Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Scum’s Wish is twelve episodes of a mature, romantic and psychological drama set at a Japanese high school. I will emphasise the “psychological” tag because this series is one hell of a mindf*** and perhaps because of that it has made it into my all-time favourite anime list (woop woop!). It is based on a 2012 manga by Mengo Yokoyari and produced by Studio Lerche.
The story centres around students Hanabi Yasuraoka and Mugi Awaya, both of whom are in love with different teachers from their school. Hanabi has the hots for her homeroom teacher/childhood friend/ big brother figure (she calls him “onii-chan” - meaning older brother in Japanese) Narumi Kanai. However, her passionate and excitingly forbidden love is one-sided as Narumi has his sights set on his female colleague and music teacher, Akane Minagawa. Now, Akane is a spectacularly messed up, sadomasochistic woman who is the focus of Mugi’s tragically unrequited love. She used to tutor Mugi when he was in middle school and that’s where his ruin began. Ah, a wonderful love quadrangle!
To complicate things further, there are three other main supporting characters: Sanae Ebato who has feelings for her friend Hanabi, Noriko Kamomebata (aka the only sort of likeable character) – a childhood friend of Mugi’s who is in love with him, and a creepy dude (Atsuya Kirishima) who is Sanae’s cousin and claims he loves her. Basically, everyone wants someone they cannot have but try to win them over anyway. They are desperate, VERY flawed (scum’s indeed), lack common-sense in some instances which had me screaming at my laptop screen, and appear to spend most of their time indulging in sexual activity. There is a LOT of sex and although it isn’t porny, I’m sure a lot of the viewers masturbated to this. But hey, no judgments here!
Read more... http://www.japanator.com/beyond-fan-service-on-the-messed-up-people-of-scum-s-wish-35683.phtml