Table of Contents
- Animation and Art
- Final Verdict
TAGS : Comedy, Romance, School, Slice of Life
STORY – 8/10
Usa Kazunari is fresh high schooler, who finally gets to enjoy his life alone. He moves in to Kawai Complex, a boarding house that offers meals and a place to sleep for its residents. Besides him, there live quite a few of other individuals, including the girl he admires Ritsu, beautiful, yet unlucky Mayumi, masochistic Shirosaki, and sly teasing collegue Sayaka. Usa now has to live with those people every day, and prevail through many situations in order to get his love interest to notice him. From the very first day of enrolling here, Usa’s everyday life has never been any more fun.
Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou, or The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behaviour is a very unique slice of life show. It’s story isn’t all that complicated, daily life of a high school student who has a crush on a girl that lives in the same complex as him, filled with a lot of comedy. It all comes down to the execution of the plot, and that’s where this show shines. It delivers ten fold. If I were to describe the overall vibe of the show, the word I’d use is “cute”. It really is, especially the characters that push the story forward. It’s full of comedic moments that are different in many ways, contains a lot of teasing of Usa and Ritsu, much to the dismay of both of them, as well as many scenes that have serious background.
For some, romance may be lacking. To that, I have to agree, but the way it’s presented makes the overall feel of it much better than it normally would. It’s cute, sweet, and for the most part real. Especially the teasing that just seems like something friends would normally do.
CHARACTERS – 9/10
The show offers us a mix of characters with different personalities that provide us a great ton of entertainment. Varying from shy bookworm, to a straight up masochist, the characters are different, and amazing. Characters are memorable and lovable, especially Usa and Ritsu. That is not to say, however, that the rest is bad, god forbid! They are all surprisingly developed, making attaching to them really easy.
The bad thing? Maybe the overused trope of “I am an older woman with no luck with men” or something along those lines. It’s not the focal point of the personality of certain character, but it’s there, and may be the reason you dislike her. Other than that, they are all well written and bring about amazingly funny comedic scenes.
Usa Kazunari : A freshman at high school, who lives in Kawai Complex. He hoped for a life without any weird people, however, that didn’t go well when he realized his co-tenants are all odd individuals. He is rather shy, but determine boy with semi-long hair and blue eyes. He is usually teased because of his crush on Ritsu.
Ritsu Kawai : A second-year high school student who lives in Kawai Complex. She appears to be a very shy girl, with a bookworm personality. She is the grandchild of the brother of a landlady of the Kawai Complex, and is usually trusted with looking after the dorm when she leaves. She is often alone, but insists she isn’t lonely. She is a beautiful girl with short hair and purple eyes.
Sayaka Watanabe : One of the residents of Kawai Complex, and a college student at local university.She is very cheerful and laid back. She loves to tease Ritsu and Usa. Sayaka is a pretty girl with semi-long ginger hair and eyes. She is rather small and fragile girl, however she has a habit of getting into relationships only to break up and get into trouble with her ex boyfriends.
Shirosaki : Long blonde haired man, he is the roommate of Usa. He is a pervert and masochist, and gets turned on by almost anything. Despite those facts however, he is very perceptive and intelligent at times, coming up with some great ideas every once in a while.
Mayumi Nishikimo : A very beautiful office lady who lives in Kawai Complex. She has long ginger hair and green eyes, usually wearing glasses. She has a bad habit of getting drunk, and as a result, she does seemingly stupid things, and hits everyone who happens to be in her attack range when she gets into bad mood. She enjoys teasing Usa towards his crush on Ritsu, or just in general using her sex appeal to strike him whenever she feels like.
Sumiko Kawai : The landlady of the Kawai Complex. She is very kind, cheerful and optimistic individual, who at times can be very strict and feared, especially when the matter at hand is regarding complex’s house rules. She makes amazing pudding which all of the residents find irresistibly delicious. She is an older person with gray hair, usually wearing a smile on her face.
ANIMATION AND ART – 8/10
The Art of the show is unique. The various use of colours throughout the show makes it stand out from the other slice of life anime that have pretty generic colour palette. It’s really well done, detailed characters and backgrounds, and giving the world a breath of fresh air. It’s definitely one of the most unique use of art in the anime in recent years, and it’s been done really good.
The animation isn’t bad. It’s decent, it’s a slice of life show, so the budget was spread equally across every episode. It’s nothing to write home about really, a generic animation in a slice of life romance comedy. The art makes up for it though big time.
The downside? The aforementioned colour palette. If it doesn’t appeal to you, you may find it hard to watch, simply because it’s so bright, vivid and has this pink/green outline everywhere.
SOUNDTRACK – 7/10
The soundtrack is standard. It doesn’t stand out, but doesn’t fall off either. It’s a typical SoL background music that you’ve probably heard somewhere else in a slightly different form. It does it’s job relatively well, and makes for some amazing scenes.
The opening is a rather lovely one. It contains the art of the show as visuals. The ending is much more sweet than opening. In my opinion, it fits the show much better, and if they were switched, it’d make it that much more interesting. Nonetheless, they are really good even as a stand alone songs.
The voice acting is really well done, the show hasn’t been licensed, so there is no dub. However, the Japanese Seiyuu did amazing job with their respective characters. It’s really good.
FINAL VERDICT : 8/10
Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou is a lovely slice of life romance comedy. If that is what you’re looking for, you’ll not be disappointed, as long as you won’t be put off by the colour palette. It’s very sweet, has this cute vibe around it, and the characters make the whole thing extremely entertaining. The romance is lacking, that’s a fact, but it’s not a turn off, as the character grow before our very eyes, and if the second season is ever to become a reality, this issue becomes non existant. As it stands, it’s a really great show, and makes you want to read the manga to see what happens next.