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Review: Golden Time, Episode 15: Accident Beach

Review:

It’s freezing where I’m at, and I just watched an episode about people going to the beach. Talk about bittersweet. Anyway…

I don’t know that I truly have a lot to say in regards to this week’s episode. We get to see our primary cast (minus Linda) spend a lot of time in a car. Despite that, it’s still a fairly entertaining episode. One thing that never does get explained, though, is 2D-kun–this dude is just angry at first. I can understand being frustrated with Banri and Koko after having to wait 20 minutes, but he just seems downright mad. That is, of course, until he sees Oka in a skirt. So much for that.

There is also the fact that this marks the first time Yana and Oka have been around each other since the group saw Yana and Linda going into the restaurant together. Honestly, Oka’s response isn’t all that surprising. I think we’ve all figured out where her heart is by this point. Other than that, I think a lot of what befalls our cast is the result of Ghost Banri’s decision to become an “evil spirit” and curse Banri. I’m not sure there are many day trips that have this many wrenches thrown into them.

That being said, we could all stand to take a lesson from our cast, and particulalry from Banri and Koko. Instead of just staying down in the dumps, Banri gets an idea and runs with it, which results in the entire crew having a much better time than they would have, otherwise. How many of us can truly claim that we would cheer up and play in the rain, instead of letting it ruin our day? If you’re reading this after watching the episode, then you know it all pays off, too. I’ve said it in the past, but I’ll say it again: I try to avoid spoilers, hence why a lot of what I say is vague. I wouldn’t even really call this an “eventful” episode; at least, not until the end when things take a turn for the worse before leaving us with a cliffhanger. While the worst case scenario certainly seems to be avoided, we are left wondering about the ultimate fate of this group of friends until next week.

A Christian Perspective:

This is scarce this week. There is some fanservice–Koko is shown in a one-piece bathing suit during the in-between shot, which of course shows cleavage, and her bikini that she wears in the episode also shows cleavage. It’s a weird bathing suit, but probably not much more revealing than what you’d see if you go to the beach. For our female viewers: Banri is also shown in a speedo. There are also comments about him not wearing a jockstrap under the speedo, but we don’t actually see anything. Other than that, there is just one mild use of profanity.

None of this, of course, is meant to play fanservice off as superficial. Sexual sin is a big deal, and women in skimpy clothes can certainly play into that temptation. While I don’t feel that the scenes with Koko were necessarily meant to be fanservicey (in the sense that I don’t think they were meant to be anything more than Koko in a bathing suit because she was at the beach), I would still caution male viewers to approach her bathing suit scenes with caution if you struggle with this kind of temptation.

Content Guide:

Language: 1 “h*ll”

Drug/Alcohol Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Koko is showing cleavage during the in-between picture; Banri is shown wearing a speedo; Koko is shown in a bikini which, of course, shows cleavage

Violence: None

Blood/Gore: None

Review: Golden Time, Episode 1: Spring Time

Review

I initially intended to start this blog during the Fall 2013 season. I started collecting a back log of reviews at the suggestion of TWWK from Beneath the Tangles so that I could have reviews to fall back on in order to make daily postings. I never got around to starting the blog during that season, though, and honestly I don’t think most of them were that good. There were times where I completely neglected to write the review, because I kept putting it off to the point that I pretty much forgot what happened in the episode, at least to the point that I couldn’t do an adequate review (minus the content guides, which I do as I’m watching the show). All of these reviews will probably make their way onto the blog at some point, though. This was also before I started doing the Christian Perspective section of my reviews, so that’s why those are absent.

Tada Banri is a brand new college student, and on his first day of college everything that can go wrong does go wrong. He basically misses the opening ceremony due to a subway mishap (he arrives just in time for dismissal), gets lost on his way to law school (after losing the group of girls he was totally not stalking in an attempt to find his way there), and gets mixed up with a guy (Yanagisawa Mitsuo) who has, at first glance, a completely insane girlfriend. How do I define completely insane? Well, our first encounter with said girlfriend (named Kaga Koko) involves her beating Mitsuo in the face with a bushel of roses (oh, don’t worry, she removed the thorns first). Technically, no harm is done to Banri in that third scenario, so I guess it doesn’t particularly add to his first-day mishaps, although he ends up being the one to start playing off the situation. As you can probably figure at this point, the majority of the episode is fairly light-hearted.

What’s most interesting about the series is that it breaks from the traditional high school setting found in most anime. On the other hand… there’s not much of a difference. Sure, we no longer have students in school uniforms, but a lot of the same elements seem to be there, including club recruitment insanity. Actually, the club recruitment insanity may be ramped up from any high school anime I’ve ever seen. Whether Japanese colleges are actually like this (I doubt it) or not, I don’t know, but Banri is completely overwhelmed, and this particular scene is probably my biggest gripe about the episode.

At one point, Banri is surrounded by the “Latin Music Club”, which is represented by a bunch of girls dressed in what are more-or-less bikinis. Now you may be saying, “Wait a minute Rob, if you’re going to gripe about that, then how do you go to the beach?” Okay, I’ll give you that much, but the bigger gripe is when more girls from the club surround Banri from the other side, so that they’re backs are to us. It’s at this point that we are shown the backs of the costumes, and when we are also shown that the backs of their bottoms don’t exactly entirely cover their butts. While this scene doesn’t take up a major portion of the episode, it was a damper in what was otherwise a rather refreshingly clean episode of anime.

Well, costume gripes aside, this episode does set up some potential plot points. Banri is clearly smitten with Koko, though she only has eyes for Mitsuo. Banri also encounters a couple other female students (one of whom rescues him from the Latin Music Club), which sets the stage for potential love rivals (though hopefully not a harem setting). In all of the light-heartedness of the episode, we do get one small spot of darkness near the end, where Banri appears to have a flashback.

Content wise, I’ve already touched on my biggest gripe: the Latin Music Club’s costumes. Beyond that, there is also a big in the ending credits where Koko is shown in some sort of night clothing (see the content guide below for more details). There is the scene where Koko beats Mitsuo in the face with the roses, and Chinami comments that she likes looking at beautiful people, whether men or women. While her comment doesn’t seem to allude to anything sexual, I figured it would be safer to mention it, just in case.

Overall, will Golden Time measure up to Toradora in terms of quality? Only time will tell–the first episode certainly isn’t enough to compare to an entire series. For now, what we appear to have is a fairly light-hearted series that I can say I honestly enjoyed, annoying fanservice aside. I will keep my eye on this one for now.


Content Guide:

Language: None

Drugs/Alcohol:

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Banri is confronted by the Latin Music Club–girls wearing very revealing outfits (at best, they’re equivalent to bikinis, though at one point several girls have their backs to the screen, showing that the bottoms at least partially show their butts)–this occurs once during Banri’s actual confrontation with the club and also in his flashback about the club craziness. Near the beginning of the closing credits, Koko is shown in some kind of night clothes. While she isn’t necessarily shown in a fan-servicey situation, the clothing itself isn’t the most appropriate, but at the same time nothing particularly inappropriate is shown.

Violence: Koko repeatedly beats Mitsuo in face with flowers… she was nice enough to remove the thorns

Blood/Gore: None

Other: Chinami mentions that she likes looking at beautiful people, whether men or women. There was nothing suggesting a sexual connotation, but I’m mentioning it here just in case.

Review: Golden Time, Episode 14: Ladies Talk

 

Review:

This episode was pretty much a perfect split. The first half focused on some slight plot advancement (emphasis on slight), while the second half was completely character-centered.

We start out with Banri and 2D-kun having a phone conversation about hanging out. Obviously, I’m not going to outline the whole plot, but from there Koko gets involved, and the three end up outside of Oka’s house, spying to see if a certain character shows up. In this, we get to see Koko go full-on stalker, and it has to make you wonder why Banri isn’t creeped out by the whole spectacle. In the end, it results in giving us a bit more information about Oka’s situation, and, though Koko won’t admit it, potentially strengthening the bond between the two female characters. Shortly after, we have a scene where two characters are observed to be together, quite unexpectedly, which I speculate may have revealed Oka’s feelings for a certain character. Man, writing to intentionally keep things vague is kind of a pain.

Anyway, that’s the general idea of the first half. Fairly amusing and enjoyable, in the end. The second half, as I said before, is more character-centered, and in my opinion is a mixed bag. On the one hand, we get to see a lot more interaction between Koko and Oka, with Koko opening up to Oka about some of her insecurities in her relationship with Banri. Granted, I suppose this isn’t anything new–Koko has kind of been insecure for a while, but Banri certainly doesn’t help that. On the other hand, a large portion of this section has Koko in a skimpy bikini (more so the top than the bottoms). If you watched the episode preview at the end of episode 13, then you know what I’m talking about. It sort of detracts from one’s enjoyment of the show when half of your attention has to be on avoiding looking at Koko/holding your hand up to shield certain parts of the screen. In the end, I don’t know that the whole interaction was entirely necessary, especially given what Koko was wearing (and the variety of angles that they chose to show her in), but if nothing else I suppose the scene near the end of this section as kind of cute. Essentially, Oka seems to help Koko loosen up a bit (thankfully while wearing a much more concealing bathing suit). At the end of the episode, we get a brief scene with Banri, Yana, and Ghost Banri that doesn’t really do much except to strengthen the mystery of Yana’s relationship with another character.

All-in-all, I’d say the first half was worth the watch, and the second half you could probably throw away without missing much. Of course, I wouldn’t even say that much if Koko had been wearing proper attire, but I really don’t think the conversation between her and Oka really revealed much we didn’t know in the first place. Maybe I’m wrong and am overlooking the input that Oka had, but Koko’s attire during the majority of the exchange is just off-putting, unless you don’t mind pointless fanservice.

A Christian Perspective:

At this point, you should already know what I’m going to say: Koko’s bikini. She spends a decent portion of the episode’s second half (plus the in-between still) in that bathing bikini, and the animators show her at a variety of angles in it. I probably could have given even more details about angles in the N/S/F section below, but I think you get the drift. Granted, they never show full-on nudity, even when the girls are changing bathing suits (I think the worst you see is a portion of one of their sides, with nothing inappropriate even in view), but it really served no purpose. The second half could just as easily have been done with Koko in a different swimsuit, or in actual clothing. The scene where she loses her top was also completely pointless (granted you don’t see anything, except for a bit of cleavage, or under-cleavage, which you could see even before her top fell off), and I honestly can’t fathom why it was included. Really, the worst part was the top of the bikini. The bottom, as far as I could tell, wasn’t too bad–at least, no worse than a standard bikini bottom–although Oka did point out that Koko was wearing a thong. From what I could tell, it seemed like she was wearing the thong under the bikini bottom, not that the bikini bottom itself was a thong, but I didn’t exactly go out of my way to check in-depth or to pull my hand down from blocking the screen.

If sexual sin is at all a problem for you, then you may very well want to avoid the second half of this episode, or at least watch with someone who will keep you accountable by making sure you do something to shield your eyes from Koko.

Content Guide:

Language: None, unless we count one use of “h*ck” as a vulgarity

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: In the still picture during the middle of the episode (roughly eleven and a half minutes in), Koko is shown in a rather skimpy bikini; Koko is shown in a one-piece bathing suit that shows cleavage; Koko is shown in the same skimpy bikini from the still shot during the episode, from various angles; at one point, Koko’s bikini top falls down, although you don’t actually see anything besides some cleavage, which you could actually see prior to the fall down (the camera angle is low, and more focused on Koko’s stomach); there’s one point where Koko sort of gets in Oka’s face, and the camera is fairly focused on her cleavage, with the following shot being from behind (Koko is on her hands and knees); There is some cleavage shown when Koko is first shown in the school swimsuit, ditto in another scene

Violence: None

Blood/Gore: None

Other: Oka-chan makes some crude comments (especially considering her character) regarding her interpretation that Koko is trying to get Banri to sleep with her

Review: Golden Time, Episode 13: Summer Has Come

It’s baaaaack! Well, since I’m staring this blog in the Winter 2014 season (despite having written reviews for three fall 2013 shows, plus Golden Time), I guess you wouldn’t know that I enjoy Golden Time. Anyway, episode 13 begins quite light-heartedly, quite a difference from the end of its predecessor. Well, maybe episode 12 didn’t end with an overly-dramatic ending, but there is still a noticeable difference here. There seems to be no tension between Banri, Koko, and Linda.

I honestly want to do my best to not actually spoil anything in my reviews. The problem with that is that it makes it hard to, well, review the episode! I guess what I can say is that I don’t really have any major complaints with this one. It was funny at parts (see: Koko and the Awa dance festival), and cute at others (see: Koko cooking),  yet there was definitely an underlying tension (see: Ghost Banri). All-in-all, I think you could call this episode a “calm before the storm”.  Even the intro and outro seem to reflect a different mood. At the very least, we no longer have a barrage of lovey-dovey scenes between Banri and Koko. Honestly, I hope the end result is KokoxBanri. While there was a time where I think I was kind of pulling for Linda, I wouldn’t say that now.

So that’s about it. There really isn’t a lot of “action” in this episode, but there does seem to be a lot of set up. Ghost Banri’s declaration, Koko’s summer plans, and Banri’s hesitation to… well, you’ll see. Where will Golden Time go from here? I look forward to finding out.

A Christian Perspective

Honestly, there’s not much to say here. The worst thing is probably Ghost Banri determining to become an evil spirit and curse real Banri. Beyond that, there is a brief scene of violence and some blood. All-in-all, unless you are not a fan of supernatural plot elements (which means you probably would have stopped watching when Ghost Banri was first introduced), I don’t think you’ll have much to worry about in this episode.

Content Guide:

Language: None

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: In the previews, Koko is shown wearing a very skimpy bikini top, and later a one piece bathing suit that shows cleavage

Violence: a character is punched in the face

Blood/Gore: In a flashback to Banri’s accident, we see blood under Banri’s head; a character gets punched in the face and a bit of blood comes from his nose

Other: Ghost Banri swears to become an evil spirit and curse Banri, after which bad things begin to happen