What to Watch: Golden Time / by shadebug


Remember how I said Arpeggio of Blue Steel was the show I least understood before this season? I lied, Golden Time was. Turns out it's also more in need of people knowing what it's about because it's a whole lot of storyline. 

Before the season started I was under the impression it was something to do with somebody becoming a law student. This much is true, but there's a whole lot more to it and it takes a few episodes to work out what's actually happening. I think people will label it a love story, but really it's a story about relationships and they get very messed up along the way for various reasons that I'm about to spoil. 

Before the spoilers, I'm going to call this a mix of Genshiken and ToraDora!. If that sounds like something you want to be part of then have fun. 

So Golden Time does indeed start with somebody going into law school, but you won't get to see any law (at least not in the first six eps). Instead we start off seeing how university clubs work (or don't work) in Japan and we get to see a lot of social network building. Specifically our protagonist meets a new friend whose obsessive girlfriend (by which I mean person he grew up with who was never his girlfriend) has followed to university. Our protagonist decides to befriend this girlfriend because she kinda needs a friend.

Outside of this we eventually discover that our protagonist actually suffered an accident a year before university and ended up with amnesia. This meant that he effectively became a new person who didn't know any of his friends or family. Where amnesia should be a tired plot device, here it's been used fantastically to make for some brilliant and thought provoking drama. 

I'm really enjoying this and, more importantly, I have no idea which way it's going to end up going. It's very much like I felt with ToraDora!, except that then I knew which way the romance was going to go before long and I was annoyed that it was going to go the wrong way. Here I don't even know where I want it to go and I'm just happy to be along for the ride.

So, jump on that ride but you'll have to go it alone because I'm off to see what else is on.