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Golden Time: Collection 1 (2013/Section 23/Sentai Blu-ray)

Picture: A Sound: B+ Extras: C- Episodes: B+

Tada Banri was looking forward to starting over his life in Tokyo, but the first person he runs into is Mitsuo and his childhood girlfriend, Kaga Kouko, a beautiful but eccentric rich girl who is self proclaimed to be the future wife of Mitsuo (but he doesn't feel the same). After being rejected and dumped by Mitsuo, she switches her eyes to Banri. Only thing about Banri's past ...is he has amnesia, but when he starts remembering his past things get a bit complex in Golden Time: Collection 1 (2013).

After a certain incident, Banri was so emotionally traumatized he was hospitalized and end up forgetting his past, family, friends ...everything. After entering college he befriends the enigmatic Kouko and the kind Linda-sempai. While Kouko is is a fireball of emotions and public displays of affections, her actions have always ended up in rejection, but Banri sees pass all that and see her true nature, that she is just really straight forward and honest. He becomes her emotional support and later her boyfriend. Linda on the other hand, has been watching over Banri, but truth is she really Banri's childhood friend, but she hides this fact from him and distances herself from him because she is afraid to hurt him again. Things get a complex for Banri when he starts dating Kouko and his memories start returning, and he remembers Linda and he that he has feelings for her.

This series is full of drama, romance and comedy; drama in the main characters personalities, romance between their love lives, and the comedy of college social life. It makes fun of various college life situations (including all the crazy clubs and parties), but then also has the sweet innocent love versus lost love. Only complaint about this series is they should of released the series complete instead of breaking it into Collections 1 & 2, but maybe we'll see that later?

The 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image is another top rate set of transfers from Sentai, far outdoing anything you'd see on DVD with depth and detail we've come to expect from them, while the lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Stereo mix is warm, rich and has great Pro Logic surrounds. Extras include clean opening and closing animations and trailers.


Springtime - Tada Banri enters college and the first thing he meets is the crazy Kouko.

Lonely Girl - Only Banri realizes while Kouko is rich and popular, she is really lonely and wants real friends.

Night Escape - Banri and Kouko escape from a questionable religious club after being shanghaied.

Black Out - Mitsou breaks up and dumps Kouko and Banri finds out his past is connected to Linda.

Body and Soul - Kouko starts over her love life and Banri wonders what is his past connection with Linda.

Yes No - Banri is confused by the mixed signals he is getting from Kouko and Linda.

Masquerade - Banri and Kouko start dating, but things remain awkward between Banri and Linda.

Reset - Banri begins to remember his past with Linda. He and his friends throw a party for Mitsou.

With You Again - Banri remembers even more of his past with Linda and wants to connect with her.

In the Mirror - Banri gets sick and Linda and Kouko come over to take care of him.

Trouble Party - Banri finds a part time job to earn money so that he and Kouko and go to the beach.

Don't Look Back - Kouko confronts Banri about his picture with Linda.

- Ricky Chiang


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