Girl Friend BETA

Alt title: Girlfriend (Kari)

TV (12 eps)
Fall 2014
2.061 out of 5 from 1,046 votes
Rank #9,304

Shiina Kokomi is a hard working but even tempered high school girl who is the lead performer in her school's rhythmic gymnastics club. The story follows her and her growing circle of friends as they support each other through the various trials and situations that comprise high school life.

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Episode 1

Our First Promise

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Episode 2

Blue Melon Buns

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Episode 3

Cameras and Shortcake

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Episode 4

Cats and a Rainy Night

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Episode 5

Darjeeling with Everyone

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Episode 6

Sweet Bitter Potato

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Episode 7

Doggy & Scramble

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Episode 8

On the Other Side of the Cream Soda

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Episode 9

Evolutionary Girl

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Episode 10

Princess & Pride

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Episode 11

Goodbye à la Mode

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Episode 12

Girlfriend xxx

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I watched this series due to the Anime Lotto Club.  Anyways, I decided to review it. Story This is essentually a slice of life/school life type series that follows the daily lives of various girls.  The episodes range from pretty cute to kind of boring (epecially if you are not into "cute girls doing cute things").  The series does have it's heartwarming moments, though.  In my opinion, episodes 3 and 11 are the best. Animation The animation is pretty much standard.  It isn't great, but it isn't bad either. Sound The opening song isn't anything special, but it does fit the series.  Same thing with the ending song (which is pleasant to listen to, but not particularly special).  The background music is forgetable. Characters The biggest flaw of this series (in my opinion, at least) is that it has too many characters.  It might not have been a problem if this was a 50+ episode series, but this is a 12 episode series.  There are not many 12 episode series that can get away with having this many characters (the only ones that pop off the top of my head are Baccanno! and, to a lesser extent, Angel Beats.  And even then, those series weren't slice of life and had epic plots to back them up).  Slice of life series rely on the characters and the audience bonding with the characters.  However, there are so many characters in Girl Friend BETA that it's hard to keep track of them all, much less bond with them.  Also, most of the characters don't get much (if any) development, though there are some that do (at least a little bit of development).  I will say that this series is at it's best (in my opinion) when it focuses on the main five girls (aka gymnist girl, library girl, French girl, anouncer girl, and camera girl).  If the show had focused primerally on these five girls, it would've been better (again, in my opinion).  Unfotunately, the show dedicates entire episodes to other groups of girls and makes it difficult to keep track of who's who.  If this was a longer (or more epic) series, then giving the limelight to otherwise secondary/minor characters wouldn't be a problem, but with as short as this series is, it just doesn't quite work. Overall This series isn't great, but it's not as terrible as some people make it out to be.  It would've been better if it didn't have as many characters and kept it's focus on the five girls I mentioned.  Still, if you like slice of life or "cute girls doing cute things", then you may find some enjoyment from this series.  That said, there are better slice of life anime out there.

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