146th G-View: Kimi to Boku

Hey doods and peeps, welcome to another episode of The G-Views. Men aren’t all about breasts, butt cheeks, sexually portrayed little girls and steroids. As hard as it is for people, especially Westerners to believe, men DO have a sensitive side that isn’t gay. Men have hearts as well and their brains aren’t located in their lower region. This is what anime like this show. Doods and peeps, I give to you the 1st Boys Club Slice of Life anime I’ve ever seen, Kimi to Boku.

Alternative title:

You and Me.
Genres: Comedy, Slice of Life, Shounen
Number of episodes: 13
G-Rating: 9/10
Plot Summary: About 4 friends, twins Yuta and Yuki Asaba, the cute and girly Shun Matsuoka, and the class head Kaname Tsukahara, who have known each other since kindergarden. When a half-Japanese transfer student named Chizuru Tachibana joins their group, he brings a new dynamic to their friendship.
Don’t worry, it isn’t what you think. Shun’s raised in a family with two older sisters, a mother and no father, while his younger brother gained the more well known “masculine” traits of the family…at the cost of low social skills and a high perversion level.
Yes, I know about Natsume Yujinchou and Honey and Clover and those are also great shows that portray boys’ positive attributes very well but for 2011, I pick Kimi to Boku as my favorite. This show is all about four, later five with Chizuru guys hanging out and doing stuff, experiencing basic troubles some high school or middle school boys go through while strengthening their friendship. Like I said, it’s a “club” type SoL anime. Replace the usual group of girls with a group of boys and you get the same thing. It’s just guys doing stuff. For example, memories of going camping together and sharing secrets, talking about girls,getting crushes on girls but having no idea what to do or what the feeling means/how to feel or react (Yes, there’s an episode that focuses on that. Actually there’s more than one: All boys experience love in different ways after all.), childhood memories etc.
The friendship portion, which plays a strong role in the show, is basically positive memories since childhood. You know what it’s like, right? You’ve been friends since kindergarten that no matter how much your personalities change (Or don’t), your friendship will last as long as possible. Same goes for grudges and childhood crushes.
There’s also a symbolic feature involving cats. The only purpose for all the cats is both for cat lovers and the cats are similar to the penguins from Mawaru Penguindrum. they represent the boys’ current state of mind at certain events in an episode. There could be more meaning behind them but that’s the best way to explain why they’re there.
I did mention that this is a Boys Club show, meaning that it does have some similarities to a Girls Club show, meaning yaoi undertones. Luckily for those who fear this, it’s barely noticeable. Heck, Shun has feminine traits but that doesn’t mean he’s gay (Nothing wrong with that of course I’m just saying this for those who are either blind, rough/rugged or below the age of 18.). Other than that, it’s perfectly normal.
Animation: I can’t quite describe the style this show uses but it somehow reminds me of Usagi Drops’ character design…or maybe Minami-Ke’s. I dunno. what’s important is that it’s fine by me.
Music: I LOVE both the OP and ED songs. The OP is one of my fav songs of 2011 without a doubt. If anyone gets a chance to heart it, DO SO ASAP! The rest of the OST is also cool, especially a certain INS song.
Characters:
Kaname Tsukahara
Voiced by: Yūki Ono
The glasses guy of the group. He is the top of the class, a Student Council member, and the Class Representative of their class. He is in the same class as Yuuki and Chizuru. He is the wealthiest among his friends as often pointed out by Yuuta and Yuuki. He has a short temper and often gets mad by his friends’ foolish actions.
Pretty much all you need to know about this guy, to start things off before more is revealed. Oh, he also has a mom who likes to tease him when he ignores her desire for attention. I like his mom.
Shun Matsuoka
Voiced by: Toshiyuki Toyonaga
At the beginning of the series, Shun had long hair, as well as feminine hobbies and speech patterns, which resulted in many people mistaking him for a girl (including Chizuru). Shun likes to use keigo and he is usually the one who tries to calm down situations. He cried often as a young child. Despite his otome-like nature, he is quite slow in things like love. He has two older sisters and one younger brother. He is the only iyashikei or “some who makes others feel cheerful” of the group.
In short, he’s the peacekeeper.

I have a lot I want to say about this guy but it’s exclusively for only Chocokara and myself to know.

Yuuki (Left) and Yuuta (Right)
Yuuki Asaba
Voiced by: Ryōhei Kimura
The younger twin brother who also studies at the same school as Yuuta. His bangs are down. Same as his brother Yuuta, he enjoys annoying Kaname with their constantly dry remarks. He has a hobby of reading manga and anime magazines; his favourite magazine is “Animeja”.
To describe his personality in short, he’s a dry, more sharp tongued version of Konata Izumi. He’s also talented in many sports, other physical activities and is very intelligent but has little to no motivation.
Yuuta Asaba
Voiced by: Kōki Uchiyama
The elder twin brother of Asaba twins who studies at Homare High School. His differentiating feature from his younger brother is his centre divided bangs, as well as wearing the usual school uniform in the winter. Yuuta and his brother are identical and both are popular among girls. However, Yuuki was more popular during Elementary School. Though both come off as mono-toned and passive, Yuuta expresses himself more than his younger twin. He is more mature than Yuuki and the others, and though he rarely voices his entire thought process, he is very observant.
It’s usually hard for me to tell the twins apart, but I can define them by the fact Yuuki is often seen wearing a brown coat over his uniform.
Chizuru Tachibana
Voiced by: Miyu Irino
The half-Japanese transfer student from Germany. For a half foreigner, he is quite short and has a complex about his height. He is noisy, cheerful and a bit of an idiot. He also made nicknames for the boys and Masaki. With Yuuki, Chizuru often makes Kaname mad and usually ends up getting hit by him.
Basically the wild child/loud mouth/energetic member of the group.
Masaki Satō
Voiced by: Miyuki Satō
A first year student who bullied Shun for some days. She seems to have a little crush on him after he helped her. Shun is the only person she smiles and is friendly to. She has a small figure and has cute, fluffy hair, resulting in Chizuru nicknaming her “Mary” because she reminds him of a sheep.
Believe it or not, in spite of my “Shorty Effect” post, I do not classify Masaki as a shorty. This show’s so awesome in my mind that I honestly see Masaki as a girl of short stature, not a loli with an adult age labeled on her. It’s hard to explain but you’ll have to watch the show  to understand. She may be a bit moe but she doesn’t go overboard. The costume’s for a play fyi.
In conclusion: I guess the best recommendation is that this show isn’t for boys with no souls, hardcore/bad to the bone, only think about ecchiness, Westerners or feal87. Everyone else, you won’t lose anything by giving this one a try. I could be wrong about the Western thing, but whatever.
PS: Special thanks to Wiguan from One-Precinct for some of the pics and ideas for my writing.

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17 Responses to 146th G-View: Kimi to Boku

  1. Rei says:

    Good to know that you like the show. Giving 9/10 rating for this show is pleasing to my eyes 🙂
    I like slice of life so this anime is a must watch anime. I really like the using of cats in this anime. I don’t know why some people hate it but I find it cute and creative.

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    • Overlord-G says:

      But of course Rei. It’s an anime that portrays men in a POSITIVE way for a change. How can that NOT be good?! Anime isn’t all about T&A!

      Also I’m glad to meet a fellow slice of life fan.

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      • Rei says:

        I agree. No idea. But some hates the idea of having a cat in almost every 5 minutes. Maybe they think it is just annoying.

        You too? Good to know! 🙂

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    • Overlord-G says:

      Really? REALLY?! The cats? THAT’S WHAT PISSED SOME VIEWERS OFF?! People are becoming more and more pitiful by the year.

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      • Rei says:

        Yup the cats. I’m serious btw. (base on all the comments i’ve heard about the anime so far)
        Yes that is what pissed most of the viewers off.
        I have notice that as well. Such a world we live in 😦

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    • Overlord-G says:

      That is so dumb…don’t they realize the cats are merely meant as a form of symbolism representing them loafing around and doing whatever it is they feel like doing? Mataku…

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      • Rei says:

        Yeah I don’t think they get about the symbolism part. That is why they are so pissed.
        I’ve tried to understand why they didn’t like it and I found that most of them don’t get the part that you have mentioned.

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    • Overlord-G says:

      Ugh, ignorant fools. Why must they be so blind…I can only imagine how they reacted towards Mawaru Penguindrum’s ocean load of symbolic features. I’ll get to that later today, hopefully.

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    • Overlord-G says:

      I used to be a Kaname type when I was younger, not anymore. So you’re a fun loving guy eh? Good stuff.

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  2. tsurugiarashix says:

    *Applause*

    Bravo, good sir. Couldn’t have summarized the show any better than you have. I immensely enjoyed it and still not sure why. Still not sure what role the cats played, glad you did at least explain the symbolic interpretations . I never heard of cats and male being compared to one another; well in the Western sphere anyway. (It is always women and cats, but go figure it is symbolism after all. Not every place has the same meaning).

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  3. hippiefreak says:

    Lol I didn’t even need to watch this series to understand guys being bros with other guys. Why?

    I went to an all boys school in highschool so I could already relate enough to this series in a way

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    • Overlord-G says:

      Think of it this way, this review has 3 purposes:
      1: To remove any nonsensical worries of this anime being yaoi.
      2: To explain to Western male audiences (And possibly Eastern ones as well) that boys DO have souls.
      3: To remind boys of their past groups in high school or lower. I myself hung out with my own peeps and we did almost everything these guys did. You could say I was kind of the Kaname of the group.

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