Seventeen-year-old Mugi Awaya and Hanabi Yasuraoka appear to be the ideal couple. They are both pretty popular, and they seem to suit each other well. However, outsiders don’t know of the secret they share. Both Mugi and Hanabi have hopeless crushes on someone else, and they are only dating each other to soothe their loneliness. Mugi is in love with Akane Minagawa, a young teacher who used to be his home tutor. Hanabi is also in love with a teacher, a young man who has been a family friend since she was little. In each other, they find a place where they can grieve for the ones they cannot have, and they share physical intimacy driven by loneliness. Will things stay like this for them forever? –Summary copied directly from MAL.
Based on Yokoyori Mengo’s of the same name, Kuzu No Honkai or as the English title suggests. Scum’s wish is the story of unrequited love and bad choices.
About half an year ago, I recall picking up the manga and being fascinated by the first two chapters- the only chapters released then. The premise itself wasn’t anything great, and yet somehow it managed to leave a strong impression, enough to make me wonder what happened to that manga but never enough to actually go and search for it in between m hectic schedule.
The anime from the first episode does justice to that very manga. With a beautiful opening and ending, it certainly sets the mood for the show.
Told from Hanabi’s perspective, her loneliness and pain of losing her first love is evident in every action she takes. At one point, she rejects a random character and her words, more than anything reflect her own predicament, her own helpless unrequited love. It makes sense that when she finds someone who understands her pain, she uses him and lets him use her.
There is nothing more annoying than the affection of someone you’re not interested in, is there?- Hanabi Yasuraoka
The characters operate with a sort of maturity rarely seen in Anime set in high school, which in itself is a treat. Hanabi and Mugi seem wise beyond their years and yet, seemingly childish at the same time. Since, the first episode was from Hanabi’s perspective, I couldn’t get much about Mugi as a character, except he is a perceptive person and quite aware of his own good looks.
The other two character, that is the sensei’s are quite forgettable as of now.
Kuzu no Honkai is a feel ride, the kind that leaves you with a sense of melancholy and I’m certainly looking forward to another episode of it.