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SynopsisOne day Junichi Nagase comes across two boys tormenting Yuuhi Katagiri. When he steps in to help they run off calling him "Geno Killer". He then walks off without introducing himself or allowing the girl to either. The next day to both of their surprise she is introduced as a new transfer student to his class. The following day due to a misunderstanding he kisses her which greatly upsets her. That evening to his surprise and dismay she shows up to his door saying she is his fiancée and that she has come to live with him to evaluate him to see if he is worthy of her. Much hi-jinx ensues as the days go by.
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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
Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka is an anime that hurts itself by raising expectations and failing to meet them like clockwork. It goes out of its way to repeatedly build from mediocrity only to plunge itself back down to the point where you wonder why you even gave it much of a chance. It's someone jumping out of a 3 story building and landing on concrete, only to climb back up and jump over and over again. Until the person's bones are mush and the series limps to its god-awful ending.
As a series in general, Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka (from here on, Akasaka) is passable, I would go as far to say it's decent and occasionally enjoyable. Its gaping flaws are grossly magnified, rightly, by its constant, flagrant disappointment of its viewers. Basically Akasaka is not pure bad (far from it) but the parts that are actually good makes the parts that are bad look really bad.
Akasaka is based off Feng's visual novel released back in 2007. The plot revolves around a boy by the name of Jun'ichi Nagase, who attends a prestigious high school and seems to bear some kind of tough reputation from middle school. Think typical harem school comedy male protagonist. There, I just developed the character to the same degree 12 episodes of Akasaka did. Anyhow, a naive aloof rich girl, Katagiri Yuuhi (CV: Kugimiya Rie), transfers to Jun'ichi's school and Jun'ichi, out of some act of divine inspiration kisses her, causing unspeakable chaos. Then, to close out a rather promising first episode and establish a quite original premise, it turns out that Yuuhi is Junichi's fiancee due to an arranged marriage.
Akasaka's female cast is chock full eye-catching and potentially interesting characters. Expectations: high. The series proceeds to do nothing with all but two of the girls. Expectations: failed.
Like many similar anime, Akasaka's plot (the plot is essentially just the premise) takes a back seat episodes 3-10 for some good unrelated episodes of fun. That's fine! It's a structure that has worked countless times. And by all means it can work here. But instead, Akasaka is filled extremely cliche situations solved in extremely cliche ways. For example, Jun'ichi's sister Minato (CV: Hirano Aya) takes Yuuhi shopping in a supermarket to make dinner. Six minutes of pointless dialogue about how amazed Yuuhi is of instant curry follows. We get it after the first few lines! Yuuhi talks about how she eats at home as Kugimiya Rie butchers French Japanese transliteration. She's rich, naive, aloof, we get that. Is it supposed to be funny that Yuuhi doesn't know about instant curry and thinks that her cooks and servants don't either? How overblown does the reaction and enlightenment need to be? There are lots of girls in this anime, some who look pretty interesting. Are we going to get episodes about them? With curry? That actually would be pretty awesome...
Watching anime should never be physically painful, but that's what I felt as this series slowly killed itself. It's the pain you feel a promising show wastes all the good things it had going for it and falls into mediocrity. Akasaka occasionally strikes silver (no gold in this show, sorry) with a few lines of interesting dialogue and good animation, but after every good or decent episode or plot development the series feels as if it has some obligation to make up for it by spewing crap at our face. It's like you're at an amusement park and every time you have some fun, a burly security guard has to give you a swift punch in the gut. The ending begins suddenly in the last 3 episodes and was likewise promising. Too bad the conclusion of the series was so predictable that I might as well have drawn the storyboards myself and the things that you didn't predict either have no relevance to the plot or are so cheesy and/or wrong you're better off not predicting it.
I'm a little harsh on this series because it really is a shame. Akasaka goes to show you how bad writing can absolutely destroy a series with everything else going for it. The art is good, the characters and landscapes are well drawn and fun to look at. Akasaka has a voice acting cast that would remind you of the New York Yankees, with the resulting mediocrity to match. When we have Kugimiya Rie (Shana, Louise, Taiga), Inoue Marina (Chiri from Zetsubou Sensei, Yoko from TTGL), Aya Hirano (Haruhi, Konata, Misa from Death Note) and Tanaka Rie (Chi from Chobits, Sugintou) in the same anime, we're going to be excited. I had my eye on this series ever since voice actors were announced and some art was available.
In the end, the voice acting was pretty good but by itself it cannot save a series. The music (besides the terrible OP) is good. It better be good when you have five voice actors with best selling seiyuu albums on your staff. Should there be an OVA about the supporting characters I would most likely flock to it with expectations held high. I've heard that the game this is based off was really cool. Too bad I can't say the same for the anime adaptation. read more
All these girls( most wierder than the last) surrond this boy
Similar plot, two girls have to marry an ordinary boy, but in Shuffle one of the girls is the princess from heaven and the other is the princess from hell.
Akane-iro ni Somaru and shuffle share many things in common there both revolved around a boy that must decide a girl from a huge harem. They are both funny, and dramatic all at the same time i guarantee if you like one you'll like the other.
Akane-Iro ni Somaru Saka and Shuffle! are harem anime that take place in a wonderfully comedic high school setting. They feature a lot of girls that are all on the prowl and trying to snag the attention of the male protagonists that are going crazy, from trying to make up their minds on which girl they want to pick in the end. Both series also include a little sister and a best childhood friend so if you are a fan of those archetypes, you will not be disappointed. It's safe to say that, if you enjoyed watching one of the series, you will most likely enjoy the other one as well.
The romance level and the character interaction are very similar.
Minato reminded me of Kaede the entire time. They have different back stories and different endings though.
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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