It started in a bathtub, so it makes only sense that it has come to this. In the late 1980s, Tenchi Muyo appeared and introduced the term 'harem show' to the anime world. Sure, there had been shows with multiple girls pursuing the same guy - Ranma 1/2 comes to mind - but none of them prior to Tenchi had been bold enough to have all the girls live with the boy and the boy be (sort of) comfortable with the situation.
Over the years, the formula has become a popular one with plenty of variations on the theme. There have been 'promise harems' - Love Hina, Ai Yori Aoshi, 'servant harems' - Hand Maid May, Steel Angel Kurumi, Mahoromatic, and 'pursuit harems' - Happy Lesson, Maburaho and the subject of this review, Girls Bravo. The required ingredients are a hapless boy who conveniently has a large home with no parents around, a gaggle of beautiful girls that are willing to do anything to capture the hapless boy and a fairly questionable premise, such as 'I come from a planet where there are virtually no men and I need a husband', which just happens to be the premise of Girls Bravo.
In Girls Bravo, we have hapless boy Yukinari, who is so afraid of women that he breaks out in hives whenever they come into contact with him. His next door neighbor, Kirie, operates on 6-year old level - assaulting Yukinari at any chance while harboring a secret love for him - while inhabiting a 'ready for the bunny suit' body. After walking in on Kirie bathing in his bathroom (don't ask, just accept), she knocks him out of this world - literally.
Yukinari ends up on an alternate world inhabited by nothing but desperate to be housewives women and soon finds himself the subject of an entire world's population. Conveniently, he meets Miharu, who does not activate his hives, has a bathtub that connects to his bathtub allowing for transdimensional travel and is insatiable...insatiably hungry, that is. Soon enough, he has the gaggle of girls and the weak premise and we are off.
What sets Girls Bravo off from the rest of the pack and gives it its adult rating is the naked hijinks. Girls Bravo has decided that the boys watching might have grown up but inside they are still gawky teenagers. Therefore, any moment is a good moment to be naked if you are a female in the this world. Where other series strategically placed clouds of steam or towels, Girls Bravo does without. But, as far as playing grown-up games, the girls aren't that brave yet.
The animation of Girls Bravo is first-rate, and the rest of the productions values are top notch as well. The story is pretty forced - any guy actually in this situation would have bailed long ago and no girl - beyond Brittany Spears, Paris Hilton or Jessica Simpson - would ever get into this situation in the first place. The place where Girls Bravo fails - its Achilles heel - is that it tries to walk both sides of the line. There is not enough adult action for those fans and too much body silliness with too little story for the mainstream fan.
Volume 1: "Volume 1" Plot Summary:
In the first volume of Girls Bravo, we meet Yukinari Saski, a high school boy with a unique problem - he is allergic to girls. The cause of this problem has been the rough treatment he has suffered at the hands of the fairer sex. Suspect One on the hit list is his next door neighbor and childhood friend, Kirie Kojima, who only knows how to say 'I love you' with her fists. After walking in on Kirie in the bath, Yukinari is punched into the tub where he is transported to an alternate world. Unfortunately for Yukinari, it?s a world populated only by women.
After being chased high and low, he befriends Miharu, a cute and lively pink-haired girl who does not trigger his allergies. They transport back to Earth via her elaborate pool and encounter a jealous Kirie. They sort out the situation and realize that Miharu cannot return to her world, so she stays with Yukinari and hides from his mom.
Later on, more girls follow from the planet of the women in search of Miharu (and husbands), Miharu visits Yukinari's school and another girl decides that Yukinari is the right man for her. In addition to this madness, the entire gang gets an annoying gadfly villain who insists that women are God's gift to him (and him alone). And there is plenty of gratuitous bathing, showering and general nudity.
Genre: Adult Content
Languages: English & Japanese with subtitles
Video: 4:3 NTSC Standard Aspect Ratio
Audio: Dolby Digital
American Release Status: Unavailable
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Creator: Mario Kaneda
Director: Ei Aoki
Character Designer: Ryuichi Makino
Music: Noriyasu Agematsu
Animation Director: Ryuichi Makino
Animation Studio: AIC
Kadokawa Shoten Publishing
"Girls Bravo" Production Committee
American Producers: Geneon/Pioneer
Volume 1 Information
Title: Volume 1
Running Time: 100
Number of Episodes On This Volume: 4
1: Bravo From The Bathtub!
2: Bravo At School!
3: Cooking Is Bravo!
4: Bravo In The Mansion
Sorry, a synopsis of this volume is currently unavailable.