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AKA: GIRLSブラボー, ガールズブラボー (Japanese)
Genre: Comedy
Length: Television series, 13 episodes, 23 minutes each
Distributor: R1 DVD box from FUNimation.
Content Rating: 18+ (nudity, sexual assault, fights of both serious and slapsticky nature)
Related Series: Girls Bravo
Also Recommended: Happy Lesson, Love Hina, Please Teacher. All of these are better shows about young males who are beset by women who just HAVE to be aliens.
Notes: Based on the manga by Kaneda Mario, available in North America from Tokyopop. This is a direct sequel to Girls Bravo and is usually lumped in together with the first season.
Rating: One Star

Girls Bravo Season 2

Synopsis

Life continues for Sasaki Yukinari and his friends, Kirie, Miharu, and the others.

...which means random acts of nudity, fan service and other unpleasantries.


Review

Those of you who read my review on the first season of Girls Bravo might be asking yourself what in the world possessed me to start watching this show as well. And believe me, if you can think of ANY good reason ... contact me immediately, because you're sitting on information I don't have.

I watch just ONE episode of this, and I'm convinced that the second season was made because the creators of the show got mail from a disgruntled viewer of the first season complaining that, darn it, there just wasn't enough groping, breast-fondling, and molesting in Girls Bravo. And man, did that viewer ever get his wish granted with season two. In fact, the second season was so chock-full of the stuff that they actually had to deduct time in the show from beating up on Yukinari and generally showing the audience what a weiner he is. Hell, even Kirie is far less violent in the second season, and this is a good thing. Because having both the violence and the groping, breast-fondling, and molesting in the same show would be a double-whammy I would not have survived.

Most of the cast from the first season have made a ... well, a return in this season. Like I mentioned, Yukinari is actually LESS of a complete pushover this time. Well, not less of a pushover, perhaps, but less of a coward and a whiny brat. This might very well be to Kirie's credit, since she is treating him far better now compared to on the first show. I guess Yukinari has learned not to stampede straight into just about any room, even if it is in his own home. To make up for that, our good pal Fukuyama is being even more of an ass in this show. In the first episode, he turns the school pool into his own harem, procuring aid from his sister to set up some magical device that switches souls around between bodies. Naturally, this goes haywire later on, and Fukuyama -- when getting a female body -- wastes no time fondling himself. Or herself. Or whatever. This does include a giant summoned octopus (DON'T ASK) later on and, well ... that's Girls Bravo for you.

Second episode features Fukuyama pressuring Kirie to partake in a giant pitfight / mudfight against various female opponents, which naturally leads to Kirie going up aganst Fukuyama's lesbian bodyguard who has a rather ... uh, intense interest in Kirie. If it's all right with you, I won't go into that any more either.

By the way, do any of you remember the "white fog" censorship from the first season? Well, there was no such thing here. Even the very beginning of the show provides us with some full frontal Miharu boobage, and that's certainly not the end of it, groping and fondling notwithstanding. Apparently, some time has passed since the first season, because I could have sworn that most of the girls are even BIGGER than before. And while I do appreciate fan service from time to time, this just becomes somewhat creepy.

With all this, I do actually find it quite laughable that the show actually tries to pull on our heartstrings in some of the episodes. What? Suddenly, Kirie is all hearty-feely, and actually tries to bring Yukinari and Miharu despite her own feelings? And Fukuyama has "convenient" changes of heart from time to time (made all the more amazing considering how he acts most of the time?). And the brat gets into her own mishaps because she's annoyed about the others treating her like a kid? (Which she is.) If that was their intent, they should have found another way of going about it than roads walked a hundred times before. It's a little too late for that now, Girls Bravo.

There was a good chance for this season to become better than its predecessor. Sadly, the second season just traded one evil for another one, and the overall quality ended up being the same.

Less violence, more sexual assaults. This is NOT a good trade.Stig Høgset

Recommended Audience: With the amount of nudity and sexual chicanery, this show is not for the younger generation no matter how you look at it. There is also violence in it, but that is of a lesser concern than the main problem about this show. Not for the young'uns at any rate.



Version(s) Viewed: Prerelease fansub
Review Status: Partial (6/13)
Girls Bravo Season 2 © 2004 Mario Kaneda / Kadokawa Shoten / Girls Bravo Production Committee
 
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