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.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Golden Time
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It makes me sad to see such negative reviews in the two review spots. This is definitely one of my favorite romantic anime out there. Yes, the whole amnesia plotline is rather wonky. Yes, the characters can be a bit overdramatic (although honestly, it's nothing I haven't seen in real life). But what really gets me is people claiming this show lacks depth. I firmly believe that this show has some of the most well-written characters I've ever seen. In fact, I think the people saying this show lacked depth just missed all the nuances (which, granted, were at times hard to see. But once you saw them you were blown-away.) Unlike most romance stories, where the plot is "will the characters end up together?", and then ends with a "yes!" and a happily ever after, Golden Time's plot is two people working through the relationship, and realizing that there isn't a happily ever after. I found that really refreshing. I'll admit, at times the plot is so character-driven and lacking of actual motion that it feels like nothing's happening. And when it comes to the actual plot with Banri, there are many episodes where the problem could easily be solved by Banri just talking to his friends. But on the other hand, when it comes to his relationship with Koko, when there's a communication issue, the two will usually have the conversation you wish they'd have. And as someone who focuses mainly on character writing when watching/reading something, the way the two of them were handled was really all I needed in this show.
The ending, I admit, was fairly disappointing. They crammed into one episode what they should have put into at least two. And when I first finished watching it, I felt like they hadn't answered the main questions at all. Particularly with Linda - but it was only after I'd sat and thought about it for a while (particularly with some symbolism through tennis shoes) that I understood their answer. Yet there were many other characters whose plotlines got vague symbolistic answers, and you just sort of had to accept that. And with Banri's whole amnesia thing... I found it a bit ridiculous, so I decided to interpret it as past self v present self, with the amnesia creating a more defined divide between the two. And then it made a bit more sense for me, as well as was more tolerable.
Oh, and a quick other note - the voice acting, especially on Horie Yui's part, was amazing. There were literally some scenes where I just thought "DANG that's good acting", as dumb as that sounds. The OD/ED were both forgettable, unfortunately. I actually skipped the 2nd OD most of the time because I couldn't stand it. And while the music isn't a big problem, having songs I can add to my anime playlist is always a big bonus. Also, the art, for an anime, is perfectly fine. The OD/ED both have some great scenes, but I always skipped them, so... From what I've seen of the manga, that has truly great art.
Overall, I'd say, if you're not willing to put in the mental work to really understand this show, don't bother. Not that it's a ton, but... basically, if you're looking for a light, fun show that you can watch while doing other stuff, Golden Time is not that show. But a lot of the answers you need to be satisfied, you have to come up with yourself. The hints and tools you need to get there are all provided for you in the show, but you have to keep an eye out for them. Otherwise this show can easily come off as two whiny, overdramatic college kids who cause their own problems.
Disclamer: it is my opinion that your experiences in real life relationships will greatly affect your enjoyment of this show. As a married man with a kid and a few dramatic college relationships in my past, to me this show was an awesome representation of the ups and downs of a real relationship in college/adulthood. But those of you who are younger and inexperienced in love may not be able to appreciate the story as a whole. If you are skeptical then take everything after this with a grain of salt.
Golden time is a great example of a potential classic that is hindered by a few missteps and poor production. Had JC staff put a better team on this show’s production (or some other more competent staff all together) it could have went down as possibly the greatest romcom anime of all time. Instead, it just goes down as a great romantic comedy anime that if you can get past the technical inadequacy and the flaws in pacing will surely please.
Golden Time is very strong here because of the freshness of the story as a whole, while still hitting all of the rom com target moments.. The story is more original than the usual anime romance setup. First and foremost it takes the usual setting from high school to college. Although it doesn’t fully take advantage of this, it still makes for a fresh sense of pace. The usual anime romance stretches out the “will they or wont they” (when we all know they will) game for the entire show capped off by their first kiss in the last episode. Golden Time gets over that within the first 8 episodes. The last 16 are spent looking at the ups and downs of a relatively mature and interesting relationship with some unique problems and challenges that are still relatable. This serves as a huge breath of fresh air for those of us who may have grown tired of the cliché’s and the idiot protagonists who can’t spit their feelings out. That said, the build up to the romance lacks the proper pacing. Although the main characters are pretty interesting and they make an awesome couple by the end, you kind of miss the escalation of their attraction to each other. There are scenes where the characters are clearly connecting with each other, but they fail to fully capture the budding romance of the moment to make their sudden relationship (and considering the circumstances it is very sudden) easier to swallow. When they do get together you get the feeling that something is missing which led a lot of the fandom to split into shipping other couples. This is probably due to the fact that this was an 8 volume LN broken down into 24 episodes. Still overall the story is engaging and satisfying with a unique twist on the “protagonist with amnesia” trope. There are some seriously tear jerking moments of drama and sweetness and a few laugh out loud moments, although some of the comedy scenes fall a bit flat.
This is the biggest failure of the show. I am not an anime connoisseur. My true fandom and crunchyroll account are only a bit more than a year old, but this is one of the most poorly animated shows I have seen in that time. There are some cool moments and flashes of color. The ops and eds are both great but there are so many ugly scenes and moments that they start to take away from the story. In one scene a character splashes another character with a drink and it’s supposed to be this highly dramatic moment but all I could think was “wow that was a horrible splashing effect” Those aforementioned scenes of connecting probably could have been better at getting across their growing relationship with better facial expressions and scene composition. Some of the facial expressions are horrible and any non dialogue action scenes just look stiff. If it were not for the shows great story this show would be almost unwatchable in my opinion.
The sound is not much better. Outside of the OP and the ED the music sounds really generic and forgettable. During the drama moments there is a track they keep playing that is so corny it sounds like something from an old B grade JRPG from the 8 bit era complete with a sappy whining violin and a sad piano. Furthermore the voice acting for all except for the female protagonist is rather forgettable. There are some moments of brilliance from some of the side characters but overall there is nothing to write home about.
Here is where the show earns a place on the all-time romance list. I personally find 85% of all anime characters to be either cliché but entertaining (Le Louch of Britannia), or cliché and annoying (insert any male harem protagonist pretty much). However this cast of characters is unique and entertaining. Sure there are some cliché elements (clichés are always going to be there because they work) but their stories interactions are so engaging that you don’t notice.
First and foremost is the star of the show, Kaga Koko. Koko manages to be 1 part Tsundere, 1 part Yandere, and yet completely fresh and original as a female protagonist in a love story. She carries the show and steals every scene that she is in. I never get tired of watching her and I find myself getting anxious if the show spends too much time away from her. Her arch is not anything super unique or special, but the execution of it is awesome and much more engaging than the usual female love interests in anime. On top of that she owns most of the funniest scenes in the show AND the best dramatic scenes. Unlike most love interests in anime, she is a fully fleshed out character with major flaws as a person, yet she grows over the show, you begin to understand why she has such flaws and by the end most of her critics will be cheering her on. A lot of people will be turned off by her bitchy veneer, but others will think about a girl they know in real life and immediately fall in love. Because of her I almost wish this were a shounen cause then I know I would get at least 150 more episodes of her. The (satisfying yet slightly open) ending leaves room for a sequel, and I sure hope we get one so I can get me more of Kaga Koko.
Next is the male protagonist Banri. Banri is a perfect audience surrogate who still manages to have a personality and an arch as a character. Most male protagonists in romances are bland featureless blobs so the audience can emote through them, Banri manages to carry the audience with him while also clearly having his own personality. He has issues and flaws along with positive traits and a penchant for the dramatic. More than anything HE IS NOT A WUSS OR AN IDIOT!!!!! You don’t find yourself asking why anyone likes him or even wants to be his friend. He doesn’t punk out on trying to get the girl he wants, and you NEVER EVER SEE A FRICKEN NOSE BLEED!!!!! The story doesn’t use cheap tricks to sucker you into thinking that he is good guy worthy of Koko’s time (there is never that stupid moment where the protagonist casually saves the female love interest from a dog or falling down some stairs or something else stupid followed by the obligatory blushing scene- IN FACT- I don’t think there is a single cliché blush in this whole show). He is not some super optimistic boy scout who never feels weak and never gets down on himself. He acts irrationally, makes mistakes, and at times he does things to hurt people’s feelings. Yet at the same time he does a lot to make you admire him and feel for his struggle.
In the most memorable scene in my mind (THIS IS A SPOILER OF A GREAT SCENE YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED),
After he has his confession rejected by the main love interest, she offers to be his friend. He begrudgingly accepts but after a while realizes that he wants and deserves more. So he puts his foot down like every man worth a damn should. The way he does it is so direct and honest I started clapping for him. He doesn’t linger around in the friend zone like sooooo many romcom characters do, he doesn’t vacillate between two girls (even though he definitely could have) he gives the main girl a choice to either choose him or lose him, and of course it works.
This is what makes this show so great. They challenge the viewer’s expectations of the by the numbers anime romcom plot. They don’t lie to the viewer by making the main love interest some non threatening gentle flower. No Koko is a lot to handle and would take a guy with balls and a backbone to handle her. They don’t make the main guy some loser who still gets the girl regardless of being worthless so that we can maintain our own fantasy world delusions. No, Banri is a guy who has imperfections but still acts when faced with a choice and sometimes he acts poorly. Their relationship is complex and outright mesmerizing at times (of course if you have never been in a real relationship this may not seem so interesting, just a thought)
The other side characters are all very colorful and add plenty to the experience, especially a “guest” star of sorts who serves as a voice of wisdom/beacon of awesome. I won’t spoil the surprise. However, I will say that the side characters in the author’s previous work Toradora were a bit stronger and more interesting.
If you are watching a romance anime you probably are not watching it for visuals and sound, so you need to see this show. A better studio for this type of show (like Kyo ani) would have taken this story and made it a masterpiece, but it is still a new classic because it is pretty much unrivaled in its depiction of a real mature relationship with ups and downs. I watched this show religiously because i couldn't get enough. Im sad to see it go.
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.
Toradora's and Golden Time's source material are both written by the same author. This author really knows how to write a romance, as any of you who watched Toradora realize. Golden Time is a show that really meets the romance standards set by Toradora in my book. I see them as equals, and because they are written by the same author, the level of enjoyment is the same. If you enjoyed Toradora then I can say without a doubt that you will enjoy Golden Time.
The two shows are very similar, however both have very different characters and differences in story. Both are very enjoyable and are worth watching.
Both have boys and girls have a different relationship between and both have same romantizm atmosphere. Also friendship is getting stronger day by day.
The same going for Toradora, both are romatic Anime's and very good at keeping you guessing the final relationship. All three (Toradora, Sakurasou and Golden Time) are prefect for cheering you up after watching an Anime like Clannad or School Days.
Golden Time and Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo both start off as light-hearted comedies. Golden Time is started with a bouquet of roses being shoved into a characters face, while Sakurasou starts off with a typical panty shot in the bed. Looking at these at a first glance, they may seem to contain a superficial plot supplemented with mindless comedy. However, that serves to be incorrect as the story progresses with drama. Sakurasou envelopes the theme of life, in which there are ups and downs--failures and success. A theme in Sakurasou is that hard work pays off, or so it seems. This is where the drama sprouts as the main protagonist often has his complications, which will not be spoiled in this recommendation. Golden Time, on the other hand takes on the relationships of the characters to create the drama. It is executed as almost a guessing game, on who the protagonist will end up with. There is a notorious internal conflict within the main protagonist of Golden Time, which some feel led to the downfall of the show. This conflict eventually becomes the center point of the drama in Golden Time. Both the anime are two cour, meaning there are 20+ episodes in each. In conclusion, Golden Time and Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo start of as romantic comedies. As the story progresses, they become more dramatic. If you enjoyed one you may enjoy the other.
Both of these anime had me bawling and laughing. Absolutely perfect, the both of them. ;( Sad that they're over, but that's what rewatching is for!
Great storyline, Great Character developments and sweet endings - 100% recommend for those who loves romantic-comedy animes. This Anime is definetely worth watching and definetely wont disappoint you. Guarantee.
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 13-23)
#3: "Golden Time" by Yui Horie (ep 24)
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