Makoto FurukawaJapanese
Seduced By My Best Friend
Also known as: Kuro Gal ni Nattakara Shinyuu to Shite Mita
Episode 1 also reviewed here: Anime 1st episodes 2021: Sa-Sg
Medium: TV, series
Year: 2021
Director: Chokko
Writer: Eeyo Kurosaki
Original creator: Yupopo Orishima
Actor: Kazutomi Yamamoto, Makoto Furukawa, Marin Mizutani, Yoshiyuki Shimozuma
Keywords: anime, hentai
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: 8 six-minute episodes
Website category: Anime 2021
Review date: 28 November 2023
Kuro Gal ni Natta kara Shinyuu to shitemita
It's a gender-bending gay romance hentai with an even balance between heterosexual-seeming and homosexual sex scenes. (Shion's body keeps changing gender, which exasperates him.)
I called it "gay" because it is, underneath. Rui and Shion both see themselves as male. It doesn't matter what gender Shion's body happens to be this week. There's an aesthetic difference for the audience, but Shion's mind's being blown either way, while Rui decides pretty early that there's no significant difference between sucking a dick and seducing a pretty girl.
The show's quite good, but its audience will be limited even for hentai. If you're male and equally happy with either gender, you might decide that this is one of very, very few shows that feels aimed specifically at you. (No girl-on-girl, mind you. There's boy-on-boy and boy-on-apparently-girl, but that's it.)
The story logic's a joke. Rui knows a professor who immediately accepts Shion's magical curse and can even identify the trigger event that makes him change gender. (If Shion feels romantic or sexual attraction, he'll become female. Never again can he safely ogle a girl's arse. This actually fits the motivations of the girl who curses him in ep.1.) Where did the professor get this information? Does science also make you omniscient about magic? But never mind. He wears a white coat, so he must be right! Also, no one ever wonders what gruesome teleporter accidents might happen if Shion changed from female to male mid-coitus. (We never asked these questions with Ranma.)
That said, though, I liked the story. 48 minutes is a good total length, forcing the character development to proceed at a good pace while still allowing more reflective scenes like the one in ep.7 where Shion realises he'd never tried to consider the viewpoint of the girls he'd shagged. What's more, the sex scenes are integral to the story. This isn't even the only gender-bending hentai, let alone the only anime, and it's nowhere near as good as, say, Life with an Ordinary Guy who Reincarnated into a Total Fantasy Knockout... but the comparison doesn't feel absurd. Sometimes it's funny. It's also charging into territory that non-hentai couldn't touch and so is arguably engaging more honestly and directly with its premise.
It completes Shion's emotional journey and works through his feelings about Rui. It's not sequel-hunting and it doesn't end on "to be continued". It has a clear start and finish.
But you'll have sit through lots of explicit straight and gay sex scenes. (Unless you start fast-forwarding.)