Jeez…how should I start this…(cough cough) Anyway…here it is! The start of my manga/anime reviews which I will try to do at a weekly basis, I’ll include basic summaries that will be spoiler free and likely stolen from winkepaedia which just introduce it, followed by my own comments (which might contain spoilers) as well as maybe some character analysis (not an in-depth one, it will very basic). I’ll mention when the spoilers are coming up, I should really find a way to do what I saw this site did, the spoilers are only visible if you highlight it. Technically I have already done some form of review for both Fushigi Yugi and Loveless but they were too informal. Random? So this is a proper one. If you are not interested in anime/manga then don’t read.
Title: Sukisyo (full name= Suki na Mono wa Suki Dakara Shoganai [this translates to “I like what I like, so it can’t be helped”]) [I have no idea why I decided to do this but I just did, by the way this does not represent the type of stuff I usually read!!!]
Category: Game (I think this is the first form)
Drama CD (then made into a lot of drama cds that are basically identical to the game.)
Anime [OVA. That means it was released into the store straight away.](13 episodes)
Novel (I think only one is published, I haven’t read it but I have flipped it and it is identical to the game. This is pretty new too.)
Manga (One so far, the newest product I’ve seen the manga and it is in Japanese so I have no idea what it is about, other then the fact that it is weird and drawn really differently…….)
The anime is something that starts off very light-hearted, and it is very funny. But it does get serious though, it is worth watching. If you really like the anime then I advise you to listen to some of the drama cd but I do not recommend the game to anyone, as what I have seen of it is enough to be traumatise me.
Why I saw it: My sister downloaded the OVA and it seemed interesting and it also contained a lot of famous voice actors. At that time I just decided that Koyasu Takehito is my favourite voice actor, and since he is in Sukisyo I decided “Great I’ll watch it.” So this is the symbolism of this anime? I like the basic story and I love hearing his voice so that is why I decided to hear the drama cd after I watched the anime (and the story from the anime is very interesting, and my sister found translation so why not?) Later on we found screen shot of the game (some are really dodgy) and it is also at this time when the drama cd gets dodgy too…after that we decided to do some research and we discovered that the story is a very heavy BL and the anime is an absolute dilution. This then led nicely to the next section
This is a BL (Boy love) story so it means that is about guys, and Sukisyo is like the BL that defined all other BL, but we had no idea that it was going to be like that. (Not only is there not one single female character in the story, there is not even a female voice actor!) BL is basically love between guys and the heavy ones can get rather graphical (like Sukisyo) while the lights one are only playing with the idea that is two guys in love with each other (a bit like loveless or even Tokyo Babylon)
So warning…if the lightest BL stuff disturbs you then DO NOT continue reading, as this is a very heavy BL story, it contains a lot of stuff that are rated. Apparently the game is R18, I haven’t played it but looking at some of the game shots, I can well understand why!
Although the anime itself is alright, it’s just normal bl? Kind of light, not very heavy. As I said before the anime is like super dehydrated! That is why I watched it! If it was like the game straight away I don’t think I would watch it…
Basic Story (spoiler free)
Sora (protagonist.) just recovered from an accident (fell off from a school building) and as a result he lost his memory. His new room mate is Sunao (usually known as Nao), whom, he is told by his close friend Matsuri, used to be his very close childhood friend.
As Sora tries to make sense of what is happening he discovers that both he and Nao have an alternative ego. Ran (for Nao) and Yoru (for Sora), and these two are (*cough cough*) lovers.
One of the most distinguished things about this story is that it had a large cast of characters that are very interesting…the two main characters and along with their crazy friends and teachers, and as I said it is a very funny yet rather touching and cute story at parts.
The story basically centres on Sora trying to make sense of everything going around him, and kind of coming to term with his “friendship” with Nao.
For me, the main factor that made me want to continue watch it is because I really want to know what had happened. Why did Sora fell off? Just what happened with Nao? What did they mean by Nao leaving that place? When can the two alter egos come out and what is the stuff that they are hiding? And there is this conspiracy that is slowly being built…
There are 13 episodes although the last episode is absolutely random, so you really just need to watch the first twelve. The anime version differs greatly by being way diluted, and the climax of the anime is what happens (in the game and drama cd you find out why Sora and Nao got separated, as well as why he fell off in the very beginning, whereas you only find this out in the last episodes of the anime). The anime is also very funny in the first few episodes, that is another reason why I watched it, I was just cracking up. (And the romance of Yoru and Ran are so so cute!!!)
The game is really dodgy…I mean, some of the screenshots I saw would be labelled as porn if it isn’t for the fact that it was censored, so this just indicates how dodgy it is. But trust me, the anime is alright.
The drama cds are kind of like the game, where there is this whole relationship thing that is not just platonic, so you basically have to hear it with earphones. And it is kind of funny, Japan has been stereotyped for being very strict and formal, and then you realize that the stores sell these type of things openly, I was told that any drama cds are very easy to find in bookstores. In a way they are more open then Western culture, at least in this case, because voice actors who are really famous voices a lot of bl drama cd and bl games, and it is not a shameful thing to do as we might expect. It is almost a form of art!!!
Hey, pretty good, no spoilers yet. Well, I am also going to do a character summary for the main characters but this entry is getting way to long so I will stop here and post the character summaries tomorrow. If you read this then leave a review! (it’s so ironic that this is the same length as my history essay, but does not take days to write)
BLog pet still refuse to learn Shiraishi's first name...i'm not going to stop until he finally succedd.
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