Sunday, June 5, 2016

Oshiete! Galko-chan

Raunchy, chaotic, and cutesy, Oshiete! Galko-chan is a short-form series with 12 8-minute episodes to its name. Beginning life as a manga almost 2 years ago, the series is continuing and the anime ran from January to March of this year. It's bright and colourful, which matches the silly overall feeling, but the level of perversion in this series gives Family Guy a run for its money. Be warned.

From left: Otako, Galko, Ojou.

The show follows 3 high school girls in a slice-of-life type setting, with questions being asked multiple times over the course of the show that are then answered with the actions of the characters. The titular (or, should I say, tit-ular) character is a girl nicknamed Galko because of her stereotypical Gyaru look and perceived free and loose lifestyle, punctuated by her (quite large) breasts. As is common with most anime, all of the stereotypes and rumours are completely false, and she's actually quite the opposite in personality. Her best friend, Otako, LOVES taking advantage of this to make Galko the butt of her perverted jokes. In the meantime, their mutual friend Ojou tries to get in on the action, but mostly because she just desperately wants to be friends.
In the end, it all comes back to sex jokes, but at least this one wasn't aimed at the usual.

It's all gag humour, all of it. Basically every joke, and perverted gag humour at that. At first it's funny, then you just start to feel bad for Galko, then (like her), you grow numb to it and just wait for the next one to drop. It's not too much a bad thing, it just relies too heavily on this type of humour; despite her name being in the title, the show would benefit a bit if it could take some of the pressure off Galko. Assumptions and misunderstandings mean nothing if they don't have some truth to back them up, and in this regard, most of the tension falls flat. Just because a girl has blonde hair, big boobs, and is tired in the morning, doesn't mean she was out all night partying. But I suppose that's the point?

I can confirm that this is untrue.

At the very least, we DO get to know some of the other members of Galko's class (with some even being included in the opening, to my surprise), and perhaps because of the probing subjects, there's a good amount of character depth to some of them, mostly Otako and Galko. The final episode serves as a backstory episode and seems to even take some nods from The Breakfast Club. The entire series serves to make fun of Galko (or, at least, stereotypes of people, if you want to get philosophical about it), but by doing so, we get to see more of her. She's a great cook, likes to read, and goes out of her way to look after her classmates.

Galko gets flustered from reading about kissing scenes, so you can imagine what she's feeling right now.

The music wasn't really memorable, though I do remember thinking that part of it sounded like background music for a mini-game or perhaps even shojoesque elevator music. The opening was nice (though my copy wasn't subbed, so I skipped it a few times). Animation was average, but the artwork itself sparkled and shined, sometimes literally. They took liberties with some of the colours to give it depth and make it pop, and it really paid off (such as using a dulled pink to convey the shadows in Galko's hair). Even barely-speaking background characters were given personality, so at least we can know the creators cared, even if it was just a little.

DO NOT under any circumstance show this show to anyone younger than high school. The period jokes ALONE should have been enough for that, but to further things, the first lines spoken in the first episode were "Is it true that people with big boobs have big areolas as well?" Watch with discretion and probably at home. It's ecchi at best, thankfully, so there's no ACTUAL nudity. The worst I can remember was bare breasts covered carefully by hair.
In the end, it's shown that underneath the surface, Galko is a contentious, observant, and kind person.

Galko-chan is available from HorribleSubs, PosedLook, DeadFish Encodes (with BakedFish covering the redos), RabbitHole (Chinese), Krosis (Italian), and PuyaSubs (Spanish). While it's not licensed for any official releases outside of Japan yet, the manga has been licensed by Seven Seas entertainment and is set to start in North America in November of this year.


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