Kimi To Boku S2

February 2, 2013

The Ouran High School Host Club boys are back. Oops. I mean the boys of Homare High School are back with another season of Kimi To Boku S2. I did enjoy the first season so it is natural that I looked forward to the sequel whereby this series was termed as cute boys doing cute things in their cute way. Those who have watched the first season can expect more or less the same formula that made the lovable quintet so, erm, lovable. The sequel is a continuation from where it left off and you can expect more naughty misadventures as the guys take a step closer in become seniors in their high school. Who wouldn’t love the deadpan twins with their cheeky sarcasm, the petite blonde who acts like a monkey, the bespectacled dude who is the master of ‘getting angry’ and the guy who looks like a girl. Ah yes. High school is such a fun place for us boys.

Episode 1
There’s an excess of tangerines. So what better way than to ‘get rid’ of them by finishing them. Can they? The box still looks full. They’re going to get sick of eating too many tangerines. For a change, they want something warm. Perhaps udon or nabe. Sure, no problem. But why the heck are they eating at Kaname’s house?! Kaname wouldn’t let it end this way if not for his mom. Yeah, that eccentric woman who really wants her son’s attention. You just got to love her. Unless you’re grumpy Kaname. So after the nice meal, the rest feel lazy to go back and wants to sleep over at his place. Bummer. Mom says okay. Double bummer. They do rock-scissors-paper to decide who heads in first. Shun is lucky number one. While he is in, the rest discuss if Shun ever gets mad. They even try to imitate him and force reluctant Kaname to copy Shun’s expression. Too bad Shun happened to finish his bath and walked in. Next to go in the bath are the twins but they came out so fast since they hardly could relax together. Kaname is next and he knows well stupid Chizuru and Yuuki wants to peep and makes them stay out. Chizuru is the last person to go and he is reluctant for fear they may talk about him behind his back. So is he going or not? Once Chizuru finishes his bath, the rest are shocked. Hey! What is Naruto doing in this anime?! Is that Chizuru?! Oh sh*t! The uncanny resemblance! Kaname wants to prepare for bed but the rest won’t allow him. The night is still young! They decide to do some stargazing and as usual talk about the constellations in their usual idiotic way. Then the talk shifts to Kaname’s preference in older woman. Does he still have feelings for Kaori sensei? Kaname suddenly had this feeling and true enough, his mother has been eavesdropping outside his door! Go back to sleep! When it’s sleeping time, Chizuru starts laughing for no reason. They continue talking as Kaname tries to ignore them and get his good night sleep. They talk about the good ol’ times when they’re in kindergarten. All this talking has made them hungry so they head out dead in the night to the convenience store. Looks like they’re going to stay awake for the rest of the night.

Episode 2
Masaki shows Shun the little bear present he gave her. She made some clothes for it. Chizuru tries touching it but only earns her scorn. On a rainy day, somebody mistakenly took Masaki’s umbrella. Kaname sees her in distress and voluntarily shares an umbrella and walk her home. Along the way, a couple of her friends see them together and from their perspective, it’s like Kaname bent down and kiss her! Rumours quickly spread throughout school that they’re dating. And Masaki is trying to convince Shun that Kaname forced her to go home with him. I’m sure she’s just giving the wrong idea and more bullets for the twins to shoot sarcasm. In actual fact Masaki complained she had something in her eye so Kaname bent down to check. But it seems the most upset one is Chizuru. Yeah, what’s his problem? He’s not going to forgive Kaname for kissing his Mary. So twisted his outlook that he wants the kiss back and tries to kiss him! WTF?! Of course this misunderstanding is eventually cleared up. One day Chizuru is at the shops thinking a good present he’ll get for Masaki. He even bought it. Then he sees Masaki trying to choose a present to give to Shun. Masaki insists it is not a Christmas present to Shun but a thank you gift. Yeah, yeah. It started raining so the duo are trapped outside a bakery. Chizuru is still trying to sort out his feelings for her when the shop owner calls them a couple and lends them her umbrella to share. This statement doesn’t sit well with Masaki. She fears another rumour might spread so she leaves in the rain. In class, Kaname and some of the guys tease Masaki over her present for Shun so Chizuru comes to save the day. Realizing she hasn’t give Shun the present, Chizuru goes after her in the rain. She couldn’t recognize this Naruto dude. Her excuse of not giving to him was because the ribbon was messed up from the teasing. Chizuru fixes it back for her. She returns to give it to Shun but it pains Chizuru it turned out this way. Cold and miserable, no? In the end, at least Masaki thanks him and for once allows him to share her umbrella since he forgotten his. Yes! I guess this isn’t so bad after all.

Episode 3
Azuma attends a friend’s wedding while narrating he has never felt he truly became an adult. Meanwhile the quintet are watching a detective movie. I’m sure they would’ve understood it better if Chizuru hadn’t bugged Kaname what it all meant. Before he knows it, it’s all over. Whose stupid idea was this for them to watch a movie together on Christmas Eve? I guess that is what happens when you don’t have a girlfriend ;p. Chizuru gets this idea to rent more DVDs so they make a trip to town. Along the way, after taking some pictures from the photo booth, they chance upon Azuma and Akira. Chizuru still doesn’t like Akira because of the queue jumping incident back at the festival (see last season episode 10). Azuma introduces Akira as his friend and they went to Homare before. In other words, this petite Akira is their senior. Can’t believe it, no? They have a little chat when Akira notes he has to leave for his part time job. The guys see a little girl crying because her balloon got stuck in a Christmas tree, Smart ass Chizuru tries to take it down for her while sitting on Yuuki’s shoulders. Because Akira returns in a Santa outfit, shocked Chizuru lost his balance and sends the tree tumbling over. Oh sh*t. There goes their Christmas Eve plan to watch DVDs. Now everyone (including Kaname who wasn’t at fault) have to help out to make amends as they put on Santa outfits and cheer up to atmosphere. The twins are quite popular. Even little girls start falling in love with them! Chizuru is quite popular too. The boys are pulling his hair. There is a little boy who still believes in Santa and Akira was kind enough to play along. But the boy’s friends mock him for still believing in such fairytale. It doesn’t help when Akira’s beard falls off! Trauma! She calls Akira a liar and runs away. In the process, he drops his box of caramel.

The guys are relieved that they can go home at the end and as reward, they can help themselves to some free candy. Unfortunately the box is empty. They thought there were loads of them before. Chizuru suddenly plays detective. Want to bet he is no Sherlock? After his dramatic deduction of this perfect crime, Chizuru accuses Akira as the perpetrator because he was wearing gloves to leave no fingerprints. Aren’t they all wearing gloves too? But Chizuru is bent on accusing Akira. But the twins were calmer and know there is another person who was wearing gloves. That person was the one wearing the reindeer outfit. True enough when they confront him, boxes of candy start dropping out from his outfit. He runs away and is about to crash into that Santa believer kid searching for his caramel box. Suddenly Akira appears in front of reindeer guy and gives him a judo throw! Speechless. Akira returns his caramel box and the kid thanks Santa. The guys are back home. Tired. Do they have the strength to watch DVDs? Well, Chizuru is bent on having their DVD Christmas but wait. Where are the DVDs? They might still be at the mall. Whose fault? Yeah, so tired that Kaname can’t even yell back. Suddenly the doorbell rings. Shun couldn’t really believe it’s Santa, could he? It’s Azuma and Akira here to return the DVDs to them. Akira found them and how did Azuma know it was from them? The pictures that they took from the booth and gave to Azuma, he recognized the package in the picture. Wow. That’s very sharp of him! The boys thank Santa their saviour! Their Christmas Eve is saved! Akira and Azuma stay back while the guys return their gratitude with some hospitality. Azuma notes he feels ‘jealous’ that they are carefree, not even worrying about their entrance exams. Akira thinks they need to become high school students again. Azuma narrates that he thought growing up would turn him into an adult. Whether it is getting work or married, neither has happened. Though he never felt of becoming an adult, he knows he is no longer a child too.

Episode 4
An episode for the twins. On New Year’s Day, we see the different personalities the twins have. While Yuuta is responsible in helping to clean up, Yuuki just wants to laze around. Yuuki thought he could escape doing the chores but was told to buy light bulbs. Yuuki bums around aside, even meeting Matsushita at the park where a hero show for kids is going on. I guess Yuuki just left him in the middle when he got ‘abducted’ by the villains of the show on stage. At the furniture store, the double decker bed reminds Yuuki how they argued over to sleep on the top deck. Despite numerous (sly) attempts, Yuuta always wins. Not wanting to lose, Yuuki goes to sleep with Yuuta on top bunker. No space… Yuuki returns home to see Yuuta lying flat out on the futon. Feeling nostalgic? This must be what the smell of sunshine is. While Yuuta is cleaning the room, he finds a map that he believes Yuuki drew. But Yuuki is busy reading his magazines. He’s trying to decide if they should be thrown or not! Yuuta accidentally spills water on some of his manga and probably this is the fastest that Yuuki has moved since all day. He better pay back. What? This shouldn’t happen if he had done his part cleaning. Despite the twins having an argument, they’re doing it in their dead tone voice. Very odd. With their relationship strained, Yuuki leaves the house. Where did he end up? At Kaname’s place! Of all places. He needs somebody to pick on, does he? Kaname doesn’t want to get involve and tells him to go home. If only mom hadn’t intervened and wishes for somebody to take her away too. Since Yuuki isn’t budging, Kaname calls Yuuta to come bring him home. He says he doesn’t have to come home. Great. Yuuta takes out the trash and he remembers about the map. He follows it and it starts to bring back memories. It seems they hid a box underneath a tree. Kaname is trying to drag Yuuki out and convince him to return home and apologize. Yeah, Yuuki wants to become part of Kaname’s family. Suddenly a surprise doorbell ring. It’s Yuuta and he’s here to bring him home. On the way back, they remember the time when Yuuta accidentally broke his father’s favourite plate. Yuuki helped out to bury it and became his accomplice in crime. That will be their secret. Soon the twins made up and they show the broken plate to their father. He doesn’t even remember he had this plate.

Episode 5
The twins get New Year greeting cards from their friends. Yuuta thought they should send one too instead of always waiting for Shun’s. The gang pays a visit to the shrine and Chizuru thinks his 100 Yen is helluva big to get his wish come true. He also finds a dropped bicycle key on the ground and puts it in his pocket for safekeeping. Shun notices a guy, Akihiro looking for bicycle key and brings him to Chizuru. However that kid was praying so hard to God to increase his chances with Masaki that he accidentally threw the bicycle key into the donation box instead of the coin. Even if it’s Chizuru’s fault, his friends also must help out in carrying his bicycle to his destination. Looks like a long way. Yeah, being with Chizuru only decreases your luck. Be glad he isn’t asking them to pay for it. Shouldn’t they just ask the priest to take it out? Akihiro is studying for his exams so taboo words like ‘dropout’ are forbidden. Kaname gets a call from his mom to run some errands. Perfect escape? Yeah, the twins and Chizuru fight over to become his assistant. Guess whom Kaname chose? Yuuta. So the unlucky trio continues to be the victim to push the bike. Isn’t Akihiro the real victim? When they learn Akihiro has a girlfriend, Chizuru begins his stupidity mode and suggests writing greeting cards. Let’s say the trio wasted some of his precious time with those ‘encouragement’ words. Then they made Akihiro write his name and address on the card to send it to him. Why not just give it to him since he’s in front of them? That’s not how greeting cards work. WTF?!

Akihiro can’t stand them screwing around anymore and takes over pushing his own bike. He could’ve reached there faster himself, eh? Along the way, Akihiro is surprised to bump into his girlfriend Yuri. She gives him a charm to pass his exam but he seems pessimistic. He leaves with the trio continue to bug him about his girlfriend. Finding out he hasn’t send a greeting card to her, they make him write one. Getting the feeling they’re more trouble than they’re worth? Then they continue their journey and see the postman just finishing taking letters from the post box. The trio went after him because the card must be delivered today! Akihiro is left to reflect on his frustration and doesn’t know why he is angry. He knows he can’t run away from uncertainty. Nothing is resolved. He can’t see his future. Despite so, he needs to keep running. He also chases the trio and catches up to them. Did they miss the mailman? So Akihiro finally decides to push the bike himself? Took him long to realize that he’ll never get anywhere if they’re pushing it. He leaves while telling them to enjoy the time they have because once they’ve got entrance exams to deal with, they won’t have any more time to have fun. This statement made Shun realize there’s some truth in it. Akihiro receives an SMS from Yuri suggesting they should go out one his exams are over. Kaname and Yuuta return and they’ve bought greeting cards for Yuuki to write to them. Chizuru comes up with a suggestion to pray to the setting sun since they didn’t get their chance to pray properly at the shrine. Maybe they should wish for him to become smarter.

Episode 6
I guess Yuuki’s sticker collection is still not going anywhere. That sticker duty has been abolished due to complaints from a certain monkey. Kayo even mentions she has exchanged hers for a plate. Suddenly a guy, Yanagi comes up to Yuuki and gets friendly with him. He is from the basketball club and is trying to recruit him. Not interested. As the guys leave, Kayo calls Yuuki. She has started collecting stickers for a second plate but realizes she won’t make it in time and gives one sticker to him. That’s it? Just one lousy sticker? Be thankful, dude. Yanagi continues to bug Yuuki to join and even offers him to give him the much needed stickers if he does. That’s not going to work either. The funny part was when Yuuki is running away from Yanagi, Chizuru tackles him to make him stay away from his Yuuki! WTF?! Yuuki goes to see Kayo at the cafeteria to get more stickers. He is surprised to learn she is quitting this cafeteria job and returning to work at the salon. This is her last week. Yuuki seems troubled. He wonders why she is returning to a place she once quit. Chizuru is monkeying around about his poor test scores. He’s the only one who didn’t do well. He even blames Kaname for not being a good teacher. So when Chizuru threw his paper airplane made from his test paper to Kaname, obviously that guy is going to get back at him. He throws it back but it flies out the window. Unfortunately Kayo sees it and you could say her impression of Chizuru is ruined. Yuuki’s friends couldn’t understand why he didn’t want to eat with them at the cafeteria till they learn that Kayo is quitting. And this is her last day. Shun goes to eat with Yuuki to keep him company and notices he is almost finish with his sticker collection. There’s only one way left. He confronts Yanagi and agrees to his challenge. I guess nobody saw it coming how Yuuki threw a 3-pointer and nails it! Woah! Now can he have his stickers? Before Kayo leaves, Yuuki sees her for one last time. He gives her a gift. He got enough stickers to exchange the plate. They chat while walking home. Kayo felt she’s just selfish because she came back to mom when she had nowhere to go. Now that she is going off to chase her dream, she feels like leaving her all alone again. Yuuki pulls her scarf and hopes she would use it. Even if it’s just once in a while.

Episode 7
Chizuru has this perverted dream on Masaki. Wished he never woke up, eh? Kaname seems tired. Yeah, thanks to mom bugging him to eat her cake. It’s Valentine’s Day. Chizuru must feel left out because his other friends at least got chocolate! He wonders if Masaki would make some for him or give hers to Shun. Speaking of her, here she is. She seems to be having lack of sleep as she was staying up to make truffles. Then she pulls Yuuki aside to ask if Shun likes sweet things. The guys are walking back and as usual they tease Kaname. That guy is dreading how mommy is going to force him to eat the chocolate cake. Masaki prepares to give her chocolate to Shun when suddenly a girl from another school pops up to give Shun hers. Though he doesn’t know her, she notes that they crossed paths most mornings and one reason she liked him was because he helped picked up her commuter pass. She even asks if he is dating anyone. Because otherwise… This left Shun stunned. But not as stunned as Masaki. Chizuru spots her fleeing and goes after her. She got ‘taken out’ by a football so Chizuru brings her to the infirmary and stays by her side still she wakes up. When she does, she starts crying she couldn’t give her chocolates to Shun. Chizuru doesn’t know what to do so he hugs her. This leaves them both stunned and Chizuru the one running away. Obviously Shun is still in shock. But can the rest guess why is Chizuru so flustered? Yeah, Yuuki seems to have got the hint about him and his feelings for Masaki. Chizuru and Masaki tail Shun and see him waiting outside the school of that girl. He apologizes and turns her down. She’s okay with it but tears start welling in her eyes. Heartbroken? She says she’s happy he came all the way to her school to meet her. Chizuru and Masaki walk home. Masaki has always thought Shun’s kindness and believed he would happily accept her feelings. Now she has doubts if he would accept them. She couldn’t muster the courage to do so. Masaki starts crying so Chizuru does some stupid puppet shadow to cheer her up. She follows his lead and to her surprise, he confesses he likes her. Masaki flusters but Chizuru is able to keep his cool. Though embarrassed he said something like that, Chizuru is so happy that he could cry and smile. He’s just happy that he loves her.

Episode 8
Fuyuki is the happiest guy in the world now. Why? Because Mamiya kissed him. While the twins are discussing people with soft earlobes are perverts (doesn’t everybody have them?), they get a call from Shun. He is frantic that he found out about his brother’s kiss. So imagine the gang’s disappointment that they come all the way to his place just to see him worried about this? Yeah, it’s a pretty big deal for Shun. So the other guys try to give statistics that a kiss aren’t what lovers do. Anyway Shun isn’t going to let this go so as Fuyuki meets Mamiya out on a usual date, the usual gang tail them. Like stalkers. They seem to be having fun the normal way. The tailing has them ending up at a karaoke box. I don’t know if they’re all bad singers and Kaname wasn’t really interested. Meanwhile Fuyuki and Mamiya are in the next room and he gives her a birthday present. She is happy and would like to reciprocate. Asking what he wants, he shocks us all that he wants to touch her breasts!!! OMG!!! She agrees if it’s over her clothes. So now that he’s got his hands over it, now what? Didn’t think that far, did he? In an awkward moment, a tear starts streaming down Mamiya’s cheeks. This is getting bad. Mamiya excuses herself to the washroom. Meanwhile the boys realize their important mission and start eavesdropping next door. Yeah, the twins are worried that they found out Shun’s earlobes are soft! No sound next door means they could be doing that thing that has them ascending to adulthood. Shun is going crazy but the rest hold him down before he turns into Hulk. When Mamiya returns, she enters the wrong room and starts apologizing. Shun realizes she has been crying. That’s it. He busts in next door to give Fuyuki a good ticking off. He’s so mad that probably the entire building could hear his scolding. He wished Fuyuki had taken better care of Mamiya. He got so happy since his first kiss but he’s also always looking at porn magazines and videos. When he gets into trouble, he hides them under Shun’s bed! The secret’s out. Wow. Have you seen Shun getting this upset? At the end of the day, Fuyuki apologizes to Mamiya for hurting her. She pinches his earlobes and they walk hand in hand till a passing bicycle rings at them did Fuyuki instantly lets go. In the aftermath, Shun has calmed down and is glad his brother and Mamiya are taking their first step to work on their relationship. The rest are worried about Shun. That’s because they point out the possibility when a boy and girl studies together alone. Mamiya’s parents aren’t home. Her room has a bed. So where they’re getting at? Oh no. Shun is going crazy again… The guys just love to see his worried face, don’t they?

Episode 9
Yuuki is hinting he has no money to buy some video game he wants. He thought the rest would be so kind to lend him but Shun suggests working part time. Not what he expects, eh? They suggest the various jobs he could do but considering his character, I don’t think he’d be suitable. Not a bookstore because he’ll read all the books. Not a host club because it’s illegal. Not newspaper delivery because he can’t wake up early. So what job can he do? Somehow he ends up as a waiter in a family restaurant. Guess what? All the ladies just love his good looks. Thanks to that, Yuuki is going to be busy with more of them coming in. To his dismay, his friends pay him a visit. He was expecting to work in the background but his boss puts him to work on the floor. Then the boss comes to their table himself. They have this scary impression about him. As long as they’re customers, he’s fine. Chizuru thought the special mix juice was on Yuuki and drinks it all. He thought they ordered it. They haven’t order anything. They realize the old lady in the next table is furiously waiting for her juice. Shun is panicking… They can’t report to the boss for fear he’ll kill them! Plus, Yuuki doesn’t want his pay to be docked. Don’t Yuuki dare run away! So the plan is to make the juice again without the boss finding out. First he makes Yuuta wear his getup. He is a hit with the ladies, young and old. Yeah, Yuuki should learn a thing or two about his politeness. The rest try to mix and create the juice. Since Chizuru is the only one who drank it, he becomes the guinea pig taste tester. I don’t know how ridiculous it get because they’re putting in actual grass and flower in it to make it look like a tropical juice. But they’re running out of time and the old lady is calling the boss. They panic and rush to the kitchen to get all the ingredients and the blender. Just as the old lady is about to leave, comes Chizuru and co with the tools to make the juice fresh before their eyes. With Shun’s apology and the handsomeness of the guys, I guess the old lady decides to give them another chance. Too bad Yuuki blows it because after mixing all the ingredients into the blender, he forgot to cover it and everyone got splat with the mushy mix. So it’s judgment time. The boss deducts the costs from the customer’s dry cleaning and ingredients. He has nothing left Oh, he’s fired too. Yuuki wants to know he there isn’t any pay left. Affirmative. Even if there was, he would give it to Yuuta. Yuuki mouths off that his boss could find other suitable jobs than this restaurant. The boss almost gets rough on him, pulling his collar. He lets him off as an expensive learning experience. Going home, Shun tries to cheer him up that failure leads to success. A little girl whom Yuuta kindly serve mistakes Yuuki for him and repays his kindness with a kiss on his lips! Shock! Yuuki denies he had been kissed but everybody saw it. Yuuta even quips of buying lemon squash so it will taste like lemons.

Episode 10
Kaname is nervous as he is practising his lines for the graduation ceremony when Chizuru crashes into him. Chizuru is his usual monkey self till he bumps into Masaki and starts acting strange. Eating all the animal biscuits? The rest try to call Masaki over and Chizuru tries offering some of the biscuits. Their hand accidentally met and this causes him to spill the biscuits. Masaki runs away. They been awkward and not talking since his confession. A bunch of senior girls ask Chizuru to help snap a Polaroid photo of the twins for them. Of all the people. I guess he’s close enough to them. So Chizuru becomes a professional photographer for the day as he takes the rest of his pals in different poses and hairstyle. Masaki happens to pass by and is roped in by Yuuki to have her photo taken with Chizuru. Because Chizuru is noisy, she tells him to shut it. It led to an argument and before they knew it, they’re talking normally as before. Masaki realizes she closed her eyes in one of the shots and runs away with the photo. Chizuru catches up to her and lets her keep it, teasing her she shouldn’t show the embarrassing pic especially to Shun. Chizuru despite putting on a sunny disposition, he also gets down sometimes upon thinking Masaki’s head is always and only filled with Shun. During the graduation ceremony, Masaki realizes she got the wrong photo. After the ceremony, she thinks of putting it in Chizuru’s locker but the pushy crowd has her drop it. She tries to get it but is pulled away by Chizuru. In a classroom, he hands back the embarrassing photo to her. He breaks the ice by telling her to act like usual. He won’t press her for an answer and knows she likes Shun. The thing he hates most is for her to stop talking to him. But she doesn’t know what to do. No matter how hard she thinks, whether she’s sleeping, eating or bathing, she can’t stop thinking what she should do. Chizuru smiled because for that short while, she was thinking a lot about him. That’s more than enough.

Episode 11
The gang are now officially third years but nothing much has changed between them. Like how Chizuru is trying to aim and throw his juice into the dustbin while the twins ‘pressure’ him. He is using this excuse if he gets in, he can see Masaki. No need for that. Here is Masaki carrying some stuffs by herself since she is part of the sports festival committee (by the way, Chizuru missed). They thought she should ask for help but she can manage by herself. This prompts Kaname to wonder if she has any friends because they always see her alone (I remember in the first season she used to refuse help from others). Masaki returns to Matsushita who is also on the same committee as they draw out the tournament bracket. Masaki is really decorating Shun’s class number and hoping they’d win. So for the volleyball match, it’s Shun’s class (he’s got Chizuru and Yuuki with him) against Kaname’s class. Chizuru thinks it’s his chance to shine but Kaname is better. Yeah, he spikes a ‘yellow ball’ every day. Yuuki isn’t interested and just standing around till Yuuta gives a super spike and returns that look. It fires Yuuki up as the twins try to outdo each other. Yeah, Yuuki couldn’t care if he crashes into Chizuru. Surprisingly Shun’s class wins. Meanwhile Matsushita learns the referee for the soft tennis match is missing. He wonders if one of the girls from his class could be the referee but they’re giving reasons and excuse to push the job around. Then Masaki pops up and agrees to do it. During the break, Masaki and Matsushita express their wish to go watch Shun’s class in volleyball action and they get excited just talking about how high they can jump. Unfortunately they accidentally got the certificates wet. Their classmates offer to help dry them. They also agree to let them go watch the match since because of Masaki’s substitute help, they get to watch and cheer on the matches they want. Since they are too short to see through the crowd, they head to the higher ground and start cheering for them. That’s the much needed cheer they need since they’re running out of stamina. The duo get excited to see how high they jump and couldn’t help themselves to jump either. I guess you could say they won because in the aftermath Chizuru is confident he can land his juice in the dustbin. He’s using that Masaki excuse again. He is distracted when Masaki comes by. She is now the class officer and has heaps of books in her hands. Her classmates offer to take some. When they’re going to pick up where Chizuru left off, he feigns stomach ache and passes the task to Shun.

Episode 12
The gang are ‘worried’ since Kaname’s mother will be away. Will he be alright? Can he last 3 whole days apart? What will he do for dinner? He’ll just head next door. Well, I think he knows the drill. If he wants to eat, he has to work. Kaname teases Shizuna that she is expanding her repertoire cooking because she’s preparing to get married. Oh wait. Hasn’t Kaname heard from his mom? His face indicates he hasn’t. Shizuna is going to be married to a co-worker. I guess this is quite shocking, eh? So in class, his friends wonder if he is really reading because he hasn’t turned the pages for a long time. They think it’s the syndrome of missing his mom! Thus they invite themselves over to the sisters’ place to prepare and eat dinner together. Kaname goes back to his house to get some soy sauce. Shizuna’s words that she’s getting married still rings in his head. He’s not okay. Once the friends leave, Kaname tells Hisako he won’t be coming over tomorrow for dinner. Before she could let Shizuna know, she has already set out the errands for them both tomorrow. Hisako goes to Kaname’s room to talk about the ingredients they’re going to get tomorrow. Because he is giving answers in a tone like he doesn’t care, she throws a pillow in his face. She knows he likes Shizuna and wants him to confess. He doesn’t want to since he never thought of telling or dating her in the first place. Hisako starts crying and tells him off that even if he admires her, he still loves her. Kaname is wondering what’s her problem. Can you not see why? Next day, Hisako goes ‘missing’ so Shizuna has to do the errand with Kaname. On the way back, they stop by the riverbank and he reluctantly asks about her wedding and the kind of guy she is going to marry. He thought she was amazing expanding her repertoire and all he is good is washing rice. She points out he is also clumsy at everything. He’s not better than everyone and studies hard when no one is looking. Even if he asked for help, he always tried doing more than he is capable of. But he never showed that side to anyone. He tries hard without expecting a praise. Kaname says she just praised him and is happy she smiled for him. Kaname thinks to himself he has never thought of confessing or dating her. Because she was always so close and smiled, he would do anything to get her attention. Whether it’s scoring 100 marks in a test or became class president for the first time. Next day, Hisako is devastated to learn that he didn’t confess to Shizuna. Her setting up went to waste. He’s fine with it and thanks her for everything.

Episode 13
Shun suggests to Chizuru and Yuuki to sit in and try out his tea club with Yuuta. When he goes over to invite Kaname, he sees him with Yuuta looking through a thick guide of colleges. This makes Shun remember the time when he was in kindergarten and wondered if a kiss tasted like marshmallows. He tried it on a teddy bear and to his dismay his friends saw everything. Don’t want to mess up his first kiss? I’m sure the twins have something to say about it. Even suggestions. Hold your breath while kissing? Won’t you suffocate? You should be happy to die by your lover’s side? Shouldn’t love be about living? In reality, Yuuta lends the college guide to Shun seeing he looked interested in it. After class, Azuma feels Shun has something to ask him (it’s that bugged look on his face, I guess) so he asks when he decided to become a teacher. It was about their age. Masaki happens to see Shun outside his club room and wonders why he joined the tea club as most boys usually don’t join it. You could say he was taken in by the aroma. So Shun teaches the basic etiquette of serving tea but Chizuru is already complaining about the stiff sitting posture. Till he sees Yuuta cool and calm in it that he starts trying out. Maybe it’s because of the girls in the next room. But could he have done it quieter? The club advisor, Tsunashi comes in and the newbies can’t help stare at his bald head. They’re trying to hold their laughter. Not very good at it. They even had some comments and Tsunashi heard it. Seeing they’re interested in his head, he explains the calmness of the heart no matter the appearance before them. After tasting the delicious sweet, Chizuru is determined he wants to follow the path of the tea. He is going to write Ochanomizu as his first choice of school. Point he should know: They don’t study tea there and it’s a girl’s school. Tsunashi suggests that they learn more about the ceremony in detail since they’re here.

I guess watching the process was too long for Chizuru that his feet ‘fell asleep’. Then tasting the thick tea, it is so bitter that they think it’s some poison (Kaname quips Chizuru should just quit the path of the tea and follow the path of the comedy). Next, they’re supposed to look at the bowl after drinking the tea. Despite being told it is expensive, they feel it doesn’t look its worth. Do you know who Yukichi Fukuzawa is? That’s the face of Japan’s 10,000 Yen bill. The bowl is worth three times this dude. Surprise?! Oops! Nearly dropped and broke the bowl! Soon Chizuru gets disheartened and decides not to follow the path of the tea after all. Too troublesome, eh? Shun asks Tsunashi when he became a tea instructor. His family has been in this line for generations and he studied tea when he was young so he never thought of making this his future career. So why follow this path? Probably he was much better at it than other subjects. When he mentions only a few people can mention their future during third years, it strikes a chord within Shun. Yuuki quips Tsunashi is like Chizuru because they both started tea on a whim. I guess Chizuru has a change of heart again because he thinks he can grow up to be a proper adult and a tea instructor like him. Kaname doubts it. The bell rings so as Chizuru gets up, he couldn’t feel his feet and trips but Tsunashi catches him. He says the only thing that changed when he became an adult was that his feet don’t fall asleep anymore when he sits. After the friends leave, Yuuta makes tea for Shun. Shun figures Yuuta already has written his college choice unlike him who hasn’t done any research yet. Yuuta actually was just looking to see what’s out there and hasn’t decided on anything yet. Because Shun continues to feel down, Yuuta asks how his tea is and this cheers him up. Later they all meet up to go study at Kaname’s place. Shun narrates they all can’t see what lies ahead in their future. But they’re slowly changing in the same way that they’ve matured a little.

Still The Same Ol’ Boys
Well it is more or less similar than the previous season so nothing really drastic happened. The inseparable quintet are still together through thick and thin. Although we have more drama and certain episodes give more focus on some of the characters. For instance, Shun as we know has always been the calm and gentle one among the boys. Despite there are times when he panics we never actually see him blow his top. The only episode that features his little brother and his girlfriend really surprised us all that Shun was capable to get angry. I guess this proves that he is still human after all. It’s true that Shun may sound like a nagging mother when it comes to Fuyuki but he is only concerned for him. It may seem like being nosy getting involved with his brother’s relationship with his girlfriend but there is always the possibility that it may go bad if the wrong move or step is made. I believe Shun didn’t want Fuyuki to end up on that wrong path so that’s why he had to get tough to make him realize. I guess that’s what you call you have to be cruel to be kind.

Chizuru is still the noisy monkey (and the idiot that is responsible for many of Kaname’s ‘stress’) and there are handful of episodes that focus on him and his feelings for Masaki. I really didn’t get that scenario they played each time Chizuru narrates about his thoughts and feelings for her. They’re like on a sandy beach under the hot sun. He’s looking at her while she’s looking the other way, over the horizon. What does it mean? Does it indicate he can only watch over her? Though they didn’t end up as a couple, at least he got that confession thing off his chest. Sure, everybody hates rejection but Chizuru was able to come clean with his feelings and confess anyway. Even in the nearest foreseeable future they won’t be ending up as a couple, it is more than good enough for Chizuru that he is able to talk with Masaki on normal terms. That includes some bickering, right? So when is Masaki going to do hers for Shun? Despite Shun’s rejection of the other girl serving as a big discouragement, well, it’s not good to rush her either. She should take her time and only do so once she is ready. After all, there is the fear that things won’t stay the same if she confesses. Things did stay the same between Chizuru and her but it may be different if it’s Shun. Who knows? Shun did panic when the mysterious girl suddenly confessed to him, right? Masaki may have trouble confessing to Shun but at least she is better off than from last season in the sense that she accepts help from others instead of being a loner when we were first introduced to her.

The twins still haven’t lost their touch in their sarcasm. Most of the words they say are truly funny in a sarcastic way despite saying them with a deadpan voice. It really makes you want to snicker. Perhaps they are the real ‘stars’ of this series and without them, this show wouldn’t be as half as funny. Of course the other half annoyingly goes to Chizuru’s antics. Oh, and sometimes finishing that off with Kaname’s comebacks or violent reactions. But this season we clearly see the different personalities the twins posses. Yuuta is shown to be more mature, responsible and polite as compared to Yuuki who just wants to laze around, not lifting a finger when it comes to cleaning up or doing errands. Even as twins they do end up arguing with each other but thankfully no punches are thrown and no voices are raised. Besides, have you heard them with their voice raised? I don’t think so. As for grumpy Kaname, I agree that he is still the ‘master of getting angry’. Is it a wonder why the rest (with the exception of Shun) likes to pick on him? His reactions are the best and fun to watch. Unlike the previous season, Kaori’s was rarely mentioned if not, close to zero. From the first season, the guys love teasing him because of Kaname’s first love over his kindergarten teacher. It is confirmed indirectly that Kaname do have feelings for Shizuna. The way he reacted to her marriage is as though a guy had just lost hope to be with the girl he loves forever. But were those feelings for her just as a big sister? He said he never thought of dating her but that doesn’t discount the fact that he likes her.

Although the other minor characters do have an episode focus on them, I felt it wasn’t enough but I guess this is more than good enough. For example, Azuma and Akira’s episode may not amount to nothing much as it just makes us ponder the thought of when we transit from childhood to adulthood. Even if we don’t know much about them, we know that they are still good guys. Heck, there aren’t any bad guys in this series. Kayo even has an episode she gets her screen time (albeit this is the ONLY episode she appears in) and I thought from the way Yuuki is reacting to her departure made me think as though he had feelings for her. Did he? Her goodbye may seem sudden and with Yuuki seemed like trying to sort out his feelings before she goes. And a plate is all he got. And then she left. Goodbye. It was the same case for Hisako. Throughout the series I was starting to wonder when the sisters will make their appearance. And here they appear right at the penultimate episode. From the way Hisako is reacting, it’s like she has feelings for Kaname. I don’t know. Shouldn’t it be obvious? Why care so much for that bespectacled kid and go all the way to setup so that he can confess to her sister? But that last line of hers. Is it an indication that she will try to court him now? Matsushita didn’t really do much (the episode that focused on him being a sports festival committee felt like a side distraction to Masaki) while Takahashi, the girl that Yuuta dated shortly in the previous season due to peer pressure only made a short cameo. N/B: On the subject of date tailing, last season the friends followed Yuuta and Takahashi. This season they tailed Fuyuki and Mamiya. Don’t they have anything better to do? There are new characters too like Akihiro, Yanagi and Tsunashi but they are just one episode characters. Thus it makes me wonder what would happen to these old and new characters from now on but I suppose it’s okay since they aren’t the main focus of this series. Of course the best side character goes to Kaname’s mom. Such an amusing mother if I must say. Still trying to win over the heart of her son? Maybe she should try acting more like a normal mother and not over act if she wants her son to be less grumpy with her. If only she had more screen time for us to see her amusing excuses ‘to get her son back’.

Just like in the previous season, there are lots of cats peppered throughout the episode. And as usual some serve as ‘substitute’ to the scenes. Instead of seeing humans in whatever act, the felines are in place to give us an idea what is happening. However this season doesn’t show too many of those kindergarten flashbacks and it is only shown in the first and final episode. Maybe all that is left to tell has been told in the previous season? Hey, come to think of it, I don’t think Kaori did make any physical appearance in this season. Many of the background music are retained for this season. Especially the trademark Sora theme and some of the lovely acoustic guitar plucking songs such as Natsukashiku Nijimu Sora No Iro. If the female vocals were the ones featured in the first season, now it’s the male’s turn for the second one. The opening theme by Tomohisa Sakou entitled Zutto sounds pretty generic while the ending theme, Kimi To Boku No Banka by Yuu Sakai feels like it has some soul in it. I thought a few more drinks and the singer would sound more like Rod Steward! Geez… However I don’t find them as appealing as the first season’s songs and still preferred them over these ones.

As Shun pointed out, not only them but everyone are certainly changing. Who knows what the future holds. Who knows what everyone will be doing then. Will they still be together? Will they be apart? No use thinking too much about it because what is more important is the present. When the future comes, it comes. The memories that you make now so that in the future when you look back on them, you feel good and nostalgic remembering the good and bad times, the ups and downs with your friends and loved ones. So take it easy with life. Laugh hard. Cry hard. Have fun hard. Struggle hard. After all, you only have one high school period to go through and one childhood chance. As long it doesn’t break the law or cause harmful grievance, it’s okay for boys to play some harmless pranks. Because boys will always be boys even when they have grown up into an adults.

Kimi To Boku

July 29, 2012

Hey! They’ve finally made a sequel for Ouran High School Host Club! Oh wait. It’s not. When I first laid my eyes on Kimi To Boku, I thought how similar it was to Ouran High School Host Club in terms of the main group of characters. Let’s see, both series have got this prankster twins, then we have a serious bespectacled guy, a lively one who acts like the idiot of the pack and yeah, an effeminate one that some can’t tell whether he is a guy or girl. Other than that, everything else differs and that means the storyline too. In Ouran, we have the host club members hosting rich girls in their school for a profit. Whereas in Kimi To Boku, it is just a focus on the daily lives of these high school boys who have been friends since childhood. Feels like nothing much, eh? Well, that’s why you have the twins to spice up things, no?

After seeing so much of these kind of genre lately and it all involves around a group of girls (A Channel, Lucky Star, Hyakko, Azumanga Daioh to name a few), it is somewhat a little refreshing to see one that revolves around a group of boys. Good news (for me) is that there isn’t going to be any yaoi stuffs. Just plain ol’ friendship among the guys that include moody Kaname Tsukahara, twins Yuuta and Yuuki Asaba, effeminate Shun Matsuoka and the returning overseas half-Japanese kid Chizuru Tachibana as they hang out with each other in their everyday life through adolescent-hood. Seems like fun?

Episode 1
Shun, Kaname and the twins are getting ready on their first day as second year high school students. The quartet have lunch together at their favourite spot on the roof with the twins as usual love picking on Kaname just to make him mad. Kaname and Yuuki have been put in the same class but Yuuki is the kind that doesn’t really ‘socialize’ with others. While others may look at is as ignoring others, Yuuki feels their words doesn’t resonate with him. The topic changes to one whereby Kaname was in love with their kindergarten teacher, Kaori-sensei and their belief that the person who slept in the middle will have years of his lifespan shortened. Shun really believed in it and thought Yuuta was going to die and invited Kaname to sleep with them so there won’t be an odd number to make someone in the middle. But the twins couldn’t sleep in peace even though they’re sandwiched between Shun and Kaname because as twins, naturally everyone will look at them as one individual, right? So Shun and Kaname switch to the middle but still, the twins can’t sleep when they’re apart. So it ends with Yuuki and Shun in between. But when Kaori comes to sleep next to Kaname, Shun ends up as the middle person! I guess he couldn’t get some sleep… Another reason for Kaname’s grumpiness is that he wants Yuuki to join a club. Not that he is really interested in joining any but Kaname insists. So he is forced to try out several clubs like basketball but Yuuki’s just being a pain. Just standing there like a stone… Maybe he really isn’t interested after all. And even if he did try, he bests everyone! Too good! At a dead end, their teacher, Kouichi Azuma advises to check out other clubs because sometimes people don’t always want to do what they’re good at. They check out more clubs but Yuuki continues to fool around (for instance, he thinks Kaname wanted his indirect kiss from the tea cup!). So eventually when Kaname finds out Yuuki’s love for anime and manga, he got so pissed off he should’ve said it from the start and saved them the wild goose chase. Kaname may seem mad but as Shun puts it, he has always cared for all of them. When Shun was worried he was sleeping as the middle person, Kaname offered to switch places even if it means giving up sleeping next to Kaori. Yuuki takes his first step into the manga club but finds nobody. I guess even if Kaname is upset that it feels like a Going Home Club, at least he got his goal of getting Yuuki to join a club, right?

Episode 2
While Shun is waiting for the rest at the rooftop, he spots a petite girl, Masaki Satou with a bruised knee nearby. He tries to help her but she asserts she doesn’t need his help and runs away. Eventually he catches up and gives her a band aid. When he returns to the rooftop, his pals are already eating and thought Shun was late. Masaki returns to spy on them and as Kaname got chopsticks splinter in his finger, this prompts another flashback during kindergarten whereby Kaori would whisk away the pain with some magical words. Shun finds a letter in his shoe locker. Not a love letter. A bad luck curse letter! Kaname feels it may be a prank and he might know who the culprit is. See Masaki staring intensely close by? Who else could it be? Over the next few scenes, Shun experiences ‘bad luck’ like Masaki pulling his chair away, switching his books to porn magazines and splashing the tap over his face. Man, what’s her problem. Kaname and Shun spot an obvious trap to trip the latter. They pull the string put only a mannequin is dragged out. A trap within a trap because the teacher thought they were pulling a prank and they got reprimanded. I guess slowly the rest of Shun’s pals also get a part of his bad luck. After Masaki partially blinds him with the mirror, Yuuki went after her but ends up in a room filled with girls changing. Thinking back what Shun did to earn her wrath, they think it must be the funny band aid he gave her. They observe her and notice she gets mad when people try to help her even though she has a hard time doing the task herself. Another flashback during their kindergarten days. This time when Shun was frantic about the tulips they planted will die during winter so he started digging the snow away with his bare hands. But he was told about the tulip’s toughness and how snow will eventually melt. In the end, their tulips bloomed beautifully. Suddenly a rock meant for Shun is thrown at Yuuta. He is bleeding! Shun can’t take anymore of this and chases down Masaki. He tells her off not to get unrelated people involved. She too says all she wanted was just to scare him and blames him that she doesn’t need his help. Then Yuuta flips up her skirt! WTF?! Before you jump the gun that he is a pervert, he did that to ascertain the band aid she is still wearing. He asks her if she was happy. Masaki starts breaking down that she was indeed happy. People usually ignored her. Shun feels he wasn’t bothering her or anything and apologizes if he had overstepped his boundaries. He might chase her again since he still got more band aids. Plus, it’s hard to tell her to stop if he doesn’t know her name. So they both made up as Yuuta notes how his feelings (for the tulips) weren’t for nothing.

Episode 3
Erm… Why is there an extra person in the group now? Since when has Masaki become part of the circle? I guess you can say she’s here because of Shun. Yeah, you know why lah. And Shun was dense enough not to realize why her face was red. Maybe she’s sick? Yeah, lovesick perhaps… Yuuki’s class gets a new transfer student: Chizuru. The instant Chizuru takes his seat next to Yuuki, he gets so excited and loud that he is that kid he once played in the park before. Eh, who? Of course Chizuru thought he is seeing double when he sees the twins as he makes himself comfortable with the gang. Yeah, it’s going to get livelier with this blonde around. However Yuuki still doesn’t remember who he is and considers him a stranger. So did he get the wrong person? Then seeing Shun, he thought ‘she’ is Yuuki’s girlfriend! Attempts to tell him that ‘she’ is a boy failed. That flat chest reason… After school as the twins are at the bookstore, Chizuru talks to them once more. He tries to make them remember about the special toy he gave him back then. Yuuta seems to have fuzzy memories of it but doesn’t remember much in detail. Even so, he doesn’t remember him. Though Chizuru stopped bothering them, he accidentally gets into trouble when a group of delinquents thought he was laughing at them (he was laughing to himself). Chizuru tries to be tough but the guys are tougher. Then, the twins pass by. With a slick distraction, the trio make a run for it. Another flashback moment. When the twins were young, Yuuta was sick so Yuuki was out at the playground alone. He met a kid and they didn’t speak the same language (Chizuru was speaking German) but that didn’t stop them from playing together. Yuuki then taught him how to obtain a Gachapon and to his dismay, first timer Chizuru got a Gachapon figurine he had always wanted but never got. Chizuru offered to give it to him but he didn’t want it as he felt it was better to get it on his own. As they continue playing together, one day Chizuru fell off a tree and cut his waist. Yuuki wanted to get help from an adult but Chizuru dismissed it as nothing. Yuuki apologizes but of course it’s not like Chizuru could understand. Once Yuuta is well, it’s Yuuki’s turn to get sick. Yuuta is on the way out when Chizuru comes by to give him the Gachapon. His family is supposed to be leaving Japan. Of course Yuuta didn’t know what is going on and just accepted the Gachapon from the stranger. Yuuta gives the Gachapon to Yuuki as he wanted it so much and told him about how he got it from that blonde stranger. With their memories clear now, Chizuru had fun then so even if he got hurt, he didn’t want Yuuki to apologize. And so… The circle of friends expands with yet another member… Talkative, isn’t he? So when Chizuru finally learns Shun is really a guy, the shock has him passed out. The twins wish he’d never wake up. Or else he’d never shut up. Oh…

Episode 4
I don’t know how but Chizuru manages to get his friends to attend this night ‘mixer’ in the park. Not that everyone is enthusiastic about it. So Chizuru has everyone introduce themselves and talk about the kind of person they like. Then it starts raining… In school, Kaname bumps into Azuma and they talk about their precocious times during kindergarten. When Azuma was a high school student, he and his friend Akira were tasked to help out Kaname and co’s kindergarten. Of course Kaname didn’t like it and sees him as a threat to his beloved Kaori. Well, even the young girls are trying to vie for his attention. Kaname tries to look cool but it always ends up backfired despite Azuma always trying his best to be nice. The last straw came when Kaname and Kaori were creating a snowman. The snowball was too heavy for her and she fell. But Azuma caught her. Kaname ran off crying alone (because he felt he looked like a fool) so Azuma had the right words to comfort that little guy. He thinks Kaname was a cool kid because he’s there to fight and defend Kaori. But Azuma doesn’t seem to recognize Kaname when now that he’s all grown up. Later Kaname falls sick and his nice day of rest is ruined to see his friends in his room. In his room!!! While Shun is the eternal nice guy, you can expect a hard time from the trio. Yeah, Yuuki even took a photo of his sleeping face on his handphone! More irritation when Yuuki impersonates Kaname by wearing his glasses and even worse, Kaname’s mother, Youko comes in to join the fun. How? When Chizuru was praising her beauty, Youko mentions his friend was trying to make a pass on her. Kaname wasn’t the slightest concerned so this sends Youko crying! Then Youko ‘talks’ to him about not holding hands anymore or never saying he loves her and if they could go back to the way things were. Has the love disappeared? Dramatic mother… If this is how mommy always acts, is it a wonder why Kaname is always grumpy? So when Youko goes out to the supermarket, Kaname’s other childhood friend, Hisako Aida visits him. No reprieve for this guy because they start rummaging his desk to find a picture of him, Hisako and her older sister Shizuna. I think Kaname will end up getting even sicker because everyone starts diving onto his bed! But he’ll be alright because he ends up laughing with them. So when the guys leave, Chizuru notes how it’ll be better in school without him. Because he won’t have to put up with his yelling! But then again, it’ll be boring so he hopes he’ll be well soon. And all that racket has made him sweat a little so he’s a little better. Since he can’t sleep, he might as well go over his notes when Hisako points out the guys have already taken them. Yeah, I guess that was the real reason they came here, eh?

Episode 5
It’s the hot summer and Chizuru tries visiting his friends’ house. Well the twins are busy ‘saving’ the world. Yeah, playing their video game shooting zombies. Then he visits Kaname and obviously that guy is trying to lock him out no matter how hard he is trying to get in. So the only one left is Shun, eh? I’m sure that guy won’t take no as an answer. Chizuru lost himself in making snacks with him till Shun finds out his real intention was to hang out with everyone else. Did he expect everyone to go out in this heat? At least wait till it’s night time when it’s much cooler. Besides, there’ll be a festival too. On his way, Chizuru meets Masaki who wants him to leave her alone. I guess he got her attention about Shun inviting everyone to the festival. At the festival, with their limited funds, they decide to buy different things and share. Masaki didn’t like Chizuru calling her Mary because of her hairstyle which somewhat makes her resemble a sheep. Masaki thought she could impress Shun at the goldfish stall but flops. She becomes depressed as Chizuru tries to cheer her up. However she gets further upset when he continues calling her Mary. Now it’s up to Shun to weave his magic. He gives her a keychain. That’s when Chizuru realized that Masaki may be in love but Kaname pulls him away. Meanwhile the twins suck at the goldfish stall but their sneaky comments of the owner cheating has them earn a few free goldfish. The gang also meet Hisako and Shizuna. Masaki realizes she has lost the keychain and tries to find it herself before Shun returns from buying fireworks with Hisako and Shizuna. Eventually she has to seek assistance from the other guys and they find it being used as a prize at a shooting stall. Of course the owner won’t just give it back even though he found it on the road. What proof does she have to say it is hers? Looks like she’ll have to shoot it down if she wants it. So when Masaki agrees to play, the first thing she targets is the owner!!! Oh sh*t!!! So everyone tries their best in shooting but they all suck. Till Yuuki steps in. Look at the way he coolly holds the gun! He just might pull this off! Unfortunately he shoots down the other prizes he wanted instead. Damn. Seeing how desperate Masaki is, he spends his last money on another try and down to the last bullet, Masaki prays hard. Very hard. I guess it worked, huh? Chizuru can’t help notice how cute Masaki is when she’s smiling. So when Shun returns, they all start playing the sparklers. Guess which grumpy guy did Chizuru target his fireworks at? It ends with them watching the fireworks.

Episode 6
Shun is going to get a haircut but the twins are treating this like a delicate surgery operation! You’re not in safe hands, Shun! He can’t stop worrying all the way! Shun got his hair short enough but it doesn’t look odd. With the gang studying together, Youko joins them. She wants Kaname to choose which is more important: His studies or his mother! Guess what he chose? Without hesitation, his studies! Oh man! The heartbreak! Enough drama material for his friends to reprimand him. Yeah, Kaname got even the guts to tell his mother to get out of here because she’s just in the way!!! After eating watermelon, I guess the rest aren’t so keen on studying even if they have brought weird study aid tools. When Chizuru wonders how long Kaname has been wearing glasses, this prompts another flashback. When the gang was in middle high, Kaname was already experiencing vision problems but refused to wear glasses. Then when his friends found out he got glasses, they wanted to see it real badly but Kaname vowed never to let them see him in glasses because he fears he will be laughed at. So Yuuki suggests a thumb wrestling match and if he wins, Kaname must show them his glasses. Yeah, they’ve drawn some cutely weird face on the thumb too. And the twins force one on Kaname… A couple of girls asked Yuuta to join the volleyball club but they got embarrassed when they realized they were talking to the wrong twin. The thumb wrestling match proceeds and of course Yuuki is trying every trick in the book to get Kaname to wear his glasses so he could see better. This only serves to upset him even further. Can Shun restrain that raging bull? Eventually Yuuki got bored with the match and just stole his glasses box to see what it’s like. They accidentally bump into some seniors. Though Kaname apologized, Yuuki didn’t. Later Kaname overheard and thought Yuuki got into trouble with the seniors and is in a dilemma to go save him and let him get what he deserves. I guess you know what he’ll choose. He rushes to his other pals to inform them to save Yuuki when Yuuta starts acting strange and just holding his hand. Then it dawned to Kaname that it wasn’t Yuuta but Yuuki. Yuuta whom the girls mistake as Yuuki actually went to the volleyball club as he was forced by the seniors to go watch them play. Shun wanted to tell him but he looked so desperate and in a rush that he didn’t have time to explain. In that distraction, Yuuki wins the thumb wrestling match. Ever since that day, Kaname put on his glasses because he felt nothing good comes from not being able to see. But his friends didn’t tease him and notes how good he looks with it. Those memories were something Kaname didn’t want to remember when the twins threaten to reveal it all to Chizuru. “Don’t say it!”. Shun on his way home runs into Masaki who is surprised by his new haircut.

Episode 7
The gang are surprised Yuuta is being asked out by a girl named Rina Takahashi. So they try to make him spill out the details without being too direct but I guess it didn’t work. He thought it might be someone who took his dictionary? As the gang ponders if Yuuta did reject her, it doesn’t seem to be the case because he can’t walk home with the guys and have something to do. I guess this means the spying and tailing him, eh? Yuuta walks home with Takahashi and it is obvious he knows his pals are following him. At the cafe, the gang continue to observe the pair. Takahashi likes books and Yuuta agrees to lend her his CD. Because his friends were relatively noisy, I guess Yuuta had to purposely blow their cover. Takahashi already left. So does he like her or not? Yuuta remembers helping out Takahashi during gym class. Takahashi’s friends are surprised that the shy girl managed to score with Yuuta though she isn’t planning on confessing to him. After they leave, Yuuta comes in to lend her his CD. As they walk to the locker, they hear her friends’ comments that they never thought Takahashi could pull this off. Seems she was challenged to do this dare and they were confident he’d rejected her. Takahashi realized Yuuta always knew about this and since she didn’t want her friends to hate her, she played along. In tears, she realized how she looked so stupid and apologizes. She also thanks him for not rejecting her and mentions her fear of being alone. Yuuta says she doesn’t need to force herself away from them and if she doesn’t dislike them, she should be with them. He wipes off her tears. Takahashi announces to her friends that they have broken up and that love isn’t a simple matter. Yuuta’s pals also find out about the truth and to make it up to them, Yuuta buys them a drink. But they all have to share.

Episode 8
Ryuunosuke Matsushita hopes Yuuki can help out and contribute his manga work for the club’s anthology event. Guess what? Yuuki delegates this job to his friends. Yeah, they’ll each draw a page and combine it into a story. After discussing on the genre they’re going to draw, they pick the drawing order. Yuuta is up first and his drawing of the classic hero manga is damn good! Wow! Watching Yuuki with his anime and manga helped improve this skill? WTF?! And he’s not even into it. It goes downhill from now. And you thought Yuuki would be able to draw decently, right? Wrong! His drawing sucks. Even the theme and story changed in his lazy drawing. Too simplified! Next is Shun but it turns out too girly! Is this a shoujo manga?! Bright sparkly eyes… It is Chizuru’s turn and after seeing the ‘youthful’ interaction between Yuuki and Matsushita (he came to check up on his progress), Chizuru changes the entire theme into that cliche high school romance! The theme now is friendship! How come the hero’s hairstyle looks like Chizuru? And why is there suddenly a happy ending with a marriage?! Kaname is handed a tough task as the final person and you know with idiots screwing up like this, it’s going to be hard. Anyway, his drawing is the worse among the quintet and everybody is just laughing their heads off! The gang thought they should make a copy as commemoration of their hard work but Yuuki sent it to the shredder! If they didn’t stop him in time, all their hard work would’ve been gone… Yeah, and he submitted that shredded work to Matsushita… Hey, the bottom’s cut off…

Going a little back in time, this is just after when Matsushita got Yuuki’s help to contribute his work. The manga club members are happy and couldn’t wait what kind of manga he’ll draw. They wonder what kind of hero he’ll draw. Matsushita also gets to work to draw his own hero manga based on Yuuki but it didn’t turn up well. First, he’s got Yuuki and his friends in a tokusatsu spoof but Yuuki ends up being the lazy one. Next, a samurai theme and Yuuki didn’t end up heroic as he should. Then a lone wolf delinquent idea with a gang fight and romance brewing. Of course the ending is screwed up because Yuuki had to leave in the middle of the fight to watch his favourite anime. WTF?! I don’t know how Matsushita can come up with all this and I’m sure if this was a comedy, it’ll be damn successful. Matsushita is close to coming to a conclusion that Yuuki may not be heroic after all since his stories turn out this way. Suddenly Yuuki pulls him away from an incoming football and a falling dustbin. Yuuki kicks the football away, equivalent to a baseball’s homerun. Matsushita narrates most heroes come from faraway places but the hero he admires is not from a distant planet (since that’ll be too much trouble instead) and thinks Yuuki is far greater than any hero.

Episode 9
The school cultural festival is around the corner and Kaname is the committee head is having his hands full with students bugging him with requests and favours. I wonder if he can handle the pressure. Well, if he can handle certain idiotic friends, I’m sure this is nothing. Chizuru and Yuuki slip out of class to show Shun and Yuuta something. They created some cardboard ride and want them to ride it. Chizuru is having a hard time dragging Shun (I’m sure he’s not that heavy) so the twins ‘cheat’ as they start running in-sync. Eventually they reach their destination, Azuma. They are here to ask him for some materials to borrow but get sidetracked in asking him if he has a girlfriend. They are surprised he hasn’t has any despite being popular. They thought he couldn’t settle down with one and changed one every day! Then it’s that grumpy beast coming to look for a couple of idiots slacking on their job! Chizuru and Yuuki are to make copies of a notice. But their ignorance on how to use a copier has them fooling around so Kaname has to do the job himself. If you want something done, do it yourself. Kaname is swamped with more requests so he has his pals put him down his role for the ghost house that his class is doing for the festival as the receptionist. You know this isn’t going to turn out well. True enough, Kaname is in a rage, searching for the irresponsible duo who put him as a ghost role. To avoid being caught, they hide underneath the skirts of Shun and Yuuta (their class is doing a cross-dressing cafe). Kaname senses something amiss underneath the skirt and tries to lift it up. What does this look like in the eyes of the public? Even if Shun mentions he is wearing jerseys beneath, I’m sure everyone would mistake him as an even perverted pervert because he is now adamant to lift Shun’s skirt. There’s nothing to be afraid if he’s wearing something underneath, right? Well, not what others would think. Especially now Masaki has seen what this pervert is trying to do to her Shun. He gets whacked! At the end of the busy day, Kaname remembers a forgotten request to get black out curtains for his ghost house. Unfortunately there are none left. At a loss, Azuma comes in with advice that some classes took more than they really need so if he borrows some, he should have enough. That really saved his day from being a total disaster. On the way home, the usual suspects continue to irritate Kaname but only Chizuru gets hit. He notes if he loses focus, he’ll be swept away. But then, he could see a change in scenery. Chizuru gets upset and threatens him with his ghost role thingy but Kaname fights back that he’ll use his council powers to make him do some dance at the festival. Power abuse?

Episode 10
During the festival, Chizuru and pals flop in some quiz. Were they even serious in trying? Only Kaname scored full marks. Chizuru also observes Masaki’s interaction with Shun. Kaname, Chizuru and Yuuki wait in position at ghosts but the latter duo aren’t interested in scaring people and ‘help’ them out with their romance. Then it is Yuuta, Shun and Masaki coming in. Shun and Masaki got freaked out but upon seeing Kaname, they realize he wasn’t that scary. Yuuki and Chizuru ditch their post to go walk with the rest, leaving Kaname to be alone. Masaki thought she held Shun’s hand during the duration but to her horror, it was Chizuru’s hand! Now that is real horror! Slap! Meanwhile Kaname scares his next victim but it turns out to be Hisako and Shizuna. They end up laughing upon realizing it’s him. Since his shift is over, they have him accompany them around the festival grounds. Chizuru and Yuuki line up outside Shun and Yuuta’s cross-dressing cafe. It’s a long line but Akira cuts in between them. Chizuru didn’t like that and especially the way he mocks his stature. But Akira goes off when he sees Azuma. Chizuru spots Masaki rehearsing her lines as her class is doing a play while she has a minor role as a mouse. Masaki accidentally has a paper cut so Chizuru got slapped for nothing when Shun comes by. She is happy when Shun promises to come see her play. Meanwhile Chizuru notes how she really isn’t cute and doesn’t like the help of others (that band aid incident) but as Shun points out, he went after her. As they are late to see Masaki’s play, they have no time to change and even drag Kaname with them. Masaki is nervous backstage as the Cinderella play begins. She thought she will be alright since she won’t be able to spot Shun so easily in the crowd. Who knows, because of their cross-dressing costume, they stick out like a sore thumb! Because of that, Masaki fumbles her lines and at the end of the play even as Shun congratulates her on the fine play, she runs away. Chizuru goes off and finds her sulking in the toilet (Chizuru is dressed as a female so I guess it’s alright for him to enter). He comforts her that Cinderella messed up more lines than her but you know, Masaki thought this was her chance to show off to Shun but failed. He stays with her till she feels much better. He notes her weird habit of running into the toilet when it is usually the rooftop or river. But Masaki also notes his weirdness because he is the only one who chased her into the girls’ toilet. He is stunned at her smile but realizes he can’t leave since he gave his wig to her. At the end of the festival, Kaname and co bum around in class tired instead of joining the others at the bonfire dance. Of course Chizuru had the worst experience because the girls called the teacher after discovering a guy in the girls’ toilet. And what a freak he was since he was in a girl’s clothes. However he can’t help think about Masaki. To defeat this depression, he tries to tell the guys on how the girls’ toilet looks like.

Episode 11
Because their usual rooftop has been closed due to wet paint, the gang have their lunch at the cafeteria. While ordering, Chizuru spots the girl who played Cinderella at the festival, Kayo who is helping her mom in the cafeteria. Mommy messed up Yuuki’s order but instead of giving the correct one, she adds more stuff as her token of love. WTF?! Yeah, if she was only 20 years younger… However Yuuki isn’t fond of eating here every day because he is collecting stickers from buying bread. Collect enough points and he’ll get a plate with a manga character he likes. And he is very far from achieving that goal. Chizuru comes up with a plan to help Yuuki get all the stickers by rotating their duty to buy and eat bread. Then they spot a couple of guys trying to make a pass on Kayo. Chizuru thought of playing hero but to everyone’s surprise, Kayo tells them off for being childish. Yikes. Don’t play play. Yuuki sees Kayo eating bread and wants her sticker but mommy misinterprets he wants her daughter instead! However Kayo is also collecting stickers so she can’t give it to him despite mommy asking her to make him an exception. Kayo tells him to collect them himself instead of taking from others. So mother and daughter get into a little argument about the former embarrassed to have the latter as her daughter who won’t even give away a measly little sticker.

Yuuki is at the bread shop pondering to buy bread himself when he meets Kayo. Taking a look at his sticker card, seems all he has are single points as compared to hers. At this rate, it’ll be a long time before he’ll get the plate. However those with higher points cost more. Something students can’t afford but Kayo is working part time so she has the money. Whether she can finish that big piece is another story. As they leave, Yuuki notices a bread without a sticker. Then Kayo realizes a couple of girls stole them and catches them to return the sticker. Yuuki felt embarrassed for somebody yelling just because of stickers. He is pretending that he doesn’t know her! Well, you wouldn’t want people to steal stickers without putting in effort too, right? During recess, Chizuru hates eating the bread despite he was the one who came up with this idea. He feels left out that he is the only one eating bread while the rest are eating cafeteria food. The ever nice Shun offers his food but Kaname warns not to spoil him. As usual Chizuru steals Kaname’s food and another bickering begins. Masaki comes by to ask for Shun’s assistance with her homework. And with Chizuru bugging her, looks like Shun has to sit in between them. Chizuru wanted to put ketchup on his food but since it isn’t coming out, he uses too much force and the ketchup ends up on Shun’s blazer. Chizuru helps wash it off as he asks Shun if he has anyone he likes. Not at the moment. Chizuru? He can’t really say. Shun wonders if the rest have any. Kayo enlists Yuuki’s help to clean the cafeteria table but he isn’t so interested till she agrees to give him some sticker. Well, the way he is cleaning the tables, this better be worth at least 3 points. Kayo needs to go home early since it is their family’s custom to eat dinner early. Seeing she is an only child, she doesn’t want mommy to eat alone. So about the sticker? It’s going to take a while to come off… And it was only 1 point… But as Yuuta notes, at least she was nice enough to give him one. Oh, and Yuuki can’t help think about Kayo. Is he really for real?

Episode 12
Because Shun’s brother, Fuyuki mixed up their textbooks, Shun has to go exchange it at his middle high. Chizuru is ecstatic to see the cute little brother he has but to his shock, he is nothing like Shun! Foul-mouth, violent and the rebellious kind, which part of him did Yuuki say he was totally similar?! The hair?! WTF?! Plus, Fuyuki keeps mocking Chizuru about his stature. And yeah, Fuyuki is a little pervy too because he is trying to look up at girls’ skirt when they’re going upstairs!!! How can he do something so shameless in public?! He blames Shun for not having any porn and if he doesn’t use ‘it’, it will rot away! Chizuru tries to be mister-know-it-all and that Fuyuki can ask anything relating to that subject. So is it true that a girl’s boobs feels like your upper arm? Hah! They don’t even have the answer for that. Then they are surprised to hear Fuyuki has a girlfriend! Serious?! Not even Shun knew! He’s not trying to pull a fast one, isn’t he? The rest pester him to show his girlfriend but the teacher confiscates his handphone. They’re more concerned about his girlfriend than his handphone so I guess Fuyuki has no choice than to bring them to the kendo club she is a member of. The kendo teacher remembers Shun and Yuuta who were once in this club and has them demonstrate to their juniors despite their reluctance. Finally Fuyuki’s girlfriend, Mamiya makes her appearance. She is surprised of his presence here but he says his brother felt like checking out the club again. Chizuru wanted to spill Fuyuki’s pervertness but got beaten up. Did he nearly die? Anyway Mamiya will call him tonight but Fuyuki panics because his handphone has been confiscated. He is worried if he doesn’t pick up, she’ll call the house. And if he is in the bath at that time, his parents might take the call and he won’t know how to answer them on whom this girl is. Why not just say she is his classmate? Chizuru agrees to help him retrieve his handphone and drafts in the rest. And the rest I mean only Yuuki tagged along.

Fuyuki isn’t having much confident with the duo because the way they said things, it’s like they’re expecting to fail! With Yuuki distracting the teachers (catching up on old times, eh?), the duo infiltrate but in order not to make the teacher suspicious of his handphone suddenly disappearing, Fuyuki wants to use Chizuru’s handphone as a decoy! A struggle ensues as Fuyuki accidentally trips and his hands touched the boobs of an old teacher. She just plays it cool and walks away. But Fuyuki is close to death because his question to how boobs feel like… Wrinkled plums… In the end, not only they failed in the mission, Chizuru got his handphone confiscated too. Meanwhile Mamiya is worried that her armour would stink and Fuyuki wouldn’t like it. Her lapse in concentration has her sprained her ankle. Shun and Mamiya talk about Fuyuki and the reason why he likes him despite some of his bad behaviour. I guess girls do prefer bad boys, huh? Shun agrees and remembers when they were young, Fuyuki tried to help out when Shun was in distress. So when Fuyuki return to Mamiya, he smelled something weird and this causes Mamiya to run away in tears. He thought she found out about his perverted habit. Fuyuki felt lifeless and wants to die. Thinking he is done for and that Mamiya hates him, Shun tells him he was too busy having dirty thoughts to even pay attention to anything else. Shouldn’t there be something else he should be worrying about than himself? Then it hit Fuyuki as he runs after Mamiya. He catches up to her and though she is embarrassed of the stinking smell of her armour, he pinpoints the smell from the source of her bandaged sprained ankle. He offers to take her home but she is worried she doesn’t know what to say to her parents. He just says to tell them he is her boyfriend. Plus, his handphone is confiscated and he would prefer her to call his house. As Chizuru and his friends walk home, he laments about this generation gap thingy but the twins point out a difference. Unlike Fuyuki, Chizuru has no girlfriend! Haha! Chizuru wants to know where Fuyuki went wrong and since Shun mentioned he is foul-mouthed and violent like before, that’s like he never changed, right? Yeah, he never did. And even so, there are times he shows his kind side.

Episode 13
While Chizuru and the twins are exerting their usual 100% stupidity over the fruit juice they bought, Shun comes by showing them a list for workplace experience. Among them is Hidamari Kindergarten, the kindergarten which they once attended. Chizuru feels left out so Shun invites him to come along. Maybe he was just waiting for this cue, eh? And yeah, a cue for the twins to start teasing Kaname about how his love life will unravel. Will Kaori still be there? At the kindergarten gates, Kaname warns the rest not to say a word that will make Chizuru know he was once in love with Kaoru. Or else. Hear the crunching of his knuckles? A little boy, Ken attacks them and thinks of them as trespassers. He even thought Shun is a girl because his hair got caught between the tree branches! Kaori greets them and is glad to see they have grown. Chizuru introduces himself and Kaname doesn’t like him trying to make a pass on Kaori. After Kaori leaves the guys with the kids, the little ones start jumping all over them! Naughty kids! Pulling Chizuru’s hair, stealing Kaname’s glasses, proposing to marry the twins (yikes!) and even a kid wanted to kiss Shun’s cute face! OMG! So playing toys and playing house isn’t easy with children these days. Little Sono even asks Yuuki how many kids he wants! Geez, kids these days… Dragging Kaname into playing house with them, the number of ‘kids’ just keeps increasing with Chizuru and Ken coming into the picture. But Sono feels having 3 kids will be tough. Ken thinks he’ll be the first son instead but that role has already been assigned to Kaname. So what will that specky be? A guard dog! Not going to happen. The drama takes a dramatic turn with Ken kicking the table over and running away. And Kaname gets blamed because he refused to be the dog. I guess it’s no surprise the guys are tired out during the toilet break. Kaname complains about Ken’s rudeness. However Shun feels he is a good kid but doesn’t know how to show it. Kaori comes in to invite everyone for snacks. Erm… Isn’t this the men’s toilet? What does this mean? As Yuuki puts it, Kaori doesn’t see them as men. Now and then… He was directing that to Kaname…

Ken was straight to say to Kaname’s face that he hopes Kaori will turn him down! I hope he didn’t choke on his cookie. Yeah, these guys are really on bad terms. Kaname can sense that Ken likes Sono. Later when Ken tries to give some cookies to Sono, the rest thinks he stole them and starts mocking him a bad boy. He got upset enough to steal and eat everyone’s cookies. Hey, he’s living up to the nickname they gave him, right? Then he kicks Kaname in the guy when he tried to stop him. But Kaname chases him outside and comforts the little guy, letting him cry all he wants. And vomiting on his shoes too… He brings Ken back to the rest who are playing a group game. Sono is supposed to guess the person standing behind her and she can guess it right it was Ken. Why? Because he is always holding something sweet whenever he comes near her. Ken apologizes for everything and gives her his cookies. At the end as Kaori sees them off, she thought Ken was here to also do the same. But who knows, Ken pushes Kaori into Kaname’s arms! Then he signs off with a ‘V’ sign. Sono hopes she could see them soon and play house again because that guy was so cool she really wanted him to be her husband! She asks what Ken would like Kaname to be and he replied, his brother. Shun also notes how Kaname and Ken were like brothers but of course the latter scoffs it off. Shun unintentionally mentions Ken was just as passionate for the girl he likes as was Kaname for Kaori. Oops. Slip of a tongue. Chizuru now knows Kaname was really in love with Kaori and can’t help laugh his ass off. And the unlikeliest guy you’d never thought will get hit is going to get a piece of Kaname. Oh Shun… Ah well, there’s a first time for everything. Even first love.

We and Us = Wuss?
Well, a second season did come and go back in April 2012. So it’ll be some time before I sink my hands into the sequel. Yes, I plan to watch this series’ next season even though the ending wasn’t much and felt just like any other ordinary episode. Isn’t this what this kind of genre is about? Cute boys doing cute things in their own cute way. Sounds sissy? Well, I’d rather have these kinds of boys with mischief in the name of good fun rather than scary delinquents. But boys will be boys and they have their own brand of mischief and cheekiness as long as they don’t hurt others. The relaxing and calming pace of this series will either bore you or make it a casual entertainment. Nothing more than your laid back and light-hearted slice of life moments with some little laughs here and there. Nothing complex, dramatic, suspenseful or filled with twists. So don’t expect to see someone suddenly getting into a road accident or the sudden departure of a dear friend (to another country or world).

I can’t help compare the guys here to those in Ouran. First and foremost the twins. As compared to Ouran’s Hitachiin twins, the Asaba twins’ pranks are not as energetic and active as the former. You can say they are the passive type. Many of their mischief are confined to just words and even if they say it, it will be in an expressionless and monotonous manner. Ironically their deadpan expression and witty lines make them funny. Yeah, those one-liners can make them good stand up comedians. As twins, I thought their presence will be shared equally but I have this feeling that Yuuki somewhat stands out more compared to Yuuta. Plus, if you want to size up which twin is more mischievous than the other, I think Yuuki would be the one that would be more prominent. The other idiot of the group and the noisiest one has got to be newcomer Chizuru. He is like a cross between Ouran’s Tamaki and Honey. The former because he acts like an idiot and the latter because of his short stature and blonde hair. Every group needs to have a rowdy kid to liven things up, right? That’s where Chizuru comes in. Too bad he always bears the brunt of Kaname’s hit. So with Chizuru and twins being the interesting troublemakers, I’d say the group will have their own Baka Trio, eh? Kaname’s counterpart in Ouran would obviously be Kyouya. Both wearing glasses and are of the serious type. But unlike Kyouya, Kaname isn’t the kind that loves money. I guess in each group, you need somebody who easily gets pissed because it makes it fun to tease, right? Yeah, I suppose Kaname falls under this ‘role’ because the twins and Chizuru just love to pick on him and make his blood boil. Despite his hot-head and short fuse, Kaname still cares dearly for his friends. He just doesn’t show it the gentle way like Shun. Maybe that is what you call tough love. Finally Shun, he is like Ouran’s Haruhi because for both characters, you can’t clearly tell their gender and many would mistake their original gender as the other at first. Shun is the calmest and nicest among the guys and even if he gets mad, I won’t consider it as one since he sounds so soft and it hardly makes any impact that would indicate he is pissed off. If you want to know what real anger is, refer to Kaname. That guy really needs to take some anger management classes. Or, the Baka Trio should take some classes on etiquette. I would prefer the first one, though :).

I thought Masaki would be a core member of the group but since her appearance was just on and off, it sometimes make me feel that perhaps the show wants to make it as though it is an all boys only group. Sure, this show is supposed to be about the guys and the stuffs they do but would a girl make a difference? Maybe. Just like in Ouran whereby Haruhi is the only girl among the boys, Masaki could’ve been the only female among the guys if she is considered part of the gang. But as we know, she is just sticking around because of her crush on Shun and too bad that effeminate guy doesn’t really notice it. Not a single bit. And don’t you notice that Chizuru is starting to have feelings for Masaki too despite saying how uncute she is whenever she gets violent or scorning him? Perhaps if he treated her kinder, she wouldn’t have given him all those cold treatment, don’t you think? Or she could ignore him like how she does for Kaname and the twins. Since Masaki is too focused on Shun, I guess she is oblivious to Chizuru’s crush on her. Maybe I’ll see a love triangle forming in the second season and see their friendship being tested. Youko is another amusing character simply because she isn’t your typical nice mom. The kind of mom who wants to delve deeper in a relationship with her son. So desperate that she doesn’t mind doing it in front of his friends. Would you like to have a dramatic mother like that? Sure, his mom and friends are the source of his grumpiness and mood swings but I hope Kaname won’t go as far as to say he is adopted when mommy’s dramatic act crosses the line. Hisako and Shizuna are the other pair of characters whose presence in this season is lacking. Feels like their role is just an introduction and that they are Kaname’s childhood friends and nothing more. From what I observed, Kaname may have feelings for Shizuna (with that photo he kept in his desk) but with his lingering feelings for Kaori, can he make up his mind or continue to just watch by the sidelines? Maybe that’s why the twins find it amusing to tease him and all. Now with Chizuru finding out his first love, it’s only going to get worse. Azuma and Akira are another set of characters whom I feel their role is just introductory. I had this feeling that they would play a prominent part later on but as it turns out, the main guys can do away with these characters.

So the romance part isn’t its strong point. Heck, the guys are good looking enough to easily get their own girlfriend and maybe even form their own host club. Hah. Just kidding. But I can think of a few reasons why they don’t. Kaname’s grumpiness is a turn-off, Chizuru’s monkey-around would have girls think twice if they want to have a noisy idiot as their boyfriend, the twins just couldn’t be bothered and not interested with anything and Shun… Is that a girl? Of course as mentioned Masaki likes him but seeing that it is a one-sided affair, I wouldn’t really count it. Oh, I just remembered. What happened to Yuuki and Kayo anyway? Was hoping to see something out of it but I guess I’ll have to wait for the sequel to find out if anything develops on this part. Yuuta seemed like he was the closest and the first among the friends to have a girlfriend but turns out he was just helping her out so she doesn’t feel bad. So yeah, no wonder they each haven’t got a girlfriend of their own. Even side characters Fuyuki and Mamiya seem like they have a higher chance of hitting it off. Speaking of that guy, even if he is totally different from Shun (you’d be wondering if they even came from the same mother), he still cares about his brother despite putting up his rebellious attitude. Maybe some love for a girl did that kid some good too, eh?

I’m not sure if the producers of this show and the manga author of this series are feline lovers because the episodes are peppered with them. Not that we see the characters owning cats as their pets anyway. So in certain scenes, sometimes they substitute what the gang is doing with the actions of the cats. Perhaps a distraction or a kind of ‘censor’? Mind you, there is nothing explicit in this series. Maybe just to give a different view and change of scene? Otherwise, you’ll have several mugshots or camera angles of the cats in what they usually do such as sleep, eat and play. I am not a cat lover so don’t hate me when I say that some of the cats do look ugly (there are cute ones too if that is what you want to be assured of). Well, maybe certain species of cats do look like that. The drawing and art of the series from the characters to the scenery are quite light and simple so much so the styles reminded me of Honey And Clover and Nodame Cantabile. Then I confirmed it was done by J.C. Staff who also did those animes.

I guess the voice acting is pretty okay. At first I thought the same seiyuu was voicing the twins. Besides, they sound so expressionless that they sound the same. Well, almost the same. So we have different people voicing the twins with Ryouhei Kimura doing Yuuki (Kodaka in Bokutachi Wa Tomodachi Ga Sukunai) while Kouki Uchiyama voicing Yuuta (Ichika in Infinite Stratos). Other casts include Miyu Irino as Chizuru (Syaoran in Tsubasa Chronicle), Toshiyuki Toyonaga as Shun (Mikado in Durarara!!), Yuuki Ono as Kaname (Arai in Kimi Ni Todoke), newbie Miyuki Satou as Masaki, Saki Nakajima as Kaori (Saki in Hayate No Gotoku), Sayuri Yahagi as Hisako (Haruna in To Love-Ru), Nobuhiko Okamoto as Fuyuki (Rin in Ao No Exorcist), Kousuke Toriumi as Azuma (Gennosuke in Basilisk) Yuuki Kaji as Akira (Akina in Yozakura Quartet) and Sakiko Uran as Youko (Setsuno in Toriko). A pleasant surprise for me is Mamiko Noto who is the voice of Shizuna. Yeah, it made my viewing pleasure even pleasurable. The opening theme is a rock pop piece entitled Bye Bye by the rock band named 7!! As for the ending theme, it is a slow and nice ballad, Nakimushi by Miku Sawai. Even if the song is about the singer singing about her own weak self, it gives off a feeling of friendship and trust of her friends that she can rely on to get her through rough times. The few insert songs such as Sora, Candy and Tomorrow (all by Shouta Aoi) aren’t bad either as they give out a soothing and heart-warming feel. Some of the background music are also nice and pleasant because of the acoustic guitar pickings.

With the theme of friendship as the main emphasis, it isn’t always necessary that the birds of the same feathers should flock together. Having unique people within your group is what makes your circle more interesting. This anime may not amount to anything extraordinary or groundbreaking but at least it shows that not only all-girl groups can have fun. Boys can equally have fun too. And the fun may not necessarily be outrageous or slapstick. Just as long you have your own gang to hang out with, everything works out fine. Unless you are the one who bears the brunt of the mocking and teasing then that’s a different story. Lesson learnt: Beware the twins as they can spell double trouble and the dumb blonde for he can magnify the annoyance. Triple the fun but also triple the trouble. That’s life for us boys.