Fudanshi Koukou Seikatsu Episodes 1-7 // Japanese TV Review

Welcome to Queer Fudanshi! Let’s talk. Today, we’re going to be talking about Fudanshi Koukou Seikatsu Episodes 1-7.

What’s Fudanshi Koukou Seikatsu or The High School Life of a Fudanshi? It’s an anime, Japanese animation, that’s currently airing in Japanese anime’s summer season. The show is a short-clip series that’s based off a manga, Japanese comic book, of the same name.

The series follows a high school boy named Sakaguchi who self-identifies as a fudanshi. The term fudanshi literally means “rotten boy,” but is used to reference boys who like yaoi or boy’s love stories. This series is a light comedy/slice-of-life that follows the antics of the boy and his friends.

My Thoughts Before Watching

I of course was very excited to watch this. In fact, I shared the info about it when the show was announced. I’ve both read the manga before, and have already been keeping up with this anime. (Btw, I’ll probably talk about Summer 2016 anime in a future Rambletime).

I’ve only read a few chapters of the manga, because not much has been translated to English. That said, I have watched most of the anime episodes that are out right now besides episode 7, which came out the day of this review’s publishing. Because of that, that episode will be the only one that I’ll be freshly looking at. For the most part, this is just me sharing the fact that this show exists with you guys.

Also, technically this does not involve LGBT/Queer characters, because the fudanshi and his friends are all straight to my understanding. That said, this show does bring to question the sexualities of some of it’s characters. In addition, it’s about a fudanshi and the love of boys love. How could I not want to talk about it?

Lastly, the reason I’m reviewing this is because it came to my mind during a conversation with the QF reader Deltos over on the Scrobus post. So shoutout to you bud!

This is Fudanshi Koukou Seikatsu Episodes 1-7.

Gucchi the Straight Fudanshi

Where to Watch:

Crunchyroll*

*Warning: Viewing most episodes are free except for the most recent one. You have to have a paying account to watch every new episode the week it’s released. Everyone else has to be a week behind.

The Talk (Spoilers Ahead):

Fudanshi Koukou Seikatsu deserves and needs longer videos. This is such a great show, but it’s only of short clips. I feel like some shows, such as the current show Bananya about a cat living in a banana, work well with short videos. The thing is Fudanshi Koukou Seikatsu is set up as a short form when it has the potential for more.

For example there’s My Gay Roommate which has 5-6 short videos that make up a season. That series had short videos, but it was still able to portray a bigger story line and message in each season. It’s no award winning show, but it carried an actual plot with it. As for Fudanshi Koukou Seikatsu, there is no real plot as much as short sporadic situations per episode.

There’s actually nothing wrong with that. The show is funny and quirky without being too out there, which is not that common. Perhaps that’s because it’s an anime though, and my rating for going too out there is pretty lengthy for the genre. I just wish there was more. At the very least, I wish the episodes were longer.

The Characters

Fudanshi and Fujoshi

This is another show that has a good ensemble to watch. There’s the main character, his best friend who’s just roped into everything, their effeminate classmate, the guy who follows him, the fujoshi, the childhood best friends, and the other fudanshi. Watching all these characters be hyper active is fun to watch. They add to the enjoyment of the show.

Specifically, I love that there were people out there that decided to write a story about a fudanshi and then make the story into an anime. The main character is fun to watch, and relatable in both his quirkiness and his averageness. He seems like a normal person one second, and then acts like the typical over the top anime character the next. In addition, the first segment points out that he’s straight. On a channel where I always praise complex LGBT characters, I find it great to watch a somewhat complex (yet similarly simple) straight character who’s into queer content.

Fudanshi not equal gay

In Conclusion

This is a good show. I wish it were longer, both in time and plot, but I’m happy I at least have this. What do you guys think? Have you watched the fudanshi videos? Do you like them? Do you wish they were longer like me or are you happy with them as is? Let me know your thoughts down below and let’s get talking.

My rating for Fudanshi Koukou Seikatsu Episodes 1-7 is 4 stars out of 5. What’s yours?