What’s the show? Yamada’s First Time: B Gata H Kei (2010).
B-gata what now? Are you trying to signal for help or something? Don’t worry about it; I don’t have time to explain.
What, why not? We just started the review. Well you see I’ve got to sleep with 100 guys before graduation.
I… wha… huh?! Aha! Fooled you, that’s just the plot of the anime we’re reviewing, I’m not actually in high school.
Meaning you do have to sleep with 100 guys?! Aha! Fooled you again!
Are you just stalling to get the question count up? Maaaaybeee…
Well stop it! It’s very unprofessional! So what’s the show actually about? Well there’s a high school girl called Yamada and she wants to sleep with 100 guys before graduation.
Wait so that part wasn’t a joke? I already said it wasn’t, now who’s stalling, huh?
Fine, so why does Yamada want to sleep with 100 guys and what’s stopping her? Well she’s a virgin and so she’s kind of all talk, no action when it comes to interacting with the opposite sex, so she decides to find herself a “cherry boy” to ease into the whole 100 guys things and that’s where Takashi comes in (no pun intended). She’s very keen to do the deed only she’s also terrified because the more time she spends ‘wooing’ him, the more complicated her feelings for him get.
Okay, sounds interesting. So she’s not just a sex-crazed high-school girl to be the thing of masturbatory fodder for the male audience. Indeed, in fact as the series progresses she begins to realise that the idea of sex and actually going about the deed is a lot less straightforward than she thought, not just physically but emotionally too. She’s a surprisingly well-written character and despite her lascivious goals and preoccupations she is by no means a one-dimensional girl, and even though she’s confident about her looks she still has relatable insecurities. Obviously this review could very easily go into heavy spoilers, but it’s probably best to leave it this vague for those who want to watch the show because it is worth watching.
So it comes recommended. Any significant issues worth addressing then? There are some obvious tropes of the genre that you see coming from a mile away. Seeing that this is a romantic comedy there’s obviously another love interest to complicate things here specifically in the form of Mayu, the adorable childhood friend of the male protagonist who’s been pining for him since they were kids.
Your best girl? Probably. She is totes adorbz.
Please don’t. So these ‘tropes’ do they harm the enjoyment of the show considerably? If you’ve watched a lot of these shows then it might feel lazy and predictable, but the story between Yamada and Takashi is fresh enough to warrant a watch by itself.
So now we’re almost done with the review you want to explain what B-gata H-kei means? Pfft, just Google it, man.
Don’t be lazy! Fine! The B stands for Bousou which means ‘Rampage’ and the H stands for ‘Hentai’. The gata means ‘type’ and kei means ‘style’, so all together it means ‘Rampage Style, Hentai Type’.
Oh I see… um… and what does ‘hentai’ mean? …you can leave now.
What? How is it my fault I don’t know what hentai means? I’m not well versed in all these Japanese terms you throw around so freely. And I learnt my lesson from the OreImo review to not Google these terms anymore; I still sweat a little every time I hear a police siren… Fine, in this specific instance it means ‘pervert’.
Ah… okay that makes sense. Hey! Does this mean I should’ve been calling you a ‘hentai’ all these times? Hehe, hentai! Hentai! Ugh, it’s like teaching a parent what memes are.
Final score if you please, Mr. Hentai. Yamada’s First Time is a coming of age story that’s more about the female perspective on teenage sexuality than most shows even bother to touch on, and it’s refreshing to have a lead who’s so frank about her desires, even if they don’t always manifest in reality. With a plot synopsis that reads more like a porn film a casual glance at the show might suggest something that’s cheap, tacky and perverted but the truth is significantly otherwise. It’s an amusing show with well-written characters and just enough heart to carry it through. Like a lot of first times, it’s not perfect, it’s a little messy and plenty embarrassing but it’s memorable and worthwhile all the same. It’s the first time but it won’t be the last time, 82 out of 100.
Thank you Hentai-senpai. Shut up!