Kono Danshi, Ningyo Hiroimashita

Title:Kono Danshi, Ningyo Hiroimashita
This Boy Caught a Merman
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Notables: Animation - CoMix Wave
R1 License - Sentai Filmworks (ADV)
Shima has always strove to be an excellent obedient child to his parents and to others, but in the process he could never be himself. Because of this he has always felt lonely, even with all the people who say they love him. When the picture of his recently deceased grandfather falls into the ocean, Shima nearly drowns jumping in after it. He is quickly saved by a mysterious man. In a daze Shima confesses his loneliness to the stranger, who then vows to stay by Shima's side for as long as he needs him. Shima quickly finds out that this stranger is a merman. Shima takes him home, and names him Isaki. Isaki and Shima quickly become friends, but find out that their feelings for each other might go past that of friendship.
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30 minute OVA series released on November 9, 2012.
Animated by Comix Wave
Licensed by Sentai Filmworks
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Rent 7 6 7 5 7 Ggultra2764 [series:2828#1552]
Guess I found a shounen-ai title that's actually decent for once. This Comix Wave short focuses on a lonely teenage boy bonding with a merman who saves his life when he falls into the ocean and the two connecting through feeling similar bouts of loneliness that they are enduring. The short offers enough depth on both characters to explain their personal issues that led them to how they were living now and it tosses in a dramatic twist in the second half that tests their bond and reaffirms to Shima that he isn't truly alone in life. What allows This Boy Caught a Merman to work in comparison to most titles of its genre to click for me is that it shows enough restraint with its drama to not get too overbearing and it fleshes out both guys enough where they feel like people and not mere archetypes. The animation style for this is similar to This Boy Can Fight Aliens with its abstract art style, with surreal color patterns accompanying specific sections of animated details and having limited animation at a number of points in the short. Overall, this is a decent short worth looking into as it provides enough fleshing out and development in the bond between Shima and the merman in its nearly half-hour run.

Last updated Saturday, January 04 2014. Created Saturday, January 04 2014.

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