While spending summer with his mother, Haru meets Ren, a boy newly adopted by his mother. Getting along with Ren isn’t easy as Haru’s goal is to “civilize” him by the time summer ends. Their relationship slowly improves as Haru spends more time with Ren and in return Ren steadily warms up to him. Can they really become a “family” at the end of summer?! – MyAnimeList.com
Yaoi has always been a weird genre for me personally, mainly because of the fan base. It’s incredibly distinct, you either love it or hate it. There are very few of us in betweeners who watch it mainly out of curiosity. I really don’t mind it either way, but it constantly toes the line between what is and isn’t appropriate, something we see in Super Lovers.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me tell you what I liked before diving into my issues.
What I Liked About It
The characters are written well. I liked them all individually and their interactions with each other can be fun to watch. No one blends in with anyone else since they are all unique character types. All of the voices fit as well with everyone sounding like you would assume they would.
The animation is great. The way everything is drawn is one of my favorite art styles and definitely goes well with the story that is being told.
The story itself isn’t a bad one. If the yaoi angle had been taken out, or even if it revolved around two other male characters instead of the two they chose, I think it would’ve been a lot better. It’s a cute slice of life on it’s own, and that is one of the main things that drew me to it in the first place.
What I Disliked
Ok, so let’s get into this.
I don’t mind the age difference between Haru and Ren. You see that a lot in yaoi’s and it’s never bothered me (the exception being when children, like under 13, are involved). What bugs me is that Haru helped raise Ren when he was like 9 years old. The entirety of the first summer they spent together in Canada is super cute. Big brother was helping to take care of little brother. Fast forward 5 years and for some reason big brother is now trying to bang little brother…. what?
Yes, Haru lost his memories and didn’t recognize Ren at first. If it had stayed that way, it wouldn’t have bothered me as much. But it didn’t. He remembered and still pushed himself onto Ren in ways that made me as a viewer uncomfortable. He’s your little brother!
A lot of arguments revolve around the fact that they aren’t really related. I get that, and normally i wouldn’t mind. But Haru spent a chunk of his life caring for child Ren. I can’t wrap my mind around how an adult with memories of taking care of a child could then try and sleep with said child a few years later. I just doesn’t compute with me.
I’ve also heard that a big problem people have issues with Haru’s manipulation of Ren. I see it, and he’s very sneaky with it. Haru knows this is weird, but pushes it away for selfish reasons. Ren has this weird big brother complex that he’s translating into sexual desire because Haru is the only person to ever teach him about it. It turns the whole plot into a weird mish mash of borderline statutory rape and just awkwardness in general.
Is this the worst yaoi ever? No, (keep in mind that I’ve watched ‘Papa to kiss in the dark’… ugh). Would I recommend it? No. There are better boy love anime that you could be watching.
Keep in mind that this is my opinion. If you enjoy Super Lovers then good for you! I’m glad you found a show that makes you happy.
Now, that being said, I probably will end up watching season 2 mainly out of curiosity. So we will see how that goes…
As always, if you have anything you’d like to add to the discussion, please feel free to leave a comment. Thanks for reading!