I’m beginning to remember why this series interested me so much. It’s just nice to watch.
There are usually three parts to a Japanese school festival (according to anime at least). Cafes are a must, a scattering of haunted houses, and one large scale event such as a play! In this sense, Hourou Musuko accomplishes to provide a most generic festival yet it’s still nice. Fluffy instead of the usual oppressive affair.
Phew, after the oppressive air of the previous episodes, this is a nice change of pace. It’s a festival! Everyone is festive, well except Chiba but that was to be expected.
The only conflict, if you can call it a conflict, would be Mako’s battle with self confidence. He’s not the most attractive male and as such is not the most attractive female. There’s a constant pressure that Nitori should have been Juliet and it’s heartwarming to see him overcome this issue on his own power.
I’m not sure if I mentioned this in a previous post but I really dislike how they skipped the elementary arc. For those who had not read the manga, Yuki is an enigma. The first thirty seconds would mean nothing as no one understands that this dapper looking man is actually a transsexual. She is the reason why Nitori and Takatsuki are so comfortable with each other. She is the main motivation and emotional tie. As a previous male whom was bullied incessantly for cross-dressing, Hiroyuki is a representation of what may happen to Nitori. It’s a bit… irksome that the anime never explains any of this. For god’s sake, she has bought bras and panties for our lead protagonist! That has to count for something.
On a side note, Yuki even stars in her own manga. In the Takako Shimura’s short story collection Boku wa, Onna no ko, Yuki is the main character in “Hana”. It’s a Hourou Musuko prequel in a way.