Hatsune-Jima was once well-known for its cherry trees, which would bloom no matter what time of year it was. Two years ago, the island's cherry trees lost this ability and all became ordinary cherry trees that bloom only in the spring. Jun'ichi Asakura is now a graduating senior at Kazami Academy, and is surrounded by many close friends, old and new alike. On a stormy summer day, a mysterious young girl, Aisia, arrives at Jun'ichi's door. She is looking for Sakura's grandmother to study magic, ultimately hoping to bring happiness to everyone. When she discovers that grandmother Yoshino had long since passed away, she joyfully assumes (thanks to his error in judgment) that Jun'ichi is able to teach her. Even though she finally understands that the only magic he's capable of is conjuring Japanese confections, Aisia continues her search for magic on Hatsune-Jima. Amid the chaos of her search, Kazami Academy hires new medical staff.
This is the review for Da Capo second season, the second of the DC series...
I write this review based on the knowledge that people have seen Da Capo, but i'll try my best not to spoil anything from the first season.
(For this review i'll refer to Da capo as DC and Da Capo Second season as DCSS)
I'd say the storyline is pretty average. DCSS's storyline can be split into two halves. first half of DCSS focuses on character building and linking the 2 seasons together. Pretty much filler episodes.The second half is pumped with drama.
While I reckon the second half was awesome,
I can't deny that the first half was pretty boring. So can't really give the full score here.
The art is decent quality. Possibly due to the change in animators, the animation from DC and DCSS was a bit different and maybe a bit hard to get use to at the start, but dosen't really matter. The animation is nothing special, not much GC and simple 2D styled.
The background music wasn't exactly special, but it suited the anime. The OP was awesome (downloaded it after the 1st episode) and the ED is not bad. Didn't actually listen to the second ED so can't really comment on that...
the return of the original cast of characters was a good. The new main bishoujo (Aisia), which was pretty much the head of the series, was a bit painful to watch at the first half but redeemed herself during the second half. The new cast of Haremettes were a bit too stereotype for my liking and their identity lacked depth, possibly due to the lack of airing time they have.
Due to the new haremetts, it feels like there were too much deredere in the series so the balance of characters weren't as good as DC.
The start was a bit painful to watch, but the end turned out to be really good.
Some might argue that the drama is not evenly distributed, but I enjoyed it.
This one is definitely for those that are die-hard idealized romance fans. (raise hand)
Honestly, I NEVER give reviews like this ever; I am normally open-minded of an anime and can always see the positive. The last one I hated this badly was Maburaho and that was a long time ago, so you can tell I am very open-minded of most anime as I say I am. But, unlike that, this one gave me NOTHING to work with and I'm sorry if you are a fan of this anime going through reviews, thinking all of them will be peachy-keen. But, this one won't be and, sadly, I can not find a single thing good about it. And here is
WARNING: The entirety of this review is mainly one big spoiler, so read at your own risk. Almost entirely similar to the last one, except it has no moments that any casual newcomer can read.
Right off the bat, this website NOW puts this anime into Comedy. But, it is NOT at all; for the most part. And, it's delivery of comedy was really stale in comparison to the first. But, let me get segregate this review into two sections. Firstly, the characters. Oh man, I wanted this to be saved for last, but I can not hold it off, as it does effect those who watched the first season. And, know the word "cliché"? Get used to it for now.
Remember Junichi, that guy with the hazel hair? That guy that had the soft personality, was really funny and had a generally different atmosphere from most male protagonists? Well, say goodbye to that, because he was retooled to match the hair color of his comedic friend, Suginami, and was given a cliché male protagonist personality where he can literally not explain a misunderstanding like his life depends on it, is constantly smacked around and only is respected in the serious moments. However, he had his moments in this one, but they were far from often like his hazel haired counterpart. He was also given a light facelift that ruined the soft nature of his look that he had before. Despite all this, he had the funniest parts in the anime, for the very little comedy it had; and his character didn't dilute nearly as much as the next one I'm about to bring up.
This time, not Sakura; oh no. We are talking about NEMU. Now, this cuts right into my next section altogether, due to how much I hate this girl. Nemu single-handedly hogged Junichi for herself through the entire anime...and no, I don't mean they just hungout a lot.
If you remembered from my last review, she is Junichi's "sister" which means she grew up with him and, well, hogged him. I am not going to lie, I hate this more than most hate (...) because, well (...), they didn't meet until much later in their lives. So, they did not have the bond that normal siblings have. Don't really want to list the anime name or any references to it, due to its controversial nature. It does unfortunately make my review look a big lop-sided here, but it is just too significant to bring up.
However, to regress back to the prior topic, Junichi and Nemu pretty much WERE siblings, even if they weren't by blood. I know they said that cheesy line where they were "hiding their love by being siblings" but, can't any pair of siblings say that? No, they were siblings; I don't care how they phrase it. Sibling love is still too different from normal love. It is true that sibling love is actually one step away from normal love, given it is all of the benefits (in a good relationship) without the sex. So, just stepping up one more pretty much qualifies as lovers.
However, Nemu's ill behavior towards Junichi really stirred some anger in my heart and reminded me they felt like siblings trying to have a family of their own. If you couldn't tell already, this season gave us THREE new female leads to, once again, fall in love with Junichi; seemingly out of nowhere as it seems, and pretty much turned it into a generic harem. But, tried to balance it with at least one new male, though he is significantly less important than Suginami in the end. He is definitely filler at best, since he has no altercations to the story; of which, Suginami hogs that spotlight himself in a few major points. Speaking of, I like how his character is nearly untouched from his season one counterpart.
Anyway, to further bag on Nemu, you can tell both her and Junichi have a sibling relationship. I know in some anime the lovers have a hate period, but Nemu hates him the ENTIRE time. Their kind moments are only in the serious ones, but Nemu effectively treats him badly for the most part. Take into consideration how any other girl would do the same, for now I will list Kotori as she seemed to be the most competitive to Junichi's affection, and Nemu is not hot stuff anymore.
In my opinion, that OVA was the TRUE ending to this anime. Kotori deserved to be with Junichi and it shows. She treats him nicely, is not a total bitch to him like Nemu and is more deserving of his love. Nemu is the kind of nice person that assumes her nice deeds should always be re-payed. And, well that isn't necessarily bad, if you think someone has to pay you for EVERY nice deed you do for them, then that is just you being selfish and not nice at all.
But, to not put all this pressure on Nemu, I will say this much about Junichi himself. He is a lazy slob, had to have the help of his friends to get to school on time EVERY day and forgets things a lot. However, he is a very innocent male lead that, if given less pressure to explain things, does so very well. And, well, he usually never lies about it. He has been shown to be much more perverted in this anime, to add yet another cliché to the mix; but they only did the one time for some comedy with Aisia. I would dedicate a portion here to Aisia herself, but I don't want to write about this anime for long.
But, I should probably bring up Sakura, shouldn't I? Well, the reason I didn't is because, well, the anime does something similar. She doesn't show up until the anime is almost over and her significance to the story is to just add another wizard to the mix to give Aisia some guilt about her magic. But, she is left unchanged, which plays a MAJOR role in the story if you are a very in-depth listener.
I'm just going to come clean and say it, though. I will dedicate just a LITTLE bit of this review to Aisia, but only towards her main goal. Halfway through the anime, she notices that Kotori liked Junichi, but was baffled that Nemu had him all to herself; similar to me. So, she wished as hard as she could to the withered cherry tree that Junichi and Nemu would remain in a sibling relationship. In the end, this was the ending I wanted and so I was cheering Aisia on the ENTIRE time and was happy that this anime might have a good ending. Sakura tried to stop her, but failed (and I was just living it up right there) miserably.
Why? Well, you remember how Sakura was not a grown women? Tick, tick, tick, DING! That's right, the magic in that cherry tree is STILL there because Sakura is not a grown women as she should have became after the tree withered; hinting it still had a breadth of life left within. She even references this herself to Junichi because she thought "he would like her better that way" or something, which means that she never let go of it entirely herself. I picked up on it right away, which horrified me because the story did get to me in a way. I didn't think I would have caught onto a reference that wasn't even brought up until one of the last episodes. In fact, I don't think it was ever brought up, hinting that you really just had to be listening to the anime to know for sure. I did, and was right, as the tree was saved.
To summarize everything, though, I have no good merits for this anime as it was Cliché City the ENTIRE time. The guy ends up with the main girl, whom is the bitchiest of all the girls; the plan of the opposing protagonist failed and so forth. I can only recommend this to first time anime viewers, as you wouldn't catch onto its nature. But, if you are an anime veteran and have been watching many for years, this one won't be good at all. It also forces down a lot of "sad" moments at you that don't do it justice as well as the first season did.
Well I already said this review would be all spoilers, there is one in particular that I do not wish to reveal for season one fans that want to finish up the anime. So, I will mask it with a warning, as I enjoyed it a lot; one of the few things I actually DID like about the anime.
If I had to pick the one thing I enjoyed most about this anime, Misaki was it. It was the perfect reference to season one and only those that watched it will know who this girl is right away. I loved it so much because this girl was so subtle in her dialogue, but she was so discrete with who she was that it was hard for me to pick up the pieces. But, when I did, I realized she had the SAME last name as Yoriko.
So, yes, Misaki is the girl that Yoriko explored the world for. You know, that girl in the window from the VERY first episode of Da Capo. It was truly heartwarming to see her again, and that she remembered everything about Junichi. I never knew why she didn't greet him again, but perhaps it might have been because that would require, you know, GOOD writing to achieve. I wish she did, but it was very nice to see her again either way. It warmed my heart.
So, I would stay away from this one at all costs. It's not even worth it to watch this season, as it will end the way you expect it to. You know, where Junichi and Nemu get MARRIED. Oh, and apparently, a little baby boy grew up to be a little girl. I never understood that at all, but it made me laugh. One of the few moments of this anime that was funny WASN'T during an intended comedy scene, how quaint.
D.C.S.S. is a good sequel for the first season. The drama here is a bit better and some good surprises await the first season viewers, but the fun was disappointingly decreased. It's not much of a comedy anymore, still, it's definitely a must watch, specially for people who liked Da Capo.
The story is very good. Although some things were disappointingly removed from the first season, It still starts out fine and then ends very well. Eventhough a bit boring, it's also plotted with surprises to make up for it.
The art was disappointing since some characters were remodeled. The main character did look better but his
looks were completely changed that it felt weird like he was a completely different character. Another complaint is Mako, she definitely looked worse in this season and also Kotori and Miharu and Moe. I think almost all the character drawings degraded, same goes for the petal wither animation. Anyway, everything still looked fine and it was able to cling to the good side.
The sounds were okay. The sounds are not that appealing but it's still good. The characters still had same, nice voices.
The characters are not much but they do the job. There were some unnecessary support character additions, and the inadequate presentation for them made it worse. They don't even have a decent introduction. However, there are a few behavior improvements on the previous main characters which makes them more mature and less annoying. And Suginami still evades Mako's punches impressively. Plus, the new girl Aisia gives more story background, and further widens the world of Da Capo despite her clueless and annoyingly stubborn character. All in all, the overall cast is still fine at the very least.
The second season is definitely not funny anymore but it focused more on having better drama and some surprises are setup to make viewers watch more. It's still very enjoyable eventhough some episodes are somewhat boring and I really want to point out that the first six episodes is made to surprise viewers.
*NOTE:* -this deceptive surprise tactic is only applicable to people who watched the first season-
I'm Not Going To Say So Much, You Can See Ratings Given By Me So You Can Understand What I Can Say.
All The Story From First Season......
Already Made Me In Deep Thinking And Then This One.
I Thought Maybe Now They Gonna Made It To A Something Interesting. And I Was Right They Actually Made It Interesting. But Not The Way I Thought.
Well I Ca't Say I Like It Or I Hate It But It's A Some Kind Of Story That I Can't Forget About It Soon.
Well It's Just Me And My Thinking or Whatever You Think But I Just Want To Say
That The This Is Actually A Story Which You Can Watch And Forgot.
What is This Story I Actually Don't Understand What Was They Thinking When They Decide To Make It.
Well Whatever It Is I'm Done Watching It And I Don't Think I'm Gonna Watch It Again But I'm Sure It's Not Gonna Be Gone From Mine For A long Time.
I Will Never Recommend It To Watch. But I Really Recommend You To Watch D.C.S.S.: Da Capo II Second Season.