The Betrayal Knows My Name

Alt title: Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru

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Ketsuzoku's avatar
Aug 19, 2012

Story:

I'm sure I'm not the only one asking this, but does this anime even have a plot? From what I can gather the entire story revolves around a gender confused orphan who cries more than Mira Munakata and falls in love with every male who happens to wander within twenty feet of him.

If that isn't bad enough, none of these 'romances' even go anywhere. There is so little emotion throughout the series that I have a hard time believing the characters even have emotions, let alone the fact that this anime is a shounen-ai.

I suffered the entire series in the desperate hope that the two main love interests would get together. But no. Of course they wouldn't.

And I assure you that none of this is based off of my one sided opinion (unfortunately). This anime served as a jarring introduction into shounen-ai for my sister. Let's just say she's been obsessed with shoujo-ai ever since.

Oh, the plot also involves demons. Although I'm still not entirely sure how.


Animation:


Uraboku Goodness


The animation would have actually been the high point of this anime if the animators hadn't decided to clutter every frame with chains and roses. I'm not even kidding. The intro looks as if it was drawn by the author of Fifty Shades of Grey.

On top of that, they decided to fill what was left of the screen with dull character designs that were all almost identical. I gave up trying to differentiate between the characters half way through the second episode. If you insist on watching this I suggest you do the same.


Sound:

I can sum this up in one word: forgettable.

To be perfectly honest I can't actually remember if they even have any background music in the series. On Wikipedia it says that all the scores for the show were written by someone named Shōgo Kaida. The producers should have fired him while they had the chance.

Although to be fair the voice actor for Yuki portrayed his bitchy, pathetic character perfectly.


Characters

I'm not sure where to start on the balls up they passed off for character designs.

There were basically two groups of characters in the anime; the guys who were gay and the guys who should have been gay.

But here, have a Wikilist.

I gave you this not because I don't have the space or time to talk about all the characters, but simply because I have no idea who the hell half of them are. Who is Elegy? Is she even in the show?!

But then again I don't really know any of the females even though there were literally only four of them in the whole anime. Please don't ask me what their names are; I have no idea (unless you count Yuki who isn't even a girl anymore... apparently).


Overall:

I would rather relive the embarrassing horror that was my eighth grade spring fling than rewatch this anime. I suggest you do the same. Watching me push a glass pillar onto my crush is far more entertaining than the poorly put together premise (and I use that word in the loosest sense of the term) that forms the basis of Uraboku.

1/10 story
4/10 animation
3/10 sound
1/10 characters
2/10 overall
Aphroditexx's avatar
Sep 19, 2010

Ahh, the anime with the long name I cannot pronounce.

Let's call it Uraboku, as that's a lot easier on the keyboard.

My, my. I have been around Anime for a while now and I was quite disappointed in the 2010 line-up so far. In a bored moment I turned on Uraboku, because of the Animation and Shounen-ai element.

Boy was I in for a treat.

The story starts out a bit cliché (a bit? try a lot.) with a normal high school student with powers he cannot control. He was abandoned at a young age and cannot handle the loneliness in his heart. Until one day a long haired man appears at the Orphanage he lives and claims to be his brother.Ofcourse, with every good anime, there is always a twist. This man also has powers, along with several others of the clan our normal high school student Yuki belongs to.

I won't give away too much of the story, but this is a treat for any shounen fan. Uraboku is about reincarnation, the bond between souls and eternal love. All wrapped up in a dark atmosphere, goose bump worthy action and animation to die for.The shounen-ai element in this anime seems obvious at first, but withers away after you learn the true story behind Yuki and his Luka. I made my shounen/action addicted boyfriend watch this anime and even he, manly as he is, was smitten with this anime. (so boys, don't worry. this isn't some soppy romantic anime where the two male leads can't stop holding eachothers hands.)But what really sets this anime apart is the depth of the characters. Uraboku doesn't have just one or two leads, it has 13. 13 characters which have their stories told within 24 episodes, without the anime getting boring or stuck. I know, it almost sounds too good to be true.The music in this anime is shounen-worthy. Riveting guitar riffs, rock music and on the other hand it has a sweet melancholic Victorian feel to it.

This started out as a boredom-anime. We all know them, those you watch without really paying attention. But I am one episode away from the final end, and I assure you.. This anime has creeped it's way up my top .

I can recommend this anime to all shounen fanatics, Lolita lovers, Vampire addicts, shounen-ai fangirls and boys, but most of all.. I can recommend it to the true, anime fanatic. 

Edit:

As a dear fan of this show, I was let down by the ending, dropping my overall score. However, another season has been announced. Let's see what that will bring us.

8/10 story
9.5/10 animation
9/10 sound
10/10 characters
8/10 overall
BloodxxxRose's avatar
Jul 30, 2013

While I enjoyed the concept of this anime, I find there was not a lot of development. First of all, they expressed the background of most of the characters fairly well yet there was little to no growth of the characters through the entire anime. In fact, some seem to have gone backwards, from supporting of their comrade to suicidal and barely progressed back to the original state. As far as the story is concerned, it did progress, however, it also went slowly for a 24-episode series and stopped before a final battle. In fact, the last battle had a large build up of tension and ended suddenly as well as unclearly. I would also like to point out, if you intend to watch this for boy love you will be highly disappointed. Besides a build up of sexual tension there is no hint of romance. There is almost no bodily contact of any kind, actually. The main "couple" in fact has no romantical aspects at all, one is too busy stuck in the past, in love with the partners past life to develop any sort of relationship with the partner and the partner literally doesn't look the other ones way, as he is too busy obsessing over his "brother" whom he seems more romantically interested in then the supposed partner. All in all I feel it could have been a good anime but it was too rushed and focused too much on the past then the present, if there had been a second season that wrapped it up it would be fine. I did enjoy watching it, but wished it had been planned out a lot better. I am going to read the manga in hopes of a better outcome.  

8/10 story
10/10 animation
9/10 sound
6/10 characters
7/10 overall
PurpleCatAngel's avatar
Jan 12, 2012

What I like the most about Betrayal Knows My Name is there is a lot of fantasy happening throughout the show and what the main character Yuki was like as a before he was reborn again. Luka is my favorite because he is like Yuki's guardian will do anything to protect him from anything. Another thing I like about this show is most of the characters, like Luka and Hotsuma, show a little romantic interest.

Even though it's labeled as shounen-ai, it shows a little bit of it in it, but not a lot of hardcore yaoi-ness. That's my opinion on Betrayal Knows My Name.

?/10 story
?/10 animation
?/10 sound
?/10 characters
10/10 overall
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SugarYaoiKitty's avatar
Apr 19, 2016

I know people are confused with this anime and the story but I think it's good and if you read the manga you might understand it better. I also love the characters and the side pairings. I enjoy the soundtrack it's nice and not to bad. Also the animation isn't awful, actually it's quite good. So I have to say I like this anime..\

8/10 story
8/10 animation
7/10 sound
8/10 characters
9/10 overall
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