My First Girlfriend is a Gal – Anime Preview
Synopsis: A new school term begins, as does the season of new encounters. As he surveys his class full of couples, Hashiba Jun’ichi’s mind is filled with distress as he asks himself, “Why am I still a virgin?!” Having heard from his friends that the easiest way to fulfill his long-standing desire to graduate from the fellowship of virgins is to kowtow to a gal, Jun’ichi does exactly that and asks his classmate Yukana out. And unbelievably, she actually agrees to date him. What will become of Jun’ichi from now on? (Official Crunchyroll Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Tom: My First Girlfriend is a Gal has a low budget feel to it. Characters are simplistic and there’s some non-too-great off-model art. Perhaps saving it from feeling like a total wash visually, Gal employs frequent silly/fun reaction faces that give this raunchy series a Golden Boy-esque feel.
Linny: Lets make it clear that My First Girlfriend is very tongue in cheek and openly perverted with its content and jokes. It redeems itself by delivering some solid gags and voice acting that elevate the humour and make it easy to laugh along rather than be appalled. However, it also has some other very uncomfortable content in the form of our Hishiba’s three buddies who openly and shamelessly declare themselves as obsessed with ‘loli’ girls. The show doesn’t condone it, and has our protagonist repeatedly point out the immorality and illegality every time his buddies wax poetic on it but it’s enough to most likely disgust, upset and drive a fair number of viewers away.
Tom: Gal isn’t a show for the faint of heart, or really anyone disinterested in the most raunchy of sexual humor. Outside of the ‘loli girls’ gags the show frequently wades in horny teenage male sexuality, even going so far as to portray the inner sex fantasies of its lead, Jun’ichi as he can’t help but imagine asking the lead gal, Yukana out, and all the naughty directions that could lead. If you enjoy this kind of humor, Gal actually has a lot to offer, and goes some very funny, if inappropriate places. But there needs to be a stomach for this, otherwise the show is far more likely to offend.
Linny: While our hero makes his disapproval of loli fanatics clear, he isn’t exactly a beacon of sainthood either, though in his case, it’s a lot more forgivable as his biggest flaw is an insane desire to be rid of his virginity to the point that he pursues his first girlfriend solely in hopes that she will be easy to coax into bed. He’s also a whole lot more likeable than the other guys in the episode thanks to the audience getting a peek inside in his thoughts and reactions to the bizarre situation he has put himself in. His over the top reactions and silent freak outs are likely to have most viewers chuckling and willing to give this show another episode.
Tom: Jun’ichi and his buds are shameless perverts, and the episode really plays into that angle. It’s where a lot of the juvenile, sex-oriented comedy comes from, both the more tame stuff and the questionable angles. Jun’ichi is indeed the more likable one, especially because of his most outlandish inner thoughts. Yukana herself I actually find pretty interesting as well. She seems geared to constantly tease a sexually frustrated Jun’ichi, only further building into that insane sex fantasy comedy.
Linny: Yukana is an enjoyable character in her own right as she seems to be fully aware of the truth of the situation. She seems fairly in charge of all that’s going on and it might be a potential source of amusement to see her make Junichi dance to her tunes. However, as this is a rather adult series, the episode has her in various states of undress, doing extremely sexual things thanks to Junichi’s fantasies, so that could aggravate anyone not comfortable with graphic portrayals of such acts. Here’s to hoping she doesn’t turn out to be a cliche misunderstood pure maiden at heart who melts in Junichi’s hand.
Tom: Ecchi fans might be a bit disappointed with Gal as there’s a fair amount of censoring going on, but I think it only adds to the charm, especially thanks to the absolutely bizarre methods they utilize. My First Girlfriend is a Gal isn’t for everyone. In fact, it’s really just for perverts or those with an outrageous enjoyment for sexually pandering humor. But if you’re like us then that makes Gal an absolute joy.
Linny: Let’s not beat around the bush. Yes, My First Girlfriend is a Gal will likely upset a fair number of viewers with the amount of loli based jokes and quips in its premiere episode alone. However, if you can see past that, the stellar voice acting from our protagonist’s VA, combined with some solid, albeit sexually charged, comedy could prove to be a lot more entertaining than you’d assume at first glance. That said, be well aware that this is a show you probably wouldn’t want to be watching while anyone else is around thanks to some rather bold fantasy sequences and the aforementioned controversial parts.
My First Girlfriend is a Gal is available for streaming via Crunchyroll