Character Analysis: Kurosawa & Adachi in Yuu Toyota’s
Cherry Magic! 30 years of Virginity Can Make You a Wizard?!
If you have not yet watched the series or read the manga, be warned: spoilers ahead.
I’ve recently discovered and fallen in love with the Japanese BL Series, Cherry Magic! 30 Years of Virginity Can Make You a Wizard?! The original story was created in manga format by author/illustrator Yuu Toyota. And when I say I fell in love with it, I mean almost obsessively so. In the first two weeks after I discovered it, I watched all available episodes of the series probably ten times, and I read the first two volumes of the manga (because those are the only two available in English translation at this time) perhaps a half a dozen times.
The premise of the story is fairly straightforward: ordinary and plain office worker Adachi hits his thirtieth birthday having never dated or been intimate before, only to discover that the urban legend is true—if you hit 30 while still a virgin you can become a magic user. Adachi now has the ability to read the minds of those he touches. When he gets stuck in a crowded elevator pressed up against the sales leader in his company, the handsome, popular, and perfect Kurosawa, he is shocked to discover that Kurosawa has romantic feelings for him.
While the story itself is very sweet, what draws me to this BL so strongly is the two main characters, Adachi Kiyoshi and Kurosawa Yuichi, and the things about each character that end up bringing them together. I have found myself commenting on YouTube and other social media about these two, and some of my most recent comments have been a character analysis of them. So, what follows in this post first began as a response to a YouTube video about the series, and about how these two seemingly very different men were able to fall for each other.
What follows in this post first began as a response to a YouTube video
about the series, and about how these two seemingly very different men
were able to fall for each other.
Throughout his life, Kurosawa’s good looks have been both a blessing and a curse to him. They increased his popularity and helped him to easily pass the interview for his current job, for instance. However, he has always felt that people were unable to see past his looks to who he really is inside, and he very much longed for someone to appreciate the real him.
In an effort to get people to really look at him and see him, the very kind Kurosawa tries to “manage his work and personal relationships perfectly.” Despite these efforts, however, he is often still treated like ‘eye candy’ by his seniors at work, and girls who barely even know him still flock around him because of his looks. In fact, over the years, many girls confessed their love to Kurosawa, but they were never able to give a straight answer when he asked why they loved him, because it was just superficial: they loved his looks.
One scene that reveals a lot about Kurosawa’s character is the flashback scene where Kurosawa thinks back to an incident that happened seven years earlier. He and his ‘boring’ coworker Adachi were asked to a dinner by company seniors. They weren’t invited based on merit, though. They were invited because the older, female president of a client company, President Matsuura, liked good-looking young men. Kurosawa is smart enough to know why they were invited, but he tries to prove his worth by speaking with President Matsuura about her products and the advantages of them. In the end, however, he inadvertently insults her by reacting in a shocked manner to her advances. Shortly thereafter, before leaving for the night, he overhears his coworkers talking about him, confirming that they only invited him for his looks and complaining that he managed to mess it up anyway.
Kurosawa was quite drunk when he left the restaurant that night, partly because he drank the wine President Matsuura tried to pressure Adachi to drink, after Adachi said he didn’t do well with alcohol. Kurosawa stumbles along, feeling sorry for himself, and at one point he begins to pass out and fall, only to be caught by Adachi. Adachi lays him on a bench, looks after him, and talks to him. When Kurosawa expresses his discontent and that maybe he is ‘just a pretty face,’ Adachi disagrees with him. He points out that Kurosawa is very hard-working and meticulous and does his job well, and that he is kind, having gotten drunk himself that night to save Adachi from having to drink.
When they spoke that night, Adachi gave Kurosawa something he needed but hadn’t ever gotten before: though they weren’t close at this point, Adachi was still able to see and appreciate Kurosawa for who he really is underneath the handsome exterior. Not only that, but Adachi also expressed that he really liked it when Kurosawa showed the less-than-perfect (a.k.a. real) side of himself. That put Adachi on Kurosawa’s radar enough for him to start noticing Adachi more and allowing him to see all the many lovable things about Adachi that most people missed because he is so quiet and unassuming.
As for Adachi himself, he has very low self-esteem. The manga gives hints of things in his past that made it worse, like overhearing a girl he liked saying that it might be too much for her to handle that he’s a virgin (as in too heavy). Adachi is really perceptive about other people (like how he could see beyond Kurosawa’s looks before he even knew him very well), but he is not good at seeing his own positives. He’s one of those people who is likely to think stuff like, “Why would they want to talk to me?” “Who would want to be saddled with a sad-sack like me?” (that last one is a line from the manga).
Adachi thinks he has no notable qualities and that he is just plain and boring. Because of this, he thinks no one notices him. He thinks he’s invisible, even saying at one point that he is “like air.”
So, just like how Kurosawa was hit hard when he realized Adachi saw beyond his exterior, Adachi is also hit hard when he reads Kurosawa’s thoughts and realizes that Kurosawa really sees him as well. And not only does Kurosawa see him, he sees all the good points in Adachi and really values him as a person. Because someone Adachi looks up to as handsome, popular, and perfect is able to see Adachi’s worth, he finally is able to see those things in himself and value them as well, which helps him begin to become more confident.
In one of the early series episodes, Adachi thinks, “If there was someone who truly loved me from the bottom of their heart…but that’s absurd.” He didn’t believe that would ever happen, so he is really touched that Kurosawa feels that way about him. At first he doesn’t think it would last, as we can see when he thinks that he was “afraid to start something and then be a disappointment.” But as time goes on and Kurosawa only grows to like him more as they get to know each other better, Adachi’s fear and insecurity in this respect start to lessen. Also, Adachi already realized that Kurosawa was a good guy, but once he is able to see Kurosawa’s thoughts, he sees just how kind and considerate he is, and how he truly is a really good person.
I think Adachi ends up falling for Kurosawa not only because he is such a good, kind, and considerate man, but because Kurosawa is also able to give him something he needed that he had never gotten before: Kurosawa sees and accepts Adachi for who he is, and unlike what Adachi always thought of himself, Kurosawa thinks that the person Adachi is is amazing and lovable.
I could sum all this up by simply saying:
Kurosawa and Adachi fell for each other
because they are both sweet, kind, and considerate
people who were able to give each other that “thing”
they needed in their lives that was always missing before.
I could sum all this up by simply saying: Kurosawa and Adachi fell for each other because they are both sweet, kind, and considerate people who were able to give each other that “thing” they needed in their lives that was always missing before. I think that Yuu Toyota did an amazing job at character development for these two, especially given the limited space for written explanations and dialogue that manga allows.
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