They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Hyakujitsu no Bara, Kirepapa., Ikoku Irokoi Romantan, and more!
6: Hyakujitsu no Bara
English: Maiden Rose
MAL Score: 6.57
Two soldiers from warring countries are bound by a pledge as master and servant. Taki Reizen is a Commander of sublime beauty, shouldering the fate of his nation. Called “Mad Dog” because of his rough temperament, Klaus has sworn his loyalty to him as a knight. Despite this, those around them are cold and disapproving, full of various misgivings. For all their genuine feelings, what will come of love made cruel by the violence of war?
There IS actually a plot. There is a reason behind the main characters’ romance, and the bond is deep. Although, I feel that certain needed details were neglected or not brought out clearly. Sometimes, I felt that the plot was rushed.
Personally, the art style is not to my taste. However, the animation is done beautifully, and I think the art style grows on you. The art style does match the characters’ personality. The backgrounds brought out the mood of the scenes. For an example, during heavy and dark scenes, the backgrounds were dark.
The background music was very nice and brought out the mood the scenes. I especially liked the piano bgm.
If only there were more episodes! The only real character development you really see is when you compare the characters in the present to them in the past. Still, the character themselves are not so simple. They battle with what they need to do and what they desire. It’s nice because it seems that the main characters seem so different, but somehow the meet on the same page.
Despite little things, I was VERY tempted to give this yaoi an overall 10, but i cannot. However, I enjoyed it a lot. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to watch a yaoi with a real storyline.
It made me physically sick, I dislike r*pe culture in anime because it really disturbs me and makes me feel ill
There isn’t really a plot at all to be completely honest, there’s two r*pe scenes in it and it completely put me off the whole show.
I thought it was gonna be about war and stuff but it actually hardly went into that and focused more on the toxic ass relationship between Klaus and Taki, people can argue that “oh but they fell in love at the end” i really couldn’t care less, it doesn’t forgive the fact that Klaus r*ped Taki TWICE!
So yeah, I hate this…..
The art was cared and clean, pretty but not amazing. The animation can’t be considered a master piece, but it’s skillfully done. And that’s enough. The same can we say for the OST and effects, not to mention voice acting. For something supposedly sensual these actors seemed rather shy.
However there is something that counters this, which are the characters. They are solid and suffer development, even with the 60 minutes of screen that they were allowed to have. The designs are gorgeous and even though we may consider some actions flawed according to what we know of them I believe that it is part of their personal achievements to surprise the viewer.
Overall, a very good work. We were needing something like this into the genre. Sexually tense, violent and creepy sometimes, but very sweet in the end. Highly recommended to the rabid fangirls.
MAL Score: 6.65
Chisato Takatsukasa, a 35-year-old author, has such a youthful appearance that anyone would think him to be in his early twenties. His work is inspired by his idol—the best-selling mystery author Saki Shunka, who is as much of an enigma herself as the plots of the books she writes.
Chisato is also the extremely overprotective father of 15-year old Riju, convinced that the “friends” his son constantly brings over are nothing but predators waiting for the perfect opportunity to defile his precious boy. As a result, Chisato will stop at nothing to ensure they never come over again, resorting to the most extreme of methods.
There is not a man he hates more, however, than Riju’s rather persistent best friend Shunsuke Sakaki, who just won’t go away regardless of what Chisato tries to do. But the motivations of these characters lie as secrets bubbling just below the surface. Why is Chisato so wary of Riju’s friends, and what exactly does Shunsuke know about the mysterious author his friend’s father idolizes?
I enjoyed watching it although the secret love/confession was getting to be too much, it didn’t last long enough to be truly bothered by it. Nice, but I wouldn’t bother to watch it twice.
The story seems to be something quite overused in many yaoi anime (or even normal guygirl romace. Or even Yuri.): “OMG I’m in love with this person but I’ve never seen him but owh my gawd he was just under my nose all this time!!!” I mean it’s like, “Give me a freaking break. Another one?” And then you’d just walk away and roll your eyes. And even the conflicts are way too commonplace- “oh my gosh i can’t accept you because you’re my son’s bestfriend” and the whole “my-family-won’t-accept-you-so-do-I-break-up-with-you-or-not” kind of thing. Absolutely nothing can catch your eye, and all ideas are overused. Even sex scenes aren’t all that hot. Even the sex scenes in Haru wo Daiteita OVA are better.
Even the characters are not that great. We have the typical (and by typical I MEAN typical) uke who’s beautiful and cute and wimpy and short-tempered but can’t resist the seme, and a seme who’s serious, TDH (tall, dark and handsome), and quiet. I mean, I can mention a pair off the top of my head who’s like this: Kazahaya and Rikuo from Gohou Drug. Owh wait, there’s Tsuzuki and Muraki too from Yami no Matsuei.
Basically, it’s just something you pull off the shelf of mediocre cliches. If you’re looking for something fresh- skip this and look for something else. Like Haru wo Daiteita.
One thing I can commend though is the art. I haven’t seen such elegant art in a long time. Although really~ it’s kind of unrealistic. I mean, the grandfather looks like he freaking took a bath at the fountain of youth AND drank the water. I mean, it’s just unrealistic. And the eyes are kind of weird- but if I guess you’re looking for fresh anime eye art, you can look at this one for reference.
Overall, the anime is something not worth wasting your time on. Although, if you don’t too much mind the lack of plot (or the mediocrity of plot anyway) or the lack of hot sex scenes, then watch this just for pure entertainment. Like I dunno, when you have nothing else better to do with your life because you’ve seen every yaoi anime out there.
And really, don’t even bother watching this when you DO have time to waste. If you DO have time to waste, go watch the Haru wo Daiteita OVA or something. It’s not good either, but at least it’s better than this one. Anything is better than this one.
So pass this and go for something else instead.
Owh and by the way, if you were expecting incest because of the title (Like maybe you read Papa to Kiss in the Dark and want something of the same nature), well sorry to burst your bubble but it ain’t incest. It’s shota, but not incest. (Kirepapa means beautiful papa or something, apparently a combination of the words kirei= pretty and papa= father. I dunno, I’m going from memory here).
Oh wait, that’s two.
The story may not sound compelling to you at first : A beautiful father is highly posessive over his equally cute son. Nearly everyone is gay here, even the father.. (Which makes me wonder how he became a father in the first place..) Well no matter how cliche or overused it may sound, the main focus of the show isn’t the plot, and if there WAS a plot, there’s no way it would have been able to develop within these 2 short episodes, which is partly the reason why I wish there were more episodes.
The art is fantastic, well everyone looks overly young, but I guess that’s visually pleasing, though unrealistic. It still deserves a 10 though. It has a very -how should i call it- smooth feel. The colouring and shading is fairly natural too.
The seiyuus did a good job in their roles. There wasn’t any OP theme though, but the background music during the show fitted the mood and wasn’t ear-jerkingly awful, fulfilling its role. The only reason why I didn’t give it a 10 was because I felt that Riju’s voice was slightly.. annoying.. I mean sure, it sort of suits him as the young boy he supposedly is but still.
The characters were fairly developed for a show with 2 episodes, and that’s saying a lot. Some background information about the characters are revealed. Though not really elaborated on, it plays a role in the show.
Enjoyment? 10, of course! The light-hearted mood really made my day, somehow. Along with the jokes, and everything else. I don’t know why, but I couldn’t stop laughing throughout the whole thing, whether out of pure enjoyment or something else, but it was really something. The comedic aspect of the show, that is.
Overall, it was really worthwhile watching this, but if you’re not into Boy x Boy relationships, avoid this at all costs. Bear in mind that this has very partial nudity as well, so if you’re looking for shounen-ai, this is not it. However, it’s still something along those lines, so there’s no harm in trying it right?
4: Ikoku Irokoi Romantan
MAL Score: 6.97
Japanese yakuza clan heir Ranmaru just got married on a lavish cruise ship, but things aren’t as they seem. The marriage is just for the appearances, and he ends up getting drunk and spending the night not with his bride but with the sexy ship captain. When the two men meet again in Italy, it is the start of a spectacular love story.
That doesn’t mean to say though that you won’t enjoy watching it anyway. If you’re into yaoi, Ikoku Irokoi Romantan is a nice, short OVA that can provide you with a little boy love fix.
The story isn’t groundbreaking but it’s enjoyable to watch, the characters are a little bit predictable but I couldn’t help but like them anyway. There are some quite unrealistic scenes in it which might leave you thinking; Oh that would never happen!
But the point of this anime isn’t to bring shocking realism to a gay love story. The point is that it’s a fantasy. There are a couple of hot scenes if you’re into your boy smut & there are some quite funny moments as well as a little action thrown in for good measure.
I don’t think non-yaoi fans would like it all that much but for anyone who wants to watch themselves a non-heavy and fun boy-love anime, then give Ikoku Irokoi Romantan a go.
Plot and story:
This short anime is about Ranmaru who recently got married. He ends up drinking on their wedding day and, obviously, becomes drunk. The captain then takes advantage of Ranmaru’s drunk state and leads him to a room on the ship where he rapes Ranmaru. Yes. Rape. Non-consensual sexual activities.
Even if it had been with consent, there is no love story or romance. Not even friendship. The captain clearly has no interest in Ranmaru’s personality or life and only wants to bang him, which is far from being romantic in my opinion.
The captain is a disgrace to Italians, even though he’s just a fictional character. He’s clearly not interested in forming any sort of relationship with Ranmaru. Considering how he has no sense of moral, personal space or respect, I’m sure this isn’t the first time he has done this either.
As for Ranmaru, there isn’t much to his character. While watching the anime, I couldn’t relate to this character, his personality was flat and by the end, we don’t know much about him other than about his marriage. Overall, he wasn’t an interesting character.
Design and art:
The only plus for this forsaken anime. Ranmaru looks handsome, which is probably the only reason why Captain Rape wanted him.
I think I’ve already made my opinion about this anime as clear as possible.
But at least the horrifying experience was short (Thank God for that).
This is just another anime that proves Japan can’t create a proper yaoi and/or shounen ai anime.
It completely skips the most important thing in a love story and jumps directly to the bed scene, as if that is what romance is all about.
Before I watched this anime, I was expecting drama, romance and angst. Three typical things in forbidden love stories, which is what the anime was supposed to be. Did the anime have any of these things? No.
As a hopeless romantic person, I want to see actual romance. Seeing two guys in a bed will never impress me. The love needs to be pure and the bond between the characters needs to be strong and well developed. This anime had neither of these things and failed to convince me that these two main characters love each other, which means the anime has failed to show and work with its main genre – romance.
Such a disappointment.
I recommend skipping this anime. Read a fanction or a doujinshi about your favorite pairing instead.
The art is very good,thought out the ova’s there is no point where I could complain about it as expected from PrimeTime who also brought us Koisuru Boukun,Kirepapa etc
The cast of voice actors is great,the main character being voiced by Itou Kentarou who voices Hiroki from Junjou Romantica and the captain voiced by Suwabe Junichi who is Frau from 07 Ghost.
In only two ova’s is its hard to not have one dimensional characters,The characters don’t change dramaticly thought out the ova’s but Im not dissapointed in it,they change enough to be satisfied.
The enjoyment was good,there where points where I wanted to scream of excitement and embarrassment as the main character lives up to his partner’s needs which leads him into shame anpon family members and friends.
Overall this is one of my favourite yaoi animes,don’t just skip it becuase its not a series,I think for a boyXboy fan this is a much watch !
3: Seitokaichou ni Chuukoku
English: Hey, Class President!
MAL Score: 6.98
Even as he tries to keep the student council president out of trouble, Vice President Chiga-kun finds himself being drawn to the president’s strength and power. Chiga-kun wonders how he, being such an intelligent individual, can be so unwillingly taken with a boy who is so country and simple…
well, i don’t know how to start. haha. there are so many things i want to say, let alone the spoilers i want to place but that’d be unfair :p
please be aware that this is YAOI we are talking about, so if you don’t like yaoi then please head on to your next selection 🙂
plot: the story is quite typical actually. school setting. what makes it special is, let’s see.. there’s a.. *beep* that *beep* his *beep* haha. okay. so technically, there’s no surprise to anything (oh is there? *smirks*) i just like to overrate okay? no harm in doing that.
art: ooh~ art is good! if you watched kirepapa, then that’d give you a concrete idea since the anime was produced by the same company. yeah. i like men long and slender. i watched a censored version of this one so i don’t know much about those *cough* scenes 🙂 (can you believe i watched it CENSORED and there was actually such version?) haha. but better watch it uncensored if you want full satisfaction! (what the hell am i saying?!)
sound: *cough, cough* SOUND?! =__= this is the least i would want to talk about. haha. close your eyes and you’ll definitely imagine what they’re doing. haha! no. i was kind of irritated because one of the characters was saying things syllable per syllable.. and you can actually hear the seiyuu’s breathing. i don’t know, maybe that was intended? yeah. everyone sounded seductive :p
character: nothing special actually. just your usual student council pres and v pres. i like how they look so.. don’t mind my rating 🙂
enjoyment: GAH! who wouldn’t enjoy this? the humor’s light so i think it’s good. haha.
this is the longest review i’ve done so far so does that mean it’s good? well see for yourself! 🙂
That Chiga-guy really hesitate to deny his feeling to Kokusai-kaichou coz Kokusai is to look plain for him hihihihi. But on the contrary, he often feels doki-doki and hug Kokusai without even realize. I really like those scenes, especially when he yelled on his mind “AH HELP ME!”
I guess it also because Sugita Tomokazu whose seiyuu as Chiga. I really like his voice. Really nice-pairing with the cute expression-voice of Toriumi Kousuke as Kokusai. GOOD JOB, GUYS! SUGOOOI !!
The story centres on the student council vice-present, Chiga, who is in love with the president, Kokusai. Kokusai is an airhead and doesn’t really notice a lot of things going on around him (such as people taking advantage of his body). He also doesn’t realize Chiga’s feelings, and not even that he DOES actually reciprocates them.
Ok, so now to the bad points:
-The animation could be better;
-Ok I’m a bit biased because I’m familiar with the manga, but this OVAS doesn’t really have a story. They kind of just stuck with the introductory part of the manga. As someone who wouldn’t mind seeing their entire story told in anime I can’t avoid but to feel like two OVAS are not enough. They came short on story development department;
– Let’s get real here…if you are not going to give us the manga whole story but only two short OVAS, so then give us more smut and fan service as some kind of compensation. I mean, I would understand if there was little sex and a lot of plot…but no, I feel as a viewer we don’t get much of either.
What do I say here besides it was fine, at most?
-It did stick to the first volume of the manga;
– I like the characters. I think both the male leads are charismatic characters, especially Kokusai…I think he is kind of funny;
-I liked the voice actors, I think they did ok;
-It is entertaining if you want just an uncomplicated yaoi anime;
-There are a couple of sexy scenes there. Not the best, but still good.
To summarize Seitokaichou ni Chuukoku is not really bad, but is not really good either. It’s an ok Yaoi anime that will help you pass the time at most. But it probably won’t be making a lot of people’s top yaoi anime lists.
2: Koisuru Boukun
MAL Score: 7.02
Tetsuhiro Morinaga is in love with his upperclassman Souichi Tatsumi. He even manages to confess his love. Too bad it turns out that Tatsumi is an aggressive, self-centered, and outspoken homophobe.
Yet somehow Tetsuhiro managed to fall in love with Tatsumi, the “walking personality disorder,” who is the kind of man who declares that all gay men should be wiped off the face of the planet.
An unfortunate accident with an aphrodisiac drug brings the two men physically together against Souichi’s will. The experience has a life-changing effect on both men. But will it ultimately bring them closer, or drive them apart?
If you haven’t seen Koi Suru Boukun yet, GO DO IT NOW. I assure you that you won’t regret it.
NB: If you’re against malexmale or any ‘forced’ sex then please refrain. Although, the ‘forcing’ isn’t really extreme.
(Those who have already watched please continue, those who haven’t please turn back now)
**SPOILER AHEAD! YOU’VE BEEN WARNED**
-I really enjoyed the plot. The pace is just right, and it slowly shows how Souichi is accepting Mori into his life. Not too much sex, since that would be a buzzkill. Just the right amount of it so the watchers won’t get bored, and just the right amount of character development and storyline to keep it moving and interesting.
-The drawing style is great. Met my expectations 100%.
-Oh MAMA! You gotta admit that Souichi’s ‘voicing’ is ultra hot&smexy. I hate yaois when they make the uke sound like a total girl and it gets REALLY boring after a while. However, Midorikawa manages to give it spice and get the viewers intrigued, eh heh heh.
-What I really liked was how the characters were strong but somehow very delicate in a sense. Like Souichi for example. Although he has a tough and shrewd exterior, he also displays a soft fragility from time to time which is very amusing to watch.
-The best I’ve ever seen. Outstanding.
-Some of you may be thinking this is too high of a rating but really, I think they deserve it. Everything was perfect.
Now, uh… I didn’t quite know what I was in for but what I ended up seeing was a bit surprising for me. The reason this didn’t get a 2 or a 1 was because I enjoyed the voice acting from the two main characters; even if the lines were bad, they spoke with vigor that kept me interested.
The story is pretty flat: homo likes a homophobe; we all know that 99.9% of those people are actually homos themselves. That’s uh… basically it. It centers around two characters with other seemingly useless characters peppered in for no real reason. Also, spoilers, they include a fucking bottle of wine that, if consumed, makes the drinker stupid horny. SIGH.
Art? Not bad. Typical 2010 style, nothing extraordinary.
The soundtrack was nothing worth mentioning; very average.
OKAY. The characters were… uh. Annoying? There’s basically only two you have to discuss and that’s the homo and the “homophobe”. “Homophobe” is just a mega tsundere with an attitude, and homo? Uh. Kind-of an optimistic guy whose like, drive and character seem to be fixed on the fact that he LOVES the “homophobe”.
I will discuss my major gripe with this right now. It contains spoilers so if you don’t want to be spoiled, stop reading now. Right, so, I was majorly bothered by the lack of consent used by the homosexual character in this show. There were many, many, MANY instances during their initial sex scene that the homophobic character insisted that nothing more happen, etc. At NO point did the ever verbally agree to the number of things the homosexual character did. On top of that, the homosexual character just didn’t quite… understand that concept.
In either event, their relationship was just off-putting and unsavory. Consent is sexy, that’s all I will say.
MAL Score: 7.03
Tightrope tells the tale of the reluctant heir of a yakuza family and his childhood friend, and follows their love relationship that started budding in their school days and keeps developing slowly but surely.
(Source: Simona’s BL Research Lab)
Because it really is a bit diffrent than other voilence/yaoi out there. And the realtionship between the two main characters is sweet.
Because when it comes to yaoi. i’ve seen some horrible art, but Tight-rope is not one of them. I really did enjoy the art.
Because the opening song was really nice and the voice actors won’t annoy you.
They really do make you laugh, and the two main characters go together nicely I think.
Even thought it’s short, it’s really enjoyable.
If you debating if you should watch this or not. I’m telling you that you should. It’s really sweet and funny.
Oho~ Guess I’ll be the first one to review this OVA!! 😀
Tight Rope is ONE of my MOST FAVE YAOI MANGA by Natsume Isaku. So I was really really happy when I learned that it will have an ANIME VERSION!
I finished watching the 2 episodes and I must say.. it was good. It didn’t really disappoint me like those other Yaoi OVAs. And I say it’s good because even if you haven’t read the manga itself, you will understand it and will definitely enjoy it.
This OVA is a Yazuza themed story. But not the serious-deep type of Yakuza story. Instead it’s a rather cute and simple-sweet story. The story will revolve around Ryuu and Naoki, who were childhood friends since they were little. Ryuu is, however, the heir of the Ohara Family. But he is reluctant to take the position because he wanted to be with Naoki (yes he is SUPER attached with Naoki) but because of an incident where Naoki got hurt (not really serious though) he said that if he’d ever take the position, he have to let go of Naoki. And there are still two months left before their graduation so Ryuu was savoring his time with Naoki.
Well something like that. I don’t want to spoil the story anymore.
The animation is.. well.. good I guess. But I can’t help but to think Ryuu’s looks is kinda different from the manga. Well not only Ryuu but I think Naoki as well. Or is it just me? XD I still prefer what they look like in the manga though. 😀
Well most of Yaoi OVAs doesn’t have opening or ending songs right.. though the opening and ending songs of this OVA were instrumental.. and I liked it. Their voices, too were good. They speak Osaka-ben.
Nothing much to say here.. I just love Ryuu’s attachment to Naoki and Naoki’s indifference. LOL
I did say I enjoyed this OVA because it’s the adaptation of my fave manga!! But the ONLY THING that DISAPPOINTED me is… NO SEX SCENE AT ALL! ;o; Even HINTS!! NONE AT ALL. ToT Only kissing.. awww… and I was really looking forward to see it because in the manga Ryuu and Naoki were sooooo cute! Not that I’m a perverted fangirl but they could have included “that scene” right? Even if it’s only hints. And as a Yaoi/BL fangirl.. that’s a must see! But there’s none! Gaaah!
Even without the yaoi scene, I guess it’s okay. I still enjoyed it. So if you want a Yakuza-themed-story yet a sweet-cute one.. then this one if for you! It’s not explicit at all so don’t worry if you’re worried about that. Then if you haven’t read the manga.. read it after you watch this OVA! I’m sure you will enjoy it more!!
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
2. Koisuru Boukun
3. Seitokaichou ni Chuukoku
4. Ikoku Irokoi Romantan
6. Hyakujitsu no Bara