Kimi to Boku

Kimi to Boku. (君と僕。, lit. You & I) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kiichi Hotta about four teens, Yūta and Yūki Asaba, Shun Matsuoka and Kaname Tsukahara, who grew up together and a half-Japanese transfer student Chizuru Tachibana who joins the circle of friends. In 2011, it was adapted into an anime television series by J.C.Staff.

The story revolves around four teens—the good-looking twins Yūta and Yūki Asaba, the effeminate Shun Matsuoka, and the class head Kaname Tsukahara—who have known each other since early childhood. While they are not necessarily good or bad friends, they continue to hang out well into high school. The half-Japanese transfer student Chizuru Tachibana joins the circle of friends in this comedy about the everyday life of adolescence. It does not have any romance or flamboyant fantasy, but it is light-hearted humorous story about high school friends and attachment. Friendship forms because this group loves each other’s company even with all their different personalities or perspective. Yūta and Yūki are known for giving everyone a hard time but usually mean no harm, Shun with his elegant behavior, Kaname with his hot temper, and Chizuru with his fun loving side make up this anime about adolescence.

The story is rather laid back, not too complex. It doesn’t focus on about saving the world, helping a friend in dire distress, or even falling in love (that’s not to say that there aren’t any sweet dilemmas present). It’s a slice of life that revolves around the theme of growing up and friendships that grow along with one’s stature. And yes, the story revolves around 4 (then 5) males. At first, one feels like this could NEVER be anything but yaoi (male on male anime/manga), but it is anything but that. Instead, Kimi to Boku brings a new light on a what could be an “over-done” subject. Poetic prose seasons the the memories of the various protagonists who wistfully (and sometimes regretfully) reminisce the past, their experiences more than 10 years ago still having strong influences and ties to what is happening at the “now” of their life.

If it was meant to be exciting, this anime is not that great. It would deserve those careless sixes and sevens and be overshadowed by better shows. But it seems the artist wants to do something else. What else is there to life besides head-pounding, heart-rushing battle? Simple, sweet, everyday life. A cup of tea with friends. Fretting over school and girls. It’s these underestimated yet precious, precious things that one can only miss once they are over and nought but memories. Kimi to Boku brings wistfulness in a curious way, and stokes the fires of the heart. If anything, it’s real art.

Opening Theme: Season 1
Bye Bye by 7!! (Seven Oops)
Opening Theme: Season 2
“Zutto” by Tomohisa Sako
Ending Theme: Season 1
Nakimushi by Miku Sawai
Ending Theme: Season 2
“Kimi to Boku no Banka” by Yuu Sakai

Insert Song: Season 1
Eps 01: Sora by Ryunosuke Matsushita (CV: Aoi Shouta)
Eps 02: Candy by Aoi Shouta
Eps 05: Graffiti by Aoi Shouta
Eps 07: Tomorrow by Aoi Shouta
Eps 10: Over by Aoi Shouta
Insert Song: Season 2
Aqua by Aoi Shouta
March by Aoi Shouta

Bonus CD: Season 1
Vol. 1 – no Bonus CD
CD 2 – Character Song Matsuoka Shun
CD 3 – Drama CD ~Summer Time Home Work~
CD 4 – Insert Song
CD 5 – Original Soundtrack 1 & Insert Song
CD 6 – Character Song Yuuki & Yuuta
Bonus CD: Season 2
CD 1 – Character Song Tsukahara Kaname
Vol. 2 – no Bonus CD
CD 3 – Character Song Yuuki & Yuuta
CD 4 – Original Soundtrack 2 & Insert Song
CD 5 – Character Song Tachibana Chizuru
Vol. 6 – no Bonus CD

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