It seems like there’s a rise of Yaoi anime and manga lately, from popular ones such as Yuri on Ice, to others such as Free! that explore male relationships with some comedy and drama thrown in. One of the latest to hit the scene is Sentai Filmworks’ Hitorijime My Hero: Complete Collection. If you enjoy slice-of-life comedies with dramatic male relationships tied in, you’ll want to attend this school of anime entertainment.
The story follows the sad life of Masahiro Setagawa, as he’s got all sorts of problems from his dad not being in the picture, to bullies pulling him into a gang that constantly pick on him and have him do whatever they want. One day he finally gets pulled away from this sad life of servitude when his school homeroom teacher/best friend’s older brother named Kousuke Ohshiba scares the bullies off and vows to protect Masahiro. This leads Masa to have all sorts of conflicted feelings toward Kousuke, the main one being love.
Then to spice things up, an old friend of Kousuke named Asaya Hasekura comes back to town and also has feelings for him, which leaves both Masa and Kousuke confused on what’s next. You’ll have to watch the series and see where it goes from there, but I can tell you there’s plenty of comedic moments and some nice dramatic bits as well that make for one of the craziest love triangles you’ll see.
Having watched so many slice-of-life shows taking place in school, I thought this one was going to be more of the same. But I have to admit I enjoyed watching this one as the characters are fun to watch and can be quite funny and dramatic when needed. You also get pulled in by their emotions and struggles, and you’ll want to see what happens next with them, almost like an addictive soap opera.
With it being on Blu-ray, the visuals and audio come through nicely in high definition, which makes both the comedy and drama parts more impactful when they occur. Sadly there’s not much in the special features department outside some clean opening and closing animations.
Those who enjoy slice-of-life anime with some Yaoi thrown in will want the Hitorijime My Hero: Complete Collection to be in their homeroom. A good cast of characters that are fun to watch and pull you into the series with their joys and struggles are bound to be heroes in your school book once you check it out.