Publisher: Sentai Filmworks
Distributor: Section23 Films
Release Date: March 6th, 2018
Haisai! Need more snarky anime girls in your life? Want to learn some of the ins and outs of the voice acting industry in Japan? How about from the viewpoint of a shitty bit-part actress? Well, Gi(a)rlish Number (Girlish Number) may be right up your alley! With nice storytelling and great music, Sentai Filmworks has you covered with the North American release of it. Many thanks to Section23 for the review unit.
Chitose Karasuma is a girl with a dream. She wants to have better voice acting parts! Unfortunately, she has one issue with that… she sucks. Furthermore, her world view is pretty shitty, too. But when she is seemingly ‘hand-picked’ for a new anime adaptation, how will she deal with the pressure of needing to be better, both in acting and as a person. And what about those acting alongside her? Find out that and more in Gi(a)rlish Number!
Watching Girlish Number was a joy. Chitose’s absolutely disgusting view of others reminded me of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, but with a female Hachiman and no high school romance in sight. Momoka, Koto, and Yae were probably my favorite characters, though. They were very balanced with each other in terms of comedy and personalities. Kazuha was the ‘Ah… she’s just a bitch’ character at the start of the series, but quickly gained more personality through a bit of storytelling. Chitose should have just shut her mouth most of the time, but without her, a lot of the comedy would’ve fell flat.
Seriously, Chitose may be worse than Hachiman. She doesn’t try to help anyone but herself. She acts like she knows it all even after she learns that she doesn’t. Even after she has a little personal growth, it doesn’t seem like her character got all that much better. However, she has one redeeming quality… she isn’t Kuzu. If there was one character that could make me never want to work in the anime industry, it was Kuzu. For reasons I won’t say here, Kuzu made me realize that it can be the fault of one person why an anime adaptation absolutely sucks and bombs.
In addition, Girlish Number doesn’t fit into where the packaging would lead you to believe. This isn’t a cutesy idol anime. It actually deals with real world situations that may or may not have actually happened. How does being raised as an actress by acting parents make a difference? When you can’t make it big in the industry and you’re getting up in age, what life choices will you make? When your first big break is a shithole production and your friends keep getting more work than you, how will you deal with it? Girlish Number actually deals with it and makes it a comedy at the same time.
In conclusion, would I recommend Girlish Number? Absolutely. Especially if you liked titles like Bakuman, SHIROBAKO, and even Animegataris. For the retail value of $59.98 USD on the Sentai Filmworks store, it’s a good buy. The only main question I had is why the “(a)” in the actual title? “Gi(a)rlish Number”. If anyone has the answer, feel free to leave a comment below. We can find the answer. We got this!
Lolinia gives Gi(a)rlish Number a Drastik Moé Measure of 6.8 out of 10.0 (68).