Status: Currently Airing
Aired: Oct 4, 2013 to ?
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 8.001 (scored by 11494 users)
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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.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Golden Time
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Golden Time Impressions Episodes 1-10:
I'll come right out and say it: This is THE show to watch for this season. Please don't read my 8 score and think "oh he gave it an 8, that's pretty good." Because an 8 in my books is pretty fucking fantastic. Keep in mind as you are reading this that this is an impression, NOT a review. I do not officially review shows until they are completely finished.
Golden Time has really flown under the radar most likely due to its not-so-unique first episode, and the fact that Kill La Kill and Beyond the Boundary have demanded so much attention. However, this show deserves some more respect and I see it getting it with due time.
This show started off as a simple romcom with a love triangle, but the show has quickly changed its tone from a comedy, into a true drama. Due to character backstories, along with the general instability of many of the characters, there is a lot of drama to be dealt with, and there have already been numerous moments that can hit you hard.
The main character started off as your average main character with little personality, but after a reveal about his past, everything changed. Now instead of being the observer of the events around him, Banri is the center of the majority of the drama, and it works beautifully.
This show really does have a Toradora! feel like many are saying, but I would go further than that and say that Golden Time is much more mature than Toradora! Not only is it set in college, but the themes it tackles are much more thought provoking then the simple love story that Toradora had laid out.
I just noticed after watching episode 10 that I actually love the music in this show as well. The OP and even more so the ED are fantastic, and even though they come off as really cutesy, they are very catchy and match the show well.
Having 20+ episodes just shocks me, because honestly, so much has already happened in the first 9 that I couldn't even try to guess what is coming next. All I know is that I will continue to excitedly wait for the next episode each and every week until the show is over.
I know I didn't really say anything negative about the show during this segment, but that's because I am honestly trying to sell this show to all of you. I'll save the negative points and more in depth analysis for my official review when it's all over.
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With the Fall line-up being as amazing as it is, it might be crazy for me to say that this is my favorite anime of the season. Before I begin my review, however, I'd like to give a little spiel:
As you know, we all have slightly different tastes when it comes to anime. There is almost NO way you'll agree with everything I'll say, or maybe none at all. That's awesome, everyone is entitled to their opinion and have the right to defend themselves on what they think. So, all I ask is to take in my info as food for thought, because I don't mean to alter what you think of this show, I just want to give you my perspective (which is almost always a positive one). And lastly, my reviews follow the rating of relevance of genre, how well it's displayed, and the three most important categories: Art, Sound, and Character (Story is something I will not review anymore, I've realized that everyone can get something else from the anime than other people do, so trying to argue the purpose of an anime is useless). I'll also say what I thought in general. The recommended audience will be at the end.
Okay, spiel over. Time to see how Golden Time fares.
I don't know about you, but I think that Kaga kinda likes Mitsuo. Although her schemes make her seem like she's crazy (which she is, don't worry), I feel like there is more to this. I think she is just stuck in the past, and she doesn't want to accept the harsh reality. If I were to compare her to anything, it is the brown wasps from the essay written by Loren Eisley, "The Brown Wasps." She ignores the external reality and only believes in her internal reality...until the recent episode. It seems like she might grow out of this, but, who knows? And the same goes for Tada, except he's stuck in a past he can't remember, and that he had connections to a girl that he had no idea he'd ever met before college. I see some wicked drama and romance going on in the near future
Oh geez, where do I start here? Do I start at the first scene when Kaga merrily slaps Mitsuo in the face with roses? Or when the Tea Club had a drunk girl rolling around the room like a barrel? Or maybe when NANA came and said "Come and die." and Kaga went berserk-insane? There's something about how every episode having a really funny scene can enhance my viewing experience just that much more. There is also the little bits of comedy in dialogue, of course, that makes the series have a more realistic feel. Even when Chinami simply says "Ahh...youth." I couldn't help but chuckle.
If there is any doubt that this series isn't intended for a mature audience of males, erase it. Obviously, the mature part derives from them being in college, so the dialogue and the actions of the characters will be on that level. The male part is simply that we get to witness the MCs romance life, and he happens to be a guy.
All of these genres are completely relevant and fit this anime like they should.
Why, for why, Fall Anime, are you spectacular? It's obvious to assume the art will only get better between seasons, so the recent season will have the best we've seen so far, so therefore, 10/10. There's nothing more to it.
Voice Acting: 9/10
If anything, the voice acting is magnificent. The voices totally fit their characters and very well portray the characters as well. Mitsuo is a bit...eh, right now, but in the beginning, I heard how he sounded without being beared down on by Kaga, so it's definitely intentional. I think this series' voice actors can go a long way.
Musical Score: 8/10
It's the same for a lot of series for me, either one of the other: OP is good, BGM isn't noticeable; or OP is ehh, and BGM is great. This series is no different. I find the OP very fitting, but the BGM doesn't stand out much. Of course, this could be the result of awesome script writing, but I'm usually very keen on a music in the series. Hopefully they'll fix it along the way.
The author of Toradora! knows how to make his characters. Tada is an exceptional main character who isn't dense, and is fun to watch. Although the "I can't remember anything; amnesia..." yadda yadda is a bit overused, I find it somewhat special in this case, where he's stuck in a past he can't remember. Mitsuo is dense, but for an obvious reason: Because Kaga freakin' exists. I feel like he's beyond traumatized that she's followed him to the ends of the earth, and he's trying his best to overcome it. Then there's Kaga, who I will compare to Yuno Gasai (and if you don't like that, then you may smack me several times later.), the crazy, stalker of Mitsuo who can't see anything more important to the world than him. Do you understand the comparison? Need I say more? The characters in this series are great, they play off each other well, and nothing is better than that.
Here's a final thought, however. We all know this series was made by the author of Toradora! (and if you didn't, welcome back to the world) and that this series has high expectations for it. Well I have some questions: Why does it have to be like Toradora! ? Why can't it be better? Why can't it be worse? Why does it have to live up to something that it's not? Can we just let this series stand alone, and just say "Hey, this series was pretty damn solid. Oh, and did you know it was the writer of Toradora! ? That's pretty cool, he's still got it."? I might not be the biggest fan of Toradora!, but I know of its status. Can we not just pretend it's written by a different author until the end, where then we say "Holy shit, this was written by HIM?! THAT'S SO COOL." Let's not give this high expectations, but allow it to take us on its own journey, because I didn't have high expectations for Toradora! when I saw it, but in the end, I liked it a lot. Let's treat Golden Time the same.
This is my favorite series in the fall anime line-up. It definitely shows its presence with an amazing romantic plot, some awesome comedy, and some pretty damn solid characters. I think EVERYONE should give this a shot, because I know that this series will continue to get better and better. I highly recommend it for romance fans, slice-of-life fans, and everyone who just believes in this series.
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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.
Both involve college drama and romance where love polygons is the predominant theme. Other than that, both have a lot of light hearted comedic moments all around as well.
Hachimitsu to Clover (Honey and Clover) and Golden Time both revolves around a group of characters in their more adolescence age with circle of drama, comedy, and romance going between them.
Among in the middle of includes a main character who one day meets a girl that stands out as someone they are attracted to.
There's humorous dialogues and lighthearted comedy but also some dramatic moments that become memorable. Additionally, both series are handled by JC Staff which sets their tone somewhat in a similar way.
Both are stories centered around college friends that fall in love with plentiful comedic moments.
Opening Theme"Golden Time" by Yui Horie
Ending Theme"Sweet & Sweet CHERRY" by Yui Horie
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