*this review covers both seasons of girls bravo*
girls bravo is one of the greatest animes i have ever had the pleasure of watching, if not THE greatest. i've only just finished rewatching it all the way through for the third time just yesterday, and it still makes me want to just start rewatching it again. it's such light hearted fun, with characters that i genuinely feel like are my best friends... except tomoka, she's annoying :D. it really feels like a childrens cartoon for adults, which is amazing, save for a few cringeworthy moments you only get in childrens cartoons.
now, there are some people that might argue that girls bravo is just another romantic comedy with aliens who very rarely go for even one episode without showing their boobs and/or butts, but if you look past that, it's got some amazing things going for it, it's got some really emotional episodes that even jerked the odd couple of tears from me, and i hardly ever cry at all. it's got some brilliant and very likeable characters with layers, so much so, that i actually found myself liking fukuyama, even though he's an annoying little pervert. it's got some really funny moments throughout, a lot of deep speeches and life lessons that still stick by me, and above all, it has a really good storyline.
so above all, girls bravo is a spectacular show that everyone should give a chance to, and just watch. and despite some annoying characters <coughs>tomoka, and some problems here and there, it's an absolute gem of a show, and one of my very few complaints about it is that it didn't get a third season. i mean...come on...we fucking need a third season
concentration is given to comedy and eechi content
not much of a plot
GIRLS BRAVO (2014 review)
Storyline: 7. Girls Bravo follows the life of Yukinari, a boy who's afraid of women - who wouldn't be? - and gets pockmarks all over his body when someone of the female kind touches him. One day, he forgets that his cute neighbour Kirie is coming over to have a bath because the one she has at home is out of order. When he enters the room and the fan-service kicks in, Yukinari stumbles in the bath and enters a world somewhere in the universe - close towards the earth since you can see our little blue planet in their sky - where only 10% of the population is male! Therefore, the few males on the planet are very popular with the female inhabitants. Enter Miharu, a girl who's not afraid to show what she has in store - literally - and accidentally follows Yukinari when he finds a way back to earth. From there on, Miharu has to adapt to the life on earth, with the expected surprises and mistakes arising from her ignorance. The story is a known recipe in the ecchi genre which can be seen as a mixture of Mayo Chiki (for the male protagonist being allergic to women) and Ah! My Goddess (for the female protagonist being from another world), with LOTS of fanservice (read: certain female body parts getting more attention than needed).
Plot and pace: 5. Girls Bravo turned out just the way I had expected. At a certain point in your life, you can already guess out of former experiences how an Anime series is going to end. That doesn't mean it's not disappointing when it ends the way you expected it to end, though. The series has everything the usual Harem/Ecchi Anime has: Girls with double D's who crave for a certain male's attention, loads of awkward moments where the male protagonist somehow undresses the girl(s) around him or sees something he's not allowed to see, parents that are away from home during the entire story and don't give a **** about their beloved son, romantic scenes that get interrupted at the most unwanted moments, a situation where the girl gets the chance to go home and eventually decides to stay on the earth, and lots of pantyshots. But most importantly: in the end you know that everything's going to remain the way it was at the beginning of the story. Don't expect any deep plot twists in this Anime, nor any episodes that follow each other in a logical order up to a big finale.
Cliffhangers: 4. Girls Bravo has few to offer when it comes to cliffhangers. Most of the episodes can be watched separately and in a different order, since none of them really add anything towards the story. It seems to me that this series was meant to be watched without thinking too much about what would/could happen, if the creators had actually tried.
Satisfying ending: 4. From my point of view, people that like ecchi/harem animes normally want to see some sort of romantic conclusion to satisfy their inner needs. That's mainly the reason I liked similar series like Mayo Chiki better than Ah! My Goddess. Girls Bravo offers a lot of fanservice, but most of the relationships between the main characters is left for the viewer's imagination to chew on.
Rewatchability: 5. Although the scores may seem contradictive, Girls Bravo was never an annoying watch. First of all because I like ecchi and harem anime. Secondly because it's a short series which offers a lot of variety. I'm not disappointed that I watched it at all, but I think that I wouldn't watch it again in the future. I don't even have the time to re-watch the real gems I've seen from many years back.
Characters: 5. You either love them, or hate them. The girls are mostly lovable characters with not too much background stories behind them, if any at all. But all of them are so stereotypical, just like everything else in the series. There's Miharu, the typical innocent and naive girl from another planet that doesn't know how to behave on planet earth and gets in all kind of embarrassing situations because of that. Then there's Kirie, the typical cute neighbour girl who secretly has a crush on our male protagonist. Then there's Yukinari, a guy that can be compared with Mayo Chiki's Kinjirou - for his strange allergic reaction towards women - except for the fact that he lacks the subtility and manners. Another notable character is Kazuharu, and oh man, do I hate this guy. If you had thought that hey'd have already given the viewers enough fanservice, you were wrong. This guy really takes the cake. All he ever does during is screentime is assaulting women and being an annoying brat. He even made it to my infamous hated characters list on Anime-Planet, and you'd really have to make my blood boil to get on that list.
Conversations: 6. The conversations are clear and never go deep. Sometimes they're just ridiculous, mostly when there's some sort of misunderstanding between what Yukinari means and the girls think he means. Nonetheless, most of the time their conversations have no depth at all.
Art Style: 7. You should expect good animation when you want to deliver the amount of fanservice that Girls Bravo does. And I have to admit they did a pretty good job here. The drawing style is modern and the characters look lively and appealing.
Music and sounds: 5. The voice actors are decent, but nothing above-average. They fit their characters well most of the time. I already forgot about the opening and ending theme of the series, so they probably weren't that good. The background music gets recycled a lot, but never really to the point where it gets annoying.
Personal Enjoyment: 5. I had a pleasant watch, meaning I never had to force myself to watch this series. But the fact that I don't remember most of it after merely two months proves that Girls Bravo was certainly nothing memorable. My ending conclusion would be that Girls Bravo can be worth watching, if you're into this kind of stuff. But I've seen WAY better Animes of the same genre that deserve more attention than this one. The series lacks too much unicity and development to get out of the grey mediocre zone.
Notice: This review covers both seasons, since they have little to no difference between them.
Animated by AIC Spirits, a specially formed studio just for ecchis. Hm, I guess it was given to the proper people. It is also the first anime that was directed by Aoki Ei, and remains up to now as his worst job. Luckily, he never bothered with this sort of shows again and went to direct some goodies. Which ones? Garden of Sinners and Fate/Zero are the most famous, although many will still remember Gai-Rei: Zero and Wandering Son. He is cool; I like him. So basically we have the proper studio and a worthy director cooperating to make a harem show. It should work, right? … Yes, but only superficially.
This is yet another fine example of what a mediocre harem is all about. Just take the list of clichés and keep checking them until you have it all completed. And make sure you don’t change something along the way because the recipe is perfect for what it is. And indeed, the final product may be a fine cake but it lacks all those pretty extras that can make it better than any other mass-produced cake out there.
So, let’s see how they kept this thing as safe as possible. First, they establish that the lead character has an allergy to women, and thus is afraid of them. Then, they throw in alien girls, who seek males because they are very rare on their planet. And thus we get a show where the girls are madly in love with him because he is male and they desperately need to get laid, while at the same time he gets all sick of seeing them. Presto! Harem premise, which is sexy and safe to show on television at the same time… with a few pints of steam to hide all those nasty scenes little kids are not supposed to see.
Now before I say anything more, I must clarify that the premise tried to excuse the whole thing a little bit more than the average of its kind. The harem lead is not just a scared wuss without a reason and the girls have a good excuse to be all over him. At the same time, this whole thing collapses on your face in just one episode. After that he is back on his planet and the girls come over one after another to his place. Why would they stick so much to him if there are around 3 billion other males WITHOUT allergies on the same planet? It was very fun when he was chased around on their homeworld but after that, it just makes no sense and it’s BS as usual.
There isn’t even the slightest sex scene in a show whose main goal is exactly that. Talk about lame or what? Not much of a plot either, other than poor excuses for the harem lead to bump on them naked and be beaten to a pulp ten times per episode. Although some events feel a bit more interesting and dangerous than others, just the fact that he has the usual infinite stamina gimmick makes all threats pointless after awhile. Even beyond that, the lead chick Miharu has this Deus ex magical power which offers an easy way out of any situation. LAAAME!
So aside from the whole excuse of a story, what else is there? Bananas! I mean, woah, they really went out with that symbolism. The stuff Miharu does with them is really something. Other than that… meh, nothing, the characters are all tired archetypes we have seen a thousand times already. As for the humour, the biggest mistake is that it headed just for sleazy softporn and neglected to have some sort of focus on the characters or a few twists in the story. It gets really tired if it doesn’t lead anywhere and the heroes aren’t learning or at least changing a little bit. This is exactly what makes other harems like Love Hina to be on the top of the softporn comedy hill.
The production values are not bad in any way but they do feel standard for their time and don’t have anything particular for you to remember. Even that alien planet full of chicks is hardly seen for the most part and gets erased from your brain. Colouring and soundtrack are so typical; they fail to be memorable for any reason as well. As always, keep away from the censored tv version which steams away all the juicy parts.
So, is there something worthy of your time in here? Not if you have seen more than a few good ecchi and harem shows. There isn’t a single element in it that hasn’t been reused elsewhere. Literally, there are other harems with a guy allergic to women (Hanaukyo Maid Team) and horny alien chicks coming to Earth for males (Boobshells in the Sky). So no, it is a very passable and forgettable title. The only thing I clearly remember about it is Miharu naked in the bathtub, covered in steam, yelling for bananas. Hardly quality material.
And now for some excused scorings.
ART SECTION: 5/10
Analysis: General Artwork 1/2, Character Figures 1/2, Backgrounds 1/2, Animation 1/2, Visual Effects 1/2
SOUND SECTION: 6/10
Analysis: Voice Acting 2/3, Music Themes 2/4, Sound Effects 2/3
STORY SECTION: 2/10
Analysis: Premise 1/2, Pacing 0/2, Complexity 0/2, Plausibility 0/2, Conclusion 1/2
CHARACTER SECTION: 4/10
Analysis: Presence 1/2, Personality 1/2, Backdrop 1/2, Development 0/2, Catharsis 1/2
VALUE SECTION: 1/10
Analysis: Historical Value 0/3, Rewatchability 0/3, Memorability 1/4
ENJOYMENT SECTION: 1/10
Analysis: Art 0/1, Sound 0/2, Story 0/3, Characters 1/4
First off, I'm not a writer (meaning that the review will be under 1000 words) so only read this for some of my thoughts on the Story, Sound, Animation and Characters. And once my internet goes back to normal (super-slow) I will go back and watch the seasons again a do a more in depth review.
Ok now tell me why you are watching this anime is for the story. How did you find this anime, my old friend told me that he had search on google... 'hentai anime shows' and ups pops 'Girls Bravo'.
Story: Yukinari Sasaki is an average high school student who was teased and bullied by girls to the point that he developed an allergic reaction whenever he comes into contact with a female. One day, when he returns home from school, he gets kicked into his bathtub by Kirie Kojima, his neighbor, and is transported to Seiren, a mysterious world with a mostly female population. Eventually, Yukinari befriends Miharu Sena Kanaka as well as her sister Maharu (OK you got me, I did just steel from wiki but get over it). Miharu Sena have magical powers and can do some crazy shit (sorry). Miharu Sena has to go back to seiren because she has magic powers but Yukinari tells the magic police that Miharu is going to stay with him and that’s that (I don't know the the story off by heart, sorry this is just a test review, so why you hateing) oh, and some other girls from seiren come to earth to.
Animation: Ok, as we all know 'Girls Bravo' is a soft-core-porn anime (H-game) so I'm not going to talk about the animation so I don't sound the a total perv, all I'm going to say is that its good animation for its time. But if you must know what I thought of the anime look at the rating.
sound: If the characters voices are louder than the music is all good in the hood.
Characters: This is were my reviews get big but, this is only a test review and I have been watching other show so I don't remember the characters name only the things that they did (when/if I review this anime again witch I SHOULD because this one sucks!!!!! I will write about the Story, Animation, Sound and Characters, just for you)
If you read this and have soething to say other then hate, than leave a comment and I will get back to you (if it's something about my spelling, plz don't post it)