Posted by psgels on 22 September 2009 with categories: Anime Reviews, GA Geijutsuka Art Design Class



Let me start this review by saying that I’m usually not much of a fan of slice of life comedies. In my experience, they’re often boring, repetitive and stereotypical, and just look too much like each other. However, there are of course always exceptions. Hyakko last year for example was great example of a series that hit all the right notes for me, and here’s another one: GA Geijutsuka Art Design Class. This really is everything that a good slice of life comedy should be.

The way this series stands out is that it’s not only enjoyable, it’s also very informative. In every episodes the creators put these nice facts about rt, art techniques and equipment that also made it a very interesting series to watch. I raraly run into a series that actually teaches me something, but this series is one of those rare exceptions. Especially if you like art, there are enough details put into this series to keep you interested.

On top of that, this also is a really well written and directed series. Even though it follows the daily lives of a bunch of characters, it hardly ever repeats itself: every episode is distinctly different, and about a different topic, it hardly ever repeats jokes, and when it does it builds further upon them, rather than milking them out.

This really is a comedy for those who like fast-paced series. The creators really jump from one scene to the other, to keep the show fresh and from dragging. However, that does lead to a bit of a chaotic pacing, and you really need to pay attention in order to be able to follow it, so if you’d like your comedies to be more straightforward you’ll probably be turned off by this series.

Nevertheless, with a lovable cast, an excellent script and a very good portrayal of a bunch of high school girls, this really is one of my top picks in terms of this year’s comedies. It’s always consistently fresh, enjoyable and interesting, and even the parts that aren’t funny are still enjoyable or informative. It’s really a shame that it flew so much under the radar, because it’s definitely among my top 5 series of the past summer season.

Storytelling: 9/10
Characters: 9/10
Production-Values: 8/10
Setting: 9/10

9 Responses

  1. ahbonk says:

    Agreed with all your points. Love the show too! Truly the underdog of summer anime.

  2. d says:

    on the day that you watched this for the first time, you smacked it a low score along with two other shows. maybe now it’s time to reconsider the two other shows, cause honestly, I think you were just having a bad day.

  3. psgels psgels says:

    For Kanamemo, I indeed might have been a bit too harsh, but I actually kept watching Princess lover to episode 6, which turned out to be a really bad choice. The dialogue was just overly cheesy and hardly anything felt inspired.

  4. Wyrdwad says:

    Hey, have you ever watched School Rumble? When you said you’re not much of a fan of slice-of-life comedies, that was the first show that came to mind… because despite the generic title and generic-seeming characters, School Rumble is a FANTASTIC show. It’s funny, it’s charming, it’s well-written, the characters are really well fleshed-out and likable… it’s just overall a highly enjoyable slice-of-life comedy. It’s like Azumanga Daioh, but dare I say BETTER.

    If you ever get a chance to check it out, I highly recommend it. It’s a perfect example of how the genre SHOULD be done.

    As for GA… I think you’ve finally sold me on it. I’ll have to check it out this weekend. It sounds right up my alley. (:

    -Tom

  5. psgels psgels says:

    Wyrdwad: I’ve watched the first 13 episodes of School Rumble, and like you said it definitely had some hilarious parts, but eventually the endless stupidity of the lead character Tenma got the best of me, and I unfortunately dropped it.

  6. Wyrdwad says:

    Awww, that’s a shame. Despite her stupidity, I actually find Tenma extremely charming and likable. There’s a certain innocence to her that’s just really adorable. (:

    Of course, the real reason to watch is for Harima and his antics. Harima is one of the greatest anime characters ever. ;)

    But yeah, if you didn’t like it enough to continue after 13 episodes, I doubt your opinion would’ve changed much as you went farther in. It’s not exactly an ever-changing show, so once you get a feel for the kind of stuff that’s in it, you pretty much know what to expect from the rest of it.

    -Tom

  7. SaintAjora says:

    This is without a doubt my favorite series of Summer 09 and might even be my favorite series of 09 so far.

    I should however note the fact that is the type of show I tend to enjoy. Also it was my most anticipated series of Summer in terms of what I was waiting to try out. In part due to the first volume of the manga.

    In regards to School Rumble, I used to liked it. However I lost interest once I realized it was a case of format ruining potential, but that’s another story.

    I loved the cast in general, but for me the high favorite was Chikako. I was also quite fond of Miki and Miyabi as well.

  8. Solaris says:

    I am watching kanamemo, and i reconsidered something about it. Originally it seemed to me the same old story with moe chars with the same antics with nothing new at all. That first impression remained, but i noticed how the direction played with stereotypes and their antics to make the show enjoyable. So in the end it was, sure not a masterpice, but an entertaining serie.

  9. Azule says:

    Its the kind of show I used to enjoy, but I was sceptical of it at first. After watching it, I take it back. It’s fresh, got its own taste of uniqueness to every episode, and never feels like it’s been overdone. The art style seeps quality, and the music goes with the style perfectly.

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  • Bam
    (Monday, Aug 31. 2015 06:36 AM)
    Btw did anyone like the Captain Harlock movie? I forget if we discussed it or not.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 09:30 PM)
    I get to cheat and say those Rodriguez films are westerns =)
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 09:20 PM)
    What I can’t forgive Genesis for though is kiddifying terminator.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 09:18 PM)
    @Bam: Though I think Cameron may have gone mad after 1997.
    Ah-ha, but Miller is a true Aussie, they live through volcanic, Venus/Mercury summers there. =P
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 09:16 PM)
    @Bam: No, no avatar, my Alita movie, done right, done now. =P
    Terminator 3 and salvation were very very mediocre. T3 is fun to laugh at at least, salvation wasn’t very good but it did show the whole dark future schtick.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 08:52 PM)
    I’ll torrent it later just to see how they attempted to make sense of this fucked up chronology.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 08:51 PM)
    I haven’t seen Terminator Genisys, since I refuse to drop a penny on what is clearly a monument to artistic compromise. How Cameron lets these idiots desecrate his legacy for the money he doesn’t even need is beyond me. He should get his head out of his ass and either finish that 7 years-in-the-making Avatar 2 and make a good Terminator and set it right, or just live and let it die.
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    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 08:38 PM)
    I also wanted to see a bit more of Max’s character, but I think Hardy did good with the little he had to do. I mean he spent the first act of the movie tied to a pole with a muzzle on his face. Guess we have to wait till the sequel. It’s crazy to have this 70+ years old man directing movies in the dry extreme heat of the desert. Mad props to Miller for keeping it real.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 08:35 PM)
    @Kaiser: see you updated the list. I’ve unfortunately have only seen Fury Road and what We Do in the Shadows from your 2015 lineup; I also liked both.
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    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 08:32 PM)
    @Kaiser: pretty comprehensive list, just add High Noon, The Wild Bunch (another Kurosawa rip-off but done well), Once Upon a Time in the West, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and that Brad Pitt Jesse James movie and you pretty much have the important Westerns covered.

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