When I watch anime, I can’t help but feel the need to ponder on the temptations of our material world. Like sticking my head in holes, or wandering into women only areas. Thankfully, Bokura Wa Minna Kawaisou is sating my intense and existential curiosities.
To be completely honest, I didn’t expect much from the Spring Season, nor Bokura Wa Minna Kawaisou myself. The repetitive copy paste formats of Romantic Comedies can be grating, even to seasoned viewers who have avoided watching one for a substantial period of time (e.g. 10bit/DDK/Hss/Stellio).
The real question here is if Bokura Wa Minna Kawaisou can break that mold or at least refresh the palate. The answer?
No. It’s a little early to tell exactly, but when the first episode paints a pretty clear example what you’re in for pretty early. Like I said, whether that’s good or bad is relegated to future episodes and if the show continues to rely on twists for brief gags and jokes.
On that note the humor is nothing to write home about (it was amusing, but not laughter inducing), and focuses on the ever so popular comedic element of absurdity. To the Japanese, the absurd is endlessly humorous to them, and most anime with non-sequitur humor have a boring, flat character to relate to, the sane man for instance. Then the colorful and vibrant cast start doing wacky things and say odd stuff. Absurdist and filters done right is Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei, and as far as Bokura Wa Minna Kawaisou goes, we’ll see.
I’ve never really liked Brain Base, or at least MALgraph says, but I’d be willing to give them a chance if future episodes tone it down a bit on the bloom and saturation, as well as the unsatisfying gag comedy that attempts to subvert my expectations.
It’s as if I showed you a picture of a cat and asked you what is that picture of. You would obviously say a cat, but then I would start yelling “LOL NO IT’S A DOG!” and laughing at my own joke. Though it’s never that extreme in Bokura Wa, it can feel like it if the show is entirely based of these types of gags.
The main character, Usa Kazunari, struggles with the age-old concept of wanting peace and quiet and living the ideal Japanese life of tranquility and meeting a nice refined girl(Kawai Ritsu). Though his attempts are stonewalled by his “carefree” mother and the quiet and apparently deadly Kawai Ritsu. Mean with a book and equally deadly with a shinai, our plucky protagonist will have a lot of hammy romance and tomfoolery to impress her.
It’s meta enough for Donny, it appeases the mighty glacier, and it has enough elderly moe for Stellio. Over all though, Bokura Wa Minna Kawaisou gets full “Go Ahead” marks from the team, so sit back and enjoy the meta comedy of the season.
SATISFYING/10 – “Would watch the series and do episodics on.” – Donny, 2014