After reading the manga Seishun X Kikanjuu I happily learnt I have the anime form of this and I just had to dive straight into it and watch it. I started watching this around half 1 in the morning and as such had to stop halfway through since I did need some sleep. However, I finally finished watching it yesterday afternoon after work.
- Genre: Action, Comedy, Sports, Shounen
- Type: Series
- Season: 1
- Seasons in total: 1 (so far)
- Number of episodes: 12 + 1 OVA
- Duration to watch: +/- 4 hours
- Age restriction: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
- Release date: July 2015
- Animation Studio: Brain’s Base
- Does it have a manga: Yes
- Kanji: 青春×機関銃
High school student Hotaru Tachibana is often mistaken as a guy, which is not helped by the fact she does not wear ‘feminine’ clothing. With a strong sense of justice and an uncanny natural survival instinct, she does not let any evil go unpunished. With her parents moving overseas she finds herself living alone in an apartment complex with a few strange neighbours. Through a misunderstanding, Tachibana confronts a host who happens to be her neighbour Masamune Matsuoka and somehow finds herself being drawn into the world of survival games by joining the two-man team Toy Gun Gun whose current members are Masamune Matsuoka and the ero-manga artist Tooru Yukimura. Forced to conceal her gender from her teammates will she be able to navigate the world of survival games and help the team be the best in Japan?
The characters were brought to life beautifully. I was worried about how the voices would be portrayed and I was not disappointed. In fact, it made it easier for me to understand how they did not notice that Tachibana is female from her voice.
The animation was also good and I really enjoyed their portrayal of the serious scenes as well as the more light-hearted and relaxed scenes. They made good use of colours and animation styles when making this which complemented the story beautifully.
The story flowed smoothly and you can see the bond develop between the characters since they do start off as strangers in the beginning. The serious points and the humorous points balance each other out nicely. The dynamics of the teams were shown clearly without confusing the viewer or going overboard.
I enjoyed the anime and thankfully it did not destroy the story I had come to know and love. I would recommend this for if you are in the mood for a laugh with a hint of drama.
Even in the anime, Yukimura Tooru remained my favourite character.