I’m unfortunately still in a phase where I’m consuming more anime than manga. However, when I run across things that I’m watching that have a corresponding manga, I’m still reviewing them here. I feel a bit like a fraud, since part of why I started this blog was so that I could write about things that no one was reviewing because they DIDN’T have an anime.
This too shall pass, I’m sure.
So… I came across this show with its absolutely ridiculous name: Cherry Magic! Thirty Years of Virginity Can Make You a Wizard?! / 30-sai made Doutei da to Mahou Tsukai ni nareru rashii because I’d watched a few things that would qualify as yaoi on Crunchyroll. There among all the various anime was this live-action show.
And I’m not quite sure what made me pull the trigger and watch it, but I’m really glad I did.
The conceit of the show is that if you remain a virgin for thirty years, you become magical–a magician. In this case, specifically, you can read people’s minds when you touch them.
Our hapless hero, Adachi, is one such virgin. He has a rather uneventful thirtieth birthday, but the next day at the office, thanks to an overcrowded elevator, not only does he discover that this rather insane seeming rumor is true, but also that the super-hot, ace salesman Kurusawa has a crush on him.
Wacky hijinks ensue.
Adachi is, in the way of many yaoi, straight… though, like with a lot of stories with this kind of set up, it’s clear that Adachi has an appreciation of the male form… which helps set the stage for the romance.
In the live-action, it’s set-up that Kurusawa is the experienced aggressor and has always had a thing for Adachi. In the manga it’s much more clear that crushing on a guy is kind of new for Kurusawa, too. He’d always assumed he was also straight until one night when Kurusawa ends up getting set up as eye-candy for the president (who is a lady) and Adachi comes to his rescue by apologizing for him when he reacts badly to a lewd proposal. They have a drunken heart to heart on a park bench and Kurusawa confusingly hears his heart go ba-dum when lying on Adachi’s knees.
It’s a meet cute that actually comes late in the story, around chapter 5.1.
Though their meet cute is similar in both, the manga is actually quite a bit different. For one, there’s a classic sento scene (except instead of a high school trip, it’s a company retreat,) where Kurusawa wonders if he’ll find Adachi hot naked. (Surprise! YES, very much so!) A lot of the scenes play out similarly, but come in a different order or under different circumstances.
That being said, both are cute?
If you are interested in live-action, I totally recommend the Crunchyroll version. If not? Try the manga. It’s not very smutty, but the story is actually quite charming.