The Stranger by the Shore

Alt titles: L'Étranger de la Plage, Umibe no Étranger

Movie (1 ep x 59 min)
4.201 out of 5 from 6,168 votes
Rank #318

On an island off the coast of Okinawa, two young men meet on a beach. Shun Hashimoto is gay and aspires to be a novelist. He is interested in Mio Chibana, a somber high school student, and starts to flirt with him. Day by day, the two of them grow closer, but then, suddenly, Mio decides to leave the island. Three years later, Mio returns and approaches Shun with the words, "I've thought about it for the past three years. I like you, Shun, even if you're a guy." However, when faced with the prospect of finally becoming lovers with Mio, Shun cannot take the first step towards commitment...?

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So as a queer person its hard to find mlm/wlw animes that arent hypersexualized or fetishy and made for the pleasure of the opposite gender. Let me tell you that was not the case at all here. This anime was adorable dealing with some rough topics such as death, homophobia and illness but for the most part the anime was light hearted and adorable. There was 1 sex scene that I was worried about but it ended up only making the movie better for me. Coming from someone who doesnt like watching explict things, it was adorable. It was intimate and really sweet. Instead of showing a rough and borderline assault sex scene like most mlm/wlw anime does it showed an intimate sweet one with 2 people who love each other and bonus points for constantly asking for consent and it was only about a minute or two long so you can always skip it. Also the animation was beautiful which as an artist myself I always love good animation. The sound track was really pretty and I barely noticed it because of how well it fit with the scenes or maybe I was just too sucked into the the tooth rotting fluff to notice. It was so adorable and so sweet and they both got their happy ending which make me so happy. I cried by the end of the movie because it was so sweet it made my chest hurt and I never cry. It had the same vibe as Doukyuusei but this tops it for me. Its some of the best gay representation I've seen in an anime in a while and its definitly going to be something I rewatch in the future, highly recommend. 


review might have slight spoilers , but no major ones :) i watched this on , but you can find it on youtube aswell . im always looking for more wholesome or just in general good bl & gl . alot of the time theres some weird incest , the storyline is just bad or it fetishes mlm / wlw relationships which isnt something i want to watch . so when i got recommended this i was worried it was going to be like something i listed above , but i was so wrong . im surprised at how not alot of people are talking about this movie story : the storyline is so good and heartwarming . we see two boys ( shun and mio ) meet and have their feelings grow for one another as each day passes , however mio would have to move for the mainland leaving shun behind . after three years mio comes back because he still has feelings for shun and thats where their relationship starts to grow even more , however they are faced with difficulties as shun isnt exactly ready to commit to their relationship ( and another thing but i wont mention it ) . i loved the problems that the movie showed between their relationship , even if they were just minor ones it just felt so much more realistic compared to some other bl's animation : ahh dont even get me started , the animation is beautiful ! it was so colourful , everything was vibrant especially the flowers which is one of my favourite things about the movie . it was smooth and clean , thats all there pretty much is to say . they executed it really well sound : just like the animation , there isnt much to say apart from the fact is was good . the scenes at the beach were my favourite as the sound was so relaxing , it makes you feel as if youre actually there . the small details like hearing the kid running on the sand or the crickets when it turned to night was so cool  characters : i loved the character designs and the detail that was put into them , including their backstrories as both mio and shun have gone through things . one of my favourite scenes was when we saw the flashback of mio and his mother running along the beach towards the end of the movie , it was a short moment but it was sad as you can understand the grief mio has gone through and how he misses his mother ( which is why he told shun to go see his father because he knows what its like to lose a parent )  overall : this movie is definitely worth the watch , its only about 58 minutes long and to me its different from the other bl's ive seen . im definitely going to be buying the manga to see what the movie may of missed out if anything at all . sorry if i missed anything out or wrote something wrong , this is my first review and if youve read it this far thank you :)

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