Genres: Drama, Yaoi, Crime
Premiered: Winter 2020
As a women unfortunately I am one of the percent of women who like BL. I wouldn’t go as far to call myself a full time Fujoshi, I have read many Yaoi Manga and watched anime such as Junjo Romantica and Sekaiichi Hatsukoi.
Yashiro is the young leader of Shinseikai and the president of the Shinseikai Enterprise, but like so many powerful men, he leads a double life as a deviant and a masochist. Doumeki Chikara comes to work as a bodyguard for him and, although Yashiro had decided that he would never lay a hand on his own men, he finds there’s something about Doumeki that he can’t resist. Yashiro makes advances toward Doumeki, but Doumeki has mysterious reasons for denying. Yashiro, who abuses his power just to abuse himself, and Doumeki, who faithfully obeys his every command, begin the tumultuous affair of two men with songs in their hearts and no wings to fly.
I read the manga for this, which has been ongoing since 2008 and has yet to be completed, and when they announced an anime film in 2019, I swear I had the biggest smile on my face. It’s been over a year since I finally found it online, and after a long morning trying to figure out how to use CGI, I came back, put my feet up, and watched.
I was so excited to see this because the anime label ‘Blue Lynx,’ which supported the Given film, was also behind this film, so I was curious to see what they would do with the manga as it was adapted into animation. Since the manga already had an audio CD, the voice actors were already cast.
Our two principal characters/voice actors are Shingaki, Tarusuke as Yashiro and Wataru, Hatano as Doumeki. It wasn’t anything new for me because I’d already heard the BLCD, and both voice actors, as well as the rest of the cast, do an outstanding job!
After seeing the trailer, I was very excited, and Studio Grizzly did an excellent job with the animation. However, having worked on the Yarichin Bitch-bu anime, I was concerned about the direction it would take, whether it would follow the manga, and whether it would be as good as I expect it to be, how many BL scenes will we get, given that most Yaoi anime’s avoid steamy scenes?
All those questions went through my head when watching this.
I don’t expect anyone to go out of their way to watch BL because it isn’t for everyone, but as a Fujoshi, I had to say that this film was far superior to the Given film that was recently released on Cruncyroll. The music was composed by H Zettrio, a Japanese jazz pianist, and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed it!
The music was elegant, and it worked well for a Yakuza anime. We don’t see many yakuza anime, which I wish would change because I am a major crime drama fan, but as we all know, the Japanese keep their sexuality’s to themselves and keep them hidden. The plot follows Yashiro as he acquires a new bodyguard, Doumeki, who is a perfect match for Yashiro’s type but 1. Doumeki is not a homosexual and 2. He’s impotent.
What is actually quite sad about this anime in the underlying issues the characters have, the stories they have to tell.
Yashiro is a total masochistic when it comes to the things he likes but when your showed his past you actually feel sorry for him even though you never seem to know what hes thinking and neither does his friend Kageyama.
Yashiro never will sleep with someone he truly likes or he will never love anyone, but we see slight changes when Domueki becomes apart of his staff.
This anime movie is around 1 hours and 15 minutes long and I loved every second of it, mainly because I couldn’t wait for this fantastic manga to be animated so beautifully.
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