Dropped – Hitorijime My Hero

Hitorijime My Hero is a shounen ai anime. I dropped it after episode 10, even though I almost completed it. There are 12 episodes in total.

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The beginning was great, as we learn about the characters and their backstories. It was interesting to see the two couples form but it became boring afterwards. Episodes 9 and 10 were difficult to get through because I was so uninterested. While Masahiro’s concerns about his relationship with Kousuke were completely valid, the execution was poorly done because it made Masahiro an annoying character to watch.

Another problem I had with it is that this is a teacher-student romance. Masahiro is a high school student and his partner is his teacher. An under-age person dating an adult is common in Boys Love anime, as portrayed in Junjou Romantica and Super Lovers. I don’t support or like watching these types of relationships. =_=

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At least Kensuke and Asaya’s relationship was cute. They are classmates, and they were the reason I started watching this anime. They are the second couple but don’t get as much screen time as the show progresses.

Overall, there wasn’t anything special about this anime.

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Shounen Ai Recommendations

Shounen ai is the genre for boys love manga and webtoons. It’s different from yaoi because it’s suitable for people under 18 (meaning there’s no sex involved). These are my top 3 shounen ai series.

These are very sweet and cute series. There’s no rape involved at all. I say this because a lot of yaoi series have rape scenes, which is unfortunate. Not only that, but a lot of BL series have poor representation of LGBTQ+. I am referring to older series, so I’m hoping that with time there will be better representation and CONSENT! I’m not saying that those series should not exist because I’m not one to police what people should or shouldn’t read – it would be a good change for sure though.

1. Here U Are – Ongoing, by Chinese author DJun

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Synopsis

Most people think that LiHuan is scary-looking because he is very tall, which is why he does not have many friends. He’s also not very sociable. YuYang enters his life because his job is to welcome the new university students and the two get along quite well.

Thoughts

The art is phenomenal. Every panel is in colour and the way the author DRAWS. FACIAL. EXPRESSIONS. aaaaaaaaa

Every panel is carefully planned. I am a fairly quick reader so I usually zoom through comics but when I read this, I have to slow down to absorb all the details. The faint blush, the way LiHuan looks at YuYang!!

LiHuan treats YuYang extremely well. The pacing is quite slow, but it’s worth the wait.

2. Cherry Blossoms After Winter – Ongoing webtoon, by Korean author Bamwoo

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Synopsis 

Haebom’s parents passed away when he was very little, and he’s been living in his mother’s friend’s house. Taesung is his age and they live under the same roof. Haebom is shy and often gets picked on by others. Taesung, on the other hand, is very popular at school.

Thoughts

I read this before I watched My Hero Academia, but I have to say this. Haebom is so similar to Izuku and Taesung is so similar to Todoroki. If you ship Izuku with Todoroki, then you will like this series! 

I like this series because Taesung never bullies Haebom. In fact, he treats him very well and protects him too.

3. Hidamari ga Kikoeru – Ongoing manga, by FUMINO Yuki

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Synopsis 

Taichi is a college student looking for work, and he meets Kouhei, a student with a severe hearing disability. Despite rumours, Taichi believes that Kouhei is a good person for sharing his lunch, and befriends him. Taichi becomes a note taker for Kouhei, in exchange for bento lunch.

Thoughts

This is one of the more realistic manga I’ve read, which is rare to come across. They become very good friends and their relationship is so pure. There are some sad moments, which adds onto the realistic element of living with a disability.

If you are interested in more shonen ai series, here are more cute ones:

  • Dress Him Up (Korean webtoon)
  • Fools (Korean webtoon)
  • Meeting Him (Korean webtoon)