Hipster Recommendation #10: This Boy Can Fight Aliens & This Boy Caught A Merman.


It’s been a while since I posted my latest recommendation, huh?

Maybe this is because I haven’t had all that much time to watch an anime to recommend, or maybe it’s because I forgot about this all together. Whichever it is, here it is:

¬†Kono Danshi, or, for the longer title, Kono Danshi Uchuujin to Tatakaemasu and Kono Danshi Ningyo Hiroimashita, also known as This Boy Can Fight Aliens and This Boy Caught A Merman are two separate OVA’s that you’ve probably heard about but didn’t care enough to watch it.

Well I’m here to tell you: Go watch it, like, right now.

This Boy Caught A Merman tells the story of Shima, who recently lost his grandfather and, after dropping a photo of him in the ocean, Shima doesn’t think twice to jump after… just to wake up with a close-to-perfect man on top of him!

Meanwhile,  In the world of This Boy Can Fight Aliens, aliens invade the world and there is only one boy who can fight them, his name is Kakashi, and, unfortunately, not everything is as simple as it seems.

Who should watch Kono Danshi?

Oh, who indeed. As you may have guessed, Kono Danshi are shonen-ai, and bloody good ones at that, especially This Boy Caught A Merman which utterly and completely destroyed my prior expectations and blew them out of the water. That said, every shonen-ai fan should love Kono Danshi.

Why should you watch Kono Danshi?

They’re directed by Soubi Yamamoto. And yes, Meganebu! was a complete flop from her part but the stylization fits perfectly for an omnious 30-minute OVA like this. As I’ve said before, they left my expectations hanging. While I deem This Boy Caught A Merman much superior to This Boy Can Fight Aliens, they’re both perfect examples of what anime can do.

All in All, I believe that Kono Danshi is one of those titles people just cautiously look over for one reason or another. Hell, I’ll be the first to admit that the concept and art put me off. No. Kono Danshi is an OVA to be enjoyed and cherised, so watch it.



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