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Golden Time aftereffects [dem feels]
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So I just finished watching Golden Time.


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Man. I have never been so emotionally moved in my whole life by something on screen before.


Some things I wish to personally applaud for the series:

+ An amazing cast, with well developed characters.
+ Great use of commedia de'larte
+ Plot twists that keep true to the story and its direction
+ Consistent tone
+ Multiple strong topics that affect real people were addressed
+ Makes viewer ask introspective questions

From what I understand, there was a pretty talented writer behind this series. When I was watching the last four episodes of the series, I found myself wishing the dialogue would pass faster so I could find out what was going on sooner-- sort of like when you begin to speed read in anticipation and excitement when you read a particularly good part of a book.

I'm not really heavy into watching anime usually, in fact, judging from my personality and lifestyle, one would not believe that I enjoy them. I find many anime series to be fairly immature or childish due to there being lots of "fanservice" over-the-top action scenes (kill la kill comes to mind.. oh trigger..) or just imbalanced in their overall production value (ex: being too focused on art, or hyped storyline, or trying too hard to ground its own theme to develop an all-around good experience)

While the above may sound negative, it does not mean a certain series is un-enjoyable. In fact, I enjoy a handful of series that fall under different genres depending on the mood.

But Golden Time for me was solid proof that anime can most definitely deliver more mature themes and ideas to the viewer. In this specific experience of my own, I can say that it was the most cathartic experience I've had with cinematic media.


So bravo! I enjoyed it immensely. Lots of feels, many things about myself were discovered by the end. I give it a 10/10 for what it is.


I don't expect too many people to talk about it since its an older out of season show, but I would love to hear from other people's experiences and opinions from this show, and/or other similar shows! I would love to see another!
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Yeah, Golden Time is certainly very gripping and appeals to the emotions. I enjoyed it a good amount because the characters are relatable and it shows the ups and downs of relationships well. The writer is the same one who wrote Toradora. I'd give that show a watch too if you have not seen it yet. Many regard it as even better than Golden Time, and a very well done drama and romance story at that.
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sonic720 wrote:

Yeah, Golden Time is certainly very gripping and appeals to the emotions. I enjoyed it a good amount because the characters are relatable and it shows the ups and downs of relationships well. The writer is the same one who wrote Toradora. I'd give that show a watch too if you have not seen it yet. Many regard it as even better than Golden Time, and a very well done drama and romance story at that.


Those who feel that Toradora is better than Golden Time do not understand what an actual relationship is like or how it may come to be. Also, Toradora was crap with a crap ending and terrible characters.
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Rippedyanu1 wrote:


sonic720 wrote:

Yeah, Golden Time is certainly very gripping and appeals to the emotions. I enjoyed it a good amount because the characters are relatable and it shows the ups and downs of relationships well. The writer is the same one who wrote Toradora. I'd give that show a watch too if you have not seen it yet. Many regard it as even better than Golden Time, and a very well done drama and romance story at that.


Those who feel that Toradora is better than Golden Time do not understand what an actual relationship is like or how it may come to be. Also, Toradora was crap with a crap ending and terrible characters.


It might just be me but I have a feeling you're not a fan of Toradora.

While I liked Toradora and thought it was pretty good, I agree that it doesn't really deserve as much praise as it's given. It deserves some praise, but it's not the best romance anime out there. Golden Time is better, in my opinion, because it was at least somewhat original and was a lot more mature with topics and how they were dealt with. Toradora, while pretty damn good, didn't stand out to me. Most of the characters just fell into the same old tropes.
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Rippedyanu1 wrote:


sonic720 wrote:

Yeah, Golden Time is certainly very gripping and appeals to the emotions. I enjoyed it a good amount because the characters are relatable and it shows the ups and downs of relationships well. The writer is the same one who wrote Toradora. I'd give that show a watch too if you have not seen it yet. Many regard it as even better than Golden Time, and a very well done drama and romance story at that.


Those who feel that Toradora is better than Golden Time do not understand what an actual relationship is like or how it may come to be. Also, Toradora was crap with a crap ending and terrible characters.


I wouldn't say Toradora was crap, it was awesome in it's own right!
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Oh, another Golden time/Toradora comparison thread...great.
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Koko. Does. Not. Love. Banri.
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Koko. Does. Not. Love. Banri.


Lies!! Don't lie to me Gold!!
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clutz157 wrote:


Rippedyanu1 wrote:


sonic720 wrote:

Yeah, Golden Time is certainly very gripping and appeals to the emotions. I enjoyed it a good amount because the characters are relatable and it shows the ups and downs of relationships well. The writer is the same one who wrote Toradora. I'd give that show a watch too if you have not seen it yet. Many regard it as even better than Golden Time, and a very well done drama and romance story at that.


Those who feel that Toradora is better than Golden Time do not understand what an actual relationship is like or how it may come to be. Also, Toradora was crap with a crap ending and terrible characters.


I wouldn't say Toradora was crap, it was awesome in it's own right!


Leave Ami out of this...
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I loved both shows being mentioned. Both had different takes on finding love. The only element I had problems with in Golden Time was when Linda and Banri confronted the past Banri. Now I can see the Banri vs. Banri part, but Linda too? Uhm . . excuse me? I will also admit that Kōko Kaga went from a character I did not like to one I fully embraced. She, like Taiga Aisaka, are both driven by their insecurities and took different coping mechanisms. Also I loved the OP and ED themes 2 for Golden Time.

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I loved both shows being mentioned. Both had different takes on finding love. The only element I had problems with in Golden Time was when Linda and Banri confronted the past Banri. Now I can see the Banri vs. Banri part, but Linda too? Uhm . . excuse me? I will also admit that Kōko Kaga went from a character I did not like to one I fully embraced. She, like Taiga Aisaka, are both driven by their insecurities and took different coping mechanisms. Also I loved the OP and ED themes 2 for Golden Time.




I've always believed that Linda had more to do with it than they said.... There were sorta hints that it was her on that moped in the accident, it was never really said but i got the impression it was implied during their conversation at the hospital when banri "broke out" when she told him about her "friend" she wasn't allowed to see. Plus with her gear on riding the moped, she looks like the same person in the accident flashbacks.

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GoldTStar wrote:

Koko. Does. Not. Love. Banri.


The thing is, Koko's love for banri changes a lot, just as much as Bnri's love for Koko changes. multiple times in fact.

At first, I believe Koko loves banri for the sake of saving herself from grieving a way of loving that was suddenly torn from her. While at first it seems childish and self serving, Banri's confrontational personality makes her realize there is so much more to love than what she was allowing herself to experience. (the yes/no fan scene where he says they cant be friends)

She realizes slowly throughout the series that she can worry less and less about her outwards appearance and insecurity as a girlfriend (which is self serving in nature-- google "seeking approval whore") to a deeper love where she cares more about being with banri for the sake of being with him.

I have seen a few episodes of toradora, which i intend to finish this weekend. I also heard traumatic things about "School Days"...

While I am a fan of romance and drama, I also am kind of curious if there have been other series that are more down to earth like Golden Time that focus on other motifs and themes rather than just romance... If you know any, please suggest some!
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Golden Time was quite an experience. The relationships in this anime were very complex, and people will debate over who loved whom for a long time to come. If you haven't seen it, give White Album 2 a try next.
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clutz157 wrote:



I've always believed that Linda had more to do with it than they said.... There were sorta hints that it was her on that moped in the accident, it was never really said but i got the impression it was implied during their conversation at the hospital when banri "broke out" when she told him about her "friend" she wasn't allowed to see. Plus with her gear on riding the moped, she looks like the same person in the accident flashbacks.



No it was a fat Japanese dude on the Moped. But I added Golden Time back into my CR queue and will watch/find it again. Linda felt guilt because she was late to the scene and was the one to find Banri. Linda would not have drove off after hitting Banri. Also I wonder if there is a tie-in between Golden Time and Hanayamata because the 2nd show frequently showed another dance troup that looked a lot alike to the one in Golden Time.

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