English: D.C.~Da Capo~
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 5, 2003 to Dec 27, 2003
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company
Score: 7.021 (scored by 18995 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
drama harem magic romance
SynopsisEvery year the flowers bloom. Mysterious Cherry Blossoms blooming all over a crescent shaped island. That island is the island of Hatsune...
The main character who goes to Kazami Academy, Asakura Junnichi, has the power to see the dreams of other people in his sleep. He was also taught magic by an old lady that allows him to create sweets.
One day, Junnichi seems to have seen someone's dream again while he was sleeping. Inside that dream, a girl who was a childhood friend of his appeared. But, he was woken up by his sister Asakura Nemu, forcing him to come back to his regular life. Nemu doesn't actually have any blood relation to Junnichi but their bond is deeper than other real brothers and sisters. So deep that it gives the illusion that they're lovers.
It was another peaceful normal day waking up early in the morning and going to Kazami Academy. Together with childhood friend Amakase Miharu, the academy idol Shirakawa Kotori, the two sisters Mizukoshi Moe and Mako who prefer eating nabe on the school roof for lunch. Going through their day as usual, their childhood friend, Yoshino Sakura, who they thought had moved to America suddenly appears. It was a surprise for Junnichi and Nemu. Sakura tells them, "I came to finish the promise we made during our childhood"...
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Related AnimeAdaptation: Da Capo
Sequel: Da Capo Second Season
Alternative setting: Da Capo If
Other: Da Capo: D.C. I & II P.S.P. OVA
Spin-off: T.P. Sakura: Time Paladin Sakura
Characters & Voice Actors
Da Capo is not for everyone. Especially anti-bishoujo vigilantes who'd surely find plenty of flaws to reinforce their misconceptions of a very very misunderstood class of anime. However, for those who are willing to look beyond its sub-tag of 'harem' and "eroge (adult games) conversion", you might just find an anime gem that few in the genre can outsparkle.
Story - 8
Da Capo has a very interesting premise and is a surprisingly coherent story. It achieves this in 2 ways. First, by never forgetting the thrust of the series. It could be an episode featuring one of the numerous side characters or typical high school hijinks yet it never fails to leverage on these situations to further develop the central plot or characters. Grafting the various characters' stories onto the overarching theme is the 2nd avenue by which the series remains relevant despite its seemingly meandering series composition. Although I have to say the the first 15 eps could have been a lot tighter which accounts for the mildly-diminished score of 8 for this segment. Nevertheless, the series more than makes up for it with tightly-knitted and well paced 2nd half (ep 16 onwards).
Art - 9
For a 2003 production, the animation quality was nothing to write home about. The definition of art here extends beyond mere portrayal of visuals that the eyes can capture but sight that can touch the human heart. Da Capo clinches a 9 for this category because of its excellent art direction (which frankly is probably lost on most anime viewers.) Artistic scene transitions, panning shots that accentuate the mood of the scene etc are just some of the reasons why I believe Da Capo to have one of the finest cinematography in the genre.
Sound - 9
Da Capo soundtrack is undoubtedly the best of the genre. Not only are the pieces beautiful standalone musical compositions, their effect is greatly magnified in the various poignant scenes when employed skillfully under the anointed direction of the Da Capo crew, making its musical component one of the most memorable aspect of the production.
Character - 8
Da Capo has an endearing cast which sadly was not fully developed, at least for many of the fabulous side-haremettes. Again the series more than makes up for it with its wonderfully fleshed out leads. By digging deep into their psyche, motivations and struggles, one cannot help but empathize strongly with these girls binded by chains of cruel love. Few harem series does 'love' and even fewer do it with the depth and maturity of Da Capo
Enjoyment - 10
Well-crafted characters, poignant drama, impeccable music and an artistic flair to meld all these ingredients into a solid production is the reason why I enjoyed the series to. the. fullest.
Give DC a shot if you are not adverse to the much maligned bishoujo genre. Recommended only if you have an open mind, loves good drama, coherent plots and consistent characters. read more
Okay, so it's one of the most popular harem titles in japan, probably only second to KEY's big hits. It's even tiring to try to track the amount of side stories and sequels and doujin productions for this huge title.
But surprisingly despite all the hype this series gains, it totally killed all my expectations.
Okay honestly it started pretty nice.. with all the moe charm points you would find in any harem title. But it isnt really cool when the introduction episodes are cut to half time and u're forced to watch gravure videos of some of the seiyuus. they could have put more effort into developing the story.
So when the real story actually started honestly thought it would be great. but it disappointed me at every turn. most of the plot is too cliche, too flat, too boring. i couldnt help sighing and hoping it would end sooner in the last 4 episodes.
The only thing commendable is probably the art, which is obviously the inspiration of many of the moe animes out nowadays. this is one of the main reason i watched this anime. everywhere you go in akihabara, you see da capo's art. it's that impressive.
I understand that 'da capo' is a musical term, so i was expecting some beautiful music. instead, it's so poor that i had to skip the OP and ED and sigh at all the scenes that were supposed to be touching. it's disappointing that they didnt work more on the music. as for the seiyuus, the big names are all over the place, so there's really not much to complain about.
Wow we have so many moe characters. You have your imouto, loli, osananajimi, senpai, and even an esper! What should we do? Decorate them in your bedroom! Yes, that's very much all there is to the characters in Da Capo. well, some of them have interesting backgrounds and personalities.. but in the anime they're prematurely developed, and leave much to desire. the characters are like pictures of people without a background. beautifully drawn, but shallow and monotonous.
And the worst character i've seen in a very long time is the main male character. each of his scripts make me sigh and wish it would end right there and then. it's so painful to see that pitiful soul. oh god please strike him with a bolt of lightning.
I started watching this with a lot of expectation, but the result is overwhelming disappointment. I should have been able to finish this in one day, but i couldnt stand watching it straight.. the shortcomings are so terrible it's depressing.. im not depressed because of the melancholy in the story, but because of the bad story.. sighs..
A good example of animes which dont live up to their popularity and fame. If you're going to watch this, make sure you're ready for disappointment read more
Both animes focus on an illegitimate brother and sister relationship (although in both cases they're not blood related) involving the male protagonist. And while this love in coming into fruition, other girls are also typically interested in this male protagonist. In addition, magic plays a vital role in either helping this relationship develop or hindering it in both animes. One thing to note is that Da Capo has more harem (i.e. more girls interested in the main character) relative to Gift.
Two romantic comedy dramas (Heavier emphasis on drama rather than comedy) anime that revolve around sis-con (Sister-Complex) relationships between the male lead and female lead. Both stories also occur in a similar setting involving a town or city that grants people's wishes or desires due to a mysterious or magical object.
There are many similar character archetypes and personalities to be found between both anime as well, and the visual artstyle is strikingly similar.
same scenes or same happenings.. the only big difference is just that the girls in da capo are inlove with the male protagonist.while in gift they just like him as their friend(i guess)..
Gift and Da Capo are the same story with different characters. Gift is shorter and more to the point while Da Capo will waste your time on a lot of useless episodes and side characters. If you want to watch Da Capo just do yourself a favor and watch Gift instead.
Or better yet, don't watch either. Walk away.
first off, both gift and da capo has a brother-sister complex. In Gift the couple is Riko and Haruhiko, in da capo the couple is Nemu and Junichi , both of the anime have siblings as a couple.
Second, in gift, the magic that grant wish is the unfaded rainbow, rainbow that always show up, meanwhile in da capo, the magic based on the undying sakura tree, sakura that always blooms.
Third, both in gift and da capo, the male protagonist is being around some girls. In Gift Haruhiko surrounded by Riko, Kirino, Chisa, Rinka, Yukari and Nami. In da capo Junichi surrounded by Nemu, Sakura, Miharu, Moe, Mako, Misaki and Kotori.
Fourth both in gift and da capo, the male protagonist has 1 friend (a guy, not a girl) . In Gift Haruhiko's friend is Masaki, while in Da Capo Junichi's friend is Suginami.
Fifth, both in gift and da capo, there are the victim and the psyco . Both the victim in gift and da capo is the sister. In Gift the victim is Fuko, Haruhiko's younger sister, and the psyco is Kirino, haruhiko's childhood friend. In Da Capo the victim is Nemu, Junichi's younger sister, and the psyco is Sakura, Junichi's cousin .
Many of similarities in both Gift and Da Capo, those five is the one i remember, so if you like gift, you will like da capo too. It's the same if you like Da Capo, the you will like gift as well .
Based on a visual novel by the same company (though Gift was produced under slightly different circumstances), both Gift and Da Capo share similar comedy/romance/harem themes, as well as the underlying ambiance of magic and fantasy, and how it can be used for good or bad. Both shows also cover the infamous "siblings but not REALLY siblings" relationship.
if da capo used sakura tree, gift used rainbow.
And the male protagonist acts like jun'ichi
the female protagonist looks like kotori
The art/animation style of Gift is similar to Da Capo. Circus also has a hand in the production of the visual novels of both titles and therefore the similarity.
Both series are considered harem with the main protagonist dealing with the girls in her life in a school life setting mixed in with supernatural themes.
Both series has elements of romance, drama, comedy, and some emotional moments as well that balances out the story.
Both have a VERY similar story. Someone close to one of the characters dies and before they die, they cast a magic that is supposed to protect and help them. The magic is represented in the form of an everyday thing (Rainbow/Sakura tree). The characters end up having problems with the magic later on in life and so they destroy it.
As in Shuffle!, there is a wide variation of characters. The story is based on magic, similar to Shuffle!'s main plot. There is also quite a resemblance between character personalities. I also recommend Da Capo: Second Season.
Almost the same kind of harem jealousy found in both. Male protagonist approach varieties of unique female characters and ultimately found his true love.
Both are enjoyable harem shows with good emphasis on poignant and dramatic moments. Both also boast of good musical scores which enhance the feel of the series.
They're similar in a way that they're both harem series. When I watched Shuffle! it gave me thoughts about DC. There's only a tiny difference between the two, the other one's somehow predictable unlike the other one...
You can see many similarities in both series. Such as the character personalities and changes such as Sakura and Kaede(The "Psychos"), and Asa and Nemu (The "Victims").
both are typical harem series with loads of attractive and unique females all in love and fighting over the same not-so-attractive, not-so-unique guy
-Both animes's setting/story goes by an omnibus format, and have small arcs for each heroine that doesn't diverge from the central plot of the story (with the setting intact)
- both have a similar main character
- both have a kind of romance/harem genre
- both have some sort of supernatural or magical twist in it
- both have a little sister like character always helping the main character.
Both sit in the dramatic anime theme whilst still managing to be harem animes. Both also tie magic into the anime whilst not making it a huge theme.
Opening Theme#1: "Sakura saku mirai koiyume" by Yozuca (eps 1-25)
#2: "Sonzai" by CooRie (ep 26)
Ending Theme#1: "Mirai he no Melody" by CooRie (eps 1-7,9-14,16-20)
#2: "Utamaru Ekaki Uta" by Haruko Momoi (eps 8,15)
#3: "Sonzai" by CooRie (eps 21-25)
#4: "Sakura saku mirai koiyume" by Yozuca (ep 26)
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