- Title: Bokura wa Minna Kawai-sou (The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior)
- Genre: Slice of life, Comedy, Romance, School, Seinen
- Studios: Brain’s Base
- Episodes: 12 – 24min (Completed)
- Date: 4 April 2014 — 20 June 2014
- Source: Manga
Kazunari Usa is a high school freshman who will start living alone due to his parents now working in a different area. Excited for his new independent life, he hopes to go about his teenage days without the worry of dealing with any strange people, but as he soon discovers, his new boarding house Kawai Complex is far from ordinary.
The various tenants at Kawai Complex are all quite eccentric characters. Shirosaki, Kazunari’s roommate, is a pervert and masochist; Mayumi Nishikino, a borderline alcoholic office lady, hates couples because of her unfortunate luck with men; and Sayaka Watanabe, a seemingly innocent college student, enjoys leading men on. Shocked with the lack of decent individuals at his new residence, Kazunari is about to leave when he runs into shy senior student Ritsu Kawai and finds himself slowly falling in love with her.
Bokura wa Minna Kawai-sou is the perfect show to sit back, relax and enjoy. With its vibrant and eccentric characters, there’s just so much foolishness and comedy to go around. But rather than simply being all laughs and jokes, the anime leans more toward its romance aspects, as we follow Usa in his struggles in getting closer to his crush. But at the end of it all, the anime presents us with a light-hearted story filled with warmth and humour.
The highlight of the show is without a doubt the cast’s chemistry. Every interaction was made brilliantly entertaining. The characters entertain effortlessly. There weren’t any moments that I can recall that felt forced. The dialogues and the scenarios just seamlessly fall into place. But what gives the show that warm feeling is the underlying affection they have for each other, even though the characters try not to show it. They each care for one another, and will be there to help each other, giving the entire household a family-like vibe even though they’re all just a ragtag bunch of strangers. Props to Sumiko oba-chan for being the best house owner you could ever ask for.
The art and sound in the anime were also cleverly used, giving the show a whole other dynamic layer to it. In one moment, the animation would be basic, then in the next, it would suddenly incorporate unique artstyles or fancy transitions. It makes the show feel more zestful with multiple angles of interaction. Even during the interactions between characters, there’s rarely ever just one conversation going on. You would either be able to hear the characters bantering in the background or be shown the bantering through subtitles or art. There are times where even the background shenanigans would stand out more than the main conversation.
Watching Bokura wa Minna Kawai-sou was truly a blast. There was never a dull moment, with everything being entertaining in one way or another. Without sounding any more technical than I already have, let’s just say the anime is simply a light and easy show to watch with tons of wits and humour. So stretch out your arms and legs, maybe snuggle into your chair or bed and be prepared for 12 episodes of entertainment you won’t want to miss.
Should I watch Bokura wa Minna Kawai-sou?
Hell yeah you should… is what I would love to say. But as the saying goes, there’s a time and place for every slice of life. There isn’t really any actual plot development. Figures, since it is a slice of life after all. While the show definitely has a lot to offer, nothing much goes into the development of any sort of major storyline.
So its a definite yes if you’re in the mood for an anime that is simple and will surely give you a good time, but otherwise there isn’t a real story to follow.