Fifteen-year-old Yamada has just entered high school and is gung ho about achieving her ultimate goal: to have one hundred sex partners! There’s just one problem: she’s a virgin, and she hasn’t even had a boyfriend! To get the ball rolling, Yamada decides to target a shy boy named Takashi from her school; but even though he is also a virgin and she ruthlessly aggressive with her feminine ways, it’s not as easy as Yamada hopes. Though they begin to have feelings for each other, will Yamada and Takashi ever get past first base?
B Gata H Kei is an anime that does not get enough credit and notoriety for what it is...which is one absolutely hilarious Ecchi anime! Story: 15-year old Yamada is obsessed with having sex with 100 guys, that's right 100, before graduating from high school. Why exactly!? Who the heck knows! That's what this story is supposed to be primarily about, which doesn't sound too promising. To be honest, it isn't. Nothing about that screamed "riveting" to me when I first heard it. However, five minutes into the very first episode, it was already laugh-out-loud funny. After the entirety of the episode, you realize that the show was exactly what it claims to be, but not in any way I would've expected. It truly isn't all that distasteful, vulgar, or offensive and it was not an anime that takes itself seriously. I came to realize quickly that all the ecchi elements were there to support the heavy comedic aspects of the plot. Thank goodness for that! Animation: As a whole, the art had a pleasantly bright and colorful palette. Contrast was good in the very few scenes where it existed and was truly needed. The characters, while not overly detailed, were detailed enough to make their on-screen presence visually appealing. The animation itself was smooth and consistent throughout most of the series. There were a few spots where the animators got lazy in character movements, which I didn't mind too much. After all, it's a Comedy and not some action-adventure type series where that could've been problematic. Sound: First of all, the English dubbed version is a must! I'll explain in the Characters section. Second, there's not much to say about the soundtrack. It's your standard fair that I would expect from this genre of anime. The OP and ED are solid though, if not just a little above average. I could listen to them before and after every episode without feeling an urgency to skip them. It means they're tolerable at the very least. Characters: This is where the anime shines the most. The writers did a fantastic job at capturing the show's lewd, mature nature and turning it into something hilarious. The English VA's did an equally impressive job at bringing the script to life. You could tell that they all had fun with this one in both writing and acting. Yamada lives in her own world! She is without a doubt the horniest anime character every written! She is lewd, has no shame, is blunt, and has absolutely no clue to what the heck she is doing regarding sex! Yet, she talks it up like she's a mountain of knowledge and has nothing but great ideas. Her mouth and behavior are both quite funny and very entertaining. And although she has a Big Ego, she also has a much bigger heart and is a better person than you might think at first. Her counterpart, Takashi Kosuda, is a bit on the weaker side of characters, which actually works for him in this series. He and Yamada are an excellent Odd Couple-like tandem. They balance each other very well. Other key characters of note include Yamada's best friend, the F-cup Miharu Takeshita (Yamada loves giving her a difficult time about her breasts size), her sex deity Erogamisama, and her arch nemesis Kyouka Kanejou. Overall: B Gata H Kei is a riot of laughter more often than not. At the time of this review I have seen it three times, and I'm confident that I will watch it again, for the laughter if nothing else. The anime's biggest downfalls are the lack of at least some type of quality plot and the anime's short comings. A few of the other characters don't get enough screen time and their individual stories aren't brought to life enough due to the limited 12 episode length. Still, it is hard not recommend this show if you bare everything in mind that you just read in this review. ENTERTAINMENT SCORE: 9/10 Additional Information: Video Format: Blu-ray (2014) Audio Format: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Publisher: FUNimation Equipment Used: LG 60UH6550 4K TV, Vizio 5.1 Sound Bar System SB3651-E6, Sony Blu-ray Player BDP-S5200
StoryUnder normal circumstances, there is no way that I would watch an anime such as B Gata H Kei. I loathe ecchi titles as most of them are simply shadows of a larger sexual landscape in anime. However, I picked BGHK up due to a recommendation from someone on a forum which I frequent who said that it "wasn't your typical ecchi anime" and "hilarious."Upon watching the first episode I was hooked. Never before had I seen such an original story where tropes are twisted to such great effect in an ecchi title. Having watched most of the series at night, I had difficulty during the first couple of episodes stifling my roaring laughter as the cliches of ecchi anime fell into place one after another.Unfortunately, this feeling was short lasted as BGHK decided to allow its ecchi rather than its comedy take the central role in the series. My laughter diminished as the jokes became old and overused. By the end, there was little comedy other than the various awkward cockblocks that the couple experienced, which made me unsure of whether I wanted to laugh or cry. In short, like most ecchi titles I've watched, the premise drew me in, but the rest of the series slowly degraded until I began to wonder why I picked the anime up in the first place.AnimationUnless you find censors over male and female genitals appealing (sure it was funny the first time, but by the end, anyone would find it just a bit frustrating), the animation wasn't more than average. The only reason I gave it an extra little boost is for the long running gag of Kanejou's sparkles. I found that to be one of the funnier visual gags in the series.SoundThe soundtrack was totally forgettable, except the opening which was a nasty earworm. Honestly, anything spent on the soundtrack would be a waste in my opinion. The focus should be on the visuals, not the background music, in this genre. The voice actors did a good job in portraying the characters, but the voices were so generic that it seemed as if they could have gotten anyone to do them.CharactersYamada is certainly one of the most unique female leads of an ecchi title I have ever seen. If you're looking for a translation of B Gata H Kei, it's "B cupped slut," and the protagonist (!) fits this description perfectly. Her fierce determination towards sex is unmatched by any anime character I've ever seen. This makes the contrast with Kosuda, who's ignorance compares to that of Natsuru Senou, all the more entertaining.As for the rest of the characters, they're all "seen them before" stereotypes, some taken to the logical extreme. They played their roles adequately, but contributed nothing to the realms of originality or wit.OverallIf you were planning to watch this anime for the "sexual content" tag, don't. Just don't. If you were interested in the other aspects of the anime, you'll find entertainment value in it, but just brace yourself for a downward spiral in quality as the series progresses.But what did you expect? It's just another ecchi title.
Absolutely hilarious, I had a permanent smile on my face the entire series. A really mellow story and all of the characters were quite diverse and likeable. A bit of a role reversal from the usual loser male trying to lose his virginity, which I really enjoyed. Definitely worth a watch!
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