Final Review: Dakara Boku wa, H ga Dekinai

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Dakara Boku wa, H ga Dekinai (hereafter known as Boku-H) is based on an ongoing light novel that began publishing in 2010. Contrary to what the title implies, the show in short involves Lisara Restall, a grim reaper, and her “temporary” contract with Ryousuke Kaga, a normal perverted high school student. The catch is, Ryousuke loses his perverted spirit every time he comes into “sexual”-like contact with Lisara. Furthermore, Ryousuke is expected to die in 3 months time and therefore is left with no choice except to help Lisara search for the human with a powerful spirit to fuel her grim reaper powers. Boku-H premiered during the Summer 2012 anime season, was simulcasted by CrunchyRoll and licensed by Sentai Filmworks.

Boku-H’s immediate premise gave off vibes similar to High School DxD, which aired earlier this year. Furthermore, the whole red hair with fire power and a “contained field” brought up thoughts of Shakugan no Shana. If you got the same impression I did along with the thoughts of excessive fanservice, you knew this show was going to be bad. Boku-H has a completely unoriginal premise and its characters are far from interesting to say the least. Furthermore, its plot is generally a mess. It refuses to provide any sort of explanation of its overall setting and its “antagonist” is entirely anti-climatic. The action to say the least is also lackluster in general and the romance is improperly developed to feel any sort of emotional attachment to the relationships. Character wise, we get some background on the main cast including how a sword ended up inside Ryousuke (at birth I might add). But even then, it’s not enough to really maintain a strong hook on the show. Conclusion is expected and unsurprising. The “epilogue” also makes little sense and while I haven’t read the source material, it feels some original material was stuck in due to its “wrap-up” like nature.

Backgrounds are average with a slightly better touch when it came to action scenes. However, the dark scenes are often blurrier and worse in detail sadly. Character designs are poor with the fundamental base being used across all characters, female and male alike. Animation wise, the show is not terrible for a feel title. In fact, feel continues to utilize the same average level animation quality relative to their past shows. The show is not pretty like Yosuga no Sora or Fortune Arterial but in line with Mayo Chiki!, PapaKiki, , Kiss x Sis, and the like. For now it’s not a major problem but I am hoping that by next year this time they will step up their game a little as seeing them stuck in 2010 animation is starting to get old. They’re not a high budget studio, but Yosuga no Sora and Fortune Arterial have shown they can at least produce slightly higher quality work.

OP is by Sayaka Sasaki. The chorus is nice and strong but the rest of the song is pretty poor. To be honest, I haven’t really enjoyed a song from her effectively since her debut in Tatakau Shishou -The Book of Bantorra- and Boku-H is no exception. yozuca* performed the ED theme, and is average at best for a song by her, especially given her track record. Background music is above average and sound effects are average. Seiyuu wise is average. I’ve seen better from Aya Endo and Misato Fukuen. Kaori Ishihara as Mine and Arisa Nishiguchi as Quele was good. Hiro Shimono as Ryousuke is typical Hiro Shimono.

Enjoyment? Low expectations to begin with and I get what I expected. The show has little (if any) weekly anticipation. It definitely has no rewatchability and value when you can easily get everything you wanted from this show in two shows that are far superior to this: High School DxD and Shakugan no Shana. It’s presentation is generally lackluster as it leaves little memorability in the episodes. In fact, I can’t even remember why Lisara was cursed, which resulted in her discolored skin for half the series.

Overall, Boku-H leaves us with little to really be desired. As I’ve said many times in the past for shows like these, ecchi isn’t always bad. It just needs to be used right. Freezing and High School DxD are ones in recent memory showing that ecchi can be done properly. However, if there is a lackluster story backing it, you may as well just go watch hentai or porn instead. There really isn’t much place for shows that provide ecchi yet no story. Boku-H, however, falls into that category.

 

Story and Character:

  • Premise (0/1): Completely unoriginal.
  • Character Personalities (0/1): Boring and dull characters. All I hear is whining.
  • Character Development (1/2): Some
  • Character Usefulness/Presence (1/2): Small protagonist cast. Completely forgettable antagonists.
  • Pacing: (0.5/1): It’s there but things could be spaced out more, particularly when Ryousuke drew Gram from him and the plot that followed it..
  • Reasonable/Plausible (0/2): Zero sense whatsoever.
  • Conclusion (0/1): Expected and nothing to really see here.
  • Total: 2.5/10

Art and Animation:

  • Backgrounds (1/2): Average overall. Good action settings but terrible with dark colored scenes.
  • Character Designs (0/2): Cheap as ever. Base is passed around across all genders
  • Fluidity (1/2): Average. feel doesn’t do many action titles.
  • Visuals/Special Effects/Flashiness (1/2): Flashy but basic. Green backgrounds isn’t exactly appealing unless it’s grass.
  • Art and Animation “Expectation” (1/2): Average animation for feel. Yosuga no Sora and Fortune Arterial are better. Hope to see feel improve as they’re stuck in 2010 quality.
  • Total: 4/10

Sound and Music:

  • OP/ED/Insert Themes (1.5/3): Average OP/ED
  • Background Music (1.5/2): Above average.
  • Sound Effects (1/2):  Average
  • Seiyuu (1.5/3): Average job for the seiyuus in this show.
  • Total: 5.5/10

Enjoyment:

  • Amusement (0/2): Uninteresting concepts.
  • Weekly/Next Episode Anticipation (0/2): No hooks to keep an audience to truly want more.
  • Presentation (0.5/2): Lackluster content and memorability.
  • Re-watchable (0/1): None, see recommendations.
  • Recommendation (0/2): High School DxD and Shakugan no Shana does everything this show wants to do and has done but far better.
  • Value (0/1): Underrated as it should be. No long-term value.
  • Total: 0.5/10

Preliminary Score: 5/10

Final Score: 3/10

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