Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 4, 2007 to Sep 26, 2007
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: R+ - Mild NudityL represents licensing company
Score: 6.641 (scored by 83965 users)
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Nov 21, 2007
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
Sep 30, 2007
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
Aug 13, 2008
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
Sep 6, 2013
School Days starts simply enough, like all high school romance shows, with a crush. High school student Makoto Itou has a crush on Kotonoha Katsura, a pretty but quite girl from another class. He's had his eye on her for some time, but is unsure of how to approach her. That is until the girl that sits next to him in class, Sekai Saonji, finds out about his crush and decides to help him. After some effort, they succeed, and Makoto and Kotonoha start a timid relationship; while Sekai hides the feelings she has developed for Makoto. Problems begin to emerge when Makoto wants to take the next big step in their relationship, namely having sex, but Kotonoha is less comfortable with rushing things. Makoto looks to Sekai for help, and after some convincing by Makoto the two begin to participate in "practice sessions". Thus, School Days simple romance turns into a profoundly screwed up tale of infidelity, which might have been compelling if it was handled with the maturity and delicacy such a story requires. Alas, this isn't the case.
The biggest and most apparent problem is the characters. The thoroughly unlikeable, usually flat-out despicable characters. Makoto is simply a terrible protagonist. At first he seems like a completely generic rom-com male lead, then as the story continues, he turns into an irredeemable sex-crazed sleaze. His development is essentially like watching plain yogurt become moldy spoiled yogurt. As the series progresses, Makoto spouts lie after lie while completely disregarding the feelings of everyone around him, especially his supposed love interests. When he gets tired of Kotonoha, he avoids and ignores her while starting a sexual relation with Sekai. When he gets tired of Sekai, he moves on to having sex with every girl he comes into contact with, including Sekai's BFF, Setsuna. Any momentary kindness he displays feels like a forced attempt to make him sympathetic, which fails because he is a loathsome little worm. Makoto is such a profound scuzzbad, and his actions so despicable and far removed from what a feeling human being would do; it becomes impossible to empathize with him. It becomes impossible to feel anything other than boiling rage toward him. This might have been the show's intent, but it hardly excuses the mean-spirited lengths the show goes to, and it certainly isn't good characterization. Makoto is one-dimensional scum, and for the show to try to pass him off as an average teenage boy who is misguided because of sexual desires is outright insulting.
Sekai, for her part, is just as despicable in her own two-faced way. She's often shown feeling guilty about having sex with Makoto while he is in a relationship, yet she continues to do so because she's in "love" with him. She even lets people incorrectly think that she's his girlfriend at one point, and lets Setsuna harass Kotonoha about being around Makoto. This is a character that the show expects us to sympathize for. Kotonoha is easily the most sympathetic of the three leads, but doesn't make her likeable, nor does it make her a well written character. She's just the nice, timid girl... until she loses her mind. The stress and paranoia from her strained relationship drives Kotonoha insane in almost comedic fashion; by mid-series she's walking around dead-eyed and delusional, having imaginary phone conversations. Both girls are very unflattering depictions of their gender, each in their own way. However, both share the most undignified of characteristics: their obsessive and unhealthy love for Makoto.
Of course, this might have not happened if every other girl in the show wasn't a bitch to Kotonoha. Majority of the supporting cast, which mainly consists of girls, are there to be horrible to Kotonoha or have sex with Makoto... or (most likely ) both. Even the only guy in the show besides Makoto is a horn-dog who only makes things worse. Herein lies the reason School Days twisted drama doesn't work, none of these characters feel like people, let alone high school students. They are nothing more than mean-spirited caricatures; driven only by an obsession with sex and shallow feelings they take for love, and devoid of any of the other passions or anxieties that people would have at that age. This robs the show of any potential poignancy; since all these characters are lacking humanity, there isn't anything to relate with or sympathize for. All that is left is a mess of unpleasantness.
Still, that isn't to say there is no reward for those who have the patience to sit through this unpleasantness. School Days concludes with a violent flash of karma. I'll restrain myself from giving away any details (though I'm sure most already know what happens), but suffice to say that it is satisfying to watch characters get some well deserved comeuppance. It isn't really enough to forgive all the anger inducing smut that came before, but does enough to qualify it as a guilty pleasure for those who enjoy watching miserable excuses for people learn that karma is a bitch... the hard way. (i.e. me)
Visually, School Days looks like most visual novel adaptations. Character designs with big eyes and cute faces, wearing neat school uniforms. Backgrounds that comprise of the usual class rooms, apartments, rooftops and cityscapes. This isn't of any surprise as the show is adapted from a visual novel, and attempts to be a deconstruction of sorts for the genre. The music is also reminiscent of most visual novel adaptations, though some tracks are a bit more focused on evoking shock or dread. Unfortunately, it isn't all that effective nor well composed; it almost feels just tacked on to some scenes. Sometimes it is unnoticeable, other times distracting. The inset song that plays at the climactic scene in the final episode is oddly fitting and certainly memorable, though the latter might just be because the scene it is featured in.
School Days is a failed attempt at a dark subversion of school romance dramas. Sure, it took dark shocking twists that turn some tropes of the genre on their heads, but ultimately it was all for naught. In all its effort to shock and offend us, the show throws out any notions of human decency and consequently gives us almost nothing to connect to. As a result, it comes across as extremely juvenile; something a disgruntled teenager who has no idea what he is talking about would write and claim as a deconstruction of the romance genre. It is a vile, horribly convinced, poorly written monstrosity. It must be said, however, that School Days isn't something easily forgotten. It's the kind of bad that will linger in your head long after you finish it. At the very least, the ending will most certainly be burned into your mind. read more
Nov 22, 2008
The entire anime is essentially a social experiment taken to extremes. What happens if you take a horny teenage guy with little self-restraint, and give him the temptation of almost unlimited sex? What if you add into the mix a group of fangirls, who tend to always regard sleeping with the guy who sleeps with the most girls as a sign of social prestige?
School days takes this scenero to its shocking conclusion... and in doing so, has created some of the most despised anime characters ever known. In this goal, School days succeeds brilliantly. The insert songs, ending themes are some of the best in any anime, the story's dark twists will eat at you, and the characters are capable of invoking the most primal emotions of hate and disgust.
That's not say that school days achieves that goal flawlessly. Animations were medicore, relying on more stills that it should. Meanwhile, the second to last episode that portrayed the protogonist final descent to oblivion was rushed. Had the director cut out the 5 wasted minutes devoted to blatant upskirt fanservice per episode and fleshed out the story development, I would have scored the story a 10. Nevertheless, despite the shortcomings, School days achieves what it aimed to do.
If you're the sort of person who wants to throw your notebook off the balcony whenever some guy on TV does something dumb or evil, this ain't the anime for you. However, if you're more the sort that want to watch the downfall of a community with morbid curiosity... then there's really no better anime for you. read more
Nov 23, 2013
Well, at first glance this anime has EVERYTHING.
To be more precise, it includes: Love triangles, promiscuity and rape scenes.
If you are watching/plan to watch this anime you will love it( if you want to see a shocker) or will hate it ( if you after an amazingly deep story-line and likeable characters.)
School Days isn’t the first anime, which used “shocker policy”, remember Clannad…
Everything could be fine, but the anime lacks proper development. What I mean is, it doesn’t build up the conflict and it is somewhat hollow.
You know, at first this anime is a surprise but then you starting to understand that it’s just a hollow drama.
By the end of the series, there were nothing but disgust and a bland sense of pity for the characters.
I can’t say that I hate SD and I don’t want to convey you that this anime is horrible.
But after finishing this, this anime left the bitter taste in my mouth, because I didn’t understand the moral of SD.
It was like this anime wanted me to hate its story-line and characters. Don’t get me wrong, as I have already mentioned, if you're looking for a story with a lot of shock factor and less traditional romance and realism, School Days would be a must watch for you. But if you are looking for SENSE, don’t even waste your time.
For a mid-2007 production, not bad.
But visuals are somewhat average. There are some anime which have much better animation, though they are older.
Well, I have nothing to say about OST/Op/ED/. But, I really want to mention that voice acting is just amazing.
All of the voice actors managed to pick up on the emotional subtleties of their characters, especially during their spouts of anger. VA really did help to make characters real, too bad SD has terrible story-line.
School Days focuses on three main characters: Itou Makoto, Katsura Kotonoha and Saionji Sekai.
At first anime looks like typical romance and like the story-line, the characters look the same way.
Everything was fine, but everything changed when the story-line became a web of betrayal and sexual deviancy. I do think that it sounds intriguing. But SD failed to develop the story-line. And the whole intrigue of the series looked SO BOOOOORING.
Makoto himself is a dull male lead with an insatiable desire for sexual promiscuity. So what, you will say. Again, the problem is development. They don’t show the backbone of his addiction. Only in the final episodes he starts to understand his problem. But isn’t it A BIT TO LATE?!
Sekai and Kotonoha, as well as other girls from the harem cast, are unfortunately the victims of this deviancy, plus none of the girls, have their own heart, feelings or some other unique qualities.
All in all, School Days is a horrific tale of the human heart's ability to be treacherous and cruel toward its fellow man. Though definitely not everyone's cup of tea, if you have a strong stomach and a willingness to endure some rather disturbing moments, give School Days a try. But, if you are looking for a romance series which follow sense, story-line and good character development, don’t even waste your time on this. read more
Nov 23, 2013
So what can i say about this anime that hasn't already been said?
Since this alternative take on the harem genre arrived people have been criticizing this series left, right and center; to be fair they have their reasons for hating this series with a passion.
There are a lot of problems with this series and i'll start off with the characters and their personalities and traits. The characters in this series are very... aggravating. Their personalities and choices make them look moronic, they have no sense of right or wrong and for the majority of this series make very unrealistic choices.
The only character you can feel any connection or sympathy for is Kotonoha as she is pushed to breaking point throughout the series as a result from being bullied by other girls and being neglected by her boyfriend! (Makoto)
The story is awful as it goes about showing how one guy likes a girl, gets lucky enough to start dating her and then he changes his mind and sleeps with various other women throughout the entirety of the show. (May i also remind you that Makoto is a 14 year old)
The art is nothing spectacular and that goes for the sound too. The opening song is way out of place for this series (though it is likable) and that goes for the ending song as well.
As awful as this anime is there are some notable things i can say about it. This is something different... by that I mean an anime that is a melodrama. I have never seen such a melodramatic anime before and i would almost mistake this for a melodramatic soap i would see on TV. This was a different take on the harem genre and at least they gave it a new look. (Even if it was a disfigured one at best)
I have always wondered if the writer of this anime intended to make people hate it in order to try and get some recognition or whether he was being serious about this anime and the characters retarded personalities. I hope one day i can find the answer. (If i can be bothered to Google search it)
Overall this anime was horrible and a horrible experience, there are a lot of things about this series that can turn the nicest and calmest of people into bloodthirsty psychos calling for Makoto's head. I would advise people not to watch this anime. (You can go give it a try if you wish)
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Feb 2, 2010
The story is very simple to begin with, but then become very "unwatchable". It follows the school life of some guy (I don't give a flying ass about his name) and his relationship with two girls. There is a loudmouthed overspoken girl, Sekai, and the shy, quiet girl, Kotonoha. The guy originally liked Kotonoha but then like most guys, he becomes sex deprived from this shy girl and decides to screw the other girl for "practice". Blah blah blah, a few boring sex scenes later, a problem arises. This loser guy is now a horndog with no consideration for women's feelings. I'm not gonna ruin this marvelous (bullshit) ending for you, but it is very, um, intriguing. (You ever hear of the famous boat scene? Yeah, there's a reason why it's so popular.)
The art was ok to look at. It wasn't outstanding or new, it had the art most animes follow nowadays. There wasn't much physical action or movement in this anime, save the ending, so it was near impossible for the animation to fail. The art was probably the only thing I didn't puke at in this anime.
The BGM felt very monotonous and I skipped the ending and opening so I don't have a deep opinion here. However, I must say the music during the final scenes were quite nice. It really let the series climax. (haha climax. Get it? I used a sexual joke for a sexual anime!)
Fuck you. No, not you. Fuck the characters. If I could meet the characters in real life, I would murder each one for the sake of my own sanity. Well, the guy's friend was kind of funny. He was horny too, but he didn't go overboard and he provided some comic relief. Anyway, back to my thoughts for the main characters. I would chop off the main guy's weiner for his overhorniness and complete disregard for women's emotions. I would stab Sekai with a trench knife for her overall attitude and lies. Then for Kotonoha, I would give her a cookie filled with cyanide and my dog's diarhhea dump. I will NOT describe these characters any further. Let me warn you. You will hate these characters so much, that you will end up hating yourself. Oooh philosophical. School Days suck sweaty asshole, Confucius say.
Contrary to my review, go ahead and watch this series. Cmon, you know you want to. I ended up watching this anime through peer pressure, and even though I wanted to cut myself, it did teach me some valuable lessons about womanizers and pimps. It's worth a watch, even though you will hate me and yourself for it. I don't think you can really say you watched "everything" until you watched an amazing frustrating anime like School Days. Go watch it please.
Cheers, you poor bastards.
Sep 27, 2007
This is one of those shows that sets the viewer up for the ending the entire time. If you drop this before watching the last episode, you'll be wasting your time watching this series.
Story : It doesn't seem like the story was very well thought out at first (horny teenager in high school trying to get as much girls as he can). The main character, Ito Makoto, is guaranteed to be the worst anime character you'll ever meet. He's popular among the girls at his school because he seems/they think he's a nice guy (I have no idea what basis they have for thinking this), but he's pretty much the devil in disguise. He'll do everything to make the viewer hate him, from his perverted acts to his childish-like tendency to avoid responsibility. Most of the people that come in contact with him will get screwed up emotionally/psychologically/physically, and the episodes will end with the viewer thinking, "what's that guy going to do to screw up society now" or maybe even "I hope a lightning bolt comes down and strikes him".
Those that hate Makoto and are dropping the series because of him, don't. The desired effect is to have you hate him, because divine retribution will eventually come.
Art : Consistant animation and the artwork is exactly like that of the computer game.
Sound : The bgm's fit very well. This show uses a different ending song every episode, some good some bad. The opening song is mediocre at best.
Characters : Everyone has issues (won't go into it in detail because of the no spoilers rule). You wouldn't expect real high school students to act the way they do...though you wouldn't expect real high school students to be ensnared in a story this twisted.
Enjoyment : There are some scenes that are very hard to watch. Most of them consists of Makoto doing something that's just horribly horribly wrong with the other characters unaware of it. Also there are scenes where they show the effects of Makoto's actions on the female characters with Makoto, again, not taking any responsibility.
Overall : To be frank, you will probably hate this show because of Makoto, since he is the biggest tool I've ever seen. For those who like twisted dramas, this is the show for you. I personally chose to finish this series because I really liked how they set up the cliffhangers, and I felt it was challenging me to continue (again, yes, Makoto's actions do make the show very very hard to watch).
Now for the 95% of the people that watched this show that absolutely hates Makoto, you have to watch the last episode because it's incredibly well done (not for screamish people, parental discretion is advised, blah blah). Depending on the type of person you are, you will either enjoy it (I know I did) or say it's absolutely twisted. read more
Nov 8, 2013
Weeeelll, plotwise, the anime doesnt set any kind of new boundaries, but thats not to be expected in an anime about a dude who wants to get girls into bed.
It's revolves around relationsships and a crapton of betrayal. There is a lot of melodrama and the only saving grace for this animes story is its twist ending. And honestly, it was pretty damn satisfying. I mean, it was the only thing that actually stood out in this anime. All in all, the story is generic, but that wouldnt be that much of a problem if there werent the ....
THIS is the point that made me mad. The MC, Makoto, is a douchebag. I think his brain slipped down into his dick when he was in kindergarden ... but uhh, nevertheless, he is irresponsible for his actions. He is in a relationship and cheats with multiple girls at same the time. And he does so many stupid decisions, that not many anime dicks could do, but I think his end was quite fitting ^^
Then theres Sekai, without getting to much into her (*badpunintended*) shes a person who doesnt do anything without ulterior motives. She is the person who triggered the whole thing around Makoto. Makoto's girlfriend, Kotonoha is the victim of the Makotos actions. Shes a pretty airheaded, shy and most importantly ( at least for Makoto i guess ) busty Character. You cann see some of the effects on her around the end ( especially in the ending ).Theres the best friend of Makoto, and the girls he cheats with but they're basically just there to be there. Theres next to nothing about them that stands out. I short, they are quite irrelevant in this anime. In terms of character development, ... well ..., at least some of them changed during th 12 eps, but that stuff toned down my personal enjoyment of the anime, because I got pretty fucking angry at the way some of the characters developed. A quick summary of all this: Characters ruined the anime for me, because 2 of the most important characters are people that you'd call: Slut, whore, dickbag, asshole ( ... ) in real life.
Its fine, i mean, the art is pretty run of the mill, while the animation is farely okay too. The music was pretty forgetable. Righ now, I dont even remember on single OST from the anime. School Days' Presentation is okay.
Oh ... My .. God... if you havent realized yet, in terms of enjoyment this think is absolutely horrible. Even if it were a psychological expermiment, the characters just piss you off and the way the develop doesnt make you like them as well. I watched this anime due to its infamous reputation in the anime community and of course .... THE ENDING. This anime basically builds up to the ending and BAM, and done. I think that the ending is pretty well done. But if the best thing about your anime is THAT and HOW it ends, that isnt a good thing. The ending was pretty good, the beginning was okay and the middle is pisspoor in my opinion
Its a piece of garbage with some gold under it. That is what School Days is to me. An Anime that stinks of MEH with a shocking but damn satisfying conclusion. Would I recommend it ? HELL NO! If you want to see School Days for that psychological aspect, go ahead. But that aspect doesnt make it fun to watch. So for any anime watcher who like charismatic, cool, likeable characters you can sympathize with ... STAY THE HELL AWAY ^^. read more
Aug 30, 2013
School Days. It's like Nickelback. You either love it or you hate it. I'm going to be honest here. I really liked this anime. Why? I have no idea. I even went through the trouble of playing the visuel novel and reading the mangas (I'm not 5, I'm mature enough to not freak out over visuel novels. It was similar to a very sexual dating sim.. And I wanted to get an ending where Makoto dies.) But I'm going to review this anime from an unbiased professional perspective. So, here we go.
The story gets a mediocre score of 5. The beginning was a tad slow with Sekai trying to get Makoto and Kotonoha together. You would like it if you were interested in dramas or something like that. The middle was just filled with Makoto being an ASSHOLE. It wasn't too interesting. It was just him having intercourse with a bunch of girls. Big whoop. But there isn't much to expect from an anime based off a hentai visuel novel. I didn't rate this any lower because of the ending. It made me so happy to see Makoto die and just the shock factor of it all. I feel as though the ending was the only thing setting the anime to be a good as it is to anyone. And I'm not saying that the anime is good in general. I mean it would be worse to people if the ending wasn't there.
The art wins a fair rating of 6. I didn't think the art was outstanding. Simple cell shading. Something that a amateur anime artist could do. It's stylized, I guess, so I can't hate on the it too much. I was upset with Makoto's character design. He seems too plain looking to attract all those damn girls. But, again, hentai visuel novel.
Sounds, also, wins a fair 6. The ending of the last episode really suited the atmosphere. Also, I really liked the song where Sekai and Makoto were dancing at the bonfire and Kotonoha got raped. The song seemed sweet yet sad at the same time. It represented those three character in that moment really well. Opening and ending were pretty generic. Not much to say about them. The sound was decent.
Character gets a staggering score of.. 4 (decent). They did a great job of Makoto being such a hated character! If that was their intention, at least. Makoto is just a douche who can die in a hole. He didn't learn any lesson and is just a selfish prick throughout the whole anime till his death. Sekai's development is alright. She's also really hated for stealing Makoto from Kotonoha but I can understand why she's doing it. It's not right that she was doing it but she did. She's a teenager for crying out loud. A time where a lot of people makes mistakes and she realized it when she wanted to tell Kotonoha about their affair. Kotonoha's character is quite ridiculous. She goes crazy over Makoto within a week???? The fact that she's yandere is odd. There was no reason for her to be. It's not as if she's suffered from any previous relationships because Makoto was her first and only boyfriend. I didn't really like Kotonoha. Clearly.
Enjoyment takes the cake with a very good score of 8. I really did enjoy this anime. I don't know why. I just did. Maybe it was because of all the build up frustration from Makoto was just appealed at the ending. A very satisfying ending.
Overall, I rate it a 7. Like I said in the beginning, you either love it or you hate it. I actually suggest you watch it. Not because I like it but because it's an interesting experience to watch School Days. Whatever decision you make, have fun, you visuel-novel-lovers. read more
Jul 3, 2013
Where did we get this idea that a character must be likable and flawless to be a good character? Raskalnikov from Crime and Punishment is one of the greatest characters ever written and most people who read the book simply despise him. Any of you guys read the Flashman Papers? It was some of the best historical fiction ever written, but Flashman a worthless douche and was the epitome of an immoral picaresque protagonist. People don’t hate the School Days characters because they are bad characters; they hate them because they are bad people and that simply makes no sense to me. They are fictional characters, you don't evaluate the quality of a fictional character the same way you would evaluate the moral quality of a human being.
Makoto was guilty of lust, but he was not entirely guilty of ignorance. He knew he was being an awful person, but he simply could not help himself. He was weak and eventually he stopped trying to fight his urges. He may be an awful person, he may be the "worst," as he calls himself on several occasions, but his reactions to his situation were anything but unrealistic. When examining his character it should be kept in mind that all of the women who were awful manipulative people and were responsible for making him a female-impregnating manwhore, turned their collective back on him when he abandoned a pregnant girl. And hell, he's the father, is it that ridiculous for him to want her to have an abortion? Should a high schooler be expected to take that kind of news well? It is possible to have some amount of empathy for him as well, as it should be for any three dimensional and well-written character.
School Days is somewhat dependent on its ending, but most series (particularly tragedies) are. To say that it was just a cliché romance before the last episode, as I have oft heard claimed, is simply absurd. You should have realized that this anime wasn’t a typical rom-com in the first episode where Makoto almost gets violent with Sekai over nothing. The infamous ending was the culmination of the rest of the series that was meticulously built up to, and while it was surprising, it certainly did not come out of nowhere in an otherwise normal anime.
Rather than being drawn out and ending with the couple getting together, like most harems, the relationships are established in episode 1. Most harems have an assumed happy-ever-after ending, but in School Days, just like in real life, things aren't always sunshines and rainbows. School Days deconstructs this idea and other tropes such as the "matchmaker crush." There is also a fuckton of fanservice, like there is in most "innocent" romance anime. It's very impressive and entertaining how School Days gives you a set of things to expect (largely through more subtle means than typically thought) and then proves those expectations to be false, one by one.
School Days is not entirely realistic (which I’ll discuss in a bit), but Makoto’s character is actually relatively believable. If all the girls in school suddenly started coming on to a high school guy, he might just act the way Makoto did. Many other harem protagonists, such as Manaka from Ichigo 100%, are also selfish and generally bad people, but most harems attempt to paint the main character as the good guy. School days harbors no such delusions. Makoto is the protagonist, but we are certainly not rooting for him. In this sense it’s a clever and scathing attack on the (mostly atrocious) harem genre.
That said, it’s not true that Makoto was completely worthless or a blank character. It’s also not true that the girls fell in love with him out of nowhere. One girl fell in love with him because he was the first boy to ever stick up for her against bullies. One girl started sleeping with him because he accepted her when she felt unloved. One girl fell in love with him because he didn’t make her feel self conscious and he wasn’t just after her body like all other men. Three girls slept with him due to his impressive sexual reputation. These things all happen, they are explainable and believable. Every character has their own motives and is three-dimensional.
In most anime having/being a shy and pure girl is a good thing. In School Days, just like in real life, it is not that simple. Kotonoha’s shyness makes her difficult to interact with and her prudishness is largely the reason why Makoto cheats. It’s also the reason that she was too weak to just dump Makoto or confront him, which is why the whole debacle got as far as it did. School days makes it clear that her behavior is not normal or healthy and that it’s a result of bullying and isolation. The fact that Kotonoha is an extreme version of an overused character archetype would normally be a flaw, but in "School Days" it’s used to deconstruct said archetype and darkly explore what would make a character this way.
Another archetype that “School Days” deconstructs is the "bromantic foil." You know, the perverted best friend who’s just there for comic relief, has no development, and despite being a huge pervert, can never ever get laid. Well in school days the bromantic foil commits an unforgivable and undeniably realistic act against another character, in a fit of sexual frustration. “School Days” treats that archetype like a character that actually matters and has feelings, you know, like a real person. You might not like him, but he is a well written character who has a clear purpose and significance beyond comic relief. The alpha bitch bully is also deconstructed and is given clear motivations for her actions. She hooked up with the protagonist, which defeats the usual purpose of the trope, where the bully only exists to get fucked by karma. It's also interesting how she is overthrown as alpha bitch and her posse fucks Makoto behind her back; this could be considered karma for her bitchiness, but they ended up being even bitchier than her.
While “School Days” is intentionally exaggerated and satirical in some aspects, it’s actually darkly realistic in others. People do avoid ending relationships because it’s too painful for them. People do refuse to take responsibility for getting a girl pregnant. People do fake pregnancy. These are things that happen all the time and to label them as “melodramatic” or “unrealistic” is ridiculous. There are no incurable diseases in school days, no ridiculous coincidences, and no melodrama. Believability is stretched intentionally in several elements (a certain someone sleeping with Makoto to get him to stop cheating) of the story for satirical and deconstructive purposes, but the work remains realistic at its core. It balances satire and realism in the same way that great works like Candide do.
“School Days” is a mixture between a clever deconstruction, a stunning tragedy, a realistic harem, and a somewhat comedic work of satire. The change in tone, foreshadowing, and build up to the incredible resolution were simply masterful. Watching all of the characters relations entropically crumble was a spectacle to behold. The characters and plot may not evoke positive emotions, but they do evoke emotion, as was their purpose, all the same. School Days was ultimately a shocking and memorable multifaceted experience that I enjoyed immensely and appreciated on multiple levels. The mediocre audiovisuals keep me from giving this anime a 9, but 8 is still a very good score. If you go in with an open mind I think you’ll like it or, at the very least, appreciate it for what it is.
May 11, 2013
Although nearly every event portrayed made me cringe, I cannot deny this show provokes you. With its absurdity. Its overly innocent title. Its demented psychotic cast. That feeling of total helplessness(and admittedly mild amusement) as complete idiocy unfolds before you. I have never before wanted to line up a group of fictional people and bitch slap them all so fucking hard. Especially that piece of shit protagonist.
That said, this is what the creators probably wanted. In the end, THATs what made it memorable. It made me goddamn confused and sick and audibly WTF and cheer for blood multiple times... BUT it was memorable. Especially the ending.
For the story, I would say watching "school days" is a rollercoaster of disbelief at oddly plausible stupidity. I'm not going to outright join the people calling it realistic (harem or otherwise) but in such a big world, something this(or more) crazy has has to have happened somewhere, right? With "reality is stranger than fiction" in mind and a healthy suspension of disbelief, School Days was my very entertaining peek into a bizarro universe where an unbelievably lucky imp manages to turn off his brain and wake up covered in bitches. Some of whom are insane and [SPOILER REDACTED].
I can't deny the creators took a rather unique take on the cliche high school romance genre, twisting it rather well by combining lots of real-world complications(emotionally vulnerable women, young naivety and inexperience, a senseless and nonchalantly callous lead, teenage angst, jealousy, infidelity and copious amounts of horniness and psychosis) in a simmering mix. I give the story a 6.5(Fair) because despite the enterprising premise, the writing was weak at crucial places, often giving away too easily that the show is intentionally trying to rile you.
The characters are I think done rather well. The lot of them are retarded, true. But they're consistent and believably so. Their actions, judgement, personal disposition and motivations are actually well built up and foreshadowed. At the end, despite my inclination to demur, I could not seriously answer in a way unfavourable to school days these questions: "could an asshat like Makoto actually exist?", "Emotionally co-dependant women like Kotonoha have gotta be a myth, right?", "meangirl sluts like Otome and company? C'mon...", "Could a girl like Sekai really be stupid enough to pull that wingman scheme of hers?".
This is where School Days impresses you, I think. Despite the stretches of imagination at places, it would be unfair not to call it a psychological anime. Its cast is uniquely idiosyncratic, unbalanced and uniformly contemptible... but still so very... interesting. The mind-boggling series of events involving interactions between these anomalous-yet-still-not-quite-unbelievable characters leave so many who watched it affected in some way or another. I think that's a commendable feat and could not have been accomplished had there /not/ been any depth, or could it have been summarily dismissed as beyond the imagination. Despite the heavy misleading fanservice(which I'm convinced was shoehorned to drive home the shock value), these aren't your average porno characters. IMO, They deserve at least a 7(good) but I'll up it to 8 for being memorable.
Sound is actually an area where School Days excels. Whether it was muting the world for some sense of foreboding, or quiet piano pieces in the background, it was used very well. Each of the fade-in songs and the EDs were brilliant and an effective and evocative exit to the trauma you inevitably suffered in each episode. A sort of soothing exit after being mentally raped. Also, at the moments in the episodes themselves where these songs played, I think they were superbly effective at creating atmosphere and really did enhance the impact of whatever was happening at the time. I also noticed that the lyrics of some of the songs were quite poignant and seemed well-written too(something I'm sorry, few songs are after being translated). I did not like the OP nearly as much, but I suppose at some level it too played into the euphemistic way they were trying to present the anime.
The voice acting, I believe was also done rather nicely. Makoto's voice makes me want to punch him, but thats all well and good and perfectly in line with everything else about him. The dramatic and emotional parts of the script were delivered satisfactorily and believably and all of the characters had convincing emotion in their voices at the appropriate places. For sound I give SD an 8.5 that I'll round up to 9(Great).
I don't really have much to say about art. It didn't stand out particularly or had a distinguished style and I never had my attention drawn(heheh, drawn) to anything in particular. The character designs were good overall but somewhat inconsistent(where did Setsuna's boobs suddenly come from in her lewd scene? I could've sworn she was flat-chested everywhere else) for the sake of tasteless sexualization. At the same time, I can't say it was *bad* in any place either so I'll give it a 7(Good).
While I can't say I ENJOYED this anime, I will say that it was interesting and worth watching. School Days wasn't really made to make you ENJOY it(and if you did, well... my sympathies to you...). It was made to make you squirm in your seat. I give it a 8 for that.
Overall, 7(good). read more
Apr 6, 2008
At first School Days started off as a normal romance anime with your typical love triangle. However, a few episodes in the reason why I kept watching was not normal. I kept watching because I wanted to see what kind of messed up thing would happen next. It was pure morbid curiosity the kept me going. Sure there times I paused and started screaming at the idiocy but my morbid curiosity was too strong. School Days transformed into a stereotypical soap opera...wait scratch that. School Days transformed into a parody of a bad stereotypical soap opera. The actions of the characters were so over-the-top, sexually driven that one cannot help but laugh (or scream) at the idiocy. It was at this moment that I felt confident they would animate one of the bad endings. Interestingly enough they didn’t, instead the anime ending is on a level higher than the 3 bad endings combined in the game.
Once again the only reason why anyone should watch School Days is for the awesome train wreck that it is School Days as well as the ‘Nice Boat’ ending. The animation was almost identical to the game, but for anime standards it was quite poor. Art wise I guess it was ok, its saving grace was the fact that the school uniform mandates zettai ryouki. This is something that all school uniforms should have!...ahem anyway... Characters as mentioned above are complete idiots and the most mature/sensible ones are Kokoro (Kotonoha’s little sister) and her friend. They did do a good job with Makoto’s character, by this I mean he was designed to be hated and you will be hard pressed to find anyone that likes Makoto. In addition, this hatred is important in setting up the most important thing in School Days, the ending.
So why should anyone watch this? Well there are a few reasons. First, just to see first hand what ‘Nice Boat’ is all about. If you watch 2 episodes and drop it, that’s ok but if you watch more than 3 you must watch it all, else you will have wasted your time. I believe that the primary purpose to animating this was to show/set up an ending far worst than that of the game. In a way School Days can be considered one of the biggest fanservice anime titles out there. Second, out of pure morbid curiosity, admittedly this was the reason why I started/kept watching. That is until I was confident about a bad/bloody ending. read more
Aug 8, 2013
The beginning was fine the freaking mother as hole main dude(Makoto) had a crush on a girl (Kotonoha) and his friend(Sekai) helps him out with getting with the girl, nothing special. Then it turns out Sekai actually likes Makoto so that ignited the whole conflict of the anime, actually no, the conflict was the ahole Makoto he is the conflict, doing the dumbest things.
Story: 5/10 Like I said nothing special really happened in this anime, but what surprises me about this anime is the twist ending and that the worst anime character ever obviously exists and there is potential of becoming a super saiyan just by staring at his pathetic face! I blame that Makoto for everything single freaking thing that happened in this anime! I mean come on -__- that guy screws every single girl in that anime I swear. He falls for any girl no matter what. All the killing, conflict, it was all his fault. A new girl joins the anime? The main dude probably is going to end up having sex with her at some point. The whole time watching the anime is for hoping for the main guy to get hit by a truck or punched in the face but the ending actually gave me more than expected, the ending saved this anime from becoming a one on my rating scale.
Art: 6/10 The art was fair nothing bad about it but nothing good or surprising about it neither.
Sound: 5/10 Music and sounds were fine didn't get my heart pumping or anything like that.
Character: 4/10 There is soo many things wrong with the characters. The main girl(Kotonoha), I actually like this character because she stayed faithful the whole time to that piece of crap Makoto and mainly because I felt really bad for her mid way in the anime, but there is still problems with even this character. Why the eff would you fall in love with a dude that stalks you on the bus everyday and why would you put up with all this bullcrap cheating without doing anything at all?! Sekai the main dude's friend, why would you help your friend get another girl if you like him? I don't understand. Actually why do all the girls in this anime go for him even? I don't know, I thought you are not suppose to fall for stalkers and perverts.. But yay the main guy Makoto.. Piece of crap character worst anime character ever created, too many things wrong with this guy, I can't list them all.
Enjoyment: 3/10 The ending. This score is just for the twist ending that shocked me nothing else.
Overall: 4/10 Beginning was good then the anime turns into a creepy perverted piece of crap anime.
Nov 22, 2013
As I said earlier, this anime is NOT bad. Just evil. The fact that it causes such extreme negative emotions to a viewer just proves that this is a well-written story. The main character is specifically designed to be hated, and the fact that it's working means that the character is successfully doing it's job.
This anime is extremely hard to watch. I don't think it shouldn't be watched, but it should be watched while knowing the "risk", and as just any other anime. I can't say I recommend it (I wouldn't be able to live with myself if I did), but I also can't say it wasn't an interesting experience.
For those of you who are about to watch it, I have a tip: find a comedy anime, but not a romantic comedy, and watch it right afterwards. It should be something like Ben-to (which is what I watched after School days), Nichijou, or anything along those lines.
P.S. I am now an adapt of the hidden art of uppercase letters. This is a huge step on my path to being a philosopher... read more
May 28, 2013
Story - 5
Pretty straightforward story. A dude gets a girlfriend, doesn't get why she doesn't spread 'em the second he wants her to and goes off to look for some fun from his friend who is doing her best to help him progress in his relationship. This leads to him craving the V like there's no tomorrow and several um... interesting situations arise from this.
Then comes the end.
Art & Sound - 8
the Art was watchable for me. I probably would've rated it a 10 because I don't know enough about art to judge except for the fact the little blood in this was black. The same goes for Sound. I don't really have much opinion either way. The soundtrack wasn't horrible by any means.
Character - 10
I give this a 10 because the creators did a bang up job of creating the worst examples of human beings possible. I'll sum it up, pretty simply.
The Main : Innocent enough until he gets some action between the sheets. Then all his morals fly out the window. He becomes the biggest arsehole in history. You might agree, you might not but to me he is the worst possible case of a teenage guy. If you think your boyfriend is being a dick, watch this. Seriously.
The Shy one: Can't say I blame her, her personality doesn't hold up well to the emotional and psychological battering she receives throughout the course of this anime. In the end........ well demented doesn't quite cover it.
The Lively one: On the face of it, she'd be the faraway lover of the main who sacrifices everything for his happiness. Not here. She becomes the unbelievably selfish attention whore who gets her heart repeatedly stamped on but still doesn't get the message.
Enjoyment - 3
You can't enjoy this anime unless you're the sick and twisted individual who get their kicks from watching torture, for want of a better word. However the anime is definitely an interesting watch.
Overall - 6
The characters carry this anime for me. I'm not sure any set of characters will ever be hated more than these but they make for an entertaining watch, for all the wrong reasons. If you don't get too attached to what you're watching and want to see what the worst case scenario of a teenager with next to no resistance to sex is, voila! School Days is your thing read more
Aug 31, 2012
Think about it, remove that "moment" from this show and what do we get? A poorly animated, poorly written story that needs a big kick at the end to leave somewhat of an impression.
None of the characters in this show are likable, and all of them are simply nonsensical. There's nothing special about the male MC, and yet all the girls are flaunting their bodies to him. Sekai is a braindead character. Just watching her made me lose some brain cells. Why did she introduce a girl to the guy that she likes? Is love a game to her? (clearly it's not) Also, associating the word "love" to this show is blasphemy. If you think that this show is about love, you are misguided. This show sucks so bad that even the author realized it.
So instead of ending it normally, he decided to make an unforgettable ending to make up for the disgrace of a story he came up with. And it was still terrible. read more
Jun 30, 2010
Art: I'm not one to judge on the art, but sometimes I have a hard time picking out who's who. That is if you are looking specifically at the eyes! The art is on a level that isn't medium, neither low. It's something good enough to get you through the dreading 12 episodes. Aside from the ecchi, the art is well drawn for a kid who's taking anime art class!
Sound: Not much to say about sound, but there is a few songs that were thrown into the anime that caught my attention. I believe because of that, I actually didn't move my hand to the mouse to skip some of the parts that made me angry.
Character: Okay! Aside from all the whores, sluts and the main character. I gave this score a two for ONE good reason. If you are reading this review before you start watching it, I suggest you keep your focus on Kotonoha Katsura. She is sweet, innocent, shy, new to relationships and very what's that word. Hm, figure it out yourself when you watch it. Katsura, deserve a +1 in my case, else wise I would of gave each and every character a 1 (too bad they don't have 0's). The characters each played a special role and possibly at one point, I felt the same way one of them felt. Trying to relate was something I did with each and every one of the character, sadly. It did not work out. They are all emotional and selfish! Like really now. From what I believe the creator of School Days, took love and just tossed it around like it was a volleyball thus creating a crazy atmosphere of insanely robotic girls wanting to kill and sex the next guy. Haha, do you believe me?
Enjoyment: PATHETIC. IF YOU WANT TO BE ANGRY THEN THIS IS THE ANIME YOU WANT TO WATCH! Don't miss out on a chance to call each and every character, BAKA!!!!!
Overall: I want my 12 x 30 = ?? time back. Thank you, no extra charge. read more
May 23, 2013
It starts off as a fairly amusing anime. It seems so simple and lighthearted, but you can tell that there's probably going to be some love triangle business. Then about episode 5 or 6, shit starts to get real. I won't spoil it, but it starts to get very upsetting.
As most other people have agreed, the main character is simply awful, personality wise. However, he's good at his role (being an asshole). I felt very bad for Katsura, because she has to deal with it through the whole time.
The art and sound were fine. Nothing amazing, nothing awful. I'm pretty sure this anime is only subbed.
I feel that it's much better to watch School Days with friends. We were able to share our frustrations and for the first half, we had a lot of fun. We made fun of the awkward overuse of sideways angles (there are a ton...).
Sorry if my review is kind of choppy and short, but I really think that if you choose to watch it (please don't...I'm definitely not letting my boyfriend watch it), at some point, you have to stand back and be able to appreciate how much this anime can piss you off.
Because seriously, fuck this anime. read more