Judge Mitchell Hattaway pens our first review to use the word "gynophobia."
Our review of Girls Bravo: The Complete Series, published January 14th, 2011, is also available.
Naughty and hilarious!
Yukinari is a high-school sophomore with a serious case of gynophobia. In fact, he's so afraid of girls he breaks out in a rash whenever he's touched by a member of the opposite sex. His life takes a sudden turn for the strange when he discovers that his bathtub is a portal to a mystical world where the men never seem to be around and the women are in need of some lovin'.
The first four episodes of Girls Bravo are included on this release; here's a brief synopsis of each:
• Episode 1: "Bravo from the Bathtub!"
• Episode 2: "Bravo at School!"
• Episode 3: "Cooking is Bravo!"
• Episode 4: "Bravo in the Mansion"
I didn't find anything particularly entertaining about Girls Bravo. It's not funny, it's not sexy, and it gets old really fast. Each episode features repetitive jokes about Yukinari's stunned reactions to Miharu's openness about her body, which invariably leads to Kirie (who, surprise, surprise, is secretly in love with Yukinari) walking in and mistaking Yukinari's stunned reactions for ogling, which of course means she has to kick his ass. And it seems like half of the second episode consists of footage of Miharu simulating oral sex on an endless supply of bananas; it's not funny in the first shot, and it only becomes less funny as the scene plays out. I don't really see what the point of the series is, unless it's fan service, which is delivered in spades. If you're looking for panty shots, jiggling breasts, and shower scenes, this will be right up your alley. If that's not your cup of tea, stay away.
Geneon delivers on the technical end of this release. The transfer is clean and clear, with bold, bright colors. Both stereo soundtracks perform nicely, with very good channel separation; what isn't so good is the voice acting in the English dub—to put it mildly, it sucks. Extras include clean opening animation, the original version of the opening credits sequence, a gallery of production artwork, and previews for other Geneon releases.
Like I said, if fan service is your thing, there's a chance you'll enjoy Girl Bravo. If, on the other hand, you're looking for something more, you'll need to look elsewhere.
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