Girl’s High

Girl's HighType: TV Series
Episode Count: 12
Genre: Comedy
Vintage: 2006

Version reviewed: Japanese Subtitled
Date of Review: 21 Jul 2008

Grade: B

Not for the faint of heart, this is a high school comedy that goes places which few others dare. Think Azumanga Daioh but with more fanservice and ecchi comedy. Much, much more.

Plot Summary
Eriko, Ayano, and Yuma are about to enter an all-girls high school, so they decide to scope it out before they start. As they do, they run into Kouda, Himeji, and Ogawa, who have also just graduated Middle School and had the same idea. Eriko’s group decides to pass themselves off as high school students and show the other three around. This leads to a rocky start for what will become one group of friends. Girl’s High follows their adventures and misadventures through their first year of high school.

The Review
I decided to take a chance on this series, and it paid off in the end, but for a while I wasn’t so sure that it would. Girl’s High plays similar to Azumanga Daioh, except it is much more uninhibited and raw, and goes where few school comedies dare. Ecchi comedy isn’t really my thing, and when the first few episodes were abundant in it, I was worried that that was all that the series was going to be. As it turns out, the series is mostly front-loaded with the fanservice and “compromising situations” (probably to draw in viewers), and it trails off as the episodes go by. That’s not to say that the show is without fanservice in the later episodes; it’s just much less concentrated. On the other hand, if ecchi comedy is your thing, you’ll probably want to add Girl’s High to your list of shows to see without delay. You won’t be disappointed.

Anyway, as far as the story goes, it’s simple enough. It’s all about the things that the six girls experience in their first year at an all girls high school. Whether or not these are the kinds of things that really do happen at an all girls Japanese high school is something I’ll never know, but as one of the characters in the show says – to paraphrase – “when girls know there are no boys around, they let it all hang out”. And that they do in no small amount in Girl’s High. Yet for all of its unabashedness, there are some dramatic elements to the story which I thought played out really well, and probably do represent the kinds of things that high school girls experience. This is what I thought rounded the series out and gave it some dimension it might not have otherwise had, had it stuck to strictly ecchi humor.

If you like school comedies, I would recommend Girl’s High, but only if you know what you are getting into. It certainly won’t be a series for everyone, but if you can take the rawness of the humor and the fanservice, there is a fun little show to be found in Girl’s High.

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