Episode 1 Impressions: Girl Friend BETA

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As its name suggests, Girl Friend BETA seems like a prequel to relationships. Since this show is based on a mobile game involving dating school girls, with a lack of any male interaction, we can only assume this show is for the boyfriends to see their girls in action rather than see them dating other men! With that said, does this offer anything to the non-boyfriends?

e1girlfriendbeta2Synopsis
Kokomi Shiina is a second-year student and also part of the rhythmic gymnastics club at her school. Seeking to win at the prefecture finalists, she has quite a tough road ahead of her. While practicing one day, she encounters a third-year named Chloe Lemaire who ends up dropping a family photo after visiting her.

While Shiina continuously tries to find Chloe between classes, she ends up bumping into several other girls from her school and make many introductions.

Finally, near the end of the day, she gives into her desire to eat her lunch when Chloe finds her. Thankful, this French exchange student tries to offer a favor in return, but without anything she desires, Shiina just promises to let her know when she figures something out.

Thoughts
It didn’t take me long to realize that this show wasn’t going to be what I originally thought. I figured it would be some boy dating one girl each episode in order to play out scenarios that the mobile game entails. However this thought process quickly changed when I realized boys were simply a backdrop.

e1girlfriendbeta5I think it sets out to do exactly what it should do, to the detriment of anyone unknowing of the mobile game. To give fan service and life to a few of the 100 plus girls this mobile game features. Namely for now, Shiina.

Now I must say, I’m not a big fan of pointing out voice acting issues, but putting the French girl’s forced broken Japanese aside, this show had some bothersome voice acting.  Some characters seemed to have some extremely forced softness to their tone or just plain delivered lines awkwardly.  Which is odd for me to point out, as it never really bothers me at all.

Putting that aside, the question is if this show offers anything to anyone not a boyfriend to these fabricated girlfriends. I’d say.. not so much. It’s a cute show, has a bit of sugar to its flavor, but nothing really interesting is happening. It’s not comical, it’s not really drama filled, it’s just there. If you like seeing girls run around being school girls, take a shot at it.

For now though, with an obviously introductory episode to a ton of characters, there’s not much here to talk about.  Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go hide from the hordes of boyfriends who will seek to kill me for bashing their waifu show.

This show is streaming on Crunchyroll.com!

Episode 1: Our First Promise

THUMBS DOWN!

THUMBS DOWN!

IMPRESSIONS VERDICT:
For the boyfriends

Pros:

  • Cute characters
  • French girl is cute/funny

Cons:

  • Inconsistent animation
  • Boring 95% time
  • Uninteresting characters
  • No overall plot to speak of yet

Impressions are based on a single episode and don’t necessarily reflect the series as a whole. Unless dropped, we will continue to give updates on thoughts and impressions of the series as time goes by.

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