The Shounen-Ai We All Deserve | Doukyuusei -Classmates-
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Remember when I published a post called “Why, as a gay guy, I don’t like Shounen-ai animes!“? That’s actually the post I got more traction. Although I think the reason is because of the gigantic hate comment I got in there ahah
Well, at the end of it I talk about Doukyuusei, as one of the Shounen-Ai Animes that are worth trying. I can’t completely remember, but at least in my mind, I always thought that I would later do a full review of this show. However, almost a year has passed and still no review >.< But, well… Better late than never, right? So, here’s my full review of Doukyussei!
– Synopsis –
Doukyuusei – Classmates – is a movie for 1 hour which story is around two guys from the same class (obviously). One day, Hikaru Kusakabe, a delinquent notices that the number 1 guy in class, Rihito is not singing at the music class. First, he thinks that Rihito just doesn’t like to sing. However, later that day he finds Rihito training his singing but being terrible at it. Without thinking, Hikaru reaches out to him and offers him a help. Little did he know that something so small like this would completely change his life.
– Plot –
Normally I prefer Anime who follows an episodic plot just because it normally has more time to develop and give you a better storyline. However, with the 60 minutes A-1 Pictures had, they were able to create a great story.
Dokyuusei shows you a normal love story. That’s it! The only difference is that we have 2 guys instead of our typical straight couple. These are 2 completely different male classmates who end up passing time together for one fateful reason. However, they end up liking each other more and more.
What starts with singing classes, quickly translates to a personal relationship. The story tackles the issues of being in a gay relationship in this type of society as also the confusion when you fall in love for the very first time towards someone has the same gender.
What Dokyuusei does beautifully that most of the Shounen-Ai anime shows fail is how fluid and real the story is. In fact, I’m pretty sure many gay couples out there started as the Dokyuusei started. You can clearly see that Hikaru is more at ease with his feelings and he is the one trying to seduce Rihito. However, not even once he tries to force himself up to the other guy. In fact, during the story, you are able to watch a conversation between Hikaru and an adult in what is the best way to introduce the sex talk with Rihito since he is a virgin and Hikaru does not want to mess anything up.
It is true that there is some harassment in the Dokyuusei though. However, in a completely different light in what we normally get when it comes to Shounen-Ai Anime shows. Here, a professor tries to force himself towards Rihito. But, here the harassment is seen as a bad thing and Rihito does not really get under a spell or something. Basically, what you would expect in the real world.
– Characters –
Like the story, the characters are really well put together.
We have Hikaru who is considered a delinquent, I mean he smokes and misses school, so that’s what we consider a delinquent, right? (although I did the same with his age ahah).
On the other hand, we have Rihito Sajou. Best on his class and who feels the pressure of being the best and getting into the best college every single day. As normal for this kind of characters, he is more uptight and has more difficult to be “different” in the eyes of society. Of course, this comes from the family that gives him these kinds of values.
As I always say, opposites attract, and it’s no different in this story. In fact, they are so different that it’s a delight to see them grow as characters because of each other. While you can see Hikaru more interested in, at least, getting average grades. You can also see Rihito starting to loosen up a little bit. I mean, that’s what relationships are supposed to do, right? A way to make you grow as a person?
Seeing this Ying and Yang relationship coming to live and see these characters changing in people who work perfectly together is a kind of special thing to watch. The character evolution is beautiful. Moreover, for 60 minutes, you can really get into the characters.
– Conclusion –
Contrary to the most Shounen-Ai Anime shows which normally go for a specific target, I think Doukyuusei is an Anime that can be watched by everyone. In the end, it’s just 2 guys falling in love and work themselves out their differences and not being “right” in the eyes of society kind of thing.
In fact, for the ones who do not have much information about gay relationships I advise you even more to watch this. There is no “girl” or “boy”, no “top” or “bottom”. These are just 2 male classmates who fall in love with each other. Although it may seem simple, the Anime does it a beautiful way. In fact, it resonated a lot with my own relationship.
What about you? Ever watched Doukyuusei? What do you think about it? Tell me all in the comments 🙂
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