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B Gata H Kei episode 1

B Gata H Kei is the type of anime I usually pan. Certainly that’s what many people with similar tastes to mine have done (just look at the ANN reviews for example). I was far less dismissive of an anime based around a girl searching for 100 casual sex partners than many others were. I saw potential for a comedy focusing on the crazed sexual wishes of young adults compared to reality. Which, by and large, is exactly what we got, except a rather poorly executed one.

The lead character is like a sex-crazed Temna from School Rumble. Now yes, I know Temna is one of the less popular girls from that show but that’s because she was over-shadowed by some of the greatest bloody characters of all time, because she was actually a rather amusing character to watch. And a lot of this episode plays out in the same way. Main girl tries to find alone time with the guy, such as secret places to have sex and so on, but a lot raunchier fantasies than Temna would ever dare to imagine. Instead of the chivalrous heart of Harima Kenji we have the corrupted mind of Yamada. I did actually laugh out loud at this episode. The scene with Yamada trapping the main character in the store room only to panic when she tries to seduce him was exactly what this shows humour is all about.

But yeah, they could’ve put a bit more effort into this. The animation is as shoddy as hell without the single bit of imagination put into it. I’ve been through the episode twice (no, I didn’t watch the episode twice, the second time for screencaps) and I still can’t remember if there even was any BGM, although I do remember crappy opening and closings. Worst of all is the jarring nature of 4-koma adaptions being incapable of escaping from the 4-koma format in anime. The screen cuts and scene changes aren’t quite as jarring as they were in Working but K-ON, for all its faults, did it a hell of a lot better than this does.

Just everything about this production screams lazy. Not inexperience, that would be trying stuff and failing, but plain laziness to do anything with this anime. The source material might not be the greatest but a half-decent studio would’ve been able to make something out of this. And it’s not like HAL aren’t a decent studio either, they’ve got the Aria franchise under their belt so they’re clearly capable of something. It just feels like they’ve phoned in on this one. Which is a shame really. Why the hell make an anime you’re going to put little effort into anyway? I’m going to watch the next episode but please creators, put some more effort into this.

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12 Comments

  1. luffyluffy
    Posted April 2, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    I love how our tastes are so much different!

    To be honest, even if it is lazy, I’m deffinitly going to keep watching(It also plays into the fact that I’m not very… versed yet. Infact, I almost never noticed BGM at all… ;A;) but this’ll deffinitly be my comedy series for the season~

  2. Posted April 2, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    There were a couple of bits that made me laugh (most notably Yamada imagining the random guy masturbating to her cell phone photo and freaking out), but the whole first episode just feels so shoddy … and I feel like being an old grump and dropping out early without too much complaint. :p

  3. Topspin
    Posted April 2, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    There haven’t been many shows that AREN’T lazy lately, but people are still enjoying them regardless (Kimi ni Todoke, BakaTest, etc etc). I’m willing to drop my pretense when a show is flat-out entertaining in spite of itself. I mean, I still got through Railgun somehow, and all it had was “production values”. I also remember feeling that Bantorra’s first ep was awful but I still gave it a shot and it turned out to be one of the best shows in recent memory.

  4. Posted April 2, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    This surprised me a bit – I loaded up the file fully expecting to cringe and eye-roll my way through it, but ended up quite enjoying it and laughing a bit.

    I agree that the 4-koma format is glaringly obvious though – they could have smoothed out the scene transitions with a little bit more thought.

  5. Posted April 3, 2010 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    Show is great!

  6. Posted April 3, 2010 at 12:35 am | Permalink

    Low budget production yeah, but still hilarious xD, even if I had to laugh and cringe and headdesk at the same time.

    I just hope they can keep the jokes up~

  7. Taka
    Posted April 3, 2010 at 1:35 am | Permalink

    I personally liked Tenma better than yakumo…but not better than Eri.

    I think Tamura yukari is nailing the portrayal of Ecchi Tenma. That’s pretty much what I’ll watch the show for.

    My general prediction is she’ll actually start liking the plain dude and not want to have sex with all the guys by the end. What’s her motivation for wanting to do that anyway? The closest we got toward an explanation this time around was “my vagina looks weird”.

  8. Posted April 3, 2010 at 3:08 am | Permalink

    Everyone’s so up in arms about this anime. I’m checking out. The drama seems totally unnecessary for what is apparently at best a half-assed comedy. I’m not watching a single episode until I hear they have sex. And not just awkward virgin sex… which is probably what will happen. So I’m probably not watching a single episode. Why couldn’t they just make this a hentai?

  9. vucubcaquix
    Posted April 3, 2010 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    You know, I think that the last time that I actively NOTICED background music was in Xam’d in the first episode when they were on the postal ship and the crew was getting introduced before the first OP song played. Man, thinking back on that scene with Nakiami flying off was pretty glorious, it simultaneously gave me Skies of Arcadia and Nausicaa vibes.

    Anyway, I digress. As for this show. Eh, girl is a pervert, flashes milquetoast dude and doesn’t afraid of anything. Except her vagina, apparently. And male anatomy. Hmm, actually, I think that’s going to be the setup for an extremely awkward confrontation eventually. Well, I laughed at least more than once, that’s enough for me to spare 25 minutes out of my week to watch this show.

    I hope you stick with it, as I think your perspective for someone who doesn’t normally enjoy these shows would be HILARIOUS.

  10. Scamp
    Posted April 3, 2010 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    @luffyluffy

    I’m a big elitist who jerks off to imagery and grand operatic soundtracks. But honestly, if you’re looking for comedy then Arakawa will almost certainly be better done than this. Keep your eye out for that one

    @Shinmaru

    Apparently the manga is even more liberal with masturbation gags. In the manga, after she flashes the guy, instead of running off and hiding she runs off and masturbates. So yeah, want more masturbation jokes, read the manga!

    @Topspin

    Not sure if I’ve said this before but one of the main things I look for in any anime, especially when doing season previews, is effort. The people making the show have to want this to be a sucess, to believe that the show their making has a specific audience who will love it to bits. Aim high and so on. Heroman, for all its faults, at least has that.

    @Caraniel

    I too am surprised at how much vitriol this has been getting. You’d expect them to have shoved boobs in your face at every available oppertunity or something to garner that hate. They must be watching Kiss x Sis or something

    @Glo

    Comment is constructive

    @Aorii

    You can have low production budget and still put the effort into directing it. That’s what this is lacking

    @Taka

    How dare you insult Yakumo…actually maybe that’s better because then I can keep her all to myself!

    (Yakumo: my first anime character crush)

    @Sorrow-kun

    But if it was a hentai who would want it to be funny? Who wants to see jokes while they are exersising their rapid wrist movements anyway

    @vucubcaquix

    Slice-of-life anime rarely have exciting BGM anyway so often you only notice it when it’s not very good. I’m not the best at spotting good BGM but I know for certain that this doesn’t have it. Considering the effort and budget this show has put into it, the BGM is probably just the directors son on the recorder or something

    I almost certainly won’t stick with this blogging. This is just a new method of First Impressions I’m trying out because it gives me more freedom. Even so, I’m honestly thinking of picking up 4-5 anime to blog this time round. At heart, I’m an episodic blogger and find this stuff much easier to do than think of editorials.

  11. Topspin
    Posted April 3, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    Ah, I take you mean you focus more on production values? That’s good to know, since I place less emphasis on presentation and more on the what the show is presenting (but not to an extreme).

    Despite Heroman looking and sounding prettier, B Gata still ended up entertaining me a little more. But then, neither feels all that inspired to begin with, so I can see why you’d focus on something less subjective like animation quality.

  12. Posted April 3, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    While it wasn’t perfect, but I do feel like they’re weren’t lazy and put effort into it. At least, it seems better produced then the typical DEEN production.

    Personally, I thought this was pretty amusing, though I’m a perv, so I guess it works out. Be nice to know that even if SHAFT fails to deliver (again) there still will be a comedy I’ll enjoy for at least a few episodes. Don’t know if I’ll stick with it though.

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