What it’s about: The story follows Kanade and Yukino, a pair of sisters in a boarding school, and their daily lives. A romance blooms between the two of them, despite the intrusions of an obsessive first-year student named Sakuya who has designs of her own upon Kanade.
Why you should watch it: Forget the incest part, since the show itself does absolutely nothing with it. What Candy Boy offers is a wonderful slice-of-life romance that treats a relationship between two girls as being as normal as one between a straight couple. The pair are adorable and affectionate, and completely devoted to one another. It’s also relatively short, with each of the seven episodes taking only 15 minutes. If you’re in the mood for a sweet bit of relaxing nothingness, Candy Boy is perfect for you.
Caveats: Most of the caveats I can think of are mostly to do with the type of show that it is. If you’re looking for boobs and ass and long make-out sessions, you’re not going to find them here. PDAs are limited to handholding and quick pecks and the pair are more likely to complain about the other’s cold feet in bed than get up to anything raunchy. Perhaps the oddest thing is that the relationship isn’t treated as abnormal – while turning it into a full-on drama wouldn’t be necessary, it’s a little odd that nobody points out that an incestuous homosexual pairing between high school girls living in the same dorm room is in any way out of the ordinary for Japan.
Themes: Relationships, commitment and the non-flashy side of love. Family, and not just in the obvious sense.