The Best Episodes of Golden Time (2013)
Tada Banri, a newly admitted student at a private law school in Tokyo, found himself completely lost after the opening ceremony, trying to find his way to the freshman orientation. At that moment, he ran into another lost freshman from the same school, Yanagisawa Mitsuo, and they hit it off at once. Somehow arriving at their intended goal just on time, there appeared in front of the two a beautiful girl holding a bouquet of roses. The girl then whacked Mitsuo across the face with the bouquet and handed the flowers over to him. "Freshman, congratulations", was all she said, and then left. The stylish, well dressed, perfect woman that had swung at Mitsuo was his childhood friend, Kaga Kouko. As children they had promised to marry each other one day, fulfilling their dreams. In order to escape from her, Mitsuo had gone out secretly and taken the examination for this well known private college, but now she showed up in the freshman orientation hall. She too had taken the law school entrance examination, catching up with him there.
#1 - Yes No
Season 1 - Episode 6
In a dream, Banri remembers that right after graduating high school he confessed to Linda that he loved her. When he asked for her response, Linda agreed to tell him the following night on the bridge where Banri would eventually have his accident. That afternoon, Kōko questions why Banri has been acting unusual around Linda, which he denies, when the two are greeted by Chinami, who invites them to a party. Kōko coldly refuses, and Banri questions Chinami on why she insists on being friends with Kōko, to which Chinami simply states she likes her, so Banri promises he will try to convince Kōko to attend. At the party, Banri, Mitsuo, Nijigen, and Kōko watch and comment on Chinami's personality, which soon erupts into an argument between Kōko and Mitsuo, and ends with Mitsuo confessing to Chinami, and her turning him down. On their way home, Kōko mentions Mitsuo, causing Banri to abruptly state his wish to end their friendship. When Kōko repeatedly refuses this, Banri reminds her that he loves her, but because all she thinks about is Mitsuo, it hurts him so he wants to put an end to it, and leaves her. The next day, Linda notices the tense atmosphere between the two, but when she inquires about it, Banri angrily asks her why she never mentioned they previously knew each other, and accuses her of wanting to forget about him. Linda reveals that she said nothing out of fear that it would confuse him and cause him to disappear from her life again, while also explaining her fear that she caused Banri's accident by not responding to his feelings sooner. Afterwards, Kōko meets up with Banri to know what happened, but he takes off running due Linda's revelation that she reciprocated his feelings years ago, which causes him to question how knowing this would have affected his past decisions. Kōko catches up to Banri and tells him not leave her, confessing that she loves him.
#2 - In the Mirror
Season 1 - Episode 10
With an injury and a high fever, Banri tries to go to the hospital alone but runs out of strength in front of his apartment. Nana-senpai finds him, and with her help Banri is examined at a hospital. When he returns home, he finds Linda waiting for him.
#3 - With You Again
Season 1 - Episode 9
Following the events of the previous episode, Kōko suddenly falls ill and does not come to school for several days. When Kōko does return, Banri notices she is dejected, but she denies anything is wrong, until she breaks down in tears and relays to Banri her fears that he might one day leave her. Banri reassures her he will not, and the spirit of Banri, who was observing, comments on a similar situation that occurred between him and Linda. In a flashback to the summer of their third year in high school, Linda tells Banri that she learned that her brother's fiancé was having an affair, and gets him to help her expose it. When the two manage to take pictures of the affair, Linda has a change of heart and deletes all the photos, and instead confronts her brother's fiancé and tells her she will keep it secret, but to never let it happen again. Afterwards, Barni vehemently voices his disapproval of her decision, but apologizes when he notices how troubled she is by her own deceit. Banri comforts Linda by saying she is not alone, and he will bear the lie she knows with her, and will always find her and be there for her, but he fails to reassure her when she asks. In the present time, Banri and Linda meet and talk, where Banri mentions Kōko is sick again, while Linda mentions her family and brother. When Banri shows he does not remember she had a brother, a saddened Linda leaves, but not before she uses the words he used to comfort her in the past to encourage him to be there for Kōko. The spirit of Banri who witnessed this, regrets that he did not confess his true feelings for Linda in the moment she sought reassurance from him, and notes that it is too late for them. However the next morning, the spirit of Banri awakens to find himself back inside his physical body.
#4 - Masquerade
Season 1 - Episode 7
Kōko tells Banri that she loves him, but before he can respond Kōko is arrested for stealing a bike that she used to catch up to Banri. At the police station, Kōko is cleared of any charges, and after explaining the reason behind her sudden confession, Banri reciprocates and the two officially become a couple. The next day, Kōko openly expresses her love for Banri as they walk to school, and their relationship is met with disbelief from Nijigen, and mild surprise from Mitsuo, who has dyed his hair blonde out of depression from being rejected. When Chinami comes to greet them Mitsuo flees, and Chinami says that he has been avoiding her, while explaining the reason she rejected him was because his confession was made in public. Linda soon appears, and Banri flees, noting that he has been avoiding Linda since their last conversation, despite her constant attempts to speak with him again. As time passes, Banri and Kōko enjoy their time as a couple, but Banri continues to ignore Linda, which upsets her, and causes Nana to take notice. One day, Banri is called back to his apartment because of a leak, but when he arrives he meats Nana again, who reveals that she is his neighbor, and that she faked the leak to get him to meet up with Linda. Back in Banri's apartment, he apologizes for his behavior, and the two rekindle their friendship, just as Banri gets a call from Kōko who worries that Mitsuo might be in trouble.
#5 - Blackout
Season 1 - Episode 4
After being found by Linda, she explains that she was out on a club retreat with the Festival Club, and brings Banri and Kōko to their campsite. After returning, Banri is greeted by Nijigen, Mitsuo, and Chinami, who are all relived to know both he and Kōko are alright. Later during a break, Banri, Mitsuo, and Chinami get together to talk, but they are interrupted by Kōko, who begins to berate and belittle Chinami, causing Mitsuo to leave with Chinami, leaving Banri to comfort a remorseful Kōko. After classes, the pair is once again met by Linda, who invites them to participate in one of the Festival Club’s dance rehearsal, which afterwords makes Banri decide to join, with Kōko thinking about joining. Later that night, Mitsuo tells Banri he will settle things with Kōko, because he wants to pursue a relationship with Chinami, and the next day Mitsuo flatly rebuffs Kōko’s affection in front of Banri. Kōko asks Mitsuo if their time together meant nothing to him, and Mitsuo replies that while he treasures their time together, he only sees her as a childhood friend. Kōko angrily yells at him to forget their history, resulting in Mitsuo leaving, and Kōko yelling at him to disappear, but realizes her words were hurtful to Banri, causing her to continuously apologize in tears. After a few hours, Kōko and Banri are invited by a girl called Nana, to her concert, and Kōko goes to vent her frustration, but is thrown out, and spends the night at Banri's apartment. During the night, Banri and Kōko talk, where Kōko reveals she needs him, while Banri confesses his love for her. After she leaves, she texts Banri encouraging him to not forget about his lost memories, which motivates him to return to his home in Shizuoka, where he finds a scrapbook containing pictures of himself and Linda in high school together.
#6 - Don't Look Back
Season 1 - Episode 12
As Banri Tada is working as a waiter in the party, he and everybody else is enjoying. Koko is also worried about him. Mitsuo founds out that Linda is working there too. Mitsuo is taken into the stage (for 10k yen) as a dancer/entertainer. Koko has been texting and calling Banri, but to no avail. While Banri is doing some tasks, he and Mitsuo finds Linda taking pictures with other people. Then Linda goes to Banri to encourage him. But the people there saw them toghether and found them cute. While they were being pictured, they both get carried away by the atmosphere and cuddled, just as Koko arrives. She grabbed a drink, threw it to him and slapped him. Linda says sorry but she is taken away by Nana. Banri takes Koko away to the fitting room. He talks briefly with her, telling her to go to his apartment. Banri is depressed. As the party ends, the boss gives out the payment to everyone. While Mitsuo's payment is large, Banri tells him that his salary might have lost its usefulness. Just as Banri runs home, he finds out that Koko has been texting her all day, ranging from going to his apartment to calling the police. Banri is shocked and runs home, finding her there. Koko says that she should become a better girlfriend, saying sorry to what she have done earlier. Banri then says sorry and explains that he was carried by the atmosphere. Koko then gives him the picture of Banri and Linda, much to his suprise. He admits that they were former classmates and he had fell in love with her before. He tells to Koko that his feelings for Linda return sometimes. This shocks Koko and she walked to him, hugging him. She says that all she want is for Banri not to remember the past, with Banri understanding. She and Banri then becomes happy once again, just as Koko says that they don't have any memories or pictures. This prompts Banri to ask her if she wants to have a picture, as Banri wanted a picture too. Next morning, he talks to Linda, with her apologizing to him and Koko. Banri says that he wants to talk with her. Beside the river, he asks if she loved the old Banri, with her replying that she only thought if him as a friend. Banri says that he just wanted to confirm that. He then tries to rip their picture toghether, with the old Banri saying no. He drops the picture. Linda then picks up the picture with Banri standing up telling her to pretend that they were just strangers, as he wants to cut ties with the past. Admitting that Koko is also bothered by her. Linda stands up saying she understand and that they are doing the right thing. She then rips the picture into pieces, suprising Banri. In the next morning, Koko and Banri are taking a picture toghether, ending the episode.
#7 - Reset
Season 1 - Episode 8
In a flashback, Banri overhears Linda saying she does not like him like a lover, causing him to ignore her for days, until she apologizes, saying she did not meant what she said. Banri forgives her and the spirit of Banri reminisces that was when things changed between the two and left him wondering if Linda did like him. In the present time, Banri goes to check on Mitsuo after a call from Kōko, and finds him depressed due to telling Chinami to stay away from him due to rumors about her rejecting him. Deciding to cheer him up, Banri, Nijigen, and Kōko take Mitsuo to an amusement park, but when Chinami calls, Kōko also invites her, to reconcile her and Mitsuo. Kōko and Banri meet Chinami at the station, where after some banter between the two women, they get along and the group spends the whole day at the park, with Mitsuo and Chinami making up. Afterwards they all spend the night at Banri’s apartment, but while everyone sleeps, Banri texts Linda, who was next door, and they meet on the balcony. After reminiscing about their old relationship, Banri asks Linda what her feelings for him were in the past, and she responds that she only saw him as a friend. While seemingly accepting this, Banri blacks out for a moment and yells his desire to go back to that time, much to both of their shock. Linda passes off his sudden outburst and goes back inside, but the spirit of Banri reaffirms his love and desire to be with Linda, but notes he cannot leave the current Banri without disappearing.
#8 - Trouble Party
Season 1 - Episode 11
Banri discusses going as a couple to the beach over summer break with the upperclassmen of the festival club and is told he needs money first. When he tells Koko he wants to work, she rejects his idea, saying they would have less time together. However, behind Koko's back, Banri and Yanagisawa accept a job from Nana-senpai, and...?
#9 - Night Escape
Season 1 - Episode 3
On the day of the scheduled club trip, Banri meets up with Kōko and Nijigen, who was also invited. When the club members arrive to pick up the attendants, Banri becomes suspicious of them when he notices they all wear a similar pendant, and more so when they bring the group to a remote location. The club then reveals itself as a cult who wishes for Banri's group to join them, but Banri manages to convince them to let others go, when he tells them that he suffered an accident after high school that gave him amnesia of everything from before starting college, and that they can help him. As the others leave, Kōko decides to stay with Banri, and the two ultimately are able to escape and hide in the woods. As they hide, Banri and Kōko bond by getting to know more about one another. Kōko reveals she is actually a nice person, and only acts stuck up around Mitsuo due to her feelings for him, while also confessing that she really was just using her friendship with Banri to get closer to Mitsuo. Banri in turn reveals that his story about having amnesia was not a lie, and that he feels that his family and friends want the current Banri to disappear and have the old Banri return, and while he sympathizes with their wishes, he does not want to lose being his current self. When the pair hears the cult members looking for them, they flee further into the woods, until they are found by Linda.
#10 - Body and Soul
Season 1 - Episode 5
After finding the photo of him and Linda, Banri runs to the bridge where the accident that caused his amnesia occurred to remember more, but cannot. Unbeknownst to him, the spirit of the eighteen year old Banri Tada watches him, and explains that the fall caused his eighteen year old spirit, and all his memories, to leave his body, and that he cannot be seen or heard by the current Banri. After returning to school, Banri meets with Kōko, who gives him a mirror that matches hers to commemorate their friendship. The next day, Banri and Mitsuo run into Kōko, who begins to act overly cheerful and dramatic about her friendship with Banri. Linda, who was helping Kōko register for classes, soon joins them and meets Mitsuo, while later inquiring about Kōko and Banri's joining the Festival Club. Kōko answers that both of them will join, while Banri wonders why Linda has not mentioned that she knows him from before. At their first dance rehearsal, Kōko demonstrates she cannot dance, which causes her to be depressed and cry. After calming down, she apologizes to Banri for her behavior, and confesses that she is still recovering from being dumped by Mitsuo, but he reassures her it is fine, and reaffirms their friendship by using the mirror she gave him. That night, Banri recalls the memory from when he escaped the hospital; he had seen a flashing light from his window, and when he snuck out to see what it was, he discovered it was Linda, and as the two talk, it is revealed that she was the one who inspired Banri to come to Tokyo. Banri wonders why Linda has not mentioned any of this to him, and the spirit of Banri laments that he cannot tell the current Banri how important Linda was to him.
#11 - Spring Time
Season 1 - Episode 1
After finally making his anticipated college debut, Tada Banri gets lost in the unfamiliar streets of Tokyo. While lost, he encounters Yanagisawa Mitsuo in a similar situation, and they head to campus together when a car stops in front of them and out steps the beautiful Kaga Koko with a bouquet of roses.
#12 - Lonely Girl
Season 1 - Episode 2
Banri has a dream of himself, apparently injured, and fleeing from a hospital, but upon awakening cannot remember any more than that. Arriving at the university gate, Banri meets Kōko who was waiting for Mitsuo, and the two talk some more, with Banri noticing that Kōko seems lonely without Mitsuo. Later that night, Banri tells Mitsuo about Kōko, but Mitsuo brushes it off, saying Kōko is just acting so to get Banri to bring her to him. To brighten the mood, Mitsuo invites Banri to the Film Club’s welcoming party, where Chinami, a member of the club, gets Mitsuo to join. The party is soon crashed however by the Tea Club’s party, who drag Banri off to join in their festivities, where he meets new friend Takaya Satō, nicknamed Nijigen. The next day, Banri notices that Kōko has still not made any friends, and tries to encourage her to join a club. Another student overhears them and invites the two to a café to tell them about her club, which lasts until night, and ends up inviting the both of them on her clubs overnight trip to see if they would be willing to join. Still wanting to help Kōko, Banri decides to accompany Kōko when she agrees to go.