Alex: Slice of Life. That’s a genre which can go wrong in sooo many different ways that it’s not even worth mentioning anymore, but when it’s done right, it can be one of the most relaxing, enjoyable and even funniest genres out there. And this season we’ve been given the rare treat of having two brilliant slice of life shows airing one after the other every Monday. Comparisons really were inevitable, righttt~?
Once upon a time, in a world far, far away, we had K-On. A group of cute girls who lived their high school life together, playing in a band. We had moe times. Emotional times. Funny times. Relaxing times.Out of all the slice of life anime that i’ve watched over the years, K-On and more notably its sequel, K-On!! became the champions of that genre. Then, an OVA came along. The premise was nothing special, pretty much exactly the same as K-On. Just replace the words Music Club with Photography club and you’re set.
The OVA did little to change my mind that Tamayura was nothing but a shallow clone of K-On, attempting to cash in on it’s success. So imagine my surprise when a TV show of the same franchise was announced. And well, after being sceptical of the show, after hearing praise of it everywhere I went, I gave the first three episodes a try.
I was actually surprised. For once, a TV show figured out what it did wrong and changed it all, and it resulted in an enjoyable slice-of-life series that has a lot to like and not much to dislike. But one huge flaw remained.
Yeah, it’s still a form of a K-On clone. Cute girls doing cute things related to photography, even though it has a different style and a different method of showing things. K-On!! outstripped this show, even though it’s been ages since I last saw it. Not to say that it’s bad or anything, it’s a really good slice of life and a pleasure to watch.
On the other hand, we have a rather rare show. A slice of life without a single girl in it’s main cast. This alone was enough to grab my attention, considering how sick I am of all these girl-only casts and how male’s just aren’t represented correctly in anime. 4 episodes of Kimi to Boku later, and I was actually amazed.
Sure, it’s a very unique taste, and I don’t think everyone will love it as much as I do. But for me, it’s another defining slice-of-life doing a unique task and running the risk of failing, since let’s face it…moe animes sell because they’re moe. And that they have boobs. If they tried that style of marketing with Kimi to Boku, you’d end up alienating half of the market by using penis and shirtless guys to sell to the females. I think I figured out how poor Mimi feels looking at all these moe series..xD
Kimi to Boku is my personal favorite out of the two because it does what K-On did for the genre but with males, and I always preferred watching males on the screen than females…i’m sick of moe and tsunderes and that bunch of character cliches. When a good female comes along, she does capture the screen and make everything that much better, but i’m happy with my male characters and my male slice of life for now…
Has anyone else watched both of them? I’d be fascinated to hear your thoughts on which one’s better.