One day when Riko Kurahashi (CV: Manami Numakura) is asked to deliver some papers to the student council, she finds the de facto president, Natsuo Maki (CV: Chinatsu Akasaki) practising kissing on a dakimakura with a drawn face. Due to her own carelessness she says she has experience with boys and is forced to join the student council as the advisor. Now she is studying love together with the student council and although the lie hurts sometimes, she’s loving the fun days.
I never thought I’d get nostalgic watching a show I’ve never watched before. But I did. It made me think of B-Gata H-Kei, which I years ago wrote about when I started getting into writing about anime. Unlike B-Gata H-Kei, where the main character Yamada wants to have sex with a hundred guys, this is about middle schoolers at girl’s school who want to learn more about love and interacting with boys. Also, unlike Yamada who falls in love, no one in this show actually falls in love with anyone, but it’s a lot of fun and is definitely there with B-Gata H-Kei among love comedy that makes me smile just from thinking about it. I could compare Yamada with Natsuo a lot, so I guess, basically, I’d say Yamada is a bit of an older version of Natsuo. They come up with ideas to achieve their goal and while Natsuo never really get to go through with her plans (she practises them though) it still makes me think of Yamada.
Enough of comparing B-Gata H-Kei and Love Lab. I’m just making myself want to re-watch B-Gata H-Kei.
I liked this show, it was cute. And as mentioned, it makes me smile just thinking about it. The situations are really funny and the friendship between Riko and Natsuo and the rest of the student council is very nice. The animation is pretty good too as well as they voice actors, so i have nothing to complain about. Except the lack of romantic relationships. Because Natsuo really dislikes Yan, I would have loved to see a relationship between those two, but that’s about it. It was also really nice to watch in between all the mediocre shows during the 2013/2014 winter season. A bit like a breather.
All in all it was a good show I could enjoy and it was without tons of moe. Definitely recommended for those who like comedy about love or B-Gata H-Kei.
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