GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class Review

GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class

Rating: 7.5/10

Plot: A slice-of-life comedy anime about a group of girls in a school that specializes in art students.

Breakdown: Slice-of-life comedies have to be one of the hardest genres to review, especially when they have no real story to them beyond what the plot gives us. The genre is fairly saturated as well, in addition to shows like Azumanga Daioh being the frontrunner for quality in the genre.

GA does a very good job at both being funny and entertaining as well as being a neat feature for artists along the way. Despite a good chunk of the art related information given in this show being pretty basic, I still learned some stuff, and it was cool to see an anime that talks about so energetically.

Character-wise, we have two groups of characters; our regular group and a side-group of older students who are in an art club. (GA has both a regular school and an art school, so I guess the art club’s meant for people who like art but not enough to be in the other part of the school.)

Main Group

Kisaragi: Kisaragi is a naïve worry wart who has a thing for cats. Practically everything that she draws has something to do with cats and…and…..I’m sorry, but there’s one detail about this girl that annoys me to hell – her glasses. Her glasses are HUGE and they’re so far down her face that, most of the time, it seems like they cover more of her cheeks than her eyes.

GLASSESSSSS

I thought the Chief from Beyblade’s glasses were annoying…

Tomokane: A hyper and very physical tomboy with short hair and a boy-ish voice. I actually thought Tomokane was a guy for the first half of the series, and I constantly kept calling her ‘him’ afterwards on accident. Tomokane frequently causes a lot of trouble with….

Noda: An equally hyper and extremely random girl who likes to cause trouble. Her older sister is a model whose face is masked for the entirety of the one episodes she’s featured in.

Kyouju: A dark and constantly straight-faced girl, Kyouju frequently freaks out the rest of the group with her deadpan delivery and dark style.

Namiko: Seemingly the oldest one of the group, Namiko frequently acts as the responsible one. She works hard to ensure that everyone’s working on their assignments as well as keeps the fun-loving group in check (especially Noda)

Side Group

Club President: Also energetic and random, the club president really loves her club and is always eager about making club activities and getting new members to keep the club alive.

Bucchi: Kisaragi’s friend who introduced her to GA, Bucchi I think is part of the art section of school. She also acts as a responsible member of the group.

Orange haired guy: He’s random and energetic but more down to earth than the club president.

Blue haired guy: The straight-man of the group for the most part.

Older Tomokane: Younger Tomokane’s older brother, he’s constantly ill to the point where he spends most of his schooltime in the nurse’s office and frequently faints. However, he loves nothing more than playing pranks on his younger sister.

You may notice something with the side group – I couldn’t remember most of their names. They’re a really forgettable bunch. The main reasons I remember Older Tomokane and Bucchi was because they were connected in one way or another to characters in the main group. They come in halfway through the series, and they don’t do much. Their segments also weren’t very funny barring maybe the Club President’s box.

The OVA isn’t really anything different from the regular series, except, I guess, we have more of an interaction between the two groups, and we learn why Kisaragi wanted to go to GA in the first place.

Art and Animation: The art and animation were bright, colorful and a joy to look at. It’s not amazing, but it’s pretty unique in its style and coloring. Also, I should note that these girls are supposed to be 15-16 years old, but they look and act like they’re about seven barring Namiko and Kyouju.

Music: The OP, lyrically, is weird, but it’s a catchy and cutesy theme. The ED’s okay, and the BG music is also good.

Voice Acting: Japanese – The voice acting was great. Everyone had plenty of energy and fit well within their roles.

Bottomline: If you’re looking for a lighthearted SoL anime and don’t care much about linear storylines, this is a good one to check out. It’s also a cute show for anyone interested in art even as a slight hobby.

Additional Information and Notes: GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class was directed by Hiroaki Sakurai and was produced by AIC.

Episodes: 12 plus a one episode OVA.

Year: 2009

Recommended Audience: There’s no questionable material. Rated E for everyone!

 

3 thoughts on “GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class Review

  1. This sounds like a pleasant anime. Of course, I can’t draw or paint for crap, so many people have more art skills that way. My way of art is far different with music, fiction, poetry, and filmography to name a few. It’s also good that someone else knows about Azumanga Daioh. I feel like some of the newer anibloggers have never seen or heard of it.

    Also, thanks for checking out the Ospreyshire Top 10 most viewed posts on my main blog. I think you would appreciate the “Do you (or should you) separate the art from the artist” post which was #2 on that list. It was also surprising that you liked it despite the picture associated with the #1 most viewed article. Anyways, I think it’s great that you still check out my work occasionally even with our differences of opinions.

    • I loved Azumanga Daioh, and I’m kinda surprised it died out in popularity, to be honest. So many people held that up as being the quintessential slice of life comedy anime for years and then it just kinda fell off the map for a lot of people. It’s weird.

      And no problem, I thoroughly enjoy your work. 🙂 We don’t disagree on a whole lot, but even if we did I’m very much of the mind that people can disagree as much as they want but as long as mutual respect is still standing in whatever pieces your write or points you make, it’s all good. It doesn’t affect the quality at all, and disagreements can even spark a lot of great conversations and things for both sides to think about. It creates an environment of learning and reflection. ^_^

      Also, I’ve seen more negatively slanted and graphic pics of TLK before, that didn’t really bother me, especially since I fully understand where the heart of the picture lies. 🙂

      • Yeah, that show was pretty funny. I was surprised as well since I remember it being more popular when ADV released it back in the 00s with the anime fandom.

        Thank you so much! That is true. I mean we both like Haibane Renmei and some Shinkai works for starters. Haha! That’s true and I do my best to be respectful even if there are harsher issues mentioned. At least most people on WordPress are sane unlike the typical social media networks. I do agree that it can lead to great and educational forms of dialogue. There are times where I’ve learned things especially if it was something I didn’t know before. One example I could think of was the Blue Vein Society which I didn’t know was a thing in American history with how biracial (black/white mixed, in this case) people were used as race buffers a couple of hundred years ago which saddened me. I thanked the person who shared that information while telling him about my parentage and how I saw it for the bigoted con game it was. He actually appreciated my insight on the matter and how I would never think or act like that club.

        Really, now? I didn’t think that would be possible given that movie’s fan favorite status in the Disney canon, but that’s strange. Although, I did post a picture from that same artist of Claw beating up Scar which I think is hilarious and not as brutal in a poem I wrote last year alongside a comparison picture of Tetsuo from Akira and his King of Fighters rip-off K9999. Thank you. Some of the information you already know about from that other conversation we had (it’s not just about Kimba) and I talk about my time when I was a fan of TLK. Weirdly enough, that post was made before I knew about the Mbube/The Lion Sleeps Tonight plagiarism case (let alone The Lion’s Share documentary) and before the “Spirit” music video existed, so that gets awkward even if it made certain points stronger in hindsight. I hope that last sentence didn’t come across as self-righteous because I was saying how knowing those things after the fact was even more eye-opening for me.

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