Kimi to Boku – 03 Review
Yes! I am finally here!
Episode 03 – The Straw Coloured Boy
(geez, racist much?)
So the last of the group finally makes an appearance!
But does this change the way things are for this series?
Super Duper Short Episode Summary
Tachibana, a new exchange student is adamant that Yuki is the friend from his childhood whom he had shared a bond with. Through the rest of the episode, Yuki tries to remember the past in hopes of figuring out if he was mistaken whilst Yuki stands by the fact that he does not remember Tachibana. Through the use of a flashback, the past and truth is revealed.
Perhaps I am weird, but I actually quite liked this episode. It still had its same slow low-key mood that the last 2 episode have been plagued with, but at the same time, the appearance of Tachibana introduces some much needed virility to the show.
One thing that this episode had manage to confirm in my mind was that this is a series that aims to be low-key. Why? I merely say this because even the comedy side of this series is not robust and “loud” but rather simple and quiet in it’s execution. It gives off the same subtle feeling that reminds me of a gentle breeze – nice but also something I can live without.
I could not help but feel that Tachibana’s over-enthusiastic attitude couple with his crazy reactions reminded me of Tamaki from Ouran. Although both of the characters have different personalities, they do fall under the same mold when it came to some of the character traits. That also had me thinking… a pair of twins, intelligent character with glasses, a girlish male character and a kid (I hope she is not a permanent part of the group), all we are missing is a stoic tall character and we would have ourselves a alternate reality of the Ouran Host Club. (Sure, most of these are generic stereotype characters but still…)
Is hair the only physical way that mangakas can think of to distinguish twins apart from choice of clothes?
Tachibana’s character actually spiced up the show for me. It was not only his crazy reactions but simply because of how he is able to get certain reactions out of the group member that made things more interesting and less dull to watch. Also, his idiotic personality when it came to Shun was pretty funny. It was nothing shocking nor original but it was still a fun scene since stubborn characters with stupid personalities are entertaining.
I am starting to feel like I have a hand fetish after all these sceencaps
For a series that is not meant to be a BL show, it sure does tend to push the line by having ambiguous elements. The whole situation between Yuki and Tachibana reminded me of a long-lost childhood friend type of shoujo love story especially with the focus on their hands touching/holding one another. I found that to be pretty funny simply because it seem like such an easy thing to misunderstand and thus turn a certain portion of the views away from the series. That was actually the scene that had me questioning if the series was certain that it did not want to change it’s genre.
I did not really understand the whole flash between the different times of the day with that scene. Anyone know what’s going on there?
My only question/issue with this episode is the reason behind why Yuki did not want to admit it was him whom Tachibana had met as a kid and wanted to force it upon Yuta instead?
Overall, this series is starting to look less boring and a lot brighter with the introduction of Tachibana’s character. Although it worked well for this episode since he is still a fresh face/personality, I can’t help but question if this would be the same for the following episodes. One thing is for sure, this series is going to remain mellow and relaxing (with the hint of boredom ever so often) for the rest of the season and I don’t see that changing. Then again, with all the random weirdness in this season’s anime, I quite enjoy this break from madness.
Oh, and flashbacks seems to be an integral part of this series since every episode has had at least one thus far.
Episode Rating: 7/10
Total Cat Count this episode: 15
(I did lose count halfway since I actually started to enjoy this episode)