re not supposed to sketch fantasy matters and to think of all people, Kanade would sketch something like this. To be redone with extra 10 more sketches! Oh boy.
 
Episode 6
Kanade manages to redo and resubmit her work and to think that the teacher was really worried about her future. Since Yukino ‘advices’ her to plan her future, Kanade brings up the 7000 Yen she still owes her so she tries to give excuses but promises to pay back when she gets her next allowance. When Kanade learns that the pillow tainted with the egg is up for sale, she gives Yukino her usual cheek pulling punishment. Later the twins and Sakuya are discussing their new dorm rooms in the new building. Sakuya rants about hers with Kanade (some love nest she’s claiming) which is located at the top floor and is a huge room compared to the rest. Well, her dad’s company did make the building. Sakuya wants Kanade to stamp her approval on a form that will see Sakuya’s living-in dream come true. However to her shock, the twins have already submitted their forms long ago and tomorrow’s form acceptance is only for new residence. Sakuya is paralyzed in shock. Time for classes and the twins left. I don’t know why Kanade is obliged to take Sakuya along. Just leave her standing there lah! So much so Sakuya is pretty much ‘dead’ during her classes. Who wouldn’t after all that grand elaborated scheme comes crashing down at the last final moment.
 
The twins receive an SMS from Shizuku wanting them to return for spring break but Kanade intends to use that time to work so she is unable to fulfil her request. We see back in Shizuku’s home a large whiteboard which plots the dates of important events and she’s really looking forward to see her sisters. But when Kanade calls and tries to nicely tell her that she won’t be back, though Shizuku sounds okay with it, in reality she writes a big ‘DUMMY!’ on the whiteboard. Plans dashed. The twins talk about Kanade’s plan to enter prep school instead of an art college since she doesn’t want to add any financial burden or the fact she might not pass. Yukino says she wants to be with her forever so she plans to work part time so that she can help finance Kanade’s prep school fees and work hard together.
 
Episode 7
Kanade waits for Yukino to finish her part time cake selling job and remembers the time she told her how they’ll be together. Back in their room, Kanade is feeling gloomy and guilty because she thinks she is depending too much on Yukino. Plus, Yukino is juggling between her studies and work though she still puts on a happy face. Kanade worries that they will spend less time together like this. Next day while they are waiting for the train, Sakuya continues to shamelessly flirt with Kanade in front of the crowd. She is still keen on getting the same dorm room with Kanade. Then it hit her that she will graduate by that time so selfish Sakuya pleads for Kanade to fail a year! Real desperate. Even after school, Kanade continues to be gloomy so Yukino tries to cheer her up. After the duo come back from their errand, they are very surprised to see Shizuku waiting at their doorstep. Why is she here? Since the twins can’t come back, she decided to visit them. What about school? Holidays started early since they are remodelling the gym? How did she have enough money to come? She has her own savings unlike a certain twin sisters. Where will she be staying? With them in the dorm. Is that allowed? Permission granted from the president director who remembered her the last time she came. Ah, everything working out so well. Though Kanade is dreading it, at least she thanks her for coming, though at least she feel Shizuku should call so that they could pick her up. That night, Kanade continues to dread Shizuku’s weirdness. I mean, since she’s taking the upper bunk, she’s staring upside down from her bed at the twins like as though she’s that scary being from Ju-on! Shizuku wants to join them since it seems warmer but their bed isn’t that big. But when Kanade thinks of sleeping with her, Yukino kicks up a fuss that she’s leaving her. Ah, the dilemma. Thank goodness Sakuya doesn’t get to know all this…
 
But you know the next day as the sisters wait at the train station, Sakuya is particularly jealous that Shizuku is with them. She’s pissing off so much that she missed her train. Later in school Sakuya is bloody grateful after receiving a package from Kanade. Before Kanade leaves, Sakuya wishes for her to make up with Yukino since she’s in love with the normal Kanade. She thanks her. Oh, notice a long written notice on the twins’ room before the big highlighted words at the end: KNOCK, DAMN IT! Too much getting caught in the act, eh? Anyway Shizuku greets Kanade dumb onee-chan when she gets home because she finds out the reason why Yukino is working part time. It’s kinda odd to see a little sister lecturing her elder one. But when Kanade apologizes, Shizuku notes that she’s apologizing to the wrong person. Later Kanade meets up with Yukino and tells her what happened. She apologizes for depending on her and being too selfish, not looking out for others. So she suggests thinking their future together so that they can be together. As they eat some bread, Kanade tells Yukino that there is some crumbs on her lips so Yukino wants her to wipe it off. Kanade then swiftly kisses Yukino! OMG! Even Yukino is taken aback! Didn’t expect that, eh? Due to that ‘shock’, Yukino starts acting up. Yeah, back to normal. Lastly, we see the twins moving into their new dorm room albeit their bed is smaller than before, they both confess that they love each other. And yes, that annoying stalker Sakuya is outside their room fantasizing her usual stuff while trying to restrain herself from pushing to doorbell. Too late. Gave into temptation. Ding dong.
 
EX 01
Umm… Yeah… This is supposed to be an extra episode which is included in the DVD video before the release of the sequel ONA. This extra episode lasts only around 7 minutes and the setting is prior to the original ONA. So how far back? Not very far. It starts off with the newly arrived twins arriving at their new dorm before the start of their school semester. They are wondering if they have the right address because the dorm does not seem to live up to their expectations. Normal, that is. Especially Kanade who still can’t believe this is actually the dorm that they’ll be living in. So they go inside and check things out and you can tell from Kanade’s reaction that she isn’t going to like it while Yukino just accept and look at things at a different way. A small room with a bunk bed, no toilet, no kitchen, no living room and no dining room. Hey, what do you expect? So I guess this ‘shock’ is too much for Kanade as she goes a little ‘crazy’ watching the sparrows outside their room.
 
Yukino has Kanade come take a walk outside with her or else she has to do the boring job of unpacking. Erm… The river looks a little dirty… Well, what do you expect in the big city? They bought some ice cream at a store as Yukino sends some photos back to Shizuku via her handphone. After that, Yukino suggests going back to their room but Kanade still doesn’t like it. So Yukino says how she doesn’t mind the place as long as they could be together and wishes for Kanade to cheer up. With that, Kanade apologizes and feels better. Back in their room, Yukino loses her bet so she has to warm the bed but refuses. So she suggests that they both enter the bed together as it will be warmer that way. Kanade relents and agrees.
 
Yuri Candy
Zzzz… Oops, sorry. Almost fell asleep there. Okay, I’m not saying that this is a totally boring show that nearly put me to sleep (wait a minute, it nearly did). But I did mention earlier that this is indeed a yuri drama. Even with such an open ending, nothing really much happens. I mean, even if Kanade is facing a tough decision about her future path and her wish to forever be with Yukino, that intensity and suspense feels like it lacked any impact. In the end, they carry on with their lives and will take things one step at a time together.
 
The only hilarious part which ‘wakes’ me up is when Kanade punishes Yukino by pinching her cheeks. It’s kinda funny to hear Yukino squealing in her high pitched voice and receiving that painful punishment she deserves. Though Yukino may seem like the carefree and happy type as compared to a more serious and level-headed Kanade, I think it’s because of that Yukino is able to see what is important. It’s best to keep a smile and positive outlook albeit it makes her look like an air-head. Even if they are twins, their behaviour are obviously contrasting. I find Sakuya to be a very annoying character. Her outright lesbianism sometimes make me want to strangle her. She could have been like that Kanako from Maria+Holic. Just short of those incessant gushing nose bleeds and she’s in love with 1 girl rather than any of the whole same gender. Sometimes I’d rejoice when I see her receiving the short end of the stick like being tied up during the hometown trip or seeing her stunned when her plans failed. Forgive me if I sound like a sadist but that’s how I feel every time Sakuya displays her homo behaviour. Ah well, maybe that’s love.
 
Speaking of which I’m not sure if that kiss Kanade and Yukino shared could be considered a sisterly one rather than a lover’s type. I guess they are so close that they are used to doing things like holding hands in public. Note to myself: Do not attempt to watch anymore yuri themed animes because I just realized that such genre isn’t my cup of tea. Yeah, stick to my favourite love-harem-high-school-comedy. That’ll be just sweet.
 

Candy Boy 

Candy Boy

May 16, 2008

I’m still wondering what is the rationale behind the title of the anime series Candy Boy. I mean, the main cast of characters here are girls. There are no guys at all! Unless you want to count those insignificant not-so-obvious passerbys in the background. And by the way, speaking of main characters, there isn’t many either.
 
Thing is, this series is actually a one-episoder. So far. What is truly shocking is that it’s real short. How short is it? Why, it’s only approximately 8 minutes long! Wow! I think driving to work takes longer than that. Probably there’s a real reason for this short ONA (original net anime) release. No budget? Hey, but the drawing and art seems quite okay in the sense that the girls do look gorgeous. How about testing the market? Maybe they want to see if this series is good enough to turn into a tv series in the near future. And most obvious of all, there is no opening or ending credits. Save time and money too, huh?
 
This series is produced by Anime International Company (AIC) and though it’s so short, it’s classified as a school love comedy series. The funny part is that I rewatched it a few times just to try and understand things. Not that the dialogue is tough (heck, the dialogue is just so simple and not complicating), but rather due to the short duration of the show, before I can digest things, it all comes to an end. Yeah, so you could say dumb people like me need to rewatch it again just to understand what’s going on.
 
Since I did mention that the main cast of characters are girls and that it’s a love comedy genre, you know what these 2 mix of elements meant, right? Yup, yuri. That’s what I felt after finish watching the show. For those who don’t know what yuri is. It means something of a lesbian relationship. But don’t worry, you won’t get to see any steamy or hot kissing scenes between the girls.
 
So the story starts off with the high school going Sakurai twins, Yukino and Kanade in their dorm room. Kanade is asking her twin what she wants for Christmas and Yukino enthusiastically replies that she wants Kanade’s breasts.  Haih… Already into the 18th second, we’ve got such yuri talk already. Can’t believe I actually keep the timing. Since Kanade says "Huh?", Yukino tried saying boobs instead to make her understand. I think Kanade is more of in shock rather than not understanding what she meant. Then Kanade says that’s supposed to be her wish and not hers. Wait a minute, now Kanade wants Yukino’s breasts or her own to be busty? But the reason why Yukino wants so is because that she could use it as her body pillow which will make her feel like pudding, cream, marshmallow… Ahh… Soft and tasty.
 
Yukino then asks if the Maru-maru Banana count as a snack, in which Kanade says that snack is hers. Yukino continues to tease her by saying how fat she gets for eating those at night when Kanade gives her an awfully painful cheek pinching punishment. A female dorm mate comes in and is looking for Yukino. She’s saying that she heard about the freshman and wants to know what she’s gonna do about her. Kanade seems spacing out.
 
While at a karaoke outing with their buddies, Kanade notices how Yukino is taking quite a long time at the toilet. The dorm mate says that the freshmen, Sakuya Kamiyama, is with her outside and probably doing a confession. Kanade isn’t sure what she meant as she continue saying that how Sakuya is always following behind the twins wherever they go. And it seems everyone knew about it except Kanade herself.
 
At the train station, we see the twins holding hands together, talking while waiting. I know that they’re siblings, but it’s kinda odd to see two grown ladies holding each hand like… Well, let’s just say they’re not little kids anymore. Yukino shows a pic she got on her handphone how Kanade is sleeping and her saliva drooling all over the desk. Haha. Yukino thinks it’s pretty. Kanade isn’t amused and tells her not to circulate that and erase it. Before she knows it, Kanade gets a mail and to her surprise it’s a forwarded mail of that embarrassing pic! As she wonders why she got her forwarded mail and erases it, Yukino says that she forwarded to everybody so that the copies would be ‘safe’ even if theirs are erased. Sick thinking. A moment of silence. Yukino starts to feel her hand in pain. Yeah, that’s because Kanade is gripping it real hard. Yukino then quickly says it’s just a joke and apologizes. Just then, Sakuya appears and calls out to their name. In an instant, they both let go their hands. Sakuya tells Yukino that it’s alright to call her by her first name but Yukino apologized, saying she hasn’t got used to it. Another spacing out from Kanade.
 
A short flashback when the twins were young and we see Kanade poking a sleeping Yukino’s cheek. Back to the present, Kanade is sitting alone in a cafe and receives mail from Yukino telling her to go home without her. She heaves a little sigh while admiring a picture of them in her handphone. Back at the dorm, Kanade wonders if they should stop sleeping together. If you’re wondering, nothing much happens. I mean, though they have a double decker bunker, they’re still sleeping together like kids and not because of anything yuri. Yukino wonders is it because of her cold feet but Kanade shrugs it off and says it isn’t so and soon sleeps.
 
Next day at the train station, the twins are usual waiting for their ride and Sakuya is seen talking with Yukino. The scene which follows show Kanade with that gloomy look while lying on her bed, a depressing expression walking home alone, and taking a train ride all by herself. Then as Kanade is walking by the school corridor, she spots Yukino in front of her. Kanade tells her to hurry or they’ll be late for class when suddenly Yukino burst into tears and says not to leave her behind since they’ve always been together since birth. Thus, Yukino will always love her sister the most. As tears trickle down Kanade’s cheeks, she too mentions that she also loves Yukino very much (I’m hoping this love thingy is of the sibling kind and not yuri). But when Kanade asks about Sakuya as she thinks Yukino’s seeing her, Yukino denies it and says that Sakuya is in love with Kanade! Holy! Either way you look at it, it’s still yuri. All this while, Yukino thought Kanade was distancing herself with Yukino to go out with Sakuya. Kanade quickly rushes over to her and grabs her cheeks, demanding her to spill everything out. It’s revealed that Sakuya requested Yukino’s help to get closer to Kanade and that she was telling all she knows about her. We then see in Sakuya’s room, many pictures on her wall of Kanade. Yeah, and that embarrassing sleeping saliva drooling one is the largest framed one. Hehehe. This girl is really obsessed and admiring it. So there’s nothing going on between Yukino and Sakuya in the first place. Since she herself didn’t say anything, I suppose Kanade just jumped to conclusions.
 
Next day at the train station, Yukino informs Kanade that Sakuya is watching them from behind. Uh huh. That Sakuya girl is hiding behind some barricade, blushing spying on them. Kanade wants her twin to help her out but Yukino says how delicious the snacks were. Kanade then realized that she was given 3 days worth of Maru-maru Bananas and thinks she’s in this situation because Yukino accepted her snacks. Bribery? Because of that, Kanade says she didn’t hold up to her end of the bargain. Yukino than exclaims "Oh, right!". Just then, Yukino felt her hand getting a little pain. Kanade tells her to keep quiet and that she’s never letting her go ever again. Literally. Is that in sibling or yuri sense?
 
Overall, I guess it’s rather okay for a really really really short series. Nothing to shout about. I actually didn’t get it in the end what it meant till I read somewhere that because of Sakuya asking for Yukino’s support to help her in her confession, Kanade in the end realizes her true feelings for Yukino. I know that twins are supposed to be real close to each other but don’t tell me they’re gonna marry each other one day.
 
I just want to mention that even though the voice acting isn’t much, Hitomi Nabatame is the voice behind Kanade. You may recognize her as Yukiji in Hayate No Gotoku, Nobue in Ichigo Mashimaro, Margery Daw in Shakugan No Shana and Mikoto in School Rumble. As for Yukino, she is voiced by Ryoka Yuzuki who did previous anime roles such as Ino of Naruto and Eruru of Utawarerumono. Newbie voice actress Emiri Katou voices Sakuya and her previous prominent role was as Kagami of Lucky Star. I feel that Sakuya’s dialogue isn’t much and I think her total speech time is less than 10 seconds throughout the entire show. That’s not including the huffing.
 
Oh, there is a 3 and a 1/2 minute special music video if you buy the DVD of the series. However, it’s just like showing several clips here and there without the dialogue while the rap and pop-like music is playing. Since the entire series is 8 minutes, I think I can safely say this music video has shown 99% or perhaps all the scenes in the show. Except for a never seen before scene at the end of the video whereby we see the twins lying on the bed holding each other’s hands.
 
And by the time I have blogged this, I just read that there is going to be a continuation of this series for a further 7 more episodes. Looks like they’ve decided to expand the storyline, huh? I’m not so sure if I want to watch it because I’m not really a fan of the yuri genre. Even so, probably I’ll watch it for the comedy sake.
 
So probably the candy here is must be the Maru-maru banana snack but the boy… Why didn’t they call it Candy Girl instead? Maybe it will make viewers think it has some relation to that retro anime series Candy Candy. Besides, none of the girls here show any tomboyish or masculine personality. But it would be interesting to see what happens in the tv series. And no, as I have said, I’m not a yuri fan, mind you. Hmm… I wonder if I would do the same thing too if somebody bribes me with chocolate. Maybe I’ll get more than just pain in my hand.
 
Candy Boy