Golden Time Collection 2
Released By: Animatsu
Running Time: 300 Mins
Audio: English DD 5.1 & Jap DD 2.0 with English subs
Release Date: 9/5/2016
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes
Summer vacation is on the cards for Banri and as it's also the Awa Dance Festival, and the festival also includes getting along with students from other universities, there could be lots of fun too, not just competing. It's all about the taking part. While all the guys are braving the heat, the girls can't cope with wearing their outfits in such weather.
For Banri, the festival might not go to plan as Linda tells him there is a problem with one of the girls. Kouko is being dragged to him by her friends and instantly they go into educational territory about how she acts like a modern day Yaoya Oshichi who lived in the Edo period of Japan and tried to get the attention of a man she was in love with by setting a building alight - she didn't get her man, instead she got caught in the act. Here, she's seen as a tragic heroine. Banri has to take it on himself to help her out, but she's still ill at this point and has a need to pee! Known as a hunk of junk by her male peers, Kouko seems to be a bit of an attention seeker who has the potential to drive her friends mad.
This series continues where the last left off, but with the first episode being a rather comical one. It soon gets back into the normal series as we expected that Banri's ghost would be moping around after him. He is and he's watching almost every move he makes and after a while starts to hate his living other half for not acting on his wishes. His ghost would like nothing more than for him to get with Linda, who he has loved since being young and alive, but the alive version of Banri isn't willing to make a go of a relationship that could have been his. Inside, his ghost is seething, and after watching for so long, he curses him to be unhappy.
The reality is Banri has lost his memories of past events before the accident, and is getting far too familiar with Kouko, rather than Linda who he was supposed to have fallen in love with - according to his ghost. So while his ghost self is becoming more frustrated with him, his regaining his memories isn't getting any better. Linda was his best friend in school, and she had an interest in them being girlfriend and boyfriend, but, after the accident he never showed any signs of attraction to her. The main part of this series is taken up with Banri getting his memories back, and getting with the right girl.
Bonus Material: Also available from Sentai Filmworks; Maid Sama, The World God Only Knows: Goddesses, & Beyond the Boundary trailers.
Summary: Golden Time is the perfect anime for summer as it's madcap and full of humour, yet there is a dark side to the story from Banri's ghost side.