“She wasn’t…my girlfriend. She was, well…a disaster…Yeah, like a calamity…A calamity…?”
— Mitsuo Yanagisawa
After 23 weeks of romance, drama, friendship and alot of facepalms and frustration, the much hyped Toradora succesor finally found it’s way to it’s long awaited finale; I say facepalm because that’s one thing I did alot while watching this, and I don’t think this was the shows intention either. I mean, forreal.
Tada Banri begins his first year at a private law university in Tokyo, and after finding himself completely lost at the opening ceremony he bumps into another lost freshman called Mitsuo Yanagisawa; Hitting it off at once, it takes little time for Banri’s world to be turned upside down by a beautiful girl named Koko who whacks Mitsuo in the face with a bouquet, and thus begins his university life that’s just a little bit different from the usual.
While the story sounds fairly fresh and the setup is admittedly rare in anime, Golden Time fails to captivate me and the story just falls flat on it’s face when we find out about it’s deadweight and uneccesary supernatural elements; This show could have been so much better if it weren’t for that because it slows down the story, the comedy and leaves no room for other characters to shine, all in all, I hated it…
…But here comes the good part; Apparently everyone else and their mother just eats this up and loves it, so I guess it’s doing something right except that I just can’t see it. Whichever it is, subjectively, this totally sucks.
As for the characters, they aren’t much better than the story; We have some interesting ideas what with Koko and Mitsuo that feel fairly different from the usual tropes, but by the end of it they just feel like crazy obsessive girlfriend #1 and jackass childhood friend with blonde hair.
Speaking of childhood friends, the rest of the cast are so uninteresting, boring and flat, you be the judge; We have the “flawless” childhood friend that might just be Jesus himself, the otaku who doesn’t like 3D girls, pink-haired and high-pitched shorty with personality issues and finally Nana. Their actions and reactions are so painfully stupid it’s not even realistic anymore, normally I don’t care about realism,but seeing that Golden Time prides itself with this, it feels kind of stupid.
The Toradora roots are painfully obvious here, but I’m not going to make this a post about me comparing the good but overrated Toradora to the dramatized coming of age and romance story of Golden Time.
Animation isn’t spectacular but that’s only fitting for a slice of life show like Golden Time. Granted, it’s at its best when the story decides to actually be good (The car episodes are the only ones I can think of right now)
The music, however, especially in the second half, is pretty damn good. But that’s all I really have to say about it.
To me this just feels like a failed attempt of a mature and fresh story of love, friendship and growing up: What I actually got was a mess of show with horribad characters and melodrama so melodramatic it puts Anohana and Nagi No Asukara to shame.
Yes, it has it’s (golden) moments, like the beach episode, but the negative unfortunately outweights the good, giving me no other option but to give this a dissapointing 4 out of 10 due to the ridiculous supernatural turn of events and the characters that, for once, I disliked equally.
Objectively, I shouldn’t be this harsh. I guess, and seeing that there are so many people that are infatuated with the show I guess I’ll be nice and admit that, yes, this show has so much
bad and unreasonable character drama that some people older than me might relate to.
Whatever it is, I’ll give Golden Time a final score of 4.95 out of 10; A recommendation to avoid it like the plague and, if you actually did enjoy the show, a recommendation to watch Toradora for obvious reasons, Nana for something similar (Except that Nana is one of my all time favourites and Golden Time is…not) and finally Rumbling Hearts for the unecessary character drama. Cheers.