English: Akane Iro ni Somaru Saka
Synonyms: Akasaka, The Hill Dyed Rose Madder
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 3, 2008 to Dec 19, 2008
25 min. per episode
R+ - Mild Nudity
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Score: 6.861 (scored by 34403 users)
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SynopsisOn his way to school Junichi Nagase saves a girl from danger. Later due to a misunderstanding he kissed her. Shocked and disgusted, and without understanding what just happened or why, she screams at him and tells him to "just die!" As it turns out, the girl, Yuuhi Katagiri, is a new transfer student and, much to the surprise of Junichi and his younger sister Minato, their father arranged for Yuuhi to be Junichi's future wife! Of course, getting married to "that perverted idiot" is the absolute last thing Yuuhi wants! Junichi's crazy school life with his tsundere bride-apparent has begun!
(Source: Animesuki; edited)
Related AnimeAdaptation: Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka
Side story: Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka Hardcore
Characters & Voice Actors
Seriously, is it that bad to find this show entertaining? One can argue this is a typical slice of life, school, harem anime with typical character types and predictable story and you would not be far off. But, if you don't LIKE watching things like this, why are you watching it in the first place? Akane-iro is geared to the 'veteran' otaku who love specific voice actors or character types, or enjoy when different flags get triggered (like hot springs, school festivals, or costume changes) aka: fanservice. You can only watch so many different slice of life harem comedy titles to realize if you like this particular genre or not. This genre lends itself to a lot of off the wall stories and anyone expecting something "realistic" will realize a true "anime" (aka normal anime) is not realistic at all. Which is why certain things feel obvious after you watch title after title. Why do you think there are 1000's of anime titles, but only about a few dozen genres. As for me I am a fan (not a raging fan mind you) of these types of anime. I am pretty sure I am not the only one in the world that found this entertaining for what its worth.
Just like in life, if you expect one thing and get something else, you're bound to be disappointed. Watching this with an open mind, you will realize that Akane-Iro ni Somaru Saka is actually a very entertaining and funny anime. Like most slice of life school comedy harems, a premise is presented at the beginning of the show, which is usually far fetched but bound for some form of entertainment. If you read the anime summary you'll get the gist, but it does generate enough laughs and surprises to keep you entertained for 12 episodes. An amazing feat that many fail to miss is that 8 of the 10 characters get relatively large amounts of airtime for every episode. With that, the story seems to progress relatively quick and seamless. Sometimes you won't realize the episode is over before you know it.
A big reason you get sucked into this anime are the character-types and voice actors lined up for this show. Alot of A-list seiyuu like Rie Kugimiya, Aya Hirano, and Wataru Hatano, headline the cast of characters. Big fan's of seiyuu like these, will be surprised at how well they lend their voices to these characters. Its inevitable that one will grow attached to one or some (all?) of these characters. Yeah yeah, you've seen these character types everywhere else, who the hell cares? The whole point of having these character types is to have a great chemistry between all the characters and this exceeded my expectations with flying colors (whatever that means). Fang-tan, ahoge-san, and company are all there, the comedy is pretty good and and the drama is just as good as well. The drama doesn't show itself too much to get in the way of the comedy aspect of this series but it is a warm welcome from the 'incomplete' dramas like the ones that never come to fruition (Honey and Clover, 5cm/s, etc). Characters progress perfectly fine in this story. You'll feel happy for some and sad for others, that is the nature of drama. In other titles that may get annoying but its perfectly fine in this series. One other thing that I highly enjoyed about this series is that the main character in the center of the harem, Junichi Nagase, was actually not a bad guy. Sure he might have his moments, but overall he was very outgoing and more "realistic" compared to most other male harem leads. Even the scenes when he's battling his conscience were especially funny.
The production value is actually very high compared to your typical anime. The art design hardly ever faltered and never felt like a rushed product. Some people might be put off by the floating hairstyle of some of the girls, but I didn't mind it one bit. The details they put in to all the characters including the background characters is something to be commended. Every scene is filled with either characters or static objects. What does that even mean? That means when there isn't a close up of characters talking to each other, theres usually a large amount of detail to panning or zoomed out shots. Passed out cooks in a kitchen, well placed furniture in Minato's room, or Nagomi''s computer setup are good examples that show enough detail to keep every scene busy and with some depth. The art is far form being perfect but for what its worth, it more than does the job. On top of the great voice acting and art direction, they even have character music cd's available for each character and even give previews of their songs in the form of a new ending song for each episode. Sure it may be a gimmick, but you can't deny how great they can sing and how they managed to conjure up a few dozen songs just for this show. There are also a few drama cd's to supplement your fix of akane-iro after you're done with the series. It seems like the producers thought of everything short of a video game for this show.
I never felt this was a waste of my time or got annoyed by the characters. Actually this is one of the more complete cast of characters that I have seen (out of 400 titles). I don't think I need to mention Code Geass, Hayate, TTGL, and Death Note but I will anyway since most of those characters made me rage at how many of them left many cliffhangers or a feeling of "needing something". Despite being a typical harem comedy anime, it's the small things that kept me wanting to watch more. The segments of Junichi's conscience and the analogy between Junichi's parents and the gang's current situation were pretty funny imo.
As far as slice of life/harem/comedies go this is easily one of the better ones. Its compete in almost every way. Great character chemistry and seiyuu Amazing amount of detail (down to the nipple, har). All crammed in a 12 episode package. What is not to like? If you don't like harem comedy this will obviously become fodder for low scoring. Especially for the fools who try to find seriousness in comedy... THEY WILL LOSE THE GAME.
Hell, hearing Rie Kugimiya say "Stop licking already and eat me" is well worth the price of admission.
One of the best lines is uttered in this anime too: "If you want to dream, go dream while you're sleeping" Priceless. read more
There are some shows that really have no business being bad. Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka is one of those. When you look at the talent gathered for this series it practically reads as a who’s who of seiyuu talent. Unfortunately it is that talent that is one of the few bright spots in what is otherwise a pretty dismal series.
The story unfolds as your standard harem anime. I always find some of the ridiculous situations these writers come up with quite hilarious. A spoiled rich girl ends up living with a pair of siblings (not related by blood of course, more on that later) who just happen to not have any parents around because they are busy being John Steed and Emma Peel. Of course our rich girl, Yuuhi Katagiri hates our hero Junichi but announces anyway that they are now fiancées. I wonder if this kind of stuff really happens in Japan, because it happens an awful damn lot in anime and manga. So despite me really wanting to like this at the beginning, this show has managed to get itself off to a bad start with me.
However I did start to become pleasantly surprised as the story unfolded. Slowly we are treated to a pretty sweet little romance as Yuuhi and Junichi develop feelings for one another, confess and start down a path I felt was leading to a lovely romantic ending. That’s when they screwed it all up to hell. It’s going to be damn hard for me to express my disappointment with the turn this show made about halfway through without giving away too many spoilers. But it involves the ultra moe sister Minato and Japan's obsession with incestuous relationships involving close family members. Yes the anime does take great pains to point out that Minato and Junichi are not biological siblings. That’s not the point; your blood isn’t the only thing that makes you family. If you’re raised as brother/sister you're brother/sister, regardless of what your birth certificate says. In no way should siblings who know they are siblings be romantic interests. Even though this is a harem romance with many possible choices for the lead to make it very clearly becomes a choice between Minato and Yuuhi. It’s creepy, disturbing, and completely disgusting.
As characters, there is nothing particularly interesting about the three leads. If you have one harem you’ve seen this one. I only found the mains compelling for about the first half of the series before Minato became a love interest. I did find most of them likable in the beginning just not original or inspiring. The supporting cast has little to recommend either and is largely just background scenery. Probably the silliest characters of all are Minato and Junichi's parents as their various spy stories are told throughout the series. These have nothing to do with the main plot and feel totally out of place and stupid. I think it was supposed to be clever and witty. Fail.
As I mentioned, Akane-iro does a great job with its voice cast and music. We are treated to quite a bit of songs, as there are a lot of ending themes sung by almost all of the seiyuu who do singing work. It’s a shame that the story and dialogue were not on par with their talent. I am not a huge fan of the art though. It reminds me a lot of CLAMP, tall way to thin characters that are just too "beautiful". Big eyes, cutesy hair accessories, and gravity defying bosoms and boys who could easily double as girls if you have those boobs and skirts dominate.
In the end this series was a prime example of how to waste great acting talent with a clichéd story, lackluster production values, and creepy plot elements. Giving it a 6 is probably generous to how disappointing I found this series as a whole, but I really did enjoy the first half of this anime a lot. If you simply must see every harem romance out there and are not bothered by incest then by all means watch this. Everyone else should just steer clear and avoid the disappointment.
When I watched this I had strong feeling of Dejavu. Both the main heroes' name are Ju nichi as well. The animation quality was nicely done for both as well. Although some different in character design the characters from Akane-Iro give an oddly familiar feeling to that of Da Capo's cast as well, especially Minato (*cough* Nemu *cough*).
I think the similarities are overwhelming. Both mains are named Junichi, both have an "incestual" interest of the main with a sister that is not of blood relation, and both consist of a wide array of cast appealing to guys, from the "imouto" feel of Da Capo's Sakura, to the rich, snobby tsundere of Akane's Yuuhi. Take your picks.
Though, personally, the storyline of Da Capo is far more appeal, as too are the girls.
Both are based on H games, both have pretty similar main characters, both have rather interesting overtones. The way the plot flows for both series are also very similar.
Both center around the budding romantic relationship between brother and sister, non-blood related.
If you enjoyed Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka, watch Da Capo. They have the same feeling and the characters are similar, Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka's protagonist Junichi is like Da Capo's main protagonist Junnichi because they both have a younger sister taking care of them.
Da Capo and Akane-iro really has a lot of similarities. I even felt Dejavu after watching these two. Both animes are worth watching and both good. Both animes are all about Drama, Romance, and Comedy. Although Da Capo has a magical feeling into it though. But I have to say they are almost 100% similar to each other. Even the characters' personality, appearances, etc. If I can still remember correctly, here are the characters of Akane-iro and their respective Da Capo counterparts.
Nagase, Junichi - Asakura, Junichi >> Both are the main heroes of their respectice anime and they have the same Christian name in "Junichi" as well. And in the end, both of them made lovey-dovey with their respective little sisters.
Nagase, Minato - Asakura, Nemu >> Both are the main heroines of their anime. Both are adopted little sisters, in love with their Onii-chan, both of them even call their brothers "Nii-san", both wear ribbons(although Nemu has two and Minato only has one), both takes care of their homes and as well as their little brothers. The only problem is that Minato can cook and Nemu can't(but she's been improving a bit).
Katagiri, Yuuhi - Yoshino, Sakura >> Not much to say about these two, all I know is that they are both transfer students from said anime and are also in love with the main hero. And both have cute voices as well(Rie Kugumiya for Yuuhi and Yukari Tamura for Sakura).
Nishino, Fuyuhiko - Suginami >> Both guys store some reliable information in them, Fuyuhiko through the Student Council and Suginami through the Newspaper club. And supports both Junichi and Junichi as well.
Shiraishi, Nagomi - Amakase, Miharu >> Both characters are freshmen and both of them just come out of nowhere to do comedy for the viewers. And both characters are scientists-like as well(I only saw that part of Miharu from D.C.S.S. though).
Kiryu, Tsukasa - Mizukoshi, Moe >> I only have one reason why these two characters are alike. Simple. Bust Size. And both are always doing what they love. Tsukasa via Photography and Moe via cooking Nabe.
Ayanokouji, Karen - Mizukoshi, Mako >> Both girls are rich and they also both hides feelings for the two Junichis as well. They both own a company(in Mako's case, Moe also has a share with it since they're both sisters).
Sugishita, Seijirou - Shirakawa, Koyomi >> Both are teachers and the class adviser for both main characters. And they share a bond with the two idols at their respective schools. Seijirou has a bond with Mitsuki and Koyomi has Kotori as her younger sister.
Shiina, Mitsuki - Shirakawa, Kotori >> Both characters are their schools' respective idols, both characters wear berets. They also have their own crew with them. Each with 2 advisers respectively. Mitsuki having Aya and Mikoto and Kotori having Mikkun and Tomo. Both crews are a club as well. Mitsuki and co. at the Student Council and Kotori and co. with the Music club. Both have bonds with their teachers, Mitsuki with Seijirou and Kotori with her elder sister, Koyomi. I also have my own personal reason why I chose these two characters having similarities. They are both my favorite characters in their respective series as well. :D
They have a similar storyline
Opening Theme"Hatsukoi Parachute (初恋パラシュート)" by Miyuki Hashimoto
Ending Theme#01: "Sweet Gift" by Kugimiya Rie (eps 1-2)
#02: "Confusion..." by Ryou Hirohashi (ep 3)
#03: "Shoujo Test wa Muzukashii (少女テストは難しい)" by Emiri Katou (ep 4)
#04: "Akane-Iro Hometown (茜色hometown)" by Rie Kugimiya (ep 5)
#05: "Cherry pink mystery" by Emiri Katou (ep 6)
#06: "Make a Miracle!" by Rie Tanaka (ep 7)more
#07: "Love Diving (ラブダイビング)" by Marina Inoue (ep 8)
#08: "Chu.chu.ru. no yakusoku" by Rie Tanaka (ep 9)
#09: "Mezamenai Wish... (目覚めない Wish...)" by Aya Hirano (eps 10-11)
#10: "ai Koko Kara (ai・ココカラ)" by Aya Hirano (ep 12)
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