Ever since reading Marow’s opinion on GJ-bu, my interest in watching this show has been aroused. Having finished it, I find myself in the curious situation of having loved this show but not knowing how to praise it. Taking a lighthearted look at the foibles of human nature stands as the show’s best point. After all, the club does not have a goal besides hanging out. Shion plays online chess, Megumi makes tea and cake, Kirara eats meat, Tama waits for food which never makes her gain weight, and Kyoro–the only male in the club–reads manga as he awaits the president to bully him–or bite him for that matter.
My predilections lean toward shows rich in character, and GJ-bu excels at making interesting and memorable characters even if they don’t do much. (As you note, I only forgot one character’s name, and that’s because everyone is always calling her bucho, i.e. president.) Teasing each other, especially Kyoro, stands as their main hobby. They force him to brush their hair, doll him up, and compell him to transform to “Ore-otoko,” where he pretends to be a tough guy for a short time, sending shivers of delight up the girls’ spines. Not sure if that sounds interesting to you. In my own case, a room full of people teasing each other sounds like home. It also helped that Shion’s chess junkie ways and Megumi’s tea connoisseurship made me identify with these two characters very easily. But, watch episode one and see what you think.
As a side note, it pleased me that all of the characters had siblings–even large families. (Shion has at least eight brothers for example–perhaps more!) As you know, Japan has a declining population, and this seems reflected in so many characters being only children or even just living alone. So, it is nice to see a show where family was of such importance, especially in much of the comedy.
Anyway, I’m finished describing–or, rather, attempting to describe–the joys of GJ-bu. GJ-bu is a show to be experienced and enjoyed rather than read and written about. Do yourself the pleasure of picking up this show on a rainy day.