OP: 「セイシュンゼミナール」 (Seishun Zeminaaru) by Study［古橋文乃（白石晴香）、緒方理珠（富田美憂）、武元うるか（鈴代紗弓）］
「天才と[X]は表裏一体である」 (Tensai to [x] wa Hyouri Ittaidearu)
“Genius and X are Two Sides of the Same Coin”
While the first few minutes didn’t do the show any favors, I have to admit that I found myself really liking what I was seeing by the end of the episode.
Have you ever had that feeling while watching something that you might be watching something that just totally isn’t for you? If you haven’t, I am jealous of your innocence and ability to not let things get to you. But for those of us who have, I hope I wasn’t the only one who was afraid that they were about to get bamboozled into watching a show that was going to turn into one giant ecchi fest.
Amazingly though, there was a lot less ecchi than what the introduction foreshadowed and a rather compelling story about a group of kids who need each other’s compassion and support to overcome their weaknesses. And sure the overarching plot isn’t anything breathtaking (I’m sure you’ve all seen this whole geniuses at one thing try to get better at the thing(s) they’re terrible at), I really enjoyed how the episode executed it. If I were to try and specifically point out what got me, I think it’d have to be the characters and their personalities with Yuiga managing to keep it all together. A point that I think really needs to be highlighted since it wouldn’t be that hard for a show like this to completely fall apart without the right male lead. And before I get any flack for that cringy moment when our leads were studying together in the library, I thought it was handled rather well all things considered. As a high school kid who’s hyper focused on his studies, I was happy to see Yuiga not completely lose his cool with two cute girls on both sides of him.
In any case, this first episode for Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai was pretty good! Kicking things off with a strong start, I can’t wait to see just where things go from here since it feels like we have a lot of options to choose from. And so long as the show doesn’t succumb to using stupid ecchi moments to try and pad for time, I think we’ll be in for a great ride no matter what direction the plot decides to go in. That said, it looks like we’re going to meet swimming girl rather soon and I personally can’t wait to see just how and where she plays into things. If only next week could come sooner!
ED: 「Never Give It Up!!」by Study［古橋文乃（白石晴香）、緒方理珠（富田美憂）、武元うるか（鈴代紗弓）］