She is incredibly gorgeous! That’s Kaga Koko. She is definitely the ideal person among men who are visually oriented – just look at those slender thighs and fashionable outfit . Despite being a close-to-perfection woman, could she really catch the one whom she really loves?
Meet Tada Banri, a college freshman studying law. He has lost his memory after his high school graduation due to an accident. One morning, he meets Mitsuo who is being lost in their college campus and befriends with him meanwhile. Mitsuo has a childhood friend named Kaga Koko who is very obsessed with him, however, no matter how hard she shows her love, her feelings to Mitsuo are not reciprocated. Until such time, Koko starts to fall in love with Banri and starts dating with him. They both join a club, the Japanese Festival Culture Research Society, where they meet a sophomore named Linda. Without realizing, Linda is, in fact, the former high school classmate of Banri whom he had confessed to just prior to his accident.
Through watching the opening theme, you might view the series as another story of a lighthearted romance with predictable conflicts and cliched scenarios among youngsters in love. As you go through the story, it is no longer about a typical shoujo-like romance which you’d love to watch on screen. Instead, Golden Time has rather a more grown-up story of romance, considering how the characters view a romance in their young adulthood stage and how they interact with other people in the society they live in.
The series starts off with a large amount of comical and lighthearted events as you wouldn’t come to think that a serious romance is highly viewed throughout the story. You will initially laugh at Mitsuo’s rejection to Koko’s undying love, you will be amazed by how Koko shows her obsessive sides to him and above all, Koko’s elegant and gorgeous appearance is just enough to grab the attention of everyone around her. It seems that Koko’s personality is well-suited for a good romantic comedy series like those popular titles of the same studio such as Toradora, Kaichou wa Maid-sama and the likes.
At first glance, you would think that Golden Time is something that is ordinary which you will surely enjoy at first. However, the series has actually a wide variety of intensive dramatic events especially when you reach the second half of the series where Banri starts to remember his past bit by bit until everything results to conflicts with Koko and the society he revolves around. The plot suddenly jumps off into something different which is, in fact, the main point of the story as Tada Banri grabs the spotlight and gradually develops his character. However, at some points, I got tired of watching the slow pacing of events as every episode, particularly the second half, focuses on Banri’s development. I was supposed to describe the anime as realistic, but the presence of Banri’s spirit makes the whole thing so horrible. His sudden appearance from time to time is quite scary.
The romance and the drama are well-blended throughout the story with some comical involvement which is really entertaining. Koko and Banri are just like an ordinary couple you witness on the sidewalks as going out for a dinner, movie date and lots, but Koko’s intimacy towards Banri would reach its highest point which is somehow an obsessive act that doesn’t meet a balance with Banri’s feelings towards her. The presence of Linda is the root of Banri’s suffering so you will later on see how Banri’s past affects his relationship with Koko, including his interaction with his friends and everyone around him. You’d pity Koko, and you will start to get annoyed with Banri’s psychotic behavior, and while being indecisive, it takes a lot of time for him to think what is the best for him, whether he will rewrite the past with Linda or will preserve the present times with Koko. In the near finale, it is really hard to predict whom he will end up with because everything is messed up while conflicts seem to be hardly resolved.
J.C. Staff has never failed to satisfy the viewers with its good animation. High quality has been maintained throughout. The characters are rather decent especially how Koko is illustrated with a well-designed character from head to toe. Emotions of the characters are appropriately portrayed, realistically expressed that could reach the heart of the viewers. The settings are well-detailed enough considering how they set the story in Tokyo.
The first opening theme sounds fine. It is well-suited for the mood of the series particularly the first half episodes while the second opening theme sounds a bit dramatic which portrays the different emotions of Koko, and it makes the viewers expect that intense dramatic scenes will be shown in the series. Both ending themes are rather pleasant to ears and have cheerful ambiance. Some background music are fairly good which fit appropriately with the mood of the scenes especially when it comes to the dramatic events.
If you want something that is far from the average level story of romance, Golden Time is the one you’ve might been looking for. However, if you are one of those viewers who easily gets tired of watching emotional beings, this anime might be pretty boring. Overall, the anime isn’t really outstanding. It isn’t that bad either.