B Gata H Kei – 01
「ぼーい♂みーつ♀がーる あなたの「初めて」私にちょうだい！！」 (Booi Miitsu Gaaru. Anata no ‘Hajimete’ Watashi ni Choudai!!)
“Boy♂Meets♀Girl. Please Give Me Your ‘First Time’!!”
I was expecting some good, humorous, sexual contexts in this anime adaptation and Hal Film Maker delivered just that. I take back the doubt I expressed over the casting Tamura Yukari for the lead role too, after seeing how she balances out Yamada’s sex-hungry mind with an air of cuteness/silliness. It may not sound like much, but when we’re dealing with a 15 year-old girl just entering high school and aspiring to have a hundred casual sex partners, the latter saves her character from coming off as a complete slut. Instead, we have an extremely attractive yet naive girl who’s still innocent in more ways than one. When she’s paired up with her good friend Takeshita Miharu (Horie Yui), we also have the Yukarin x Hocchan manzai routine going non-stop — I like it!
This premiere episode started out in accordance to the 4-koma manga , which is more or less like I described in the Spring 2010 Preview. Yamada (first name not given) is all fired up about having sex, but can’t get past the mental hurdle/fear of getting ridiculed by good-looking and experienced partners. As a result, she turns down every guy who hits on her, claiming she has the right to pick a golden “Cherry” (Japanese slang for a male virgin) to be her first. Well, she manages to stumble upon one such person at the bookstore (literally) while shopping for a new dictionary to replace the one she has with all the perverted words highlighted in red. The victim of her raging hormones is a regular-looking guy named Kosuda Takashi (Abe Atsushi), who just happens to break her fall. For his efforts, Takashi gets a swift introduction by Yamada, followed by a prompt question about his virginity. Rightfully so, that conversation ends immediately due to his embarrassment, but the two soon find out they’re in the same class.
The comedy picked up from that point on, with Yamada trying to seduce Takashi to no avail. Her first attempt to share a textbook so that they can sit together doesn’t go as planned, so she resorts to shoving him into a storage room and taking him and his virginity by force. This fails miserably as well however, since all Yamada can think of doing is flashing her bra before running off due to her own embarrassment. This leads to her next attempt in the library, where she gets Takashi to rub her stomach pains away and encourages him to move his hands upwards. Unfortunately for Yamada, this blatant seduction attempt doesn’t get her anywhere either, and she soon realizes she’s been so focuses on trying to get into Takashi’s pants that she totally forgot about the kissing aspect, leading us to the second half of the episode.
「放課後大作戦！とりあえずキスしましょ？」 (Houkago Daisakusen! Toriaezu Kisu Shimasho?)
“After School Strategy! Shall We Start With A Kiss?”
After having a close encounter of a lip-kind while studying with Takashi, Yamada readjusts her focus to scoring a kiss first. This leads to her “steal his umbrella and walk home with him using mine” plan, hoping that Takashi will invite her inside when they get to his place. She gets an unexpected helping hand from Takashi’s older sister Kazuki (Noto Mamiko), who heads out for dinner with their mother to give the two of them some alone time. Surprisingly, everything starts to go well despite the lack of a condom, with Takashi manning up and making the first move. However, the sight of his erection (もっこり！) scares off Yamada, leaving our poor cherry boy dumbfounded. Now seriously, how is she ever going to lose her virginity if she’s scared of the one thing that’s needed for that?
Given the short manga format and what was shown here, there seems to be a lot of witty source material to work with. It’s not always “laugh out loud” funny, but it’s quirky enough to put a smirk on my face more often than not. Yamada’s unusual female view on sex makes up the funnier portions, as she’s always taking the initiative and letting her thoughts drift into sexual territory, but Takashi’s reactions to her advances are amusing in their own right. That said, one thing that surprised me in this first episode was the frequency that the jokes were delivered, meaning there was never really a dull moment. The sheer amount of material they covered in a single episode is pretty remarkable, especially when you consider that this is an introductory episode and Yamada has already tried to get closer to Takashi in several ways.
In retrospect, I have to say I enjoyed this premiere episode more than I thought I would. Yamada is both cute and aggressive, which in my mind is the best of both worlds. I’m definitely sticking with this one, and quite frankly, it should’ve been marked down as a guaranteed watch to begin with. A romantic comedy with a sexually-starved girl taking initiative? What’s there not to like? Just don’t forget the box of tissues when you’re thinking of Yamada. =P