Prior to me picking up this series, the now-absent Skanners Array/ Lumalee Lumabob had told me that he hated this show, calling it the biggest dissapointment of the season. I don’t think it’s as horrid as he described, but it’s REALLY mediocre.
One of Lumabob’s pet peeves with this show is that despite taking place in college, much of it feels no different from a generic Highschool romcom. And to be honest, he was right. While several elements of a college setting are here(drinking, circles, mean professors, etc), the tone of the show is stuck in the sense of immaturity you expect from a high school setting. That’s not to say college students aren’t immature(far from it), but there’s at least a sense of experience that you only get after graduating high school(see Genshiken or Moyashimon). But this doesn’t really bug me as much as it did for Lumabob.
My problem is that nothing about this show truly impresses me. It tries to be a slice-of-life romcom with a dramatic story underneath, but it’s lacking in every area of that. Unlike the writer’s previous work Toradora, there’s no initial hook that leaves you anticipating aside from an amnesia plot device, comedy lacks either wit or wackiness, and the presentation is so straightforward that any interest remaining seems to magically vanish. It doesn’t help that the characters seem to lack…well, character. They seem to run solely on motivations or filling a stereotypical role rather than defining themselves as people. And since the characters themselves are uncompelling, so is the drama that they’re involved in.
But like I said, this show isn’t utter garbage. Despite the dull execution and one-note characters, I do like the angle of romance they went for. Let’s be honest here; how many romcoms do you know of that shows the bad side of a childhood friend? Not many, and it’s nice to see how a romance triggers through casual interaction rather than the flag-based routes we’re used to in Visual Novels. And while most of the characters don’t interest me(Koko sometiems gets on my nerves), I really like Linda. Her connection to Banri in the past and how his amnesia affects them currently is probably the one dramatic aspect of this show that works.
As of now, Golden Time is an unimpressive, uncompelling, and uneventful romcom that I think should have its runtime cut in half. Yet strangely enough, it’s still quiet watcheable. Maybe later episodes will change, but for now I can say that there’s nothing really bad about this show. There just isn’t anything good either.