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Golden Time – 01

OP Sequence

OP: 「Golden Time」 by 堀江 由衣 (Horie Yui)

「スプリングタイム」 (Supuringu Taimu)
“Spring Time”

The Perseverance Effect holds that once the seed of first impressions takes root, shaking off that initial judgment is extremely hard. Lawyers use this knowledge often to support their case and it often will shape a viewer’s opinion of a show even before they see it.

I wish to use this effect for the benefit of us all, by giving a good first impression for this show. J.C. Staff has returned to deliver the romantic comedy we’ve been waiting for, and it surely hasn’t disappointed me yet. In fact, I haven’t been this excited for a show since Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun aired exactly a year ago. Perhaps I’m just a sucker for romantic comedies of this type, but I am unafraid to share my enthusiasm with all of you.

The excited blogger is back. Let me tell you why.

The Relationships

The clearest thing that Golden Time has going for it is the power of the various relationships it’ll portray. As Kairi pointed out to me, these aren’t just romantic relationships that scream naivete, but relationships between people, where meaningful mature connections are made. Deep friendships, jealousy, rivalry–all of it I expect to play out in this mature university setting, where people have definitely grown up, but not all the way. But of course, as a romance, people will get together, with the story unafraid to explore beyond the flirting and the naive surface issues.

For instance, if one pays attention really close to the OP, you’ll notice something charming about Tada Banri (Furukawa Makoto) and Kaga Kouko (Horie Yui) right off the bat–it’s a pull and accept relationship, rather than a push and pull. That smile, that acceptance from Banri. Such wow. There is no comedic pushing back of the character, or any weird faces or convenient stops to their connection. Just two people appreciating the other’s presence with a genuine smile. That is remarkably refreshing to watch, and though the show is already going ahead and shipping these two together, seeing how cute their chemistry is makes it okay. Though their connection hasn’t really been highlighted in episode one thanks to introductions, in episode two they’ll slowly start shaping up Kaga’s shift in attraction from Mitsuo to Banri, and Banri’s own self-realization of his feelings. Of course, all these developments will draw out throughout the show for maximum effect–24 episodes for a romance is no laughing or rushed matter.

As for the other characters, they too will follow the same suit–slowly evolving as characters to adjust to the new challenges that college life throws at them. I’m excited for how Nana Hayashida (Kayano Ai) probably will play an important role in Banri’s romantic maturity, while Oka Chinami (Kido Ibuki) will act as a gluing force between some of the characters with her kindness (and absolute cuteness). It’s exciting to see how Banri and Mitsuo (Ishikawa Kaito) will grow as friends, but also as possible rivals as Kouko undoubtedly switches her affections over. There are countless other dynamics that will probably occur, but the beauty about Golden Time is that we can’t exactly predict what’s going to happen with the characters. Though we do know what main couple will eventually succeed, what every other couple and dynamic will end up as is still a mystery, along with how everyone will get to that destination.

The Characters

The path to the destination is especially hazy for Golden Time because all the characters are definitely hiding something meaningful behind all of their first impressions. With the knowledge that the original creator, Takemiya Yuyuko, also made Toradora, we can fully expect some radical character developments and shifts all throughout the series. With Kon Chiaki also on-board to direct, we can definitely expect character-driven plot to be on the heavy side. There are hints that something already exists between Nana and Banri (fated encounter is usually a good sign) show something darker, possibly related to the motorcycle crash that Banri was involved in. Exploring Mitsuo’s past relationship with Kouko and his new bearings without her should prove fruitful for his characters. Banri himself may be a “beta” protagonist right now, but what softness he has right now will probably be made up in his genuine attitudes. Finally, Kaga is most definitely hiding something under that cheerful ignorance of hers, despite how funny it is to see her go meta and call someone a tsundere. With such a strong start to the cast, it’ll be a treat documenting how each character progresses through their own internal strife, where their actions will hurt one person for their own happiness and another’s. It’s all cute now, but again, with Yuyuko on-board, let’s expect some powerful drama to surface after the first few episodes.

The Presentation

Glorious. Absolutely glorious. While they can never really reach the glory that KyoAni and P.A. Works is providing this season, J.C. Staff delivers satisfactory results in their presentation. The drawing quality is of acceptable nature–it doesn’t break doors down, but it has a lively and well-crafted feel to it that shows experience. Actions are properly exaggerated for comedic effect, close-ups are pleasant to look at, and surprisingly enough, not many full-lengths are used–a sign of good production quality. The comedy is well-paced and with just enough ridiculousness (it took them that long to get noticed?) to make the point without losing sight of the setting. Though the audio does get muffled a bit by the music and SFX at times–presumably a new technique–the dialogue by the seiyuu is delivered excellently by the A+ cast. The OP and ED are excellent and catchy and will most likely be landing on my phone soon enough. Overall, presentation is not just passing, but rather augmentative of the story. J.C. Staff’s romantic comedy division has proven its skill and worth time and time again, and their continued commitment to producing good works still holds.

Perhaps I’ve become too excited, but from my perspective, things are off to a wonderful start. I look forward to blogging this every week and seeing what new facet we can see in the many characters in college. I hope you guys all feel the same way, but of course, welcome critique is entertained here as well. Here’s to a good romance in the making though, and here’s to two seasons of what will definitely be a Golden Time.

 

ED Sequence

ED: 「Sweet & Sweet CHERRY」 by 堀江 由衣 (Horie Yui)

Preview

October 4, 2013 at 12:31 am
98 comments »
  • October 4, 2013 at 12:40 amchamelean75

    I wasn’t planning on watching this anime but I was pleasantly surprised. Thursday has so many shows coming out that i put this show on the back burner. It’s really refreshing to see an anime where not every single girl is jumping at the main character by the end of the first ep.

  • October 4, 2013 at 12:43 amshigokun

    Golden Time or Waifu Time?

    • October 5, 2013 at 2:20 pmStranger

      Hammer Time.

  • October 4, 2013 at 12:48 amKF

    So the childhood friend route is a no go huh?

    TQ

  • October 4, 2013 at 12:52 amthedarktower

    it was great debut of golden time.
    relationship and situation were genuine and much more mature than highschool in others romcom. plus the comic touch was really merge in to the situation, it was hilarious.
    characters merge in to the situation and there was really good flow for a pilot episode. there;s still a long way on the road, but I already wanna see some more golden time stuff.

    p.s
    as you said, JC are far from KyoAni or P.A, but they can put in great effort and bring us good series with their own presentation. we saw that in railgun and LB (and we’ll see in refrain). and I think they do have the advantage for this kind of series.

  • October 4, 2013 at 12:54 amKairi

    You have a typo, it’s J.C.Staff, not P.A. Works in the second to last paragraph!

    Really liking this show, definitely my favorite premiere so far. BRING IT ON, J.C.STAFF! BRING IT!

    • October 4, 2013 at 12:57 amZanibas

      Whoops, fixed!

  • October 4, 2013 at 1:08 amcoolasj19

    Wait. This is 24 episodes? Well damn. I’m either in for a good time or a bad time. But, hey, I love me some crazy anime chicks, and if there’s at least one crazy girl for the entire ride, I’ll be a happy camper. About the only thing negative I can say about the pilot is a few generic character designs and just wanting more.

    • October 4, 2013 at 10:26 amDualistdusk

      You’re not in for a good time or a bad time.

      You’re in for a golden time.

      • October 6, 2013 at 2:00 pmPeTdo

        IN CIV V Golden time is good time1

  • October 4, 2013 at 1:08 amTheMoondoggie

    Incoming retard female lead. Oh my god, it’s time to facepalm.

  • October 4, 2013 at 1:41 amCrook

    It’s here! I’ve been following the manga since the early chapters and it’s just such an enjoyable series. The fact that we have the writer of Toradora on this one can only make it better, no?

    • October 4, 2013 at 12:08 pmHayate

      uh, she’s basically the writer for the manga too, which is an adaptation of the Golden Time light novel, which is also the writer for the Toradora light novel.

      • October 6, 2013 at 11:40 amCrook

        That’s exactly what I meant, though, haha.

  • October 4, 2013 at 1:45 amILikePopCans

    God dame Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun was a good show, too bad second season most likely wont happen…

    Anyways, yeah. Golden Time seems like it will be a good romantic comedy that gets more serious latter on akin to Toradora, and since I like those types of shows I should like this.I guess.
    It is weird how they clearly show the obvious canon shipping in the OP, but hay. At least we wont be surprise, RIGHT GUYS?

  • October 4, 2013 at 1:55 amCorin

    ….mm. I’ll have to disagree somewhat.

    For the first thing, what was with that OP? The tune was banal and the animation repetitive – it all but pushes into your face the eventual relationship between Banri and Kouko, which immediately colours the perception of first-time viewers way too early – it fails to present any of the (rather important) other characters and expresses no subtlety whatsoever. A sight-unseen viewer would easily get the impression of a generic shoujo romance plot from that OP, and I wouldn’t blame them.

    Luckily, the episode itself is better, even if I feel they played up Banri’s naivete and overdid the comic effects – but that’s probably knowledge of the source material speaking. It still has nitpicks, though – it might have been the encode I watched, but the voices are too soft or the BGM is too loud. As for the ED, it might have worked better as the OP. It certainly sounds like a Toradora song, although that might just be because of the singer.

    The impression I’m getting is that Kon Chiaki is treating this like Nodame Cantabile, when it’s a somewhat different beast. It’s still generally good, but there are more than a few bits that don’t resonate harmoniously.

    • October 4, 2013 at 8:27 amZanibas

      Thanks for the response!

      I actually think it was good that the OP didn’t spoil for us the introduction of characters–it’s a bit too common for the OP to reveal more about the plot than we should know at that point.

      Also, the focus on two characters–I can see why that doesn’t float your boat, but I suppose I saw it in a different way. It’s much like “hey, we’re not hiding the fact that we’re going to tease you with a bunch of girls who may like main guy, THIS is the OTP dammit!” While that indeed a detriment to shippers everywhere, I find it refreshing myself.

      As for the actual OP and ED by Hocchan, well, that’s a matter of taste that we can’t really argue on :P.

      I do agree with you on the BGM/SFX/voice balance though, but as I said in my post, I think it was the sound production guys trying out new experiments–it seems like a novice mistake for J.C. to do that accidentally.

      • October 4, 2013 at 11:23 amFlareKnight

        I did find it a bit refreshing for a series to just beat the viewers over the head with the official pairing XD. Really a lot of series try to make everyone seem like they’ve got a shot here, but instead it’s just being honest. People with other pairing preferences might not be happy, but it’s a kinder thing to just be upfront about the truth.

        Plus if you like the main pair at all it will turn into a great OP to watch week in and week out. Plus they are going to introduce the cast in the episodes themselves so why bother wasting OP time for “just so you know, this is the whole cast here.”

      • October 6, 2013 at 12:37 pmQwzl

        More about the plot than we should know at that point… Like you know, that the pairing of the brown haired boy and the long haired girl will be the outcome of the next 24 episodes, all before you even learn their names?
        .
        I doubt I’ll be carrying on with this one – foreknowledge has robbed me of the ability to speculate about where the plot is going. And with that taken away I find I don’t care too much about what will happen on the journey that leads there or the characters who’ll take that journey (especially haremettes #2 and #3).

      • October 6, 2013 at 6:09 pmZanibas

        Qwzl: this is assuming that the end-result is that “our main couple gets together.”

        What if it turns out that they get together well before the 24th episode and the rest of the episodes have to deal with what happens after the getting-together? For all that we know, that could easily be the case thanks to the college atmosphere and the fact that J.C. Staff generally does two OPs and EDs for a two-cour. Thus, what we think will be the end result may actually just be the intermediary in a much farther conclusion.

      • October 7, 2013 at 1:34 amQwzl

        That could indeed happen (though I’m not seeing it in the next 4 episodes at least), but my beef is that it’s being spoiled at all, regardless of when it happens. Why on earth not just let the story tell it, then swap in the love-love OP?
        .
        For a show whose theme is a “golden time” of the opportunities of college life, where anything could happen to the protagonist, and a point is made of introducing 3 haremettes before the first episode is out I just find it unfathomable that it says in the first minute that this is the couple to keep an eye on.

    • October 6, 2013 at 2:02 pmPeTdo

      I skip the OP and ED so I didn’t anything. TQ btw. Not gonna see that coming

  • October 4, 2013 at 2:06 am†sooɹɔ†

    • October 4, 2013 at 4:19 amMentar

      And you succeeded. Thanks, looking great ^_^

  • October 4, 2013 at 2:11 amAccess

    At first I was hyped for it. From the author of Toradora, a college setting.. What could go wrong?
    Well, quite a lot, from what I’ve gathered from the manga so far, but oh well.

    Not to mention this is YET ANOTHER adaption of an ongoing novel, so we will likely never see the conclusion anyway, why bother?
    I’m really getting tired of it. It’s like every second show these days is an adaption of incomplete source material.
    They might be doing this to get people to buy and read the novel, and for some that’s fine. But not for me. If I wanted to read the novel I would be doing so in the first place instead of watching an anime adaption.

    • October 4, 2013 at 3:55 amGermanguy

      Well, there are many Spectators that dont known the Manga. If the Anime catch them, they do not made it Wrong. I am not Right?

    • October 4, 2013 at 4:17 amMentar

      The final volume 8 of the light novel is timed so that it comes out with the conclusion of the anime.

      So, it’s very likely that the anime will have a conclusive ending.

  • October 4, 2013 at 2:15 amTassadar

    • October 4, 2013 at 9:54 amlol

      naaahh….she looks more like a grown up Hakase from nichijou tbh

      • October 4, 2013 at 10:16 amtsukioniisan

        Now that you’ve said it…

    • October 4, 2013 at 3:35 pmPtolemaios00

      Chinami is a little taller than I imagined. She should be more…small squirrelly animal like.

  • October 4, 2013 at 2:28 amsadakups

    Overly Attached Girlfriend – The Anime.

    • October 4, 2013 at 4:42 amBenigmatica

      I have a feeling that this show might surpass Toradora! in terms of drama and comedy!

      Heck, it might be written as the “The Next Greatest Love Story Ever Told”!

    • October 4, 2013 at 4:44 amBenigmatica

      ^

      Forget what I’ve said earlier, but I meant to say that her childhood friend might dump her, and goes to another guy!

    • October 4, 2013 at 3:33 pmPtolemaios00

      Actually, this more like FRIENDZONE ~ The Anime

      • October 5, 2013 at 4:37 pmMorricane

        Friendzone does not exist! :D

  • October 4, 2013 at 2:29 amTopboy

    I always believe when Taiga grow up.She will be beautiful.And here we go!

  • October 4, 2013 at 2:31 amLGrey

    *waiting for something like Toradora ep#16′s caliber*

  • October 4, 2013 at 3:27 amGiorno Giovanna

    • October 4, 2013 at 2:24 pmMgMaster

      Cute AND sexy :P

  • October 4, 2013 at 3:52 amGermanguy

    Okay, the First New Season Anime, that took my Focus. Lets see, how the Story unfolds. it really seem to be for more “adult” Spectators High School and Above

    • October 4, 2013 at 3:53 amGermanguy

      oh, and yeah. Laura looks to be a serious candidate…

      • October 4, 2013 at 3:58 amGermanguy

        oh, and this “Receive call: Hospital” Hint..

        Looks like an Important Person to him, is in the Hospital. Perhaps one of his Parents, Childhood Friend or so…

        Lets see

      • October 4, 2013 at 4:04 amGermanguy

        oh, the same “Finger Kiss” animation of both Femals.. I would not wonder, if they both are Sisters

  • October 4, 2013 at 4:18 amCybersteel

    Banri feels like the sidekick character in any other romcom shows. Seems interesting. I wonder why the strong emphasis on friendship on the first episode though. Probably a bad experience in the past; being an outcast or maybe had friends who died in a bus accident.

    • October 4, 2013 at 5:04 pmTheMoondoggie

      It’s a romcom about a retarded unwanted girlfriend and the common male romcom sidekick.

  • October 4, 2013 at 4:20 amTechim

    Hmm,this series sorts of reminds me of another series.
    Very catch OP & ED? Check.
    Romcom elements? Check.
    Some over-the-top reactions with even a scream of desperation? Check.
    2-cour? Check.
    JC-Staff? Check.
    I have a feeling Golden Time could surpass Sakurasou :3

  • October 4, 2013 at 4:24 ambaseone

    Love the ending song and I have the feeling that it will go on a roller coaster ride of feels don’t know why.

  • October 4, 2013 at 4:40 amSol

    I’m a fan of the author, but this seems to be slated for a 12 ep run while the novel is still ongoing. This first ep barely covered 2 chapters, I think. Hope they don’t butcher it.

    • October 4, 2013 at 7:18 amGuardian Enzo

      It’s two cours.

      • October 4, 2013 at 5:20 pmTheMoondoggie

        But two cours is still a bit too short.

        Maybe they’ll do a season 2? Let’s hope they won’t leave off any detail or cut some important scenes.

      • October 4, 2013 at 5:21 pmTheMoondoggie

        P.S.

        Oh Crap! I just remembered something and they actually already cut something off, gah….

  • October 4, 2013 at 4:42 amBenigmatica

    I have a feeling that this show might surpass Toradora! in terms of drama and comedy!

    Heck, it might be written as the “The Next Greatest Love Story Ever Told”!

  • October 4, 2013 at 5:23 amtsukioniisan

    Her name is Kouko, she is loco. I said Oh No!~ Seriously… her smile is very, very charming. I feel like this is one of those romance anime that will make my heart go fuwa fuwa doki doki again.

    And that ED song is a must have on my playlist.

  • October 4, 2013 at 5:48 amINFERTakuya

    BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH!!
    BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH!!!!

    And all that time I was wondering like, how the hell is everyone NOT noticing him? Dude’s practically screaming his head off. Love that he didn’t notice Kaga seated behind him at all even when he turned to face Tada. :p

    • October 4, 2013 at 5:50 amINFERTakuya

      Oh yeah, forgot to mention; so this is Horie Yui’s glorious, triumphant return to the voice acting scene I suppose? She’s pretty much got a monopoly on this show: sings the OP, sings the ED, voices the female lead.

      • October 4, 2013 at 7:32 ambelatkuro

        Hocchan is still active in voice acting. She’s been doing Hanekawa in Monogatari last season, plus some support roles like in Yuyushiki and Neptune.
        And actually she’s monopolized the main roles in JC Staff shows as well. She’s also doing Riki in Little Busters Refrain.

      • October 4, 2013 at 9:58 amINFERTakuya

        I can understand reprising her old roles…

        But anyway, didn’t she announce that she would be focusing on her singing career a while back? I figured that was why she didn’t show up very often, and even if she did she’d usually just be a side character or an extra.

  • October 4, 2013 at 6:28 amdytianquin

    I have a feeling that this show won’t disappoint. It knows what it is, and what it wants to be. What I really want to see is the progression of Koko switching from Mitsuo to Banri. Will that be an emotional roller-coaster of awesomeness that happens as they get to know each other, or just some weird event like a lot of anime? I think this may dictate how much I will enjoy this show, and if I actually keep up with it. Right now, I’m totally on-board. Hopefully, I won’t need to jump ship.

  • October 4, 2013 at 7:03 ams_w

    I’ve been waiting for this adaptation for a while. I love Takemiya Yuyuko’s writing. I really love the manga she’s writing for, Evergreen. THAT needs an anime, badly.

    I really like Golden Time, too, but I had to warm up to it. It took me a few chapters to get into it and I didn’t start to really get a feel for the characters until the end of the first book/beginning of the second book.

    Koko is totally nuts, in case you hadn’t already noticed. She’s a fun character, but IRL, she’d be a total pain in the neck. Were I Mitsuo, I would have gone someplace much farther away, like Finland or something.

  • October 4, 2013 at 8:47 amCherrie

    This show reminds me of Legally Blonde. Not in terms of character personalities, but in terms of things that actually happen to the characters.
    Girl and guy “go out” but guy ends up breaking it off to go to law school… girl applies for law school to be with the guy. Girl ends up going out with someone else in the end. Obviously not the exact same plot but the basic idea is there o_o Not to say that I’m not going to enjoy Golden Time. I haven’t seen a good rom/com in a while or a good romance period. I’m excited… but also hope that I don’t get my expectations too high =X

  • October 4, 2013 at 8:49 amTre

    Latin Music Club FTW.

  • October 4, 2013 at 8:54 amzztop

    How does the title ‘Golden Time’ relate to the show’s subject matter? (?_?)

    • October 4, 2013 at 10:16 amAccess

      As far as I am aware, one’s college days are sometimes referred to as “Golden Time.”

      I’ve never heard the expression before until I stumbled upon this, but hey that’s just me. Maybe I live under a rock, or maybe that’s a Japan thing.

      • October 4, 2013 at 10:48 amBear

        From what I’ve read, Japanese high school is exam hell, all geared to getting into the best colleges. Once your accepted, the students ease back and enjoy their college years before they have to enter the real world rat race, so “Golden Time” it is.

  • October 4, 2013 at 10:04 amewok40k

    I feel I am going to thoroughly enjoy this…
    Girl A follows Boy A into university he fled from her.
    Boy B befriends Boy A and in the process meets Girl A, Girl B and Girl C.
    Love Dodecahedron and Hilarity Ensues!
    Toradora the College Years? Count me in!
    Also, remember girls, always remove the thorns before flogging your BF with roses!

    • October 4, 2013 at 12:32 pmBear

      Also, remember girls, always remove the thorns before flogging your BF with roses!

      Or not, depending on his sexual preference. ^_^

    • October 5, 2013 at 4:05 amHebi

      Or don’t do it at all lest he never buy you roses ever again.

  • October 4, 2013 at 10:17 amkondee

    A love story set in college. The premise already has me hooked at that. I also really love the main female lead.

  • October 4, 2013 at 10:37 amtsukioniisan

    Well, someone’s cosplaying as Miss Monochrome during the club applicants hunt fest.

    • October 4, 2013 at 12:35 pmAni_BEE

      I noticed her as well. lol

  • October 4, 2013 at 10:43 amHalfDemonInuyasha

    Definitely looks promising from the first episode.

    Mitsuo gives me a “you don’t know what you had until you’ve lost it” vibe with Koko.

    Also like the differences of the female characters; Koko with her outgoing personality, Chinami with her innocent cuteness (but not totally air-headed), and “Linda” having that soft, serene presence (and also not air-headed).

  • October 4, 2013 at 10:43 amBear

    Damn, I so want this to be as good or better than Toradora. My expectations are so high I’m not sure that just a “good” story can even meet them, which is unfair to the author. This does have indications that this could be a real winner and one of the best of the year. Unfortunately for me I’m probably going to root for one of the girls he doesn’t pick, sigh.

  • October 4, 2013 at 11:12 amFlareKnight

    I also thought this series had a great first episode. Honestly it wasn’t a series that I had my sights on or was anticipating in any sense, but it surprised and impressed me. I like the setting since you can have some craziness (it’s University, crazy is the norm), but also show some maturity here and there.

    I like the main characters and your point about this future relationship with Banri and Koko really does make sense. Her intense energy can make some people push back, but in Banri’s case I think she can find acceptance. Even he talked about wanting to find love and giving his whole heart to someone.

    The current state of things between Mitsuo and Koko is just broken. I don’t know how long he’s felt that way, but by now Mitsuo can’t see any good in Koko. Just sees manipulation, control, and having no choice. She’s calling him a tsundere and not really fully facing the fact that he’s not going to return her feelings. He doesn’t feel nearly as strongly as she does and it’s hurting them both.

    I’m looking forward to seeing how this series unfolds. Sometimes you have to give a series a 3 episode test, but sometimes first impressions are good enough to make you stay without any tests required.

  • October 4, 2013 at 2:34 pmMagoiichi

    NTRomcom numbah 2, following Nagi no Asakura, which seems to be a little more serious in its NTRawrness.

    Pfft, I’d be in the Latin Club asap >:3

    Banri is all like “come at me bro t(-3-)t”

    Why is friday so packed with all the interesting anime lol?

  • October 4, 2013 at 2:37 pmMgMaster

    I’m just gonna get my hopes up for this one,even if it’s so early.Fresh is indeed the best word for this anime,at least so far.Just by watching that opening it really makes me look forward to Koko & Banri’s relationship unfold.But heck,even if that’ll be the meat of this show it also has the potential for more.I’m eager to see how Mitsuo’s gonna accept that when the time comes.Will he happily push Koko on to Banri or show some signs of jealousy?

    All in all,let’s look forward to having a golden time along with Banri in his college life :)

  • October 4, 2013 at 2:54 pmFrontier

    Yuyuko Takemiya’s work is once again adapted into anime form with Golden Time and a very nice premier episode!

    I love romantic comedies, and romance in general, and Toradora! was a blast to watch so I had really high hopes when I heard that Takemiya’s current Light Novel was going to be adapted into an anime. I also was really hoping that J.C. Staff was going to be on animation production because despite others’ scathing criticism towards them, I’ve always regarded the company as the best when it comes to romantic comedies.

    I’m quite pleased to say that I felt my hopes were met with this premier. It was a nice, slow beginning that eased us into the story and characters and did a good job setting up for the future. We have the beginnings of a variety of relationships and what may be the start of a great love story. The characters were entertaining and there was some nice humor interjected here and there that gave me a good chuckle. I thought the Animation was nice, especially when it came to our leading lady Kouko. All in all, I got all I could ever ask for from a romantic comedy and with this confirmed for 2-cour I’m excited to see what the future has in store!

    The opening and ending were delightful, especially all the Kouko shots, and it’s nice to get not only a confirmation of the main couple but some nice scenes of them as well. Having Yui Horie on vocals was also a great touch.

    Banri seems like a decent enough guy, just trying to get adjusted to his new life situation and start living the college experience which a lot of people, myself included, can relate to. He’s also pretty nice to his friends and a quick thinker, going by how he tried to downplay what happened between Mitsuo and Kouko. Though beneath all that appears to be something mysterious and possibly tragic, if phone calls to the hospital and that flashback are any indication.

    I have to say, I don’t know how Banri resisted joining the Latin club. If I had scantily-clad girls dancing around me, offering up a spot on their club, I’d probably join in a heartbeat!

    Mitsuo looks like he’s barely holding onto his sanity… poor guy. Though despite what he said about her, Kouko’s affections for him seem quite genuine.

    Kouko Kaga struck me as a lot of things in just one episode: Fashionable, lovely, cute, determined, and generally nice. And that’s a heck of a lot of good traits for an anime heroine, so already I’m quite impressed! I also have to give the girl credit for being able to run in those heels! Performance wise, I thought that Yui Horie did a wonderful job as her. One could certainly construe her relationship Mitsuo as creepy and befitting a stalker… but one man’s creepy is another woman’s passionate devotion! Still, I’m interested to see more of Mitsuo’s side of the story to get a handle on just how bad she was about their relationship during their pre-college days. I’m also very intrigued to see how and when her affections for Mitsuo will gradually shift towards Banri, and if the opening and ending are any indication, the relationship between those two is going to be very cute and hearwarming so I’ll be looking forward to seeing it.

    As for the other girls, I can’t say I have a good read on Chinami but Linda seems like a nice and interesting girl.

    I can’t wait for more!

  • October 4, 2013 at 4:55 pmRed HeartGold ZX

    For someone that is a newbie in college, I sure can relate much to this show. Hmm, College: the “Golden Time” of one’s life, eh? Not bad, J.C. Staff. Like as always.

  • October 4, 2013 at 6:08 pmnhelraios

    Ah, found my seasonal dose of romcom. Enjoyed it a lot and I think the characters are fairly likable. Should be a fine addition to my growing(when will it stop) watch list.

  • October 4, 2013 at 6:22 pmEbisu

    Great insights about the chapter. They are appreciated.

    About the audio, sometimes it was hard to listen, sometimes you could feel the stereo working too forcibly there; the selection and placement of background music was great though it sometimes made difficult to hear the voices. I have the feeling they’ve tried really hard at the sound department but they couldn’t make it work perfectly at some parts. It’s been some time since I’ve felt this kind of hard work in the composing of the scenes using audio and soundtracks. :)

  • October 5, 2013 at 1:08 amcyprinious

    Love love love Golden Time!

    I’ve read the manga up to what is available to me, but I have a have a question for other manga readers. Nothing big but I’ll spoiler it anyway!

    Show Spoiler ▼

  • October 5, 2013 at 2:42 amMocha

    Wait, exactly why is lack of full lengths a sign of production quality? What are full lengths anyway? o.O

    • October 5, 2013 at 9:07 amZanibas

      It’s a cinematography technique where the show pans through a (fairly) static image, thus getting away with animating costs.

      So while they may make for nice pictures at times, it’s a sneaky way of minimizing animation work.

  • October 5, 2013 at 2:50 amhanapiers

    I only watch 2 animes last season, Railgun S and KamiNomi: Megami Hen.
    Been wondering what to watch after those 2 were finished then I saw this.
    Boy, how happy I was!
    I’ve been reading the manga and light novels. I’m gonna follow this anime as well.
    Hope it won’t disappoint me :)

  • October 5, 2013 at 7:56 amgustave154

    24 episodes… i am definitely in for a roller coaster ride of emotions xD

  • October 5, 2013 at 8:28 amAndré

    Finally an anime for non-otakus. Really, I’m a freakin’ otaku and I’m sick of all these recent shows (including these new ones) that are a poor excuse to show cute stupid girls.

  • October 5, 2013 at 12:21 pmNothingLess

    Just ONE girl shows on each OP and ED…It’s already obvious with whom the MC will ended up.(Even though he met with 3 cute girls)

    So I expect it to be like this:
    -Mitsuo:Dude,please save me from this Blah Blah Blah Blah
    -Tada:Okay,leave it to me!

    Well,I’m looking forward to the next one!I’m wondering HOW this Golden Girl (Kaga Koko) will fall in LOVE with our MC (Tada Banri).

  • October 5, 2013 at 1:11 pmTorami

    That was a statisfying first episode, I’m excited for more! Mitsuo going blahblahblah was hilarious ;) And I knew I could count on Zani blogging this, my favorite romcom this season.
    And Hocchan singing the OP and ED = love~

  • October 5, 2013 at 7:46 pmIoryogi

    Kokou is loko, oh no! ^_^

  • October 6, 2013 at 2:56 amc2710

    Gonna watch this closely

    See if it’s on par or surpasses ToraDora

  • October 6, 2013 at 11:47 amsyncmaster793DF

    nice

  • October 6, 2013 at 2:03 pmPeTdo

    Anyone noticing Miss Monochrome in those cosplay group ?

  • October 7, 2013 at 4:44 amMatt_D

    Hoping this will be the stand up romance of the year. I can’t remember another one really?

  • October 8, 2013 at 1:45 amStats

    The spinning design in the ED reminded me of Honey and Clover. Oh, the feels. I hope this show comes at least close to how good that was.

  • October 8, 2013 at 10:47 amAkito_kun

    Its been a while since I’ve seen a romcom where Hocchan is the main character. The last time I think is Love Hina. (12 years ago?) Definitely looking forward to this since reading the Light Novel and manga adaptation. The story, romance and drama’s top-notch and close to Toradora’s quality.

    Regarding the OP, it is pretty obvious who the pairings are, which I totally don’t mind. Its the same with Toradora – heck, the title alone tells you the main pair already, in a non-direct way. (Tora – Tiger- Taiga; Dora – Dragon – “Ryu”ji).

    Glad that this a 24 episode show. This is tons better than Iru Machi… (my 2¢)

    • October 8, 2013 at 11:20 ambrajt

      If only Kimi no Iru Machi was done well… anime adaptation lost all the manga’ potential.

      • October 8, 2013 at 5:52 pmAkito_kun

        I have to agree. And the manga was so good from the beginning. (Not sure about the latest chapters though…)