Girls Beyond the Wasteland Anime Review (Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu)

Girls Beyond the WastelandGirls Beyond the Wasteland is about the group of friends creating their own bishoujo games. Plus, they didn’t do that for fun, but also for money which includes some professional works. Although this anime has a thick of slice-of-life content, I do really love to see their effort to created good game that could be enjoyed by everyone – not only by bishoujo game’s hardcore fans.

Despite many sites tend to give this anime low score, but I personally like this anime and I finished watching it to the last episode without feeling boring. Maybe because I’m a hardcore fan of slice-of-life genre or something, so this Girls Beyond the Wasteland review will be based on my view point as an enthusiast of the genre, not as in general.

This Girls Beyond the Wasteland review will include:

  • What is Girls Beyond the Wasteland Anime?
  • Girls Beyond the Wasteland content review
  • Girls Beyond the Wasteland anime review

I really hope this anime brings more romance contents. Yes, it has… But it disappeared without a trace after 2 or 3 episodes, and it made me little disappointed. I really want to see more relationship between the main male protagonist with one of the girls in this anime. But yeah… Let’s back to the first content, it’s pure slice-of-life anime series.

Girls Beyond the Wasteland Anime


Girls Beyond the Wasteland, or also known as Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu and Girls Beyond the Youth Koya in Japan, which often abbreviated as ShokoMeza is the Japanese slice-of-life and drama anime TV series produced by Project No.9 and directed by Takuya Satou. The anime was broadcast on Tokyo MX and other networks starting from January 7 to March 24, 2016 in Japan.

Girls Beyond the Wasteland Review

The anime adaptation itself is based on the visual novel game developed and published by Minato Soft of the same name which to be released for Windows on March 25, 2016.

The manga adaptation written by Minato Soft and illustrated by Kazuchi began serialization in ASCII Media Works‘ seinen manga magazine Dengeki G‘s Comic since February 29, 2016.

Madman, Sentai Filmworks, and MVM Films licensed the anime series in Australia, North America, and the United Kingdom respectively. The series was released on Blu-ray containing an Original Video Animation titled “Should This Be Called…the Strategic Game Bundle Edition?“. The latest Blu-ray was also released on April 4, 2017.

Girls Beyond the Wasteland Content Review


Girls Beyond the Wasteland Content ReviewGirls Beyond the Wasteland consists of:

  • Slice of Life: 100%
  • Mild Comedy: 75%
  • Drama: 58%
  • Moe: 17%
  • Romance: 17%
  • Fujoshi: 8%

Many people know, and many anime sites put Girls Beyond the Wasteland into a slice-of-life genre. In fact, based on our calculation the anime consists of 100% slice-of-life, which means that you will find slice-of-life content in all 12 episodes. Well, this could be a great series for any slice-of-life fans, along with the mild comedy around 75%. We call it “mild” because it’s totally mild. You will see several jokes in several occasions – especially in SoL scenes – however, the jokes themselves won’t make you laugh so hard, so we call it mild comedy instead.

While the Drama is little rushed! I don’t know why but I feel like this anime needs smoother drama plot, especially when they worked very hard on the project. But most of them are really fast paced. In the first few episode, you will see how the main male protagonist had a hard time in the process, but a couple minutes later the obstacles are gone, and the SoL scenes are back so suddenly, until several last episodes that we could see the plot development going smoothly.

Anyway, you can also find several Japanese cultures in this series, Moe, and Fujoshi. Since the bishoujo game is always linked to the gamers and otaku, and otaku is always linked to the Akihabara, you can also find some scenes that show Maid Cafe and moe culture. The most influential character for this culture is Andou Teruha. She has an arubaito (part-time job) as a maid at Maid cafe somewhere in Akihabara. Andou is also a fujoushi, someone who really loves BL genre, a Boys Love or Yaoi where the manga, anime, light novel, or game includes the romantic relationship between Boy and Boy.

And the last content is romance. When this article was made, we see that the Wikipedia gives the label of the series as being Drama and Romance. While the anime itself consists of drama, the romance itself is pretty low. We calculated it’s only 17%. The romance just likes a topping on your favorite pudding, it’s not the main dishes. Worst yet, the romance was gone without a trace after 3 episodes.

Despite you can see several fan-services in this series, especially in beach or bikini episodes, but there’s almost no inappropriate content in this series. So, Girls Beyond the Wasteland could be safe for teens 13 or older.

Girls Beyond the Wasteland Anime Review


Trailer

Synopsis

Buntarou Hojo is a normal high school student who has a skill for writing, but zero serious routes in life or any ideas in the future. His classmate, Sayuki Kuroda realizes his abilities, decides to aid him to discover a way to use it correctly by hiring him in her bishoujo game development circle.

Along with his other friends, the circle grows to become lively. There are 6 people now including the producer, writer, illustrator, seiyuu, programmer, and an assistant. They have the only one goal to make a great bishoujo game and make some money, but they face lots of obstacles in the process.

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Story

Girls Beyond the Wasteland has a good concept, a group of friends makes their own bishoujo game not only for fun, but to make a real game where the professional works would be included. Along with the process, I found several good scenes starting from slice-of-life, comedy, and drama. However, the only problem is maybe the drama. I wish I could find smoother plot but the anime provide us a fast paced instead. Most of the drama is based around internal conflict, but it’s not really interesting to watch because it’s easy to guess.

Artwork

The artwork is pretty good. I can see well-drawn backgrounds and cute character designs. However, if we talked about the current’s anime artwork, Girls Beyond the Wasteland anime tend to be normal, nothing special, and standard. The animation is also smooth and good, I have no complaints here.

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Characters

Girls Beyond the Wasteland may have great potential in characters development, however, the result is different. Let’s see, there’s a stereotype main male character, stereotype elegant heroine, stereotype cheerful, happy-go-lucky, imouto-chara, and other stereotype characters may you find in common anime series today. None of the characters are really appealing or interesting and are typically classified by a single trait.

Sounds

Maybe this is one of the strongest points of the series. The background music is pleasant to hear, especially for the slice-of-life scenes. I could hear the light-hearted Europe-like music, if you know Harvest Moon game, you’ll probably know what I meant. The opening and ending theme is also great to hear. The opening fits with the anime series, it brings spirit in our seishun stage.

Overall (62/100)

Despite I said that I liked this anime, however, most people don’t feel like that. While I love the slice-of-life content, the other aspects such as drama and romance aren’t interesting to watch. It has fast paced drama and halfway romance side, worst yet, the romance disappeared without a trace. So, this anime isn’t for drama or romance lovers, but if you love slice-of-life like me, maybe this anime could be a good series for you, but not great, awesome, or event masterpiece. Just good.

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