GJ-bu – 01
OP: 「もうそう★こうかんにっき」 (Mousou Koukan Nikki) by Otome Shintou
「私がグッジョブだ！」 (Watashi ga Gujjobu da!)
“I did a Good Job!”
This, gentleladies and gentlemen, is pure slice of life. Plot? Meh. Continuity? I guess, but who cares. Character development? Maybe later. We’re here to get our atmosphere on, and enjoy that casual, fluffy feeling that only cute characters faffing about in lightly amusing circumstances can give. This first episode was calming, almost healing, and I’m going to go over why – and why you should be watching it.
Let’s get one thing out of the way first – this show is not particularly original. Take the titular club’s buchou, Amatsuka Mao (Uchida Maaya). She’s a short, flat-chested loli tsundere who wears thigh-highs and gets jealous, embarrassed, and occasionally bites the main character…oh, and she looks a lot like Taiga to boot. The others don’t break many molds either, whether it’s the plain main character Shinomiya Kyouya (Shimono Hiro), the cool beauty/genius Sumeragi Shion (Mimori Suzuko), the buchou’s calm, thoughtful, and perfect imouto Amatsuka Megumi (Miyamoto Yume), or the reserved and always hungry (but never fat) Bernstein Kirara (Arakawa Chika). Okay, actually maybe Kirara might be a bit unique. How many shows have a character almost solely devoted to eating fried chicken and other kinds of meats? (No, not that kind.)
So, if you’re the type of person who demands that every show you watch must be somehow unique, you may as well stop reading right now. Don’t worry, I won’t be mad; to be honest, you’d be wasting your time anyway, because this show is just going to annoy you, and you’ll blast it unfairly. Why do I say unfairly? Because here’s the thing…original does not equal good. It’s nice, of course. I love blogging original shows in particular, because then everyone can be surprised along with me. Still, many people hold the mistaken belief that just because something has been done before, doing it again makes it crap, or at least not as good as before.
Instead, do you want to know what makes a show good? If it’s good. Strange but true. All that matters is whether it works and is enjoyable, and while whether it’s been done before can have some impact on this, it’s not the end all, be all attribute. Besides, when you’ve read, heard, or watched as many stories as I have, you learn to discount the whole thing, or turn into an irredeemable cynic. Pretty much everything under the sun has been done before, and GJ-bu is no exception. So, if it’s not original, the question remains – is it good?
This is a very good slice of life show, in my opinion (of course that’s my opinion…it’s not like I can speak to yours). That’s a loaded sentence, so let me explain – if you have learned to love slice of life, this is a great example of the genre. The atmosphere is light and fluffy, the jokes are funny and well-timed (and occasionally even hilarious), and the characters are simple, easy to like, and fun to watch. Just don’t come in expecting something it isn’t! It’s very much a stereotypical slice of life show, but it’s also a good one, for all the reasons that slice of life can be good.
Given the skit-centric focus on this show, I’m just going to list out a few specific things I enjoyed about this episode:
- The loli buchou might not be original, but I so do dearly love that type of character, and it worked great here. Plus, it’s great to hear Uchida Maaya back with her awuudorable “awuu~”s. I missed those so much!!
- Mao not liking the idea of kissing was really cute, but the punchline really got me when she reacted rather differently to the thought of a bridal carry. D’aaawww, she’ll come around eventually.
- Shion has a 100% winning average? Against world-class chess players? Reality, fuck yoooou! (Eh, it’s overrated anyway)
- I’m suddenly hungry for some reason. And you’re not helping, Kirara!
- I like how Kyouya wasn’t trying to be all cavalier about the spider or anything, and was as scared as the rest of them. Well, most of the rest of them. Megumi-chan is such an angel!
- “My Megumi-chan”? Die, bastard!
- Still not entirely sure if Kirara is dense or just weird. She’s the one character I’m curious about, though I like them all.
- I enjoyed the nickname skit, and how Kyouya almost ended up with Umasou Shiro Gohan. Poking fun at how plain he is, I like it! Kyoro though, is actually pretty kawaii. Wait, why am I saying that about a guy’s name!?
In short, if you’re a fan of slice of life, I hope you give this one a watch. I won’t be blogging it from here on out (because blogging a pure slice of life/comedy would end up with a season full of bullet point lists), but I have a feeling that this will be one of the shows that, even when I fall behind on everything else, I’ll be caught up on. It may not be original, but it is enjoyable, and that’s far more important in my book.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Unique is overrated. #GJbu is a funny, cute, & overall enjoyable show that any slice of life fan shouldn’t miss.
- I liked the OP a lot. Very slice of lifey, if that makes sense – it’s energetic without being too pop-ish, but also fairly laid back. I think a lot of that was because it sounded like it was sung by a bunch of normal high schoolers–which may not sound like a good thing, but it fits the mood well, and plus these particular high schoolers are pretty good singers.
- Yes, that’s an actual McDonalds. I didn’t even notice it until someone pointed it out! By the way, before anyone gets up in arms about product placement, let me interject with my opinion: who cares. It just makes the show more down-to-earth and realistic, right?
- As for the ED, I love dem chibis. Also, I think this song may be better, though that might be because, with fewer people singing, their voices don’t clash and it ends up sounding a lot cleaner. Either way, hng~!
- There are good things ahead, I guarantee it!
ED: 「I wish 〜ときめきの魔法〜」 (I wish ~Tokimeki no Mahou~) by 内田真礼, 宮本侑芽 (Uchida Maaya, Miyamoto Yume)