A TV anime adaptation of the Girlfriend (Kari) a mobile game where players can have girlfriends through playing the game.
Shiina Kokomi is a hard working but even tempered high school girl who is the lead performer in her school's rhythmic gymnastics club. The story follows her and her growing circle of friends as they support each other through the various trials and situations that comprise high school life.
Have you been feeling sleep deprived?
Have you been feeling restless when trying to sleep?
Have you previously experienced insomnia?
Have you awoken up feeling tired in the morning?
If you answered, “yes" to any of these questions, look no further, there is a solution for you. It’s called, “Girlfriend (Kari)! The most sleep-inducing anime ever with cute characters, narrating you to sleep.
Now, what does “Girlfriend (Kari)” contain, one might ask? It contains four essential components: 1) no progression, 2) lackluster characters, 3) placid sounds, and 4) cute designs.
1) No Story Progression: Story progression is overrated. Who needs it? We don’t
need an overarching, complex story with depth. Yeah. We just need to focus on the cuteness factor and their daily lives at school, that’s it. Don't worry about it.
2) Lackluster Characters: The budget called for cute, bubbly characters with little substances, it’s the most important factor. We don't need to learn about their past, or their backstory, or how they became cute. We just need to know that they're cute and they all love each other. Again, don’t worry about it.
3) Placid Sounds: Can you hear me, now? No, that’s because I’m whispering and most of the girls do this. They like to talk in a sweet, low tone voice because they act cute. Furthermore, the background music enhances their cuteness by adding quiet and relaxing music. Again, don't worry about it.
4) Cute Design: The most important component is that every character is overly sweet, cutely drawn, and slightly moe and appealing. Every character, especially Chloe Lemaire, has a cute facial expression with lovely smiles. Do worry about it. Because, you will be affected by how cute their smiles are.
Now, a word with some previous customers:
Viewer A – “After watching the first 10 minutes of Girlfriend (Kari), I was able to have a good night sleep. And I haven’t had a good night sleep in over three days!”
Viewer B – “The nice, quiet, whispering sounds helped me sleep like a baby.”
This anime may differ from viewer to viewer, some may sleep within the first couple of minutes, others within a few episodes, and remember do not overdose on viewing.
Girlfriend is the adaptation of a dating simulation game for mobile phones in which you date the girls of Seiou academy. This might trick you into believing this series is about romance and structured a la Amagami, but in reality Girlfriend is a school comedy composed of individual episodes featuring different main characters (and often side characters) that have daily life, friendship or reaching your own goals as central themes.
While there's nothing particularly wrong with it on a surface level, I found Girlfriend to be an exceptionally bland rendition of the school-set slice of life category. The issues lie in its structure, as standalone
episodes with generally no recurring characters are unable to enstablish the necessary emphatic link with the viewer, with the characters theirselves being no more than one-dimensional tropes and the individual stories often being a mere display of said tropes. It's harmless and not particularly horrible, and it will likely please the moe enthusiast, but it will hardly leave an impression on anyone else.
If you are curious as to what happened in twelve episodes of Girlfriend (Kari), simply multiply that number by zero. This adaptation was as flat and uninspiring as anime come, with all characters of significance assigned popular archetypes. Distinctive personalities were nowhere to be found, ignored completely in favor of these simplified archetypes and their associated cliches. I would relate this viewing experience to watching a bird attempt to fly with a broken wing. It truly is a shame, considering the string of accolades and talent decorating this assembly of seiyuu veterans.
Despite the girls being second-rate individually in complexion, their group chemistry
was commendable. However, their collective resilience would remain grounded by the lack of a definitive nucleus to rally around. However, if any character was a leader worthy of mention it would undoubtedly be Chloe Lemaire. I had no idea the seiyuu behind Sakura Kinomoto (Cardcaptor Sakura) could cool the pace down with such quality French! Her one-two punch of tone and wordplay made for quite a few shining moments, but with all due respect their was no chance at salvaging this wrecked ship.
It seems like every single time Silver Link decides to go anyway near the slice of life genre, nothing good comes out of it. This studio is quite far down on my attention list, nonetheless I gave Girlfriend Kari a shot...and it backfired on me.
This show embodies the ultimate Slice of Life cliché of “nothing ever happens” and gives more fuel to those who won´t even try to watch the genre anymore because it is simply so unfathomably boring. In twelve episodes, it tells twelve stories without any deeper significance about the normal high school life of a bunch of girls who apparently
attend a school where boys aren´t even allowed to say a single word, let alone participate in clubs. Why didn´t the writer just make it an all girls school??? Seriously, it takes Girlfriend BETA eleven episodes until a male person is finally allowed to speak. However, since this show is extremely episodic, I can´t rule out that you will find at least 2-3 episodes you will enjoy for some strange reason.
What´s bugging me the most though is the fact that at least half of the characters are actually pretty lovely and likeable. If that wouldn´t be the case, I would have dropped this series in the blink of an eye and rate it even worse. Girlfriend Kari introduces you to quite a lot of cute girls and you will for sure come to like one or two of them, but this isn´t even a good thing since you will just pump your fists in anger that these characters aren´t starring in a better show.
In my case, this girl was Chloe. I found her so adorable that I constantly wished she would be part of…let´s say a better harem show for example. But no, all her potential goes to waste in a totally meaningless series instead. Props to her voice actress anyway, it is not easy to speak your native language with a foreign accent. It sounds really cute.
At the end of the day however, Girlfriend Kari is just not a good anime even if you are a Slice of Life fan (like myself). So unless cute girls doing cute stuff is your guilty pleasure, stay the hell away!
Who's that girl, the quiet one avoiding everyone and looking straight ahead? That girl who loves music? That weird girl who loves tech? What was her name again? Until you remember lets just say she is one fabulous anime girl with headphones.