The Sasaki and Miyano movie was released on Friday, February 17, 2023, after the first episode of the anime airs in the Winter 2022 anime season. The movie will be called Sasaki and Miyano: Graduation, and it will come out with a short movie based on the spinoff manga Hirano and Kagura.
The first episode of the Boys Love anime aired on January 9, 2022, and it quickly became a hit. This was clear from the fact that manga sales went up and more than 1.7 million copies were sold around the world. The movie is going to be shown in theatres in Japan, and after that, it might be shown all over the world.
A Brief Look at Sasaki and Miyano
In Sasaki and Miyano, two teenage boys fall in love with each other. After Yoshikazu Miyano helps Shuumei Sasaki stop a fight between two classmates, Shuumei falls in love with him. Sasaki asks Miyano if he can borrow some manga to get to know him better.
He doesn’t know that Miyano only seems to read Boys’ Love (BL) manga, which is about romantic relationships between men. Soon, Sasaki and Miyano can’t live without each other as they talk about the manga they read.
After Sasaki gets the courage to tell Miyano he loves her, Miyano has a hard time understanding how he feels and needs time to figure out how he feels about their relationship.
Harusono’s stories are aware of the many problems with BL stories, like how they might change a young person’s sense of who they are, but they still celebrate the genre as a popular one.
The show has been praised for how it deals with young love and sexuality, and fans like how Miyano doesn’t fit into many BL stereotypes (even as he attempts to navigate his experiences using those very tropes).
He uses what he reads to improve his relationships and in the process gets better at talking to people and being himself. This shows that BL can be both a fun fantasy for readers and a good way to normalize same-sex relationships.
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The Cast Members of Sasaki and Miyano:
- As Shumei Sasaki, Yusuke Shirai
- As Yoshikazu Miyano, Sma Sait
- Taiga Hirano is played by Yoshitsugu Matsuoka.
- As Jiro Ogasawara, Yki Ono
- Masato Hanzawa is played by Yma Uchida.
- As Tasuku Kuresawa, Ryohei Arai
- Gonzaburo Tashiro, played by Mitsuhiro Ichiki
- Akira Kagiura is played by Nobunaga Shimazaki.
Sasaki and Miyano: Graduation Shows Off a Key Image and Announces a Release Date
Sasaki and Miyano: Graduation showed off the main image for their upcoming movie and announced that it will come out on February 17, 2023. The movie will be based on the Sotsugyo-hen (Graduation Chapter), and it will show how Sasaki’s graduation affects the two main characters.
The movie will be shown with a short film that is based on the story from the spinoff manga Hirano and Kagura by Sh Harusono.
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A Teaser Trailer, Cast List, and Staff List for Sasaki and Miyano Were Released
The teaser trailer for Sasaki and Miyano: Graduation shows clips from the anime that show how close Sasaki and Miyano are becoming. As they got to know each other better, what started as a friendship between two Yaoi fans who shared manga quickly turned into something more.
But as Sasaki’s graduation got closer, they were going to have to spend less time together because Sasaki had to focus on his studies. So, the two starts to value the time they spend together, even if it’s just going to and from school.
Sasaki to Miyano – Anime Review
Sasaki to Miyano is a step in the correct direction for BL anime. This series portrays a sweet, wholesome romance between two high school students navigating their same-sex attraction.
The coming-of-age story feels calm and gentle, led by empathetic protagonists. Their teenage crush is handled delicately with warmth, compassion, and understanding. I have longed for a down-to-earth BL anime like Sasaki to Miyano, inspiring me with its lovely sentimentality.
The early episodes are magical, illustrating a vibrant dynamic between the leads. Sasaki and Miyano establish a fun, delightful rapport over their mutual interest in BL. Their interactions are impossibly charming, enough to make you blush, smile, and giggle.
The series captures the giddy feeling of falling in love for the first time. It doesn’t take long before their genuine rapport sways my heart. I champion this adorable couple and want them to get together ASAP, especially after the marvelous ending in Episode 3.
Sasaki to Miyano is an introspective series. It constantly explores the characters’ inner thoughts, feelings, desires, and insecurities. This storytelling technique reminds me of a gay YA novel, often narrated by a sensitive teen protagonist.
It gives similar vibes to classics like Aristotle and Dante’s Discover the Secrets of the Universe. Sasaki to Miyano has the same special spark, highlighting the precious journey between adolescence and adulthood.
Like the best YA books, this anime exudes heartfelt sincerity, mellow energy, and tender messages about love. Aesthetically, Sasaki to Miyano appears pretty and pleasant to the eye. The dreamy artwork enhances the soothing atmosphere in the narrative.
Each character has a distinctive and recognizable style that matches their personality. This anime also uses a unique technique, adding random floating shapes to convey bliss and euphoria.
These effects give the scenes extra oomph, although they can be distracting. Overall, the entire series is drawn decently, but the team saves their best work for the last episode. The finale looks spectacular, a stunning showcase of visual artistry.
Sasaki to Miyano loses me during its middle stretch. After a compelling start, the plot doesn’t progress and stalls momentum. I’m frustrated by Miyano’s indecision over Sasaki. For a BL fan, his views are oddly unenlightened.
He keeps repeating, “I like girls, not guys!“ episode after episode and rejects the possibility of his same-sex attraction. Miyano enjoys BL and ships his friends with men, yet he has contradictory standards for his own love life.
It’s tiresome to watch him be confused and deny his feelings, evident to everyone except himself. Miyano & Sasaki’s relationship reaches a crucial point early in the narrative. Yet, the anime seems unwilling to move the romance forward.
It repeats the stale drama instead of presenting new plots. Thankfully, the story picks up pace after a slump. The series begins and ends gracefully, restoring its goodwill with an emotionally powerful finale.
It finishes on a climactic high, evoking the same exuberance, enthusiasm, and effervescence as the start. Although not perfect, Sasaki to Miyano is a sparkling gem. I cherish this well-intentioned BL anime that celebrates love.