We are predictable creatures: we see an interesting poster for an anime with a bunch of male characters and we click. It’s no different with 2.43: Seiin Koukou Danshi Volley-bu, especially since the poster looks like it belongs to a really soft Shounen Ai manga. Truth is, it’s just another sports anime, but that’s not going to stop us!
The Story So Far
We still have to discover a lot about the story and the characters from this anime, but we can already tell it’s going to be a hell of a ride. After causing some troubles at his previous school, Kimichika moves back to his hometown with a bitter mouth taste. He has to leave one of the strongest volleyball teams only to find out that the school he’s attending in Fukui doesn’t have a consolidated team. While Chika gets all depressed and annoyed due to this situation, Yuni, his childhood friend, is beyond excited to have him back. However, it won’t take long for Yuni to realize that Chika doesn’t feel the same…
Seeing how Chika practices volleyball on his own, Yuni decides to join him, and soon enough, the rest of the members of the club show up. With all the positions in the court covered, Chika decides to aim for the nationals, believing that the team is strong enough to tackle that task. Even though Yuni plays well during the first few games, he soon breaks under pressure, something that causes friction between him and Chika.
Is This Our Average All-Male Cast?
Strictly speaking, this anime doesn’t have an all-male cast. Of course, there are some girls here and there, but we can already guess they’re not going to be relevant to the plot. Since we like shipping boys, especially in sports anime, we’ll focus on the members of the volleyball team. Right now, we haven’t met them all yet, but we do have a slight idea of what we’re going to see.
In the first two episodes, we get to see the two main characters, Yuni and Kimichika. They were childhood friends but were separated when Chika moved to Tokyo. Still, the day he left, Chika promises never to forget his precious Yuni; how sweet is that?! We can’t help but feel a little betrayed when Chika comes back and pretends like seeing Yuni for the first time after a couple of years doesn’t affect him… Turns out Chika is a big tsundere, trying to hide his true feelings—he blushes every time he’s next to Yuni!
We can’t wait to meet the rest of the team, and see how they get along, training to become the best team in the prefecture. We’re sure loads of bishies will appear in future episodes, giving us the chance to ship, ship, ship! For now, though, we’re quite happy with the sexual tension between Yuni and Chika, to the point that we would totally start a crowdfunding campaign for someone to write and animate a BL spin-off… and right now, please!
We all know that volleyball is a team sport and that it is important that all of its members understand and support each other. With just a few episodes out, it’s quite obvious that Chika struggles to understand the importance of teamwork, always thinking about what’s best for him instead of coming up with solutions that benefit his teammates too.
When Yuni learns the reason why Chika is back in Fukui, he decides he’s not going to judge his childhood friend based on that, but when Chika treats him like trash after a game, Yuni does exactly that. What’s worse, Yuni decides to miss a very important match and, when he gets to the court, he’s told the team lost. It’s then that Yuni realizes that Chika can’t win a match all by himself and that, even though he’s a great player, he needs a team to help him. It doesn’t matter how strong a player is; if they don’t have a team backing them up, they won’t get anywhere!
Not only does the poster for this anime give off a Shounen-Ai vibe, but when we take a look at the interactions and blushing faces of the characters, we can tell we’ll get a lot of interesting scenes to tease our minds in the future.
From a fujoshi perspective, this anime is totally worth a watch! Don’t you feel the same?