Fairy Ranmaru Review — B

Pretty boy fairies save peoples’ hearts.

This is not my usual genre, so I was kind of shocked how much I enjoyed it! Maybe it’s a bit unfair, but my impression of bishounen shows is that usually the conflict is very superficial and it’s all about the cute boys. (similar to my general impression of shows with harems of women) But Fairy Ranmaru did not fit into the usual box. The episodic conflicts tackle thorny situtations and are multi-faceted, and the overarching plot ends up being the same. The relationships between the pretty boys were also interesting.

I also really enjoyed the transformation sequences of all things. The battle scenes were ritualistic in a way that was reminiscent of Utena— and then in the final episode it gets modified in an interesting way. I loved the key symbolism and the shouting Buddhist stuff (I think?) and the screaming “go to heaven!”. Such a wholesome show.

The fairy form boys are super ugly is my biggest complaint…

Glad I watched this despite not being something I’d typically watch!

  • Storytelling – B – Episodic but managed to bring everything together.
  • Voice – A – Love the wholesome muscle fairies.
  • Characters – B – Seem a bit simplistic but rises about it.
  • Attention Grab – B – Kept my interest!
  • Production – B – Looks fine.
  • Overall – B

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