Shounen Hollywood: Episode 03

“Their Futures” 「彼らの未来」

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Nothing really happened in this episode but there were some pretty intense moments that this show seems to have multitudes of. Life doesn’t turn out the way you want it to, is the underlying message, but just sometimes it does.

The Plot

It was a very heavy episode this week, with a couple of flashbacks to the original Shounen Hollywood and what’s become of them since they disbanded all those years ago. It follows Tomii Daiki (Aoi Shouta), whom the others believe has a very strict family as he’s constantly having to rush home on time. We learn, though, that he lives in a boys’ orphanage and has so ever since he was very young. As a child he met one of the idols of Shounen Hollywood and labelled the so-called ‘good luck charm’ of the group, Tomii Minoru (Sakaguchi Daisuke)Daiki has fond memories of the day he met Minoru, when he came to visit the orphanage, and remembers Minoru telling him of the good life he had with wonderful friends – the rest of the original Shounen Hollywood. From then it was apparently Daiki’s goal to really make it big, just like Minoru, and forge the sort of lifelong friendships he believed Minoru to have had. Years later, though, he meets Minoru again, and the man, now a fully-fledged actor, just so happens to remember him. He reminisces about the rest of the gang but when asked what the rest of them are doing now, he actually has no idea, not having maintained contact with them. Later on, he and Teshigahara find an old home-video of the old gang who express their goals and dreams in life, and a strong theme amongst them was to continue being best friends with the gang and make Shounen Hollywood live forever. That’s when Daiki realises that none of their dreams came true and he realises the bitter truth that the life of an idol doesn’t last forever. Still, though, there’s a note of hope, as bittersweet and sad as it is, when Minoru is walking back and bumps into Shachou, whom we learn to be Gotto, a former member of Shounen Hollywood, and one of the only members who is currently fulfilling their dream of trying to rebuild their theatre and forming the next Shounen Hollywood.

The Characters/Episode Highlights

To be fairly honest I found it quite a boring episode; I’m not really much of a fan of Daiki as a character; he’s kind of irritating, haha! Still, I kind of liked the bittersweet undertones of this episode, as I think it strikes very close to home for a lot of people. Dreams don’t always come true and life doesn’t always go to plan. But the end of the episode, where Minoru and Gotto meet after so long was very much a surprise and I thought it was quite a lovely way to end the episode. I certainly wasn’t expecting Shachou to have been a member of the original idol group, but it was kind of heartwarming to see that at least one of them was in the process of bringing his goals to fruition. I think that was probably my favourite part of the episode, even if it was less than a minute long.

The Verdict

It’s not the best anime series by any means but it does have some very poignant moments and really isn’t what I thought it was going to be. I suppose I expected more silliness and ridiculousness, in line with the utter humour of having a pet owl named ‘Cat’. The first episode was like that; silly, OTT and just all over the place but the episodes since have taken a sharp turn into the depressive. I’m not saying it’s bad, just unexpected. I’ve a feeling we’re going to get more of these moments in the weeks to come.

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