High school romance, made by J.C. Staff. Is this a masterpiece or the complete opposite?
I was hesitant about Golden Time. I knew it was produced by J.C. Staff, so my expectations were as low as can be. The rating on MyAnimeList was rather positive, which I still cannot comprehend. Even the former creator of ToraDora couldn’t safe this train from crashing.
Tada Banri suffers from memory loss after being tossed of a bridge during high school. His memories are gone and he is accompanied by voices in his head that keep him bound to the past. Apparently hospitalization is not required when you suffer from multiple mental disorders. Instead you go to university to live your romantic fantasy.
In university he meets hot bodied Kaga Kouko, who instead of chasing her childhood friend to make him her husband, falls in love with train wreck Tada Banri.
As said, Tada Banri suffers from ‘memory loss’, with voices. Every now and again the voice returns, making Banri panick, making him scream for his former harem member, Linda. Banri keeps switching between his former love Linda and girlfriend Kouko.
This mechanic is supposed to be the harbinger of a harem anime, apparently. Only Linda herself doesn’t know what she wants and is only there to pet Banri when his former self comes back. The former self that is dying to be with Linda.
The parts when Kouko and Tada were having fun, were actually quite entertaining. Nonetheless was it so sugarcoated at times, that it became dreadful. The sudden occurrence of Banri’s alter ego at the most inappropriate of moments, was equally dreadful. Every sane member of his friend group would’ve already redirected him straight to an asylum or a doctor.
Golden Time came out in 2013, which is interesting since the visuals look like they’ve come straight out of 2004. The character animations are inconsistent and there’s almost no depth of field. The only remarkably good animation/frames where the city shots, which even surprised me. It is obvious that the character design team needs some help from the pro’s at the background/scenery team.
My review may feel like sarcasm, but it honestly isn’t. Golden Time is such utopian idiocy, fighting for a genre to fit itself in. The romance isn’t credible and it’s not ‘incredible’ enough to be a harem. The drama is forced and seems to only lean on Tada’s memory loss with not much else going for it. The characters, apart from Kouko, are beyond annoying. I rate this series a 5 out of 10 for its bad performance.