We all have shows we call a guilty pleasure. Some have Code Geass and others have, say, Heaven’s Lost Property. Given my wide viewership, the series at hand is one of mine. I enjoy Girls Bravo for what it is-a silly fanservice ride. For those who don’t know or need a refresher, let me enlighten you.
Now, some of you must be like, “What the hell is wrong with you to enjoy this? Are you high?” My answer is no. In fact, this was one of the first harem anime I ever saw back in 2008 when I started my otakudom. Granted, it’s certainly not the best but it’s not the worst either.
This show does something a little different; albeit obvious depending on your knowledge of harem protagonists, by have the lead male,Yukinari Sasaki (voiced by Yuri Lowenthal who is known for Sasuke from Naruto), break out in a rash from an allergic reaction to girls. This spawns from the mental and physical abuse he’s gotten from girls throughout his life. And guess who his childhood friend is. You got it-a large-breasted tsundere named Kirie. Despite how I enjoy girls being bravo (“bravo” to me seems to be another word for silly, or maybe naked (not a literal translation but with what the show is)) Yukinari is my absolute least favorite harem protagonist and I could almost stick him as my Number 2 least favorite of all (right behind that ***** Shinji).
Anyway, on to what I find funny. The bulk of this episode takes place on the invisible planet of Siren which orbits the Earth and can only be gotten to by magic portals. The kicker with the planet is only a small percentage of the inhabitants are male so women fight over them (even the little girls!). Needless to say, Yukinari gets transported there by a pink-haired and very well endowed girl named Miharu (voiced by Michelle Ruff who is known for her role as Rukia from Bleach), who he happens to not be allergic to. Weird pink smoke explosions happen as they are chased by hordes of women across the city, resulting in Yukinari enduring more punishment than is necessary. Also, Kirie kicks him twice and both times he is able to see “everything”.
I know somebody is going to ask why I didn’t pick a later episode where one of the most perverted characters I’ve seen makes his entrance (Kazuhara Fukuyama). While he does cause most of the laughs I get from the show, I can’t deny that the first episode is where it all started. So there y’all go. Girls Bravo is a dumb and lightly animated show but if you love to turn off your brain and enjoy loads of fanservice, pervertedness (inappropriate banana usage anyone?), and slapstick then this is one to look at. Lastly, I'm still amazed at the voice talent for the English dub considering their track record nowadays. Then again, this show came to the US in like 2004 and you have to start somewhere, right?
Is Girls Bravo too bad for you Vicers to bear? Is it your guilty pleasure, too? Do you want to know why I spent the oddly fitting price of $69 on this series? For the answer to that last one check out Dunce Cap: Mommy, I’m Allergic to Big Breasts.
You can see what I'm talking about by seeing the episode "Bravo from the Bathtub!" below. Age restriction on the video so YouTube log-in along with being 18 years old (I think) is required.