Sukisho

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oglopmaster's avatar By on Feb 11, 2010

I'm definately not a yaoi fan, but I have a goal of finding an anime with gay charaters that just happen to be a part of the plot and not focused on as in shonen-ai and yaoi animes. They have it with straight, but not with gay. Which pisses me off for some reason.

This anime was without a doubt for the yaoi fans. It begins with some bishonen guy sitting on top of some other guy and asking for him to 'call out Yoru'. And doing other typical things that would only appear in a yaoi. So my first impression was not very good. I wanted to know if it would change, because from my past experience with anime and manga, the first few episodes, chapters, or even volumes tend to be written as 'let's introduce the story and the characters, but really throw in a lot of free service cookies for the fanboy/girls.'

As I went on, there was a tiny bit of plot crammed in between the guys that looked like girls and the yaoi fanservice. I tried to ignore most of that. By the sixth episode, I decided that Sukisho probably wasn't worth watching, but since there were only thirteen episodes and I knew from reading a decription that there was at least a little bit of plot, I was stuck watching the rest of it just out of curiosity and the desire to waste time.

The plot began on about the ninth episode. Out of thirteen. The guys kissed and then had sex, which didn't last very long, but the episode is really better if you skip that part. Unless you're a yaoi fangirl. But whatever floats your boat. I was thinking, 'maybe they'll just kiss, maybe...' but they didn't. I haven't watched any shonen-ai in a while, so I had forgotten the nature of that type of anime.

So after that, there was lots of plot about a scientist and split personalities. Sukisho kind of cleaned itself up after all. And the two guys didn't even kiss in the end, which was a bonus because it got away from at least one cliche. So it was a decent anime. I guess. If you're looking for something to watch that involves a serious relationship that's realistic at all, then don't watch this. If you're a yaoi fangirl trying to waste some more time, or you just want to see some guy on guy, watch it. If you love anime cliches, watch it.

Oh, and if you don't like bad voice acting, then don't watch it. I swear, I was about to punch someone every time the pink-haired guy's split personality came out. And the voice acting on the other characters was only slightly better.

The plot in the end was decent, if only that. It was really predictable, but that's to be expected in almost every anime that I've watched. And I won't even try the OVA because I know, at least, that those are typically worse than the anime when they're shonen-ai. I've also heard from a friend that it's just all innuendo, which isn't worth watching.

6/10 story
5/10 animation
3/10 sound
3/10 characters
5/10 overall
haize78's avatar By on Mar 3, 2015

Sukisyo isn't a bad anime, but not really worth watching. It's a pity because if the plot and characters had been developed more it could have been quite good. So my opinion is: wasted potential.

There is a plot, even though it emerges only after the first 6 or so episodes. It isn't extremely original - but, as I said, if it had been developed better it could have turned out to be captivating. As it is, one thing I can say is that there's a ludicrous number of filler episodes for a 13 episode anime. Why didn't they just concentrate on the main plot???

It's more shonen ai than yaoi in my opinion, there aren't that many love scenes and they aren't explicit. I found it funny that in the whole anime there isn't even one female character (the only one, the owner of the onsen in the last episode, turns out to be a man pretending to be a woman) - were they hinting at the fact that the female gender is irrelevant and unnecessary? Be that as it may, we've got the typical boarding school setting with all these boys living together. The characters are barely passable. Our protagonists, Sora and Nao, are the more developed. They have a backstory, motives for what they do and a distinctive personality. But all of this isn't enough to salvage the anime. I didn't find them convincing. Absolutely lacking that something that turns them into characters you care about and empathise with. You'll forget about them and the whole story the day after you finish watching it. The creators of the anime could have played up a lot more the angst and the attraction and love between the protagonists, but they didn't. So in the end it's all quite bland. There are plot inconsistencies of course and the other characters, though likeable (like Sora's friend Matsuri, or Soichirou, who is Sora's teacher and guardian, as well as his partner Nanami) they all lack development. The antagonists are even less developed than the others. Put there just to be the bad guys with no backstory no motive no depth no explanation. Same goes for a couple of other characters who seem to have no defined role or personality: the one who kidnaps Sora and Nao to run some tests on them (can't remember the name) and the other guy who works in the hospital, Ayano -I wonder why they even bothered to include them in the cast.

So, it's not that bad: there's a hint of a plot and some likeable characters. But nonetheless I wouldn't recommend it: watch it if you haven't found anything better to watch.

4/10 story
4/10 animation
4/10 sound
4/10 characters
4/10 overall