Review: Golden Time, Episode 21: I’ll Be Back

How you may feel at the end of this episode. Screenshot taken from: http://www.crunchyroll.com/golden-time/episode-21-649605

How you may feel at the end of this episode.
Screenshot taken from: http://www.crunchyroll.com/golden-time/episode-21-649605

Review:

Episode 21 starts us off some time after Banri’s break down at the end of the last episode. The Festival Club is in trouble, and Banri is scared of disappearing. In retrospect, it’s actually kind of a somber start to the episode, before turning into something a little more cheerful. Banri and Koko finally decide to expose the truth about Banri’s condition to everyone over food. We also get to find out why, exactly, Oka has been acting the way she has towards Banri, along with what her true feelings are. Amidst all this is more drama, more friendship, and en ending that will possibly leave you angry, sad, confused, or a mixture of those and more.

It’s nice to see this show finally back in its stride. At the beginning of the series, I was a bit lukwarm, until the third episode. The start of the second half/season/what have you was kind of lackluster, too, but I’ve really enjoyed the show recently. Well, that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it up until this point, too, but I feel like this is certainly better. The only complaint I can really file against this episode is that the preview kind of breaks some of the tension, because it appears to show something of a resolution to this episode’s cliff hanger. I won’t say anything, but you’ll understand when you watch it. So, yeah, that’s about it. Golden Time, Episode 21. Watch it.

A Christian Perspective:

This was a mild episode, in terms of content. In terms of fanservice, Koko wears a shirt that reveals a bit of cleavage at one point, though it’s not a lot. There are a couple scenes of mild violence, too, particularly when a character stops someone with a headbutt (which also causes a little blood to be spilled). That’s about it.

In terms of theme, I think a good verse to apply here is: ” One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24, NIV). When one character is going through a tough episode in this…. episode… two friends make it a point to catch up to him and find out what’s wrong. Granted, they could have gone about this in a better way, but they could have simply ignored their friend who was obviously distraught. How many of us are guilty of being bad friends and turning our backs on a friend when they’re in need?

Content Guide:

Language: None

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: A shirt Koko wears shows a bit of cleavage

Violence: A character is slapped and knocked to the ground; a character is headbutted in the face

Blood/Gore: A bit of blood is seen coming from the nose of the character hit in the face; a character has a bloody tissue sticking out of his nose

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