Kenka Banchou Otome - Girl Beats Boys, Hinako Nakayama has spent all of her life being raised in state-run orphanages, without ever knowing her family. As she's about to enter high school, Hinako is approached by Hikaru, a boy who claims to be her twin brother.
According to Hikaru, Hikaru and Hinako are the children of the head of the powerful Onigashima yakuza family, and Hikaru wants Hinako to switches places with him at Shishiku Academy, an all-boys school overrun with the nation's toughest delinquents. Can Hinako save her brother, find romance, and become the new boss of the school?
#1: "Gankou Signal (眼光シグナル)" by Love Desire #2: "Gankou Signal (眼光シグナル)" by Totomaru Minowa (KENN) (ep 2) #3: "Gankou Signal (眼光シグナル)" by Takayuki Konparu (Shouta Aoi) (ep 4) #4: "Gankou Signal (眼光シグナル)" by Yuuta Mirako (Tetsuya Kakihara) (ep 6) #5: "Face to Fake" by Yuuta Mirako (Tetsuya Kakihara) (ep 7) #6: "Gankou Signal (眼光シグナル)" by Houou Onigashima (Tomoaki Maeno) (ep 9)
-- This review contains spoilers. Only read if you have finished the series. --
I'm gonna get straight to the point, because quite frankly there's not much going for this show. This one of the worst things I have ever seen.
Basically, two people who happen to look alike decide to switch roles and do the other person's job. In a really dumb way, it somehow manages to work. The female lead goes to an all-boy school that is made for fighting - I guess - because they're never in class to begin with. Anyway, through sheer stupidity of the side characters, they support her and
believe her, along with two other characters that know her identity. In the end, when it's made apparent that her secret is known, she decides to not reveal anything whatsoever, and it somehow manages to work out, again.
Not only was the story terrible, but the action scenes were incredibly dull as well. The viewers are also expected to believe that she successfully beat everyone with no real explanation to it. Not only that, but she has a past history with one character in particular, but nothing ever really happens with them.
Long story short: I understand you're the main character, but there's no way things just magically work out like that. Besides the obvious things, one may struggle to realize what the point in all of this was.
A relaxing anime with episodes that are only 8 minutes long. A story about friendship and lots of funny scenes involved as well. Every episode is just to show character development for the main characters. Fighting scenes are short but pretty good!
Even though it is kind of a harem anime, there is no romance involved at all which is what I'm looking for. Kenka Banchou Otome can be quite predictable and Hinako will talk to the viewers a lot through this thing called the "4th wall".
Each characters are different and have unique personalities. I don't really have much to say about them.
My favourite character will be the actual Hikaru. Even though he does not appear a lot, he's my favourite because of his cute and carefree personality.
Art is pretty good for me. Bright colours and quite detailed. Background scenes are average.
Really great opening and ending music. The creators are also pretty smart to include the animation in the opening song to get us to listen to it every time instead of skipping it like I always do.
Found myself enjoying this anime a lot and something I look forward to every week. Well, you cannot expect much out of this anime as I think this is just a promotion for the actual game. From what I heard, the game had much more than the anime itself. Also from how it ended, I'm hoping that there will be a second season to this xD
In short: Entertaining, but don’t expect too much out of it nor attempt to try thinking too much about it.
Let me get this out of the way first: from an Entertainment point of view, it would probably get an 8, really. It’s lighthearted, it’s fun and if you don’t think too much about it, it’s really a must-watch for reverse harems/otome fans. I don’t think it’d be a waste of your time anyway, since it’s so short. What are you waiting for?
But since this aspect is what counts the least for me, let me get to the juice.
From an overall perspective, I seriously
don’t know if I am just starting to grow out of these reverse harem animes, but from when UtaPri proved to be so marketable, I have the impression it just triggered the path towards “standard-ness” and just generally fear of risk. I used to be a big defender of fanservice animes directed to a straight girls audience in the past because of how little there even were: I liked Hanasakeru Seishonen, I liked Amnesia (despite the general complaints), I liked Arcana Famiglia and I even liked UtaPri for being so cutely cringy and aware of itself. But do you know what these reverse harems had in common? Potential and a great deal of passion. That’s something that I feel less and less the more the genre is starting to become more mainstream in recent days and Girl beats Boys is a very good example.
Well, one thing is certain; this anime is a great advertisement for its otome game counterpart. I love otome games so there’s that, but on the other hand, saying it’s like an “advertisement” is not exactly a compliment when it comes to a show.
The main issue with it is that it’s unsure of what its point is. Is it commenting on gender stereotypes? Is it enforcing gender stereotypes? The dialogues were ambiguous enough to manage to lean towards both and none. Then, is it about the heroine discovering love by beating guys up in an all-male school to get to be the boss of the entire said-school for her twin brother? Eeeehhh….Yes, but not as much as it is about her discovering the power of bromance and yet still managing to treat it superficially when she just went through all these poster-perfect guys, defeated them and collected them to her bro-team because that’s totally what guys do after being defeated in battle, am I right? 8D
.... Am I to understand the male gender is like pokemons then? O-o Let me try that the next time I find myself in an all-male school and try, for reasons, to just defeat all dungeon bosses and get to the top of the castle to save the prince only to discover he is in a different castle---wait what? Wrong story? My bad, it gets tough to figure out at one point.
Ehm, Mirakochu, I CHOOSE YOU!
If you somehow get around the “point”, the next issue is about the short-lived conflicts. It’s really hard to care when everything just gets settled in what is like 5 seconds and I wouldn’t blame that on the lack of screening time seeing how there are shows that manage to convey more and better in less time (unless the otome game is just that bad...).
For example, what I’d take out are those instances when the characters seem to be narrating to somebody at times, but it’s never revealed who they’re actually talking to. Are they talking to me? Because if so there’s a very weird unnecessary disconnect there; the narrating could have perfectly been integrated in the show or just have more of that small, little, “show don’t tell” technique. It appears to me that the reverse harem industry thinks we’re stupid or something if they don’t just tell us everything, but I guess that’s an issue of nowadays media as a whole.
Lastly, they aren’t even consistent with the little plot there is. It’s just offending to have one scene be recognized as acknowledgement and a hinted silent nod from one of the guys, only for the next episode to deny it by dumbing up said-involved-character. How are people possibly that stupid, I ask? (I'd have given it a 5 for managing to be so fun, if it weren't for this )
And by the way of Characters…
I probably wouldn’t have been so salty at this anime if the characters at least showed some potential, but unfortunately they’re the standard-est of stereotypes. They are supposed to have some sort of character arc in each episode, but besides Mirako, shortened as “idol guy”, where they tried to do something with his cynical attitude (but ultimately failing because “by the power of bromance” ), the others don’t really go beyond “that cool guy who was an orphan” or “that short guy with a big family”. It’s particularly worrying when nobody really sticks up in your mind, if not for superficial biased reasons. I’m really questioning if they can be called “characters” at this point.
And now let’s finally talk about the heroine. Fortunately, I think we are starting to get over the bland self-insert heroine who’s main traits are being clumsy and furiously blushing everytime a person of the opposite gender pokes her. And thanks God for that, but at the same time, she doesn’t have enough character to do main heroines justice either. She knows martial arts, she’s nice and she always felt lonely, but that’s basically how you can resume her entire character. Unfortunately, with the add of the “badass” trait, you don’t automatically make a “strong female protagonist”. I’ll stop being a b*tch and at least give it props for trying though.
Well, that is also quite standard switching to hilariously bad looking during the fighting scenes, but hey. Standard is not bad, I’m sure they did what they could with that. The color palette is quite bright and colorful with a switch of darker tones during the school scenes, probably to emphasize the overall competitive aura of it.
I honestly really liked the opening song, also the fact that they didn’t lose time with it and decided to throw in some scenes of what was currently going on in the episode which worked great with the song. They did a good job there.
In conclusion, only check it out if you want to see something bright and fun. Really.
I asked myself if this anime really deserves 10/10 before posting it, but the fact is I thoroughly enjoyed it - being an Otome fan, this anime has hit all the right buttons:
1. Main female character has a lovable personality and not annoyingly immature or stupid
2. Amazing voice acting by star-studded seiyuus
3. Doki doki (heart pounding) moments e.g. Kabe-don
4. Beautiful art style of all main characters e.g. Ikemen types for Otome fans to swoon over
5. Humour = hilarious at some parts
My only disappointment is that each episode is only 8 mins, but it's common for Developers to introduce Otome game with a short anime. I
can only hope the psvita game ever gets translated into English so that I can buy it. All in all, if you are an Otome fan, this anime is for you!