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.
Our First Promise
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Cameras and Shortcake
Cats and a Rainy Night
Darjeeling with Everyone
Sweet Bitter Potato
Doggy & Scramble
On the Other Side of the Cream Soda
Princess & Pride
Goodbye à la Mode
In short, this anime is about school girls experiencing minor difficulties and different experiences (e.g. concerns of weight, studying, learning about Japanese culture) and how their friends help them. There is no romance or action, just positive relationships (mainly focused on friends, rather than family). It is not the kind of anime you could watch back-to-back because each episode works well as a stand-alone story. Furthermore, there is so much cuteness and positivity packed into each episode that it is quite difficult to watch two episodes in one sitting! If you were to watch an episode a day, I don't think you would find it 'boring' as other reviewers have claimed (or maybe this genre doesn't really appeal to them?). The title is quite misleading in terms of content, though it does seem to be based on a game of a similar name. Don't be put off by the poor ratings if you do enjoy positive (and cute) slice-of-life stories!
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.
If you are here for some sexy shit or some action then back off now this is a adaptation of a romance game with the same name as the show. If will not show boobs and it will not be crazy with that "attack on titan" budget as it is not for the main stream audience and is not going to be end of. Watch if you like a more slow anime with standard looks, casual audio and some romance that is not going to go all "twilight" on you ok!
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