Since BL was banned in China, I can no longer watch Chinese men in hanfu falling in love with each other while referring to each other as “soulmates”. I started watching a bunch of dramas that I’m half-committed finishing. Heh. TikTok looped me in their Japanese BLs in a modern setting probably because of Kieta Hatsukoi. And here we are on a Sunday night about to binge watching Cherry Magic after quickly writing this post.
Adachi was a man in his late twenties working in an office. According to the urban legend, if you’re still a virgin at 30 years old, you get the power to read people’s minds. You will only lose it once you lose your virginity. Adachi coincidentally complied to this requirement. On his thirtieth birthday, he started hearing voices in his head which happened to be the thoughts of people around him in crowded areas. He can only hear their thoughts if he’s touching them in some way. Adachi shifted his schedule earlier to avoid the rush hour crowd in trains, streets and elevators.
Kurosawa was a popular guy in the office. He’s good-looking, sporty and good at work. Adachi was low-key jealous of him but not in a malicious way. It was in a “I wish I had one of his talents” kinda way. He even described Kurosawa as “blinding”. Everywhere was not crowded except for the elevator. Adachi kept letting the colleagues to go first because he didn’t want to be in a crowded elevator. Well, time rolls by and the elevator eventually gets crowded. This was how Adachi found out Kurosawa secretly likes him.
They worked late. Adachi missed the last train. Now, they’re having a sleepover. On episode one. He even had premonitions of him being happy.
An urban legend says if you’re still a virgin at 30 years old, you get the power of mind reading. My lower back hurts from the universe’s odd requirement to get a power to read minds. Office romance, urban legend and magic powers. Why not? Well, there’s not much really to explore. It’s a 20-minute episode and the characters have been around each others’ orbit because they’re colleagues. There’s no meet-cute, whatsoever. One is quiet, shy and kind of a pushover. He didn’t even celebrate his birthday. The other is basically the office heartthrob. We are at the opposites attract trope.
Well, hmm.. a few BLs I’ve seen were based in a school setting. I wasn’t a huge fan. If I like this one, I’ll probably start digging for more BLs in a modern setting.