Now that they’ve established the main character’s relationship, we are starting to delve into the side characters’ purpose. This episode we learn more about the oddly shaped and overly spray-tanned gyaru Ranko.
Ranko is Yame’s childhood friend from elementary school. Junichi gets well acquainted with Ranko right off the bat. If you catch my drift. Fortunately, she seems to just be teasing Junichi and “testing” him and his loyalty to Yame. After this, Yame suggests that the three of them all hang out together on their next day off. And so begins a montage of typical date activities!
Also I’d like to point out that Junichi was wearing a shirt with cherries on it during the date.”Cherry boy” is a euphemism for virgin in a lot of anime (Kosuda from Yamada’s First Time comes to mind as someone always called a “cherry boy”). So I think Hajimete no Gal is trying to tell us something about Junichi.
This episode seems to have brought out some actual plot into the mix. There was a scene where some hoodlums were incessantly hitting on Yame, and Junichi tries to stand up to them. While failing, it seems to show that he actually has some non-lusty feelings for her. So maybe this is actually the 2017 version of Yamada’s First Time after all? The rom-com shenanigans and lack of actual sexual activity seems to suggest that. Which is honestly fine by me.
While a little raunchy, I am enjoying Hajimete no Gal so far. It seems to be different take on your average rom-com, which is always nice to see. Though I still can’t get over the ginormous breasts on almost all of the girl characters. It is a little (very) over the top, to say the least. But if you don’t let that bother you, I think this can be a good show for those of you craving an ecchi romantic comedy this season.
Plot: The start of Junichi Hashiba’s second year of high school isn’t a great one. He is still single, and to make things worse, surrounded by couples. He is also caught reading a dirty magazine by the Yukana Yame, the class gyaru (gal). To make matters worse, he is elected by his friends to ask her to be his girlfriend.
As a quick warning, Hajimete no Gal is a bit ecchi, so keep that in mind if you are considering watching it. Though it is worth mentioning there isn’t any nudity. Which I think is actually for the best, since things are censored very cleverly, and at times in various comedic ways. So I think the censorship actually adds to the comedic value of the show.
My take on this show is that it is like a 2017 gyaru version of B Gata H Kei (Yamada’s First Time). The overtly sexual themes and humor of Hajimete no Gal, as well as the whole “desire to lose my virginity” aspects of it instantly reminded me of B Gata H Kei, but that is not a bad thing. I really enjoyed the latter, so I’m just hoping this newer iteration will make me laugh just as much as the older one did.
The whacky male character design in shows like these always throws me off. I’m not really a fan of the larger guy with the weird cowlick/widow’s peak thing. But that’s just a small point I suppose. The female characters are a bit overdone as well, I think. The loli with over-sized breasts comes to mind first. I’m not really a fan of characters like that. But again, I really shouldn’t be too upset since overly sexualized characters are sort of the shtick of the show.
At the end of the episode, it seems Junichi’s forced confession actually managed to work up some emotion from Yukana, and she accepts! I’m always a fan of shows where the romance and dating starts early. So I’m pretty curious to see how things turn out in future episodes.
All raunchiness and virgin jokes aside, I actually enjoyed the first episode and am looking forward to more!