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Middle: Yamada. Right side (top to bottom): Mayu Miyano, Kyouka Kanejou, Miharu Takeshita. Left side (top to bottom): Mami Misato, Aoi Katase, Takashi Kosuda, Yamada's Eros Deity.

"When I get into high school... I hope I can get 100 fuck buddies!"

B Gata H Kei (B型H系 Bī Gata Etchi Kei) is an ecchi Romantic Comedy four-panel manga series by Yoko Sanri. It was published by Shueisha and ran in Weekly Young Jump from 2004 to 2011.

The story focuses on Yamada (no first name available), the self-described "epitome of B-type H-ism".note  She's entering her first year of high school, and decides on a goal for herself: to have 100 casual sex partners. Considering that she's a virgin and rather clueless about dealing with the opposite sex, how she's actually going to do that is a mystery. On her first day, she runs into Takashi Kosuda, a teenage loser who happens to be in her class and also to be a virgin. She decides to make him her first conquest and clumsily pursues him, thus beginning an awkward storm of romantic hijinks.

Along the way, Yamada and her friends are assisted by their eros deities, manifestations of their sexual desires and perverse consciences that also serve as narrators, being the only characters who are allowed to talk to the viewer. All of the eros deities resemble their associated characters - with some odd additions (see character page)

B Gata H Kei received an anime adaptation by Hal Film Maker in the spring of 2010, which roughly adapts the first 50% to 60% of the original story. It was the last production completed by Hal Film Maker before its closure in 2009.note  Funimation has licensed the anime under the name B Gata H Kei: Yamada's First Time.

Note: All character tropes go to the character page.

This series provides examples of:

  • Alliterative Name: Mayu Miyano, Kazuki Kosuda, Mami Misato, Kyouka Kanejou, and Keiichi Kanejou.
  • All Women Are Lustful: Even Mayu has her own eros deity (thoroughly nice, of course).
  • Always in Class One: In this case, in keeping with the manga's theme, Class H.
  • Art Shift: The picture at the beginning of every chapter is noticeably higher quality than the rest.
  • Beach Episode: Episode two. The first half of episode seven as well.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Yamada and Kosuda after the first starts having genuine feelings for the latter.
  • Bland-Name Product: Kosuda's camera is branded "Nihon" (it also says "Nikkon" in one spot, oddly enough). Yamada drinks "Coco Cola". The "WcDonald's" logo shows up.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Yamada says something hideously perverted, Takeshita smacks the bejeezus out of her for it.
    • And to a lesser extent: Misato and Katase.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    • In episode 8, three of the supporting characters have the following discussion during a field trip:
      Character 1: Man, I love field trips!
      Character 2: People naturally talk more
      Character 3: And we get more parts in the script!
    • The dub adds in a few more.
      Takeshita: Hey! Leave me out of your voice overs!
    • And when Yamada is hiking through the woods:
      Yamada: Huh? FOREST PORN! =D The pages are too wet from all the rain to turn.
      Eros Deity: That-a-girl, blame the rain. Make it easier for the kids at home.
  • Brick Joke: The entire second half of episode 5.
  • Bust-Contrast Duo: This is another instance of a busty Unlucky Childhood Friend / Girl Next Door, who cooks for and otherwise takes care of the male lead. The protagonist is light-haired, and, as the title states, B-Cupped and sex-minded, but her embarrassment and inexperience lead to her acting in stereotypically Tsundere fashion.
  • Butt-Monkey: Misato's endless spirit in the face of nothing ever going right for her is nothing short of amazing.
  • Censor Box: Scenes in the televised version of the series often have the naughty bits blocked from the viewers by various things, sometimes held by the eros deities themselves, in Yamada's case. Usually, the blocking item is a picture or sign with the Demon Brand logo that's seen throughout the series. Subverted in episode 11, Kosuda's "naughty bit" is blocked from the viewers by Kosuda's eros deity itself, making it BLATANTLY obvious what's being hidden, as well as giving new meaning to the phrase "little man". As if that wasn't subversion enough, in Episode 12 Kosuda's eros deity is even shown waking up during a cosplay session, making things even MORE obvious (as if they weren't already)
    • The censors are still there in the Funimation release, suggesting that they probably never intended to show anything from the start. However, Yamada's naked body is fully uncensored in episode 12.
  • Cherubic Choir: The title dropping choir, whenever something happens between Yamada and Kosuda.
  • Class Trip: Episode eight.
  • Dark Horse Victory: Almost. Kyouka proves to be sizeable competition to Yamada in the school idol contest, with Yamada winning by a slim margin.
    • Played straight in episode 7, where Kyouka effortlessly wins against Yamada in a 50m freestyle swimming race. Yamada is frustrated because she's widely known as the fastest swimmer of her class.
    • Averted again in Episode 9, during the athletic competition (though we don't actually SEE the loss, one of the supporting characters talks to Kyouka about it). If anything, this gets Kyouka even angrier at Yamada over it.
    • Downplayed in the anime, though not completely excised as seen in the nopan episode when Takeshita catches Yamada in the act during class and nearly has a heart attack. This was one of few scenes toned down in the English dub, in which the internal narration suggests that Yamada just really needed to go to the bathroom and was trying to hold it in.
  • Date Peepers: They appear in episode 4 when Kosuda and Yamada make out in the park. It cuts their date short.
  • Daydream Surprise: A nested version. Yamada and Miharu engage in some Skinship Grope action... in the minds of the boys. Who then proceed to compare wang sizes... which is also an Imagine Spot, both by Yamada.
  • Diegetic Soundtrack Usage:
    • Yamada plays part of the OP on the recorder in episode 7, and sings the title-dropping bumper theme in 6.
    • In episode 12, the same theme tune can be heard playing in the TV, and Kosuda sings the bumper version while he's in the bath.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Seriously. Watch the OP and try to count the number of times suggestive imagery is used.
    • A professional camera's lens extending is used as a euphemism for Kosuda getting a boner.
    • Venus flytraps are shown at some point. Well... "Venus Flytrapping" is a Japanese idiom for seduction. So now you know.
    • Kosuda's camera envy with Keiichi in the sports festival episode. He's jealous that Keiichi's camera has a much longer lens than his. It's the 69th annual sports festival.
    • Keeping along with the 69, the second half of the 3rd episode. The folk dance after the cultural festival. Kosuda arrives late and wants to dance with Yamada, but she's disgruntled for him not being the first to ask her, so she tells him harshly to get in line. Guess how many people are in the queue? Yep, 69.
    • Yamada rolled up in a blanket with a round, red face. Think about it.
  • Double Standard Rape: Female on Male: At least in one of Yamada's many imagine spots, in which Yamada can be seen holding Kosuda down and removing his shirt, while sporting a quite respectable "rape-face".
    Kosuda: Yamada, I...
    Yamada: Don't be such a baby!
  • Ecchi: Very, very ecchi for its highly sexual story, although the actual fanservice is less frequent and more restrained than might be expected from the premise, with even the sexual scenes more focused on comedy and/or romance than on titillation.
  • Expressive Hair: Just the middle bit of Yamada's cowlick flicks up when she gets interested.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Little Kosuda.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Yamada really wants to get laid but every time she gets close to no longer being a virgin something gets in the way.
    • Thanks to Moment Killers, Kosuda gets a sprained ankle before he can actually do the deed with Yamada. As of the end of the 1st season, they STILL haven't done it.
    • In the manga, they eventually do consummate their chapter 288.
      Kosuda: "Is it going to be the greatest cockblock in the history of humanity?"
      — In chapter 285 of the manga
  • Fanservice: A myriad of fanservice tropes are deliberately invoked by Yamada to catch Kosuda's eye. For the series itself, it may be easier to list which of these tropes are not used at one point or another.
  • Festival Episode: Also episode two.
  • Foreign Sounding Gibberish: This is what happened in English class, and with all the students at Keiichi's school.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: When the fireworks start in episode 2, you briefly see young versions of Yamada and Kosuda holding hands.
  • Gag Dub: The dialogue has been punched up to be more suggestive and slangy, also infrequently Breaking the Fourth Wall. For every distinctly Japanese reference Lost in Translation, FUNi usually will have slipped in an equivalent elsewhere.
    Miyano, in one of Yamada's delusions: If you're ready, I brought "you-know-what"note  with me...
    Kosuda (original): All right...!
    Kosuda (English dub): Winning...!
  • Gag Sub: CoalGuys' Fansub version approaches this, due to its sheer saturation with profanity ("Fuckity fuck fuck fuck"), slang ("Our class is pretty baller"), and random references to things such as Christina Aguilera, Craigslist, the Taliban, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and Star Fox. It's not inherently inaccurate though, and opinions are sharply divided as to whether these liberties ruin the show or make it funnier.
  • Gender Flip: Just another story about a sexually frustrated teenager looking for lots and lots of sex and failing comically. Except that this time, the protagonist is a girl.
    • Oddly enough, the male-equivalent version of this story is quite rare in the realm of anime, outside of Hentai anyway.
  • Generic Cuteness: Averted, characters who are supposed to look plain are indeed drawn somehow plain.
  • Ghost in the Machine / Love Goddess: The various eros deities. See the character page for more information.
  • Graduation for Everyone: In the manga. All of the characters graduate besides Akimoto Kouta.
  • Gratuitous English: In the manga, odd translations of the title often appear on shirts. "B Type H System"?
  • Hard Truth Aesop: Ultimately, most members of the opposite gender feel just as awkward about their sexuality (and have just as much sexual desire) as you do, and talking about it honestly and openly is the best way to resolve those problematic situations.
  • Harsh Word Impact
  • Henohenomoheji: Yamada pictures Kosuda with this face after their brief first meeting. She's honestly not far off. Kanejou's Imagine Spot also features one when she's pondering over who Yamada's supposed boyfriend might be.
  • Home Nudist: Kosuda argues quite regularly with his sister about her tendency to casual nudity at home. She's not so shameless that she'd walk outside in the nude or even around the house if there are guests over, but if it's just her high-school-age baby brother, who cares? (aside from said brother, and anyone walking outside while he yells at her)
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: Besides Yamada's quest for sex, Miharu has actually lost her virginity. Also subverted in that those who have lost it can be just as nice and decent as their chaste counterparts. Miharu is more decent than Yamada in many, many ways.
  • Image Song: An album has been released, containing individual songs for Yamada, Miharu, Kyouka, Mayu, Kazuki, as well as group songs for Takashi and the guys, as well as a group song for Yamada, Kyouka, and Mayu.
  • Imagine Spot: There are boatloads of these in every episode, since Yamada's imagination has a tendency to run away with itself.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: Chika, when she's showing her mature appearance.
  • Lethal Chef: Yamada cannot cook. When Kazuki gave her Valentine's chocolate to some fish, the fish had a violent reaction.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Yamada, though she has traits of the Covert Pervert too, jumping to sexual conclusions with everything. She also generally restricts her advances to Kosuda, although at least initially she plans to change that after losing her virginity.
    • Misato seems to be following Yamada's footsteps. I mean, she's the only other with the guts to ask about sexual encounters... in public.
  • Love Hotels: Yamada wants to take Kosuda to one and analyzes them rigorously.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Played for laughs with pretty much everyone.
  • Masturbation Means Sexual Frustration: Since the series is a ecchi Romantic Comedy whose main characters qualify as Hormone-Addled Teenager, masturbation comes up often (more so in the manga) and is the primary method in which the leads Yamada and Kosuda deal with their Unresolved Sexual Tension, which leads to a Running Gag that has the fourth panel featuring both Yamada and Kosuda simultaneously retreating to masturbate. Yamada states that there are two types of masturbation: the "good" kind, doing it to relieve frustration, and the "bad" kind, doing it out of boredom. She is then shown making a tally of the dozens of times she's done the "bad" kind in the last few weeks.
  • Maybe Ever After: Unlike the manga, the anime ends with Yamada still not having acknowledged her feelings for Kosuda, nor given up on her goal of sleeping with 99 other guys after him; and no resolution has been given for either of her romantic rivals. The tone of the ending certainly suggests things will work out, though.
  • Meaningful Echo: Episode 9, after Miharu shocks Yamada with the idea that she really is in love with Kosuda, the exact same scene that played at the opening in Yamada's room plays again.
  • Moment Killer:
    • In almost every episode. Three times in Episode 12 alone.
    • Late in the manga, Yamada's Eros Deity makes her do some image training to get more used to the idea of actually having sex. Her Imagine Spot includes a Moment Killer.
      Yamada's Eros Deity: I have to admit, that's disappointingly accurate.
  • Mood Dissonance - Episode 8, which ends with Kosuda's confession apparently having been rejected by Yamada. Cue the sprightly ED, with Yamada still pursuing Kosuda. Ouch!
  • Nipple and Dimed: the anime at least uses Godiva Hair, Censor Steam, and Barbie Doll Anatomy to avoid showing Yamada's nipples until the very last episode. It may be a bit of Fridge Brilliance that the audience doesn't gets to see her nipples until Kosuda does note .
  • Onee-sama: Yamada jokes about having to call Takeshita this after a near-kiss between them. Later in the manga, Yamada suggests Mayu call her this as well.
  • On the Next: In a rare example of non-eros deity fourth-wall breaking, Yamada pulls out a large wooden sign for her impending loss of virginity. Which is not going to happen any time soon.
  • Paper Fan of Doom: The homeroom teacher threatens the girls with this when they don't go to sleep during the class trip.
  • Pet the Dog: Yamada accidentally does this with Mayu when her true aim was to Kick the Dog.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: Invoked by Miss Aika when she volunteers Kosuda and Yamada, or as she calls them: Kosada, to plan out the activities for the school's Field Day.
  • Really Gets Around:
    • Played with in the case of Yamada, who wants to be this but her inability to send clear signals and her extreme insecurity with all aspects of love prevent her from getting laid.
    • Chika seems to be this. It is extremely heavily implied (especially in the manga) that she has sex with those boys that give her gifts, and there are quite a lot of them. But in episode 12 of the anime (and in the manga sequence that scene is based on), she explicitly states to not know anything about trying to have sexnote , so...
      Yamada: Have you had sex with one hundred guys!?
      Chika: Hm? I wasn't counting.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Eventually, Yamada and Kosuda form an official romantic relationship and give each other their virginities. Once no longer virgins, the couple doesn't become the sex-crazed lovers Yamada originally wished for, but her view of sex and love has changed. note .
  • Scenery Censor: Occurs when Kanejou attempts to spy on Yamada and Kosuda after Yamada unzipped his pants in Kanejou's room. Kosuda's Eros Deity was blocked from view by a well-placed bit of bed railing.
  • School Festival: With Yamada's class doing a Haunted House.
  • Sex Comedy: The whole plot is about a girl who aims to have 100 casual sex partners, even though she's still a virgin and is secretly insecure about it. When she meets an unremarkable boy, the rest of the series shifts to being about her making advances on him so he'll be her first, even though he's oblivious and she develops genuine feelings for him. Commentary is regularly provided by the Eros Deities, who are personifications of the characters' libidos.
  • Sex Is Good: General perspective of sexuality in the series, mostly personified through the Eros Deities.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The Maria Watches Over Us parody in episode 6.
    • "The White Death" Simo Häyhä can briefly be seen standing behind classmate Kobayashi firing a shot from his signature rifle as she approaches a wealthy guest at Kanejou's christmas party.
      • "Kobayshi's taken the lead!" "Is that the White Death at her back?"
    • Why 100 fuck buddies? It's a reference to the children's song "Ichinensei ni nattara" where the first line is "When I become a first grader, I wonder if I can make a hundred friends?".
    • In chapter 10 Yamada uses a "Lips-reader jutsu" even with Hand Seals. Doubles as an Actor Allusion, as Yamada's seiyuu voices Tenten!
    • When discussing the possibility of Mayu being Kosuda's girlfriend in episode 2, Yamada rhetorically asks if she should call Golgo to have him murdered.
    • In one of Yamada's Imagine Spots, she shoots a soccer ball through a wave, just like Kojiro Hyuga. In the manga, the Sex God even calls her a toothless tiger.
    • In chapter 196, Yamada shouts "That's brilliant! Yamada, bring me ten cushions!" to Takeshita, who says "Yamada is you." This is actually funnier if you don't get the reference, but even Yamada isn't quite a big enough Cloudcuckoolander to forget which character she is. She's referencing Shōten, the second-longest-running TV series in Japan, in which rakugo comedians compete for cushions and the first to ten wins. The assistant and Chew Toy who brings more cushions is named Yamada-kun.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Both leading families. Yamada is impulsive while her little sister Chika is more thoughtful. For the Kosuda family, Takashi is shy, while Kazuki is very outgoing.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Yamada is clearly not going to meet her goal.
  • Sound-Effect Bleep: The word "condoms" is always replaced with a bird chirp.
    • As of Episode 9, the word "virgin" gets this treatment too.
  • Stacy's Mom: Yamada's mother is smoking—pretty impressive, considering the largely low-key art style. In a bonus chapter detailing everyone else's Sex Gods, it's noted that she doesn't have one. She is one.
  • Status Quo Is God: By the end of the anime, the only thing changed is part of the relationship between Yamada and Kosuda. Kosuda's finally gotten the clue about what Yamada wants, and Yamada has admitted to herself (but not to Kosuda) what her feelings are becoming. Lampshaded by the titles of the three sub-episodes of Episode 12, with a teaser for a second season.
  • Strongly Worded Letter: Real Life example: The production company staff on the show, have apparently recieved numerous threatening letters, requesting a change in the show's content and presentation. From whom? Yukari Tamura fanboys.
  • Their First Time: And since there is a lot of planning, the results are obvious.
  • Tiger Versus Dragon: Yamada is the (rare protagonist) tiger to Kyouka's dragon.
  • Title Drop: A Cherubic Choir singing the title happens every time Yamada actually admits to her relationship with Kosuda, in any way. There are also several episodes where she says the phrase. It even appears on shirts (see Gratuitous English).
  • Tsundere: Yamada can be considered a Type B note  because of how she always wants to be with Kosuda, but when he finally talks to her she acts very tsun.
  • 12-Episode Anime: Lampshaded in the preview for the last episode.
    Yamada: Kosuda, it's been a year and nine months since we first met, but it feels like it's only been three months.
  • Two Shorts: The first half of each timeslot has its own episode title, and the second half has a different episode title.
  • Umbrella of Togetherness: Deliberately invoked by Yamada. She hides Kosuda's own umbrella, then offers to share her umbrella as the two walk to his house, where she hopes to get invited inside.
  • Yandere: Don't forget that Yamada keeps an airgun with her, Kosuda. And nobody messes with Kyouka's brother.