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From left to right: Galko, Ojou and Otako

Is it true that the friends you make in high school are your friends for life?

The idea is simple—we have three archetypal girls, Galko, Otako, and Ojou, talking about girl stuff. Only thing is, what they talk about is less than innocent.

Please Tell Me! Galko-chan (In Japanese: おしえて!ギャル子ちゃん/ Oshiete! Galko-chan) is a manga created by Ken'ya Suzuki. A selection of skits from the first thirty chapters had been adapted into a series of 7-and-a-half-minute shorts for the Winter 2016 Anime season. The manga is licensed in North America by Seven Seas Entertainment.


Please Tell Me! Galko-chan contains examples of the following tropes:

  • A-Cup Angst: As most of the series focuses on themes like body changes in puberty and how buxom Galko is, there are some examples of this trope:
    • Otako is shown to be Older Than She Looks, as she is a 1st year high school student who appears to be a middle schooler. Considering that her best friend is Galko, comparisons are plenty.
    • Kohai, Charao's middle-school girlfriend, is a cute Meganekko who is still on the yet-to-develop bracket for her age, so she's understandably flat as a board. Since Charao tends to fantasize about Galko even when he's with her, the comparison is also made. Still, considering that the buxom lingerie sales lady is Kohai's sister, Kohai herself is possibly bound to be buxom in the future.
    • Kuseta's classmates Tsunno and Kibami are two elementary schoolers who tease him at the pool; they are wordlessly rebuked by the buxom Galko, who embraces Kuseta when they try to belittle him.
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  • Absolute Cleavage: Ojou's recital outfit is ... stunning.
  • The Ace: Ojou is said to be at the top of the class and aces many extra-curricular activities.
  • Acrofatic: Nikuko. Despite being overweight, she is well known for her fast, forceful advances on the girls' futsal team which lends to her epithet, "Sonic Meat."
  • All Men Are Perverts: The three boys in Galko's class. All of their conversations either deal with sex or fantasizing about Galko. Charao particularly counts, as he often starts those discussions.
  • Asleep in Class: We often see Galko like this.
  • Ass Shove: A skit in episode 1 discusses this. Galko mentions that when she was in elementary school, a boy attempted to do this to her and broke his finger in the process. According to Chapter 20/Episode 8, that boy is Charao, something Galko used to blackmail him into borrowing some of his hair gel to style Bomb-o's bed head.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: Nikuko is overweight, but still gets plenty of attention from boys and is quite athletic.
  • Bland-Name Product: In episodes 5 and 6, the "Bon"-branded mall is obviously a reference to Aeon, Japan's largest hypermarket chain and mall operator.
  • Blinding Bangs:
    • Bomuo in Chapter 20/Episode 8, who's appearance has bangs that hide his eyes. Then he gets his hair styled by Galko, and decides to stick with it because she likes it.
    • Galko's sister has two licks of hair that were used in her initial appearances to obscure her eyes.
  • Bookworm: Otako is more of this sort; she does read a lot of manga, but that's among others. Actually, she doesn't own any manga of her own. Those are her brother's.
  • Broken Tears: Combined with Heroic BSoD. Galko's sister arrives uncharacteristically early from her first date with Otako's brother, having failed to lure him into losing his virginity with her. Though she tries to brush it off, she breaks down in tears from the dejection, as she's under the impression that she completely fucked up a beautiful, fulfilling relationship and chased him off, a person who had become utmost dear to her and who wanted a deep, loving relationship with her. However, some time later they meet at the temple again and after clearing some misunderstandings about the finality of their first date, become an item.
  • Brick Joke: If you binge watch: Toilet Paper and Constipation.
  • Buxom Is Better: Every male in this series loves big boobs. The most significant is Otako's brother, who specifically blogs about Jiggle Physics in anime. He later starts dating Galko's sister, who is one of the most buxom characters.
  • Childhood Friends: Galko and Charao have known each other almost since grade school and have shared classes ever since. He considers her a crucial part of his life and a true example to follow. In spite of his desire to pursue her, he never summoned the courage.
  • Coat Cape: Sport-o always wears his jacket this way.
  • Compensated Dating: Subverted. Galko is often thought to be doing it, but she's actually clueless about sex. An example appears in episode 2, when Galko said "Papa" (in English) would pay her if she made bread. Unfortunately, "papa" is also the term for the "other side" in Compensated Dating, which causes a misunderstanding (The manga translation handled it well by translating it as "Daddy" and making it sound like she meant "sugar daddy"). Galko immediately notices the looks and starts to protest that she slipped and always just calls him "Father", clearing up the misunderstanding while apparently oblivious to it.
  • Cool Big Sis:
    • Galko's big sister is this for Galko;
    • Galko is this for Kuseta (combined with Mentor Archetype), who learns volumes about himself from their conversations, recognizing through Galko's advice that Tsunno likes him and wants to be with him, eventually starting to date the girl.
    • Charao eventually understands that this is the nature of his relationship with Galko, as he admits his platonic love for her.
  • Cool Down Hug: Galko gives one to her sister after she crumbles down in tears after Otako's brother rejects her sexual advances, as she did it way too soon into their relationship, undermining his true feelings for her.
  • Couch Gag: At the end of the opening segment there are introductions about the main trio, which is different for each episode. This comes from the manga, where the character bios for the characters are different for each chapter and are customized for each chapter's content.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Galko in episode 4.
  • Crossover: One with, of all things, VA-11 HALL-A in the manga.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Galko has them. A skit in episode 9 discusses, In-Universe, how people outside of Japan dislike this trope; Galko hides her mouth for a while after noticing girls getting orthodontics in foreign movies.
  • Delayed Reaction: This is the point of episode nine's skit. Galko first talked about riding horses, then Otako warned that riding horses may break the hymen. Ojou then went on talking about her riding experience, and only realized the meaning of what Otako said mid-sentence, quickly clarifying that she'd never bled from riding.
  • Ditzy Genius: Ojou is labeled as a ditz, and the things Galko and Otako discuss tend to go over her head. However, she is at the top of the class and aces other extra-curricular activities.
  • Dramatic Irony: Chapter 10/Episode 5, the Is it true that there's a psychological test that evaluates how you have sex? skit, depends on this trope. The boys and the viewers know how to interpret the girls' answers to a seemingly innocent question, but the girls never knew about that fact.
  • Dude Magnet: Galko is very popular with her classmates.
  • Embarrassingly Painful Sunburn: Galko suffers from this in Episode 7, having mistakenly taken and used her sister's pheromone spray instead of sunscreen.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: Otao and Supoo admonish Charao for taking his girlfriend into a sex shop, but he didn't mention that it was due to the fact that she bought a bunch of sex toys that she had intended to use on him for assplay due to a misunderstanding, to return them.
  • Everyone Is Related:
    • In the OVA, Kohai and the buxom lingerie sales lady are shown to be sisters. Also from the OVA, Agemi (Galko's classmate) and Tsunno (Kuseta's classmate) are sisters too.
    • Invoked and played for laughs. Otako is uneasy with the possibility of her friendship with Galko might change in the future. Galko mentions that her sister got a new boyfriend while Otako mentions that her brother has a new girlfriend himself. It's not until Galko shows her a picture of the couple that they realize that their brother and sister and dating. Ojou then asks them jokingly whether they are sisters now, both responding "not yet".
  • The Faceless: Galko's sister always has the upper half of her face obscured.
    • Her face is finally shown near the end of the OVA.
    • As she becomes more prominent in the manga, her face is eventually revealed.
  • Faceless Masses: Averted for a Slice of Life manga/anime. The main trio have approximately a dozen classmates, with all of them having names, distinctive character designs, and personalities. The anime follows up on this by giving at least one speaking line to each.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Galko, the more fashionable one of the cast, has a bun on the left side of her head, and a side ponytail with a blue scrunchy on the right.
  • The Fashionista: One of the few Gyaru traits that Galko actually plays straight.
  • Fetish: Galko's older sister's ex-boyfriend has a school-uniform fetish. Galko was horrified when she learned that her sister borrows her school uniform to use during foreplay.
  • The Gadfly: Otako likes messing with Galko.
  • Gag Boobs:
    • Galko has very large boobs, far larger than both Ojou and Otako. Otako pokes fun at them at least once an episode. Galko's older sister has similarly large boobs. Although, in universe they are implied to be Japanese H-cup, equivalent to American G-cup or Commonwealth F-cup—large, but not impossibly huge.
    • Nikuko's boobs are also at least comparable to Galko's, and her being fat has nothing to do with it. She was Formerly Fit and still had those boobs.
  • Gainaxing: This happens to Galko when she's running during gym class (much to the delight of the boys), but it's averted with Nikuko, who knows how to run and breathe properly so that her breasts don't move. Later played straight during one gym class when Nikuko lends her sports bra to her younger sister, giving the boys something to drool over.
  • Gender Flip: Though they fulfill different stereotypes, Charao, Otao and Supoo function as a Spear Counterpart to the trio of Galko, Otako and Ojou respectively:
    • Charao is handsome, inexperienced with love and relationships, and somewhat vain like Galko;
    • Otao is nerdy, bespectacled, and appears both younger and smaller than his friends, much like Otako;
    • Supoo is athletic and has a straightforward personality like Ojou.
  • Gyaru Girl: Galko, of course. She wears heavy makeup, paints her nails, styles her hair, and dyes it blonde. However, she downplays the stereotype because despite her name and appearance, she has zero experience with men, and gets easily embarrassed over her physique and what she says.
  • Hidden Buxom: Okako is mentioned by Galko to also have large breasts, but since she always slouches, it's hardly visible.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Galko is kinder, sweeter, and considerably more earnest than people initially assume her to be.
    • We see in Chapter 96 that Kouhai has some surprisingly different ideas for sex, if the strapon and anal plugs in her bag are anything to go by. The again, she might have them for her boyfriend Charao.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: Galko is taller than most of the other girls, including some of the guys. Okako is possibly taller than Galko is.
  • Human Notepad: Galko wrote her shopping list on her arm in Episode 8.
  • I Hate Past Me: Tsunno and Kuseta are enjoying their first date at the zoo and stumble upon an adult couple who call them "cute" for dating as elementary schoolers. This upsets Tsunno, not because she's embarrassed of being with Kuseta, but because she now knows how belittling it is to made fun of for being with a person she cares about, just as she used to do to Kuseta by making fun of him for coming with his mom to the pool. Kuseta assuages her worries by telling her that they don't have to get everything right from the get-go and that they're allowed to stumble as long as they're together.
  • I Need A Drink: The barman and a bespectacled gentleman are so shaken by Otako's brother's tearful rejection of Galko's sister's sexual advances that once they leave, the barman goes around the bar and invites the gentleman to share some drinks.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: After an extended Imagine Spot in Chapter 24/Episode 10, Charao concludes that Galko already has a boyfriend. After spacing out for an entire date with Kohai, it eventually leads to him... asking Kohai for sex.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Is It True That...?
  • Ill Girl: Both otaku characters are associated with this trope. Otako is a former example; her bookworm tendencies come from reading anything in her house out of boredom. Otao is a downplayed example; he frequently visits the nurse's office.
  • Imagine Spot: Quite common throughout the series, but the most significant one occurs in Chapter 24/Episode 10, when Charao notices Galko wearing a men's shirt to school. He's begins imagining why she does it,—her boyfriend having spilled wine on her shirt, so she takes his—spacing out over it while dating a cute middle-school meganekko. Galko's actual reason for wearing a men's shirt is... she has broad shoulders, and so a men's shirt fits her better.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Galko has trouble saying "no" to people, so during the cultural festival she spreads herself thin by making a bunch of promises to a number of people, and by trying to bite more than she can chew, she starts neglecting Otako and Ojou, with whom she promised to spend the festival with. She ends up declining to narrate the drama club's play in order to prioritize her friends, to whom she owes more loyalty than to people that who just ask her for help.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Played for laughs and combined with Entertainingly Wrong. Kohai sees Charao dressed as a girl during the school festival and arrives to the conclusion that he's now into assplay, so she buys a bunch of sex toys to try on his butt.
  • Japanese Delinquents: Implied Trope. Galko's mom is shown to have been a hardline delinquent in her youth to the point of wearing steel-toed high-laced boots to her New Year's temple visits under her kimono.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Tsunno makes fun of Kuseta, pesters him and tries to be a presence on his life that he doesn't quite appreciate until Galko's advice makes him realize that Tsunno's behaving like that because she likes him. After a couple of reciprocal gestures of affection, they start dating.
  • Joshikousei: The main cast.
  • Kimono Is Traditional: When the main trio goes to the mall in episode 6/Chapter 13, they were surprised to see Ojou wearing a kimono. The manga stated it's the first time she's gone out with friends so she overdoes it. On the other hand, character bios indicate she follows a very traditional way of life (so traditional that when she wears the kimono, she mentions that she's not wearing any underwear).
  • Large Ham Announcer: Overlapping with Lemony Narrator, Galko is a phenomenal narrator and reader, who can make reading even a textbook compelling and a joy to hear. This is due to her grandma, who used to ham it up whenever she read her stories as a child. Given the circumstance, her class would spend the whole day listening to her reading if they could. Later, during the Cultural Festival, she is invited by the drama club to narrate their plays, but eventually declines because she promised to spend her free time with Otako and Ojou.
  • Meganekko: The cute middle-school girl aptly called Kohai in Chapter 24/Episode 10, who is dating Charao.
  • Mentor Archetype: Galko is one for Kuseta, who harbors a profound admiration for her and her advice, as he recognizes that the few times they've met have served for him to become a considerably better person.
  • Morality Pet: Invoked. Kohai asks Charao who Galko is and what's her relationship with him. Charao states that he had been once in love with Galko, but that she's the kind of person that he wants to be, and that it's due to her example as a friend and as a person overall that he strives to become the best boyfriend he can possibly be for Kohai.
  • Nerd Glasses: Otako wears them, specifically red squarish ones.
  • Nice Girl:
    • Galko is nearly impossible to anger, drops everything to help total strangers, and is friends with pretty much everyone she knows. The worst thing people can think to say about her personality is that she's rather nosy and overwhelming at times. There are instances where Galko gets flustered to the point of irritation, but she is an even-tempered person overall.
    • Ojou is shown to be nice and naive to a fault, to the point that her spouting things That Came Out Wrong turns into a Running Gag. Her tendency to butt into conversations mid-way doesn't help.
    • Kohai is this, as she's shown to be an earnest and dutiful girlfriend to Charao, even when he's not paying attention.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Okako likes all things related to suspense and horror.
  • Noodle Incident: Galko encounters her sister's former teacher, Abesan, who lists off a variety of "incidents" she was involved in. Galko then asks why they're all incidents.
    • As the series goes on, more and more is revealed about these "incidents". See Walking Swimsuit Scene below, for example.
  • No Periods, Period: Averted. Menstrual Cycles and the items associated with them are brought up frequently. In one chapter, Otako started suffering from menstrual cramps in the library.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: Albeit Otako's brother becomes Galko's sister's friend, they have a first date and she tries to lure him into losing his virginity to her. He immediately rejects her, as he doesn't want a superfluous relationship with her because he likes her too much to be just a fling for her.
  • Not a Morning Person: Galko; one skit in an episode shows her energy gradually increases as the day goes on, and Otako directly lampshades this trope. She also has a habit of staying up late.
  • Not Helping Your Case: In Chapter 9/episode 5, Galko complained about her sister borrowing her school uniform for sexual purposes. Her sister assures that there aren't any body fluids on it, since she only wears it during kissing and foreplay and would be taken off when her boyfriend is aroused. Galko finding a pubic hair on the uniform earlier in the episode doesn't help.
  • Oblivious to Love:
    • In the OVA Galko points out to Kuseta that Tsunno only teases him because she likes him and as such, he should be nicer to her.
    • Though Kouhai is already Charao's girlfriend, he seems somewhat unaware of how much she loves him.
    • Double for Galko's sister. She's unaware of Otako's brother's deep love for her, and until she messes up their first date by bringing up sex to end his virginity, she had been unaware that she too is in love with him.
  • Odd Friendship: The opening lampshades this with Otako and Otao's unusual friendship with Galko and Charao.
  • Ojou: Ojou, of course.
  • Older Than They Look: Otako looks like an elementary schooler, if the lines spoken by actual elementary schoolers during when she's at the pool are of any indication.
  • Once an Episode: There's at least one discussion per episode about the chest area.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Every character is only known by their archetypes.
  • Origins Chapter: Chapters 16 and 17/Episode 12 are about how the main trio became friends.
  • Otaku: Otako and Otao, of course. However, while Otako does like anime and manga, she's more of a Bookworm than anything. She does borrow anime from her brother, who is also an otaku.
  • Overly Nervous Flop Sweat: In episode 5, Otako does it when Galko mentions her older sister, a college student, often borrows her school uniform, having guessed correctly the uniform was used for fetish purposes.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Galko's sister is famous around their community, which results in her being compared to the latter. Her friendship with Otako is partly because Otako doesn't refer to her as someone's little sister.
  • Platonic Declaration of Love: Played for laughs. Charao tells Galko that he likes her, though he mistakenly does it in front of his girlfriend Kouhai; though he clears the misunderstanding with Kouhai, he neglects to clear with Galko that he meant it platonically, leaving her a flustered mess. It's not until venting with Ojou that Galko calms down after realizing what he meant.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: After watching Her, Charao asks his sister who is Samantha's Japanese voice actor. Turns out it is Megumi Hayashibara, and as a punishment for this trope, he was force-fed a diet of her most famous works: Neon Genesis Evangelion, Slayers, Detective Conan, and Paprika.
  • Puppy Love: Due to Galko's advice in order to recognize Tsunno's affectionate cues, Kuseta and her start dating.
  • Reality Ensues: Galko's sister finds out the hard way that being lascivious doesn't work on a man that truly likes her in a fundamental level as Otako's brother does, and that suggesting sex so early, and considering that he's a virgin, only served to belittle their budding relationship.
  • Really Gets Around:
    • Subverted by Galko. Initially, the entire class assumed she had loose morals. In reality, she has zero experience with men, even a nonsexual date.
    • It's implied that Galko's sister is this, that is, until she meets Otako's brother.
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: Ojou is very sheltered, and sometimes has difficulty grasping ideas that Galko and Otako discuss. A prime example occurs in Episode 6/Chapter 12, when the two were talking about lingerie shopping. Ojou chimes in, talking about how the lingerie tailor comes in to measure everyone for their custom lingerie... To the point that Galko found it necessary to take Ojou to the mall to learn how commoner women get their lingerie.
  • Sex Equals Love: Invoked and subverted. Otako's brother states to Galko's sister that he doesn't want to be just another fling for her or another virgin to check of her list of cherry-popping. After some dejected tears and clearing off misunderstandings, Galko's sister accepts to be in a relationship with him, as she's never quite had anything like that before.
  • Shout-Out:
    • At the end of Episode 11 there's a TV show featuring the Mole Beastman from Kamen Rider Amazon.
    • In the manga, Kibami has a VA-11 HALL-A hoodie.
    • One of Ken'ya's drawings had the cast in famous movie outfits: Ojou was dressed as the 1984 version of Supergirl (complete with Popeye's in the distance), Otako was dressed as Mickey Mouse (specifically his appearance in The Sorcerer's Apprentice), and Okako was Pennywise the Evil Clown from It; Galko herself was Marilyn Monroe.
    • Titty Morgane, an enormously endowed ex-prostitute movie actress whom Galko wanted to watch a documentary about, is named after the busty film and burlesque character Chesty Morgan. "Titsy" is said to have ended up becoming a nun, which the real Morgan obviously didn't, what with being Jewish, but she did famously play the role of a nun in Felini's "Casanova" (despite the scenes never making it into the release). The conversion may be a reference to Bettie Page, a famous burlesque model who became an evangelical Christian missionary after retiring from modeling.
    • The hairstyle Bomuo gets from Galko is based off of Steve Buscemi's hair in Reservoir Dogs.
  • Show Within a Show: "Comet King Caliburn" is an anime that Galko and two of the other boys watch, mentioned in Episode 3.
  • Shrinking Violet: Otao is a Rare Male Example.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Because Galko is a voluptuous girl with a sense of fashion, people tend to think the worst of her. Every time she shows up late to school, everyone assumes it's because she was sleeping around, whereas it's usually a more mundane reason, such as staying up too late watching TV.
  • Spear Counterpart: Two of the three background boys, Charao and Otao, are spear counterparts to Galko and Otako. One is blond and the other wears glasses, respectively, with Otao sharing Otako's "Ota" in their names, and chara style being [1] the genderless generalization of Gyaru style.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The naming convention for the series is an attribute followed by a suffix for their gender. In this case, the attribute is a foreign loanword. Crunchyroll tends to transliterate them, but some viewers prefer translating them as the meaning of these names. Names like Supoo/Sport-o, Bomuo/Bomb-o, and Galko would have met a similar fate if the author didn't spell out his preferred title on every manga chapter.
  • Tan Lines: Discussed when Otako asked Galko if she had them when she came to school with a tan. A later episode has Galko get them at the pool when she didn't put sunscreen on.
  • Team Mom: Galko gives off shades of this, with her being prepared for just about any problem her classmates throw at her, and her caring nature towards Kuseta. She even wants to be a mother when she's older.
  • Tempting Fate: In Chapter 4/Episode 1, Galko mentions that while spicy foods irritate her bottom, she's constipated at that point, and it's OK to indulge in as much of it as she wants. Otako thinks it'll get worse when it eventually comes out—and she's right; the following day, Galko's bottom is so irritated that she has problems sitting down.
  • Terse Talker: Sporto rarely talks without getting to the point.
  • They Do:
    • Tsunno and Kuseta start dating due to Galko's advice to him;
    • Galko's sister and Otako's brother begin dating once he establishes that he doesn't want a superfluous relationship with her.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Otako and store-bought buns.
  • Tsundere: Tsunno from the pool adheres to the Tsundere archetype. She's noted to be interested in Kuseta, but often bullies him. She starts wearing it off when Galko prompts Kuseta to recognize her advances, and after spending Christmas together, they start dating.
  • Two-Teacher School: Only one teacher, in fact. That's Abe-sensei, their class teacher, and teacher of modern Japanese literature. The gym skit in episode 9/Chapter 29 introduces a female teacher that teaches girls' PE, while Yamaji, the teacher over boys' PE, was absent on a trip for the day.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Chapter 56 of the manga features Otako attempting to make herself an "anti-cold porridge", the result of which ends up coming back up all over her pajamas a page later.
  • Walking Swimsuit Scene: Back in her rebellious school days, Galko's sister; in order to gain members for the newly created swim club, she took to wearing a skimpy racing swimsuit with nothing over it but a sailor suit top, leaving her bottom and legs completely exposed. She even got her friends to join her, much to their embarrassment. They are still quite embarrassed about it, though as Galko's sister likes to remind them, it's thanks to that incident that they're not single.
  • Youthful Freckles: Otako has them, though they're not easy to see.

Alternative Title(s): Oshiete Galko Chan


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