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Sanrio Boys isn’t afraid to flip the script on traditionally masculine roles

A group of young men who bond together over their shared love of popular Sanrio characters sounds like a fanfic, but it’s very real. Welcome to the world of Sanrio Boys, quite possibly one of the purest and adorable male bonding anime series out there, reminiscent of the all-guy road trip of Final Fantasy XV. While you might expect that it’s fanservice meant for viewers to fawn over, it’s touching and sweet in ways that you probably didn’t expect. It also challenges the archaic notions of masculinity and what “makes” a man in important ways: