Anime of the Week: Golden Time

Golden Time is one of those shows where viewers either love it or hate it. I just want to get that out there so there’s no feelings of misdirection. For me, personally, I loved it. It was a fresh take on the romantic comedy genre, and that includes animation and live-action series. So, if you enjoy rom coms (at any sort of level) you’ll probably enjoy this one.

Art & Animation. This time around, I want to combine the art and animation categories for this anime review. One thing makes Golden Time unique regarding its art style choice and that is its different uses of style within the characters’ designs. Not sure what I mean? I don’t really blame you, so let me explain. The overall art style is relatively detailed and neat, with a slight realism touch to it. However, this is only applied to the environment and the characters’ bodies and attire. Their hair and faces (their eyes in particular) are of a different style, one that is much simpler, cliché (in a good way), and almost chibi. I know it sounds odd, especially when trying to picture it, but trust me, it works. Regarding animation, it’s quite smooth, but nothing to rave about. It’s just enough above average to add fluidness to the scenes for that subtle realism. The show is made by J.C. Staff, the studio that brought you shows such as Shokugeki no Souma, Prison School, Toradora, A Certain Magical Index/Railgun, and will be bringing in the anticipated season two of One Punch Man.

Characters. This show is entirely about the characters and how they develop. It does a great job at just that. You’re able to look inside their hearts and minds and  really get to know how they think and feel. So even when they make a poor decision and you get mad at them, you still understand where they’re coming from. After all, it’s an anime about relationships, both romantic and platonic. Sometimes, it’s almost unnerving how realistic their actions and responses are. Of course, they still fall into anime stereotypes every so often. I mean, it’s still an anime, what did I expect? However, most of the time this is done for comedic purposes, so for me, it’s forgiven.

Plot. The reason I find Golden Time so refreshing compared to other romantic comedies is the instead of the typical, “Will they get together?” and then at the finale, “They did!”, this show actually takes the journey through the relationship. All of its ups and downs, their mistakes and consequences. You really get to see the characters mature and learn about love in all of its forms in a very real way. There is a subtle mystery to the series as well with the factor of amnesia that adds an almost supernatural-like tone to it, but is still mostly realistic. The paranormal-esque parts are mainly done for an artistic take and visual representation of the mind. Now on with the rundown. After an accident, Banri Tada gets amnesia, causing him to forget everythin about his past and hometown. Luckily for him, he’s befriended Mitsuo Yanagisawa and the two enter into law school in Tokyo. And just in the beginnings of his college life, a beautiful girl named Kouko Kaga dramatically barges into his life marking an unforgettable year. This first year of college will let him be reborn as Banri makes new friends, fall in love, makes mistakes, and grows as person. Hopefully he won’t soon forget it.

To wrap it up, I think Golden Time is a fresh take on romantic comedies with great emotional character development. And with the addition of the small amnesia mystery, it makes a really good story.

Rating: 7.5/10 Confikeys

MAB III