It’s finally here!! I have been waiting to see this arc play out in the anime and it is finally here! The Paparazzi arc is in full swing and with it comes a healthy dose of DRAMA! Junta and Takato’s relationship will be put to the test… will they make it out as a couple, or will they finally call it quits? Find out in Episode 10, ‘We’re Breaking Up, Chunta’!
With the news that their drama Midday Star is getting a sequel, Junta is excited at the prospect of working alongside Takato again. But, when a photographer catches the happy couple partaking in some luv-luv time, Takato proposes that he and Junta break up?!
Is there an echo?: When Takato and Junta get the news about the sequel to Midday Star, they both unintentionally mirror each other’s movements and dialogue. There is even a split screen scene of their two phones side by side.
Foreshadowing: As if the title wasn’t enough, throughout the episode Junta and Takato are told about an actress that was photographed kissing an unknown man and was forced to drop out of the Midday Sun sequel production… Once is a coincidence, twice is heavy-handed foreshadowing.
Little Devil: Junta is always seen sporting pure white angel wings, but, for the first time we see Takato sporting some accents of his own. In this case, however, it’s the opposite end of the spectrum. Unlike Junta’s angel wings, Takato sports horns and a forked devil tail.
Themes and Trivia
Breaking Up: It seems like every romance has at least one break-up scenario and it looks like Dakaichi is following suit. Due to a bit of carelessness on their part, Junta and Takato are forced to break up. Is it only temporary? Will they be forced to live their lives never knowing love again?! Probably no, but, it does make for some interesting drama.
Funny Naming: The name of the pizza place Junta worked at before being discovered was called Doremi Pizza. Do-Re-Mi are the names of the first three notes of the musical scale.
Usually, I’m not a fan of break-up arcs, since they are super predictable. However, in Dakaichi, I will admit that this is one of the few times where this type of storyline actually works. Both Takato and Junta are famous actors, their personal lives are pretty much non-existent since their every move is well documented by the paparazzi and their fans. Sooner or later someone was bound to catch on about their relationship… I’m pleased to see that they’re sticking fairly close to the manga on this one, since this is a major plot point in the series, making up the bulk of the manga’s latter half.
I absolutely love Usaka as a character. However, I wish he’d had more screen time early on, granted he was relegated to a side role in the manga too… but, I dunno, I just think he’s too good a character not to have a more elevated role. But, alas…
It’s so hard to say goodbye~
This is a by the book BL anime, but, even I can admit that Dakaichi managed to keep me entertained from start to finish. This new storyline starts off exactly how you’d expect it to and it has as much subtlety as a cheesy soap opera, but, I’ll be damned, if I’m not invested! I just can’t get enough of this drama filled anime, and I know I’m not alone in this sentiment! Trashy BL fans unite!
I’ll be back next week with another DAKAICHI review, but in the meantime, be sure to check out MANGA.TOKYO’s other amazing Fall 2018 reviews!!
NEXT TIME: Hug 11: If you’re that in love with me, you can have your way with me until you’re done.
DAKAICHI -I’m Being Harassed By The Sexiest Man Of The Year-
Anime Info | Fall 2018 | Simulcast