Uraboku - Season 1 - Episode 1 - Review: "Set In Motion"


Based on the manga by Odagiri Hotaru, which is up to seven volumes as of the start of the anime adaptation, Uragiri wa Boku no Namae o Shitteiru is a twenty-four episode series by JC Staff directed by Katsushi Sakurabi. Sakurabi has done some interesting shows over his career such as Tuskihime, Gunparade March and the Melody of Oblivion. The most recent show of his to make its way over to the US is the new full collection of Asatte no Hoko, better known as L:iving for the Day After Tomorrow. For the sake of saving key strokes, we'll be using the shorthand name of Uraboku when talking about it in the future, but it's worth knowing that the official translation of the title is 'Betrayal Knows My Name.'


Originally in the shoujo magazine Asuka Monthly, you can easily see the shonen-ai material that's going to populate the show as it progresses. The series revolves around a young man named Yuki Sakurai who was left at an orphanage at a very young age. He's now entering high school and is looking to get out on his own, though his life at the orphanage has been good overall and he can continue to call it home and always will be able to since he gets along with everyone well. His friend there, a dark haired college student named Kanata, is helping him with some ideas on finding a place and Yuki always feels comfortable with him around in a way that seems to calm him.


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