• Title: Golden Time
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama
  • Studios: J.C. Staff
  • Episodes: 24 – 24min (Completed)
  • Date: 4 October 2013 — 28 March 2014

Summary (MAL)

Due to a tragic accident, Banri Tada is struck with amnesia, dissolving the memories of his hometown and past. However, after befriending Mitsuo Yanagisawa, he decides to move on and begin a new life at law school in Tokyo. But just as he is beginning to adjust to his college life, the beautiful Kouko Kaga dramatically barges into Banri’s life, and their chance meeting marks the beginning of an unforgettable year. 

After having a glimpse of college life, Banri learns that he is in a new place and a new world – a place where he can be reborn, to have new friends, fall in love, makes mistakes and grow. And as he begins to discover who he was, the path he has chosen leads him towards a blindingly bright life that he will never want to forget.

My Review

Its not often that we get a school themed anime that actually focuses on college life. Most other anime that has the school genre would either be set in high school or middle school, for better or for worse. The college setting in anime, to me, is always a refreshing take at a more mature student-adult lifestyle and is something I absolutely appreciate. I think the title did a good job by describing the stage of a college student’s life as their Golden Time. This stage in a person’s life is the pivotal stage between becoming a full-fledged adult and moving forward from the student lifestyle, and I think the anime was able to give us a fun perspective on this transition. Essentially though, Golden Time is a romance anime and will mainly focus on its romantic aspects.

I think Golden Time’s selling point has got to be its story telling. The narrative and dialogues are natural and flows well with the pace of the show. The plot itself is nothing grandeur, but the way it tells us the story of Banri and his friends allows us to feel like we’re a part of them. This ties to my next point about how well the characters are made, which I’ll talk about in a bit. The story isn’t one where you just consume and have fun, but has fragments of details that would benefit you from taking note. They enhance the overall experience of the show by having you think about what the details mean. While there are a ton of ridiculous moments that exist only in anime, the show manages to feel somewhat realistic.

As I’ve mentioned earlier, the characters are well scripted. They have believable identities that emulate the different types of people we see in our real world. I personally find that the show did a good job at trying to make the anime seem real. Thus, was able to successfully enhance our connection with the characters and get us to believe the struggles that they go through.

Romance is quintessentially all this show is about. How our protagonist Banri confronts his feelings, his past and the current relationships he has with the other characters were each components that create this difficult romantic situation that he finds himself in. Drama aside, it has many sweet, funny and heartwarming moments that you would want to see from a romantic comedy. Its more than just your “I like you” and The End, but explores the romantic process and the obstacles as well, while not forgetting to humour us.

I think the art and the music in the anime were beautiful, complementing the scenes, the ambiance and the dramatic suspense in the show. I personally really liked how the colours were vivid and how the characters were so beautifully drawn. I also absolutely the music in the anime, specifically the 2nd opening theme song and the 1st ending song in the anime, but the other songs were great as well.

At the end of it all, when we immerse ourselves in the story, the show delivered a fun emotional roller coaster. With the ups and downs, and difficult decisions, we experience the hardships that Banri faces while rooting for his success in overcoming them in a way that would relieve both ourselves as the audience and Banri himself from feeling burdened. This alone speaks volumes in the show’s ability to control and deliver the emotions at play, allowing us to empathize with the characters.

Should I watch Golden Time?

Golden Time is one of the greater romance anime out there, so if you’re looking to indulge in some romance, then you can look forward to some of your typical drama and adorable romance. Of course, the college setting is a fun twist that will provide you with a different environment from the romance that you normally see in anime.

However, if you intend on watching Golden Time, then you should be prepared to give it the attention it deserves. Otherwise, you will miss out on what the show has to offer. I wouldn’t say its not for your casual viewing, just that by paying attention to the details in the show, you will be able to understand and appreciate it more as a whole.

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