Your First Finished Anime Is Like Your First Girlfriend

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One thing you’ll learn upon leaving high school is that everything that happened during that time is utterly meaningless in the adult world. And unless you’re one of those heathens who married his highschool sweetheart without divorcing her in two years time, your first love is one of those things. Pretty soon, you’ll realize that it was nothing special other than being another small experience in your youth, move on, and then date that college chick that’s as smart as she is fun to be around.

A similar thing happened to me when I got started on my anime hobby. Back when I thought they were all the length of American sitcoms that went on longer than a roadtrip from Texas to Brazil and I treated those anime like we were having a fling, I found a peculiar little series on Youtube that I was surprised to find was only 12 episodes long: Ginban Kaleidoscope. For those of you who have never heard of the series, it’s this anime directed by that dude who did the first 100 or so episodes of GintamaSchool Rumble, and such centered on this ice-skating chick who gets possessed by this Canadian pilot that died in a plane accident. For some reason, he can only ascend to heaven after 100 days, so he has to share the girl’s experiences until then – including seeing herself when she goes to the toilet and experiencing what she eats (and he hates tomatoes), so she puts up with him until then. As you probably expect, they fall for each other, help each other out, and basically act like a retarded version of Hikaru no Go.

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If you’re planning to watch this anime…uh…don’t. It’s not very funny, it adds nothing new to the coming-of-age sports genre, and it’s more of a product of its time than John Hughes’ films. As you probably surmised, I didn’t like this anime, even back then. The only real reason I committed to it was because I was more romantically inclined at the time and wanted to see these characters get together despite one of them being a ghost (who never spoke any Canadian). So I officially entered an “I watch you and you entertain me” relationship with the show, only to get frustrated with these stupid romantic comedy hijinks that felt like it was playing me for a fool without showing any real commitment to its promise. There were eventually some moments where I had fun, but around the end, I realized the show and I wanted different things and we parted ways amicably after we were finished with each other.

Looking back on that show as of today, I wonder what it was my high school self ever really saw in it. But regardless of what I feel now, I cannot deny that it was an important moment of my life due to being the first anime I ever finished from beginning to end. Even if the experience wasn’t great and there was no real love to justify that old “it’s better to have love and lost than have never loved at all” spiel, it was still an experience that helped shape future events in regards to my hobby. Okay, I went back to my long-running comfort food that will never grow old and betray me for a while, but eventually I realized how full of bullshit they were too (apart from Ranma, who forgave me for cheating on her and we entered a long-term relationship that was way more successful, but more on that another time) and sought out more of these series that were less than 100-episodes long. I think you can guess what happened from then on.

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My first real girlfriend in terms of anime didn’t pan out. But hey, I survived didn’t I?

3 responses to “Your First Finished Anime Is Like Your First Girlfriend

  1. I actually liked this anime when I watched it when I was in high school, too. Although I agree that there are lots of cheesy moments. But I think that overall, it’s quite entertaining and even touching, especially the development of friendship between the 2 main protagonists.