Anime First Reaction: Boku no Kokoro no Yabai Yatsu

Since this was a romantic comedy, I just had to give it a shot. Boku no Kokoro no Yabai Yatsu had quite an interesting premise to it. Whenever you get a show like this, it creates a hook to try and reel you in. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Is this one of those shows that succeed or fail with its hook?

Let’s Go!

First Episode Synopsis

Kyoutarou is fascinated by murder… so much so that he daydreams about killing all of his classmates… especially the prettiest and most popular girl at school, Anna Yamada. The plan is to cut her up with a boxcutter until he runs into her in the library. She’s working on their class project and doing a really terrible job at it. All she had to do was make a sign but she didn’t bother tracing anything out first. Lo and behold, she ran out of room for the title so she tried to tear a piece of extra paper to stick on the end. This led to Kyoutarou lending her the very murder weapon he planned to use against her.

By doing this, something inside of him begins to change. Maybe it’s the fact that Anna is about as smart as a box of dead wet rats but something about her just compels him. He blushes whenever he sees her and he sees her a lot because he can’t just look away. Especially when she’s walking to school and starts to get pressured by some random guy to add him on LINE. Even though it’s none of his business and he wants nothing to do with it, he comes to the rescue…. By hurling his bike into the river?

Whatever works, my dude.

And so, a tale of a creepy little macabre-loving psychopath begins to fall in love with a dim-witted, pretty girl who would probably be dead if modern technology didn’t circumvent Darwinism.

Worth Watching?

YES – The premise seemed interesting and I truly believed that they would have milked the gimmick of Kyoutarou being this murderous psychopath. I also would have thought that a few episodes would have gone by before he began to change but… nope… this anime wasted no time sending the premise to the back burner and gave us just a standard romantic comedy… and I’m actually happy it did that.

When you get a premise like this, the main character will often remind you of it every chance that they get. This would normally carry on for several episodes; however, not this time. It’s like this show was self-aware that a premise like this would wear out and get old fast to it just dumped it on our laps to let us know it was there and then went off and did its own thing. This is a good thing because now I don’t have to be subjected to 3-4 episodes of the main character constantly saying “I’ll kill you” while envisioning it in his head. We already got the point after five minutes.

There are still more episodes to go so it may be brought back a few times… maybe he’ll imagine killing any guy who tries to get close to her? Time will tell but as long as they sprinkle the premise in here or there, it’ll achieve a good balance. The first episode was good enough to hook me so I’m interested to see how this one turns out!