Dou kyu sei – Classmates ★★★★

Okay, I'm going to have a very hard time reviewing this, because this made me incredibly emotional and weepy but I don't think that's something that will translate with everyone. I could see a lot of people seeing this as too simplistic, too short, etc etc. I think because I've had in real life a very similar experience (with a happy ending btw) I got overly emotionally invested in this. Not saying that's a bad thing, but my response was so strong and intimate that I can't honestly gauge how other people will react. The one thing I will say that I think everyone can appreciate is the really really nice animation and art design. Lots of yaoi is either badly designed or really same-y, but the blown-out brightness of this mixed with the nice music and interesting framing means that in a more objective sense this stands above a lot of other things in this genre. So, a very personal and emotional movie for me but probably not for everyone.

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