「はじめての黒ギャル」(Hajimete no kuro gyaru)
“My First Spray-On Gal”
Even with a third wheel trying to bring down the house, Yame and Junichi had a relatively nice date. We got to see them have some silly fun and most importantly, Yame’s cute pout can be considered a bonus too!
Towards the end of the episode, Kashii finally demonstrates shades of her true colour. I’m sure many people suspected she couldn’t have been the goodie two shoes she initially appeared to be, but it still adds some nuance to what would otherwise have been a standard dynamic.
A quick disclaimer. They are really pushing the lolicon jokes, which I don’t really recall being in the manga. Otherwise, I’m generally fine with the humour that Junichi’s friends offer. Otherwise, the focus of this week was Ranko, following her faux love letter to Junichi. From previous episodes, we could tell that she was Yame’s friend. But little did we know that her personal reasons for interfering with the relationship were because she herself had feelings for Yame since childhood. Her solution? Trying to rape and traumatise Junichi.
Despite my affection for the manga, I always struggled with the reverse rape scenarios like the one we got this episode. I suppose it’s almost to be expected, where Junichi’s goal of losing his virginity to Yame is constantly put under threat. However, I think there are better ways of going about it. For example, a series like B Gata H Kei handles the topic of first times pretty well and should serve as a model to emulate in some respects. There are actually already a few similarities here and there but the aspect I refer to is how the situations tend to be lighthearted, without feeling the need to go down a troublesome rabbit hole.
If I’m complaining so much, what makes Hajimete no Gal worth sticking around? First off, Yame is simply an incredible character. Sure, maybe there aren’t many positive things to say about Junichi as of now, but she’s really sticking to her guns in being sincere and caring towards him. Before people quickly judge her for the events of this episode, there will be an explanation for everything soon enough, assuming that it does not end up being cut out.
Also, Junichi is slowly improving. Sticking up for Yame against two delinquents was no small task for someone with the kind of social issues and anxieties he has. When it came to being faithful to Yame, I would say he stayed true when it mattered. Getting overpowered by a girl like Ranko may be laughable, but bear in mind that she singlehandedly beat up the two aforementioned delinquents.
Sadly, I won’t pick up this series as I’m already covering five shows. Not to mention by visit to glorious Nippon sometime in August for two weeks. However, fret not. There’s a chance this series may be picked up by another member of the RandomC staff, ready to take on the challenges of documenting Junichi’s trials and tribulations.