Challenge (Yaoi) - Day 38
Day 38: An anime series that should have been a yaoi.
Okay. First, let’s change this question a little bit. I’m not going to use the term ‘yaoi’ here because, frankly, I wouldn’t want this to be a full-blown yaoi. A nice, soft, shounen-ai would fit this show perfectly.
What show am I thinking of? I’m thinking of Sakamichi no Apollon.
Why? I’ve got my reasons, believe me, and it’s not just because I ship Kaosen. Well, that’s part of the reason, but I’m not petty enough to want this to be a shounen-ai just because of that.
Let me begin by saying that I DO NOT dislike Ritsuko. I generally don’t watch shows with romance in them (unless it’s low-key and there’s a much bigger plot involved…think From Far Away or something), but this was good. Ritsuko started out high on my favorite character list, dropped somewhere in the middle after realizing her feelings for Kaoru, and then rose up a little bit more at the end. But I never actually disliked her.
However…I don’t exactly see why Kaoru was in love with her, either. I guess it was implied that they spent a good amount of time together, but I never really felt that there was anything that…pulled Kaoru in. I mean, there’s always that infatuation you can get with a person’s looks, and I think that’s what happened to Kaoru.
Because where was Kaoru 85% of the time in the show?
At Sentarou’s side. Those two had at least double the screen time together than Kaoru ever had with Ritsuko. They shared more experiences with one another (Kaoru was the one who comforted Sentarou after the bike incident, Sentarou is the one who got Kaoru into jazz, something that turned his life around completely) and they always had fun.
Whenever Kaoru was with Ritsuko…things just felt tense, awkward, because you knew that Kaoru’s love was unrequited…and then Ritsuko turned right around and started chasing after Kaoru when he’d already given up. That’s painful.
Kaoru + Ritsuko = Somewhat awkward conversations and interactions
Kaoru + Sentarou = Energetic and oftentimes humorous conversations, a very, very pure friendship that could EASILY cross the line into other territory (ie. remember how angry Kaoru was when he caught Sentarou trying to leave? And how regretful/pained Sentarou looked when he realized he’d actually hit Kaoru?)
So there’s really no question why I would want this to be blatantly labeled as shounen-ai. Kaoru says that he loves Ritsuko, but for most of the show his eyes are forever following Sentarou.