Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Please Tell Me! Galko-chan: Breaking Stereotypes

Considered among some of the best girls anime, Please Tell Me! Galko-chan runs alongside Sailor Moon in the race for helping females learn more about themselves and grow as people. The only difference really is that while Sailor Moon focuses on female empowerment, Galko-chan focuses more on the physical questions a girl might ask. For the slow ones out there, they mainly talk about girls physical attributes. Still don't get it? God damn, how many hints do you need?! It's about boobs. There. There you go. Now you're up to speed.

So Galko-chan is an anime about three high school girls, who are completely different and fit into very perfect stereotypes. They talk about girl stuff, interact with other people and learn more about themselves and each other. Generally, they spend a lot of time bringing up questions that may pertain to the main character Galko, who, for lack of a better term, looks and acts like a hoe. A lot of questions about the female body are brought up, and for some reason, they talk a lot in the classroom.

Now don't get me wrong, I don't care about what other students talk about, that's their business. Hell, the kids behind me could be talking about how they buried a body in their backyard and I probably wouldn't care. I mean, I'm no snitch man. But I know personally if I'm going to talk about anything personally about my life or body, I don't want to do it around other people who will probably overhear. It's my personal business and I'd like it to remain that way. So, it surprises me that Galko and her friends are so willing to talk about so many things in a public setting and have very few qualms about it. Maybe that's just the norm for some people, and they don't give a shit who hears them. But still, isn't it annoying when creepy perverted guys listen in and come up with wild fantasies?

So for the other two main characters, we have Otako and Ojou, and otaku and an airheaded rich girl. I don't know what Galko and Ojou mean in Japanese, but they definitely are names based on their personalities. At first, I thought it was super cliche that they would so blatantly stereotype the characters, even down to their names, but later it was revealed that those are nicknames they gave to each other. It gave it a lot more meaning and also led to the theme that even if you fit into a certain box, that doesn't really matter, and everyone can be friends with whoever.

The rest of the cast in the series includes some hoes, emos, preps, the whole ensemble. And there's also the male trio who seem to be the gender bent version of the female leads, except more perverted. It's not that cliche since they're hormonal teenagers, but still a bit annoying since they constantly make Galko into a sexual object. But that's kind of the point, to have this image of her, but as the series goes on show that she's so much more than a hoe, she's a person who wants to reach out to other people and has her own interests. The character development is surprisingly smooth for such a short series, and the bonds between the girls, who are so completely different, are made into something relatable and pure.

While I kinda rip on Galko-chan for all of the stereotypes and sexual innuendoes, it isn't a bad anime at all, and it does bring up some interesting topics that generally aren't talked about. There were questions about the human body that I didn't even think about, stuff that seemed like good information to have in case of... I don't know, just general information. So it was a fun anime, yet it was also informative. And all of the things that make it seem like it's a bad anime, the sexual stuff, and stereotypes, they're also what make it a good series. The cliches are things that are built, but also broken down into the series, making the characters and interactions at certain points so much more maningful now that the audeience is able to see them in a whole new light.

The animation was also really nice, the colors were very pleasing to the eyes and the voice actors for the cast were good choices. The manga that the anime was based on is also very well drawn, with a beautiful cover. If you liked the anime, you'll love the manga, and visa versa. Each episode is also fairly short, only about 7-8 minutes if I recall correctly, so you could marathon it pretty easily.

If I had to describe Galko-chan in a nutshell, I would probably say an anime the acts as a basic guide for girls starting to learn more about themselves. I don't think it's the best anime of its season, but it was good and worth the time to watch. It doesn't take much time, it's informative, is interesting, and is a light-hearted series to five into. It takes on the topic of girl issues, but it also delves into the relationships of young teenage girls, which is generally something that isn't portrayed very accurately. It's worth the time to watch and deserves all of the praise that it gets.