REVIEW: Buddy Daddies Made for Me and I Love It




Thoughts: When Buddy Daddies was announced, the entire anime community assumed it was gay-only SPY x FAMILY. Their premise does have something in common. Two people in espionage-like occupations adopt a precocious child, and the story follows their everyday crimes afterward. The thing is, Buddy Daddies is unlike the more popular SPY x FAMILY in almost every way other than the shallow initial premise. This is a story about two killer couples with traumatic pasts, who find each other and live comfortably supporting each other until a little girl crashes into their lives. 

These unforeseen circumstances force them to confront the past they left behind and actively heal to become better people loyal to each other and their adoptive girls. Themes, characters, The first thing I liked about this anime is the violence it depicts. While it's one thing to just hear about a character's bad work, it's another to actually see it. 
Shows like The Yakuza's Guide to Babysitting tell us how the protagonists do the dirty work—

Toru Kirishima is part of the yakuza, and we see him threatening someone at the start—but most of the time, they tend to focus on those who are more gentle, affectionate. side. Buddy Daddies, on the other hand, allows us in by seeing the two fathers murdering their prey without remorse. This is not a one-time occurrence. The show makes sure that we remember how deadly these two individuals are throughout the entire season. 

He would fire and kill even if he was at a disadvantage. We were not, however, programmed to loathe dads. Despite all of their murders, viewers know they're terrific parents. Every action they do with Miri, the little girl they adopt, becomes more meaningful as a result. We know there's danger lurking because of what they did, and every second of peace they find with that girl counts. 

However, the best thing about this anime is not the mix of action and set-pieces but the actual character development. Both characters suffer from extreme trauma: Kazuki witnesses his pregnant wife explode in front of him as the victim of a botched mission, and Rei is haunted by the actions of his abusive father. As a killing pair, the two men undoubtedly help each other with their problems, but it isn't until Miri enters their lives that they are forced to confront what their pasts have done to them and how they should move on.
 on whether they want to continue to raise him. 

This results in some strong sequences with tremendous dialogue. "Memories are not a prison," is my favorite example since I have never heard anything so succinctly summarise how trauma traps individuals. Another notable moment is when Rei confronts her father for all the abuse he's been subjected to. Throughout the series, Rei is the one who is more likely to pull the trigger if it means solving problems. 

However, in his biggest confrontation, he spent it talking — emphasizing the love and warmth he had learned by being with Kazuki and Miri, and ending with a strong insult by calling the culprit, “father,” for the first and last time. One of my favorite dialogue lines A bonus to this series is its intimate look at parenting in Japan. Every country has its own cultural customs of raising children, but this is the first time I've seen so much of it so graphically displayed. 

Kazuki and Rei are the only men who take Miri to school – something the daycare mothers actively complain about in the group text, wishing their husbands were more like two murderous fathers. This directly reflects how Japanese men are statistically less involved in the lives of their children than women. Once a child is enrolled in daycare, there is a whole list of very specific supplies that you will have to buy – some of which will have to be sewn by hand. The dads learn that special request the hard way by spending all night sewing and hurting themselves to get everything Miri needs for school. 

In an interview, the production team revealed that in order to properly write what it's like to raise a child, they asked various staff members who have children to confirm the authenticity of the portrayal. The research pays off because those are some of the most interesting moments in the series to me. they asked various staff members with children to verify the authenticity of the depiction. The research pays off because those are some of the most interesting moments in the series to me. they asked various staff members with children to verify the authenticity of the depiction. The research pays off because those are some of the most interesting moments in the series to me. 

If the story has a weakness, it's in the antagonists. Ogino and Rei's father is given very little characterization aside from their crimes, and Ogino in particular can feel very cartoonish in his crimes when standing alongside the complex protagonists. It wasn't enough for me to dislike their characters, but more could have been done to perfect them – especially Rei's father, who wasn't just a pure psychopath; instead, he has some deeper elements to investigate as an abusive father who thinks what he's doing is right. 

Ogino Part of the reason why I ended up not caring about Ogino's lack of characterization was because of how well-choreographed the fights were, especially those involving him. Several episodes left me gasping for breath with adrenaline as the dads battle their way through danger and kill their targets. These two didn't just shoot from the bushes. 

They disguise themselves, use hand-to-hand combat at close quarters, and get creative in strategizing on the fly when facing particularly difficult opponents. One fight lasts only a few seconds while the other lasts most of the episode, but both feel as important and impactful because of their surreal appearance. The soundtrack also fits the story well.

 The fight scenes are often accompanied by Hollywood movie music, with a chorus of addicting “Buddy Daddies” whenever a fight occurs. Then, the music cuts and switches to minor key with heavier instrumentation when the dads are in danger. There's also a piano motif that works especially well for emotional moments, whether happy or sad. But the best part of observing more technical anime is the voice acting. 

Toshiyuki Toyonaga and Kouki Uchiyama played each other's voices and chemistry perfectly. Their tone encapsulates the two characters' distinct personalities from the silliest to the saddest scenes. Hina Kino voiced Miri, and while she can't compare to Atsumi Tanezaki's iconic performance as Anya Forger, she gives off the voice of such a child that I sometimes forget that Miri wasn't voiced by an actual child. Happy family Of course, what people cared about the most was Kazuki and Rei's relationship. 

Are they really a couple? Or is the anime going to pull out every possible romantic trope between the characters and then quickly add, “but that's nothing,” like so many other anime do with two male leads? I'm just looking back at the theme. Ultimately, this is the story of two men, both from rocky pasts, who find each other, save each other, and then grow together as devoted fathers through the introduction of a little girl who loves them unconditionally and wants them. to all stay together forever. Take it however you want.

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