Ray: It’s the sweetest thing – if only women were that great. In real life, I always meet AP’s – American Princesses, whether they’re Taiwanese American Princesses, Korean American Princesses, Japanese American Princesses (queens), or other kinds. Some of them don’t even live in the US!
However, in this case, there’s only a sweet, tender relationship and most importantly, no men.
Mike: It’s actually really odd. 90% of the time you can believe that these are merely very close and affectionate sisters who pretty much have only each other to keep company…and then each episode ends with the 10% kinky. It was the chocolate on the finger that got me. She wasn’t just licking. She was sucking.
Mike: It’s perverse enough to have that tang, I suppose. Because otherwise it’s pretty much like every other iyashikei anime (“healing” anime where not much happens and that’s the point), albeit very well-animated. Definitely OVA quality material.
Ray: Every scene, every setting is gorgeous, bright and beautiful, it’s as if the whole show is in love. Of course, a certain someone in our studio did not get it AT ALL upon finishing the first episode. You thought it was merely two very affectionate sisters!
I think the finger lickin’ good one was probably the climax.
Ray: Oh come on! They were holding hands and there was a love song playing in the background! Stop pretending you’re so innocent; this has nothing to do with homophobia, it’s the atmosphere. What, platonic love isn’t good enough for you? You just had to see banging and panting? XD It was so obvious!
Mike: Well, see, I can totally buy into the idea of two sisters (especially sisters) holding hands. Women are usually allowed a lot more physical affection toward each other in general. When you say ‘yuri’ to me that’s what it means. Sex. It’s the parallel term to yaoi.
Mike: Yeah, I was about to say–GL or shoujo-ai might be what I was really thinking. That, yes, it definitely falls into. Plus of course “twincest,” something that usually is found in shoujo manga with two twin boys. But reversed.
Ray: I’m like a fujoshi except it’s all opposite! Wow! What a revelation! I mean, my reaction when seeing the show was clasping my hands and just adoring them! The fact that Yuki is like the silly older sister and Kana is the actually more responsible sister but is shy to admit her love, is just so cute.
Mike: Yeah. I assumed at first that Kana was the older one. Though, of course, being twins, “older” and “younger” are merely minutes apart. Though in real life, the nominally older one still usually takes the older-sibling role anyway.
Ray: I’m almost gagaing over the little things they do – talking about having Kana being the body pillow, eating snacks, holding hands, Yuki doing silly things like dropping the egg onto the pillow, and…”Kana-chan no mune.” “…Hai…?” “Chichi!” Like that’s pure yuri lust right there! XD
Ray: I mean, come on! Nothing looks more beautiful when those girls were in bed peacefully. I just can’t imagine that for men. That’d be disgusting and gross as hell itself. Even for most yaoi shows, the men look like girls without chest.
Mike: Well, like I said, women are allowed to be much more affectionate with each other than men are. Though I guess too that scene reminded me of the way kids often climb into bed with their parents when they’re scared. Kana and Yuki are basically kinda like absentee parents for Shi, even though they’re not that much older than her.
So what did you think about Saku? There is a full on lesbo in this anime, and that’s her.
Mike: It occurs to me that she is actually somewhat similar to Yuki. The whole show can be conceived of as a love triangle in trying to earn the affections of Kana. Not that Saku is a serious contender, but they are both bratty/immature and they both have the hots for Kana. Yuki is DEFINITELY the kinkier sister.
Ray: Well, you know, a little spice doesn’t hurt. I refuse to picture a pair-pair foursome, but that thought has crossed my mind. The entire show is crafted to be a beautiful fantasy high school girl life – without the life part. It’s pretty much Kana and Yuki in love and that’s fine.
But yeah, there’s almost not intrusion from anything unwanted, eg. parents, teachers, bullies, women who may think they have a disgusting relationship, and so on.
I noticed there is definitely a formula to the plotlines. You introduce some very small conflict, and it’s usually resolved by the end by one of them saying “hey, at least we’re together” and then the kinky stuff starts.
Ray: Just get over it and apologize! or just crawl into their bed! But at the end, I was happy for her, at least she was finally accepted into the world of Shojo-Ai side! The seiyuu behind Kana, Nabatame Hitomi, said once: “there is no need for men!”
Wait, so the person singing the insert songs and the EDs was Korean? I didn’t know.
What do you think of the music?
Mike: To tell you the truth, I didn’t notice it very much. The insert songs were OK, but not particularly memorable to me. So far, no one has ever beat Honey and Clover when it comes to insert song usage.
Ray: Ah. well if I have to be fair (and I hate it in this case), this show really doesn’t mean much of anything. Everyone is so likable and no one is really annoying enough to be interesting. And it’s mercifully short.
Mike: Well you know, I think it succeeds at what it set out to do. One of the first rules of criticism is that you base your critique in large part on what it was trying to do. I think it was trying to be an escapist, somewhat sexually charged slice-of-life show about two sisters. In that, it succeeds very well. It wasn’t trying to be some heavy drama, or even a standard comedy. In that too its shortness works very well in its favor. This would be pretty danged boring if it were standard length, 22 minute eps.
Ray: And got me they did. For a specific audience, it’s heavily (no panting allowed) recommended. For the rest, if you want to fall asleep to a beautiful dream (especially if you are a man), it’s not.