Yamada’s First Time (B Gata H Kei)

Yamada's always prepared...
Yamada’s always prepared…

Yamada is a teenage girl with a mission – she wants to have “one hundred sex friends”. As the prettiest girl at her school, she thinks this won’t be too hard, but there’s one obstacle – she’s still a virgin with no experience. She decides to start simple, choosing a stranger she identifies as a “cherry boy”, and thinks she’ll have him in bed in no time.

The only problem is that the equally inexperienced Kosuda has no idea Yamada is interested in him, which forms the basis for this romantic comedy anime. Yamada is continually seeking to move her relationship with Kosuda towards sex. Although it’s supposedly her mission to lose her v card, she becomes embarrassed and self-conscious while trying to engineer bold seduction moves, and realises it’s not as easy as she thought. Yamada’s frustration at Kosuda’s s obliviousness to her desires also means the two are constantly experiencing the misunderstandings and struggles towards romantic courage often seen in high school anime, that it’s the girl who only has one thing on the brain adding a fresh twist to each moment.

Unfortunately, as the male love interest, Kosuda is a cardboard cut-out of the inexperienced teenage boy. Beyond his interest in photography and Yamada, there’s no real personality to speak of and much of his dialogue and actions feel dry and predictable. However, this is an anime about Yamada’s journey towards sex and love and she makes for an interesting character – appearance obsessed, flirtatious and often a little callous in her doggedness to have sex but with an important touch of vulnerability as she finds her heart interfering with her libido.

B Gata H Kei isn’t going to win many points for originality in the high school romance comedy genre, but it offers some sharp comedic moments, which make the romantic touches all the sweeter. It’s always good to see an anime in which the heroine is moving towards sex consciously and consentingly, and not being exploited for fanservice purposes. If you’re looking for an easy watch with some dirty humour, check this one out.

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