Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 4, 2007 to Sep 26, 2007
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: R+ - Mild NudityL represents licensing company
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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
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, 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 places.
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 and motivations are actually well built up and foreshadowed. At the end, 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 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. Despite the heavy misleading fanservice, 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 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
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
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
Yesterday, 9:30 AM
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
May 17, 2013
On first sight,School Days seems like and average Romance,School,Slice of life anime.However,after a few episodes in,I realized it is everything,but average.
The story starts with an average japanese guy,Itou Makoto, who frequently rides the metro to school and has recently caught an eye for a girl in the metro Katsura Kotonoha ,to wich he has taken the liking of.The guy being shy and inexpiernced couldn't gather any confidence to confess to the girl.On the other hand,in his new class he meets a girl,Saionji Sekai who sits beside him and befriends her.Sekai then finds out Itou has started fancying Kotonoha and so decides to help him gather confidence to ask her out.
Now,Everyone keeps calling this anime either an utter disaster or a psychological materpiece.I,on the other hand,don't think that either is true.
One thing that I can definatley conclude is that the anime is certainly something new and unexpected,as well as surprising.What is odd inthis anime is that it tangles with a contraversial idea of cheating.Some aspects in it could definately be considered realistic.Through the main character in practically represents everything that shouldn't be done in relationships.And although,some people may be in dissmay,calling him immadiately a jerk,having thought a bit about,I have realized not only are there guys like that,but in this time of increasing insolence in sexual acts and decreasing values of relationships,this anime could just be the right thing for opening eyes to people if only looked at in the right way.The characters in the anime do develop,but in a negative way.While the main character develops from a shy unexperienced guy to a lust-craving,sexuall addict and playboy,the girl he first starts dating becomes an obssesingly,attached ignorant girlfriend.As the episodes keep progressing their personality traits keep getting worse and worse,so basically there is no positive character in the story.They all keep lying,cheating,obsessing,lusting ,all of the seven great sins depicted in each person,only in a diffirent way.It's a donwnward spiral of innocent kids who believe that maturity is being in a relationships and engaging in various sexual acts and being badly influenced.It's a sad thing that this could be transeferd onto the real world and it's clear that this becomes worryingly frequent as time progresses and children keep entering puberty earlier ,so they keep DOING mature things without their mind keeping up and results in a series of consequences and that is what this anime is trying to present or maybe it is consequence itself of a growing deviation and regression in our society?
The very title 'School Days' opposed to the story of the anime clearly states the changes in our societys' perspective towards what School days should really be like.But maybe I'm delving into psychology a bit too much.
It woudl be fair to say that watching this anime was a bit amusing for me,as it was something diffirent,but at the same time I was often frustrated because of various things,such as poor dialogues,annyoing music,shallow and ignorant characters or sometimes over dramatized situations which can sometimes make an american-like soap opera feel ,only in form of a japanese anime.
Overall,I can't call this anime neither good nor bad,but bearing in mind it hasn't exceeded in any of the categories such as art,story,character or sound it is bound to get a low mark.However,I would recommend people to watch either way,it might not be a true quality or completely enjoyable,but it offers a diffirent perspective on things and can be thought provoking,which is why some people my call it psychological,although in the essence it is not that.It can make us question the values we bear nowadays.
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.
Jun 28, 2010
First off, you're going to need a good bit of patience. SD likes to tease it's audience, to the point that you could really consider the first 11 episodes as painfully slow buildup to the (admittedly awesome) finale. That tension encompasses a veritable roller-coaster of emotions, styles and themes. You'll see cute awkwardness give way to genuine affection, best friends turn on each other and just about every girl in this school find the main character to inexplicably be a sex God. Oh Japan, so silly.
That would be the easiest way to categorize School Days, as a harem anime. It doesn't really come out until about halfway through, but once it does, it doesn't shy away from the taboo. The show shifts genres parallel to a shift in tone from the witty, cheesy cliches that japanimation is famous for into a bleak social commentary so smoothly and naturally that disbelief is never broken.
This is really School Days' biggest strength; being able to contrast perverted grade school humor with stark images of heartbreak. You can easily go into the show just looking for a lighthearted diversion and be satisfied. Similarly, if you're willing to sit through the shtick humor and (at first) angst-ridden melodrama, you'll end up with surprisingly well-developed characters and an extremely gratifying ending.
Artistically, the show isn't perfect. The animation isn't bad, in fact several scenes were quite evocative, if a bit trope-heavy. The voice acting really shines, especially later on, once the characters round out, at least in the Japanese dub. The soundtrack is straight J-pop for better or worse. One nice little facet is that they use a rotating selection of songs for the end credits, keeping the experience fresh. They only add music to a handful of scenes within the show, and while I really liked them all, more music overall would've helped.
School Days ultimately suffers from an unfortunate medium transition. Originally appearing as a harem simulation game with multiple unique endings, the anime directors had the difficult task of picking one ending to a story meant to be dynamic and fluid. Many elements of this carry over; prepare for innuendo more overused than some (perhaps not all) may care for, and anyone who can sit through the first 11 episodes and not want to become a staunch feminist should probably seek a psychiatrist. That said, I was surprised to find the care to storytelling present in what I wrongly assumed would be a shallow perversion. It's no classic, but I enjoyed taking the time to absorb the experience.
And I sure as hell am going to think twice before I go out with two girls at once. read more
Aug 24, 2011
School days seems like your usual teenage romance drama. Not only does the sypnosis suggests that,it even starts like one. But what you don't know is School days is in fact an absolute train-wreck in disguise,and a very sly one at that. By making you believe that school days is your typical cliche,the producers could then proceed to 'surprise' you with some nasty stuffs which will most likely catch you off guard. Before you begin realising the anime's true colours,you are already in the roller-coaster ride that is about to depart ( 2nd half of series ). Now that is where the anime starts getting uncomfortable and disturbing. No longer can kissing or touching satisfy the overwhelming lust of our main lead anime. He wants to experience things at the next level and he'll go for any girl who's willing to offer that. All hell breaks loose. Watch how he bangs and lie his way to the point of no return,hurting one girl after another during the process. How will it end? I'm not going to spoil the last 2 episode in case you have not watched.
The fact that characters in School days do suffer real consequences of their actions is a refreshing sight. If you touch a girl's butt,chances are you'll get slapped and end up in the police station. No,she isn't going to like it or yadda yadda. Actions in school days don't go unpunished. This is what makes this anime so distinct from its peers and deserving of all the hype because very few anime actually relates to the reality so harshly.
Contrary to a bunch who branded this anime as sh!t,I have nothing but glowing praises for school days. The execution of the story was to perfection and the flow of events was basically that of an ephemeral incurable disease. To put it simply,it was a slow,grueling process to watch. It never gets better and gradually,it drags you to your last gasp. Animation was decent and with obvious intent to create a sombre atmosphere using dark colours. I didn't like how the character look though. Soundtracks were great and some of the background music really amplify those dramatic moments. Kotonoha's and Makoto's voice were memorable. Character are mostly bastards and bitches meant for all of us to hate(bar a few) so we can have a show. All in all,it was a solid well-done work. And of course every anime has its fair share of flaws,school days isn't any special exception. However,the pros of this anime outweigh the cons by a big big margin that in my opinion,had made the flaws negligible and not matter that much.
This anime is definitely not for everyone especially to the more sensitive but regardless,I encourage you to give it a try. While I don't believe the exaggerated events in school days happening in our daily life,the anime does teach us some moral values. Episode 12 should serves as a pretty good warning for us viewers to not follow his footsteps. Though not that we really need it but meh,it's something. Had the anime not started so innocently fooling everyone,I'm sure School days would just be passed off as an obscure groundbreaking anime that went on a totally different path from what most harem anime would have taken. But luckily or not,it wasn't the case.
I'm pretty sure there are more hate than love in the School days community. While I firmly believe that the anime is receiving too much unwanted injustice from viewers,I do find myself agreeing some key points that was mentioned. The pace of story is slow but it picks up at the latter half. The premise is misleading but it was of a good cause. The characters are detestable but they have to be. At one point,I did loathe it as well since I'd prefer happy stuffs but that doesn't mean the anime is bad.
Take School days with a grain of salt and you'll be rewarded with a story that offers a great deal of engaging drama and an epic ending that will leave you a lasting impression. No,there won't be a sequel,pretty sure about that.
Best soundtrack : Usotsuki by Coo-rie.
Best character : Setsuna.
Adapted by a H-game that is fully animated,you'd thought why sex have become so random and common in high-school. Now you know why. read more
May 22, 2010
Personally, both one of the best and worst anime I've ever seen.
I thought the story was technically excellent. Very interesting and completely not what you expect at first impression.
While I was watching it, I didn't like it, because it made me angry...but then when I stopped to think, I realized, wow, that means it's actually really skillfully done. It makes you feel everything.
Also, the way that they wrapped it up in the end left me speechless. I'm still not even exactly sure how I feel about it, but I think that's how it's supposed to make you feel, and they pull it off in a really amazing way.
The art was well done and fitting, and complimented the series well. I'll just say it did its job, since I didn't really think about it while I was watching it. Though something that I did notice was done nicely is the facial expressions.
The music, to me, was simply okay. Like the art, it fit and did its job. (I must say, the opening song grew on me a little bit, but I don't really even remember anything else.)
But Kanashimi no Mukou he, the song that plays at the ending, gave it such a haunting and melodramatic feel. I thought it was a really nice touch.
I gave this portion a 10, merely because...this is human nature. Everyone has a little bit of good and wickedness in them, and everyone affects each other. And I think they portrayed that beautifully through the characters.
I didn't like any of the characters, but yet they were so well done.
All three of the leads, I believe, started out pretty innocent and average. Makoto, pretty much a normal guy, who was just too shy to approach the girl he had been seeking out.
Sekai, outgoing and sometimes even a bit boisterous, just trying to help out the guy sitting next to her with his love life.
And then Kotonoha, who had that touch of naivety, and was a little on the awkward side.
It seems like they all had good intent at first.
Then when they met each other...Kotonoha's insecurity, Sekai's jealousy and guilt, Makoto's confusion and twisted desires...they affected each other, more so bringing out the bitter evil inside each other due to their conflicts.
Basically, it's hard to side with any of them once you've reached the end of the series, because you realize that all three of them are pretty messed up.
Even though you'll hate them so much, you'll still sort of have an understanding of what brings about their serious flaws.
And that's why the characters are so much like people, and wonderfully developed.
It's kind of funny, actually, because I enjoyed thinking about how good the story was more than I actually enjoyed watching it.
Personally, I also felt dirty after watching it because of how disgusting Makoto becomes, and that took away from my enjoyment of it as well.
But throughout the whole thing, it's not really so much a matter of enjoying it...it's more that you just get hooked and feel the need to see what happens next.
This anime made me feel so much hatred and anger...but it's really just meant to do that, isn't it?
Just watching the ending would probably determine how you'd feel about it. It could make you feel disturbed, happy, depressed, confused, indifferent, or just mixed feelings.
Although, if you watched the ending, that'd kind of give you no reason to watch the series...but I don't know if I really recommend it or not. I guess it really just depends on the person.
Everyone seems to have a different opinion about this one.
But me, personally...I think it deserves an 8. read more
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
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
Sep 14, 2011
School Days Syndrome
This refers to all abnormal behaviors caused by School Days series(include animes and games). The pathogenesis is extremely complex, the medical community is uncertain about it.
Many of them are bristled with anger because of Itou Makoto's bestiality and then become mad.Their mental stress often causes disorganized thinking and difficulty with planning
At first they may become aggressive,violent and irritable,then thier mind will be cluttered with thoughts,or paralyzed,unable to think with acouasm, visual hallucination,ficial tic,dyspnea,even coma.
Patients will stay sequelae after healed.Their world outlook and values will change
High Risk Groups
Anyone who has contact with School Days series
The main symptom will disappear several months later after Itou Makoto's death.But most patients need to have active therapy to treat
Watch animes like [ Higurashi no Naku Koro ni ] or [ Puella Magi Madoka Magica ] at once after watching SD.This can improve your mental resistance.
side effect:easy to get cold-blood
Examples： [ KissXsis ]
Don't watch SD any more,watch [ Clannad ], [ Air ] ,[ KANON ] instead.
This therapy will not have unwanted side effects, you can be treated thoroughly but it will take a long time
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
May 16, 2012
You basically get the whole story from the synopsis alone. It's less about romance and more about this guy having sex with like 5 different girls. The main story is a love triangle. First, the main character asks the first girl out, dumps her, then goes out with another girl because she can deliver and the other girl can't. The main reason I gave the story a 3 instead of a 1 is because of the ending. The ending is just epic awesome after watching the entire series. Those who watched it already know what I'm talking about.
Makoto, the manwhore of the series, has a dick for his brain. All he thinks about is getting laid and trying to lay more girls than needed. After dumping Kotonoha, he goes after Sekai, and then he still fucks with other girls. I seriously don't understand this guy's appeal. He's not even that good looking to attract all these girls.
Kotonoha is the innocent, shy, timid girl in this series. Her life would've been fine and dandy if it wasn't for Makoto. She madly falls in love with him after he continuously confesses to her. Makoto dumped her because she was too slow. He couldn't get the sex from her, so he moved on to another. In the end, even if she didn't wanted to have sex, fate befalls on her the hard way. Because of Makoto, she suffered both mentally and physically. Never the same again.
Then, there is Sekai. Many people call her the whore of the series since she stole Makoto from Kotonoha. It was also Sekai who was the one who encouraged Makoto and helped him go out with Kotonoha. She is just a woman who can't make up her mind. As least, she only sticks with one guy, so she isn't as bad as Makoto.
The art is quite good as expected of an adaptation from a visual novel. Art is subjective, so can't say much here. Most visual novels are around the same level in art. The animation and art fits the series quite well. Not much else to say.
I do like the opening and ending and most of the insert songs in this series. The background music is nice as well. Though, the songs are too cheerful, which seem out of place in this dark anime series. Again, it's subjective.
The only reason that I gave it 3 instead of 1 is again the ending. It is the most awesome ending for a story like this. When most people talk about School Days, they would say nice boat. You will understand if you complete the anime. For myself, I rated it a 2 on my list because it seriously pissed me off watching it. Did not really enjoyed it. Wouldn't watch it again. Well, maybe the ending!
I recommend either drop the anime right away, or watch it to completion because it is not worth being angry while not getting anything back. Believe me, this anime will piss you off real fast. The redemption for this anime is the epic ending.
The lesson that is taught in this anime for the guys is "think with your brain and not your dick." I believe that is the only purpose of this anime, or else, the creator would be just trolling people.
Dec 11, 2011
Story: 8/10 *MIGHT CONTAIN MINOR SPOILERS*
It starts innocently enough. Makoto, your average high school guy, likes this girl, Kotonoha, and doesn't know how to confess, etc. Then, Sekai comes along, and helps him. A love triangle forms, and it's basically how an average romantic love triangle starts. Makoto starts being perverted, Kotonoha doesn't know how to react, and Sekai starts "training" him in the art of getting a girl. This is where it takes a turn for the worse. Makoto starts having feelings for Sekai, and they cheat behind Kotonoha's back. Then, 2 more girls, Setsuna and Otome, started to like him, and a complicated and perverted romantic relationship occurs, with Makoto, being the perverted bastard he is, starts to bounce between the girls, having sex with them too (except Kotonoha, sadly). As if it could get any worse, a big plot twist appears. Seriously. I really expected the plot twist, but it was sickening nevertheless.
Then in the ending Makoto gets what he deserves.
The ending was when I was shouting "hell yeah!" to my computer because seriously. The ending was that fulfilling. Makoto got what he deserves in the end, and trust me, you'll hate him as much (if not more) than I do. The scene was awesomely done too, and it made me sick to my stomach to see how horrifying the ending is. It almost justifies how the rest of the series played out, but not exactly. I found the story to be truly unbelievable. 4 girls liking the same guy? Them having sex and not getting pregnant? Unbelievable! Oh, I also have to note it's adapted from a H-game, so expect many inferences about sex scenes here. I guess that the original game had a harem ending, but there was a VERY messed up ending, which is what they adapted here. The producers are assholes, to not even adapt the WORST ENDING POSSIBLE from the H-game, and make one themselves. According to wikipedia, there were 3 bad endings, where either Makoto, Sekai, or Kotonoha dies. I'm guessing they created their own bad ending, because the anime ending is not in there.
Rants aside, the story is great for sickening your stomach and teaching you a lesson: Karma's a bitch and how NOT to treat a girl.
The art fits this anime, with their eyes animated to show their emotion at any given point. As I said, it also tricks you into thinking this is your average romantic anime, which has its props, knowing how sickening this show is.
The opening did not fit the anime. It was way too cheery knowing the tone of this. BGM was okay, it didn't really set the mood for me. The seiyuus did a pretty good job with their characters, though I thought Sekai's seiyuu doesn't fit her character, but maybe that's just only me. And I felt sometimes their voices did not fit the situation either. Again, maybe it's just only me.
I just felt the sound was average.
I gave a 5/10, not in a good way, but of how much you'll hate the characters so much. Makoto is my most HATED character of all time, whose a horny, selfish bastard that doesn't care about who he hurts and who he doesn't. All he cares about is getting laid. When I first watched it, I really didn't get what's with the hate surrounding Makoto. Now after I watched everything, I know. To wish that he would stop being a stupid asshole and actually get a clue of what's going on was actually a great feeling, and when the ending came I cheered and cheered, as I mentioned.
I hated the girls too. They were your generic, anime girls, but still. Clueless as hell, mostly selfish except for Setsuna, who shows a little unselfishness, no character development, etc. The only girl I cared about was Kotonoha, and that was out of pity more than love. Overall, a 5/10. I applaud how much I can hate EVERY.SINGLE.CHARACTER. in an anime, which I thought would never be possible. The only thing that was good about the characters was the design, but that's it!
In terms of a psychological anime, which I love, it was horrible! I didn't enjoy it, and found myself thinking "why did I watch this shit???" in the ending, despite the good ending. And I was sick to the stomach all the time, to the point where I had to pause the video to calm myself down. And I didn't like it. The first few eps were also a surprise for me, which played as a stupid romance, which I don't watch much.
TL;DR, I didn't like it. Call me a hater if you shall.
I found this to be very interesting. The characters I despite with a passion, and combined with a story like this one, it's a masterpiece in dark storytelling.
Morals will be learned. Hate will be formed towards the characters. Shock will constantly enter your mind. This is first, and foremost, a psychological anime, so don't expect lovey-dovey crap. Expect to hate, and hate, and hate even more. This is what I experienced when I watched School Days. read more
Dec 4, 2011
And after you watch School Days, this will be a lesson you'll never forget.
Itou Makoto has a crush on the shy Katsura Kotonoha, but he doesn’t even have the courage to speak to her. When his classmate Saionji Sekai finds out, she offers/forces Makoto to let her help them get together. Sekai eventually succeeds, and when Makoto asks how he could ever repay her, she kisses him, saying that’s enough. Sekai runs onto the train when it arrives, leaving a stunned Makoto wondering what in the world just happened. Does Sekai have feelings for him? And could he actually have feelings for her, too?
School Days starts off as a cute little love triangle, but things quickly turn sour as the show progresses. With great animation, music, voice acting, characters and plot, School Days is quite an interesting experience.
In most anime that have love triangles, you can easily guess who the main character will end up with. However, in this anime you can never quite tell.
In most anime that have love triangles, whoever didn’t end up with the main character might be disappointed, but they know that their broken heart will heal over time. But that doesn’t always happen. And School Days shows just that. read more
Jun 11, 2009
a student in year one of class three who is the antithesis and foil of Kotonoha, helped Makoto to entangle a relationship with Katsura. Being this a huge mistake for her, she helplessly fell in love with Makoto during the process.
Now listen, i`m writing this review for one purpose; how horrible the anime is. For that purpose I would like to clarify to ALL of you viewers who are intending to watch this anime to NOT WATCH THIS IN YOUR GOD DAMN LIFE.
Why is this anime horrible you ask? Well to be quite honest the art,sound, and the character transition is well-made, BUT the story and how the characters acted was ridiculously FUCKED-UP.
Like this guy: http://www.geekologie.com/2008/11/good_idea_man_submits_drawing.php
I`m not going to say anything that will spoil members who are intending to watch this series, but I would warn you. Get a rope and tie your hands before hand, cause you may throw something to your monitor/tv for how you`ll be pissed on how the damn protagonist acts. It`s like R-Kelly pissing on a crowd of young teenage guys.
That said I hope you enjoyed this dreadful review.
-kame 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