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B Gata H Kei: Yamada's First Time [Blu-ray + DVD]


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  • Format: Box set, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Studio: Funimation
  • Release Date: Jan. 31 2012
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B005W2BWR6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,539 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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Yamada is a cute first year high school student who is at the same time shy and sexually obsessed. She wants to have sex with 100 guys before finishing high school, but she has such high expectations of boys that nobody could meet them, and when the test comes, she flinches. Still, over the series she falls in love with the target she chooses for losing her virginity, and you pull for them to get it together - except they never quite do! Watch how things unfold and laugh at the innocence and naivete of youth.

Funimation wastes a little of our money with their now-common bluray-dvd combos - with bluray players under $80 now, and hdtvs available for $200 and up, few people now are stuck with old tvs and dvd players, and those aren't likely to buy a bluray combo anyway. But the quality of the bluray is quite good, and the censoring is reduced from the Japanese broadcast version. Not that there was much to censor anyway...no complete nudity, let alone sex. "Demon Seal Brand" was trasnalted hjere as "Ogre brand," but that works. The ads and cameos recur throughout the series. Have fun with them.
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88 of 91 people found the following review helpful
A Rare Authentic Sex Comedy March 1 2012
By Elias B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
Stop me if you've heard this one before, anime fans. A nerdy guy is a giant pervert, and goes to a school filled with voluptuous young ladies. His eventual goal is to get in close with them and score, but he ends up falling for the childhood friend/nerdy one/headstrong one. It's a formula that's been used time and time again, and for some reason, a lot of people seem to not get sick of it one bit. To put it lightly, I am not one of those people. But by taking the formula and replacing that guy with a cute girl, and adding in an extra bit of teen pathos, "B Gata H Kei" rises above the rest to a series that's hard not to recommend.

Yamada is perhaps more perverted than even the boys in her school. Her life goal is to bed 100 guys before graduating high school, and with a whole wave of them wanting to get with her, one would figure that it wouldn't be that hard. But one would be mistaken, because the poor girl is clueless when it comes to seducing men, on account of the fact that actually having sex outside the context of romance makes her nervous to the point of blushing intensely. And so it ends up that her first "victim", an average Joe by the name of Kosuda, becomes somewhat of a love interest throughout the whole series. Yamada attempts to fornicate with him time and time again, but it always fails on account of her being too darn bashful for her own good.

This seems like a set-up for a nonstop barrage of fan service, but what sets this show apart from the rest is how little of it there actually is. Panty shots are generally obscured, there's never any tasteless nudity, and the outfits the female characters are garbed in are far more modest those found in other series cut from similar cloths. No, "B Gata H Kei" is taste in it's visual content, which makes for an overall more enjoyable series to watch.

All of the raciness had to go somewhere, of course, and that's where the completely R-rated dialogue comes in. People sensitive to explicit references to genitalia, consistent use of profanity, and a general mood of raunchiness should probably not watch this, if they were planning to anyway. Yamada is a walking encyclopedia of debauchery, possessing a vast knowledge of everything sexual except for how to actually engage in intercourse. The same can be said of her rival, Kanejo, who has a fake elegant front for her bizarre sexual interest in one of her close family members. The writers frequently make light of sex, incest and prurient interests, playing it off casually much like a Kevin Smith movie.

Kevin Smith is perhaps the best comparison to this series for another reason as well. That's because underneath all of the riotous comedy and awkward shenanigans, this is really a human story. It's the classic "girl-loves-boy" story for my generation of youth, the generation who are glued to their computers, always connected, and spew off sexual dialogue like it's not offensive one bit. Personally, I relate to Yamada a good bit. Despite her grand ambitions (however ignoble they may be), she realizes that underneath her posturing, she's a normal girl who is susceptible to things such as hurt feelings and falling in love. There's a great deal of weakness inside of her, which makes her a far more compelling protagonist than ones from other erotic comedies. Her interactions with other characters often times feel, much like conversations I would have with friends. It really succeeds at painting a believable picture of today's teenagers.

Also aiding the story are the side characters, who all serve a purpose. My personal favorite is Yamada's best friend Miharu, who acts as a sort of foil to her pal's daily antics and varying fits of sexual frustration and romantic confusion. She's one of the most tolerant and believable best friends I've personally ever seen in an anime. Also enjoyable is aforementioned love interest Kosuda, who is so painfully ordinary that it's funny. Everything from his face to his mannerisms are unforgettably vanilla, which ironically makes him very memorable. Other characters, like "rivals" Kanejo and Mayu, are all given their moments to shine, making for an inordinately balanced comedy.

It would be a crime not to mention, however, that the two funniest side characters are actually inside Kosuda and Yamada themselves. Both of them possess an "Eros Deity", i.e. their secretly perverted consciousnesses. Yamada's is a chibi version of her, only with a giant grey mustache slapped on her face. She rides around on a little cloud and constantly yells at Yamada to be more aggressive, and frequently serves as a narrator. Kosuda's is also a chibi version of himself, but with perpetually closed eyes, that typically remains quiet but often serves as a metaphor for the poor boy getting an erection around Yamada. He even substitutes for Kosuda's actual genitalia at one point in the series, so that while Yamada sees his beans and franks, the viewer sees a little man on his crotch. The placement of these deities is always hilarious, and just another quirk that makes this series so good.

On the technical side of things, "B Gata H Kei" isn't go to win any awards, but it's certainly not lackluster. The animation is very crisp, frequently shifting according to the narrative situation. There's never a noticeable dip in budget, making it consistently pleasant to look at throughout the entirety of the series. It also helps that the designs for all of the characters look incredibly attractive, even for the boys. There's some serious animated eye candy on display here, for those who care.

What really won me over, though, was the music and voice acting. The opening and ending ditties are dangerously infectious, but nowhere near as much as the song "B Gata H Kei" that appears about three-quarters of the way through the show, which will be lodged in your cranium for months. The voice acting is also top-notch, with Yamada's voice actress shining above everybody else in both versions. Both Yukari Tamura and Brittney Karbowski bring something unique to the table with the character; Tamura emphasizes Yamada's innocent and demure interior, while Karbowski plays up the debauched side for the big laughs. Both versions work incredibly well, and the same can be said for the rest of both the English and Japanese casts.

When it was released, many critics seemed to hate "B Gata H Kei", but average viewers adored it. Being one of those viewers, it's been interesting to see the critical opinion change somewhat over the course of almost two years. Well, interesting and gratifying, because "B Gata H Kei" is truly a good series, deserving of every bit of praise it gets. It succeeds as both a social satire of today's youth and a ribald sex comedy, with both sides getting equal treatment. Even with FUNimation's ludicrous price (which seems to be the norm for them nowadays), this is one series that is worth splurging on if you know what you're getting into. Not only a great comedy, but a great overall show.

Story: B+
Writing: B+
Animation: B+
Sound: A-
Overall: B+
29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Not bad Jan. 14 2012
By B. Sounthonevichith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
This is actually a pretty funny anime with a sexy, naughty side to it. The story revolves around a 15 year old high school student and her quest to achieve sexual relations with 100 different people. However, her insecurities as a virgin, causes her to reject everyones who's asked her out and to search for someone, who's also a virgin, to bestow her first time to. The story revolves around Yamada and her quest to seduce Kosuda while along the way also finding her true love. This is the basic premise for this 12 episodes series. What makes this series funny, to me, are the inner feelings of Yamada and some of her friends. There's a lot of fan service but with no real nudity until the last episode which has two scenes, one in the first half and one in the second. I watched all episodes in Japanese with English subs but did try the English dub for about 10 minutes. They weren't bad but I just found the Japanese ones to be funnier. There were a scene or two that I had trouble reading the subs as they were white layered on top of a light background. Other than this, they were easily legible. I also watched both blu ray and DVD to see the differnce in the two. The blu rays were formatted to fit my TV nicely while the DVDs were shown in widescreen. As far as quality goes, there's no comparison. If you have a blu ray player, watch the blu ray. My only complaint would be I wish these companies would just sell them individually as this would probably save me an extra $10 or so as I have no intentions of ever watching it on DVD. Maybe they need to sell them in three formats, DVDs, blu rays and combo packs.

The series comes in two DVD cases with one housing the DVDs and the other housing the blu rays. Both fit nicely into the cardboard outer box. The episdodes on the DVDs are split into 6 episodes each and the ones on the blu rays are split into 8 and 4. Both DVDs and blu rays have the exact same extras in that the first disc has an episode 1 commentary and the second has episode 11 commentary, outtakes, clean opening and closing credits and trailers. Extras were kind of weak to me as I wanted some cast interviews, linearts and stuff. All four discs have the exact same silk screen with the only difference being the color.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not what you expect! Sept. 29 2013
By Tyler S - Published on Amazon.com
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I expected a lot of dirty fan service but thankfully was surprised. This show was all about relationships not just sex. Yes, sex is the main topic but you learn that Yamada is all talk. She doesn't know how to properly broach the subject. I highly recommend giving this show a chance. It is hilarious.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Ignore the product blurb, this is more Romance then Hentai Sept. 17 2012
By Kerthunk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
From the product blurb, you'd be forgiven for thinking B Gata H Kei is an ero show ala Queens blade or Highschool DxD. What we have here, however, is a enjoyable, and great looking romantic comedy about a girl with sex on the mind, but no motivation to actually do the deed.

The boy she selects to be her first time, hence the us releases title, is your average joe. Picked because she thinks he'd be an easy target, he ends up being quite the charmer, if dense as a rock. Basically a perfect fit for our dense heroine.

What follows is a rather cute show, about the transition from lust to love, with some great characters, crisp art, and a good sound mix. Listened mainly to the subtitled version, and the subs appear to match more or less, although a few liberties were taken here and there.

Overall, I greatly enjoyed the show, and would recommend it to others seeking a mildly fanservicey romantic comedy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Funny Premise! Somewhat Slow and Uneventful. March 24 2012
By DL - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The first episode was hilarious to me. A lot of sexual humor. But it kinda slowed down after a few episodes. It starts to get a little boring.

**Spoilers** **If you havent seen the show yet, you may want to skip the 2nd paragraph!**

Its the same thing over and over again... the guy and the girl have a lot chances together, but neither of them can ever express the way they feel and they manage to blow every single opportunity they have. And whenever Kosuda finally gets the courage to express anything to Yamada, she screams at him or flips out. I guess this is suppose to be part of the humor of the show, the fact that they never actually accomplish anything, but for me its actually frustrating. Towards the end of the series, they get close to accomplishing their goal many times, but in the end... it never happens!! Very close but no cigar! I can't believe the show ended like that. I actually went online to check for a second season but it seems this is it. Not that I would wanna go through another full season of watching these two try to have sex! I guess I would have been more satisfied if he banged the hell outta her, but hey, this isnt hentai or anything.

**spoilers over**

All in all, its still entertaining. So I still gave it 4 stars. The show is very sexual in nature but at the same time nothing too graphic. At the end of the series you see Yamada's breasts but thats about it. This show does make me think back old middle school and high school days. The days of innocence and inexperience with the opposite sex. Awkward and funny stuff. Its a short 12-episode series so I think its worth checking out if the premise sounds interesting to you... A popular girl starting high school with a dream of banging 100 guys, and all the trials and tribulations that come along with just trying to achieve that first time.

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