Fugitive Boys is also known as Bokutachi ga Yarimashita revolved around four teenagers who caused the deaths of 10 people after a prank goes wrong and copes with the consequences.
This review is not spoiler free.
To get back at a group of delinquents for beating up their friend, a group of four teenagers decided to implant small, fake bombs meant to scare people at the delinquents’ school. However, it ended up causing an explosion that took the lives of 10 people and left Ichihashi Tetsuto (Mackenyu), the leader of the school and the delinquent group, crippled.
Each of the boys dealt with their actions differently: Kosaka Hidero or Paisen (Konno Hiroki) has a wealthy background and gives his friends 3 million each to keep silent. Isami Sho (Mamiya Shotaro) and Maruyama Yuki or Maru (Hayama Shono) takes it without question but uses it for different things. Isami doesn’t spend it but cuts ties with his friends. Maru spends it all on a cabaret girl and even has the audacity to steal Tobio’s money and attempts to take Isami’s later on but gets hit with karma and gets swindled by a foreigner instead.
Masubuchi Tobio (Masataka Kubota) has the most difficult time dealing with his storm of emotions. Paisen promises Maru and Tobio that he will take them to Phuket to start a new life. However, Paisen gets caught at the airport.
After witnessing Paisen’s arrest, Tobio and Maru start living their fugitive life. Though, shortly after, Maru runs off with Tobio’s money. With no money and unable to go home, Tobio gets helped by a homeless man who later attempts to rape him but stops after hearing Tobio’s guilty monologue of him trying a similar attempt on the girl he likes, Aokawa Renko (Nagano Mei). After seeing Renko with Ichihashi, Tobio gets involved with Isami’s girlfriend by sleeping with her and staying at her place.
By the end of the series, a guilt-ridden Tobio confesses everything on the school rooftop, and you could feel his desperation to be arrested. In the end, I would say that justice has been served to everyone involved in this crazy plot.
Fugitive Boys is one of those dramas that taps into human nature. On the outside, Tobio, Maru, Isami, and Paisen look like extremely close friends. But as soon as the situation turns sour, it’s everyone for himself. Their dynamic is almost a replica of Ichihashi’s group. When Ichihashi is hospitalized, his group begins to turn on him when they realize his vulnerability and lack of physical power. They even go as far as to almost raping Renko in front of him.
The characterization was mostly great in this, especially Ichihashi. He has the biggest turnaround and it’s truly heartbreaking how his story ends. While I was slightly disappointed that he didn’t end up with Renko, I later realized that Ichihashi deserved better. This is not to say I didn’t like Renko.
Renko’s a sweet, loving, nice girl. Without her, the drama would be way too testosterone filled littered with too much stupidity. This isn’t to say that Renko’s a bit airheaded herself. In the beginning, I didn’t understand why she was hanging out with Ichihashi who seriously needed a slap to the face. (Maybe it was explained and I missed it.) When Ichihashi was hospitalized, Renko visits him often and cares for him. Ichihashi also ends up confessing to her. However, Renko has feelings for Tobio. (Sigh.)
Tobio’s your normal, hormonal teenager. He and Paisen are the most decent human beings out of the group. Tobio stays loyal to his friends and doesn’t dash like Isami and Maru when Paisen is about to get killed at the last episode. Tobio is also the one who confesses everything to everyone on the school rooftop. While it’s clearly out of guilt and anguish, he has the courage to do so. After hearing Tobio’s confession on TV, Isami and Maru came forward on their own will. Tobio also forms an unexpected bond with Ichihashi, and you could feel that they would’ve become great friends. But alas, it wasn’t meant to be.
The biggest pro about Fugitive Boys is its cast. It’s also the main reason why I watched it as being a huge fan of Mackenyu, Nagano Mei, Masataka Kubota, and Miura Shohei. The story is also engaging and keeps you on edge albeit being quite dark.
There aren’t really any major cons. The story, while engaging, is also exhausting. After watching one episode, I feel like I needed a break. Also, the soundtrack was strange. They would randomly play Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You which I don’t think is a good fit for the main soundtrack.
If you’re not a fan of dark themes, I wouldn’t recommend this. If you’re also not a fan of vulgar content, I would proceed with caution since everyone has different tolerance levels. I would recommend this if you like seeing the raw essence of human nature and human relationships.
Check out episode one here!