09th Nov 2009
kicking fandom’s ass since 2000
09th Nov 2009
I keep forgetting that Doki Doki is DMP’s tame line. Logically, I know that it’s supposed to be for readers that are just looking for pretty boys, with no other interaction, but when I encounter a release by Makoto Tateno, that knowledge flies out the window.
I guess I’ve been so spoiled by her other works, that I have a hard time associating her with anything else.
From my understanding, Happy Boys is based on a TV show in Japan, revolving around gorgeous men who run a tea house, and treat all their guests like royalty. Kind of like a host club, without the sex.
Now, this being Makoto Tateno, the boys are pretty beyond compare.
There are many slashable situations, and I’m sure that the fans of the show already have their favored pairings, hell, if this gets big in the US, I’m sure that the fangirls will be slashing this one all over the place. Right now, the only thing I can say about it is that it’s gorgeous, and it’s reasonably entertaining.
There isn’t too much of a plot. It’s just a vehicle for pretty boys to interact with each other. There’s the stand-offish one, the funny one, the one with a mysterious background…
We all know where this is going.
It’s cute, it’s definitely eye candy, but there’s no real substance to back it up.
In a way, it reminds me a little bit of Weiss Kreuz, where the character designs were amazing, but the series was kind of silly. What made that series such a guilty pleasure was the fandom, and the stories that the fans created around the characters.
I can see the fandom getting a hold of this Happy Boys and making it into something that’s more than the sum of its parts.