Do you remember Sanrio Boys? We talked about them almost a year ago, after the release of the first trailer of the anime that sees them as protagonists. The last of the 12 episodes aired a couple of weeks ago and we bingewatched them one after the other. Studio Pierrot produced the series and it is only the last piece of a multiplatform project that includes a manga, a videogame and a future theatrical show. Here is the plot and our impressions on the animated adventures of Sanrio Boys!
Kouta is a 17-year-old student with a secret: he is a big fan of Pompompurin, a character linked to the memory of his grandmother. He never confessed to anyone his passion for fear of being teased, until the day he meets the lively Yuu and the serious Shunsuke, who adore respectively My Melody and Hello Kitty. Seichiro, the student council president who likes Cinnamoroll, and shy Ryo, who tries to deny his passion for Little Twin Stars, soon join the trio.
Things are not always easy for our Sanrio Boys. In fact, boys are usually never told that there is nothing wrong with having stereotypically girly interests, such as kawaii characters (more often we say that girls can do anything, including “boyish” things, not the contrary). The first half of the animated series documents the path, not without obstacles, of the protagonists, who must overcome the opinions of their peers and above all accept themselves and their passions.
The underlying theme is important and treated with the right sensitivity in the first episodes, but this does not mean that Sanrio Boys (or Sanrio Danshi, if you prefer) is not a series with purely commercial purposes, as you can guess from the Sanrio accessories that make show themselves in many scenes. There is even an episode entirely dedicated to the wonders of Puroland, with a rather shameless publicity to the theme park shops. But for kawaii fans like us, this is perhaps one more reason to watch the series!
Leaving aside the advertisements, Sanrio Boys uses a tried and tested recipe: handsome guys united by the same passion and no girlfriends around. In short, it is a series full of fanservice (see the episode in which boys show the body on the beach) and fertile ground for fanfiction of all kinds, with a bit of otome game’s atmosphere. Overall, it is an enjoyable series, especially in the first part, when we see the birth of friendship among the protagonists.
At the moment, there are no news of a second series, but the introduction (super hasty) of the last two Sanrio Boys, Professor Sugami and the thug Subaru, lets us imagine a sequel. Personally, I would have liked to see Subaru in action, since it is my favorite Sanrio Boy. And what’s yours? Tell us in the comments!