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Wallflower, Vol. 1: Lesson 1-My Fair Bishonen

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What Happens When A Hit Manga Gets Mugged By The Director Of EXCEL SAGA? Answer: THE WALLFLOWER! After years of sponging off a fabulously wealthy older woman, four ridiculously beautiful boys are forced to use their bishi skills to turn their benefactor’s socially challenged niece into a beautiful young lady! And this isn’t just any ugly duckling they’re facing; she’s a psycho, paranoid, neurotic horror movie obsessed goth chick with a fetish for anatomical dummies, bad skin and a total ignorance of all things feminine!


The romantic comedy Wallflower (2006) continues the anarchic humor of director Shinichi Watanabe's Excel Saga and Nerima Daikon Brothers. Kyohei, Ranmaru, Takenaga, and Yukinojoh, four bishonen (beautiful boys), have been freeloading off a wealthy woman for some time when she offers them a proposition: transform her niece Sunako into a perfect young lady--or their rent will be tripled. Two years earlier, Sunako was traumatized when a boy she liked told her she was ugly. She withdrew into a Gothic twilight, ignoring people and spending time with skulls, skeletons, and a human anatomical model. Sunako is quite pretty, but she refuses to accept that fact--or do anything to accentuate her looks. The boys need money desperately, so they go all out to effect the transformation. Wallflower probably plays better in weekly installments: Five episodes of nonstop slapstick, over-the-top vocal performances, and rapid-fire pacing leave the viewer exhausted. (Rated TV 14 D: cartoon violence, brief nudity, risqué humor) --Charles Solomon

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: December 18, 2007
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WDTO20
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,453 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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What happens when a hit manga gets mugged by the director of Excel Saga and then beaten up by ADV films? You get the English version of this awesome anime! That may sound a little reversed, but the truth of the matter is, in Japanese, this anime is wonderful. I found the English voices to be grating and unfit for the characters. Another thing I had an issue with was that the background music was too loud. I couldn't really hear the dialogue that well. I feel that buying this DVD is worth it because it has the Japanese version on it as well. The art is beautiful and very true to Tomoko Hayakawa's style. I loved the manga and the anime caught me as well...The English voices needed to be thought over better, but all in all, a good anime^^
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From the director of "Excel Saga" comes the anime "THE WALLFLOWER" which will satisfy every Bishonen/J-Rock fan out there.

The popular 25-episode anime is based on the manga series by Hayakawa Tomoko and serialized in "Bessatsu Friend" in Japan and by Del Rey Manga in the US and is now being distributed in the US by ADV Films.

The story revolves around 4 guys - the dark haired Oda Takenaga, the short hair blonde Toyama Yuki, the red head flirt Morii Ranmaru and the blonde Kyohei Takano.

The four men are pretty boys that the girls gush over and happen to live in a lavish mansion courtesy of the Landlady who has given the men a mission.

The goal is to make the Landlady's niece, Sunako, to an elegant lady. If they managed to, they get free rent. If they don't, they will have to pay three times the amount to live there.

Of course, the guys want to make sure they succeed and feel that there should be no problem until they meet Sunako. A dark girl who doesn't dress all that well. She wears a stained sweatshirt, amoeba-like design dress and bad tennis shoes. Her bangs are so long that it covers the face and she happens to be scary.

Why Sunako is like this stems from a past guy that she liked and told her straight out that he would never date someone so ugly.

So, Sunako has become a recluse and totally into the weirdest things and her best friend happens to be Hiroshi, those examining type of models used to show the guts and innards of a human being. Adding to her creepiness, she digs really dark and scary things and she can't take how these guys are trying to make her beautiful.
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Four boys must turn a girl into a refined lady, or else be forced to actually pay the rent. Yeah, "Wallflower Volume 1: My Fair Bishonen" sounds like another generic anime, and both the voice actors and the animation style take a little getting used to. But hang tight -- this hilarious, surreal anime and its quirky characters take off like a rocket after the first few episodes. SO RADIANT!

The concept: four staggeringly beautiful teenage boys -- bookish Takanaga, childlike Yuki, brash Kyohei and flirtatious Ranmaru -- are living in a luxurious mansion owned by an eccentric landlady. One day she sets out for a worldwide search for love, and offers them a deal: if they can turn her niece Sunako into a refined lady, their living expenses will be completely free. Of course, they accept.

Then they actually MEET Sunako. She has unkept hair, bad skin, horrible clothes, no social skills, and spends all her time alone in a dark bedroom, watching horror movies and talking to her biology models. Even worse, she's convinced that she'll melt if she sees the "creatures of light," aka the boys.

Unsurprisingly, Sunako's presence causes some weird problems. First Sunako's uncut bangs caused riots at school... and no, I'm not kidding. Then Sunako accidentally sees Kyohei naked, and begins plotting to kill him... but her plans go awry when he's kidnapped by an unscrupulous club host. Then Kyohei is after whatever money he can earn at the school festival, and gets wrapped up in a quest to make the haunted house a success. Finally, an arrogant photographer selects Sunako as his newest muse... but Sunako doesn't exactly shine in front of the camera.

The first few episodes of "Wallflower" are a little rough.
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Shy Sunako doesn't like crowds. She doesn't like pretty things (let alone pretty boys) & prefers to stay in the dark by herself. Sunako's also ignored her personal appearance, much to the annoyance of her aunt. Her aunt decided that rather than allow her niece to stay like this forever, she hires 4 bishies to fix Sunako up & set her on the path to happiness. However, Sunako isn't going to make this easy...

I love this series & it's yet to fully dissapoint me. The animated version of the Wallflower series is entirely enjoyable & the characters are just as nicely done in the animated series as they are in the manga. However, the only complaints I have is

1) The opening & ending don't really seem to suit & the animation is all taken from the series. They're great songs, but they don't really seem to suit the anime. There's no opening animation either, since they take all of the scenes from the anime itself. While that's not such a terrible thing, it does feel like a bit of a cheat & makes me a little apprehensive about the series. Usually when they do something like this, it's due to budget constraints, which could lead to sub-par animation later.

2) The background characters & animations aren't really as detailed or nice as the actual main characters. It's not a big gripe, but I like having actual detail to the backgrounds.

Both of those gripes are small ones though, & ultimately don't detract from the enjoyable experience of this series.

Would I recommend this to a friend? Sure. Most of my friends would get into this series, although some would get a little bored with it at times.
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