‘If you get on your knees and beg, a gal will take you’, says a friend of the protagonist. A gal (gyaru in Japanese) is a certain girl subculture with a certain kind of fashion. They often have dyed hair, long nails, and wear a lot of make-up. Following his friend’s advice, the protagonist ends up being alone with a girl, Yukana Yame,…and…
[‘Please! Please go out with me!’ / ‘Eww’]（『はじめてのギャル』より）
This is the kind of behavior you’d expect from a minor character in a gal game, right? A behaviour that leads to a kick by the girl and to the judging look of the rest of the class. Our protagonist, however, doesn’t give up and stays on his knees in the dogezastyle. He must have used some kind of persuasion spell, because Yukana agrees to go out with him. It doesn’t make any sense at all!
[‘Okay then, let’s go out!’ / ‘Really…?!!’]（『はじめてのギャル』より）
Who are we to judge Mr. Virgin’s (Junichi Hashiba) dogeza magic? It worked and he now has a girlfriend. He is full of happiness and he aims straight for graduation (from virginity). But if things were so simple, we wouldn’t have a manga, would we?
Yukana is not an easy girl, and she is in fact quite conservative. This is just one of the ways the manga differentiates itself from the rest. Most similar plots have the main character trying his best to graduate. Hajimete no Gal has Mr.Virgin kneeling in front of a beautiful girl to win her heart…this isn’t good enough to count it as typical ‘virginity’. Getting on one’s hands and knees shouldn’t have convinced a pure, beautiful girl to be his girlfriend. Yukana is neither the easy, slutty girl nor the pure and innocent one. She is complicated, just like the rest of the characters.
For Mr.Virgin, women are mysterious and their appearance is not always representative of their character. And that’s exactly why he is attracted to a girl whose looks and personality say a completely different story. He feels that by conquering such a girl he can say, ‘Yes, I’m the only one who really knows you’. It’s that superior feeling that Mr.Virgin seeks.
In Strawberry 100%, Tsukasa confessed to Jumpei while she was doing chin-ups at the park. If in place of Tsukasa was Toujo, I would have said that it didn’t have enough virginity and that it was a boring romantic manga. That situation helps us understand why a desperate move as begging on your knees could work on a girl that may seem like an easy pick on the surface. I want to apologize to the author for the next comment, but believing that there may be a conservative side behind her ‘easy’ looks proves the virginity of the manga artist.
This is also the total opposite of the virginity found in Kimi no Na wa. There is a scene where the characters, on top of a mountain, try to write their names on each other’s palm. The scene was amazing and gave me goosebumbs, but the way Yukana and Junichi react to each other in this manga is totally the opposite. And that’s why I believe that there can be a positive and a negative correlation between these kind of virginities. Kimi no Na wa is closer to the notion of pursuing something beautiful, like in Jump’s Nikesoi. On the other hand, Hajimete no Gal is more like To Love-Ru.
[‘Would you like to touch me? It’s okay if it’s you, Junichi’]（『はじめてのギャル』より）
[‘It’s not interesting if we don’t get more excited’]（『はじめてのギャル』より）
[‘The only person I’ll show this swimsuit to is Junichi…okay?’]（『はじめてのギャル』より）
Yukana Yame is overwhelmingly cute. The three scenes above are from the first volume, where this kind of appearance is everywhere. The scenes are so awesome that the manga artist’s name may be spelled as v-i-r-g-i-n but read as g-e-n-i-u-s. I don’t even know what that means, but I’m really excited right now.
Vol.2 will be out soon, and it will feature a new gal, a kuro-gal! This girl will bring a different kind of story than the one we witnessed in Vol.1. While the first volume was full of intimate flirtation between Junichi and Yukana, the second volume will be… um, let’s say, simply just erotic. How will Junichi and Yukana cope with this genuine ‘slut’? Unlike Vol.1, Vol.2 will test the artist’s true virginity.
There are many different kind of gals, from kogal to himeloli. Here are some more terms to help you with your Google search: yamamba, mamba, bibimba, sirogal, onegal, spogal, alubaka, kigurumin, romamba, surf-kei, psyche gal (Hippie gal), age jyo, etc. You’ll be surprised by the long history of the subculture.
[”Kyaha☆ If Mr. Virgin can really do it, maybe I’ll treat you. You want to lose you virginity, don’t you? Will I be taking it?♥ ]（『はじめてのギャル』より）
Normally, you find something at the back of the cover page of this sort of manga…
Hope you’ll spot this ‘surprise’ in Vol.2. (lol)
[‘If you don’t buy the 3rd Volume then you’ll be a virgin forever!’]（『はじめてのギャル』より）
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