The Girl I Like Forgot Her Glasses Season 1 Review – A rom-com that misses the mark and needs some work

Season 1



Episode Guide

Episode 1: The Girl I Like Forgot Her Glasses -| Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 2: The Girl I Liked Asked Me Out   -| Review Score – 3/5
Episode 3: The Girl I Liked Picked Up A Letter -| Review Score – 3/5
Episode 4:  I Chose A Pair of Glasses For The Girl I Like -| Review Score – 2.5/5
Episode 5: I Met With The Girl I Like On Valentine’s Day -| Review Score – 3/5
Episode 6: I Girl I Liked And I Welcomed The New School Term -| Review Score –3/5
Episode 7: I Brought Home The Girl I Liked’s Glasses -| Review Score – 2.5/5
Episode 8: The Girl I Like and I Saw A Confession Together -| Review Score – 2.5/5
Episode 9: I Went On A Field Trip With The Girl I Like -| Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 10: The Girl I Like Had A Request -| Review Score – 3/5
Episode 11: On The Day of the Cultural Festival, The Girl I Like and I… -| Review Score – 3/5
Episode 12: I Want To Practice Cooking With The Girl I Like -| Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 13: The Girl I Like and I Made A Promise -| Review Score – 3/5


With every new anime season that passes by, more rom-coms arrive to grace audiences’ screens. From My Tiny Senpai to Saint Cecilia & Pastor Lawrence, Summer 2023 was filled with many anime of this caliber that aimed to capture the spotlight away from each other. The Girl I Like Forgot Her Glasses was another anime of this nature that attempted to win fans over with its grounded romance and slightly humorous premise. While it put up a decent effort, it didn’t meet the precedent set by rom-coms of the past. 

The Girl I Like Forgot Her Glasses is based on a manga written and illustrated by Koume Fujichika. The story examines the quirky relationship between two students named Komura and Mie. Mie doesn’t have the best eyesight and has a tendency to forget her glasses.  Komura hopes to assist her in every manner possible because he has dormant feelings for Mie. He believes by helping Mie with her multiple issues, she’ll reciprocate similar feelings toward him. 

The Girl I Like Forgot Her Glasses gave fans a tale that’s been done many times before. It contains your usual wholesome bonding moments between its protagonists but throws in a character gimmick to spice things up. This gimmick comes in the form of Mie forgetting her glasses, which ricochets into Komura assisting her through ordinary life problems. Instances like Komura lending Mie his notes to him singing a song to her to help her overcome fear after watching a spooky film will fill viewers’ hearts with immense joy. 

In addition to having vibrant conversational segments, the story appeared to be going down a bright and memorable path. Unfortunately, the story’s plot suffered on multiple fronts. For instance, the anime attempted to replicate a format similar to Spring 2023’s romantic hit, The Dangers In My Heart. It attempted to mix random scenarios into one episode in hopes of developing Mie and Komura’s connection. Sad to say, it only made the character bonding sections feel underwhelming and awkward to sit through. 

Moreover, the plot was brimming with many discomfiting and repetitive character gags and quirks that aged quickly. From its overreliance on Mie forgetting her glasses to Komura’s weird comments and fantasies, many onlookers will be slightly unsettled by the decisions made for this series’s narrative. Additionally, the series’s later chapters contained topics covered in prior episodes and scenarios that added little value to the overarching plot. More impactful scenarios should’ve been implemented to keep fans engaged. 

Overall, season one’s storytelling, while decent, doesn’t capture the same excitement, quality, or creativity of those that aired before it. Despite its underwhelming and uninventive plot, The Girl I Like Forgot Her Glasses’s characters will give fans an essence of hope to cling to. Despite their strange habits, Mie and Komura have redeemable and likable qualities. While Mie’s glasses-losing practice gets old quickly, she’s a benevolent person who’ll do her best to make her friends happy. One instance that sticks out is when she bakes Komura a plate of token cookies after hearing about his woes at an arcade.

This demonstrates Mie’s understanding and readiness to support people when they’re feeling down. Similarly, Komura has his share of stellar moments. One example includes when he stands up for Mie’s mother in episode 11 for arriving home late. This shows how Komura is willing to go the extra mile to protect Mie’s smile. Although these protagonists have their appeal, they don’t receive as much depth as one would like. The supporting cast follows the same fate as Mie and Komura, only they feel more forgettable, flat, and wasted. Hopefully, a second season can give each character more time to spread their wings. 

Studio GoHands handled The Girl I Like Forgot Her Glasses’s animation and it carried mixed baggage too. While later episodes had great angles, earlier chapters didn’t look great. The studio opted to try its hand at implementing dynamic camera angles to make the anime feel fresh and captivating to watch. Alas, it only made the viewing experience feel rough and unbearable to examine. Nevertheless, GoHands delivered great visuals during these emotional segments. 

The park stare-down scene between Komura and Mie in episode 12 looked incredible and captured the characters’ emotions beautifully. Whenever it came to moments of that nature, GoHands flourished. If they applied that level of quality and simplicity in other scenarios, many would’ve enjoyed their take on this manga’s adaptation more from a visual perspective. As for the music, voice acting, and sound design, it was fine and never once felt offputting to my ears.  

With a season full of heavy hitters and surprising winners, The Girl I Like Forgot Her Glasses didn’t quite make the cut. It has its joyous, emotional, and funny moments. However, it doesn’t offer enough depth, intrigue, or creativity to be classified as a stellar work. While season one turned out to be just as forgettable as Mie’s glasses, GoHands can always turn things around with a season two and pull fans in. 

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  • Verdict - 5.5/10

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