I’m back for take two of this season’s guilty pleasure anime, DAKAICHI – I’m being harassed by the sexiest man of the year- and with it the promise of more rom-com hijinks! Things get a little sticky in this week’s episode (as steamy as a shounen-ai can get), and I guarantee you won’t look at honey the same way again! ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) So, without further ado, let’s dive into this week’s heart pounding episode, ‘Is He Sick of Me Already?’!
Junta has been obsessed with Takato, taking every opportunity to pounce on his reluctant lover. But, after a night of passion, Junta suddenly starts giving Takato the cold shoulder.
The Fangirls: At least Dakaichi is self aware enough to have its own in-universe fangirls! On set there are usually two or three women that make it their mission to be on hand for a bit of fangirling, openly cooing and giggling whenever Junta and Takato are ‘getting along’.
Shower Scene: It wouldn’t be a BL series without a little fanservice. This week’s episode comes with an obligatory shower scene courtesy of Junta and his spectacular muscles~
Ironic Horoscope: While riding home with Junta, a radio horoscope hits a little too close to home for Takato, detailing not only his current situation with Junta, but also advice on how to fix it.
Honey SEX!!!!!: One of the main sex scenes involves Junta, Takato, and a jar of honey and it’s effing hot! Compared with the previous sex scenes, this one is much longer and shows a bit more skin than the others albeit, still no visible penetration or anything like that.
Cute nickname- Takato being the Tsun-Bun that he is has been refusing to call Junta by his first name, instead going for the much more impersonal last name. However, after they share an intimate moment at Takato’s place, he finally gives in. Though, he slips up and accidentally calls Junta, ‘Chunta’.
Themes & Trivia
I can see your halo: To everyone on set Junta is seen as a sweet easy-going guy, with many praising his purity and goodness. This is of course played straight with the actor sporting a pair of pure white angel’s wings sprouting from his back.
Shounen- ai: I mentioned this last week, but the Dakaichi manga is a full-blown yaoi series with explicit sex scenes. However, the anime has been watered down in an effort to slip past the watchful eyes of the censors… So, despite their being quite a few sex scenes we don’t actually get to see any penetration… just a whole lot of carefully staged camera angles and close-up shots.
So, two things stood out in this week’s episode, the first being consent. BL media likes to toe the line between rape and consensual sex a lot. Hell, in last week’s episode Junta porks Takato despite the latter’s reluctance to engage in sex with him. Of course, Takato doesn’t stop him, so it is assumed that he wasn’t completely against the sex, though dubious at best. This week, Junta OUTRIGHT SAYS THAT JUNTA CONSENTED TO THE PREVIOUS SEXUAL ENCOUNTER… I watched the episode again and if saying no and locking Junta in a bathroom is consent, then perhaps we need to reevaluate what it means to consent (in the context of the series), because those aren’t the actions of someone that is consenting to sexy times. If anything, Takato’s consent was brought about under duress, since Junta just kinda hopped on top of him. But, this a BL anime and perhaps I’m thinking too hard (I’m not).
The second thing that stood out to me was Takato’s complete 180 from last week’s episode. Junta ignores him for a few days and BAM Takako is all over his d***. Okay… suuuuuure… Is it too much for me to ask for a little, I don’t know, romance?
Oh, and don’t think I didn’t catch the irony of the episode’s title, Junta gets sick so he avoids Takato to keep him from catching his cold… har dee har har… very punny.
Sweet as Honey
Despite my gripes this week’s episode was a lot of fun to watch, granted, if you’re used to more progressive BL media, this is just a ball of cliches. However, if you’re looking for something light that you can just turn your brain off to, then Episode 2 brings you some steamy guy on guy action. And that honey sex scene is not to be missed!
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 3: Do Not Grope Me in Public
DAKAICHI -I’m Being Harassed By The Sexiest Man Of The Year-
Anime Info | Fall 2018 | Simulcast