Man, I can't believe I suffered through 4 episodes just to write a review but apparently you have to...thanks MAL
Well, well, well wasn't this an unfortunate mistake. If there's one thing I hate, is anime series that are pretentious and lure you in with false promises of an enriching story (granted this was pretty much NOT that). The story continues off the 1st season where...oh who cares, the plot is in the description...I'm just here to tell you it's awful. Some find this show enjoyable but I'm not here to argue taste, you have yours and I have mine.
This show is as shallow as it
gets from the plot to the characters to the melodrama. Shows like this try to give the impression that they try to build on the story and develop the characters but all they do is try to give random ecchi moments and who is going to sit on the MC's rod first...sounds like a masterpiece at work here. Why do these series keep pandering to the beta-male, where it's one bland, awful, dense mary-sue with the personally of chalk character get to have 5 beautiful girls fight for his attention? If the point is to make relatable characters, what's with all the heavily unrealistic situations? When will someone like the MC ever succeed in real life by being the way he is? I guess you have to pander to those with these traits and if being pathetic sells, I guess you have to cater towards your target market but I digress...
The female characters don't do much to the series...it's like the only time they feature is when they bicker amongst each other for the MCs approval. Their personalities fall into the common trope of:
Eriri - flat-chested tsundere with blonde pigtails and MC's childhood friend...I could reach into a bucket and pull out 10 of these
Utaha - miss perfect, blessed with intelligence and beauty trying to give off an imposing figure of a lion with her cold attitude but is reduced to a kitten when the MC drops a compliment
Michiru - basically there for incest fanservice, always very physical with the MC much to the despair of the others, often very flirty as well
Megumi - the plain, soft spoken type, always tries to help others rather emotionless girl that opens up slowly with the help of her friends, some might say the perfect girlfriend
And last but not least...the MC: Tomoya Aki...there has to be a reason why girls are attracted to him...is it his pasty skin? His bland appearance? His barely existent personality? His density or the fact that he's a hardcore geek that spends his money on games and anime? All these things make up the boy girls want...that's what they tell us so it must be true, right?
Everything that takes place, each thing these girls achieve is just to please the MC in the end and try to earn his affection. They serve no other purpose other than being the MC's romantic interest, ending up in questionable situations and random ecchi moments to appease the fans and sell BDs. A true shame since many good characters in series like this just end up as sex objects and shipping fuel.
This show is a special kind of bad. I've known this since the first season but I stuck around like fly on shit seeing if it gets better but in the end you realize, like the fly, you're literally wasting time and being entertained by a turd.
OK harem haters don't come here; we all know that there is nothing here for you. As for people who can judge an anime on its merits and enjoyment value we might have something for you. Somehow the moment people see the term harem in the genre list; it seems that they become blind to the fact that the anime was also categorized as comedy/romance or school.
Since this is a review of a second season so there is little point in giving you an overview of the story. The previous season was about gathering the team (Blessing software). The general theme was that this anime
is by the otaku - for the otaku - to the otaku. Now that the team is formed, this season is going into the dynamics of their working relationship. Okay I didn’t get that right. It’s more about their personal relationships not just with the male protagonist but with each other as well.
The prize in this anime - A story inside a story. Not many anime can pull that off and those that do, rarely do it this well. In this anime one story doesn’t hinder the other rather it becomes the impetus of the other. This fact right here tells you that a bunch of talented people have worked in this anime and more importantly they work well together.
Lastly let me put in a frank word. We all know that we watch harem anime for the girls/heroines. If the female MC's have enough character then the anime definitely deserves a chance. Enough said.
To keep it simple, I like this show. It's not one of those typical harem show that would've suffice the needs of all horny men as a fap material, and of those that like to be teased by an animated sexy and cute 2D girl where real sex never really happen in this show, despite how turned on the MC should've been in those situation. In this case, Saenai Heroine no sodatekata is one of those rare show where the MC lacks the libido, or aka, sexual lust for 3D women; even if they're a cute blonde loli tsundere whose reputation and status as a
cute or one of the beautiful girls in school are apparent and is accredited in a beauty contest (she's also half western and is rich as fuck) . Or, his own fucking sexy cousin, who would wear little clothing at home, even in the same room as the MC with no shame and tact. Or, a girl who's acclaimed to be one of the popular writer and perfect in aspects any male would want: beautiful, intelligent, graceful, cold, and composed. Or a girl with a dull personality, demeanor and manner of speech, but is apparently a main heroine to his ideal 2D girl's character.
The situation as a whole seem far fetched from reality, and it really is, considering that all of these successful (well two of them) girls flock over the MC like he's the only man there is for them to be with. In a situation like this we would be expecting a story or themes, just like in any harem anime, revolving around romance, jealousy, forbidden love, guilt and so on. But this anime doesn't only explores only that, it explored a sort of rivalry experience as the story do go on a route of creating a game, with the dull girl, Kato, as an ideal heroine, and to become one of the best game out there. The story is somewhat similar to bakuman and shirobako. Both anime explored the inner working of a team working on an anime, in this case, this anime explores the inner working and the experience of a team working on a visual novel, with an acclaimed light novel author as the lead of the script writing team (as she's the only one lol), and one of the ingenious blonde loli with great adroitness to drawing ability (and again, the only one working on it). The team is basically his harem, where their specialty are delegated to the right place on the team for creating a game.
Additionally, the dialogue may not be as great or rivaled the monogatari series. The dialogue is actually written in a very humorous and witty manner with its metaphors, subtle complains or insults, breaking the 4th wall and such. So this does make the entirety of the show not as boring as it seem. Although, in some part of the show I gotta admit, I almost fall asleep or have the inclination to skim over it.
Another quality of this anime that makes this show so great or fun to watch is basically, the character are cute, unique and likable. But ofc, this naturally boils down to your personal interests for a character, for a certain set of personality and appearances, though, some character may seem to be the cliche type, while some, like Katou, would be one of the unique ones in the show.
As such, give this anime a go even if you're not a harem fan. As i'm not a huge harem fan myself, it just seem like it's fine for me for an anime to be a harem show, when the MC is an otaku that have no sexual desire for an actual female in the real world, or is actually a pervert much like any other harem MC there is. And just to be warned, the fanservice is kinda heavy on this one, though they are very self aware on this one lmao. If you watch the episode 0 of season 1 or 2, you will see the 4th wall crumbling down as the character voiced their honest complain or statement about this anime. Oh and much like Oreimu, the anime also explored shit like people hating on Otaku culture and other such serious subjects that may come up in the story.
The show continues where it left from season 1 . The story on a surface level it looks like a harem with beautiful girls where each are fighting for the main character attention but on a deeper level is different.
It’s about how the society in Japan perceives the ones who call themselves Otaku and criticize them through our characters experiences and perspectives Utaha and Eriri.
The show focuses on the word hardworking and identity in the society and how hard is to be accepted by others if you are different.
Season 2 focuses on characters and the first episodes portrayed the
story of our two girls Utaha and Eriri. It revealed how they meet and strengthen their bond and showed the legit reason why they argue and contradict daily.
The characters personalities are vivid and colorful except for Megumi who is kinda plain but that’s because of her own circumstances.
It’s a story about identity, hardworking, dreams , hopes, love all in one anime with beautiful girls that focuses on developing the characters relations and portray their emotional state , an enjoyable anime for the ones who want to see a quality harem anime.