English: D.C.~Da Capo~
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 5, 2003 to Dec 27, 2003
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 7.071 (scored by 16408 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
Popular Tagsdrama harem magic romance
Jul 21, 2008
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
Mar 8, 2010
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
Feb 3, 2009
The music in Da Capo is awesome. Since the title is a musical term, this is kind of a necessity (some of you may disagree).
The art is very nice, since the anime is set in an island where sakuras are forever blooming, lots of the scenes have elegant and pretty floating sakura petals. If you're anything like me, you'll love it. The only problem might be the two wierd cats Mr, ~I dont know if this counts as a spoiler so I won't write its name~, and Utamaru. You can argur that Utamaru has a uniquely charming appearance but I prefer the typical cute nekos.
This is where the anime starts going downhill. The storyline or lines are not the best (to put it politely). The main storyline is just like most of the other typical Harems where a boy is loved by a few girls but finally chooses one that he loves after going through a series of arcs with the others. The main problem is the 'side story', this is a part in the anime where it is completely cut off from the main story. It is a meaningless and stupidly melancholic five minutes (or sometimes more) of the female characters of the anime encounters. . .a human cat. . .nuff said...
Despite the side stories, I enjoyed this anime very much and it was very refreshing...since the last anime I saw was so horribly made that I didn't put it on my anime list. read more
Nov 14, 2007
Art: 8/10~8.5/10 The art I must admit is good. The scenes are exceptionally drawn, especially many night scenes and a few morning scenes. The characters are also pretty well drawn for 4 years ago as well, not that art has drastically changed. But for anime based off of visual novels you should expect any less than great animation.
Sound: 7/10 Ok I am a bit biased on soundtracks and music, since I am a music fanatic. The OP and ED songs aren't that shabby. I also enjoyed a most of the insert songs as well. However the OP song grew tedious after a while (maybe the for first 12 episodes I listened and watch). But its a commendable soundtrack nonetheless.
Character: 6/10 You've got the standard package of characters for a usual harem. One main male lead To be honest I liked most of the characters in the series however, there are some I got a bit irritated with (Such as Nemu and Sakura, but I still love them alot nonetheless) after a bit. But the reason why I gave it a lower score was because the character development in the episodes seem kinda shallow and only concentrated on a few of the characters, rather than developing some of the other supposed leads in the series.
Enjoyment: 6.0/10~6.5/10 There were times that I enjoyed it, like in the beginning, and times I felt like dropping it around the middle and mid-end. I guess the last few episodes covering the stories of individual characters was enough to satisfy me to watch and moderately enjoy the end as complete the first season of the series.
Overall: 6/10~7/10 I guess the last episodes played a large factor in my final decision of the series. I was wavering in my final rate between 6~7. I didn't particularly enjoy this season as much as I would've liked as other visual novels, but I guess the presentation was fine enough for me to look into the next seasons. read more
Aug 9, 2012
Been a while since i last did a review around here, think some people pretty much missed me, anyway after i came across this "hidden gem" titled as Da Capo i was abit amazed, impressed of how good this show was. Yeah, i admit, i do love harem animes, even though they are not so realistic (and this show lacks it all) i was pretty much impressed of how good this one was, all this stuff were tied out together in such a nice way, that it made me marathon this show until the end (my god, i dun even wanna remember, i spent almost 10 hours in a row watching this show, without taking breaks, only going to bathroom, still remember how pissed were some people, however i think it worth it). The story is centered on a teenage, high school student named Jun'ichi Asakura. He lives together with his sister Nemu Asakura on an island named Hatsunejima, a mysterious island, having cherry trees that bloom and never wither. The story follows Jun'ichi as he interacts with other people, such as his friend Suginami and socializing with other girls such as Mako, her older sister Moe, the school idol Shirakawa Kotori, the energetic, cheerful banana addict Amakase Miharu and his childhood friend Sakura Yoshino. At first glance, Jun'ichi seems like a normal high-school student though actually he has the power to wield magic, but he is refered to be a failure, he inherited the blood of the Yoshino family yet he did not succeed in becoming a true magic user, like Sakura. As the story goes on, Nemu and Jun'ichi grow closer, becoming more like lovers, one thing that is not mentioned is that actualy Nemu and Jun'ichi are not blood related siblings, which is a relief, just the though that this might turn into an incestuous anime, kinda made me dislike it anyway because of this fact i continued watching it. The mysterious island of Hatsunejima has a lot to offer, from a tree that always has cherry-blossoms and never withers, that grants wishes and can understand the pure hearts of people, this tree actualy plays an important role here mainly because most of the people that Jun'ichi interacted with, including the closest ones such as Nemu and Sakura, made a wish at that tree, and not only them. As Nemu and Jun'ichi grow closer to one another, Sakura becomes more and more eager to end their relationship. Like i said this is probably one of the most unrealistic romance stories i ever watched but its one that i truly enjoyed, lets be serious who wouldn't love (pointing especially to guys) to have a harem of girls around him. The first half of Da Capo starts as an romantic comedy, funny as hell, entertaining, that draws a smile on your face, but the second half turns into a serious drama, so dramatic that you might think that this will actually end tragically (there is a second season as well though so nothing to loose).
Animation and Sound (8'5/10)
Not bad in terms of animation, as expected from an anime that is inspired from visual novel even though its an erotic one actually. I pretty much liked how the characters were designed, some with funny looks other with appropriate looks. In terms of sound, the opening and endings are more orientated for an female audience, did not really like them as much as i did like the background sounds.
Surely, Da Capo shines in terms of characters. So many characters, with such different personalities, this is one of the things that makes Da Capo worth watching. All and i mean all of the character were developed more or less, giving some details about even though they were not that accurate, it gave a better taste to this show. Jun'ichi is not really my type of favorite character and still i wonder how come he managed to create his own harem, considering that he is such a boring guy. The shy Kotori, the violent Mako, the slow and cheerful Moe, the energetic Miharu, the annoying Sakura, all of them are like one of a kind, so different personalities yet they were able to get along, however all of them started to grow feelings towards Jun'ichi.
In one word, amazing, Da Capo surely impressed me, and i recommend this show to everyone, making abstraction of anime tastes and stuff like that, this is entertaining, funny, cute, dramatic, it has all the stuff that an anime should have tied toghether. Anyway at how good this first season was it would be ashame to stop at it, the other ones are even better, with much more story/character development. Fans of Akane Iro ni Somaru Saka should definitely try this one out. read more
Feb 1, 2011
Let’s start with the story, which is the thing most of its kind hardly bothers with. The premise is indeed very catchy as it involves an island of evergreen sakura trees, where wishes are granted. Most characters in the story also have a supernatural element to themselves, like the protagonist being able to see other peoples’ dreams, a girl reading thoughts of others, a loli-looking high-schooler, an android, a cat maid, and so on. The story makes sure it use all that as part of an overall plot and doesn’t simply have them there as a useless dressing and sexual fetishes, thus it is nice to see such touches in an otherwise predictable genre. The worldview of the setting is like that of dreams, where people have desires and problems that need to be resolved in order to move ahead in life and the magic of the island helps them in their struggle. Most of such problems have to do with unusual traits that others must accept or with you having to find a way to use them properly. All these elements are what effectively make the show to stand out from all others of its kind.
Unfortunately, they are as I said not fully exploited and a show that could be heavy on character drama is rather left to be just a typical light love comedy with some weird stuff going on in it. Almost half of the episodes are practically fillers, with many more being recaps or simply introduction to a secondary character. Heck, one third of all episodes are spin-off scenes about singing and other similar nonsense. Even the characters themselves are not all looked into their issues as much as some others, effectively having a cast of numerous side characters and a few major ones, who also take part in the main romantic conflict. For a harem, only two girls and a guy feels a bit poor, considering there is a dozen of them present. And from all possible pairings, why are all the major ones only incest-related? Shouldn’t they be the hardest? And as usual, we are just left to assume all girls fall for the same blunt archetype, when he is nothing special as usual. Well thanks for ruining the otherwise catchy idea.
As much as I liked the setting and the character supernatural traits, I just can’t overlook how most were hardly given the attention they needed to become great in my mind. The ending is another issue to consider, as it feels way too weird for its own good, as if it tried to be special by having a NGE ending, when in reality it wasted more than half its duration in aimless comedy and then threw in something weird just to win the last impressions. That is why I consider both story and characters to be half-good and give them the base score (5).
Art and Sound are very good for this type of show. Many praise its details and soundtrack but I personally wasn’t amazed with all that. There are way too many scenes where the characters are poorly drawn and the animation is just a few frames of blobs going back and forth. And the music, as dreamy as it was, is not something memorable for me. Voice acting is quite good in terms of passion but squeaky voices were never my thing. You can say I even disliked all those silly accessories many girls wear that move as if they have a will of their own. Seriously, if one watches Clannad this will feel bad in overall. But I will be lenient on them and still give a good score for the dreamy setting of the sakura trees and the dialogues around several issues which are not always about breast sizes and incest romances (8).
Is it a great anime? Not for me. It could have been if it focused a lot more on those funky elements with the magic and the character dramas and had more girls going bold with the main male. I give Value and Enjoyment the base score again (5).
And now some few extra info about the later seasons, as I won’t bother making more reviews about DC. THEY ARE WORSE ALL THE WAY.
In Da Capo 1 season 2, some well established characters from this season are removed and replaced with far less interesting ones and acting as if all the resolution of the first finale never happened. And the setting is no longer so dreamy or magical, while the plot is mostly fillers and the conclusion just typical and uneventful.
In Da Capo 2 seasons 1 and 2, the series returns to the same concept of the magical sakura trees, as the scriptwriters probably found out that this was what made the original good. The cast is entirely different, as the story happens many decades in the future and again involves the granting of wishes. Unfortunately, by now the formula felt too tired and the new cast was far less interesting and far more sexualized. Although the ending tried to be powerful and WTF once more, it turns out the same trick doesn’t work equally as well as the first time. This anime is basically a more sexual and dark rehash of the first series, with the first season being considered the worst of all installments and the second being the best.
In Da Capo If, it is just a small OVA show, in an alternative setting where the lead male of Da Capo 1 chooses a different girl. Well, it’s part of the new trend of resetting the story and having the lead choosing someone else, just to please the fans of a different girl. It is not much of a story other than fan pleasing. read more
Oct 26, 2007
OP-Sakura saku mirai koiyume, Sonzai
ED-Mirai he no Melody, Utamaru Ekaki Uta, Sonzai, Sakura saku mirai koiyume
On the island where the Sakura are full bloom all year round, the wishes of the people are granted. Asakura lives with his younger sister, Nemu, where they are not blood related. One day a childhood friend, Sakura moves back and immediately starts to get together with Asakura, however his lies with his sister...
Story-6/10-The story seems like any other romance/drama series.. except with the twist of magic, which has minor influence on the overall story. There are a lot of bizzare things that are made to seem "normal". There are three phases in the storyline, the beginning is all introductions, a happier time, then comes the mysterious phase, where the relationship between Asakura and everyone else is shown, and then the last phase where the situations are a lot more tense and serious. I liked the beginning and middle of this series... the ending was a little too weird and stiff..and too focused on three people..The unique thing about the series is that in the last couple of minutes in some of the episode there will be a focus on one character just walking around.
Characters-6/10-There are about two main male characters.. with the rest being girls.. and more than half of them develope a secret crush on Asakura sometime during the series. The good thing is that, their feelings are more covert, so its not exactly a harem series.. Its pretty obvious that the main conflicts are between Nemu and Asakura.. There is character development in the minor characters.. but not much in the main characters which is okay, for the main characters help develop everyone else. What is really interesting is how... *Spoiler*Some characters actually actually "leave" the series towards the end. The relationship between Nemu and Asakura is a bit weird, in that their actions seem too unnatural.
Music-6/10-The OP/ED are both average. The soundtrack is composed of lots of slow/depressing songs as well as some "happier" ones, which really reflect the wide range of emotions the series goes through. The seiyuus are all pretty good.
Animation-7/10-There some really nice day/night scenery shots during the endings of each episode as they focus on one specific character strolling around or whatever. The art is pretty good, with average animation backing it up.
Value/Enjoyment-6/10This is a pretty average romance/drama series, with all the cliches... I liked the series in the beginning as everything seemed atleast normal, then the second half came along and everything went all dark, depressing and just weird.
Overall-6/10 read more
Jul 4, 2013
The only likable character is Shirakawa Kotori. It is so sad to see that I get to see her in few episodes and after that I never see her again. She is smart, kind and lovable.
Junichi Asakura is a bland and boring person just like Edward Cullen. By the way, Nemu is Junichi's sister and they cannot be together.
I just have no choice but to give it a 4. read more
Jun 28, 2012
The anime itself really liked to skip around to different events and didn't really give a good feel of the characters. They skimmed over many of the points so at times, it just seems like the heroines fell in love with the main character out of nowhere.
I personally hated the main heroine and that really did attribute to the enjoyment of the series. The anime really made her out to be an unlikable character in my opinion. It was almost forced how the main character was able to develop feelings for her, and I just was not able to be satisfied with how the ending turned out.
Would not recommend this to watch if you're looking for some good romance or a harem. This series has 1 winner, and all the others lose after having their own personal time with the main character.
Stick with the visual novel if you want to actually enjoy the series. read more
Jul 19, 2010
STORY: [6/10] the story i just very bad, for others they might like this i dont wanna spoil u guys but if youre into TRUE LOVE/ROMANCE you will NOT ENJOY this.
ART: [8/10] Art is very well done. hey this anime was like in 2003. so its amazing how they made this anime very lively.
SOUND/MUSIC: [7/10] OP is a great way to introduce the characters but not really enjoyable to hear/watch. ED thou, note they are i think 2 EDs per episode. one's for the Da Capo SIDE STORY and one for the MAIN STORY. yup, the songs are okay. As for the Background songs, its the same that u guys hear on every anime.
CHARACTERS: [5/10] All the characters EXCEPT for the main girl which is NEMU. She is probably one the ugliest main girl ive ever seen, lol the other one is from Rental Magica. i just think Characters here are not interesting
ENJOYMENT: [4/10] HELL NO! Well, it was enjoyable until ep15/16. i still cant believe they made a 2nd season. -_-
OVERALL: [6/10] FAIR
note: this is not really a review is more likely an opinion
i did this cuz this is one of the anime i regret watching -_-
but this review might help u guys NOT WATCH THIS ANIME.
so thank you for reading this :D read more
Aug 16, 2012
The story was trying to be serious but failed because the lack of character development. There were episodes where each girl had their own episode but their stories were mediocre and not surprising.At the earlier episodes where the "cat man" appeared were very interesting and asked the viewers who was that guy but the episode that "revealed" him disappointed me.
The art is dated and is average.
What irks me was Kotori singing but it was again average and nothing memorable.
Nemu and Sakura battling for Junichi was not a surprise. The internal conflict of Sakura did not even come to fruition til later episodes and that disappointed me.Miharu's story was a pretty good one but the rest of the female cast was quite lacking. A more thorough development of Misaki or Kotori would be more interesting. I would have preferred more backstory to Suginami.
The story had its ups and downs but slightly more ups. Some of the "catman" stories were funny others were just boring. The cliff hangers at the end of some episodes were not as expected but disappointing.
Dated back to 2003, the genre is not at all old. It is just an average harem but don't expect much. read more
Oct 9, 2010
Oct 4, 2009
You will run through a variety of emotions, you will laugh, you will cry, you will think to yourself "what the **** was that part about.
A great mix of a story, characters, and setting.
A MUST WATCH ANIME.
Feb 16, 2012
Oct 28, 2013
Before I continue, note that this review will cover both Da Capo and Da Capo second season.
STORY (7/10) :
The story, initially, appears to be fairly simplistic. On a small island called 'Hatsune' lives a teenage boy named Junichi along with his step sister and a swarm of other characters with varying degrees of importance. They live blissfully on the island, lost in their own dreams/goals, completely isolated from the outside world. One day, that blissful status quo is broken by the appearance of a new character, Sakura. That point marks the true beginning of the story.
From the on, for the most part it's about Junichi, his harem, and the difficulties associated with having a large female following (internal tensions, romance etc.). The story does however delve into some interesting issues later on, especially in Da Capo second season. If you're a fan of magic or otherwise supernatural occurrences then boy do I have good news for you as this anime will allocate considerable time towards those themes and even touch upon some philosophy. The second season is in general, going to get more complex and draw the viewer in much more than the first.
The only problem I have with this section is that the romance component of Da Capo was way too predictable. I could literally make out what the outcome of a certain relationship was going to be episodes before it was due to be resolved. The makers should have definitively put more uncertainty into the story to make it more engaging rather that making the characters follow a seemingly linear path as that kind of ruins your watching experience.
CHARACTERS (8/10) :
This is without a doubt the strong component of Da Capo. Despite the fact that the characters seem to follow known archetypes, they still posses plenty of originality thanks to a combination of factors such as an unusual setting, magical & supernatural themes coupled with a harem subplot.
The interactions between the male lead and the rest of the predominantly female cast almost always have a romantic & haremesque vibe to it. However, when that gets boring enough viewers will find respite in Utamaru's adventures or Suginami's hilarious analogies (Two comic relief characters by the way). The show manages to maintain a healthy balance between drama and comedy all throughout.
The second season will start to weigh more heavily towards the dramatic side, as the female cast of Da Capo goes through a period of inevitable self-evaluation and some much needed soul searching, especially with Aishia's arrival. Old grievances & wounds born anew, the cast will indeed go through a storm.
The problem with the character section lies entirely within the male lead. He is spineless beyond belief. I can understand a teenage male to be fairly indecisive and lazy but this guy needs his step-sister to change his diapers. He's like a leaf thrown about by the wind; his actions shaped too easily by the opinions of his peers. Additionally, apart from his "kindness" he has no single redeeming quality which makes it harder for the viewer to believe that any of the girls would actually harbor any earnest feelings towards him.
ART (9/10) :
The art is really good, especially if one considers the year of release for this anime. The concept for the island of Hatsune is interesting and its visualisation even better. Whether it be the cherry blossom trees, the school or the Shinto shrine; everything's been animated with near-perfection.
Likewise the characters have been carefully drawn, with attention being paid to all the little details. That said however, at longer distances this attention seems to slack off a little bit and characters turn more into stick figures than proper anime characters but that doesn't happen too often and as I found, will not affect the overall enjoyment of the series.
The sound department contains some truly beautiful pieces. The dramatic scenes in Da Capo are accompanied by music reminiscent of the themes one might find in 'Yosuga no Sora'. They definitively help to bring out the seriousness of a given situation and help to make it that much more emotional. The opening and ending themes fit nicely into the overall tone of the anime and make it complete.
The voice acting itself was completely masterful. I'm a beginner in Japanese, but I can tell when someone's acting with an earnest conviction. The crying scenes in this anime are absolutely GODLY. The Japanese voice actresses did a superb job, giving you the feeling that you're truly watching characters who are in a bind rather than watching a character who is voiced by a person who gets paid to say a few lines. Top notch stuff.
I enjoyed this anime tremendously despite some of its shortcomings. The romance was too predictable and the male lead was painfully spineless, yes, but nevertheless there was much more to the story than just that. The magical aspect, the whole of Hatsune island, Suginami and his shenanigans etc.
Overall, a very good anime and a definite recommendation to all out there who enjoy romance/harem themed animes.
May 28, 2012
It was okay once they actually got to it... it seemed to me that this series somewhat delayed itself by making simple 1 episode stories about random girls... when i first started watching this, i felt like i was watching a different anime every episode until about 17... none of the stuff that happened at the beginning really had alot to do with the main point which bugged me a bit. BUT thats just my point of view, others may disagree.
I liked the art.. it wasnt anything out of the ordinary but the colors and faces and hairstyles were cute to me. I thought the rain pouring down in one scene was extremely impressive.
The sound was fair.. there wasnt any really awesome music that stood out to me or made me want to write down to later look up and listen to again. I am really a huge music critic. I love music and i think it makes up a huge part of the show. It was fair.
The characters were good. They each had their own personality which i did like, the voices were all different and unique.
This anime, though it seemed to drag on into non essential plots here and there, waas enjoyable and did make me crack up a few times :)
Overall this show was pretty good. Nothing awesome to brag about to friends but it had a good amount of romance and comedy. read more
Oct 20, 2011
Brother and sister romance even if not by blood the concept of being siblings is still there
I cant believe i got to episode 20 then right then I had to drop it
Incest is just disgusting why the hell do these dam people keep making them