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Anime Watchlist: My First Girlfriend is A Gal

Anime Watchlist: My First Girlfriend is A Gal

-Written by: Jenny Lau

Let’s talk about sex, baby! There’s a lot of it in anime, but most of it isn’t true to life; instead, it’s the wish fulfillment of the audience’s fantasies. Fanservice shows like High School DxD are well and good, but sometimes you want something more, you know? That’s where My First Girlfriend is a Gal comes in.

My First Girlfriend is a Gal is more than a typical fanservice story. Despite the cover, the series depicts the teenage fascination of sex realistically, accurately showing what teenagers in the real world face today. For me, the series brought me back to the high school days of young love and all the messiness that comes with it. My First Girlfriend is a Gal pokes fun of adolescent love while exploring the complex themes of sexuality and virginity.

The series follows Junichi, a male high school student. Like most guys his age, Junichi has a high sex drive and wants to be in a romantic relationship. Unfortunately, he’s an uncool virgin surrounded by even more horny guy friends.

To fix his virginity problem, Junichi’s crazy friends set him up with the hottest girl in school, Yukana Yame. Now Junichi is forced to discover the unexplored world of love.

Each episode unfolds as Junichi attempts at keeping a relationship. He has to handle his first date, other jealous girls, and unsolicited pervy advice from his friends. Then there's the more personal struggles; there’s is a scene where Junichi is watching porn to learn how to have sex (it doesn’t go well). The screenwriting is witty and tastefully done, matching the flow and intensity of the scenes. It shows you the sense of confusion and innocence that Junichi and the rest of the characters have about sex. For many, it is an accurate depiction on the ups and downs of first love.

But don’t worry, there is still plenty of the same old boobs and butt shots.

I like stories that challenge the norm and My First Girlfriend is a Gal is one of them. It is a series that dives into the mysteries of sex, love, and dating culture that many of us face today. It was refreshing to see the character development being so different from other fanservice titles. I felt a personal connection with everyone’s struggles, jokes, and frustrations of being in a loving relationship. This fanservice title is more than just sight for sore eyes, it’s simple a great series to watch!

My First Girlfriend is a Gal Blu-ray/DVD

Junichi Hashiba’s life is the literal worst. He’s a loser, has weird friends, and worse yet, he’s a virgin! Somehow, after his pervy friends trick him into asking out sexy gal Yukana Yame, he’s caught up in a world of firsts. None of which include time in the bedroom. But Junichi will learn there’s more to Yukana and this guy-meets-gal love story could have a happy ending—of some kind!

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