FEATURE: Teen Humor Defies Appearances in Please tell me! Galko-chan

"Cruising the Crunchy-Catalog" looks back the adaptation of Kenya Suzuki's classroom comedy manga

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With so many anime series to choose from, sometimes a little extra info can be helpful for fans who are looking to prune their queues. “Cruising the Crunchy-Catalog” has your back because our goal is to connect fans with fun shows that they may have missed the first time around.

 

This week we're heading back to high school with a comedy series that examines both the upsides and downsides of youth as we look back on Please tell me! Galko-chan, a series that celebrates its fifth anniversary this year.

 

Please tell me! Galko-chan

 

What's Please tell me! Galko-chan?

 

Based on the manga by Kenya Suzuki, Please tell me! Galko-chan is a short-form TV anime from the winter season of 2016 with direction by Keiichiro Kawaguchi and animation production by feel.. Crunchyroll describes the story of the series as follows:

 

Galko, Otako and Ojou are a trio of unlikely friends in high school with three very different perspectives. Each episode embarks on a day in the life of a trendy girl, an otaku, and a lady, as they discuss their “girl problems."

 

Galko is a girl with a heart of gold who loves to dress up in gyaru (gal) fashion, Otako is a sharp-tongued otaku who gets a charge out of needling her friends, and Ojou is a space cadet who is equal parts supremely confident and completely oblivious. Together with their classmates, they tackle the everyday struggles of adolescence, comedy both subtle and crude ensues.

 

Galko is embarrassed by a romantic scene while reading aloud in Modern Japanese Literature class in a scene from the 2016 Please tell me! Galko-chan TV anime.

 

Pastel World.

 

The original Please tell me! Galko-chan comics are unique in that each chapter comprises a single, full-color page of panels exploring (or ignoring) a single topic posed in the form of a question. (i.e. “Is it true that...?”)

 

The TV anime mimics this structure with lots of colorful keyframes and backgrounds with pleasant pastel color schemes and eye-popping abstract shapes, so it feels like a comic book brought to life. While the animation is limited and low-key, Please tell me! Galko-chan leans on the strength of its character designs as well as its strong sense of comic timing.

 

Otako and Ojou attempt to boost Galko's self-confidence regarding her pierced ears with a distracting strategy involving a travel magazine a bit of trivia about the Buddha in a scene from the 2016 Please tell me! Galko-chan TV anime.

 

Teen Topics.

 

Anime is often contradictory in how it depicts the teenage state of being, with many series featuring characters that are either supremely innocent and unconcerned on one extreme or overflowing with torment and angst on the other. Please tell me! Galko-chan adopts neither of these extremes, opting instead for interactions that are best described as “ordinary.”

 

The teens in Please tell me! Galko-chan act like teens. They bicker with their friends over trivial things, they gossip about their classmates, they swap dirty jokes. Galko and company can be brittle and overflowing with emotion, but they're also compassionate, curious about where they fit in, and concerned with how other people perceive them. It's a combination of sincerity and insecurity that feels honest and refreshing for a comedy series starring teenage protagonists.

 

Ojou, Otako, and Galko gossip while purchasing feminine hygiene products in a scene from the 2016 Please tell me! Galko-chan TV anime.

 

Sex and/or Education.

 

Please tell me! Galko-chan has a very blunt approach when it comes to comedy, and no subject is treated as taboo or off-limits. The series includes numerous gags that could be seen as vulgar comedy or toilet humor, but the topics that Galko, Otako, and Ojou explore aren't necessarily rooted in a sense of shame, so the punchlines may surprise you.

 

Audiences should expect discussions on subjects such as self-image, the intimate aspects of human reproductive anatomy, menstruation, sexual relationships, and even dealing with unwanted body hair. The humor is presented with more of a clinical eye than a titillating one, but viewer discretion is advised.

 

With a guileless smile, Ojou prepares to walk into a verbal booby trap of her own making in a scene from the 2016 Please tell me! Galko-chan TV anime.

 

Tell Me More, Tell Me More.

 

Crunchyroll currently streams Please tell me! Galko-chan in 149 territories worldwide and the series is available in the original Japanese language with subtitles in English, Spanish, Latin American Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, German, and Arabic. There is currently no home video release of Please tell me! Galko-chan in the United States, but if you want more teens figuring out the tough questions, an English language version of the original manga is available from Seven Seas Entertainment.

 

With a sharp sense of humor and deep empathy for the troubles and tribulations of being a teenager, Please tell me! Galko-chan is a series that proves you can't judge a book by its cover. If you're in the mood for an eclectic comedy that's cool with even the awkward and unpleasant parts of growing up, then please consider giving Please tell me! Galko-chan a try.

 

In a fit of frustration, Galko "roars" at her classmates in an effort that proves more cute than intimidating in a scene from the 2016 Please tell me! Galko-chan TV anime.

 

Thanks for joining us for this week's installment of “Cruising the Crunchy-Catalog.” Be sure to tune in next time, when we check out an unusual entry from the minds of Mari Okada and Tsutomu Mizushima when we take a bus trip to a rumored utopia with The Lost Village.

 

Is there a series in Crunchyroll's catalog that you think needs some more love and attention? Please send in your suggestions via email to [email protected] or post a Tweet to @gooberzilla. Your pick could inspire the next installment of “Cruising the Crunchy-Catalog!"

 

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Paul Chapman is the host of The Greatest Movie EVER! Podcast and GME! Anime Fun Time.


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