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Boys be... 

Not Rated | | Animation, Comedy, Romance | TV Series (2000)
The lives and loves of a gang of high school friends, tracked over the school year of 1999.








Series cast summary:
Akira Ishida ...  Makoto Kurumizawa 13 episodes, 2000
Kazusa Murai Kazusa Murai ...  Nitta Chiharu 13 episodes, 2000
Kenichi Suzumura ...  Kyouichi Kanzaki 13 episodes, 2000
Hideo Ishikawa Hideo Ishikawa ...  Yoshihiko Kenjou 13 episodes, 2000
Manabi Mizuno Manabi Mizuno ...  Natsue Horikawa 13 episodes, 2000
Megumi Hayashibara ...  Chiharu 13 episodes, 2000
Miki Nagasawa Miki Nagasawa ...  Kazama Yumi 13 episodes, 2000
Misato Fukuen ...  Kurihara Aya 13 episodes, 2000
Yuri Shiratori ...  Mizutani Aki 12 episodes, 2000


It is the year 1999: a year of transience, of endings and beginnings. Few else understand this better than the group of friends about to undertake a new high school year. There is Kyoichi and Chiharu, two best friends who are inevitably drawn to each other; Yoshihiko, a sports star who finds the woman to inspire and guide him; Aki, a dreamy-eyed full-fledged romantic in love with her ex; Makoto, a pervert and self-proclaimed ladies' man and Yumi, the sharp-tongued but kind-hearted friend who helps him out. As the new millennium approaches, each of the gang walks the age-old up-and-down road of relationships in their own way. What will became of them all, especially Kyoichi and Chiharu? Written by Q. Leo Rahman

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The title was truncated from Lafcadio Hearn's farewell speech: "Boys be ambitious." Hearn was an English teacher in Japan from 1890-1904. See more »

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A short but wonderful series
15 March 2005 | by au_law2001See all my reviews

Yet another short lived underrated 13 episode anime straight from BS WOWOW, but a very good one at it with a wonderful cast of characters and great music too! Typically it is about six high schoolers learning about life, love, and friendship. Yes it's sweet sixteen for them because they each experience romance, mostly it focuses on the relationship of Kyoichi Kanzaki a shy but kind artist, and Chiharu Niita an athletic girl, they are childhood friends and suddenly their relationship becomes more serious. Yumi the glass wearing girl and Aki are Chiharu's friends and themselves are looking to cure loneliness. And Yoshihiko is a baseball player who is bored with everything and doesn't know what he wants. Makoto is a computer wizard who believes there are set-in-stone formulas for love, and is a complete pervert just looking for love. It is a wonderful series which mostly talks about growing up and the people who change their lives, beautiful animation and story, I liked the way they compared each episode with the four seasons, and they talk about very important lessons of life as well, like about dealing with loneliness and acceptance and friendship. It really reminded me of the Wonder Years a bit because the main character Kanzaki narrates and it focuses on his relationships also. Too bad it was only 13 episodes, they could've made more for character development on the others, there was a follow up series to this, but it has no connection whatsoever. Recommended for those into romantic stories or those about growing up, I loved the opening and ending songs both performed by Aki Maeda, the girl who played Noriko of Battle Royale.

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11 April 2000 (Japan) See more »

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