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The protagonist is an unnamed seventeen year old boy who transfers back to the city after a seven year absence, and enrolls in a prestigious all boys school which takes pride in being the best among its prefecture. Changes are going to be made in his life, surrounded by faces both new and old.

Announced on April Fools but most certainly is no longer a joke; Gakuen Handsome is getting an anime!

The parody BL game released in 2010 for PC has been ported to Android and iOS and has various spin-off games. Unfortunately, those games never got an English release, but now we can enjoy those chins in its animated glory.

Titled “Gakuen Handsome: The Animation,” the anime will be released August 28 on DVD for ¥2,980. Animation will be handed by Team YokkyuuFuman (the original creators), with direction by Tohoku Penet, the company behind Gakuen Handsome.

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The first idol anime I watched was Uta no Prince-sama; I was new not only to the idol genre, but also the otome genre. Lights, sparkles, glamour, fabulous. I didn’t know much about idols at the time, but it looked like a lot of fun. It was a show so over-the-top in its antics that there was no way you wouldn’t be swept up in its ridiculousness. In recent months I’ve dipped my toes in a couple of more idol series; Love Live!, Aikatsu!, Shounen Hollywood, Wake Up, Girls!, and the recent iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls. I became addicted to the silly iDOLM@STER SideM mobage and I’ve played a few otome games where the romance options features idols. It’s certainly an interesting theme that’s been heavily romanticised. But there is one show that takes this romanticism and flips it on its back – Shounen Hollywood stands out amongst the crowd for more reasons outside that it’s about male idols.

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“Clothes make a character, but an entire wardrobe enhances him!” [original post]

One of the things I greatly appreciate is when shows take the effort to actually design characters a closet -clothes outside the default school/work uniform and casual wear. All too often do we see characters in a single outfit, regardless of whether it’s practical or not. Take The Simpsons for example; right away the characters in their iconic clothes come to mind: Lisa’s red dress, Marge’s green dress etc. The clothes are essentially a part of the character.

Tsuritama‘s Haru is a great example of how a set of clothes can greatly set apart and enhance a character. On his first day of entering a new school, his self introduction started with the exclamation “I’m an alien!” With the additional colourful differences in his uniform, we can easy see there is something special about him. In each episode, he wears a different outfit; they’re quirky, ridiculous and childish designs but they all reflect Haru’s inner character. Just through his clothes we can get a good idea of Haru’s character, but, unlike characters from The Simpsons, there is no set outfit we associate with him, rather we associate him with a style. I think that’s what makes him such a well designed character; we don’t recognise him by his clothes –his personality is memorable and his style of clothes just accentuates this, rather being “becoming him.”

Kono Danshi, Ningyo Hiroimashita (2012) – part 2 of Kono Danshi series, directed by Yamamoto Soubi

The story revolves around a lonely high school student named Shima. On the day his grandfather died, Shima was crying alone at a beach when he suddenly slipped and fell into the ocean. A merman named Isaki saves Shima from drowning, and Shima and Isaki begin living together. Slowly, Shima begins to open up his heart.

Starring Kaji Yuuki as Shima, Midorikawa Hikaru as Isaki.
To be released on DVD on November 9th, with Japanese, English & Chinese subs.

I’ve yet to watch Yamamoto Soubi’s earlier work and the first in the Kono Danshi series, Kono Danshi, Uchuujin to Tatakaemasu (This Boy Can Fight Aliens), but look! MERMEN!!!!!!!
Her art direction looks really interesting and I hope I can find time to watch it soon.

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