Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl – Anime First Impressions

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Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl. The title says it all! This anime had me at "Girl Meets Girl!" Seriously though, after reading the description of this anime, I thought it would be a low quality ero-game type dissapointment. The character designs looked good, but would the plot actually work out? Read on to find out!

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Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl. The title says it all! This anime had me at "Girl Meets Girl!" Seriously though, after reading the description of this anime, I thought it would be a low quality ero-game type dissapointment. The character designs looked good, but would the plot actually work out? Read on to find out!

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After watching the first episode of Kashimashi, I can honestly say that I can’t wait for the next episode. This anime is not perfect by any means; the story sounds ridiculous, but somehow it works…

Osaragi Hazumu is your typical anime guy. Except that he has a girly face and he likes flowers. After confessing to and being rejected by his flower friend, Kamiizumi Yasuna, he’s hit by an alien spaceship! The aliens rebuild him, faster, stronger, better! Oh wait, no, they just rebuild him as a girl. They also give him eyes, which he was sorely missing previous to the accident. Strangely enough, after Hazumu turns into a girl, Yasuna seems to start liking him… err… her.

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So yes, the story is kind of unrealistic, but just for reference, here’s a few other anime that had situations just as crazy!

  • Midori no Hibi (Girl likes guy, girl turns into guy’s right hand)
  • Ranma 1/2 (Guy turns into girl when he gets wet)
  • Ginban Kaleidoscope (Girl is possessed by Canadian stunt pilot)
  • Daa Daa Daa! (Guy and Girl have to keep their alien baby a secret)

I guess the whole alien spaceship thing was just thrown in there, but why couldn’t they have just used magic or something? Perhaps it’ll be essential to the plot later. There is also another character, Tomari, who seems to like Hazumu. It’ll be interesting to see how the love triangle (between 3 girls!) works out.

I thought this episode was really well done. I noticed the framing and everything was just awesome (I’m actually an ex-Media Arts major, so I notice this stuff). The episode had a little of everything: Comedy, Drama, and most importantly, Engrish! There are some instant classics such as:

"Recheck it! Don’t you understand!? We’re not allowed to make any mistakes this time!" (implying that NASA has made quite a few mistakes in the past?)

"I’m afraid that that’s the fact. All the data prove its existence."

"What the heck!? Aliens attack you say? Emergency! Call to the President!"

I was hoping someone would say "What you say!? Main screen turn on!" as a tribute to Zero Wing… What’s weird is that the voice actors for the Americans are obviously native English speakers. Why didn’t they just fix it up a little!?

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The character designs for this anime are really strong. All of the female characters are cute! The supporting cast is especially strong. Tomari the tomboy is interesting, and I liked Ayuki and Asuta too. Did anyone else think that Ayuki looks like adult Nanaka from Nanaka 6/17?

Hazumu’s parents are comically overprotective (no wonder he acts so girly), and his teacher talks with a strange dialect or accent. Overall, the cast is an interesting bunch of characters.

Note: the version I watched was a speed sub, and I think it ignored
to explain a joke with Hazumu’s parents. Or maybe the joke was just not
funny? If anyone knows, please let me know!

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The show didnt’ begin with an OP, and I think the song they played at the end was the OP. Whichever it was, I liked it; it sounded like something CooRie would sing. I’ll try to put up the OP and ED when it’s available.

Overall, Kashimashi is looking to be one of the top anime of the new season. Yes, I know I just said that for Magikano, but this one tops it! I didn’t have very high hopes for this anime, but after giving it a try, I’m hooked! Here’s to more Girl Meets Girl anime in the future!

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13 thoughts on “Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl – Anime First Impressions”

  1. Actually, the song played at the end was by eufonius (futakoi, noein) and apparently its the OP…

    anyways, Kashimashi is based off of a manga thats currently being translated by Dynasty/Hasshihime? go look for it some time ^^”

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    So Hazumu gets rejected because Yasu plays for the other team?
    Does Yasuna play for the other team or is she just a unique androphobe? Being an androphobe does not automatically mean lesbian. I wonder if the manga/anime is copping out in this manner. Dodging the issue on whether Yasuna is a lesbian or not.

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    I seriously don’t think either Tomari nor Yasuna are really lesbian. Yasuna rejected Hazumu because she didn’t want the possibility of him disappearing from her vision in the near future. Both the girls really liked the male Hazumu (a girly male at that), and when he changed into a girl, nothing really changed about him, and T and Y loved her because of her personality, not ’cause she’s a girl.

  4. I still want ’em to go out and love each other… though I believe it might end up this way cuz basically its the drama of the whole anime/series.

  5. hi, I thought I should reply on this. This anime is not quite as black and white as you think. There are many twists, broken hearts, misconseptions and even lots of different loves. But the most prominent feature of this anime is a love triangle. Anyway, not only was said song at the end the opening song, it was also the video for the opening credits. After Kashimashi disappeared from most video hosting sites as full episodes a few years back I was the one who revived it. Thankfully my videos are still hosted on veoh, however my episode 12 has been removed and my OVA episode was never able to upload. Kashimashi is based on a manga which I hear has a few other plot twists like him only having so long to live after. But this anime is perfect for bringing a tear to almost anyones eye. From comments I have been given it has proven that once you start this anime, like it or not, it has the ability to grab your interest so that you can no longer stop yourself finishing it. And here is why I am posting, alot of people do not realize the significance of the OVA often called the 13th episode. The original anime was only 12 episodes long, but with the addition of an OVA it became 13. Now, the reason this OVA is needed is for one reason and one reason only. In episode 12 it is majoritivley believed that the coupling was with the wrong person, therefore episode 13 was created. If you were to watch episode 12 in it’s full to the end of the credits you will see what they keep remembering in the OVA which makes the new coupling possible.

    P.S. don’t worry, my account on Veoh has a channel for Kashimashi which has episode 12 and 13 linked.

    P.S.S. other names for Kashimashi include ‘Kasimasi’ excluding the h’s.

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