Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 4, 2013 to Mar 28, 2014
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisTada Banri, a newly admitted student at a private law school in Tokyo, found himself completely lost after the opening ceremony, trying to find his way to the freshman orientation. At that moment, he ran into another lost freshman from the same school, Yanagisawa Mitsuo, and they hit it off at once. Somehow arriving at their intended goal just on time, there appeared in front of the two a beautiful girl holding a bouquet of roses. The girl then whacked Mitsuo across the face with the bouquet and handed the flowers over to him. "Freshman, congratulations," was all she said, and then left. The stylish, well dressed, perfect woman that had swung at Mitsuo was his childhood friend, Kaga Kouko. As children they had promised to marry each other one day, fulfilling their dreams. In order to escape from her, Mitsuo had gone out secretly and taken the examination for this well known private college, but now she showed up in the freshman orientation hall. She too had taken the law school entrance examination, catching up with him there.
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Golden Time to me represents a reality that some have faced. There is guilt, loss of one's self, selfishness, one-sided love, jealousy, etc. that drives the plot to seem like a real person's life.
Some parts of this is still of the somewhat supernatural, but it just adds to the story that even though we can't prove that somethings are still/were there, it does not mean that they never existed and have disappeared just b/c we cannot see or feel them.
The plot is filled with possible ships, being good for those fangirls and boys. Although it has not yet been concluded, every episode is filled with its own miniplot that is a piece of a larger picture. There is love, jealousy, willingness, and renewal beautifully woven into this anime.
The characters are pretty realistic along with there backgrounds. There are shadows as well as beautiful moments that can bring one to tears. There is a character for practically everyone to connect to, and for everyone to fall in love with. The main characters Banri and Koko may seem a bit broken or halved, but in my opinion they help make eachother better.
Overall this is an anime that just surpasses the standards you make when you glance at it. It is a story that is a bit timeless in the sense that even though the time period id modern, the issues and feelings can be understood from any point in history for we are human and have one point felt love, rejection and especially jealousy. It is what all people have in common, no matter the ethnicity or intelligence. That is what I love about this anime, and I hope that you will be able to see and feel this too if you choose to watch it.
Sorry for this wordy review, but please watch this anime!!!! read more
Every once in a while, you watch something bad that doesn't feel like a total waste of time, because it's just so bad that you learn from it exactly what you never want to see from any form of media again. Or teaches you exactly what NOT to do if you write something yourself.
Golden Time was honestly such a terrible experience that it was almost rewarding.
The entire show was like an empty shell; you could keep looking long and hard for a pearl as much as you wanted and nothing but disappointment would surface. I give them credit for at least trying to escape the ordinary by setting the whole thing in a college instead of a high school, but in the end the scarce focus on the setting and the way the characters behaved like incomprehensible children instead of young adults made it all pointless. The use of tons of romcom cliches (amnesia as a plot device, sad childhood friend, half-assed love triangle, misunderstandings as source of conflict) was constant and just as poorly done as the attempts to make the whole thing stand out from other bad, stereotypical romcoms.
The entire plot revolved around Banri's amnesia and his relationship with Koko, with no focus or backstory for the side characters and relationships at all. Not only the whole thing got excruciatingly tiresome after a while, but it was clear that there wasn't enough of it to fill 24 episodes: the conflict dragged its feet for much longer than necessary, and there were lots of episodes that were so useless you could just cut off entirely and it would make no difference. They started to appeal to source of new conflicts that were so silly and uncalled for it was impossible not to question what the hell the author was even thinking. Also, the main conflict itself was done in a way that made it completely unappealing and dull; It's especially notable how they made Banri's "past self" a literal ghost that follows him around sulking, which let's face it, makes it hard to take everything seriously. Not to mention that they asspulled the most boring, predictable conclusion they possibly could for this storyline right on the last episode. Amnesia is a cliché that may work if done right, but in Golden Time it isn't compelling at all.
Moreover, the main couple's relationship and scenes were absolutely unnatural, forced and cringe-worthy. The show gives them no time to develop feelings for each other, forcing them together 6 episodes in. Their personalities don't mash at all, making all of their interactions feel extremely awkward. There was no enjoyment whatsoever in seeing them interacting, no heartstrings pulled, no fun, no cuteness, nothing. It wasn't organic, or realistic, and it sure as hell wasn't convincing. It just fails into delivering.
The main problem with Golden Time's writing, though, doesn't even lie on the awkwardly put together plot, no. It's on the characters.
It's no exaggeration to say that Koko and Banri are among the worst leads in any romance anime I have ever seen. Banri is absolutely plain - no distinguishing personality traits, no quirks, no ideals, no goals, NOTHING about him is interesting. He's the boy with amnesia, boyfriend of Koko, and nothing more. He's just there. The fact that he lost his memories is really no excuse for his boring character either - come on, even Elfen Lied's Nyuu had more personality than this guy, and she didn't even remember how to go to the toilet. Koko, on the other hand, is painfully unlikeable. She's an annoying cheeky brat who's always causing trouble and victimizing herself. Right off the bat she's shown to be stalking her childhood friend and wanting to force him into marriage, and then screams at him and acts like a vulnerable damsel who has been wronged when he shows to be uncomfortable and creeped out. Once she engages on her relationship with Banri and shows a kinder side and some acceptable character development, she becomes considerably less unlikeable, but still annoying, to the point where I caught myself thinking "Of course she's with him, only some boy with zero personality and sense of self would willingly spend time with this girl". It's that bad. And because of this, whenever the drama kicked in, it was really hard to care. Why should I? How can the viewer possibly relate with these two? Why would I get sad over characters who keep acting like dumbasses instead of like sensible human beings?
The other characters are barely worth commenting, with maybe the exception of Linda, Banri's senior and friend. She is infinitely more likeable than Koko, but her role in the story is confusing and unclear - is she supposed to be another end of a love triangle? Is she in love with him, is she jealous? Is her relationship with Banri only sister-like, and she really doesn't see him as more than a friend? We don't know (at least not until the final ten minutes of the last episode in a really plain and threw-this-scene-in-for-the-sake-of-explaining-her-feelings development - oh, well). Aside of Linda, the side characters might as well not even exist. Literally - and I mean that - every dialogue they have among themselves is about the main couple. Their personalities are pretty much non-existent, and the sad attempts of giving them some depth of their own are so fribble it's laughable. They're only there to talk about the main couple and act like idiots on their own accord.
The art and animation are savorless. It's pretty below average and there's nothing special about it, except if you count some dramatic scenes that were animated so exaggeratedly that became hilarious. The character designs are pretty flat and unoriginal, Koko looks pretty much like a grown-up Aisaka Taiga. The music isn't noteworthy either - Horie Yui did a good job voicing Koko, Kayano Ai's voice is cute as usual, but that's about it.
Golden Time was definitely not an enjoyable experience . Watching it every week felt like a task and I got bored regularly. But at the very least, it definitely reminded me of some of the things that can make a story dreadful, and taught me to avoid it. And maybe next time I watch a good romantic comedy, I can think back to this show and enjoy the good aspects of whatever I'm watching at the time even more.
Story: 3/10 - Empty, poorly written. Drags its conflicts for more time than necessary, doesn't know how to distribute its focus, suffers from melodrama.
Art & Sound: 4/10 - Below average.
Characters: 3/10 - Act stupidly for the plot's sake, are either unlikeable or have no personality at all, questionable character development.
Overall: 4/10 read more
Toradora! has the same creator as Golden Time, meaning there is significant overlap between the two shows. Golden Time is best described as the second iteration of Toradora! The plots of the two shows are highly similar, despite the characters in the shows being dramatically different. Toradora! though is by far the superior product, with intriguing characters and better writing. Some of the pronounced problems with Golden Time, such as fast pacing and possessing overly-dramatic characters, are absent from Toradora! Toradora! is much slower, centers around younger (more mature) characters, and well-timed dramatic moments.
Made by the same people. Both shows are romcoms, and the good kind. Both are very funny but also very dramatic. If you enjoyed one you'll enjoy the other!
Toradora and Golden Time shares a similar fact that involves the same author. As such, expect a similar style in terms of storytelling.
There is an atmosphere of romance going on between the main characters filled with drama and comedy. The main female protagonist from both series are aggressive but at the same time also feelings lonely at many instances. On the other hand, they do meet new friends and discovery more about the world and themselves.
From the same author focuses on a young boy's experience with romance plus it have the same taste of comedy
Seems pretty similar so far.
-Ends up falling for the friend of the one you are in love with.
-Has the same author
-Both Taiga and Koko has the tsundere personality
Both are created by the same person.
Both girls have a similar appearance.
Both girls loved someone else at first but, changed there love interest at the end.
Besides the fact that both series are written by the same author, the comedy and romance is very comparable between them both. The main male leads are quite similar by the way they think and act, too. They both start off as lighter romantic comedies, but later reveal their true marvelous colors, as the flow of drama comes in as well.
both started off at first where main protagonists were eyeing another individual and working together towards that goal. but eventually they end up together.
A couple of romances that sprinkle in comedy (maybe a bit more in Toradora) Both of the female leads are similar in look, one is more of a tsundere.
The original creator is the same on both of these projects so you should see some similarities.
-Both were aired at the same time
-Both heavily focused on romance and drama, with a touch of fantasy for NnA.
-shippers would actually have a bit of a hard time discerning who their favorite pair is
-both are set (not focused) in schools
Now this is where its different. you got a group of adults and a group of kids, but both groups have problems that are opposite of their age group. the "adults" are wishy-washy, cry a lot, and have problems kids could take care of. The "kids" on the other hand are way mature, actually have more sense to their thoughts and actions, and have more solid personalities, not something flaky like the salt flake snow.
Romance, a classic theme presented in both series. Golden Time and Nagi no Asukara explore relationships from a multitude of angles. The main male protagonist is caught in a love triangle and comes across difficult decisions in his life.
Golden Time takes place in a more mature environment (University) while Nagi no Asukara's setting has more fantasy elements. However, their small yet colorful cast of characters creates an atmosphere of dramatic sequences. Comedy also exists in both series.
Kinda at a loss for words here but... this series is simply amazing.
This series contains a lot of drama and is can become quite addicting. Early on in the series the viewer is given a quick sense of the social tension between the group of friends. With unrequited love as one of its main themes, you can expect a lot of drama. Like most most 'coming of age' animes, the series will kind of drag its feet. And may often feel a little rushed. But don't give up just yet. The series really picks up. There’s some good payoff for a relationship that has been developing for a long time. As the drama develops, the plot development actually doesn't seem rushed despite the many sudden events that take place.
The series offers many themes and gives off a sort of magical feeling... yeah... I can not describe this or make sense of it ._.
If I could compare this series to something... I would compare it to something like a Shakespeare's play. Or maybe that of Ano Natsu de Matteru and Anohana. Every episode has something new to offer and will have plot twists. Something totally unexpected will happen. Even expected outcomes will come as a surprise. And each episode will always leave you wanting more.
Well... my advice isn't that trustworthy haha... afterall, I thought wouldn't watch this series at first. The reason wasn't because of the synopsis or whatever. It was because I just didn't bother to watch any of the episodes. I never thought that a group of friends from middle school could do much to surprise me. Boy was I ever wrong.
The series can be very mature. It will use a lot dramatic irony and themes like melancholy and unrequited love. This is a through and through drama anime.
Sighs* meh... *gives up* too hard to find words to describe this ._.
Basically it is a masterpiece.
Love is basically a central plot theme in this story, as well as conflicts in the character's atmosphere. While the story deals around on love, other conflicts such as a home town sea, or amnesia memories, became an obstacle of the main character's motivation and must deal the situation as they advance through. It is all about the drama, cries, memories, and losing something important, hang in their for 24+ episodes.
Nagi no Asukara, is a fantasy drama, where the main characters are having conflicts in their hometown in the sea. Many relationships were shown here. Golden Time is a dramedy, where a character has amnesia and has to put things together. A love triangle is in here.
Both feature a protagonist who experiences internal conflict and have a tone of drama coupled with fantasy elements, though less so with Golden Time. Both protagonists have feelings for a girl that they struggle with.
Opening Theme#1 "Golden Time" by Yui Horie (eps 1-12)
#2 "The♡World's♡End" by Yui Horie (eps 13-24)
Ending Theme#1: "Sweet & Sweet CHERRY" by Yui Horie (eps 1-12)
#2: "Hanneikyuuteki ni Aishite yo♡ (半永久的に愛してよ♡)" by Yui Horie (eps 13-24)
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