Hitorijime My Hero

TV (12 eps)
3.937 out of 5 from 8,265 votes
Rank #1,265
Hitorijime My Hero

High schooler Masahiro Setagawa is a fairly helpless delinquent, so much so that the neighborhood bullies use him to run their errands. His life changes when he meets high school teacher Kosuke Oshiba, a man whose fighting abilities have earned him a powerful reputation on the streets. Oshiba finds himself with a desire to protect Setagawa, and despite swearing that he's not interested in men, Setagawa finds himself getting more involved in Oshiba's affairs…

Source: Sentai Filmworks

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Normally, I break anime down into story, plot, and overall (occasionally touching on sound and animation if there's something sensational or terrible about it). This anime...don't.  Just don't.  Don't waste your time with it.  I want the time I spent on this back from my life...and I don't usually say things like that at the start of a review, even for a really crappy anime. The plot was nonexistant.  There was a possibility of one at the beginning with the "protagonist" being saved from living as a sort of dog for a gang, but wasn't elaborated on soon enough.  The first episode also skipped around to the point of being confusing (a good portion of it from the protagonist in middle school, then jump to middle school graduation/high school entrance, then back to when he met the guy who became his hero and saved him from hanging out with the gangs). After that, it jumps into the most toxic, abusive, and creepy relationship between two side characters I've seen in a while.  If they were going for "sweet" with the music and animation, they failed to do so because one of the characters was one step below raping the other.  It was disgusting and creepy.  Is the viewer supposed to feel sorry for this sexually repressed character?  Are we supposed to go "aww, now they made up and are lovers, how cute!"? Their high school life just started, and things went from 0 to 100 in the span of a couple episodes. The pacing is terrible, the characters are flat and uninteresting, and the plot is as cliched as you can get while managing to be one of the most boring BL anime I've seen. I've seen a couple...the most memorable being Gravitation.  Gravitation pulled me in, wasn't creepy, and was a gradual falling in love (for one of the characters; the other was nearly immediate) with drama thrown in. This...this is just porn without a plot, but minus the porn. So basically, characters on a screen with some music and voice acting. The rest of the anime is just hackneyed and predictable with unnecessary (and flat) drama and just... Look, if you want a good BL series, go watch Gravitation.  My suggestion would be to not waste your time on this; that's what those of us who write reviews do:  Waste hours of our lives so that you don't have to if something is crap. Granted, this is just my opinion, but this is so below average that it shouldn't have even been produced. The only reason why "characters" managed a "2" is because one character out of the entire cast actually has a freaking personality.

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