Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai: The Clouds Gather

Rating: 10/10

Source: Manga

Genres: Drama, Yaoi, Crime

Premiered: Winter 2020

As a women unfortunately I am one of the percent of women who like BL. I wouldn’t go as far to call myself a full time Fujoshi, I have read many Yaoi Manga and watched anime such as Junjo Romantica and Sekaiichi Hatsukoi.


Synopsis

Yashiro is the young leader of Shinseikai and the president of the Shinseikai Enterprise, but like so many powerful men, he leads a double life as a deviant and a masochist. Doumeki Chikara comes to work as a bodyguard for him and, although Yashiro had decided that he would never lay a hand on his own men, he finds there’s something about Doumeki that he can’t resist. Yashiro makes advances toward Doumeki, but Doumeki has mysterious reasons for denying. Yashiro, who abuses his power just to abuse himself, and Doumeki, who faithfully obeys his every command, begin the tumultuous affair of two men with songs in their hearts and no wings to fly.

(Source: Juné)


Review

I read the manga for this, which has been ongoing since 2008 and has yet to be completed, and when they announced an anime film in 2019, I swear I had the biggest smile on my face. It’s been over a year since I finally found it online, and after a long morning trying to figure out how to use CGI, I came back, put my feet up, and watched.

I was so excited to see this because the anime label ‘Blue Lynx,’ which supported the Given film, was also behind this film, so I was curious to see what they would do with the manga as it was adapted into animation. Since the manga already had an audio CD, the voice actors were already cast.

Our two principal characters/voice actors are Shingaki, Tarusuke as Yashiro and Wataru, Hatano as Doumeki. It wasn’t anything new for me because I’d already heard the BLCD, and both voice actors, as well as the rest of the cast, do an outstanding job!

After seeing the trailer, I was very excited, and Studio Grizzly did an excellent job with the animation. However, having worked on the Yarichin Bitch-bu anime, I was concerned about the direction it would take, whether it would follow the manga, and whether it would be as good as I expect it to be, how many BL scenes will we get, given that most Yaoi anime’s avoid steamy scenes?

All those questions went through my head when watching this.

I don’t expect anyone to go out of their way to watch BL because it isn’t for everyone, but as a Fujoshi, I had to say that this film was far superior to the Given film that was recently released on Cruncyroll. The music was composed by H Zettrio, a Japanese jazz pianist, and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed it!

The music was elegant, and it worked well for a Yakuza anime. We don’t see many yakuza anime, which I wish would change because I am a major crime drama fan, but as we all know, the Japanese keep their sexuality’s to themselves and keep them hidden. The plot follows Yashiro as he acquires a new bodyguard, Doumeki, who is a perfect match for Yashiro’s type but 1. Doumeki is not a homosexual and 2. He’s impotent.

What is actually quite sad about this anime in the underlying issues the characters have, the stories they have to tell.

Yashiro is a total masochistic when it comes to the things he likes but when your showed his past you actually feel sorry for him even though you never seem to know what hes thinking and neither does his friend Kageyama.

Yashiro never will sleep with someone he truly likes or he will never love anyone, but we see slight changes when Domueki becomes apart of his staff.

This anime movie is around 1 hours and 15 minutes long and I loved every second of it, mainly because I couldn’t wait for this fantastic manga to be animated so beautifully.


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5 Manga I actually read

I have been an avid anime watcher since I was 15 years old, Last year I became naturally busy that I’ve only now able to pick up where I left off, and maybe I can suggest you read up too?

1. Say I love you ‘Sukitte li na yo’

Total Chapters: 73

Status: Finished

Genres: Shoujo, Romance, School

Publishers: Dessert

Synopsis

Mei Tachibana has no friends—and she doesn’t need them! Ever since her “friends” betrayed her in elementary school, she’s sworn off friendship entirely. All it leads to is betrayal and heartbreak, and she’s well enough on her own. But everything changes when she accidentally roundhouse kicks the most popular boy in school! However, Yamato Kurosawa isn’t angry in the slightest. In fact, he thinks his ordinary life could use an unusual girl like Mei! He won’t take no for an answer, and soon Mei and Yamato embark on an unwanted friendship that will change both of them forever.

(Source: Kodansha Comics)


I watched the anime for this years ago, it’s actually one out of the few shoujos I watch. Say I love you I related to so much, I had a hard time in high school with friends, but even though this is about Mei finding a boyfriend who helps her gain friends and trust this manga makes me feel homely in some way.

2. Attack on Titan ‘Shingeki no Kyojin’

Total Chapters: Unknown

Status: Ongoing

Genres: Action, Mystery, Super power, Horror

Publishers: Bessatsu Shounen Magazine

Synopsis

Hundreds of years ago, horrifying creatures which resembled humans appeared. These mindless, towering giants, called “titans,” proved to be an existential threat, as they preyed on whatever humans they could find in order to satisfy a seemingly unending appetite. Unable to effectively combat the titans, mankind was forced to barricade themselves within large walls surrounding what may very well be humanity’s last safe haven in the world.

In the present day, life within the walls has finally found peace, since the residents have not dealt with titans for many years. Eren Yeager, Mikasa Ackerman, and Armin Arlert are three young children who dream of experiencing all that the world has to offer, having grown up hearing stories of the wonders beyond the walls. But when the state of tranquility is suddenly shattered by the attack of a massive 60-meter titan, they quickly learn just how cruel the world can be. On that day, Eren makes a promise to himself that he will do whatever it takes to eradicate every single titan off the face of the Earth, with the hope that one day, humanity will once again be able to live outside the walls without fear.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


We all know why Attack on Titan is a must read, I must say I’ve only read it up to a certain point in the last season when a certain thing happened and I have to say I’ve been grieving all this time haha (mini spolier for non manga readers)

I couldn’t wait for the last season, so while it’s airing now I might as well wait 😉

3. Horimiya

Total Chapters: Unknown

Status: Ongoing

Genres: Comedy, Romance, school, Slice of Life

Publishers: GFantasy

Synopsis

Although admired at school for her amiability and academic prowess, high school student Kyouko Hori has been hiding another side of her. With her parents often away from home due to work, Hori has to look after her younger brother and do the housework, leaving no chance to socialize away from school.

Meanwhile, Izumi Miyamura is seen as a brooding, glasses-wearing otaku. However, in reality, he is a gentle person inept at studying. Furthermore, he has nine piercings hidden behind his long hair and a tattoo along his back and left shoulder.

By sheer chance, Hori and Miyamura cross paths outside of school—neither looking as the other expects. These seemingly polar opposites become friends, sharing with each other a side they have never shown to anyone else.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


I was actually put onto this by an Anime Tik Toker, I watched the first anime episode and I fell in love, it isn’t your usual love story and I actually find myself laughing half the time.

4. Namaikizakari

Total Chapters: Unknown

Status: Ongoing

Genres: Shojou, Romance, School, Sports

Publishers: Hana to Yume

Synopsis

Being the eldest child of a large family, Yuki Machida was forced to become the responsible one of her many siblings at a very young age. Accustomed to making sacrifices for them, she is all too familiar with disappointment and the pain of suppressing her true feelings.

Though expecting nothing to become of them, Machida becomes the basketball club manager in order to be closer to her crush. But at the start of the new school year, Shou Naruse joins the team. He is extremely talented… and has taken an interest in Machida. Stoic-faced and cold, she is unfazed by his advances, despite how relentless he is when it comes to winning her love—from kissing her with no warning to asking for permission to grope her. Keeping her cool and focusing on basketball becomes a much more difficult task when Naruse makes no effort to conceal his desires.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


I’ve been reading this for a long time and I’ve probably read it like 3-4 times already, something about this manga is so moorish and when the new chapter was released at the end of Christmas I wanted more.

5. Kuroshitsuji ‘Black Butler’

Total Chapters: Unknown

Status: Ongoing

Genres: Action, Demon, Mystery, Fantasy, Historical

Publishers: GFantasy

Synopsis

Tucked away in the English countryside lies the ominous manor of the Phantomhives, a family which has established itself as the cold and ruthless “Queen’s Watchdog” as well as the head of London’s criminal underground. After a tragedy leaves the Earl and his wife dead, many are shocked when their son, a young boy named Ciel, claims his place as the new Earl of the Phantomhive house. At first, many perceive him only as a child surrounded by a few eccentric servants. But they soon begin to realize that it is foolish to meddle with Ciel and his demonic butler Sebastian.

Taking place at the end of the 19th century, Kuroshitsuji follows these two as they face countless mysteries and dangers that plague England and threaten the Queen, uncovering the truth about what really happened to Ciel’s parents in the process.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


I started reading the manga, the minute Book of Atlantic was released in Japan on the screens. Black Butler was the second ever anime I ever watched, since I dont see any new season coming our way I might as well read on!