You and Me 2 (Kimi to Boku 2), as made apparent by the title, is the sequel to You and Me, which aired last Fall. It’s based on a shonen manga by Kiichi Hota, and directed by Mamoru Kanabe, who is best known in America for his work on Elfen Lied.
After watching this, I’m having a hard time figuring out why this is classified as shonen. I know that shonen isn’t all Dragonball Z and Bleach, but I didn’t see anything in this show that would appeal to a male demographic. No hot girls, no fast cars–nothing. Instead it was about four latent homosexuals taking baths together and debating proper tangerine eating techniques.
The gay thing isn’t even what bothered me. It confused me because it seemed out of context, but it didn’t bother me. What bothered me is that it was slow paced and boring. For an anime primary about people talking, they didn’t say anything interesting. I understand that life is boring most of the time, but why would I want to watch a show like that? As much as hated Elfen Lied, at least it kept my attention.
And why is Kanabe even working on this? I’d rather have him working on violent titles like Baccano and Psycho Diver. I’d even settle for another season of Panda-Z. Shows like this make me wonder if they cut his balls off.
That isn’t to say that everything was bad. Kimi to Boku 2 looks great. Even on a modest budget that isn’t hard to achieve with this type of show, but it’s still worth pointing out. I’m a sucker for pastels, so it was a given that I would like the art direction. The music also stuck out as being above average. The soundtrack is comprised of happy piano and acoustic guitar tracks, so it’s hard not to smile while listening to it.
An unnamed modern philosopher once famously said, “Don’t watch an anime labeled Boku!” This remains true with Kimi to Boku 2. As aesthetically and aurally pleasing as it was, the slow pace and boring dialogue nearly put me to sleep. I might check out the soundtrack though.