So, here’s a writing experiment. I was talking with one of my editors and saying that I was down to 1,000 words or so per review. I claimed I could get it down to 500 words and still be coherent. So I’ve decided to try it out on stuff I’m watching on Crunchyroll, Viewster and (hopefully, soon) Funimation. These are not reviews, they’re not polished enough to call them that. This just why I like or dislike a show and nothing more. In 500 or less.
Galko goes to school with Otoko and Ojou. Galko is a gyaru, a girl who likes having tanned skin and bleached blonde hair (I’m oversimplifying it, I know) and Otoko is an otaku who likes reading manga, watching anime with her brother and being quiet in school. Ojou is a rich, ditzy girl who says the first thing that pops into her head and yet the three are all friends.
The show centres around the three girls and the frequent misunderstandings that arise from their conversations, usually around the perception that Galko is naturally promiscuous and all the embarrassing things that arise from that line of thought. The funny thing is that Galko is the least likely to behave like that and of the lot of them, Otoko has the most perverted of thoughts. Ojou stands off to the side and just observes and then comes in with her thought. Which may or may not be connected with what Otoko and Galko are talking about. But usually makes the talk more perverted. Oh dear.
The shows runtime of around 7 minutes an episode means that the gags come fast and, in some cases, cheap. The show repeatedly floggs the hell out of the entire class the girls are in thinking Galko is out all night, drinking, shagging and generally misbehaving. When you see that Galko actually spends her nights watching movies and being unable to get out of bed this next day as the reason she’s always tired, the laugh becomes better still. On top of that, the two other girls find themselves at odds with being friends with each other and yet, have no trouble believing the other is some kind of wanton harlot.
The animation is cheerful and frequently hangs on the girls in various states of undress and longing shots of their legs or butt. But then perversely, the (female) narrator will then talk about a bodily function of the girls, a common myth about body types, physical attributes of people’s faces, lips, genitals or just is brutally honest about a characters behaviour. Also, the show has an unhealthy obsession with Galko’s boobs. I’m just saying.
I liked the show and despite delving into some pretty disgusting points of order about the sexual behaviours of both girls and boys, I thought the interplay between Ojou, Otoko and Galko was fun, colourful and energetic. While it’s impossible for this to get a physical release, it is fun. Just don’t watch in front of children or parents. Or anyone you don’t want to offend. That’s everyone, I guess? Right.
Please Tell Me! Galko-chan is currently streaming on Crunchyroll and is now available to free members as well as Premium ones.