Everyone’s probably got one of these but there’s a couple a of shows for me that immediately come flooding back to mind, not seconds after any track of the OST begins to play – no matter how long it’s been since I’ve watched or even thought about the series. Unsurprisingly, a number of these shows are ones that I adore, with the music playing a not unsubstantial part as to why I love them. One, of which I’ve never gotten a chance to talk about here, has been worming its catchy inserts into my head over the last couple days thanks to Youtube’s auto-play. And with this being a somewhat decade’s end-themed 12 days, the chance has finally come up to talk about one under-watched series from the 2010s that I liked a lot and the instigator to this whole post. That being, 2011 & 2012’s Kimi to Boku, otherwise known as You and Me.
Kimi to Boku is a story about the daily lives of four high school boys who have known each other for forever (and no, not quite like that series). With high school kicking off just like any other year, their time together appeared to be as never-changing as ever. That is until a certain eccentric transfer student comes into the mix who threatens to change their little dynamic for good.
At a glance, it’s not a particularly noteworthy plot and it really isn’t meant to be. Like many other such entries in the slice of life genre, it’s a series that stands on the basis of its atmosphere, character chemistry, and comedy.
The dynamic between the characters feels just right for childhood friends and their personalities make for a good mix of deadpan and slapstick humor. On the point of comedy, the Kimi to Boku’s subdued atmosphere extends to it as well. It’s a show that tries to keep you smiling rather than laughing out loud which is something I’ve learned to really enjoy in series like this.
The tone of the show is incredibly relaxed and although rare, it still manages hit some remarkably melancholic moments and at least one for each of the main characters. It’s been a long time since I had last watched the show though and I wouldn’t be surprised though if some of its emotional beats no longer landed in the time that passed since but I would sooner attribute it to the distance I’ve grown away from the problems of high school rather than a failing of the series itself.
In service to these two distinct moods in the show, the aforementioned soundtrack does wonders to emphasize the moments big and small. Masato Nakayama’s composition alongside Aoi Shouta’s vocals which punctuate these key moments give the scenes a lot of their staying power.
Kimi to Boku is a show that I came back to often years ago whenever I wanted something to unwind with and with a mountain of work on the horizon, I can easily see myself returning once more to this delightful little story.
Please do give it a try if it sounds right up your alley!
Thanks for reading,
This is post three of twelve that I’ll be writing as part of this year’s 12 Days of Anime. Be sure to check out all other amazing writers that are participating in this year’s event here.