Table of Contents
- Animation and Art
- Final Verdict
TAGS : Comedy, Romance, Seinen, Drama
Banri Tada is a newly admitted student at a private law school in Tokyo. However, due to an accident, he lost all of his memories. During his freshman orientation, he encounters another freshman from the same school, Mitsuo Yanagisawa, and they hit it off at once. Without any memory of each other, their lives become more and more intertwined as if set by the hands of fate. But what is their fate, and will it lead to happiness or another memory to forget…
Hello once again! This time we meet in a more romance oriented show, that focuses on amnesia as it’s drama catalyst. Is it any good, and does it fail? Let’s get right into it!
The story isn’t overly complicated and starts off like your average RomCom would. What draws the line is the fact that we’re not in high school this time, but in university, and the fact that you don’t have to wait 24 episodes for the romance to come into fruition. Golden Time first and foremost is a story about a relationship of an amnesiac. As weird as it sounds, it’s true. In the early episodes we see the relationship begin, and from that point onwards the drama kicks in, as it should.
Before I get too into the drama, let’s focus on the romance. We’ve already established that it’s a show about a relationship of an amnesiac. How is it? It’s good. It’s actually really good. Since it’s no longer high school setting we’re talking about, the romance comes off as more mature. It’s well developed, and is bound to satisfy a lot of people.
And yes, there is something you’d call a love triangle. Granted, it’s not your typical love triangle, but it is there nonetheless. It’s handled well, but the thing that started it should’ve been gone from the series. And speaking of that…
Drama is good. At least, that’s what I’d write without looking back if not for one thing. As mentioned before, this is a story about an amnesiac. It was inevitable that his memory coming back would become a plot device sooner or later. What would’ve been a really good, though predictable, development, got turned into a whiny ghost. Yes, you’ve read that right. Banri is one self, while his Ghost is his previous self before he lost the memory. If not for that ghost, the series would’ve been so much better, because the drama was really well done without him. Since he’s here, treat him like a nuisance, which he is.
When you look at things overall, they all do fine. Sure, the ghost is something I’d absolutely erase from the series, but besides that there’s nothing that stands out as bad or poorly written. The story is paced really well, culminating in an ending that may be feeling slightly rushed. I’m talking about the last 10-15 minutes here, not few episodes. It’s also slightly symbolic, with hints thrown your way every now and then, so try to find them before going nuts.
Golden Time focuses on 6-7 characters at most, giving them more or less enough air time. The main cast is well developed, especially Banri, Kouko and Linda. The rest has their fair share of moments and progression, but not to the same extent. They are not your typical archetypes after few episodes, and what differentiates them from many other RomCom characters is that they talk about problems. When something happens, they talk and work things out instead of lashing out Tsun fashion. I liked that.
But then again, they don’t always do what seems the most logical. Granted they explain their actions soon after and may act unreasonable, but they’re still way better than most. Baring the Ghost, he’s a dick.
ANIMATION AND ART
The series looks very good, actually. It is a fairly recent show, but still. A 24 episodes romance don’t always look good, this one is different. In terms of art, that is. Backgrounds are good, characters’ designs are great and there’s nothing really wrong with them. Also a major plus for not forgetting things on an episode to episode basis, that’s always a welcome addition.
The animation is decent but can look good when it tries. For the most part however it’s nothing extraordinary so please don’t treat it as such. It’s relatively fluid, and various effects look great. In hindsight, the show is very pretty but in terms of animation you shouldn’t expect any pinnacles.
Golden Time has a fairly well designed soundtrack. It fits the series really well, and actually has few tunes that tend to stand out on their own. The rest only has this feeling when the actual show is on the screen, but still, it’s really good. Tracks are used in great moments and are not misused.
Both openings and endings are fantastic. Baring the 2nd ending, which in my opinion is slightly worse than the rest, they are great and I can’t even try to rate them. They have really cool visuals featuring Kouko, so they kinda tell you all you need to know about who the main heroine is going to be.
Golden Time has not been licensed for dubbing, but Japanese Seiyuu are great. Special props to Kouko’s voice actress, as there were times when she completely nailed the lines. The rest of the cast is also really good, and fir their characters really well.
FINAL VERDICT – A golden romance that lets you forget the time…
Golden Time is an amazing romance series. Yes, there’s a major nuisance in form of the ghost, but if you can past him, or forget he exists, a really great story awaits you. Dealing with college setting in a romance genre is definitely not your everyday occurrence, and that along with great characters is something you shouldn’t miss out on!