OP: 「お先にシルブプレ」 (Osaki ni s’il vous plaît) by 彩井高校 GA Girls (Ayanoi Koukou GA Girls)
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「青空が描きたい」 (Aozora ga Kakitai)
“I Want to Draw the Blue Sky”
The GA Geijutsuka Art Design Class OVA is out! I wasn’t planning to post about this, but I love this quirky art school-themed series and wanted to share some thoughts since I didn’t cover the TV series last year. For those who are unfamiliar with this series, GA is a slice-of-life comedy revolving around five girls at their art design school. It stars a bunch of my favorite female seiyuus in a lighthearted setting and can even educate you on art topics at times thanks to characters such as Oomichi Miyabi (Nazuka Kaori), whom her friends promptly call “Kyouju” (Professor).
This OVA episode focuses on a new character not seen in the TV series, the textile fashion teacher Yoshino Koshino (Nishimura Chinami), who is the most feared instructor at Ayanoi Academy because she puts students on the hot seat while she scrutinizes their work and is very blunt about what she thinks of it. She’s better known as the “Executioner” because of this, and Kisaragi (Tomatsu Haruka) fears her so much that she prays for a calamity that will suspend classes after hearing from Noda (Tokunaga Ai) that you can wish upon a weather vane when it spins full circle. Noda on the other hand actually likes the textile fashion design class because of the freedom Yoshino-sensei gives her students, and her opinion remains unfazed even as Kisaragi and Tomokane (Sawashiro Miyuki) come fresh off the chopping block.
The first half of the episode revolved around Tomokane’s quick attempt to redeem herself, only to be accused of plagiarizing and having her design put on the wall of shame. I absolutely love Miyuki’s wacky portrayal of Tomokane in this series, so hearing her freak out at that point was just gold. Kisaragi on the other hand is losing confidence quickly, but Noda manages to encourage with some words of wisdom, telling her that if you’re passionate about something, improvement will follow suit, and there’s no girl she knows who isn’t passionate about fashion to some degree. Motivated, Kisaragi manages to impress Yoshino-sensei with her latest design and is overjoyed about it, but soon finds out that Noda wants to be treated to free stuff next Saturday in return.
The second half entailed Kisaragi getting caught up in running errands one after one another, making stops at the Fine Arts Club before eventually trying to return a sketchbook to her sempai, Mizubuchi (Koshimizu Ami) a.k.a. “Buchi-san”. In search of her, she stumbles upon the president of the Fine Arts Club, Awara Chikako (Kanda Akemi) a.k.a. “Aa-san”, who’s camping out in her cardboard box as usual but looking awfully dead to Kisaragi. She’s actually alive and kicking however, and just using the box’s “sunroof” as a way to frame the sky for a picture she’s painting. Mizubuchi happens to come by shortly after and decides to give away Buchi-san’s painting out of spite, as she was responsible for losing her sketchbook. It turns out Kisaragi’s been in love with drawings of the sky ever since Mizubuchi gave her one of her drawings.
That’s the quick rundown of this OVA episode, which may not seem like much at first, but is ample material for a slice-of-life series such as this. Most of the entertainment doesn’t really come from what happens anyway, but from all the character interactions and reactions to what’s happening. As you can probably tell from the screenshots, there were a lot of tsukkomi-type remarks to the dumb things the characters said, which were primarily from Namiko (Horie Yui) as usual. As much as I enjoy a Hocchan character with her head on straight (e.g. Takeshita in B Gata H Kei), Tomokane is still my favorite because of how stupid she is at times. Not often will you find someone who overhears people talking about drawing crystals and light and responds with a computer edited image like this out of the blue. This is just one example of why I find her random otaku-like personality a lot of fun to watch too. A lot of times it’s simply cast off as stupidity, much like in Noda’s case for using standard computer generated characters for her Lettering class, but I enjoy the cheap laughs those two provide.
The only thing missing here that I would’ve liked to see are the Irodorangers (“Coloring Rangers”) and their awesome theme song, but all in all, this was a cute and quirky episode like all GA episodes and is worth the watch if you followed the TV series. In terms of something new, they included an interesting real-life ending sequence for the song “Heart-colored Palettes”, so be sure to check it out below.
ED: 「ココロいろ Palettes」 (Kokoro-iro Palettes) by GA 元気ガールズ (GA Genki Girls)
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Reseanbles Lucky Star Somehow 😀
love the new site except for the AD at the top
@hm websites cost money to host
grammar error lol [didn’t covered the TV series]
on topic: is this another moe series?
It’s not moe at all — just slice-of-life comedy.
Are you still going to blog Naruto and Bleach chapters every week? Oh, and are you still going to blog Bleach episodes every week too? I’m kind of glad your keeping up with the Spring shows for now. Keep up the good work your doing a great job. 🙂
Naruto possibly, but Bleach I can’t because I dropped the series over two years ago.
Thanks for the feedback though!
Is there any particular reason they made three seasons of Hidamari Sketch but never continued GA or Sketchbook?
Aww, no CMYK (+Red) Rangers?
Also you’ve reminded me that I need to catch up on this series. Thanks, Divine.
I been waiting for this ^_^
Thanks a lot for posting this. I am always open to new anime that I can learn something from. Especially if it’s for my artwork. :]
I love this show, thanks for covering the OVA. Just a small thing though, shouldn’t it be Awara Chikako a.k.a. Aa-san? Buchi-san is Mizubuchi’s nickname.
Hmm, you’re right. I don’t know why I put “Buchi-san” instead of “Aa-san”.
I’m sad now. 🙁 No more Bleach I really want to know your thoughts on the series and the upcoming episodes in the future. I’m so sad right now, but thats life I guess. Thanks for replying anyways. Keep up the good work!
I didn´t watch the TV series, so…
And looks pretty cute, I may give it a chance
I don’t know how I didn’t hear about a show like this. I might give it a chance as well.
Ooh, GA OVA :3 From the looks of the screencaps, this OVA needs more Noda-chan AURA~
I sure hope they do another season of this. As you said, the interactions between the characters in GA are really great. Although I wish they’d leave the ‘other GA’ club out of it and just focus on the main 5 girls
Ahh, great to see G.A get some love. 🙂
Was such an enjoyable yet under appreciated series.
Glad that GA is getting some attention. Loved the series and looking forward to this OVA.
Thanks for posting about this!
cute but i hate it >.<
Great to see GA again. It’s a shame they didn’t animate some of the funnier stuff from the second volume but this was good too. Hopefully there’ll be a second season in the next year or so.
More GA is always a good thing ^_^
Just a note, the link for the OP ddl is the same as the ED. Any chance of re-uploading the OP please? 😀
Wow, pasting from MediaFire’s “Copy Link” button has been pretty fail for me. I’ve fixed the download link for the OP. Thanks for pointing out the mistake.