Title: B Gata H Kei (Also called: B Gata H Kei – Yamada’s First Time)
Producer: Hal Film Maker (Licensed by Funimation)
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Ecchi
Recommended/Similar Titles: Kiss X Sis, 30-sai no Hoken Taiiku, Seitokai Yakuindomo
Review Source Medium: DVD (Funimation’s Official Dual Audio Release)
Synopsis (Via MAL/ANN Edited)
Yamada is a high school student, and a virgin, who aspires to have 100 casual sex partners. Despite this, she soon finds herself targeting and pursuing only one boy: Kosuda Takashi, a fellow virgin, whom she believes will help ease the transition to more experienced partners. There’s only one small problem, Yamada doesn’t know anything about sex or the ancient art of seduction, meaning her quest to conquer Kosuda will be a difficult one.
If you think girls can not be perverted as guys you clearly never meet Yamada or seen B Gata H Kei, a sweet (yet ecchi filled) romantic romp that turns the notation on its head. Embarking on a harrowing journey to lose her virginity, Yamada soon choices her first victim, Kosuda (a typical indecisive male) and from there, hilarity and all else ensues. B Gata H Kei is nothing special story wise, but does manage to hold its audience with other wise typical events and of course, Yamada’s own boisterous personality to seduce Kosuda at every turn as well as those around her. It is laden with misunderstandings, dirty jokes, and more sexual allusions you can stake a stick at, but still holds a mystique all its own. Not sure what the mystique exactly is, but it is there. Since it is derived from its 4-korma manga adaption, B Gata H Kei is broken into smaller segments and much akin to its source material – these small sections are present; which helps the transitions stay nice and smooth and moreover, allows it to be flexible as Yamada interacts with her friends, blissfully unaware pseudo made rivals, and the even more unaware, Kosuda. Simply put, you can enjoy the story as it plays out over its many random events, vignettes, and situations.
The cast of B Gata H Kei is probably the most interesting item on the docket and one that adds to the humor and one of its best selling features. Putting aside Yamada and Kosuda, there are also Yamada’s clique of gal pals including her closest well-endowed friend Takeshita (nicknamed F-shita due to her cup size), her sister Chika, and pseudo rivals Kyoka Kanejou (who has a brother complex) and Kosuda’s childhood meganne friend, Mayu Miyano. Adding in the other plethora of supporting roles, it is no denying how well they all mesh together and interact to create that natural charm the show seems to have. The respective voice actors for both the English and Japanese track are also nicely chosen – but sometimes in the episodes the jokes are edited to make coherent sense in the English track as it would in the Japanese track. Overall, 85% of the English track, dialogue, and subtitles sync up to the Japanese track, so you are not missing out on much other than the voices. Actors include: Yukari Tamura / Brittney Karbowski (Yamada), Yui Horie / Cherami Leigh (Miharu Takeshita), Atsushi Abe / Scott Freeman (Takashi Kosuda), and Kana Hanazawa / Jad Saxton (Mayu Miyano) for the Japanese and English side respectively just to name a few.
Hal Film Maker is the animation studio for the series and one that has done excellent work with adapting the manga’s art style into its current shape and form. If you seen their previous projects like Aria the Animation, Tamayura, or Kemeko DX; then the quality is of about the same in a reminiscent sense. The other aesthetic of music is about average and nothing that unique, but pleasant to say the least. Yuusuke Yamamoto is responsible for the shows progression as director and best know for his oversight in series like: Sora no Manimani, Welcome to the N.H.K, and Night Wizard; which is also a Hal Film Maker project. He is assisted by the script writer Kazuyuki Fudeyasu while his counterpart Jamie Marchi (also an English Voice actress for Funimation Licensed works) does the transitional script for the English side under Funimation.
As for my own feelings, B Gata H Kei is the type of series that I rarely take notice of, but pleasantly surprised to watch it. Needlessly to say, I enjoyed it and have little to criticize it on more than praise. Yamada is not the only perverted female in Anime I am fond of, but must say that her persistent (if not annoying) personality struck a chord with me and found to her to be irresistibly likeable as well as many of the other characters. I am also impressed about Funimation’s release, which is of great quality both in the packaging and presentation and well worth the price of admission. Even though I did not purchase the Bluray/DVD combo, the DVD release itself I purchased is still of exceptional quality. The audio quality is also kept in tact when switching between the tracks and great that I did not have to adjust my audio like I regular have to with their releases (Heaven’s Lost Property aka: Sora no Otoshimono for example). I tip my to Funimation for the quality release.
To conclude, B Gata H Kei is nothing more than what it appears to be and is pleasant for those that do not mind a little whimsical and ludicrous (ecchi as well) fun. If you have the time and the fortitude to enjoy seeing a female behave in a socially unacceptable way opposed to guys, then B Gata H Kei is probably well worth the time (especially if you enjoyed the stylings of Seitokai Yakuindomo). With great characters, nice animation and artwork, and a whimsical premise stocked full of common anime tropes of the ecchi variety, B Gata H Kei is undoubtedly enjoyable and probably among few of its kind to present it. I still have no idea what charm the series hold, but who cares really cares as long as it is enjoyable, right?
Pros: Humorous premise and story, excellent voice acting from both tracks, very nice animation and artwork, quality release from Funimation, true to manga adaption.
Cons: Minor inconsistencies and jokes arranged between the audio tracks.