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Hajimete no Gal anime celebrates its fifth anniversary

July 12, 2022 in Japan marks five years since the premiere of the anime adaptation of the manga written and illustrated by Meguru Ueno, Hajimete no Gal (My First Girlfriend is a Gal). In the same year, an OVA attached to the fifth compilation volume of the work would be released, considered “the eleventh” episode of the series, but since then there have been no updates to the project.

This adaptation project was widely criticized by fans of the manga because too many creative liberties were taken, changing the order of events or directly modifying them through adding characters or modifying their personalities. This means that those who saw the anime and want to switch to the manga have to start from scratch, since the story of both is very different despite having the same core.

Hajimete no Gal

Ueno began publication of the manga through the magazine Monthly Shonen Ace from the publisher Kadokawa in November 2015. The publisher published the fourteenth compilation volume in January 2022, followed by the fifteenth on July 26 in Japan.

The play inspired a ten-episode animated adaptation produced by studios NAZunder the direction of Hiroyuki Furukawa and scripts written by Yuuichirou Momosereleased in July 2017. An OVA was released in December of the same year and since then there has been no more news.

Synopsis for Hajimete no Gal

After a prank by his wicked friends, Junichi Hashiba asks a girl out in a desperate attempt to change the fact that he is a hopeless virgin. Yukana Yame, the girl in question, is disgusted with Junichi’s humiliation. However, through a series of teasing comments, she soon realizes that she has taken a liking to him and ends up, much to Junichi’s surprise, accepting her confession. Thus, Hajimete no Gal follows Junichi as he overcomes his lack of self-confidence and represses his sexual urges, all while he launches into a whole new school life filled with beautiful girls and unpredictable chaos.

©2017 植野メグル/KADOKAWA/「はじギャル」製作委員会

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