Should I be ashamed? I don’t know. I mean, I have after all chosen to watch the anime I have watched. I might not have enjoyed everything (or, I might have because if I didn’t I would have dropped it.) but in the end, should I be ashamed for having to watch something? I get what the question is after, to tell the world the most embarrassing, bad anime with the worst reputation I have seen. But I am not ashamed of it. So what is it, you ask. Well, I’m not ashamed but the rest of the world seems to never admit this or are extremely hostile towards it (which I understand and I will probably get a lot of comments about it.).
*whisper* Boku no Pico *whisper*
As I said, I am not really ashamed of having seen it. Did I enjoy it? Sure, why not. Little boys having sex, isn’t that every rotten woman’s dream. *whispers all around* Is she being sarcastic or is this real. *whispers* No, but seriously, I have absolutely nothing against it at all. I find the relationship between Chicco and Pico endearing. So what if they have sex, kids their age (btw, they are not 8 and 10 as many people have a tendency to say. They are both supposed to be around 12-13) are curious about sex. Should kids their age have sex? Probably not. Do kids their age have sex? It happens.
Is Pico’s relationship with Mokkun; a grown man, twice the boy’s age a problem? Obviously. The man is a pedophile (not that all pedophiles would do what he does. Just because you are a pedophile doesn’t mean you sexually abuse or use underaged kids. But that’s a whole other story for another post.). To add to it all he isn’t even after a boy but a girl but he settles for a boy even though he isn’t gay. How messed up is that. There is a lot of wrongs with this relationship and I am not gonna say that the sex isn’t wrong but it isn’t the biggest wrong. It’s just an added wrong to the whole wrong. (a lot of wrongs here.)
Then, when you listen to the debate around this trilogy (where everyone claims they have seen this “horrible” anime but in reality very few critics actually has. And if they have they have seen approximately 3 minutes and 45 seconds) people tend to forget that Chicco’s sister is actually also a pedophile. She gets turned on by watching her little brother, half her age have sex with his friend. I’d say that’s pedophile tendencies. But no one ever screams out loud about that (because no one who dislikes this trilogy has ever watched part two and three so they don’t really know about Chicco’s sister and her naughty fantasies). Well, she is a woman so it’s okay of course. (is she sarcastic again?)
As for when Cocco comes into the picture well, what can I say. They are a city fairy. If you don’t get that when you watch it then I don’t know what to say. They are older than the others, very much older on the inside than on the outside. I can’t say that I liked the last OVA too much. I prefer the second one where it is just Pico and Chicco. No Mokkun (the most forgettable character in the history. He might as well only be the depressed dude with the dick.) thankfully. The horny sister is amusing. Jesus Christ she loves her bananas! (Pico and Chicco makes a point out of it. That is such a cute scene. Hehe.)
Well, I get why people are outraged about it. It is debatable if Pico are being raped in the first OVA. Well, he is underaged and he doesn’t really say yes so, yeah, I’d say he is. At the very least sexually assaulted. A very well used trope in yaoi. And it is yaoi, albeit with shotas (boys). Does he in his turn rape Chicco? No, I would argue not. They are exploring. Learning like kids do. Why is there a difference you ask. Well, it’s obvious isn’t it? Mokkun is a grown up and Pico isn’t equal to him. He is the stronger one. Anyway, that’s also for another post. There is also the whole part about boys having sex and how this is made only for pedophiles. And then there are people who hates the fact that it is gay. It ticks a lot of boxes, this one.
I didn’t mean for this to get so long. A thing that annoys me though, and I am glad I made this post so I can get this out of my system, is all the people screaming and cursing about this anime without having seen it. Just, shut the fuck up. Go watch it and then have an opinion. And the category who has made it their thing to write comments more or less everywhere about how they tricked their best friend into watching it, often with their mother. Come on, no one buys it. You haven’t done it. It’s stupid. Move on. It’s been ten years now.
So, am I ashamed that I have seen it and actually enjoyed it? Nope, I am not.
As for shota being a genre and BnP and the outrage; there are worse shota out there. What if people actually took a look at Enzai – Falsely Accused for example. You want little boys getting raped, like really raped (in Mokkun’s defense, he was actually careful and made sure Pico didn’t get hurt) then that’s what you should watch. Or Shounen Maid, Kuro-Kun. Kuro is held a slave and sexually tortured in a basement. He’s 14. Yes, I’ve seen a lot of shit, okay. Curiosity killed the cat, they say. I most likely have 9000 lives instead of 9.