Sanrio Boys Episode 6: We’re Finally Sanrio Boys

Review:

Not going to lie, I may have actually missed part of this episode due to falling asleep. Not that the episode was that bad (wasn’t that good either), but I was kind of work exhausted when I decided to watch it. Now, I could go back and do an episode rewatch but I really don’t think it is going to make that much difference to my overall opinion of this episode.

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The Student Council President continues to try and solve everything on his own. The trio we know decide to take responsibility and get shut down. And the blonde boy is a sulky three year old. Still, all it takes is the President collapsing and an inspiring speech and we can turn all this around.

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I think the post credits section bothered me the most. Blonde boy is now super friendly with the President but still hostile towards the others, despite zero reason at that point. And then our main character feels the need to articulate that they are Sanrio boys and lists each character that they like. I wonder if they felt the product placement was a little low this week?

Anyway, it isn’t a particularly good episode but it isn’t particularly bad either. It just kind of exists at this point and I’m not really into this show but I’m not really wanting to drop it either. So I guess we’ll just see out the season, unless it makes a serious mis-step in which case it might find itself dropped.


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Sanrio Boys Episode 5: Seeking An Age Appropriate Plot

Review:

Last week I mentioned that if the character had been in middle school rather than high school the plot may have worked but as it was, it just felt really odd. This week continues that trend with the new character who was introduced at the end of last week having the mentality and attitude of someone significantly younger and creating a conflict simply due to his own immature personality.

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Again, if the boys were in middle school, this would all make sense as their attitudes would be fairly understandable and their learning to accept others and themselves would be kind of charming. But they are based in high school and yet carrying on in a childish and petulant manner. Given the high amount of product placement it kind of seems odd to promote your fan base as being emotionally stunted.

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While I’m not dropping this, I don’t think it is going to get any better at this point in time so I doubt I’ll be recommending it any time soon. Plus, added bonus, the story this week ends on a cliff hanger so now I get to wait a whole week to find out how the student council president will have a heart to heart with the childish jerk who called him names and they can all become best friends.


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Sanrio Boys Episode 3: Angry Sister Character Needs To Disappear

Review:

I’m kind of getting what they were going for this episode but Yuri, Yuu’s younger sister, is just so incredibly unlikable by the time Yuu nearly hit her I was kind of hoping no one would stop him (even though that would end up leaving an incredibly bad taste on the entire anime). But she was just truly a horrible person. Which actually kind of leaves this whole episode with an overall nasty after-taste and not in a way that makes you reflect but in a way that makes you wish this character doesn’t take the spot-light again in the series.

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And pretty much that is all I’ve got for this episode. The boys grow closer as friends, they talk about My Melody (a lot because product placement is the goal here) and we get a teaser at then end for an issue with the soccer club for next week’s artificial high school drama setting.

For me, another episode like this one will see this show dropped.


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Sanrio Boys Episode 2: No Doubt Who This Is Targeting

Review:

If there was any doubt as to who the intended audience for a show about boys who like cute mascot figures might have been, the shower sequences showing the soccer player and the flashy guy in the first five minutes may have cleared things up. In case that was just seen as a one off the episode then also gave us the main character having a change of shirts and later the student council president shirtless after training for archery. Not a lot of doubt left about who the creators think will be watching.

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Outside of contrived reasons to get the casts’ shirts off this episode deals with Kouta’s reluctance to admit he likes Sanrio and ends with a shopping excursion (before an after credits lead in to what is clearly the issue to deal with next episode).

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The whole thing is pretty by the numbers emotional manipulation before we get to the happy resolution for the crisis of the week. It works well enough but it really didn’t add anything to the characters that we hadn’t figured out last week, though I guess Kouta at least makes some progress during the episode.

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All and all, this seems to be setting up for a formulaic introduce boy, introduce boy problem, have group overcome problem, buy more merchandise approach to story-telling. It might do something more than that in coming weeks but that would be my prediction at this point. So the only question is, are they at least doing it well? And the answer would be yes. While this undeniably a sales-pitch it actually manages to be moderately entertaining.


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Sanrio Boys Episode 1: So Cute Boys Do Cute Things?

Overview:

Let’s hear it for advertainment as Sanrio Boys rolls out the Sanrio characters and places them in the hands of a variety of guys. I’m sure there’s also a story about being true to yourself, the power of friendship, or something similar going on here.

Review:

Despite how snarky my overview was then, I didn’t mind this first episode. The parallels between this and A Place Further Than the Universe are pretty intense in terms of set up, though this show is decidedly sillier and has a largely male cast. Average guy thinks he is wasting his youth and is prompted to find a goal. We get a flashback to him getting bullied for liking Pompompurin as a kid and essentially giving up liking Sanrio characters and then he tries to save another boy from getting picked on by not returning his key chain in front of his classmates.

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I wonder if so many of these shows come out at this time of year because they’ll end just in time for students in Japan to enter a new school year? Maybe that’s a little cynical of me to think so, but the mum suggesting prep school might give him some focus was pretty amusing given it was clearly an argument she had lost before.

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Basically we already know the end point because the show started there and then the narrator told us he would tell us how they got there. We don’t know anything about the main character other than he suffers from bland protagonist nice genes and he gave up something he liked (which is apparently the reason his life is so dull now because clearly there was nothing else that could interest him after giving one thing up) and he regrets ignoring his grandmother before she died.

Much like A Place Further Than The Universe this one is going to need another episode or two. I don’t know whether I’ll end up watching either show. I will admit, I was more amused by this one, but the quality of the other one is superior. I’ll wait and see.


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