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.