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Hanasakeru Seishounen – Review

I was a little hesitant to watch this anime at first.  Honestly, I only gave it a chance out of boredom.  The story seemed a little childish and well, even after watching a few episodes, I still didn’t know whether I liked it or not.

Hanasakeru Seishounen is about a teenage girl, Kajika (left), who is the only daughter of Harry Burnsworth, the head of a major cooperation.  When she’s 14, he decides to put an idea to her about a “husband finding game.”  The game is that she will meet three men, which he has chosen, and chose from them a husband, but she also must make them fall in love with her because they will not know about the game.  Kajika also doesn’t know who the men are.  Lee-leng, Kajika’s protector and bodyguard, will help her in this game.  The three men she meets are Eugene, Lumati, and Carl.  Lumati is part of a major inner-plot dealing with the country of Raginei.  He is the second son of the King.

Although, you pretty much know the outcome of the story long before mid-way, you’ll still want to watch it to find out how everyone made it through.  I found that my biggest issue with this anime wasn’t the story, however; it was the character, Kajika.  She’s just a child.  At 14, she doesn’t even know what love is and she’s really naive.  She goes throughout the whole anime believing that each “type” of love she has with these men is the same.  She acts very childish at times and I just wasn’t liking her character at all.  I spent the whole time wishing that the character had been a little older and more mature.

The other characters, however, I did like.  Lee-leng (right), the head of the Huang family cooperation, is the type of character I usually lean towards.  He is a childhood friend and protector of Kajika.  Eugene is one of those characters that you sometimes like and sometimes don’t.  Kajika believes he is the reincarnation of her pet leopard, Mustafa.  I never cared for Carl that much, but he’s very helpful in some situations.  Lumati (left) was above all my favorite character.  He grows so much throughout the anime (which spans a little over 2 years).  At first, he’s a very immature brat, but grows to be a handsome, mature King.

After reading some of the other reviews on this anime (before I watched it myself), I have to disagree with a few comments.  With the artwork, it’s not bad, but it’s not my favorite style either.  There are a few random things in much later episodes that weren’t in the earlier ones…like the random Kanji scenes, but it’s so little that you barely notice.  It didn’t bother me that much.  The voices definitely fit the characters, but the songs were bad.  I always skipped through the opening and stopped it before the ending.

Ultimately, this anime wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either.  If you’re looking for something to watch, then give it a shot, but otherwise…don’t worry about it.  It’s not going to be one of those anime that you’ll love and want to watch again.  Like I said before, I only really wanted to finish it because I wanted to know what happened to the characters, Lumati most of all.  If you do watch it, you’ll like the ending.

This anime is currently in Japanese with subtitles and consists of 39 episodes.  The opening song is Change by J-Min and the ending song is One by J-Min.

Story: 8

Characters: 9

Music: 5

Artwork: 8

Voices: 9

Overall: 7.5 out of 10

^_^ Sayonara!