The 100 Girlfriends Who Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Love You Review

The 100 Girlfriends Who Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Love You Review

The 100 Girlfriends Who Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Love You anime series cover art
The 100 Girlfriends Who Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Love You

One of the Best Anime of the Year

The 100 Girlfriends Who Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Love You (Kimi no Koto ga Daidaidaidaidaisuki na 100-nin no Kanojo / 君のことが大大大大大好きな100人の彼女) is a really long title. So, for the rest of this review, I’ll be calling it Hyakkano for short.

If you read my article on the Top 5 Anime of 2023, you’ll know that I consider Hyakkano one of the best anime of the year. I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was. But, it definitely deserves the ranking I gave it.

There are many great things about Hyakkano. The two most important are that it has a lot of cute girls and that it’s genuinely funny. I’ll talk more about the cute girls later in this review. So, for now, let’s focus on the comedy of the series.

Hakari and Karane gushing over Rentarou from the anime series The 100 Girlfriends Who Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Love You
Hakari and Karane gushing over Rentarou

I haven’t laughed at an anime as much as I laughed at Hyakkano in a very long time. Not every character is funny. But, Rentarou, Hakari, and Karane definitely are. Rentarou’s comedy tends to come from his absolute love of his girlfriends. And Hakari’s comes from her obsession with Rentarou. And Karane’s comes from her tsundere nature.

Some of the less funny characters include Shizuka and Kusuri. But, they still have their moments. For example, the way Shizuka says things can be funny. Like, how instead of saying she can’t swim, she says she’s not skilled at naval combat.

And, the funniest thing Kusuri ever did was when she created medicine for the other girlfriends. Specifically, the medicine she made for Karane was “bust-biggening medicine.” We never got to see Karane take this medicine. But, the fact that it’s what Kusuri made for her was funny on its own. Also, you know, the name “bust-biggening medicine.”

The Purest Form of Harem Anime

I’ve seen some other people mention that a new age of harem anime is upon us. In these new harem anime, there’s not one girl who ends up winning. And, there’s not some ambiguous ending in which none of the girls are chosen over the others.

Instead, every girl is the winner.

Hyakkano falls into this category. Rentarou’s harem isn’t a group of girls who are all competing for his affection. They’re all his girlfriends. He loves them all, they all love him, and they’re fine with this arrangement.

But, why? Why does Rentarou have multiple girlfriends and why are they okay with it? Don’t worry, there’s an in-universe explanation for all this. God messed up and accidentally gave Rentarou 100 soulmates. When he locks eyes with one of his soulmates, it’s all over. They’re destined to be together.

Hakari, Shizuka, and Nano at the pool from the anime series The 100 Girlfriends Who Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Love You
Hakari, Shizuka, and Nano at the pool

Some people might not like this format of harem anime where every girl wins. But, it’s kind of ideal. No matter which girl is your favorite, you don’t have to worry about her losing. Your favorite girl will always win. But, that’s not the only benefit of this format.

Because every girl wins, it means there’s a lot more variety. We get great content for all of the girls. You don’t have to settle for just one. Let’s say that Hakari is your favorite, but you also like Karane and Nano for different reasons. You won’t miss out on that Karane and Nano content.

Now, I haven’t watched it, but I’ve heard that Girlfriend, Girlfriend also falls into this category. However, there are some major differences between that and Hyakkano. That only has four girls to choose from — this has 100. And, that’s animated like a slideshow, while this isn’t.

Ranking the First Six Girlfriends

Hyakkano Season 1 features the first six of Rentarou’s girlfriends. So, let’s rank them from best to worst.

It’s hard for me to choose a best girlfriend. But, I’m going to go with Hakari Hanazono. She’s one of the first two girlfriends of the series. She’s also one of the funniest girlfriends and has my favorite personality of the group.

In second, I’m putting Karane Inda. Depending on the day, I’d put Karane in first place. She and Hakari are that close — it’s hard for me to choose between them. Karane’s physical appearance is more my type.

Hakari and Karane are also in a relationship with each other, which only makes them even better.

Rentarou and his first six girlfriends from the anime series The 100 Girlfriends Who Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Love You
Rentarou and his first six girlfriends

In third, I’m going with Shizuka Yoshimoto. Shizuka is one of the two tiny girls of the group. She’s not exactly what I’d look for in a girlfriend. But, she’s cute and pretty entertaining — especially during the pool episode.

Hahari Hanazono comes in fourth. Not only is she an older woman, which is a plus. But, she’s Hakari’s mother. Rentarou isn’t just dating six girls by the end of this season. Two of his girlfriends are mother and daughter. That’s pretty great.

Kusuri Yakuzen is fifth. Along with Shizuka, she’s one of the tiny girls. However, this is only one of her forms. She takes medicine to make her look this way. And if she takes reversal medicine, she goes back to her “big” form. I think the best thing about Kusuri is how she enables the other girls.

Nano Eiai is the worst of the first six girlfriends. She doesn’t really have much in the way of personality. She’s robotic and looks like a white-haired Komi-san. So, she’s not my type in any way.

Final Thoughts

Overall, Hyakkano is an 8/10. If you’re a fan of harem or rom-com anime, you need to watch this one. It’s both one of the best of the genre and one of the best of 2023. And, I’ve also heard that the author is committed to implementing all 100 girlfriends.

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