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The second year of high school has started, which means boyfriends and girlfriends get to spend the best years of their lives together. Unfortunately, Junichi Hashiba and his friends still find themselves single and hating it. To break the status quo, Junichi's friends have forced him into confessing to the beautiful Yukana Yame. At first, the confession goes south, as Yukana confuses Junichi for a pervert; but surprisingly, she takes a liking to him and agrees to date him. The real challenge, however, is that Junichi has no idea how to lead a relationship. Needless to say, Hilarity Ensues.

My First Girlfriend is a Gal (はじめてのギャル Hajimete no Gal) is an ongoing manga series by Meguru Ueno, premiering on November 2015; so far, it has already spawned 4 volumes. An Animated Adaptation by Production Reed premiered in July 12, 2017, for the Summer 2017 Anime season and can be legally viewed subbed on Crunchyroll here, and dubbed on FUNimation here. The Simuldub premiered on August 1st, 2017.

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My First Girlfriend is a Gal contains examples of:

  • A-Cup Angst: When Shinpei mentions Yui has small breasts out loud, you can see her eye twitch for a moment. During the Beach episode, her reactions to seeing Nene in her swimsuit are not favourable.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the manga Junichi has auburn hair, but in the anime he has brown hair.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Conversed. According to Junichi's friends, women like it when men beg for their permission to date them. When Junichi tries it on Yukana, she finds it both gross and hilarious.
  • Alliterative Name: Yukana Yame and Shinpei Sakamoto.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Junichi's friends read dirty magazines in front of the rest of the class to kill their mood. While played for laughs, the anime does show that their constant out-and-out perversion plays a large part in their social pariah status.
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  • Ambiguously Brown: Ranko has had tanned skin since she was young, and now it fits her gal image well.
  • Animal Motifs: Junichi is associated with a dog by both Yukana and Yui.
    • There's also Yui and snakes. Her Stream-name even is boa, being a type of snake.
  • Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: Nene sneaks into his house, gets stark naked, and straddles poor Junichi all in an effort to get him to take her virginity and be with her. Because he's truly faithful to Yukana, he doesn't let her have her way.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Junichi gets slapped by Yui when he inadvertently walks in on her changing in the maid café's dressing room.
  • Attempted Rape: Ranko attempts to force herself onto Junichi all to ruin his relationship with Yukana after he refuses her advances. A timely intervention from Yukana keeps her from going too far.
  • Be a Whore to Get Your Man: Nene attempts to do this, stripping naked and climbing on top of him in bed. His sex-crazed persona nearly goes along with it, until his cool persona steps in and manages to prevent him from doing anything to her.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Minoru, Shinpei, Keigo, and Ranko do this for Junichi in episode 10 when Dai Mitarai and his thugs are about to beat on Junichi some more after pulling an I Surrender, Suckers moment on him to throw him off guard.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing:
    • Yui Kashii as revealed in episode 4, using either her charisma or manipulation to get those around her to do her bidding. She doesn't actually view anyone as people; from her viewpoint, everyone around her is a faceless servant or prop in her life.
    • Dai Mitarai, a Canon Foreigner and Yukana's middle school friend from episode 10. Behind his handsome looking demeanor, he is actually sadistic, perverted (even greater than Junichi's friends) and a manipulative jerk. His true colors reveal that he enjoys taking somebody's girlfriend, talking about how easy to make gals like Yukana fell for him, and then lets his friends have their way with her once he's done toying with her! This obviously ticks off Ranko at first, but it also forces Junichi to man up and confront Dai in order to protect Yukana's dignity.
  • Book-Ends: In the anime, Junichi gets on his knees to beg Yukana to go out with him. He does this again in episode 10, though this time he really lets out his feelings for her, along with the fun he's had the past few months as a result of dating her.
  • Call-Back: Just like he did when he first asked Yukana out, Junichi again prostrates himself in Chapter 37/episode 10 of the anime when he confesses to Yukana and apologizes for the heartache he's caused her.
  • Canon Foreigner: Dai Mitarai was created as an anime-only character.
  • Can't Act Perverted Toward a Love Interest: Averted at first, as Junichi has lots of naughty Imagine Spot moments early in his relationship with Yukana. However, as their relationship deepens, he experiences less and less of them. The other girls step in to fill in the Fanservice shots.
  • Censor Box: The tv broadcast anime uses various things to hide the lewder parts of the show, such as a woman's hand blocking shots of Yukana during Junichi's Imagine Spot moments. Other things as used as well, such as a disco ball.
  • Character Development: Junichi goes from trying to date Yukana just to eventually lose his virginity and thinking she's "easy" to taking his relationship with her seriously.
  • Childhood Friend Romance:
    • Nene with Junichi, though he points out that they had only really known each other when they were little and they haven't seen each other in years. The next time he sees her, she looks completely different from how he remembered her.
    • In a case of Unrequited Love, Ranko towards Yukana.
  • Childhood Marriage Promise: In a Flash Back, Nene asks to marry Junichi if he's still "uncool" and doesn't have a girlfriend when they get older. Though it does hurt her to see him with Yukana, she does at least seem happy that he's finally become "cool" enough.
  • Class Representative: Yui Kashii. She's also secretly an internet idol.
  • Cliffhanger: Episode 9 ends on one, with Junichi heading to the table where Dai, Yukana's old middle school friend, brags about stealing women away from their boyfriends and promising to let his group of buddies have fun with her afterwards. However, the ending credits begin to roll when he starts heading towards their table.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Most of the girls show signs of this, and are usually not happy to see Junichi getting too friendly with other girls. They will then often try something to get his attention, which doesn't sit well with the other girls. Oddly enough, Yukana never really displays this behavior, and she never seriously worries that another girl would try to steal him away.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy:
    • Junichi's male friends aren't too happy with their single status. And when he starts dating Yukana, it only makes them angrier.
    • Junichi himself starts falling into this trope in episode 9, when Yukana starts talking to an old middle school friend. They get along so well that he thinks she's cheating on him.
  • Cringe Comedy: The first episode alone contains multiple examples of Junichi imagining his life ruined because of innocent mistakes, misinterpreted comments or things just taken out of context.
  • Comedic Lolicon: A one-off joke about Minoru looking for even younger women after Nene rejects him has been expanded to a full-on obsession with elementary school girls in the anime.
  • Cuckold: Junichi's male friends warn him of this in episode 9, after Yukana gets a bit too friendly chatting with an old male middle school friend.
  • Debut Queue: The girls each get an episode that focuses heavily on their interactions with Junichi, such as Ranko attempting to force him to break up with Yukana in episode three.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Junichi is often on the receiving end of physical punishment from some of the girls, usually Ranko. If the gender roles were reversed, he'd quickly be arrested and slapped with a restraining order.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: When Ranko's Secret Test of Character on Junichi fails, she decides to directly force herself on him to break off his relationship with Yukana, all because she was in love with her and didn't like seeing her hurt. This somehow makes Ranko look sympathetic but if she were a guy she would easily be seen as scum.
  • Easily Forgiven: Several of the girls do some downright nasty stuff to Junichi, such as Ranko attempting to rape him to make him forget about Yukana. However, he doesn't seem to hold a grudge against them, and in fact they become part of his and Yukana's group of friends.
  • Ecchi: The basic premise of the story from the get-go, as exemplified by a lot of tropes listed here.
  • Engineered Public Confession: When Shinpei discovers that Boa has insulted him and his friends, he prints a picture of her and records her words on his cell phone and shows it to Minoru and Keigo as proof that Yui is Boa. Afterwards, they and Ranko confront Yui about her identity just as she's blackmailing Junichi.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Even Shinpei and Keigo are shown to be creeped out by Minoru's fetish for younger girls. They even warn him that the police will eventually arrest him.
  • First Girl Wins: In a meta-sense, at least. Yukana is the first character we see before any other, and it's to her that Junichi stays true, even in the face of the following: advances from women he's known longer, equally voluptuous if more tricksy women, and women from higher social strata.
  • First Kiss: In episode 10, Yukana finally kisses Junichi on the lips.
  • Flanderization: Junichi's friends from the manga to the anime. While they had some distinct personality aside from being perverted, their wackier sides were turned up for the adaptation.
  • Gag Boobs: While Ranko flaunts her assets shamelessly. Nene also has huge knockers despite being so tiny, and they are so big that they rest on her lap when she sits down.
  • Gag Dub: The English dub borders on this. While the script stays true to the story beats and maintains consistent characters, dialogue is filled to the brim with over-the-top jokes and memes, the boys are total hams, and all the titular gals talk like American valley girls, given their actresses are American. It's not as derailed and irrelevant as Ghost Stories, but definitely not like the average dub.
  • Gone Horribly Right: The love letter put in Yukana's shoebox by Junichi's friends was likely meant as a prank towards him. Unfortunately for them, despite the awkward first meeting, she agrees to date him, which only further infuriates them since they're all still single.
  • Green Rooming: The main girls are all shown in the first episode, interacting with Junichi in some fashion. However, none of them are relevant again to the plot until their Day In The Lime Light episode.
  • Gyaru Girl: Yukana and Ranko are this. Nene eventually becomes one too to get Junichi's attention. Yui eventually turns out to be a gyaru streamer called B.o.A., making all four main girls gyaru.
  • Groin Attack: Episode 10 shows Ranko kicks Mitarai's balls when the latter tried to plead mercy, claiming that those who toying women have no right to have one.
  • Hidden Depths: Shinpei could've just half-assed his part time job when the cast were saving up for beach cash. That said, he took his job seriously, made assistant manager in quick order, and gave a surprisingly moving speech about making the shop great again.
    • The series seems to be making a point of not judging books by their covers. Junichi's friends push him into trying to hook up with Yukana because "gals sleep around and give in easily", and they think they'd be able to get gals of their own. It swiftly becomes clear that they're totally wrong; Yukana is not just an airheaded bimbo, and is a decent girl that just likes the gal fashion style. The main cast of girls aren't so shallow either.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Yui tries to blackmail Junichi after their cafe date but gets this in return when Ranko lets slip she knows Yui is the gyaru streamer Boa.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Both Yui and Nene towards Junichi. The former may have had a chance had she of gave him a Love Confession before he met Yukana, but he doesn't seem to have any romantic interest in the latter. Episode 8 really drives this point home, when the two girls along with Ranko watch Yukana talking to each other and getting along very well. Sparklers they were playing with on the beach also start to gradually fade away and die out to further drive this point home.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Junichi, when it comes to his male friends, is ridiculously gullible and pliant. He constantly gets manipulated by his loser friends into doing questionable things, and he never recognizes that they're just trying to use him to get their own girlfriends.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: Not does only Junichi fantasize a lot, but his three friends also do this. Their classroom seems no better than them in some regards, given that all the couples in school started getting handsy with each other during couples' season.
  • Hulking Out: Minoru does one in episode 10 after Dai Mitarai, in an attempt to escape, pushes into a little girl, knocking her over in the process. Minoru calms her down, and then immediately rages and goes after Dai. He turns into a Lightning Bruiser, who manages to do a Flash Step and appear behind Dai, and has to be temporarily held back by Shinpei and Keijo.
  • Imagine Spot: Junichi constantly imagines himself in perverted situations with Yukana.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Yukana is straight, and sees Ranko as her best friend. Ranko feels mostly the same, except she's a Butch Lesbian with Single-Target Sexuality towards Yukana.
  • In Medias Res: The first chapter begins with Junichi immediately asking Yukana to go out with her before it switches to earlier in the day.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Junichi immediately feels this way when Yukana runs into an old middle school friend, and chats with him in such a friendly manner that he ends up thinking that he's both not good enough for her, and that she must've just been toying with him until her middle school friend could hook up with her instead.
  • Instant Expert: While it doesn't happen instantaneously, Shinpei becomes extremely adept at managing the bookstore at the part time job he does with Keijo to earn money for their beach trip. So much so that the store manager goes on a trip, and entrusts him to manage the store in his absence.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy:
    • Ranko at least says she's doesn't want to see Yukana sad, not so much that she's accepting of her choice in beloved.
    • Yui and Nene also do this for Junichi in episode 10, when Yukana isn't quite sure if he actually likes her or not. They convince her to ask him again what his feelings towards her are. Once she leaves, both girls ask if they should be "helping the enemy", referring to Yukana as a love rival.
  • It's All About Me: Yui is secretly quite self-centered, and tends to see her classmates as faceless masses and servants. Junichi is so far the only exception since he doesn't play along with her ego, and it's making her quite angry.
  • Kick the Dog: Though Yukana's old male middle school friend in episode 9 gives some obvious smirks to viewers to indicate he's up to no good, he's given a scene at the end of the episode where he brags stealing away women who are already dating another man and toying with their feelings. He then also says he'll let his buddies have their fun with her afterwards as well, to ensure to audiences that he's a monster and will deserve whatever happens to him.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • The two thugs who try to pick up Yukana after she, Ranko, and Junichi leave a shopping center. They knock Junichi down when he tries to protect Yukana, but Ranko decides to go with them to have "a little talk". A short while later, the two thugs are seen passed out in an alley.
    • The same goes for Mitarai who is later punished by Ranko and Junichi's friends for bullying both Junichi and Yukana.
  • Love Confession: After several chapters of angsting, Junichi finally confesses to Yukana in Chapter 37 & episode 10 in the anime.
  • Love Letter Lunacy: Junichi's friends put one in Yukana's shoebox at school as a prank. Ranko later does this as well to Junichi just to screw with his head.
  • Ma'am Shock: Downplayed example. Minoru is initially interested in Nene when he sees the short girl walking to school with Junichi. However, when she mentions she's around the same age as the rest of them, he's immediately disgusted by it and wants nothing to do with her. Interestingly, it doesn't faze her at all.
  • Male Gaze: The camera never fails to focus on Yukana's breasts or panties.
  • Man Bites Man: Junichi resorts to this in his fight against Dai Mitarai in episode 10 when it's shown he's no match against the latter in a regular fist fight. He tackles the guy and then chomps down on his leg, refusing to let go until Dai apologizes for calling Yukana a slut despite getting hit repeatedly. In an Ungrateful Bastard moment, he says he's sorry for what he said. Junichi lets go, but then Dai kicks his head really hard, and claims he was lying. Junichi attempts another tackle and bite, but Dai doesn't fall for it the second time.
  • Marshmallow Hell: While being hugged by Nene, Junichi points out that she is unintentionally pressing her breasts into his side. Nene tells him its not unintentional and she's doing it entirely on purpose.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Primarily Yukana, although Ranko and Shizune also have their moments.
  • New Job Episode: All of the main characters work part time in episode seven to earn some money for a beach vacation. The girls and Junichi work at a maid cafe, while Shinpei and Keigo work in a bookstore, while Minoru works with kindergarteners.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Junichi's insecurity at seeing Yukana talk to an old male middle school friend gives him so much strife that he causes a lot of emotional stress to her when he assumes she was just toying with him until a better man came along. When they hear about it, Nene, Yui, and Ranko all give him a What the Hell, Hero? response at being so selfish.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Dai Mitarai and his cronies were going to do this to a lone Junichi initially in episode 10 when he tries to defend Yukana's honor against them. However, this trope is quickly turned on them when Ranko and his friends show up, and manage to beat all of the thugs instead.
  • Oblivious to Love: A weird example with Yui, who is less than pleased with Junichi's relationship with Yukana but doesn't seem to understand why.
  • Oh, Crap!: Yui when she realizes that her identity as the webcam girl Boa is exposed.
  • Older Than They Look: Other than her large chest and the fact that she goes to high school alongside the other characters, one would be forgiven for thinking Nene is a middle-schooler.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Several characters notice that something's wrong with Yukana when she comes to school with her shirt buttoned all the way up.
  • Off-Model: The later episodes in the anime start to suffer from this, particularly in scenes without the girls in it, such as the fight Dai Mitarai and Junichi in episode 10.
  • Panty Shot: After Junichi crawls on his knees while confessing to Yukana, he attempts to remain there as long as possible just to keep staring at her panties. Yukana notices and decides to humor him.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Dai Mitarai's trash talking of Yukana and hinting that he was going to treat her like a slut, then passing her off to his cronies once he got bored with her prompts Junichi to defend her honor. Though Junichi doesn't quite get to deliver justice as he's largely outnumbered and outmatched, Ranko, Shinpei, Keigo, and especially Minoru all make sure that the Jerk Ass and his henchmen get what's coming to them.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: All of the main girls were encountered at much different times in the manga. The anime adaptation goes ahead and introduces them in the first episode, most notably with Nene showing up despite her and Junichi not seeing each other in years.
  • Psycho Lesbian: Ranko is not happy seeing Yukana with Junichi, wondering what her friend sees in him. She tests him by trying to get him to cheat on Yukana, but he refuses. She then screams at him, and then says she's going to essentially rape him until he doesn't want anything to do with other women, but is stopped by Yukana who heard some shouting after following the two to his house.
  • Secret Keeper: Junichi is forced to keep Ranko's secret that she's in love with Yukana, lest she punishes him by putting wrestling moves on him.
  • Secret Test of Character: Ranko tries to flirt with and have sex with Junichi at one point, just to see if he's willing to stray from his relationship with Yukana. This is not because she likes him, rather she's in love with Yukana and doesn't want to see her friend and crush hurt.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Yui makes a phone call to the maid cafe owner after objecting to the store manager's selection of erotic reading material for their maid cafe theme of reading to the customers for the day. After speaking to the owner, the manager then tells the girls the book reading theme is canceled for the day.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When Yui reads a few pages from the The Testament of Sister New Devil parody, she gets understandably frustrated and leaves the room Junichi and her friends are in.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Not only does Ranko's outfit expose nearly everything, she doesn't mind showing her goods to Junichi.
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  • Single-Target Sexuality: Junichi and Yukana have eyes only for each other. Meanwhile despite knowing they don't have a chance, both Yui and Nene don't seem to have given up on him, and Ranko is forced to suppress her feelings for Yukana.
  • Speaking Like Totally Teen: Nene's attempts at gyaru slang.
  • Stripperiffic: Ranko dresses so shamelessly Junichi wonders how she's allowed to enter the school premises.
  • Supporting Harem: The girls towards Junichi and Yukana are this. Yui and Nene have no shot with him, while Ranko suppresses her own feelings towards Yukana in a case of I Want My Beloved to Be Happy.
  • That's All, Folks!: Used at the end of episode 5; turned into a Looney Tunes reference in the English dub, where Junichi refers to his situation being like "something out of an old cartoon" before delivering the line.
  • They Really Do Love Each Other: At the end of episode 8, Ranko, Yui, and Nene look on as their respective love interests make plans to spend time alone. The faces they make hammer it home that they now realize just how much Junichi and Yukana like each other as the sparklers they were holding fizzled out, signaling that their involvement in the story is over.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Ranko is a Butch Lesbian who can beat the crap out of several dudes, and she happens to love to go shopping with Yukana.
  • The Trickster: All the girls in Junichi's harem can often do tricks to him.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Dai Mitarai, after trash talking Yukana and calling her a slut, gets into a fight with Junichi who's trying to defend her honor. Several times throughout the episode, he repeatedly pulls an I Surrender, Suckers move, where he pretends to be sorry for his actions, only to then recant and call them morons the moment he thinks he's free. When he's finally cornered by Ranko and Junichi's friends, she does a Groin Attack on him, and lets an angered Minoru lash out against him for his causing a little girl to cry earlier.
  • Victory Pose: Ranko and Junichi's male friends texts a picture to him of themselves doing this after they beat up Dai Mitarai and his cronies in episode 10.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Ranko's attitude towards Junichi in a nutshell.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Ranko gets really pissed at Junichi in episode 9 when she's sitting in a restaurant with Yukana, Nene, and Yui, and Yukana starts unintentionally crying. She was ready to give him a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown until he tells her he realizes he was being selfish towards her recently.
  • Would Hurt a Child: In the second half of episode 10, Mitarai hits a young girl, which does not sit well with Minoru.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Yui gets a Grade A with her leg socks by default. Doubly so when she switches to fishnet stockings in her "B.o.A" persona.

Alternative Title(s): Hajimete No Gal

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