Synonyms: GA: ADC
Japanese: GA 芸術科アートデザインクラス
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 7, 2009 to Sep 22, 2009
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.321 (scored by 3360 users)
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SynopsisA slice-of-life anime that revolves around five freshman girls in a high school art class.
Related AnimeAdaptation: GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class
Side story: GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class OVA
Characters & Voice Actors
One of the problems with anime these days is the tendency for studios to stick to formulae, and to capitalise on what has gone before (also known as jumping on the bandwagon). It's unfortunate then that GA: Geijitsuka Art Design Class is a victim of this mindset, especially given the subject matter and the potential for experimentation.
Originally a yonkoma (4-koma), manga by Kiyuzuki Satoko, the anime adaptation is actually based on the 2005 serialisation that was published in "Manga Time Kirara Carat", and while the series is very much aimed at the moe market, it has benefitted from the directorial talents of Sakurai Hiroaki (Di-Gi-Charat, Sweet Valerian, Majokko Tsukune-chan), and the art direction of Kasuga Reiji.
The story follows the lives of five girls who attend a specialist design school, where they learn about various aspects of art and design, art history, and various other art related subjects.
And that's it. Seriously. That pretty much describes the entire show.
One of the biggest problems with GA is that the entire show has been done before, be it with Lucky ☆ Star and K-On, or with more relevant comparisons like Sketchbook ~full color'S~ and Hidamari Sketch. In truth, GA offers nothing new or different in terms of settings or characters.
What it does offer though, is information, and this is ultimately it's saving grace. Unlike most other school based slice of life shows, GA is far more informative about it's related subject matter, and much of the humour is actually derivative of this. The plot focuses far more on art and design than it does on the characters, and while this may be an anathema to some, it's actually a rather refreshing approach as the viewer doesn't then need to worry about things like plot or character development.
One way to describe GA would be to call it a moe documentary about art, and the show makes good use of the subject matter to produce some surprisingly well executed sequences and comedy scenes. In truth, the majority of events are designed to provide visual examples of whichever style of art is the current topic (Kisaragi's surrealist dream being a good example of this at work), while the rest of the show is more along the lines of a typical slice of life comedy.
Given that the show is about art and design, it would be fair to expect some great visuals and animation, and while GA is good in this department, it lacks a certain something...
Let me explain. Visually the show is a bit too "cutesy" to be taken seriously. The characters are designed to attract a specific audience (the moe marketor younger children), and the over-use of soft focus scenes reinforces this aspect. While there is nothing overtly wrong with this, it does mean that the show will only really appeal, at least in visual terms, to those who like shows like Lucky ☆ Star, or to those who simply don't care what the characters look like. That said, the series is colourful and cheery, and while the majority of the design falls on the side of cute, there are some superb moments when the designers really get experimental with the show.
As far as the animation goes, the series is actually pretty well executed. The characters move well, and while the general animation is of a good standard, it can't quite make up for the "too cute" feel of the show.
The voice acting is pretty decent for the most part, but here again the show adopts a more "cutesy" approach. While the seiyuu are able to deliver the humour fairly well, the show lacks a certain depth of character due to some wooden moments.
The OP is a fairly upbeat track called "Osaki ni Sil Vous Plait", which is sung by the female seiyuu who play the lead roles, and bears a surprising resemblance to the infamous "Happy Material" (Mahou Sensei Negima), in terms of it's composition. The opening sequence is very well choregraphed though, and while the track is a little on the boppy side, I found that I didn't actually get too bored of hearing it (unlike a certain other song I mentioned).
The ED is an altogether different story. The show actually has twelve different ending songs, and the artwork depicts the girls at three different stages of life prior to them entering their current school. What makes the ending sequences even more unusual is that each of the five main seiyuu take turns at singing the ending theme, and each time the song reflects a different aspect of the current episode. The final ED is a group effort, sung by all five main seiyuu, and shows all three stages of life in one sequence. Because of this, I never once found the ED to be boring as each song is highly reflective of it's respective character, and effectively adds to the charm of the series.
Aside from that, the show is reasonably well served in terms of it's sound and music. My main gripe though (although it is admittedly only a minor one), is that there is very little in the way of quiet time in the show as almost every minute involves some form of accompaniment.
The characters aren't that bad for the most part, however they are formulaic at best, and far too moe for their own good. Each of the five main girls represents one particular moe archetype, the clumsy, ditzy meganekko; the brash, monkey-like tomboy, to the cute-but-evil master of games; the normal girl who mothers everyone; and the wierd, quiet girl who has strange powers (like talking to chickens).
One of the problems that some may have with GA is that the characters lack anything resembling a personality, however this is due to the show being focused on art. Effectively, the characters are simply there as a point of reference, a means to better facilitate the viewers understanding of the various forms of art (basically they're tools for teaching, like a pencil or a calculator). However, even with this grandiose intent (to teach using anime), the director and writers should really have found a method to make the audience relate to the characters more, as this would have facilitated a better appreciation of the subject matter.
Think about it. If your teacher is fun and interesting, then you want to learn the lesson. If they're dull and boring, you want to do something else.
On the whole though, this isn't a bad show at all. While there will be direct comparisons made to Hidamari Sketch and Sketchbook ~full color'S~, as well as with shows like Lucky ☆ Star, Azumangah Daioh, K-On!, etc, GA is able to stand on it's own due to it's novel approach and focus. Where those other shows were very much about the daily lives of the characters, GA only uses this as a point of reference. Granted it is very firmly on the moe bandwagon, but the show never really pushes this aspect too much, which actually made it more pleasant as a series.
In this respect it more resembles Sketchbook, as the moe aspect is simply there, nothing more than that.
GA would appeal to fans of any of the shows mentioned above as it has a fair few things in common with each of them. Likewise, those who are interested in art and producing artwork, or are artists themselves, may find this as enjoyable as I did, as there are numerous moments when I found myself thinking "that happened to me as well" or "I did that too". Younger viewers may also find the series interesting, in particular for it's rather simplistic approach to "teaching".
That said, some may be disappointed if they go into this show expecting a moe-fest as, aside from the characters being cutely designed, there isn't any.
GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class may not be as experimental in terms of art and animation as I'd hoped, and it may be a little too tooth achingly cute at times, but behind that there is actually a pretty decent show that takes a completely different tack to almost every other anime in recent years. The series isn't really trying to tell a story, but is instead trying to impart knowledge - something that is always laudable, and is remarkably absent from anime as a medium. While the show does have it's flaws, the intent and purpose should be appreciated and applauded.
You never know. We may end up seeing mahou shoujo wildlife documentaries in the future, or the news read by shounen icons like Goku, Luffy, Ichigo, etc, or even Yagami Light in a Judge Judy style reality show.
Now wouldn't that be something to see :) read more
"Hitosu, Hitosu, Hitosu, Hitosu", if you watch the opening of this anime every episode, you will not forget where this came from.
GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class is a slice of life series which is about art much like the more well known Hidamari Sketch. Despite that, GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class is unique in it's own way and is pretty entertaining.
Like most slice of life anime series, there is no plot. It takes a similar approach to the genres as most slice of life anime where you watch what the characters do in different situations. However this series is unique in it's way. For one, everything that happens is art related, which isn't too uncommon but it also teaches you about art. All these lessons about art fit in very well with this anime and they add to the effectiveness of the jokes that this series makes. Another thing that this series has going for it is that the jokes are pretty funny, and the comedy works most of the time.
An advantage that slice of life anime have is that there is no need for character development. All you have to do is take a bunch of girls with contrasting personalities and throw them together, that is also what happens here. The personalities of the characters' drive this series as it makes it very interesting to watch, and it also makes a lot of the jokes work. Each character is also very likeable in their own respect. This approach to the characters, rarely fails but it also makes the characters not very memorable. That's what you call playing it safe.
The art is like most anime but it does use a variety of different art styles throughout the series. The cute art style also fits in with the light mood of this series. The animation itself was fine, the characters moved fluidly and nothing really seemed odd.
For the opening we have an upbeat song which fits the anime but not really memorable (except for the opening line). There are also six different endings (one for each main character, and one for all of them) which fit the characters quite nicely but like the opening it isn't too memorable.
GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class is very enjoyable, even if you are not interested in art or don't know much about it. The jokes are still funny because of the lessons the series teaches you. Also for most people who already enjoy anime in the slice of life genre, this will not disappoint. However if you aren't into the slice of life genre, it would probably be best to stay away.
Overall GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class has a lot of similarities to a typical slice of life anime but it also has a lot of differences that separate it from the rest. read more
Hidamari and GA are both about a group of girls attending art classes at their high school. Hidamari focuses a little less on the art asepct, but the shows are still quite similar. GA is kind of like the middle ground between Sketchbook and Hidamari, so if you liked those, you'll probably like GA.
Both are slice-of-life anime about art students in high school. The only real difference I can think of is that GA is much more focused on art, and therefore you may miss some of the jokes if you aren't familiar with drawing or painting, while Hidamari is aimed more towards the general audience, but is less focused on the "art" aspect.
Featuring the daily lives of art class students, in chibified forms. Both anime starts of exceptionally slowly, and those loving action will have to look else where, but for slice of life lovers, stick by both and you'll learn to love and appreciate the characters in both.
Both anime are involved with art and randomness.
When I started watching GA, I can't stop thinking of Hidamari Sketch. It gives the same feeling and impression.
Same art school motive, 4 girls.
Opening Theme"Osaki ni s'il vous plaît (お先にシルブプレ)" by Saiwai Koukou GA girls
Ending Theme#1: "Coloring palettes Tomokane-iro (トモカネいろ)" by Sawashiro Miyuki (eps 1, 6)
#2: "Coloring palettes Kisaragi-iro (キサラギいろ)" by Tomatsu Haruka (eps 2, 8, 11)
#3: "Coloring palettes Nodamiki-iro (ノダミキいろ)" by Tokunaga Ai (eps 3, 7)
#4: "Coloring palettes Kyouju-iro (キョージュいろ)" by Nazuka Kaori (eps 4, 9)
#5: "Coloring palettes Namiko-iro (ナミコいろ)" by Horie Yui (eps 5, 10)
#6: "Kokoro-iro Palettes (ココロいろ Palettes)" by GA Genki Girls (ep 12)more
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