Ten-year old Patalliro the 8th is the mischievous and rather ugly crown Prince of Malynera. MI6 agent Bancoran; also known as the 'Bishounen Killer', has been assigned the duty of being the crown Prince’s bodyguard, much to his continued annoyance. Bancoran must not only prevent Patalliro from being targeted by Malynera’s Prime Minister, but he must also try to keep his mischievous antics in line! Working together, can Patalliro and Bancoran foil various assassination attempts and catch the person behind them?
At first glance, your typical yaoi-lover might take one look at this anime and say, "Wow, that looks dated-- and what in the heck is with those profiles?? I can't possibly fall in love with something that looks like this!" However, I think one thing to keep in mind is that Patalliro was the FIRST shonen-ai manga/anime, so it kind of made way for many (never enough) others that came after it. Also, it actually IS rather romantic once you get into it; sadly, most of the yaoi or shonen-ai animes currently available are rather short, they're usually just OVAs with one or two episodes-- while Patalliro goes on for I think fifty-some eps (sadly only about 17 of which were subbed in English). So it's a love story you can actually get into, and even with the wtf-looking profiles you really DO start to fall for the characters. (And if you're a fan of old school anime art, then all the better for you, haha). However, here's what really made me fall hard for it: I started out by watching Patalliro Saiyuki (as opposed to Patalliro), without knowing anything about it except that it was meant to be BL. At first I cringed at the artwork, but soon despite the artwork I was completely smitten by the whole story. Patalliro Saiyuki was actually made in 2005-- the reason its animation looks dated is because it was based on the art used in the original '70s manga, Patalliro. But they had actually made the art much more decent in Patalliro Saiyuki. By the end of the anime I was so in love with the whole thing that I really wanted to watch the original Patalliro. So maybe you ought to go that route ^^ Either way, I will say this: regardless of what you might think of Patalliro, Patalliro Saiyuki is probably one of the most romantic m/m animes I've watched, even with the dated art. It just has a genuinely romantic feeling-- I'd recommend watching that first, and if by the end you feel like you badly want more, then watch Patalliro.
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