Hello and welcome to G-Views, where SoL reigns supreme, moe is respected and Dokuro-chan sucks poopie. It’s time again for another dose of Double Slammy goodness as I once again review two shows at the same time. this time we’re tackling the romance dept, but with a few twists. Read on to see what I mean as we review REC and Candy Boy. Let’s get started with REC.
Genres: drama, comedy, romance, slice of life
Number of episodes: 9+ 1 EX episode that’s episode 7.5, 12 minutes each.
Plot Summary: Fumihiko Matsumaru is an average salaryman with no girlfriend. He invited his colleague Miss Tanaka to a movie but was stood up. Right at the time he was about to toss tickets into a trash can, a cute girl appeared and asked him not to waste those two tickets. After movie and dinner, he escorted her home and found they live in the same neighborhood, yet unfortunately her apartment caught on fire hours later. Having nowhere else to stay, rookie seiyuu Aka Onda moved to Matsumaru’s place, and the two had started a “more than friend but not yet lovers” relationship under the same roof while keeping this secret from their employers.
First things first: A seiyuu, who voices a female character, whose primary goal is to become a seiyuu. How about that.
Basically we all can pretty much predict how this show will end, however, this is one of those shows where the destination isn’t important, it’s the journey itself. The antics that Fumihiko and Aka get into trying to keep their predicament a professional one is just awesome. This one is also special because everything that these two go through is quite believable. Yes, even though this is a Slife of Life romantic comedy, it’s even more realistic than you think. Despite the age difference, it really doesn’t matter that much when it comes to this case. It’s acceptable.
Music, well, it’s a mixed bag in my opinion. Some themes are catchy, while others range from unnoticeable to forgettable. It all depends on the viewers.
The animation is pretty solid. Not much to complain about here.
The characters: apart from Fumihiko and Aka’s journey, the supporting cast isn’t that interesting to brag about. The only two characters worth noticing are Aka’s bodaciously awesome manager and Fumihiko’s colleague. One theme that’s constantly made a reference to is quotes from Audrey Hepburn movies, whom Aka idolizes and is the one who inspired her to start a career as a seiyuu. Random quotes from her movies will be mentioned in each episode. Makes me want to watch some Audrey Hepburn movies myself someday.
One more thing: This show is yet another “Manga lure” anime, which is basically a prologue of sorts. You see, this anime covers only 7 chapters of the ongoing manga series that currently has 11 volumes. If you want to see what happens after the anime ends, continue reading the manga from chapter 8.
In conclusion, this is definitely a great way to spend a short 3 hours watching a pretty good, yet short romantic comedy that will keep you interested till the very end and beyond.
Alright. Next up is Candy Boy:
Genres: comedy, romance, slice of life
Themes: incest, school, yuri
Number of episodes: 10
G-Rating: 9/10. Viewer ratings may vary.
Before I begin with the review, let me first clear up the order of events which occur on the show. Although the ONA is the premiere episode, it isn’t actually the first episode. That would go to the later DVD exclusive EX1. Now then, the original order according to the occurring events is:
EX1- Candy Boy ONA – “episodes 1-7”- EX2. Basically it starts from episode 00 to episode 8 (8 being a bonus episode which is still fun to watch). Now on with the review.
The following is a review of the premiere ONA, aka episode 0. This review can be used to address the entire series in general since the anime after this ONA serves as a continuation.
The plot of Candy Boy is this: Fraternal twin sisters Kanade and Yukino are living a happy high school life and have an intimately affectionate relationship with each other. However, Kanade is made uneasy by rumors that her sister Yuki received a romantic confession by a third girl, Sakuya. Rather than ask her sister about it, Kana (who is of a rather tsundere disposition) begins distancing herself from her beloved Yuki.
What happens next is up to you to find out. But first allow me to shed a light on the situation. Why this show is called Candy Boy in the 1st place…to this day I STILL have no clue. However…
Don’t be fooled by the incongruous title. This is ten minutes of pure, concentrated yuri heaven. An “ONA” (Original Net Animation) this extremely short anime video showcases the relationship between (fraternal) twin sisters and how the unexpected attention of an outside third girl end up reinforcing their feelings for one another.
It must be clearly stated that even though this story deals with the romantic feelings of twin sisters for one another it is depicted in a way that is maturely, mutually, and rationally thought out and decided upon by the sisters. It is in no way crude or “servicey”. Those with an open mind and heart will greatly enjoy this all too brief absolutely canon love story. Allow me to explain with more detail.
It’s ironic there is much more to be said about this story, which is only ten minutes long, than there has been for anime series spanning 10 times the length. Of course this makes sense when you consider that these ten minutes pack in some of the most concentrated and blatantly canon yuri ever.
Let’s tackle things directly. Candy Boy is a story about romantic feelings between sisters, fraternal twin sisters at that. It is not “incest” in the technical sense because the dictionary defines “incest” as the act of sexual intercourse between closely related family members. Also the word “incest” carries an extremely off-putting negative connotation. The very flavor of the word is vulgar, obscene, and disgusting.
Basically when watching this show consider the whole “incest” thing as pointless and serving no purpose whatsoever to the story since removing the relation between the sisters doesn’t affect the beauty of their love one bit. You can replace the “sisters” concept with childhood friends and you will pretty much get the same enjoyable experience with no relevant changes.
Such meanings have no place here. The relationship of Kana and Yuki and their canon romantic love for each other is beautiful, tender and healthy. It is the product of a rational, informed, and mutual decision between two women who are of sufficient age to properly contemplate and make such a choice.
One of the ways in which this story is most effective is that the confessions don’t just come out of nowhere for the characters. They aren’t epiphanies born of sudden realization. They are a verbal clarification and avowal of something both women had felt and known for a long time. It is truly sweet. One can literally see this as two lovers’ hearts becoming one and growing stronger each day.
Music and animation: nearly flawless.
In conclusion, See the ONA for yourself and then you can decide whether you wish to see how their relationship continues to grow or not. That simple.
P.S.: If you choose to watch CB, remember one thing, Sakuya/Saku-chan is a true hero who fights for justice. She’s that awesome.