Seduction of the Week
B Gata H Kei is almost refreshing. Emphasis on that “almost.” Unlike deceptive crap like Chu-Bra and whatnot, B H doesn’t try to hide its sex-centric ideals behind some sort of plot smoke screen. B H gets right down to the dirty business: chick wants to bang 100 dudes while in high school.
It’s the sort of sex comedy crap you’d expect from a direct-to-DVD American Pie sequel. It’s blatantly honest with its intentions and finds no shame in being a sex-crazed delinquent. I almost have to respect B H for that.
Again, big emphasis on that “almost.”
The problem is that said centennial gang-bang is a smoke screen for something far more typical and, surprisingly, innocent. The chick claims that she wants to get it on 100 times, but all of her actions show that she’s just your typically naive teenager that has no idea what sex is about. She’s awkward when it comes to dudes. She doesn’t know how to show interest without being a violent, bumbling idiot.
Essentially, despite all of her talk, she’s not interested in fucking a benjamin. That’s kind of disappointing.
What’s the point of having such a scenario if you’re not going to go through with it? Why have her brag about how she wants to sleep with so many guys when it’s obvious that the series is never going to go down that route? Even the single paragraph descriptions of the series say that she end up falling for one dude. The very premise of the series is trumped in the promotional material. That’s pretty lame.
I wasn’t enthralled by the series’ premise or anything, but I’m disappointed that the series seems to be going down that route. In fact, it kind of irks me the same way characters like Vash and Kenshin irk me. In their cases, they’re super-powerful killing machines who have the ability to take down any foe with a well-placed gun shot or sword slice, yet they refuse to use their abilities to their fullest. It’s the same with the chick in B H. She has the potential to be a world-class whore, since she has the drive to screw as many guys as possible, but she inhibits herself from even getting it on with the generic dude she’s targeted in the first episode. She subconsciously does things that turn him off. She presents herself in a confrontational manner. Then, when they finally have a quiet moment together, she freaks out when the dude pops one in his pants.
The chick is a whore who has taken a code of abstinence, much like how Vash and Kenshin are murderers who have taken a vow of pacifism. These situations suck because it undermines the very defining aspect of the character.
What B H should have done was taken on a monster-of-the-week format. Each episode, the chick tackles a different dude. She has to jump through elaborate scenarios in order to bed him, much like how a giant robot has to pull off elaborate set pieces in order to take down the latest monster sent by the evil world-dominating force he’s fighting. It’d still most likely suck, but at least it’d be absurd enough to be amusing. Instead we have this limp dick anime that says one thing and does something else.
In the end, despite seeming to be honest with its sex comedy intentions, it’s pulling the same deceptive game as any other anime that’s about tits and ass. The catch is that it’s less about titillation than its peers and more about two awkward kids doing awkward stuff while they try to pull off an awkward relationship awkwardly. Why tell us she wants to screw 100 guys when you’re going to become a typical anime romance (with a few panty shots)?