Convenience Store Boy Friends

Alt title: Konbini Kareshi

TV (12 eps)
3.121 out of 5 from 2,184 votes
Rank #11,902
Convenience Store Boy Friends

First year high school students Haruki Mishima and Toure Honda are looking forward to their new school life. Meanwhile Nasa Sanagi, sole member of the cooking research club, continues with his club activities from middle school, striving to work on the theme that his adviser laid out for him. Second year student Natsu Asumi, although he matured a little since the height of his impudence during his first year, has nevertheless chosen to remain alone this year. Third year students Mikado Nakajima and Masamuna Sakurakoji watch over him with a smile. All of them will pay the nearby convenience store a visit after school.

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Positive *So let’s start with the positive section but unfortunately this will be quite a short one. I had to search for details that I liked in this anime because overall it didn’t really please me. But there was one thing that did came as a pleasant surprise and that was the plottwist in episode 10. By the time we got to episode 10, it seemed that the stage had been set in this anime. The fact that it was quite bland as well only supported that theory that nothing exciting was going to happen anymore. So when that plottwist came in episode 10, I was caught totally off guard. That was an element that I didn’t see coming and I wish that this anime would have contained more of those and exploited them more. For a video review, check out my Youtube channel. Link on my profile page. *And my second positive point was one of the OST’s of KK. For those of you that watched it: it was the one that was always used in the preview for the next episode. I can’t really explain why but it’s a tune that I really liked. Negative *Unfortunately KK did more things wrong than it did right. First up: the animation. The animation in KK was subpar. It wasn’t even average, it was below average. I saw inconsistent character design, truly just derpy faces at times and don’t even get me started on the walking and running animation. That was so rough. Purely based on the animation I would never guess that this was a 2017 anime. I would date it early 2000’s with that kind of animation. I thought that Studio Pierrot, who did quite some big titles, would know how to make descent animation, even for such a middle class, slice-of-life anime. *But what potentially bothered me even more in this anime was the story and how unbalanced it was. KK felt like Mayoiga all over again: there were way to many characters that they wanted to give meaning and way too many romances to give descent development over the course of 12 episodes. If you look at the opening, you see 5 or 6 potential romances. The anime couldn’t even balance 2 romances, let alone 5. So there were several storylines that didn’t even get started. For some that was a good thing like that one damned sibling love episode. Am I glad that they didn’t go through with that. But overall, if KK would have just left the side characters be simple side characters than maybe it could have balanced the 2 main romances right. *Because, as I just mentioned, KK couldn’t even balance our 2 main romances right. I thought that the relationship between Mashiki and Haruki was the main one. But during three quarters of this anime it felt like the main relationship was the one between Honda and Mihashi. We were getting plenty of development in that one but our main relationship wasn’t going anywhere. Al the development in the Mashiki-Haruki relationship was concentrated in the last 2-3 episodes when the Honda-Mihashi romance was concluded. They should have started that way sooner. *Another reason why the development felt so slow there was the fact that they didn’t use Mashiki’s illness to the fullest. We only get to know that halfway through the anime and after that it isn’t used again until the final episodes. That illness should have been the red line across this story. Take a look at Shigatsu. There we get signs that point in the direction of Kaori’s illness early in the anime and it was an element that progressed together with the main story up until the end. So overall KK was just an unbalanced anime where they tried to put way to many things in a small anime. Conclusion So as a conclusion, this was not a good anime. It was everything but the picture that I had in my head when I started it. I wanted to see several storylines, centered around the convenience store interacting with each other until the pieces of the puzzle felt together. Now I got an unbalanced, below average animated romance anime that could have been so much more. So overall I’m going to rate Konbini Kareshi at 2,5 stars. It wasn’t as bad as for instance Sagrada Reset which I just wanted to stop watching but it was such a disappointment. Shame on you Studio Pierrot.


The Pierrot’s 2017 uninspiring and sterile teen-drama-romance is another spin off from a multi-media project. Curiously Crunchyroll bill this as “Season 2” for some reason. We assume this is a mistake as there was no other season of this show although some of the characters may have had a life in a prior franchise release. The titles present multiple characters implying that there are four or more couples in the story. In reality the show is really only concerned with two of those. There is a very minor sub-plot about a few other characters yet it is so incidental as to hardly rank as part of this story at all. As you expect this is another High School romance story. There is no particular twist to it. In fact, it is remarkably dull at times. The slow pace of things is unremitting. Not much is going on and there is little chemistry or sparkle here. If you like fast paced stories with twists then look elsewhere. The two couples here are Haruki Mishima & Miharu Mashiki, and Towa Honda & Mami Mihashi. Honda ruthlessly pursues Mihashi despite her reticence. This is quite unlike the relationship between Michima and Mashiki that is far more subdued with each being too shy to admit to the other how they feel. Events towards the end of the season become more dramatic as we learn more of her backstory and the nature of her ill-health. Yet there are few surprises or originality here. They all hang out at a convenience store. That’s it. Very, very boring, bland and mundane. The artwork for the male characters is freaky. They all have adonis-like good looks such that they look like male models rather than a bunch of teenage boys. They are so freakish as to be unnatural and unnattractive. The female character artwork thankfully avoids this mistake. The characters lack distinctive characteristics and are ill-defined. You don’t really learn much about Mihashi for example. She remains a cardboard cut-out for the entire show. Quite what the studio thought about this story that warranted an anime release is a mystery. It is entirely run-of-the-mill. It is very hard to feel anything for the characters or get deep down and involved with them. The critics were harsh about this and it really has few plus points to recommend it. Best to avoid it.

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