First Impression :: Gomen ne Seishun (I’m sorry youth! / ごめんね青春!)
I was excited for this drama the moment I saw Mitsushima Hikari as the lead female actor for the show. She was in one of my favourite dramas of the year: Wakamonotachi 2014. I’m so thrilled to be able to watch her again! Though….she’s not in this show enough. She’s the best part of the show and she was barely in the first episode.
I’m 3 minutes into this show and am delighted to see Ryusei Ryo (Kyoryu Red) as part of the supporting cast. Not so delighted that his first moments on screen involve him grabbing the manboobs of one of his fellow male classmates because he’s desperate to touch breasts. Uhm….whut?
The pace of this show is quick and it’s….not entirely to my liking in terms of subject matter. We’ve got an all boy’s school (obviously delinquents because apparently they’re relatable) right next door to a Catholic All Girl’s school. You know what would be interesting? Focusing on the girls’ school. But no. The delinquents are our protagonists. Speaking lewdly about the virginity of the girls next door, taking videos of them on the train, etc. And those that run the all girls’ school are prudish harpies who aren’t giving the delinquent school a fair judgement. Kill me.
The rampant sexism pisses me off. As does the depiction of the girls’ school. I went to a Catholic All Girls’ high school and let me tell you it was one of the best experiences ever. It’s where I started my journey to be a feminist. It’s where I learned that I do not need male attention to be a whole person. But this show….well…at first glance it’s sharing the opposite.
I don’t know if I can handle this show. We have so many scenes I’m just not comfortable with because we’re not supposed to be disgusted. We’re not supposed to be disgusted with our protagonist sneaking into a room to watch girls can changed without knowing they’re being spied on. We’re supposed to be equally disappointed when they’re not seen naked. We’re supposed to laugh as the young men jeer, mock and degrade high school girls trying to use the pool. A priest talking angrily that his son gets to touch HIS WIFE without having to PAY anything but he (her FATHER IN LAW) can’t just grope and touch her at any time. Because….you know….she’s an item. If anyone knows how this show is supposed to go and know that it gets better then please let me know. Otherwise I was just continually uncomfortable and upset.
The ending when the girls FINALLY had a chance to talk and spoke only the truest words of the entire episode did I enjoy the episode. Though I have a feeling that things aren’t going to progress with them continuing to be this awesome. The key example for this is Amarin. She’s dating one of the boys and she tells him point blank that it’s with HIM that she feels like she’s right in the world. Acting the docile, sweet and feminine woman who basically tells him to stop being a gentleman and force her to be intimate with him. She tells him her school persona is someone she doesn’t like. What’s her school persona? A strong willed girl who doesn’t take sexual harassment and stands up for herself. Yeah. This is the side of her we’re supposed to hate. Oh dear.