Before I get into today’s review, I need to do some housekeeping announcements.
Anime Expo is coming this Friday, and as per my tradition on this blog going on 3 years, I have spent the past month reviewing a lot of shows that have aired between last year’s AX and this coming year’s. If you go to the event, you will most likely find me running around being a staffer, because that’s a thing!
As AX approaches, this will be my last full review until next month, and I figured I will end this marathon with something fun! I will then be compiling a list of my favorite funny and great moments from Crunchyroll’s Spring 2016 anime lineup.
But anyway, onto the review!
Contrary to popular belief, the sakura (cherry tree) does not bloom out of anticipation of change in spring. That is a modern interpretation. According to one Japanese myth, the origin of the sakura comes out of tragedy. Long story short, the sakura weeps as soon as it blooms every spring because an old man’s loyal dog is buried beneath its roots.
At the heart of a Japanese narrative, sakura may be a beautiful spring tree, but it is also associated with life and death. Sakuras are known to wilt as quickly as they bloom at the beginning of spring, symbolizing a short existence. Thus like the sakura, our very existence is rather short when you compare it to the span of all time. This is the lesson that one might learn from the sakura, and it is also the lesson one might learn from this series.
But that’s enough about existentialist theory for now. I will be getting into some heavier stuff as we go along, but this is an anime review. So I will be focusing on the waifu — I-I mean, Sakurako! And nothing puts a smile on her face quite like finding a fresh pile of bones of a human being!
Of all the kinds of anime that I review, I will admit that I am not well-versed in discussing boys love/yaoi. But since I’ve made several jokes about the genre in relation to other shows, I suppose I wouldn’t be able to avoid a conversation about it forever. This anime is technically not the first BL series that I’ve watched, but it is the first one that I will be reviewing.
Of the few things I’ve learned from BL, the more forbidden the better. There is something enticing about deviant romance that makes whatever cliché stuff I talk about look so boring! And since this is a series about the (loosely defined) romance between a man and his adopted kid brother, it certainly meets those qualifications, but is still okay to air on TV, I guess.
And yes, there will be kissing.
Makura no Danshi is an interactive anime short that is designed to help you, the audience, sleep while a “pillow boy” talks to you. There’s nothing really more for me to explain beyond that. If you ever wanted to have an anime guy lull you to sleep, maybe this will help. But bear in mind, if you are watching this to find ways to lull your partner to sleep, following the pillow boys’ examples may not be effective. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
I would end this review there, but that’s hardly entertaining the subject! So I will go ahead and give you my sample of interactions with all the pillow boys (in text, of course). And since I’m not a girl in real life, I have decided to trade slightly out-of-context yaoi dialogue with them instead!
Disclaimer: Never actually read any yaoi, so I have no idea if this is how it’s supposed to sound.
At last! I have done 100 of these anime reviews! And while I would like to make this a huge deal, there isn’t really anything format-wise that’s different about how I’ll go about this review, other than it just so happens to be the 100th.
Recently I have talked about shows with a focus on Community, Friends and Family, and Romance. And as I get ready to wrap up for the year, I find it best to tie everything together with something that has sentimental value to me, and under those same themes. But you’re probably not reading this for my sake (as it should be), so without further ado, I’d better get down to this. Because let’s face it, I really don’t like having writer’s anxiety!
This has been me for the past two months!