Anime of Tomorrow
Kimi to Boku Ep. 1
Final impression – different, but not different enough (5/10)
Autumn 2011 (13 episodes) (more info)
Kimi to Boku is a school drama about a group of childhood friends who have become high school students and are now relying on their shared pasts and camaraderie to enjoy their youth and shape the adults they are going to become. This sort of description would typically characterize a moe anime with an all-female cast, but that’s where you’d be wrong. It is refreshing to have an entirely male cast in a scenario that most people would shove into a trope that gets done way too often. However, what’s most pleasing is that this gender reversal actually works to create something that is a moderate success. As many good things it has going for it, Kimi to Boku is one of those pleasant anime with some fun moments that gave me a good chuckle, but I just can’t see it becoming anything particularly interesting.
I don’t recall it having always been this way, but J.C. Staff has really been cranking out anime over the past few years. Seemingly, about two anime each season now. And the more this pattern has increased, the more it feels like they’re sacrificing quality for quantity. They still put out good stuff like Kamisama no Memochou, but the trend seems to be leaning more towards average stuff like Kimi to Boku.