Going Down The List: Oshiete! Galko-chan


Oshiete Galko-chan was not the best-looking or -sounding show of the Winter 2016 season, nor did it have any appreciable story. It was a short, sketch-based slice of life comedy, so it didn’t stand out in that way either, especially compared to some other concurrently airing shows like Ooyasan wa Shishunki and Tabi Machi Late Show, which stood out due to specific elements (visuals and storytelling, respectively). Galko-chan did have its own thing, but it was something that didn’t really show until I was actually watching the first episode: The dialogue.

GDTL Galko-chan 1

Seitokai Yakuindomo is a show with lots of sex jokes, but they’re always structured in such a way that Shino is the boke and Tsuda is the tsukkomi, which kind of diminishes the shock factor after a while (you come to expect it). Galko-chan also has sex jokes, but with almost none of the manzai of SYD. The jokes come at occasionally unexpected times, and they’re also not limited to sex. There’s a lot of period and toilet humour in there as well. To sum it up, Galko-chan is a gross show, and that’s what makes it memorable.

GDTL Galko-chan 2

That’s not to say that it’s abysmal in all other respects, though. Galko-chan is a very colourful show, and not just in terms of its language. Many shots have very bright backgrounds with simple but cute patterns. In addition, I have to applaud the show for having so many different body types represented among the characters. The main characters all look different, but the other classmates are really varied as well. I’m particularly fond of Nikuko, Okako and Ouji. And I like Charao’s ear piercings. That is to say, I really like the show’s character designs.


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