Oshiete Galko-chan aka Please Tell Me Galko-Chan is an anime adaptation of manga series of the same name written by Suzuki Kenya. Oshiete Galko-Chan was made by studio called Feel. The series is 12 episodes long, but don’t let that fool you, each episode is about 7 or 8 minutes.
Galko is the titular protagonist, and that was not a terrible pun, I swear. She is a gyaru, for those of you who don’t know, gyaru is a fashion style in Japan where girls tan their body and usually dye their hair blonde. Because of her looks, many people think she is morally loose and sexually experienced. But despite all that, she is one of the most innocent and shy girl in the show. As shown above she gets shy easily and wants to become a good mother. She loves to read and LOVES to cook. I have sen her appearing in top waifu lists.
Otako is Galko’s best friend. She is nerdy and knows a lot of sex ed, and loves to tease Galko. Sometimes she goes too far and make Galko cry, and then she cries because she made her friend cry.
Oujo is this high class lady who is somewhat out of touch with the realities of the world. She wants to become closer to Galko and Otako. She is smart, sensitive to others’ needs, and emotionally (and physically) stronger than rest of the cast.
There is this unseen narrator/title card “shows” the prompts and the girls talk about it in somewhat of detail. These prompts are usually rumors like “do girls with larger breast have larger areola?” or something like “Is it true you have a sister?”.
Don’t worry, the show never gets that sexual, it is barely ecchi.
I wish there was more, I realize this is not necessarily a bad thing. Each episode is about 7 to 8 minutes and there is only 12 episodes. That makes this a really short series. I am not sure if this is because there is not much content from the manga or the budget, but I just want more of it.
And with shorter episodes and short season, it is unavoidable to have very few developments. The only character that gets proper exposure is Galko-chan. By the end of the season we know who she is, but that is it. Her best friend Otako got slightly developed, but nowhere near as much as they could’ve. It’s a damn shame, here is to hoping there will be another season to flush out Otako and Ojou.
Let’s talk about the visuals first, the show is really colorful and so full of life. The character designs are very cute, especially the protagonist Galko.
The best part of this show is definitely the characters, and how they deal with prejudice. Galko-chan is a gyaru, for those uninitiated, gyaru is a Japanese fashion where the hair is dyed blode and the skin is usually tanned, in Galko’s case, the skin is not tanned. Becuase of her preferred style and genetically given large breasts, many of the characters assume that she is slutty idiot. But that is so far from the truth. Galko is innocent as they come, she cannot get through a kiss scene in a school mandated novel without blushing. She loves reading, writing essays, cooking and watching all sort of movies. She is usually sleepy in the morning and many assume because she was having sex all night, but it is actually because she was watching movies. She wears bikinis not because she likes them (she might) but because her breasts make it impossible to wear one piece suits. This is also true for the rest of the main cast.
The type of humor is quite unique for anime, and possibly among cartoons. The show is not ecchi, rather…. pure slice of life. This is life the girl version of Daily Lives of High School Boys. They talk about periods, diets, getting fingernails infected when chipped, and buying bras. These are done with enough seriousness that the topic is handled with respect, but still fun enough…. to be fun. I enjoyed it!
I feel like this show had the balls to talk about topics that most shows shy away from. The girls in the show openly talk about having periods, shaving armpits, and breast feeding. As a guy, I know nothing about these, so it was interesting to see girls talk about them. And what other anime do you see girls discussing how tampons work in swimming pools?
The show is also very funny. It made a butt joke great. Galko sometimes spaces off and says something completely absurd. In one episode, the girls were talking about the traditional Asian prank of stabbing people in the butt, and how that is probably not healthy. And Galko says how she agrees and that she broke a kids finger by accident with her butt…. good ol’ Galko-chan.
- Will I watch it again? It is a possibility. Since the episodes are very short and I like the show, I will probably at some point.
- Do I recommend it? Yup, this is quite unique and I learned new things.
This is a nice little sweet show. It is great in that it had great character, Galko, leading the show as well as discussing topics I can picture girls actually having. As a guy, this shows new perspectives, and as a person, it was just very funny. The characters are so innocent and the topics are just showing how relatable they are as well how much growing they need to do, and that is just great.
I hope you liked this one!