Shounen Hollywood: Episode 04

“People Die. They Die Sooner or Later. But…”
「人は死ね。。いつか死ね。でも。。。」

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So we’ve moved onto Kira (Yamashita Daiki) and his background as the youngest but most experienced of the Shounen Hollywood group. Amongst all the shows I’m watching this season, this is the one I least look forward to. *yawwwwn*

The Plot

Kira is the youngest of the group at only 15, but he’s the child actor and ergo has high aspirations for himself. But whether those aspirations are self-imposed or a result of his mother’s lifelong coaching ever since he was a child is anyone’s guess. Not only is he heavily uninterested in the play in general – but still manages to give it his all – if it’s got nothing to do with acting he doesn’t want to do it. Bratty but also very focused and one-track minded. His relationship with his mother is extremely….weird in my opinion. She’s excited for him and encourages him in his ‘goal’ but is it really his own goal or has he been conditioned to believe that this is his path in life? Frankly I think his relationship with his mother is kind of twisted; it’s not so much a parental relationship as an agency. I mean she even gets really excited about him entering his rebellious stage when he loses his temper and tells her to shut up. WHAT THE HECK?

In the end though, Shachou or Gotto or God or whatever his name is, takes away most of his lines at the last minute. While it means he’s got less to remember, he’s also not the main focus anymore. But he gets a little bit of encouragement from whom we can all assume is an ex-Shounen Hollywood member, who’s now a carpenter at the theatre, and realises that whatever someone gives him or teaches him he should do with interest. Once more, though, is he giving his all out of self-enrichment or because his guilt is telling him to? For the most brattiest member I reckon he’s the most selfless in a way, which kind of makes me sad for him. *sigh*

The Characters/Episode Highlights

I feel like we don’t even need this header anymore; there’s just nothing really interesting going on in this story. Perhaps in the next episode when they’re finally performing they’ll surprise me buuuut I’m not really holding out for a miracle at this point…

The Verdict

As usual, it’s booooring. Oddly intense and philosophical but nothing too special. So far I’m just sailing through these episodes without much enthusiasm. Whether it’s the rather flat characters or the grey plotline there’s nothing at all spectacular about Shounen Hollywood.

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