Friday, May 19, 2017

Golden Time (2013-2014) - Foreign Film Friday - Through the Eyes of Selina

Number Rolled: N/A
Movie Name/Year: Golden Time (2013-2014)
Tagline: None
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Length: 24 Episodes
Rating: TV-14
Production Companies: J.C. Staff
Producer: John Ledford
Director: Chiaki Kon, Sega Kajii, Yoshitaka Koyama, Hiromichi Matano, Makoto Sokuza, Osamu Honma, Tomohiro Matsukawa, Toshinori Fukushima, Masato Kitagawa, Hideaki Nakano, Yoshikata Nitta, Masako Sato, Takashi Yamazaki
Writer: Fumihiko Shimo
Actors: Yui Horie, Makoto Furukawa, Ai Kayano, Kaito Ishikawa, Ibuki Kido, Takahiro Hikami, Takayuki Kondo, Satomi Sato

Blurb from IMDb: Banri Tada is a freshman at a Tokyo law school. After an accident, he suffers severe memory loss. Despite the incident, he befriends fellow freshman, Mitsuo Yanagisawa, which leads him to the beautiful, yet obsessive, Kouko Kaga.

Selina’s Point of View:
Ok, you caught me. This isn’t a film. Never-the-less, it is foreign and Cat’s away so… it’s anime day!

I’m only just starting to get into anime. Before recently, I’d mostly seen the stuff from Adult Swim. Animes like Inuyasha (2000-2006), Blood + (2005-2006) and Bleach (2004-2012). I guess, technically, my first anime was Sailor Moon (1995-2000) or Pokemon (1997-) … but we all know there’s a clear difference between the Americanized versions and the originals.

I chose Golden Time randomly from the many, many animes listed on Crunchy Roll. I’d bought a subscription and I was curious about some of the series that I hadn’t heard of much. In the mood for a romance, I just wound up picking this one.

At first, I found it difficult to submerge myself in. It seemed like such a cut, copy, and paste young adult angst bit of cringe-worthy semi-romance. In fact, I almost gave up on the series altogether. Even the characters seemed depthless and uninteresting.

I don’t recall exactly which episode I was on when that all changed.

Something original was revealed about the main character and everything about the story started to shift. There was almost a mind fuck kind of aspect to it after that.

Still, I was able to stop myself from binge-watching too much, too fast. I just watched a couple of episodes here, a few there. At about 13 episodes in… that changed too.

I wound up stuck to the TV.

In fact, I finished the rest of the season in three days after that.

I became enthralled with the story and fell in love with each of the characters, no matter how annoying or strange they seemed on the surface.

To be honest, I feel like the writers may have done that transition on purpose.

We were shown the superficial aspects of the characters first. There seemed to be a lack of anything under the surface – as if we were meeting real people for the very first time. The longer the series went on, the more I felt I was getting to know them.

The romance aspect was secondary to the real story – once that real story was revealed, anyway. It was a HUGE secondary aspect, though, so if you don’t like romance this won’t be your thing. It’s just that the real story had so much going on that there were times that the love parts didn’t really remain in the fore-front of my mind.

I would get to the end of an episode and have to know what came next. What was Banri Tada going to do next? How was he going to fix things? What was this mystery hanging over everyone’s head?

The ending was intense and memorable, which elevated Golden Time from an anime I was glad I watched to one of my favorite animes of all time.

Granted, that’s not such a huge deal yet – I have only about a dozen or so animes under my belt at this time – but it’s a start. I believe Golden Time will be a series I remember for a long, long time.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – N/A
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – N/A
Metascore – N/A
Metacritic User Score – N/A
IMDB Score – 7.7/10

Trust the Dice: Selina’s Rating4/5

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