Japanese: H2O ~FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND~
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 4, 2008 to Mar 21, 2008
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.391 (scored by 26753 users)
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drama harem romance school
SynopsisTakuma Hirose is a blind young male high school student, though the cause for his blindness is undetermined. In order to heal his medical condition, he is sent to live in a village with his uncle. There, he meets several girls, three of which stand out more than any of the others. They are Hayami Kohinata, Hinata Kangura, and Otoha. Otoha temporarily heals his blindness and Hirose uses his sight to help others. He finds out that, for some reason, Hayami Kohinata is hated in the village, and he tries his best to help her out. Meanwhile, many sad secrets unfold in the village...
Related AnimeAdaptation: H2O: Footprints in the Sand
Characters & Voice Actors
H2O: Footprints in the Sand; another melodrama based on a visual novel. Not a good one either. Well, it has some drama, some romance, some comedy, even a bit of psychological but none of it stands out. This anime is still rather generic and there are about a dozen better titles out there that do the exact same things. The only thing worth mentioning is that it's at least not that predictable. I guess. Whatever, let's get on with the review.
Story (25%) - 3/10
Surprise, another school setting. The most annoying part of the first half is the fact that the supernatural element is hardly explored and it makes absolutely no sense. At the start, the girl who cures him is a spirit. Then, she's actually a ghost. But no, there's something else going on; she's actually a combination of sorts later on. There just isn't much effort put into explaining the supernatural stuff, there also isn't any tension about it so you end up not caring. Because of this, it just feels like they deliberately included spirits and whatever to make the deus ex machina ending a bit more plausible. The second half is also disappointing. Instead of allowing the MC to learn and get over his tragic past (you know, give him some DEVELOPMENT or something), no; it turns out everything was okay and there was nothing tragic about his past at all. Well, I guess you shouldn't make a serious psychological anime if your fanbase literally uses the story as masturbation material. Disappointing, but at least it's different, for better or worse.
Art (20%) - 3/10
The character designs are quite cartoonish which only makes it harder to take the story seriously. The animation is also sub-par and the whole thing just looks low-budget. The fact that the characters just look plain makes them easily forgettable and even the backgrounds look more appealing than them.
Sound (20%) - 4/10
The soundtrack is also rather generic; just a bunch of uplifting pop tunes and a few songs that sound kind of depressing. It's better than the art though, as it at least does what it can to give the sad scenes their proper mood. But nothing impressive or redeeming about it.
Characters (25%) - 4/10
Well, at first they all appear to be the usual archetypes and most of them stay that way. The most irritating of the bunch are the one-dimensional villains that exist to piss you off and to keep the drama and plot moving, no matter how unrealistic it gets. The only ones to somehow deviate from this trend are the two main leads, usually because of their back-stories and the challenges to their emotional states. This deviation is still predictable without much depth to it, but it's enough to keep them from being bland. In terms of development, only the female lead gets some and it's a rather tiresome watch to finally see it. The male lead on the other hand, as I mentioned in the Story section above, basically resists development and it just gets annoying to see his mood swings and then end up without anything changing.
Enjoyment (10%) - 4/10
It starts out easygoing and ends up being pretentious as it is psychological in name only. Still, I guess it's fulfilling to see a happy ending (even if it makes no sense) and the romance doesn't feel forced despite the lackluster story. It's hardly a tear-jerker and less of a good psychological anime but it's still watchable as a romance with some drama. Just don't expect anything good if you decide to watch it. read more
H2O is about a boy, Hirose Takuma, who arrives in a village. He's blind, but a spirit called Otoha somehow heals his illness. Now, he befriends the people (mostly girls) there, and many dramatic events unfold.
The story in itself was really nice. It's sad, yet happy, and it's dramatic. It gives me a feeling of happiness when watching, but also a sad feeling. And whilst it was really good, it was way too sudden at times though. And the jump-the-shark episode (episode 8) kind of ruined things, but I'm glad that it returned to normal after that episode. Anyway, this story was great IMO. Oh, and the last episode just couldn't settle on an end, which was irritating. I mean, first, I was somewhat at comfort with the first "ending". But not at all, suddenly something else happens, and the end has different outlook. I got used to that too, though. Then, at the last second, yet another thing happens. In the end, I wasn't sure whether I should cry of disappointment or happiness. In retrospect, I think I can say for certain that I liked the end though.
All in all, the story had its flaws and sudden moments, and one dreadful episode. The last episode couldn't settle on an end until the very last second. Despite these bad things, it was really enjoyable.
The animation wasn't anything spectacular, but it wasn't completely average either. Therefore, I am not sure what I can say about it either. I guess you will have to watch for yourselves, really.
Officially, I'm in love with this anime's soundtrack. Both the OP and ED themes were fantastic songs, and there were some really nice, enjoyable and moody piano pieces in this anime as well. I'm a big fan of piano music in anime shows, so that's a definite plus. Basically, I'm sure that anyone who enjoys piano music will enjoy the soundtrack as well.
The characters in this anime were pretty good. I mean, this anime has some very interesting characters. One of them is the very annoying, self-glorificating Yui. You also have the rather, um... feminine, cross-dressing boy Hamaji. And then you do, of course, have the grumpy, old village elder. I mean, how come village elders are always rude jerks with no sense of compassion for others? It's kind of weird. But then again, this kind of series need a character like that.
Of course, you have the main character, a boy who changes everything upon coming to the village. There was something about his character which I found interesting, but also bits and parts which were annoying. I guess he was just too kind, really. But then, if he was not, there wouldn't have been a story, so I was kind of okay with it.
All in all, I somewhat liked this anime, even though it had it's flaws and some bad moments *cough*Episode 8*cough*.
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They're both really mysterious and are about a weird girl meeting a special boy.
same kind of story. guy goes through events where he discovers something about himself, and decides what to do next.Watch it and you'll know what i meen.
both have the slice-of-life drama with slight comedy moments and a touch of darkness and mystery. sola also has action and magic too.
H2O ~Footprings in the Sand~ and sola both give you the same emotions you experience throughout the series. As the series progresses they both reveal the truth behind the main characters and develop growing relationships of romance.
Both anime involves magical elements (sola is heavier) and romance. Both anime's have easy to love characters and smooth animation. If you liked sola, then you must absolutely try H2O!
same type of style
h20 has no supernatural but in a way
they still relate
-Both have weak protagonists (IMO)
-Both deal with the "supernatural" or "other forces"
-Both dealing with "love-triangle"
-Endings are close to being similar
-Lots of Surprising or "WTF?" moments
I think they both are similar becuse besides the romance there is a mysterious, awesome, interesting plot. x)))
Share very similar plot outline, meaning...
boy meets girl
they deepen their relationship, or in other words, fall in love
series of random event happens
boy is traumatize
For other general similarities, are the arts, the characters, and the way both stays out from other romance anime out there.
Both are similar as they both make you think about the importance of friends and what it means to live in this world and not take for granted what we can do that others may not be able to do. And that they are bot 12 eps long.
Both are anime that seem to be nice and charming but have a awful twist!
Both are as thin on plot and high on melodrama, so if you liked one, chances are you'll like the other.
Both animes have a simular feel to it. As soon as I started watching Myself; Yourself it reminded me of H2O. They both have a quite simular storyline, though it's still different enough to make it original. If you liked one, you'll probably like the other one as well!
Both have around 13 episodes! lol kidding. Both have touchy romance, they don't have stupid ecchi and they're bound to leave a long-lasting impression on your mind with the good looking characters, friendship, the love and the soundtracks. If you're a fan of teh romance genre, this one's a must-watch for you.
I think that "Myself: Yourself" is quite similar to "H2O ~Footprints in the Sand~". Both start with guy coming to town and meeting the girls. Also in the beginning we see ecchi on both anime. Hayami ("H2O ~Footprints in the Sand~") and Nanaka ("Myself: Yourself") have similar characters and changes their personalities because of fire. Voice actress of Nanaka also voiced Takuma ("H2O ~Footprints in the Sand~"). Both Sana ("Myself: Yourself") and Takuma have sad past before coming to the town. But in my opinion "Myself: Yourself" is a little darker than "H2O ~Footprints in the Sand~", but both turn really depressing towards the end.
both anime have alot of drama and are very sad.
These are similar because they make you think, they provoke you and try to relate to you. It's very touching so I suggest them to you.
The female leads in the stories seem to be in a very similar state of mind when meeting the male leads. These two stories in particular are as if they are shoes of the same pair.
Both start out as your normal mediocre harem anime for a good amount of it... But then, in the last five episodes, all of the sudden everything gets really dark and twisted, with pasts revealed and several plot twists! No more harem fluff, just drama! However, they both have good ends though (well, barely in H2O). Oh, and the main female lead is tsundere! And has a dark past! The male lead also has a dark past in there somewhere too!
Opening Theme"Katayoku no Icarus (片翼のイカロス)" by Yui Sakakibara
Ending Theme#1: "Kazahane (カザハネ)" by Haruka Shimotsuki (eps 1-11)
#2: "Footprints in the Sand" by Monet (ep 12)
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