Creator: Yagami Hiroki
Length: 26 Episodes
Official Site: View
+ Fans of sport series might like it
A basketball anime series that doesn't really excel in anything. Worth watching if you are into sport series, but then again, there are better sport series out there.
2 out of 5
Dear Boys (Hoop Days) Anime Review
Written by: Enishi on 1/1/2004
Dear Boys has got to be one of the worst anime names ever (the English release is called Hoop Days, not much better). First off, it sounds awful. If you just saw this for download or for sale, most of you would turn away from it. Secondly, it really doesn't fit this anime very well. I'm sure if I thought hard enough I could think of a better title. The anime itself is rather decent.
The story centers on Japanese high school basketball sensation Aikawa Kazuhiko. After carrying his team at Tendoji High School to a national championship, he transfers to Mizuho High. The reasons for his transfer are simple. He wants to play FUN bastketball. The anime revolves around the team of five players who attempt to do the impossible and make it to the inter-high basketball tournament. Their struggles and triumphs are the core of this basketball anime.
Well its not that great. Put simply, it is pretty crappy. The players move about in very choppy motions. There are few moments where a move is executed with fluidity. The use of "speed lines" occurs far too often for my own liking. But occasionally, Aikawa does something worth animating, and those usually come out decently. I think that if the animation had been turned up a few notches, the anime itself would have been a lot better.
The Mizuho team is a pretty plain parade of characters. Not that they are not cool to see. Aikawa and Fujiwara both look cool. Fuji looks like a young, baller version of Saitoh Hajime of Rurouni Kenshin fame. Overall, nothing that stands out, good or bad.
The sound is a mixed bag as well. A lot of JPOP sounding stuff going on throughout. At times it works really well. Other times, you wish it would stop. But the score does its job well enough. It does get you involved in the anime more than if the tournaments lacked music. The intro is, how do I put this... Well, let me quote, "Hey guys, one, two, three, sound the voice of rebound!". Umm yeah. The ending song, which features a Japanese rapper is another weird one. Rap should be left to the U.S. Sorry, that's just how I feel.
I know it sounds as if I just crushed this anime, but please give it a chance if possible. It is only 26 episodes long, so you can get through it pretty fast. It has its high and low points. But trust me, there have been worse anime. This is a decently made basketball anime, and is good enough for fans of the sport to sit through and watch.
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