Based on the web novel of the same name, the anime for Kyojinzoku no Hanayome was met with anticipation! But for those that aren’t familiar, does it live up to the hype? What does it do well, and what does it do poorly? Let’s take a look at Kyojinzoku no Hanayome from all angles!
Kyojinzoku no Hanayome has a compelling story for BL fans. It does a good job of using the time it has to make you feel the otherworldliness of Tildant, the land of giants, instead of just making the inhabitants really big. Of course, they are, well, giant, but they also have dark skin tones and light-colored hair, opposite Kouichi. They also have their own religion and culture, somewhat reminiscent of the Triforce for Legend of Zelda fans.
Elves, Beastmen, and Giants live in this world where their gods based them on the ‘Three Concepts’. The Giants are based on Prosperity and, as such, indulge in abundance in everything. This also makes them very hardworking and motivated in working the land, craftsmanship, and family-making. So while it is convenient for the viewer that Giants like to have sex in public, they at least provide a reason beyond ‘we’re not ashamed of sex just because’.
The Main Characters
At first, Kouichi is your pretty standard bro who is more interested in the girl back home than a new life and finding love in giant-land. We’re given a small peek into his life to see he has some success as a basketball player, a potential love interest, and at least one family member, though they aren’t seen interacting with Kouichi. This makes Kouichi’s resistance more understandable without us feeling torn about the life he left behind. Kouichi’s character changes drastically from episodes 1 to 3 from grumbling at everything to accepting Caius more and we aren’t given much reason for it. At least he becomes more likable!
Caius is pretty immediately likable and is a believable product of his environment. Seeing how Caius runs to hug his ex-fiancé before proudly showing off his new fiancé Kouichi further demonstrates how important love and relationships are to him, making him quite the adorable giant. Having been cursed to ruin the country if he finds love, Caius was forced to seek the lost knowledge of summoning magic. Caius has spent countless days feeling lost and unfulfilled and was constantly thinking of his fated bride. To have that fear suddenly alleviated, he must have been overjoyed for this mysterious person he had spent so many hours thinking of. This combined with his giant culture known for its openness concerning sex and the celebration of love excuses somewhat his ignoring Kouichi’s fear and hesitation. Of course, once he sees just how shaken Kouichi is, he promises to take care of him and return him home if after a month he still can’t stand it. Considering Caius must have spent far more time searching for his fated bride, this seems pretty lenient. He rejoices at even the smallest indication that he and Kouichi are growing closer together.
The pacing of the show is probably the most damning thing about it which is to be expected with episodes 6 minutes long. It’s nice for sure to see Kouichi become more open to sexual activities but it does seem a bit forced. Kyojinzoku no Hanayome at least has a good balance of pushing boundries while considering the other’s feelings, filling our hearts and our dirty minds! We don’t want any time wasted with standoffishness when they could be kissing! It also would be nice if we could see more but at least the voices of Kouichi and Caius help us fill in any blanks. Let us know what your thoughts were in the comments!