It may not even have been a full year since GJ-bu ended, but nonetheless it has managed to find a place deep within my heart.
Trying to explain the wonders of GJ-bu would be to no awail, as I actually have no proper way of actually describing why. When I look at GJ-bu there is not much about it that stands out.
It uses lovely and vibrant colors in addition to very soft character designs, which help bring out the unique charm of the characters and the setting. When I mention the setting, I essentially only mean the clubroom in which the majority of the anime takes place.
Our charming characters, each with their own unique trait, are generally gentle and never over the top. They do not exaggerate, shout or anything that could be seen as annoying.
Yes, the girls in the club tend to tease and fool around with the lone boy Shinomiya “Kyoro” Kyouya, but it is never anything more than lovingly banter. Even “Kyoro” himself does the same, especially to the orange-haired girl Mao Amatsuka. You can feel a genuine chemistry between the all characters as they do nothing particularly special.
This warm atmosphere is what embraced me as I watched GJ-bu. It never tried to be something it was not. No, instead it was merely being itself. As a result, GJ-bu feels honest. It welcomes you with open arms and wants to you be a part of the club.
When I watched GJ-bu I always felt at ease. I knew I would have a heartwarming time with an anime that does not stand out. It is not special, but at the same time it very much feels so. To me, GJ-bu meant a lot.
As the final credits rolled, I felt sad to see it go. I would never meet the characters again, at least not in the same way. I was left with an empty and melancholic feeling. But all things that have a beginning must come to an end. That is precisely what allows us to appreciate them.
I miss you, GJ-bu.