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Boys Be...

Rating: 4½ Rampages Oh look, it's Yohji...I mean Makoto.

Synopsis:
Kanzaki's closest childhood friend, Chiharu has blossomed into a beautiful, intelligent athlete. Kanzaki slowly starts to realize his feelings for Chiharu, but it's almost too late; Chiharu's track coach has gotten the jump on Kanzaki, and has confessed his interest in Chiharu. Lucky for Kanzaki, childhood memories last forever — Chiharu hasn't made her decision yet, and her deepest feelings belong to Kanzaki— or do they? Yoshihiko listening to his walkman

Review:

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at guys that showcases their more sensitive and romantic sides, and does a pretty good job at that. Right from the gentle opening song, Boys Be.. looks to be the sort of show to carry a shoujo title, but when you actually get into the story, it plays more like a realistic and wide ranging life sim game. The story doesn't (contrary to how it seems in the synopsis) follow one boy and one girl--there is a small group of them at the high school it focuses on who are showcased individually (but present seperately in each episode) in different episodes. What this ends up doing is removing any real big dramatic plot, but gives the show massive character development in everyone present. I guess you could call it "Men Not Behaving Badly" (well, with one exception). The guys in Boys Be are very realistically written and performed; they act like high schoolers, but not in the exaggerated way you'd expect from most other series. I can see a lot of guys (primarily the ones whose only interests are cars, guns, and girls) finding this show slow and dulling to the senses, but frankly I've found it to be a very intruiging and enjoyable show, and judging from the attendees at the local club showings, I'm not alone. The visuals are probably the only weak point here, as it seems they needed to cut some corners by going digital. There are some of the classic "robotic pans" and paper cut-out composites but on the whole it works rather well. On the audio side, both opening and ending songs are very pretty, and the BGM suits the show quite well. Again, there is very little plot to speak of, but the character interaction alone is worth the time spent watching this show. Those with absolutely no romance in their souls need not apply. Otherwise, recommended to just about anyone.

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Only available fansubbed at this time.