I would not consider myself to be an anime person of course that is not to say that there are not animes out there that I really enjoy for example I am big fans of Dragonball and Cowboy Bebop. It is the same with movies for me too not much into them either but I do have my own personal likes such as Office Space or Dodgeball and one of my friends just recently got me into Clerks. And when I joined up with Mission Start I never thought I would do an anime review since video games are what make up an enormous portion of my life but then again I guess there is that first time for everything and those things changed after I watched for the first time B Gata H Kei.
I first discovered this anime on Netflix as it was recommend to me in their anime section after watching some Trigun on their streaming service. I would say the title which was given the name Yamada’s First Time by the people at Funimation which is what first sparked my initial interest. And after reading the summary that it is about an oversexed high school girl who wants to screw one hundred guys it even further my interest and I added it to my watch later category. And then one cold snowed out day in December I decided to watch it and all I have to say was I loved it.
Anyway as briefly mentioned before the story is about this girl named Yamada who is this perfect beauty who is obsessed with sex and who her goal for high school is she wants to have sex with one hundred guys. Only one problem she is still an untouched virgin who not only has never even had any boyfriends but she has never even kissed before which causes her to reject any guy who makes any moves on her and whenever she tries doing something sexual she freaks. Her plan is to find someone who also still has their virginity and then use them to help overcome her sexual unease and then she hopes to be able to screw whoever she wants whenever she wants. The target or victim of her oversexed lusts is her fellow classmate Kosuda an average looking guy who is into photography and because confused whenever Yamada make any moves on him.
The anime start out with Yamada tried to seduce Kosuda in numerous bizarre ways that only lead to failure and shame such as forcing him into the closet to show him her breasts or wearing no panties and then flashing him or getting naked in the photography dark room. Whenever Yamada tries something on Kosuda he usually becomes really confused and freaked out by her methods and many times does not even understand any of her signals or advances she makes on him at all. Through all the sexual insanity and many attempts Yamada makes on Kosuda he begins to grow feeling for her and confesses this to her in an inappropriate way. This greatly confuses Yamada as she has never felt love before and was only interested in Kosuda to finally lose her virginity.
Yamada then begins to slowly develop feeling for Kosuda as well but she hides it from him and in many way tries to outright deny it while still asserting that she just wants for her sexual desires. And even when she does particular accept her feeling for him she can never fully understand them and still continues with plots to have sex with him hoping that it will finally break the seal. Yamada also does her best to keep her feeling and her relationship with Kosuda completely silent from her fellow classmates in order to avoid any conflict that could arise from it.
Helping Yamada on her sexual journey sort of is her best friend Takeshita whose lack of virginity and the fact that she has an adoring boyfriend make her an everyday target of questions about her sex life from Yamada and despite being quite annoyed with the oversexed lifestyle of Yamada she does her best at times to help Yamada out with pursuit of Kosuda. Yamada also has her younger sister Chika occasionally at her side too and like Yamada Chika is constantly approached by boys and who are asking her out on dates and buying her gifts and at times tends to be even more popular than her older sister which of course causes Yamada to become jealous. And Yamada get her last source of help comes from what is known as an Eros Deity an average chibi version of Yamada with this white mustache who on rides on this small pink cloud whose goal is to make sure Yamada gets her dirty freak on.
Opponents to Yamada and her goals first come from Miyano an adjacent childhood friend of Kosuda with boobs the size of mountains who had been in love with him since there were young and whose is an experience cook as well as an incredible klutz. The major rival to Yamada is Kanejo an incredible spoiled and incredible rich transfer student from America who is an obsessive perfectionist in everything she does and was beaten by Yamada in their first year beauty contest and is infatuated with taking down Yamada and has an unhealthy secret love obsession with her older brother and wants to be the one to take his virginity before anyone else. While her older brother Keiichi is constantly the infatuation of almost every woman who lays eyes on him and becomes interested in Yamada which causes Kanejo even more hatred toward her not to mention Yamada constantly rejects him time and time again.
Other minor characters include Misato who is just as obsessed with boys in the same that Yamada is obsessed with sex and spends most of her time looking for a boyfriend and also does lots of stalking on Keiichi. Katase who is best friends with Misato and is always watching out for her and trying to keep out of trouble she once had a boyfriend who cheated on her which causes her to develop a negative outlook towards all boys. And then you got Kazuki who is the older sister of Kosuda who regularly helps him out with relationship advice and also has this wired thing for walking around the house naked.
Yamada is someone who you would think just sounds like the stereotypical horny schoolgirl you would normally see in hentai but she is really likable and the things she says and does because of her oversexed personally are funny and entertaining. Over the course of the series she changes in her thoughts and feelings and even motives so that she can be together with Kosuda and while she still retains her sexual obsessions they are more around her love for him rather than just trying to satisfy her own dirty mind. The series can seem as it starts out as just your everyday romantic teenage sex comedy but it quickly develops into an engaging and touching love story that is also pretty damn funny.
One main grip with the anime is that when it ended it left itself pretty wide open in the same way that the anime based on Inuyasha did which was until The Final Act five years later. And this is because the manga was still being written when the people behind the anime decided to end it all. This was the same thing that happened with Inuyasha and that was because Sunrise wanted to move on to other projects. In this case Hal only decided to make twelve episodes and it seemed like the last episode was pretty rushed so they end the series as quick as possible and move on. Which might be the reason why of lots of fans of the manga become angry with Hal with some sending death threats to their staff.
The anime does follow the manga pretty well with the events of some scenarios switched around such as the scenario where Yamada goes without panties which did not happen until much later in the manga then it did in the anime. And certain events happen differently than they did in the manga like how Kosuda broke his leg which in the anime happened when the two of them made an early attempt at having sex instead of when they were skating like in the manga. But most of these are only small changes that do not really affect the original events of the manga that much.
My biggest problem with the anime is that they are lots of events that happen within the manga both before the anime was created and after it finished they could of easily used to create more episodes which they did not such as when Kosuda loses he erection when the two first attempt at sex which is an important factor in their relationship or when Yamada discover that Kanejo is in the love with Keiichi and Yamada actually decides to help Kanejo out with her feelings toward him. There are also some small side plots there are also completed ignored such as Kudou an obliging friend of Kosuda developing feeling and confessing them to Katase. It things like this that make me wonder why the anime had end so early and why they decided to take over important events like this not that I expect them to cover every part of the manga of course.
Although despite these shortcoming B Gata H Kei is an incredibly funny and touching anime that anyone who like romantic comedies genre in anime should check out. Although I highly recommend you read the manga as well to get better closure on the ending and view the stuff the anime did not touch. After watching every episode and reading bits and pieces of the manga it has easily become one of my favorite animes as I really like the personally of the characters and they story to achieve their goals as well as the changes they make in their lives as the story progresses. I only hope someday they will be more episodes to cover important events skipped and to give the anime an appropriate conclusion.