A high school, such a special time for a young lady. A time of knee socks, short skirts and pervy teachers. Best friends, crazy cliques and snobby rivals. First loves, first kisses and who could forget, the first 100 casual sex partners.
Wait … what?
The series B Gata H Kei Yamada’s First Time takes the classic highschool manga and gives it a rather naughty twist by focusing on a high school girl with a rather unusual goal for her highschool career. Find her true love? How old fashioned! Get the best grades? Boring! Have casual sex with 100 partners? Ding ding ding we have a winner!
The story follows the exploits of Yamada, whose first name is never revealed as it is ‘not important’, a 15-year-old girl who has just entered high school with a particularly lofty goal: to have casual sex with 100 partners. A natural beauty who attracts people of all genders, you think this goal would be easy, except for one teensy-weensy problem, she is a virgin with no idea how to seduce a man.
Feeling like she needs to practice on a virgin before stepping up into the big leagues, Yamada soon finds herself determined to lose her to cherry to her classmate and fellow awkward virgin, Takashi Kosuda. Kosuda proves to be quite a challenge for Yamada however as he is not willing to just hop into bed with her and both of them find themselves trying to win over the other enough to get what they want.
Writer Yoko Sanri throws the classic belief that all boys are perverts and all girls want stable relationships on its head as she flips the entire construct around on its head with a perverted girl and stable boy.
The first few episodes of the series are heavily based around Yamada trying to get the deed done with poor confused Kosuda, who wants a girlfriend more than just a onetime fling. An adorable moe love rival for Yamada is even added in second episode in the form of the bespectacled Mayu Miyano, the childhood friend and neighbour of Kosuda.
Bright and colourful, B Gata H Kei sometimes feels like you are seeing the world as Yamada perceives it with everyone except for her being a little less bright and therefore important.
The characterization of Yamada leaves the viewer seeing her as a bubble-headed bimbo who only has sex on her mind. You never really find out why Yamada has such an obsession for having 100 sex partners. Has she always been a pervert or did something happen in her childhood that made her think no man would ever love her except as a sex object? Luckily as the series progresses, Yamada does start to become more aware of the importance of Kosuda’s feelings.
The really awkward part is that the viewer’s find themselves not rooting for Yamada’s perverted goals as much as they do for Kosuda’s pure affections for her and in the end for him to end up with the pure and sweet girl-next-door, Miyano. Hell, even Yamada’s best friend wants Kosuda to end up happy with Miyano.
Other than Yamada the rest of cast doesn’t grow too much. Kosuda remains a door-mat to Yamada’s whims. Best friend Miharu Takeshita remains the calm foil to Yamada and Miyano stays as the sweet little moe girl next door.
The major issue with the series is that it is very repetitive with most of the series dedicated to Kosuda remaining clueless as to Yamada’s true intentions and Yamada wanting desperately to have sex with him to start her 100 sex partner countdown.
Isn’t this girl at all worried about STI’s or even getting pregnant?
In the end of it all it is really hard to decide whether B Gata H Kei Yamada’s First Time is annoying or funny. On one hand the antics of Yamada are pretty funny and a lot of the secondary characters and subplots are pretty humorous as well. On the other hand though, Yamada is so ridiculously hard to root for. You don’t want her to achieve her silly little goal and the story just gets way too repetitive. The series works as a 4-Koma styled manga but not so much as an anime and in the end Yamada is just one of those characters that is funny but hard to fully like and even harder to fully root for.