I know what you're thinking, "But Steph, there's no vespas in School Days!" I'm well aware of that. I just had to shelve my FLCL review for now, so this is what you're getting!
School Days is a Drama/Romance anime based on the Visual Novel by Overflow back in 2005. A manga adaptation was released in 2006, and the anime from the little known TNK was released in 2007 with 12 episode. Two OVA’s: Valentine Days and School Days: Magical Heart Kokoro-chan were released in 2008.
Makoto Ito is a young Japanese high school student beginning his second term at the fictional Sakakino Academy. During his daily train rides to and from school, he becomes infatuated with fellow student Kotonoha Katsura; a girl that also commutes. When a new classmate acquaintance of his, Sekai Saionji, discovers his secret crush on Kotonoha, she helps introduce both of them to each other and over time they grow closer and agree to date. However in spite of her proud and triumphant matchmaking efforts, Sekai inadvertently becomes jealous of the new couple, having also developed feelings toward Makoto.
Wanna know what’s wrong with this series? It’s not the animation, it’s actually pretty decent. It’s not the story, it’s just hard to get into unless you’re effected personally by a (maybe) similar situation. It’s not the voice acting, god forbid that they weren’t doing anything bad with it. It’s the characters! At the start, they are really decent, realistic characters in high school and having high school problems. But as the series goes on, the characters become more and more unlikeable to the point of really REALLY wanting certain ones to die.... Thanks Sekai. The biggest nice guy turned asshole is Makoto. The character we are suppose to get behind and support throughout the series, is a complete and utter waste of space.
|And this is what it means to be a dick.|
But what about everything else that I passed over? The best I can do is give you the short list:
Animation: Pretty average. TNK picked a bad series to start with.
Story: Good start, but goes all to hell by the end.
Voice Acting: THANK GOD THIS ISN’T LICENSED!!!
Next time, we consume all the sugar and men we can possibly have! Until then, otaku on my friends!
Final Rating - 2/10 When visual novels are bad anime adaptations....