View Full Version : Will I like SuperGals if...?
04-03-2006, 12:45 AM
Simple question really. I love comedies like Golden Boy, Slayers and Magic Users Club. Long shows such as City Hunter, Sailor Moon, Wedding Peach and Ranma 1/2 also feature comedy (though repetitive) I enjoy most of the time.
Comedies I just do not find all that funny are Love Hina or most harem, Exgel Saga as it is so excessive and very hit or miss and Naruto (when it unsuccessfully attempt it).
Based on that, would Super Gals be a series I will enjoy? Don't know if it helps but I usually enjoy magical girl shows or shows with female protagonists as well...
Thanks for your thoughts guys.
Super Gals! will rock your socks off *or something*
I'd say something more... profound... but uhh... I'll wait for everyone else to say stuff
okay, okay, lemme think:
Super Gals! is funny since... the general atmosphere is pretty wacky, so the comedy never really feels out of place
And... the characters are very... peppy... or something
Like, when guys are getting full of themselves and are screwing around in Shibuya, Ran makes sure to shoot them down...
She just plows through these people and comes off as very manly, I might add
... but yeah, it's entertaining *to the extreme*
04-03-2006, 01:18 AM
Super Gals! is, to put it simply, an awesome show.
I do think more people would be willing to check it out if both seasons were out in R1 (or even R2), but even what is out here is simply awesome. I admit, I was hesitant to get it at first back when it was coming out. From just the sound of the name it seemed like some Valley Girl wannabe type of show. I was so wrong.
It is very much a comedy type show, however, there is a lot of drama in there as well. And I'm not talking a love triangle type of drama either. We're talking real life situational drama. The very first episode takes a look at the whole issue of subsidized dating that is a fairly serious problem in Japan, but is generally swept under the carpet. Of course, it resolves it with a fair bit of comedy, but mainly because the main character Ran is so over the top.
When I think of it, Super Gals really isnt like any of the shows you listed. Its really more like His and Her Circumstances without the romance. The romance and dating aspect in H&HC was pretty pronounced. Its much less in Super Gals and is really more of a sweet, adolescent first love type romance. One of the secondary characters, Miyu, has a steady relationship, but even that is done up in a sweet and cute manner. But its similar to H&HC in how there is comedy and drama mixed up in the episodes and how both serve to complement each other rather than compete against each other.
Honestly I think Super Gals will appeal to almost everyone. Only those looking for something very specific like Sci-Fi only or Giant Mecha only would be disappointed. Super Gals has a lot to offer to almost anyone else. And more exposure for the show is never a bad thing. Even if ADV has given up on it doesnt mean that another studio might not be willing to give it a shot for the second season.
Oh yes. And the Junior Detectives. You must watch the show for the Junior Detectives. They do such a wonderful job of making them funny while yet still maintaining that feel of 2 kids acting out a show. They are priceless and hilarious and a great addition to the show.
04-03-2006, 01:51 AM
If you like different sort of anime comedy, Super Gals will almost certainly fit the bill somewhere. It's the sort of sparkly, character based comedy that can have a wide appeal if you get over the first outside impressions. I was very hesitant to order it, but once I saw it, it turned out one of my favourite series of that year. The humor doesn't rely on people getting hit all the time or the 'shreeeeek! You ecchi pervert' type of encounters. Nor is breast size a big issue or is any underwear getting stolen. Nevertheless (and probably because of that) it's very funny.
04-03-2006, 05:09 AM
I must warn you that I don't like this as much as some of the AoD members here. Whether you like SuperGals or not will depend on whether you can't stand the main character and I for one cannot stand characters who are so full of themselves and don't know the meaning of humility.
04-03-2006, 09:45 AM
As other posters have suggested, the reason you may enjoy this show probably won't be so logically linked to other comedic series you've mentioned. I think there's a great chance you'll enjoy Super GALS!...heck, i showed it to some of my friends who hardly give anything a chance outside of fighting anime and mecha, and they all ended up loving it.
The characters are pretty unique from most of the anime i've seen and all contribute a certain energy that makes the cast one of the most enjoyable groups i've encountered in a TV series. While Ran can be a little selfish, her sense of justice takes no prisoners and i still found her fun to watch when she got into arguments and the like. While she's the main, headstrong character, the main cast is given plenty of time to be fleshed out and their back-stories explored. While there are 26 episodes that haven't been released on DVD, the series overall is bookended by a self contained story; it's cruel enough the rest of the series hasn't been released, by cutting things mid arc would be dastardly.
I think Super GALS is a fun, boisterous, yet surprisingly touching and amusing show, which you i really didn't expect to fall so hard for based on just the packaging and initial opinions i'd read. The characters create an enjoyable atmosphere and camaraderie to take in, and there's plenty of time spent on most of them.
For the thinpak box set price, it's a safe bet to take a chance on this series.
You'll probably dig it. There are some great comedic moments to it, but what really blew me away were the more serious dramatic parts (<span style='color:#dddddd;background:#dddddd'>Miyu's past as a gang member, especially</span>). Ran's a good protagonist, and the supporting cast are well-designed and -plotted.
And Ni kills me just about every time he goes off into his little fantasies.
04-03-2006, 05:39 PM
I think you'll enjoy it. I found it to be a funny series with likable characters.
04-04-2006, 10:36 AM
Super Gals rocks! It's a funny series with some very enjoyable characters. Though, I do have to say that it takes a little to get used to it. I bought the thinpak on the recommendation of my brother. After the first couple of episodes I really wanted to wring my brothers neck for the suggestion, but after finishing the first dvd, I found myself rushing to the dvd player to put the next dvd in. It got pretty addicting, and that's due, imo, to the strength of the characters. It was just a lot of fun /images/graemlins/sdsmiley.gif.
04-04-2006, 06:55 PM
Thinpak set is disposable at its purchase price. For wacky amusing female characters, Mona the Vampire is funnier - though its not anime. /images/graemlins/tongue.gif
Kodocha is a better & more amusing anime buy IMO.
Okay, I was playing around at my other board over at themanime.org and finally came up with some cool stuff… I’ll talk about the main character: Ran Kotobuki.
I’ll just come out and say it:
Ran Kotobuki is the perfect woman. (Yeah, I’m screwing around, but keep up)
Sorta makes me wish I was a GL guy so that I could at least have a chance to snatch up a girl just like her /images/graemlins/tongue.gif
(But, you know, a lot can be accomplished through hard effort)
I think what makes Ran such a great character is that she follows her desires of being both trendy and being able to serve up her own brand of justice arduously; Ran is driven by a passion for life that very few people, even men, possess.
You see, just because you have the time to go around kicking some ass and dealing out your own brand of justice onto the ignorant doesn't mean you can't have the time to be trendy or look good while doing it as well.
And as pompous as Ran is about herself, her achievements and her abilities, she actually earns the right to be full of it since she has done many things of value to the people around her. Ran is arrogant, but at least she’s proud of it and actually backs it up.
Ran’s characteristics are remarkable probably because of where her traits are derived from. Usually, the assumption is that girls that look like Ran are easy, fickle and air-headed.
Ran isn’t great with school, but she compensates for this weakness through her steadfast determination and brilliant athletic abilities. And the crew that Ran hangs with, while gorgeous, all live by a code of honor, friendship and trust. And if you think you can get with a girl like Ran so easily just because she’s a Gal, then you’re wrong; she’ll give you the time of day, but you shouldn’t get ahead of yourself… in fact, one should be honored if she does.
One might think that Ran has this issue of accepting gifts, but not really returning the favor afterwards… but think about it for a moment… she doesn’t promise more than what she initially does when she decides to go on dates with people; the only reason that guys were disappointed afterwards was because they assumed too damn much.
I kinda do feel bad for 2nd place though… Ran sure can be dense at times. >_>
The trio of the series can be considered superficial, sure. I’m assuming that is the reality of being a Gal. But I really love how Fuji Mihona and Tsuneo Kobayashi interpreted the base concepts of such characters differently in their respective works of the series. While, yes, most of the stuff that goes on in Super Gals! might not necessarily be hip anymore (because of the constant change or whatever), but that isn’t really the main point of the series.
In the context, it’s “hip,” but at the same time, Ran and her crew tear down the barriers of what is considered to be superficial and adds dimension to what characters of her vein can really be like. It’s not overly sophisticated, but it sure is a lot of fun.
“There is nothing superficial about the pursuit of justice”
Super Gals! got good marks over at my regular website, and is pretty well-received here at AoD too. I’d recommend buying it since it’s effortlessly entertaining and takes a nice perspective on the saying “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” And ADV’s thinpak is cheap as hell, so why not?
Oh, and I love love love David Harrison/Jin Ho Chung’s dub for the series… just thought I’d mention it for all the guys over at the English track.
04-05-2006, 02:49 PM
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Ran is driven by a passion for life that very few people, even men, possess.
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Woops. That's bound to get you on somebody's radar. /images/graemlins/sweat000.gif
Whose radar is that? /images/graemlins/sdsmiley.gif
But yeah... it's strange... I really like cute characters... but I also really like manly characters...
When you combine both, you end up with Ran... so that automatically makes her awesome in my book
... in fact, I should setup a thread asking what shows have these kinda characters soon... (but I already planned all of my DVD buying well in advance and can't deviate)
04-05-2006, 07:28 PM
Was wondering if people could elaborate a little more on GALS in comparison to another show I like: KODOCHA (Child's Toy).
I watched the 1st DVD of GALS! and it's fun; Ran is hilarious and super hyper, and reminds me a bit of Sana-chan (KODOCHA). But after the 1st DVD Volume, the thing that leaves me feeling a little lukewarm is that GALS! seems to be lacking the more serious, heartfelt drama / family / friends moments that KODOCHA had (e.g., Sana-chan and Rei-kun (her "pimp" /images/graemlins/happy.gif, Sana-chan and her mom, etc.).
There's nothing wrong w/ GALS! and the hyperness, but I found KODOCHA extremely rewarding and fun because of the Sana-chan Hyperness AND her more heartfelt moments (that's trademark with Director Daichi Akitaroh (FRUITS BASKET)). So...
* If I felt ~Eh about Vol. 1 of GALS!... does it get better? Or is it about the same consistency as Vol. 1 DVD?
Are there more heartfelt / important issues that get brought up later?
Thanks for any advice! /images/graemlins/happy.gif
OKAY! I remember talking about this before actually!
When it comes down to it, Akitarou Daichi is better in regard to making his comedy and heavy drama ultra-seamless.
Super Gals! has its fair share of serious and tender moments, but to be honest, I wasn’t nearly as moved as I was with what goes on in Kodocha (even after reading all of the manga).
Although, it could be that I'm more entertained by GALS! since I've already sat through the thinpak like 3 times, whereas I've yet to really rewatch all of my Kodocha DVDs...
But still, the whole "not being moved as much" thing isn’t a really big enough reason to NOT watch Super Gals! (and besides, Daichi is one of the heavyweight directors… so, yeah)
When it comes down to it, Super Gals! is still really fun and engaging. You’ll just be glad that you watched it afterwards (sort of… still waiting for the second season)
04-06-2006, 09:08 AM
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Are there more heartfelt / important issues that get brought up later?
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Yes there are, but unlike what i've seen of Kodocha so far (and i am enjoying it), the drama doesn't just revolve around Ran and these moments can get to be a little more serious.
As such, more of the cast are involved although the crises aren't laid out in successive mini-arcs and can appear within a single episode from time to time, without too many cliffhangers (save the knowledge that there are 26 more episodes of this series not available yet /images/graemlins/cry00000.gif ).
But the energy and attitude of Super GALS is just so damn infectious (well, was for me). I think there's a lot to like about this show whether it's at it's least or most serious.
Biased as i am, i'd recommend continuing on, though i can't immediately recall a partiular milestone that will wow you...
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