Seriously, do you think I ought to create categories for Anime or Manga “With Yuri In It?” Anyway, today’s review was written by guest reviewer Hafl about yet another anime I have never watched. Take it away Hafl!
Myself;Yourself is a quite unsurprising series about a highschooler, who returns to town where he spent his childhood, reunites with his old friends, makes new ones and begins traditional romance with misunderstandings and so on. Then the drama starts to happen. (There are some spoilers ahead, mostly concerning exact nature of the drama.)
The characters in Myself;Yourself are all quite normal human beings, with normal reactions to all that’s happening around them. Main character, Sana, is a kind guy, who suffers from hemophobia and that’s all. Then there are twins Shuusuke and Shuri who have their own storyline, showing that a romance series does not have to revolve only around the main character. Then there is Nanaka, who is Sana’s love interest and hides a trauma from the past. Hinako is the show’s obligatory loli, who provides filler for two episodes and later becomes unimportant. Aoi is a clumsy bookworm with glasses and big breasts, who is also mostly unimportant.
Then, finally, there is Asami, who is the character to provide all the Yuri in the series. Asami is a nice, sympathetic and nobody would ever suspect her of doing anything wrong. Which is the reason why she later does.
The Yuri in Myself;Yourself begins in episode nine with some meaningful looks and is fully revealed in episode eleven. Before the beginning of the series, quiet and reserved Asami became friends with lively Shuri. Later she fell in love with her, confessed and was rejected. They were still friends, but Asami started to hate Shuri and wanted her to suffer as much as possible. Her monologue where she explains all of this also reveals that she is not the mentally stablest member of the cast. After this, Asami disappears from the story except for a short glimpse during the end of the last episode, where she seems like a completely normal, well-adjusted person.
That’s all for the Yuri except for Hinako calling Aoi “Onee-sama” which is sure to be misinterpreted by someone. Also, in one of the episodes Aoi said that in love, gender doesn’t matter, but that almost doesn’t count. However, in the last episode Aoi and Asami are seen sitting next to each other, which can also be misinterpreted.
The story in Myself;Yourself is not much. For the first half it seems just like any other romance series, though without most of their annoyances. In the second half, there’s the aforementioned drama, which is more interesting, but also overblown. There is arson, childhood trauma, attempted murder, attempted suicide, domestic violence, animal sacrifice, psychotic old lady, evil stepmother, false accusation, plausibly deniable incest and dying violin teacher all in space of seven episodes. By the end, I was so weary of all the drama that I was laughing whenever the series heaped yet another trauma on its protagonists. I was actually surprised that there was a happy ending.
As a series Myself;Yourself is decent. Despite the drama, the story isn’t really deep and the characters aren’t all that interesting. It is not worth watching for the yuri, as there is too little. I liked the series because the characters were acting like normal people, but overally it isn’t anything special.
Art – 7
Story – 6
Characters – 7
Yuri – 3
Service – 2
Overall – 6
That was fabulous, Hafl- I almost want to watch it for the Psycho Lesbian and unlikely happy ending. ^_^ Thanks for such an amusing review!