Banri Tada has just been admitted to Fukurai University, a prestigious private law school in Tokyo, hoping to start anew after a fall off a bridge the day after his high school graduation rendered him amnesiac. Being a country boy from Shizuoka Prefecture, who has just entered Tokyo for the first time, he naturally loses his way, in the process meeting Mitsuo Yanagisawa, himself another lost newcomer, and both young men immediately got off to a good start.As luck would have it, however, just as they reach Fukurai, Banri and Mitsuo run into a beautiful girl about their age, carrying a bouquet of roses... who proceeds to repeatedly whack Mitsuo in the face with said bouquet before wishing him well in his studies and leaving.As Mitsuo explains to Banri, that beautiful girl is Kouko Kaga, a young heiress to a hospital magnate, who forced a marriage promise from him back in their grade-school days. Fed up with her aggressive behavior towards him, Mitsuo secretly took Fukurai's entrance exams to escape her and, like Banri, start anew. Unfortunately for him, it seems that Kouko has tailed him, and is now sharing the same classroom as both boys, claiming she is not giving up on Mitsuo, to the point of having Banri help her keep in touch with him.Add to the mix Nana "Linda" Hayashida, a second-year member of the Festival Club, Takaya Sato, an otaku freshman, Chinami Oka, another first-year who looks too young for her age, and Nana, an aloof third-year, and Banri, Kouko and Mitsuo may just have the time of their lives.Golden Time is an ongoing 2010 light novel series written by Yuyuko Takemiya, writer of Toradora!, and illustrated by Eiji Komatsu (of Maburaho fame), published by ASCII Media Works under its Dengeki Bunko brand. It also has an ongoing 2011 manga series illustrated by Umechazuke and also published in ASCII's Dengeki Daioh manga anthology. It also received a 24-episode anime adaptation starting Fall 2013, directed by Chiaki Kon and produced by JC Staff (which also adapted Toradora!), deliberately scheduled to end its run at almost the same time as the novels themselves.Crunchyroll is streaming the anime, and can be viewed here for people living in the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Spain, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Netherlands, Turkey, Central and South America.
Amnesiac Hero: Banri. In episode 3 he tells Kouko about it, having lost his memory about a day after his high school graduation after falling off a bridge in his hometown. He's also not sure if he'd want his memories to come back, feeling they belonged to the "old" Banri, and the "new" one would be lost if they did come back.
Artistic License - Medicine: It is hard to believe, in Real Life, that a survivor of traumatic brain injury as serious as Banri's can be as "normal" as Banri. In most cases, they'll be permanently disabled in some way—no, not just amnesia.
Attractiveness Isolation: Kouko gets this. Because she's beautiful, stylish, and wealthy, everyone seems intimidated by her and the guys think they have no chance with her.
Berserk Button: If you're female, don't try to get close to Mitsuo when Kouko is around.
Blank Slate: A subverted trope; Banri was apparently one after losing his memories, but after spending a year in rehab he developed a rather vibrant personality by the time the series starts. It also seems that he underwent a significant personality shift in the process. It may also have been deconstructed—after spending so much time coping with his lack of a past, he seems to be very good at covering things up via acting.
Brutal Honesty: Used by Mitsuo in episode 4, and Banri in episode 6. Both were towards Kouko. In Mitsuo's case, he was extremely angry at her Clingy Jealous Girl tirade towards Chinami earlier in the week. In Banri's, he was sick and tired of just being friends with her, while she was still clinging onto Mitsuo after the latter had clearly explained to her that he didn't like her.
Childhood Marriage Promise: Kouko pretty much forced one on Mitsuo, and they spent practically all of their childhood together. And he doesn't seem to want any part of it, hence why he always tries to avoid her at college.
Clingy Jealous Girl: Kouko, like you wouldn't believe. She snaps crazily at Chinami when the latter seems too friendly with Mitsuo in episode 4. She does it again in episode 10 towards Banri, but claims she was just teasing him and Linda. However, Mitsuo calls her out on it, and even Linda says she seemed rather serious about it.
Cry Cute: Poor Kouko's face after Mitsuo finally musters the courage to tell her he doesn't love her anymore.
Cult: Kouko, Banri, and Takaya, along with some other students, nearly get inducted into one in episode 3. They also all realize almost right away that they're being forced to join as well. Also counts as a Scam Religion, since they manipulate members to buy expensive items and run Pyramid Schemes.
Distracted by the Sexy: The female film club member who attempts to get into Mitsuo's apartment in episode 8. She is wearing a rather revealing top, and constantly makes sure it's in his view, causing him to be a little uncomfortable until Banri saves him.
Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Mitsuo has some in episode 8 after he tells Chinami not to see him anymore due to her rejecting him at the party, then seeing Kouko sitting at a nearby table, and overhearing rumors that Chinami rejected him on the spot at the party.
Entitled to Have You: Kouko has a massive case of this for Mitsuo. Since they were practically family since elementary school, she thinks that they are destined for each other and refuses to acknowledge any reluctance he might have.
Exotic Eye Designs: Kouko has some hearts in her eyes during the opening sequence when she first bumps into Banri in it. She also shows off some other ones as well.
Banri has one in episode 5 of when he first met Linda after the accident outside the hospital he was recovering from. She tells him that a friend of hers is in the hospital, and then tells him he should go to Tokyo when he says he wants to leave all his past behind him.
More of his past with Linda is revealed in episode 6. He gave her a Love Confession the night of their high school graduation, and asking if she loved him. She asked him to give her one day for a reply. Unfortunately, she arrived at the bridge after he had already been hit by someone and knocked off, but from the dialogue later in the episode, her answer appears to have been "yes"
And in episode 9, more of Banri's past with Linda is revealed, when his past self explores their interactions with her older brother, whose fiance was cheating on him. Linda felt conflicted about the situation, since she didn't want to hurt her brother, but didn't want to live a lie by not exposing the woman's cheating to him either. The memories of the old Banri regret not giving her a Love Confession during that time.
Forgotten First Meeting: Banri in episode 4. He sees pictures of himself when he was younger with Linda, the girl he "first met" at college. He didn't remember it however, because of his amnesia.
Freudian Slip: In episode 8, while talking to Linda privately at night, Banri falls asleep for a moment, and yells that he wants to go back to that place with her. After he wakes up, he wonders what he just said. After a moment, his old self says he's still in love with Linda, and if possible, wants to stay with her, rather than Kouko.
Green-Eyed Monster: Takaya towards Banri in episode 7 briefly after the latter tells him he's dating Kouko.
Guile Hero: Banri is very quick thinking and good at finding ways to compensate for a bad situation. At the beginning of the series, he saves face for Mitsuo after he was assaulted by Kouko with flowers in public by quickly distributing the flowers she left behind as welcoming gifts for passersby. Later, he manipulates a cult into letting his student group go free with only a well placed anecdote and some feigned passion, a tactic he devised with barely a minute of planning.
Kouko says "my boyfriend" in episode 7, after her father apologizes to Banri for her inconveniencing him by escorting her to the police station, and he asks Banri to keep being her "friend". Both of the men are shocked by her correction. She also says "I love you" later on in the episode as well.
Banri hilariously says this as well in episode 8 to save Mitsuo from a very persistent female film club member attempting to get into Mitsuo's apartment.
Hard-Drinking Party Girl: The two girls from the tea club who try to recruit Banri in the first two episodes. Hilariously, they drag him from the film club's welcoming party in the other room, and it's treated by the film club as if he's being dragged into hell. Which isn't far from the truth when every guy in that tea party club seems scared to death of the girls.
Heel Realization: Kouko in episode 4 towards Mitsuo. She tries to come up with various reasons why they're fated to be together, but he tells her that everything she did was her attempts to project her feelings onto him, and that she never bothered to ask what made him happy. Unlike previous times, she finally starts to realize why he doesn't like her, especially because of her harsh treatment of Chinami earlier in the week.
Both Kouko and Mitsuo suffer a brief one in episode 6 after the latter confesses to Chinami, and she rejects him. Kouko went through shock because he actually went through with his threat to confess.
Chinami suffers through one in episode 8 after the incident from episode 6 caused Mitsuo to tell her to stop hanging out around him. Kouko helps her snap out of it by suffocating her with the bags of noodles Chinami brought to the amusement park. It works for the most part.
Hero Stole My Bike: Kouko does this to someone's bike at the end of episode 6 to chase after Banri when he tries to run away from her. In a rare example of averting Karma Houdini, she gets arrested for it at the beginning of episode 7.
Linda already seems to be afflicted by this by episode 2. Although she seems interested in Banri, he seems to be focused on how lonely Kouko seems to be, and during one scene, has a rather unhappy look on her face. She then immediately glosses over it by asking if Kouko is his girlfriend. He vehemently denies it.
Kouko towards Mitsuo. He constantly tells her he doesn't like her, but she refuses to believe it...until episode 4 anyway.
Insecure Love Interest: Kouko at first towards Mitsuo, although it's understandable due to it being one sided on her part. After she starts dating Banri though, in episode 9, she seems rather insecure about her relationship with him, and Banri is understandably confused as to what may have happened. It's possible Kouko may have overheard his Freudian Slip while he was talking to Linda during the night of the party, as she seemed rather uneasy shortly after leaving his place with Chinami.
It's All My Fault: Both Banri and Kouko try to blame themselves for getting the other involved in the mess they find themselves in during episode 3, when they both realize the "club getaway" they were attending was actually a cult trying to recruit new members.
I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In episode 8, Banri asks Linda privately what her answer to him was when he was waiting for her on the bridge. She says that her answer was no, and that they should just be friends. Although he seems to buy it, judging from all her previous interactions with him, it's pretty obvious she did like him. She also tells him that she should have talked to him right away like they were doing now. Since he's dating Kouko now, she probably didn't want to get in the way of his new relationship.
Kick the Dog: Kouko bullying Chinami out of jealousy in Ep 4 is what makes Mitsuo feel she's finally crossed the line.
Large Ham: Kouko towards Banri and Mitsuo in episode 5.
Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: Nana Osaki gives Kouko a ticket to her performance in episode 4 of the anime. And promptly throws her out when she tries to climb on the stage.
In episode 5, Kouko gives Banri a matching mirror and constantly mentions how good of a "friend" he is to her. He doesn't seem to take it too well, but he doesn't want to say anything either due to her just getting rejected by Mitsuo two days earlier. In episode 6, he also gives Kouko a Brutal Honesty speech about not being comfortable around her while she's still wooing over Mitsuo, and tells her he doesn't want to hang around her anymore.
In episode 8's Flash Back at the beginning, Banri overhears Linda mention He Is Not My Boyfriend when several girls tease her about how the two are practically dating already due to the amount of time they spend together. He then begins avoiding her for the next several days until he sees her waiting for him outside in the rain, without an umbrella. She apologizes to him for saying that.
Living Emotional Crutch: Kouko says her life revolves around Mitsuo and that without him, she would have no reason to survive.
Lonely Rich Kid: In episode 2, Banri wonders if Kouko isn't this. He overhears some girls talking about how high class her clothing is, and guys comment that she's very good looking, so therefore out of their league. Kouko even laments that zero people have tried recruiting her at all, and she only looked at a flyer because someone left it on the bench she was sitting at. Contrast that to Banri, who's had people repeatedly jumping on him to have him join their club.
Love Dodecahedron: Mitsuo likes Chinami. Kouko likes Mitsuo. Banri likes Kouko. Nana used to hang together with Banri before his amnesia. And the old Banri was deeply in love with Nana/Linda, although his current self doesn't realize it.
Mistaken for Gay: Both Banri and Mitsuo put on this act to scare off an aggressive female film club member who was trying a bit too hard to get into Mitsuo's apartment. They manage to trick her.
Never My Fault: Played straight with Kouko regarding Mitsuo in episode 3. She feels it's his fault for making her follow him rather than attend the same college they were expected to go to, and subsequently smacking him with the bouquet of roses. She does admit however that she might be a big part of him trying to get away from his old town, and meant to congratulate him with the roses before her emotions kicked in after seeing how happy he was talking to Banri.
When Banri tells her the reason why Mitsuo doesn't like her is probably because she keeps doing stuff to upset him like beating him flowers, she denies it at first before realizing he's right.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In episode 3, while stuck in a cult induction, Banri tries to figure a way to get Kouko out of there. Then some of the other students begin protesting being there, and he uses this opportunity to try and get everyone out in place of him staying behind. It works, but then Kouko decides to stay behind too, ruining his intentions.
No Indoor Voice: Banri and Mitsuo in the classroom during the first episode. They talk so loudly at times that they interrupt the orientation.
Oh Crap: Mitsuo when he sees that Kouko followed him to university.
Passing Notes in Class: A variation of this occurs in episode 4, when Takaya, Banri, and Mitsuo write in the latter's notebook during class to discuss Chinami and Kouko. Turns out that Mitsuo likes Chinami and is hoping to date her, but Banri still wants him to be with Kouko.
Relationship Upgrade: Kouko wants to do this with Mitsuo, but he absolutely refuses to. Banri persists on this with her, and eventually succeeds at the end of episode 6.
Rich Bitch: Or at least Kouko's facade goes. Banri begins to suspect she may actually just be a Lonely Rich Kid. She does employ the Rich Bitch behavior later, though, toward Chinami in episode 4.
Right Behind Me: In episode 1, when Mitsuo is complaining to Banri about Kouko's antics, a slight view can be seen of the student behind them. Mitsuo does an Oh Crap look when he realizes she's behind them, having heard his entire rant.
Banri also utilizes this in episode 2 after Linda teases him about dating Kouko. She jokingly asks him about it again in episode 6. However, this time it's much more serious, because firstly, Kouko rejected him, and he didn't want to spend any more time around her while she was still wooing over Mitsuo. He also saw a picture of himself and Linda from a couple of years back, and hated how she seemed to act like they didn't know each other from before.
Inverted with Linda regarding Banri in a Flash Back during episode 8. She claims to several girls that despite them being close, there wasn't anything going on with them. Unfortunately for her, he was watiting for her outside the room, and overheard it. This causes him to avoid her for several days.
Kouko gets sick shortly after leaving Banri's party in episode 9, and spends a few days in her room. When she did come to school for one day, she still seemed sick, and the relapsed into illness the next day.
Banri himself has a fever in episode 10. He ends up going to a hospital with Nana's help.
Sickeningly Sweethearts: Kouko towards Banri in episode 7. She does it partly because she's now in love with him, and later when Mitsuo is around, to try and make him a little jealous.
Spit Take: Banri does it in episode 7 when Kouko asks if something happened between him and Linda.
Split Personality: Banri has an odd variation linked to his amnesia. There is a personality retaining his lost memories sitting the in the back of his mind, awake, aware, and occasionally commenting on events as they happen. The dominant personality is the amnesiac we know, who is looking for the lost memories and is totally unaware of the other personality. Later, the dormant personality starts fighting to resurface.
Stalker with a Crush: Kouko is completely obsessed with Mitsuo and is always following him around. He tries to escape her, but she follows him to his university. She also has a bunch of pictures of him, most of which are candid photos.
Tempting Fate: In episode 6, Kouko dares Mitsuo to confess his love to Chinami. Since he was getting agitated from talking to her, he actually does it. Unfortunately for him, she seems to reject him. Mitsuo goes into shock at her rejection, while Kouko goes into shock because he actually did confess.
That Man Is Dead: Banri, who says the person he was before his amnesia no longer exists.
Mitsuo gives one about Kouko to Banri in the first episode, stating things like how she's always been with him throughout their school years, and planned everything for him and her. As a result, he feels trapped by her, and went to a different university in the hopes of getting away from her. Unfortunately for him, she ended up applying for the same school he did...
And he gives her another one directly in Ep 4. Harsh, but well-deserved.
The Power of Acting: See Guile Hero for Banri. On many occasions he manipulates, pretends, or flat-out lies through his teeth to cover for other people.
Kouko puts up this act from time to time, particularly in episode 8.
Banri jokingly claims Nana is doing this after she helps him to the hospital.
We Need a Distraction: Banri "sacrfices" Kouko and Mitsuo to the tea club next door in episode 6 after both go into shock. See Tempting Fate for further details. Hilariously, Kouko tries to hold onto the door while being pulled into the room, but Banri lifts her fingers off, and in the end they both suffer the same way he and Takaya did in episode 2.
Episode 4 has two shocking revelations. First, Mitsuo spells out in no uncertain terms that he's not interested in Kouko, and that she forced her feelings onto him. The second is when Banri goes back home, looks through his high school yearbook, and finds photos of himself and Linda—who he thought he first met at college not long ago—from when they were younger.
In episode 6, Banri gets tired of being Kouko's "friend", so he tells her he doesn't want to be friends anymore. At the end of the episode, while trying to run away from Kouko, he stops by a bridge and contemplates jumping off in the hopes of "starting over" again, but is stopped by her crashing her bike into him, and then giving him a Love Confession.
In episode 9, Banri's memories start to return at the end, and he utters Linda's name.
Wham Line: Kouko calls Banri at the end of episode 7 telling him that Mitsuo may be in trouble.
Kouko gets called on this in episode 4, after her Clingy Jealous Girl rant towards Chinami regarding Mitsuo. To be fair, even Kouko realized she went too far after the fact, but Mitsuo still uses this opportunity to sever any connections she thought they had later that week so that they both can move on with their lives.
She gets called on this again in episode 8, this time by Chinami. The latter was suffering through a Heroic BSOD after Mitsuo told her not to go near him again. Chinami then tells Kouko that she has nothing to do with the former's relationship with Mitsuo. Kouko breaks up the increasingly sour scene by suffocating Chinami with the bags of noodles the latter brought.
You Are Not Alone: Linda feels this way in episode 9 during a Flash Back. The old Banri promises her that he'd be with her, although he stops short of giving her a Love Confession, which he seems to regret. Which also makes all of their interactions during the present day harsher for Linda due to her still remembering all of those things, and the current Banri being totally clueless to it due to his amnesia. At least until his memories return at the very end of the episode...