It is quite rare that I go into a series with no real expectation of enjoying it, and that’s how I went into B Gata H Kei. After getting familiar with the series before popping it into my blu-ray player – it’s reputation did not suggest good time ahead. It’s also nice to be pleasantly surprised every once in awhile! There’s this girl at school, Yamada, who wants to make like a hundred sex friends. She totally thinks she can devirginize one hundred different boys! Can you believe that? B Gata H Kei is a romantic comedy based on likely the most perverted premise any non adults only rated anime ever had. Afraid of rejection by more sexually experienced partners, she attempts to find a mediocre-looking virgin male as her mate. As luck would have it, she meets Kosuda Takeshi, a boy in her class who fits her bill exactly. Now the fun starts!
I want to get this out the way immediately, the characters are not flat, or boring and its certain to keep you entertained, you dont have to be an eccih lover to watch this. The creators manage to keep the punchline fresh by subtly changing the relationship between Yamada and Kosuda. From then on, the show pretty much concentrates on Yamada’s clumsy attempts to seduce Kosuda, which, of course, never work as intended. They’re helped along by a good supporting cast, too – Yamada’s little sister Chika and best friend Takeshita both prove to be fountains of good advice for Yamada, while Kosuda has to deal with having other competitors for his affection.
This was the first big role for art director Michiyo Miki and Chief Animation Director Yuuko Yahiro and frankly, it isn’t anything to raise your eyebrows at, even with the eye candy Yamada and her busty compatriots are dishing out at you. The humor is dead on though, as I about laughed my head off with the revolving bed scene in the love hotel, and several other routines in the series. If you like off color humor okay, this is one of the best I have ever seen. Rarely does anything in the media honestly acknowledge the sex drive of women, so I hate to say it, but this anime series was refreshing to see. I liked the little demon symbol that they used repeatedly to cover nudity. It also showed up for condom boxes and such. The sparkles for Kanejo’s brother were amusing especially when there were so many that they covered his face.
Yamada undergoes the biggest transformation throughout the series, although even her character development isn’t all that impressive. Considering Kanejou is still in love with her brother and Keichi is still in love with Yamada by the end, I have a feeling a second season was wanted by the animators. Voice acting in this anime is patchy in general, but as expected, the main female protagonist has done really well in this department. Alright, I KNOW that this is an ecchi comedy. I’m aware that it’s not a series meant to have any sort of depth or even intelligence, but here I want to draw your attention to the main female protagonist’s maroon-haired rival, whose voice acting gig is on another level entirely.
So in conclusion, if you have nothing better to do and like ecchi shows or tsundere girls this might be the show for you. Even though this anime is good in general, it falls under such a niche genre I can’t recommend it to those looking for just ‘something’ to watch. There is an audience for this series and if you enjoy ecchi series there might be something here for you. The blu-ray quality is excellent and FUNimation has yet another winner in its catalog of great anime titles. Also, at just 12 episodes it contains the perfect pace of what an anime series should be.