Final Review: Kimi to Boku.

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Kimi to Boku. is a comedy slice of life series based off of a manga of the same name. The show aired over two cours with the first in Fall 2011 and the second in Spring 2012. It revolves around 5 teens who go about trying to enjoy their high school lives while it still lasted. Both seasons were simulcasted on CrunchyRoll with neither season acquired by a US licensing company. The following review will cover both the first and second season cumulatively with both the first and second season receiving separate scores at the end of the review as well as a cumulative score.

Kimi to Boku starts off as a really boring slice of life comedy show. It lacked the comedy that K-ON! and Lucky Star had as well as the interesting antics of Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou or Cromartie High School. The characters were also very uninteresting or, in the case of  Chizuru, annoying personality wise. The show also stayed repetitive for the first few episodes of season 1 before finally kicking off with much more interesting content. While comedic moments remained flat for the most part, there were a few good laughs every now and then. For a comedy show, character development is actually quite thorough with some nice buildup over time. Pacing wise, however, the first season moved rather fast through the seasons until it finally slowed down in the second season. Whether this implies speeding through the source material or not is another issue but at the end of the day, I feel that after a while the story was dragging its feet content wise with characters like Mary. Mary appeared frequently in the first season yet ended up appearing only every now and then in the second season despite her “plot” remaining largely unresolved. And speaking of unresolved, after 26 episodes, nothing really happened in this show, as expected of a slice of life title.

Art is pretty bland and generic in this show with all character designs using the same base and backgrounds lacking fine detail. Animation wise, the show uses a lot of recycled animation with lack of complex motion. Instead, the show replaces a lot of it with cats to symbolize actions. While interesting, it doesn’t really justify it as “high quality” animation if there’s no movement. For J.C. Staff though, the animation is actually fairly decent compared to a number of their other works as of late, such as Kill Me Baby and Shakugan no Shana Final. Distance shots are still pretty terrible though.

The first season’s OP/ED themes were fairly decent while the second season’s OP/ED were not really that good. Background and sound effects are generally pretty average with nothing particularly memorable or terrible. Seiyuu wise is average for this show. No one really stood out and the show sounded basically like a monotone dialogue from beginning to end.

Enjoyment? It’s claimed to be a comedy slice of life but it lacks much comedy if you ask me. The presentation definitely has the slice of life feel to it but it lacks much (if any) plot continuity to really keep an audience interested in the show, which is really why I ended up putting off the first season until the second season began airing. In terms of actual enjoyment though, the show is a parabola with the peak of the series at the end of the first season and the beginning of the second season where there was quite the interesting character development among the five boys as well as a number of supporting characters. Unfortunately, the latter half of the second season was unable to keep up with the strong momentum left off from the first half leaving little impact once the series actually ended. There really isn’t much left to be desired from this series except for a few resolutions in the plot.

Overall, like my review with Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou, Cromartie High School literally does everything this series tries to do. Other shows that I would recommend over this include K-ON!, Hidamari Sketch, and Azumanga Daioh. While the latter set of recommendations involve a female cast, the comedy is significantly more entertaining than what Kimi to Boku does, not to mention a much more enthusiastic cast.

Story and Character:

  • Premise (0/1): Uninteresting.
  • Character Personalities (0.5/1): Annoying cast with the twins really being the only interesting ones.
  • Character Development (1.5/2): Solid for the most part. We’re kind of left hanging with a few characters not receiving much development though.
  • Character Usefulness/Presence (1/2): Relatively small cast, but there were a few supporting cast members who suddenly disappeared in the second season despite playing a large and prominent role in the first.
  • Reasonable/Plausible (2/2): Not much really out of the ordinary.
  • Conclusion (0/1): Bland and uninteresting, especially when compared to events earlier on. No real value added to the show’s character or plot.
  • Total: 5/10

Art and Animation:

  • Backgrounds (1/2): Generic and average.
  • Character Designs (1/2): Fair looking but they ALL USE THE SAME BASE!
  • Fluidity (0.5/2): Stiff with lots of recycling.
  • Visuals/Special Effects/Flashiness (1/2): Very colorful but nothing visually appealing.
  • Art and Animation “Expectation” (1/2): It’s okay coming from J.C. Staff. Could be better or worse.
  • Total: 4.5/10

Sound and Music:

  • OP/ED/Insert Themes (1.5/3): OP/ED from first season is decent. OP/ED from second season
  • Background Music (1/2): Average and unmemorable.
  • Sound Effects (1/2): Average and unmemorable.
  • Seiyuu (1.5/3): Seiyuu cast is decent but way too monotone.
  • Total: 5/10

Enjoyment:

  • Amusement (0.5/2): A few good jokes every now and then
  • Weekly/Next Episode Anticipation (0/2): None. No good “cliffhangers” for really wanting to watch the next episode.
  • Presentation (1.5/2): One off episodes for the most part. Good at bringing slice of life feel.
  • Re-watchable (0/1): No
  • Recommendation (1/2): Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou, Cromartie High School for the “all boys” setting. K-ON!, Lucky Star, and Azumanga Daioh for the reverse.
  • Value (0/1): A bit over hyped with little long term value.
  • Total: 3/10

 

Season 1

Preliminary Score: 4/10

Final Score: 5/10

 

Season 2

Preliminary Score: 5/10

Final Score: 4/10

 

Overall

Final Score: 4/10

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