Golden Time is a new anime released for Winter of 2013 that has shown a lot of promise. The story follows Tada Banri a college student suffering from amnesia who has no memories before highschool graduation. Now he must navigate through relationships, adapt to college life and confront the resurfacing memories and people from his past life, while struggling to more forward and embrace his new identity.
Story and Themes: 9
I haven’t seen an anime in a college setting since Geishenkin or Love Hina so this was refreshing and different. I like the focus they place on understanding other people’s feelings, your sense of self worth and they really play it straight. You know how the characters feel and they also don’t beat around the bush with each other they way they would in a high school slice of life anime. If genuinely captures in my opinion a lot of the feeling of college and the early stages of adult life.
Visual Style and Artwork: 9
The artwork in Golden Time is very well done and very polished. They didn’t slouch on background and settings, lighting or anything, there is some very clean yet detailed work in the art style and presentation, some of the best I’ve seen for this genre. Additionally they don’t recycle frames and character clothing to save on drawing or budget. The characters are wearing different outfits on different days and it feels more authentic because of it. Watching Golden Time ends up feeling like watching a television drama instead of a typical anime or cartoon because of this. The characters clothing designs are also thought out and well done.
Golden Time doesn’t have a large cast of main characters, and it does a very good job of giving the supporting characters screen time and development. Overall the character development is what I find really compelling about this anime. I find myself reevaluating some of my feelings for each character episode to episode based on new choices they make and situations they create for themselves or others. The story can have the characters shift from lighthearted to serious very quickly sometimes, but it is not off-putting at all and they voice actors do an excellent job with the material.
Music/Sound and Voices: 10
The voices cast for this show is quite talented. Also the voice actress for Koko also sings the intro and outro and is amazing. The characters in Golden Time have a lot of depth and complexity to them and the voice cast delivers on this every time.
Overall Enjoyment: 8
My overall enjoyment of Golden Time is only hampered by some personal feelings I have regarding the material and story with regard to how some of the characters handle their relationships. They are not a reflection of the anime or the story falling short in any way shape or form, but more a matter of the fact it succeeded too well on reaching me on an emotional level with mixed results. When a situation in Golden Time reminds me of depressing memory of past relationship it really resonates too well and can turn a smile into a frown fairly quickly, but that is just a matter of great writing and voice acting! So its in their favor when they can manage to put me in a bad mood, since they are telling a compelling story that reaches me.
Final Score: 8.4
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