It’s guys and popularity among guys. Despite everything, it’s an insightful glimpse at the relationships between guys. Either this show is serious or I’m just bored and making things up, this anime is gold. (Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!)
We meet Kurotori Moteo, a ballet instructor in Binan High School, looking at himself in the mirror in Kurotama Public Bath, vowing to win the school’s monthly #1 Pretty Boy Contest. In his elation, he twirls around. In his final form, his towel falls from his hips and En and Atsushi get treated to an unsightly sight as they enter.
They look away, agreeing that they didn’t see anything. Yumoto wonders why they didn’t want to see Kurotori-sensei’s and admits openly that loves seeing it and showing it. Kurotori-sensei comes back fully dressed and leaves the bathhouse.
In the bath, En and Atsushi talk about Kurotori-sensei and how he was accidentally hired by the school. They also remark on the principal holding monthly popularity contests.
The next day at school, Io and Ryuu are approached by Kurotori-sensei trying to recruit them for the ballet club. The two boys have concerns about profit and popularity.
Meanwhile, the Student Council watches them. They are threatening to shut down his club because it has no members. Arima points out that his goal isn’t to gain more members but to gain fans.
In the classroom, Io and Ryuu discuss the repercussions of joining the ballet club. A classmate of theirs hands them ballots for the pretty boy contest. Ryuu says he’s never taken #1 and Gero agrees with him from the back, sparking a rivalry.
On the courtyard, Yumoto is ambushed by Kurotori-sensei who is giving away pamphlets, again trying to recruit members but Yumoto is concerned for the paper.
In the club room, he is folding flyers and pamphlets from different clubs into airplanes. He throws ballet club’s and it lands further than everything else. It turns out that he’s deciding on which club to join based on paper airplane distance. Wombat reminds him that he is already in a club – the Defenders of Love Earth Defense Club. He reveals that he has submitted an application form with Tawarayama-sensei as advisor. Yumoto argues that he’s bored since monsters don’t attack everyday.
Io brings up brings up the pretty boy contest, saying he can’t stand losing to Gero. Atsushi mentions that Ryuu tied with Gero for third in the previous month and that firs and second were bagged by the rest of the Student Council. En proposes to take this rivalry seriously and actually compete in the popularity contest.
The boys hold a strategy meeting, debating on what popularity is to get to its essence since, according to En, superficial popularity is not attractive. Yumoto asks if it isn’t better to be popular among girls instead of among guys. En refutes that there is no point in such because girls are to be admired. They also question the loyalty of both genders. They conclude that it is better to be popular among guys. The boys come up with three approaches (or requirements) to be popular with men. They then put their plan into action.
At the gym, En challenges a wrestling club member to an arm wrestling contest. The fight begins. En uses his “special technique” and defeats the opponent.
In the comfort room, Io uses a urinal right beside some other guy, giving him some sort of discomfort. He asks the guy what he thinks of him. He then shows him his… passbook… filled with millions of yen which impresses the guy.
Ryuu approaches a kohai set of triplets who are cleaning a classroom. He menacingly asks them if they want an aniki. He intimidates them some more by asking if they enjoy cleaning. The triplets say that they particularly don’t and since they are on duty, they have to. Ryuu grabs the broomstick and breaks it in two, throws the chalkboard eraser out the window, and smashes a desk. He then rationalizes that by doing so, it’s not their fault and they won’t be cleaning anymore. They all then go to hang out.
Kurotori-sensei is dismayed that no one attended his rally. Caerula Adamas then “recruits” him to become a servant.
On the day of the voting, En, Io, and Ryuu receive reassurance that they will receive votes from those they interacted with. When the votes have been tallied and the winner is to be announced, a black swan barges in, claiming to be #1, to the Earth Defense Club’s dismay.
The bird attacks everybody with a black feather and soon everybody is fawning over him. Zundar explains that a world where men only love men doesn’t allow any progeny and thus leading the Earth to ruin. Wombat beckons the boys to transform and after they transform, they deliver their catchphrases.
Yumoto attacks the human pillar with Scarlet Lumier but the black swan escapes and attacks the Battle Lovers with his feathers. Vesta, Sulfur, Cerulean, and Epinard suddenly feel a burning passion for the bird. Epinard flies to him and the rest follow in jealousy. Scarlet barges in and tells his senpais that they’re embarrassing themselves.
The black swan bursts out in anger. He gives Scarlet a hug and Scarlet hugs him back. He explains that in love, to love is better than being loved and that before trying to get anyone to love you, you must learn to love yourself first. The effects of the feathers wear off and the Battle Lovers take this chance to do their finishing moves.
After Love Shower, the black swan turns back into Kurotori-sensei (PUNNY). Caerula Adamas watches in the distance, still wondering who the Battle Lovers really are.
Back in the bathhouse, the guys hang out in the tub with Wombat and Tawarayama-sensei having their usual trivial conversation.
Whoa. Wait a sec. Did Boueibu just get sociological? As silly as everything in this god forsaken anime is, it can actually talk about something worthwhile.
Being a girl, I can say that the question of how male relationships work is a very difficult one. Of course, the dynamics of male and female behavior are different (e.g. the lines of respect and admiration). En even mentions something to support that. Having male popularity among other males boiled down to physical strength, financial superiority and brotherliness makes real sense now that I think about it. What’s more, it’s a wonderful insight used and portrayed in the most comedic way.
When Zundar talks about men loving other men and how it doesn’t procreate and how that would lead the world to ruin made me think that this whole show is actually serious and touches on a lot of subjects even the sensitive ones.
Well, this episode did throw some other things out of the window, not just the chalkboard eraser. Like who won the contest? I guess it doesn’t matter now. The boys don’t seem to care either. After all, what’s important is to love and to love oneself. (I’m saying that half-sarcastically.)
More to look forward to next week! The Battle Lovers turn into kids and maybe the mystery between Atsushi and Kusatsu will be solved!
What did you think of Boueibu this week?
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