Jul 4, 2007 to Sep 27, 2007
25 min. per ep.
R+ - Mild Nudity
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SynopsisMakoto Itou 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.
The following afternoon on her way home at the nearby train station in front of the school, Sekai finds Makoto waiting for Kotonoha to rendezvous for a date. He sits with her and reiterates his appreciation for her help, and feeling heavily indebted, offers repayment anyway he can. Though she believes he is overreacting, Sekai decides to redeem her obligation by placing a kiss on his lips as her train pulls in; quickly rushing into an open passenger car and happily bidding a dumbstruck Makoto luck on his date.
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Characters & Voice Actors
Opening Theme"Innocent Blue (イノセント・ブルー)" by DeviceHigh
Ending Theme#1: "Usotsuki (ウソツキ)" by CooRie (eps 1, 8)
#2: "Ai no kakera (愛のカケラ)" by Miyuki Hashimoto (ep 2)
#3: "Waltz (ワルツ)" by Kanako Itou (eps 3, 11)
#4: "Kioku no Umi (記憶の海])" by yozuca* (eps 4, 7)
#5: "Look at Me" by YURIA (ep 5)
#6: "Namida no Riyuu (涙の理由)" by Minami Kuribayashi (eps 6, 10)
#7: "Anata ga... Inai (あなたが...いない) -Remix Ver.-" by Minami Kuribayashi (ep 9)
#8: "Still I Love You ~Mitsumeru Yori wa Shiawase~ (～みつめるよりは幸せ～)" by Kiriko – (ep 12)
School Days is a psychological anime, number one, so do not think it is about cute children playing in school and having happy days. School Days is an anime about how cheating on someone can really end up messing with their head and lives and how the human heart and mind are very fragile and how friendship is very precious and when destroyed in the worst way, it can have the worst consequences.
The main character is your seemingly typical anime guy in high school that listens to music and has a bunch of perverted thoughts about girls all the time, but who turns out to be quite different than your usual main character guy and he has a crush on this girl that he sees on the train all the time and he ends up taking a picture of her and putting it in his phone. In class, another girl who he happens to sit next to, named Sekai, sees the picture in his phone and tells him her name and then, from there goes about getting him and the girl on the train to know each other so that they can try and start a relationship, all the while falling for him herself.
This anime is very much a psychological anime and deals with relationships and what happens when someone cheats on someone, but not only one person, many people. The main character is one of the most despicable characters I have ever seen, if not my MOST HATED character and cares nothing for the people around him, it seems, but to be able to hate him that much and to have so much passion for his pain and wishing something bad would happen to him was an exciting feeling because I really felt he would have to get what was coming to him. He hurts basically every single person he meets and cares nothing about how they feel when he is done with them, only to use them again in the future. He walks all over every girl in the anime, save one or two, and they all basically sit around begging for more mainly because they want to know what it's like and why the others are doing it, so they do it, too.
The majority of the anime the main character is, in my opinion, a sociopath, as well as a sex-addict, but there are moments here and there where you see that his actions actually do bother him and these are very important in this particular anime because if they did not have them, he would truly seem to be a monster. It is sometimes scary that the most evil people are not demons or supernatural at all.
The ending is something that is perfect, though, in my opinion and it is something I ABSOLUTELY saw coming, but the way that it was done was really something creepy and gave me chills - I really enjoyed it! It was an awesome turn, but something I saw coming the entire time and something I kept repeating throughout the entire thing, over and over again and when it finally happened, I was extremely happy and satisfied. It has a very twisted ending, as well, so do not be fooled by the innocence of the title because this anime is anything but innocent, but make sure you watch until the end because there is more than just one awesome, sick twist at the end that will leave you satisfied with the feeling you get watching the rest of the anime.
Everyone basically gets what they deserve because this anime shows that the human mind and heart is an extremely fragile thing and that you can't just push someone aside like they are trash the second you are done with them because they may not be done with you or ready to let you leave. read more
This anime is great, great for one thing which I truly believe is its sole purpose of existence - opening pickle jars. This anime will help you with the opening of jars and various other tasks requiring brute strength. You'll feel like the Hulk after you've watched half the series. And the very reason for all of this is this anime's amazing ability to piss the viewer off like no other series I have ever seen. If you want to be angered, please, please watch this series.
Jokes aside, this anime might be considered a decent series to other people, but I seriously hated it. It started off fine, a few laughs, a somewhat interesting love triangle between Makoto, Katsura and Saionji, resulting in the typical 'idiot girl helps guy she loves to get another girl' thing. ... and hey, although the whole love triangle story wasn't very unique or anything, it entertained... It was fun at first to see this clueless pervert fail at getting a girl. The problem was when it became more of a love hexagon - And things went downhill from there. The story became predictable and difficult to watch due to the idiotic and retarded main character who must have been the luckiest sped to walk the earth. The only good thing I can say about this series was the theme it presented to its viewers: to cherish what you have. 1/10
Characters: The characters in this anime are seriously some of the dumbest people I have ever seen. Makoto especially - after watching about 5 episodes I wanted to smash his face in. His idiotic expressions, his whiny sped voice, everything about him. I hated it all. I hated the way he looked, the way he talked, and everything he did. My hatred for this character is unparalleled to any other characters I might have ever hated in my life. The only props I can give to the people who dream t up this character was that we got to see him go from a selfish idiot to a selfish asshole by the end of the series.
That rant out of the way, I don't have much to say bout the other characters which was mainly composed of idiotic girls that for some reason or another couldn't get enough of this whiny faced idiot. The characters in general, didn't have much of a background. We didn't learn much about them or their past, and they just kind of came and went. Again, my only props here is the character development. 1/10
Sound: The opening sounded great, but it didn't really suit the series considering how dark and idiotic it became. The opening was way too happy in contrast to the story. Otherwise, bgm was decent, even good at times. No big comments here: 8/10
Animation/Character Design: I thought the animation and character design was pretty good, one of the series stronger points. All of the character designs although not unique, were nice, and the colors brought out the mood fairly well. The only character design I grew to hate was Makoto's. His round clueless face pissed me off to no end. 8/10
Why this is even an anime series? I have no idea. Just turn this damn thing into a hentai or something. Honestly. The main character in this series has sex with pretty much every girl you'll see in this series, for no apparent reason. The girls are just lining up to be with him by the end. The characters are the most idiotic people I have ever seen, and the main character couldn't possibly be fathomed by a normal human being. 4/10 read more
School Days Creator (SDC)- Hey man, I have a terrific idea for an anime series, based on this dirty animated game I've played!
Japanese Executive (JE)-Okay, I love hentai! Let's hear it.
SDC- Well, it's going to be about a guy who is a complete failure at life, an idiot loser who is intensely selfish. He gets uncontrollably nervous talking to girls, and does nothing with his life. However, the twist is that every girl who meets him falls madly in love. And he has sex with all of them.
JE-What's his driving motivation?
SDC-To fuck as many girls as possible, regardless of how many lies and betrayals necessary to get there.
JE-Okay, but wouldn't the girls eventually catch on? Even if at first they love him, wouldn't they dump him at some point? I mean, realizing your girl or boyfriend sucks is and is a cheater is something MILLIONS of people in the real world go through.
SDC-Well, that's true. But I have just the plan to fix it; we'll make the girls equally odious and retarded. They'll have some degree of human compassion, but along with that, a large dose of crazy and whore to them, as they gladly cheat with the boyfriend of one of their female friends!
JE- Oh! You mean like my second ex-wife cheated on me with my former best friend?
SDC-Yes, exactly! One will be the reserved, kind-hearted girl named Katsura who, upon realizing her boyfriend is a cheater too cowardly to break up with her, becomes a catatonic, deranged puppet of a human being.
JE- Isn't that extreme? I mean, if Katsura were a guy whose girlfriend was a cheating piece of shit, wouldn't going insane make the viewer hate such a character for an unnecessary, psychotic reaction, not sympathize with them?
SDC- True, true. We need the viewer to side with her, as no one else will be the least bit worthy of compassion. That's why she'll be drawn very cute and sexy. That's why we'll have every other girl in the series utterly despise her, even if there's no actual reason for them doing so. That's why the other main character, Sekai, will betray and sleep with the main character Mokoto behind Katsura's back.
Sekai will at first seem sympathetic and even kind, helping Katsura and Mokoto to be together, but eventually, she'll turn selfish, soulless, and moronic, as she initiates make-out sessions with Mokoto while he's still dating Katsura.
Then, she'll be surprised that someone who cheated WITH her then starts cheating ON her. Haha.
JE- Uh, okay....but what kind of a series is this? You mention lots of moronic, pitiful girls sleeping with a moronic, pitiful guy, and betrayal and insanity. What's the hook here, exactly?
SDC-Ah, that's my master stroke! School Days will, for most of its 12 episodes, be a straightforward romance series, but then, in the last episode or two, will turn gruesome and bloody.
JE- But wait...isn't that just a cheap plot device to make up for how bankrupt the characters and the rest of the story are? Isn't that just a shock tool to distract the viewer from the fact that they just watched a brainless romance series based on a hentai game?
SDC- That's right! But what we'll do is try to make it SEEM as deep as possible! You know, like foreshadowing, great music random flashbacks, all that jazz. Then, if people still criticize it, we can just say that they don't get the deep "story" and moral of the series.
JE- You mean it will be like a Dostoevsky novel, except with none of the actual logic, depth, or basically anything else redeemable about it?
SDC-Exactly! And one last brilliant idea!
JE- Well, right now I'm still not convinced about the show, but go ahead.
SDC- The series will double as a cell phone advertisement! Everything will happen via cellphone, it will be a huge part of numerous plot devices and episodes, and we'll even have an ending theme prominently featuring one!
If we can't get any more blatant, let's have one of the girls excitedly want to buy the latest brand of cellphone for herself and Makoto, for no apparent fucking reason. Hell, let's also have Chibi versions of the characters hawking oversized cellphones during the parts reserved for commercial breaks!
JE- IT'S BRILLIANT!!!! UTTER GENIUS!!!! LET'S GET IT DONE!!!! read more
"I have touched the flower that everyone wants. The feelings for that flower, I have put into words. To hurt this world was not my intention. If there was no one there to question you, would that mean you could do anything?"
Well, today is Valentine's Day, so what better series to review than one of the most controversial love stories ever to be put in animated form? That's right, I'm talking School Days, one of the biggest cases of subverted expectations I've seen in recent days.
Our story begins with two star crossed lovers, Makoto and Kotonoha (Katsura). Young love is so fragile, and so fleeting, and none know this better than our dear characters. Enter Sekai, third party, and friend to both.. What happens next is a rollercoaster of emotion (mostly fury), detachment, lies, betrayal, and sociopathy, right up to the very end, where the story of our Lovers comes full circle. When the truth comes out, Makoto, Kotonoha, and Sekai learn the full ramifications of the consequences they wrought.
Art: 3 (two points for eps 11, 12, one point for the rest of it)
The characters are animated poorly, barring the last two episodes. Inconsistently drawn, poor facial and body animation, TONS of stillframe, key frames are few and far between. While there's not a lot of action, even the mundane slice of life is animated roughly. Uneven drawn edges, lack of faces or animation of faces during speaking, and generally repetitive environments (including a shot of the front of the school that’s used about 352 times an episode). The attention to detail is decent, however. Some of the art is useful in the symbolism, (more on that below) such as the trains and certain details in houses, and the school.
One recurring, and annoying, tendency of the art is when there's a pan and the image is rotated about 80 degrees to one side- rather irritating to have to turn your head to look at it.
The last two episodes are animated extremely well by comparison. Faces show real emotion, character movement and framing are much more purpose driven and subtle (something it was heretofore lacking a lot of, subtlety).
OP and ED are fine, nothing to report. I started skipping the OP after about episode 4.
Voice acting is decent- not Trinity Seven, but also not absolute garbage. The main character’s voices aren’t particularly grating, but some of the supporting casts’ are.
Soft piano music sets the tone in some dramatic and playful moments, nothing distracting, and nothing really enhancing.
--- Spoilers from here on---
I wanted to give a point to this category for every character Makoto has meaningless, detached, sociopathic sex with, but decided against it.
Makoto is our MC- selfish, uncaring, and a borderline sociopath- he exists only to indulge his own narcissism, regardless of who he affects or hurts. He seems absolutely callous to the feelings of the girls he comes into contact with, and the effect on their psyche. Incorrigible pervert, pushy, and clueless, he's a self gratifying user, and pure slime of a guy. He has no qualms about cheating on his girlfriend, or the irreversible effects that has on one's relationships, or even those of the future.
Though there are some times where it appears his decisions have some measurable effect on his mental state, he always manages to follow up with something self serving and detestable, but, he's still human, and it shows in his times of weakness. He goes from being the object of many a lady's desire, to being an absolute pariah, and being hated by essentially everyone that he knows.
Kotonoha, the first girlfriend, is a repressed, timid girl who really gets mixed up in all of this. She's honestly the only character in the show I found sympathetic, because she didn't ask for any of what happens to her- to be lied to, betrayed, and repeatedly torn down, despite her headstrong (and later delusional) belief that Makoto is in love with her. She gets absolutely ragged on by every other female character in the show, even though she's the only one ever in the right by claiming to be Makoto's girlfriend. We see this poor girl experience an immense amount of emotional trauma- abuse from her 'friends', mistreatment at the hands of her so called lover, that it's no surprise that by the end of the show, her psychological state is significantly altered. What was once a kind, shy girl was rendered into a soulless husk, devoid of any life aside from her dissociative, misguided obsession over Makoto. The real love that she once felt became nothing but an empty shell. Symbolic, I think.
Sekai, our third 60 degree angle of this love triangle, sets herself up as a jealous and manipulative friend who only acts "in the interest of helping Makoto get what he wants". She uses his perverted nature to get close to him under the guise of helping him with "special practice" to understand girls so that he's able to finally hook up with the girl he's been crushing on. She is driven, and shrewd, and actually seems to genuinely care for Makoto, and ironically is the person who really sets things into motion with the infidelity, and is the origination of the problem though she never sees it that way herself. She, through her own machinations, sets Makoto up with herself, but at the same time plays him off on Kotonoha and triggers the boundary-less relationships that form the crux of the conflict within. The way that she turns on him later, with a classless and utterly selfish attempt to keep Makoto with her smacks of hypocrisy, juxtaposed to her earlier efforts, and reminded me of Makoto himself with the self seeking and ugly way it was presented.
Is she his girlfriend? Are they just friends with benefits? She has a clear answer, but Makoto seems to have different ideas about it.
There are some other girls who make appearances, but side chicks and booty calls weren't important to the character, so I'll ignore them too.
Story and Overall: 6, 6
Had I solely gone on word of mouth, reviews, and the score, I'd have never watched School Days, as I've heard nothing but terrible things about it, aside from the uniquely shocking conclusion, but I feel that "School Days" is a much more complex commentary on relationships and life than many other reviewers on this site, and elsewhere on the internet believe (OOO wow, dissenting opinions on the internet, who'da thunk?)
In my opinion, School Days is a deconstructivist take on the Harem genre. It shows a realist take on the idea of having multiple girlfriends and them all being okay with it, because no-one truly "possesses" the desired person. The idea that jealousy would never take over when someone has something that you long for is a novel one, but one that's ultimately flawed. School Days exhibits that we all possess jealousy and covetousness in some way, and that suspicion, deceit, and betrayal all play into it, RARELY with a favorable outcome.
While this show makes a STRONG case for monogamy and reinforces the ideas that fidelity and trust in relationships are necessary for them to be healthy and functional, I think it also examines the inner being of Makoto. Makoto is a character who doesn't know what he wants out of a relationship. It starts off innocent enough, the hugging and kissing, and quickly falls down a path to more and more pushiness, and an insatiable lust for what seems to just be dispassionate sex addiction. It delves into the psychological aspects of cheating in a relationship, and the every growing mountain of lies and deceit that one has to maintain to keep up the facade; and while Makoto is unable to do so, he sees his web of deception unravel before his eyes.
An ironic note: the name "Makoto" is explained in the beginning of the show to mean Faith.
Symbolism, Foreshadowing and Callbacks:
I thought that School Days did an excellent job with the foreshadowing and symbolism. Having known the ending going into the show (but not who actually commits the act, and the Boat Scene was also unknown to me), I was on the lookout for subtlety, and was pleasantly surprised to find it.
1. The movie theater and stage play scenes were particularly interesting. Within the first 3 episodes, we had the plot play out before our eyes in about 30 seconds, but in a meta way- the two girls in love with the guy, who then fight amongst each other, and decide that neither can have him.
a) Setsuna goes to a stage production, and the dialogue is referential to the conflict at hand. (see opening quote)
2. In episode 6, Kotonoha sees Makoto and Sekai together on a train passing by the station she's standing on. She believes it to be a mistake, and thinks nothing of it. Later, it's Sekai who's at the train station, who believes Makoto to be home, and sees Kotonoha with him on the train.
3. Also in 6, at the moment Kotonoha reaches the rooftop, she drops her roll of blood-red yarn thread, which unravels as it rolls down the stairs. Symbolic, and important.
4. Kotonoha is cooking in her kitchen, and her gaze lingers on the knives for a second.
5. At the end, Makoto is making tea, which, as it comes to a boil (symbolizing his choices and the impending, extreme consequences they bring upon him) burns him.
Enjoyment, and Conclusion: 6
High school is just brutal guys, and the outcome is not always pretty- this is the heart of School Days. What we think is right is sometimes wrong, and even when we know it's wrong, sometimes we don't want to be right. An absolutely shocking and brutal conclusion to an otherwise wretched slice of life/ harem show left me speechless. It was a struggle to get through the first 7 episodes, but from 8 to the conclusion were a dark, tragic, and ultimately deserving series of events. Even as I write this, I have no words for the ending of this show, other than that I will not forget it.
Now, for the question that's so hotly contested: is School Days the worst anime ever?
No, but it depends on the viewer. There's a lot to hate about School Days, but if you have a taste for the psychological, and can stomach the first half, which is pretty painful and rage inducing to watch, it sets up a second half that gets deep into interpersonal relationship conflicts, and what extremes people can go to when they're irrational, because love... is irrational. The conclusion to this show was one that was remarkable at the time, and will be discussed from now on. A pioneer in the genre (yandere) as well- so it has some value in that.
+ justice is served in a twisted way
+ gets better past the halfway mark
+ dark, surprising conclusion
- detestable characters
- side characters fall in love with main character for no reason
- garbage SOL plot *up through episode 7
- terrible dialogue at times
- bad animation
Nothing says love like a journey with a beautiful girl on a yacht, floating off into the sunset--
and then they were finally alone, "just the two of them".
Happy Valentine's Day.
A somewhat unconfident guy and 2+ girls plus a big pack of drama.
The same basic story. A shy girl likes the main guy, but is to shy to ask him out, so she gets her bold friend (who also happens to like the guy) to ask him out for her.
Both anime have love triangle between girl who match pair together and then takes the boy by herself. Both looks like "sad" ending...
School Days gave me the self-proclamed "Great Depression of Martin." Both anime turned a happy pervert into a sad and depressed man who finally began to think clearly and work harder in school. Honestly i recommend both for anyone who is a pervert so they can reach enlightenment and become better men. I hate sex now, adultery and rape makes me sick as well.
Both feature a guy with doubts between two woman. Even though they are very different men. =p Also in both all the characters seem to develop mental pathologies...
Somehow, the two just seem so similiar. Both are based of the H-game of the same name. The leading guy is an absolute moron (more so in School Days with Makoto, but KimiNozo's Takayuki ain't far off). A shy girl likes the lead, so the outgoing friend of the shy girl tries to hook them up by befriending the main, only for the friend to fall in love with the lead too. There are harem-y aspects to either anime, with plenty of scenes either leading to sex, or from sex. However, School Days is far more extreme.
Tragic plot centering around a love triangle with a single male lead. I found the ending of both series to be unsettling. KGNE feels a little more adult in it's emotional portrayal of the characters and their situations compared to School Days. School Days is crap though whereas KGNE is awesome :P
Okay these animes has the same kind of feelings to it. The beginning is kind of the same as well. For example there is one "girl who is in love with the guy,"(Haruka,Kotonoha) and they're "friend want to get them together,"(Mitsuki,Sekai) but falls in love with the guy while trying to get the two together. something tragic happens in both of them and makes the guy fall in love with the friend.
So the story begins.
They both deal with very high tense drama but with different issues and endings but if you like more adult and serious stuff then these two are for you.
school days and kimi ga nozomu eien has a similar vibe to it......what i mean is that it has a emotional way of depressing you and it both sucks and is also very entertaining that you just can't stop watching it.......it's both a love-triangle anime also.....i'd strongly recommend watching a happy comedy-romance theme after watching this series which goes both for "school days" and kimi ga nozomu eien.
School Days relates to Kimi ga Nozomu Eien by having both portray a lot of appealing romance and drama. They both deal with a love triangle and Mitsuki's character relates to Sekai, and Haruka's character relates to Kotonoha. Both deal with tragic events and a struggle between the main heroines striving to persuade their lover's interest.
Both series leave you with the exact same feeling of dread while watching the characters interact with eachother.
-Both animes focuses very deeply into the story that involves love triangles and one-sided love as well as problems surrounding it.
Both are mature stories (seinen shows) and have dramatic romances that started in school with a love triangle. They also both have soft scenes of sex.
School Days and Kimi ga Nozomu Eien are very similar in many ways, especially in plot and characters. In both of these series you'll find the usual stereotypical characters that are pretty common in this type of anime: The painfully shy girl who obsessively loves the male lead, the tomboyish, outgoing girl who becomes more and more angsty and melodramatic as the series goes on, and the male lead with barely any personality whatsoever. Both anime also have a soap opera-like love triangle that is the cause of much angst in both shows, and due to contrived reasons (mainly due to the male lead's extreme indecisiveness), it continues. However, whereas Kimi ga Nozomu Eien ended in a bittersweet way, School Day's ending was brutal and violent. I'm positive that fans of one show will definitely like the other.
Both are similar in the way two friends find themselves in love with the same guy and one of the two friends is betrayed by the other, but School Days puts a rather disturbing and depressing twist to it though.
Both have very good dramatic story with love triangle
Same scenario, but you may prefer this more over School Days.
I strongly recommend you watch this
A relationship between the male protagonist begins when a female friend of his pairs him together with a friend of hers, only for the truth to come out: that she had feelings for him all along. Both Anime include scenes of intense drama, suspense, romance and love triangles.
There's this guy, he's kind of an idiot. The there's two girls. Girl 1 is shy and sweet while Girl 2 is tomboyish. Girl 2 sets up guy with Girl 1 despite harboring secret feelings for the guy. Then drama happens, with a story filled with twists and turns, with most of the problems happening because the guy is really stupid.
Love triangles and cheating.
Both are romantic dramas with similar indecisive male leads caught in a love triangle. One of the girls in the love triangle originally sets him up with the other girl even though she has feelings for him. From there, the guy makes stupid mistakes and lies his way to the end while bringing the people around him down as well.
Both are way more realistic than your typical moe romance series (i.e Clannad, Kanon, Air, etc). Shitty stuff happens in both, both male protagonists are your everyday guys (not selfless idiots), and neither of them are innocent. However School Days's downsides (bad animation, simple storyline, not the kind of main character people are used to, lolfinale) are far worse than KimiNozo's.
A compelling high-school romance-drama with a gruesome twist, School Days takes everything people love about the high-school romance genre and combines it with the suspense and bizarre twist of Higurashi.
Both animes are seemed to be your average anime but are slightly twisted.
They both have similar type of psycho-horror and one very, very dangerous yandere girl...
Both of these are seemingly harmless at first, but then get pretty violent later >3
Did episode 6 of School Days creep you out? Did you love all the revenge in episode 12? Did you love the loli killers? Higurashi's got this, times 10. Less about love, but an amazing series with a diversity of scenes.
It's basically like School days minus the harem scenes. Plus cute psycho loli characters!
School Days portrays the innocence of High School Drama and intensifies it with a little more disturbing conclusion than others. However, if you're looking for extreme "disturbances" with" innocent and cute" Anime girls then look no further than Higurashi's twisted masterpiece.
if you watch higurashi no naku koro ni then watch school days,after watching 12 episodes of school days it's reminds me of higurashi i have no idea why but it's just pop up of my head after watching the ending.*(it's an anime that you have to watch till the end)
Both have that "mind fuck" element. School days is easy to follow b/c it doesn't have multiple overlapping arcs. Higurashi is a must watch if you like crazy twisted violence!
Both start out pretty nice, but get really dark later on.
Both start off innocent and harmless at first but ends in gruesome violence. For mature audiences.
- Both were visual novels adapted to anime.
- Some psychological drama.
- Yandere fans probably will like it.
I actually watched School Days because I read so many times that people who liked Higurashi would probably like it. And I did, it was great. In the start, School Days seem pretty normal, but towards the end, it's not that normal. I'm not a fan of this type of anime, but I liked it a lot! So, if you like School Days, watch Higurashi, and if you like Higurashi, watch School Days.
Both Higurashi and School Days are psychological dramas and have crazy plot twists. ^_~
Both are based on a Japanese horror VG, and both have a bunch of moe characters placed in a creepy situation.
If you enjoyed the creepy, disturbing and totally unexpected [if you ask me Oo"] ending og School Days you will certainly enjoy watching Higurashi. :)
Higurashi has taken out the element of sex and added in more murderous intent. Same feeling that makes you think that b****es be crazy. School days has more stupid characters while you don't mind the consequences that they recieve but in Higurashi you know that bad things are gonna happen and you try to not get attached to the characters but your heart still surges when something happen
Both anime's start off with a nice simple setting that's peaceful then later on the anime gets very intense in a very short period
school days is much more, how you say, disturbing, but higurashi is much more, gruesome
both awesome (in my opinion) and change your view on happy school students
Both Higurashi and School Days are thrillers that take you on a phycological rollercoaster ride!
School Days starts of with a boy named Makoto Ito who sees this incredibly gorgeous girl at the train station named Kotonoha Katsura. He takes her picture and dreams about asking her out but doesn't know how to!
Ito's friend, Sekai Saionji, decides to help him with his girl problems.
Over the course of the episodes Sekai starts noticing she has feelings for Ito and secretly wants to be with him. She tries her best to hide it from him and keep the relationship between them lighthearted and fun.
The story is built for you to start hating Ito as he becomes incredibly selfish wishing to have this beautiful, kind and generous girlfriend when she's interesting. And then using his friend Sekai as a seemingly 'back-up' when his girlfriend, Kotonoha gets "boring".
But when Ito's lies and promises start tangling up, and one girl is pushed past her limits, some things can go TERRIBLY wrong!!
(A/N: This is more towards romance and leans towards Shions story during Meakashi-hen if your comparing to Higurashi!! )
At first glance, the show seems to be nice and fluffy, with pleasant characters. However, once the show gets dark, the characters go absolutely insane, and they may be blood when everything's over.
• Both anime have a WTF?! moments.
• Both have unexpected plot / twists.
Psychological, yanderes: If you like those you'd definitely want to check out this.
Both shows have similar character designs, even though the personalities in the show are very different. Also, both have themes that follow mental illness and trauma. However, School Days focuses more on romance while Myself ; Yourself seems to focus more on character relationships. There were just many times during Myself ; Yourself that reminded me of School Days, even though their plots are different.
The story kinda reminded me of School Days. The beginning seems more happy and the ends gets dark. If you understand, I would say that School Days is darker than Myself ; Yourself.
They both start out seeming like your typical anime full of drama and revolving around school but you realize that it isnt your typical anime very early into the series. Both animes have a very dark background and there are always traces of something more sinister lurking around. Both uses forshadowing very well. I personally enjoyed Myself;Yourself more then School Days though.
Both series start off as seemingly innocuous, unassuming, slightly awkward high school harem-ish romantic comedy series but spend the last few episdoes kicking the drama and insanity up to eleven and careening out of control. One gets a hold of itself and pulls together a happy ending; the other... not so much.
Similar characters, similar storyline, similar style. Both animes have similar aspects in one way or another. They both have a sort of "love-trangle" type story, and have a slightly horror-ish vibe to them with eerie scenes. Both seemignly sweet animes, then slowly getting darker and more emotional as the story goes on. You can really feel the characters emotions throughout the animes, and it's very easy to imagine yourself in their shoes. They can make you feel happy, sad, angry, and just about any other mixture of emotions, so you'll never really know what to expect with how you'll feel after you've watched them.
Really dark and sad theme.
Both are Slice of Life that tend to turn strange near the end, and the endings will leave you breatheless..
Both turn kind of dark about halfway in.
The difference is, Myself;Yourself pretty much has a happy ending, while School Days...well...doesn't.
Many moments in Myself;Yourself just reminded me of School Days.
-Both animes focuses very deeply into the story that involves love triangles and one-sided love as well as problems surrounding it.
Both start out very light hearted school based romances with lots of drama which quickly turn much more dark,and both have simlar art and have a clueless male lead(In Myself;Yourself he just isn't told what is happening but in School days he just is oblivious to everything).Differences are Myself;Yourself isn't a harem and actually has likeable charcthers.
Similar art, character designs, and narrative flow: a seemingly innocent and at first glance generic school slice-of-life makes a name for itself by quickly becoming unpredictable and making use of shocking and unsettling but unique drama.
If you hated School Days, don't disregard Myself ; Yourself just yet. To become as f'd up as possible, School Days attempts to evoke feelings of loathing from the viewer; conversely, Myself ; Yourself attempts to evoke feelings of solicitude. This difference eliminates from Myself ; Yourself the primary element that creates such extreme contempt for School Days because the audience is actually intended to like the characters of Myself ; Yourself.
Literally the same school, romance, drama + fxcked up twist(s) scenario.
This is bout as close as youre gonna get to School Days in an anime...
Though still not as good =
School Days is really one of a kind and will leave a void in your life if youre like me and you really enjoyed it.
Another harem style anime, with a little drama, but much more lighthearted overall. It also incorporates some interesting twists and turns in the plot, but it does not generally leave you sick to your stomach like school days does. I enjoyed both school days and shuffle, and they are both excellent anime.
A bunch of girls like one guy. However, the main character in shuffle! has a different personality than the main male lead in School Days (aka the shuffle! guy is actually sincere). Also, they both get pretty serious towards the end. School Days more so.
What Shuffle has is a great story intertwined through a great plot, but if you think Kaede should have done more for her man, then School Days answers your cries.
Both School Days and Shuffle! are two of the better harems out there, in my opinion. Both series start off light, cutesy, and happy, but have darker elements that surface later on in the series. Both School Days and Shuffle! also feature similar character types: yanderes (Kotonoha and Kaede), the loud and energetic type (Sekai and Asa), the quiet girl (Setsuna and Primula), et cetera. I think both are very enjoyable series and fun to watch.
-Both animes focuses very deeply into the story that involves love triangles and one-sided love as well as problems surrounding it.
Another harem style anime where a friendly argument over the love of one man turns slowly in a physically harmful war. In both, a girl turns mentally unstable. Both start off slow but towards the end leaves you in shock.
Both have a main character that can't decide between many girls he can choose from (indecision!). Both take a dark tone mid series when problems begin to arise. Shuffle! has a more overall light mood with some funny moments but can get heavy at times, whereas School Days tends to be much darker altogether. Both are good examples of how indecision can lead to serious problems, especially when it envolves human relationships. Also both plots occur mostly in High School featuring students. They have very good plots and have a lot of twists and turns. However, these shows are definitely *not* for the weak of heart.
Both have yandere: Keade and Kotonoha. "nuff said
These both animes are taking place in school environment. I think that Shuffle is more fun-based anime, while School Days is more serious about situation. Both of main characters are surrounded by girls from everywhere. I must say that Rin from Shuffle is a guy with a character and heart, while Itou from School Days is somehow total bitch.
Althrough, I really enjoyed both of these animes as they have lot in common (at least first halves of them do). When I first saw Asa, I've instantly imagined Sekai from SD. You'll see why. :)
The last 6 episode of Shuffle remind me of School Day. And on top of that both series are highschool harem, romacne & drama. If you enjoyed School Day then you might like Shuffle however if you like Shuffle you might not 100% enjoy School day
Both have surprising endings in completely different ways. Also, they both take a turn for the worst at one point in the show, making the drama escalate.
What do you get when two girls fall in live with the same guy? School Days is fairly similar to White Album 2 with the only major difference being that the main characters of WA2 prefers running away from their problems. But WA2 does not take it too extreme like what School Days did.
Like others have said, both shows deal with cheating (boy cheats on multiple females) and are more mature than the typical school romance anime.
Both of these series are VN adaptations.
They both feel like utsuge, where the main aspect is to get (somewhat) attached to the characters before you're enraged and trolled to shit with upsetting love triangle drama.
White Album 2 is better written and has comparatively more likable characters, though.
Dramatic high school love triangles with deceit, mixed feelings, and running from problems. School Days is much more mature with less emphasis on friendship and more on sexual relationships than WA2.
First thing that came to my mind when I started watching White Album 2 was School Days. Both school-setting romance shows portray mature themes despite having adolescents as main characters. Love triangles, serious drama and misunderstandings are fundamental part of these shows. Also, both series manage to create dark and serious atmospheres very well every once in a while. Unexpected plot twists and difficult/unstable characters, though School Days can be way more gruesome. Very similar overall feeling.
A love triangle forms early on for both and the main character is often in a limbo state of choosing which girl to go along with. Drama is heavily present in each anime and both anime push the boundaries of an anime romance most other's are too afraid to even try.
White Album 2 is basically school days had it been made with a decent budget/ the main character not be a complete cheating asshole/ and the two heroines not be completely bat shit insane. They both deal with love triangles WA2 being more realistic
Two girls love on guy. The MC doesn't really do stuff to his liking and does the opposite of it all. The girls aren't as nice as they look and they're heavy drama series with a dark tone.
A love triangle between the mc and two girls (who are best friends) everyone love everyone etc etc...
While watching WA 2 I had the feeling "It makes me think a lot of School Days" main difference is that WA's mc is a good guy and SD a asshole, while SC takes it to the extreme WA has a heart wrecking ending, but not a one that leave you disgusted
Both have a school setting and a romance where one of the girls is basically THE definition of "yandere" and the boy doesn't speak his mind (or, quite frankly, is an idiot).
There's gore in both shows (though in Mirai Nikki a lot more).
School days rather focuses on the romance and the drama, while Mirai Nikki has a plot that revolves around a survival game, though the romance is still important for the way the character act.
Both can be a bit disturbing at certain parts and both are kind of hit-or-miss shows with a lot of people loving them and a lot of people not liking them at all.
-Romance that has an obsessed heroine(s)/yandere
Both contain obnoxious characters, yanderes and (spoiler) severed heads.
The protagonists are both idiots.
School Days has less gore than Mirai Nikki, however, and is a lot more bearable. Mirai Nikki is longer with a more complex plot, whereas School Days instead focuses on the "romance".
Dark atmosphere through the series. Violent girls.
For those who likes "yandere", should watch Mirai Nikki, the women protagonists of both animes are psychopaths (Kotonoha and Yuno). Mirai Nikki is more violent and dramatic than School Days, but both of them have the "Psychopath Love".
There is an obessive girlfriend, the story is very twisted and deep, and at the end there is extreme violence involved. I highly recommend if you're into horror , an extremely deep story and a little romance.
Both have Yanderes
Both deal with teen love
Both have WTF I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING endings
Both get creepier the more you watch it
Both deal with the stress of having the wrong person falling in love with you
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