Hello everyone! Yes, I'm that girl who gave the first season of Da Capo II a 5 and bashed it! I'm very happy that I did gave the second season a chance. I'll tell you why. Enjoy my review (if you can)!
What to say about the Story? Did it improved? Yes, it surely did. When I first started this I could already see that we finally get our Otome and Yume-moments, which I missed in the first season. The whole season is focussed on Otome and Yume who both seem to like their ''onii-chan'', Yoshiyuki. It's very easy to see how much Yume likes him, since we get lots of moments where she tries to be with him or blushes very hard. For Otome, it isn't really shown that she tries as hard as Yume but she hangs out with Yoshiyuki the most. Some weird accidents are happening which bothers Otome. Yoshiyuki notices this and helps her to investigate the weird accidents that happen every single day, and the weirdest thing, in none of them someone got hurt. Yoshiyuki and Otome both can use magic as well, and Otome refers herself as ''a magician of justice'' and tries to do something about the accidents. They later get involved with the Sakura Three and read that it can make your wishes come true. Ofcourse, they don't believe it, but Anzu tells them a story of a girl who made a wish to the Sakura Three, which was granted. It turns out that that girl was her. In each accident a girl with blond hair was seen by bypassers. Rara, who could it be?
This might have improved a little from the first season as well. Even though there isn't alot of difference. I think the animation is well made and the characters move very naturally. The characterdesigns are good as well, I really like everyone's appearance!
Ah, the sound, the music... It's not the most special, but I DO like it. The opening-theme, Sakura Amaneku Sekai is sung by yozuca. I really like the background-music of the song and the singing isn't bad at all! It's nice to listen to it before the episode begins. Then, what about the ending-theme? It's Bokutachi no Yukue, sung by CooRie. Probably my favourite song from Da Capo II Second Season! I really like the calm feeling it gives you. For the background-music in the episodes, I think I heard it when it was needed. They do not over-use sounds but it's worth a 8.
Improved! For sure. I'm kinda glad to see that Minatsu isn't in this season, one of the reasons I like this much more. Everyone else is still there, but I'm happy that Koko's role in the series isn't a main one anymore! The three main characters of this season are Yoshiyuki and the Asakura-sisters, Yume and Otome. I'm very glad that I got to see more of both of them, since their part in the first season was just a supporting part. I think they saved everything for the second season! I think that Yoshiyuki will pick one of them (Yume or Otome) at the end of this season, it's unclear for me who it will be. I personally hope that it will be Otome, because I don't really like Yume, she reminds me too much of Nemu (which I didn't like as well). But that's just my personal opinion, everyone can hope whatever they want!
Enjoyment... well, I do enjoy this! If you want a very ''special, or something like that'' anime, then this isn't something for you. Even the second season doesn't have something that makes it stand out, but still, it's enjoyable to watch! I don't know why, even though it isn't special, the second season does have some kind of feeling when you watch it. This is great in days that you have nothing to do or just want to watch something!
Well, I LIKE following this and watching the episodes. This really surprised me when I look back at the first season again, which was just too boring. I might could have even skipped the first season, but hey, just watch it to say that you did. If you dropped the first season and haven't started on this one for that reason, or you did finish it and hated it, give the second season a chance! It's much better and you might, just as me, enjoy this one. I wouldn't hurt you to just try watching it, right? Especially the people who missed Otome and Yume SHOULD watch this!
Is this really the same girl who wrote the review about the first season? Yep, it's me! I hope you liked this one, and I ment what I wrote, I'm not gonna lie in my reviews. Thank you for reading my review!read more
D.C. II S.S., The real story of Da Capo II which makes the first season look like a filler. This is probably the last of Da Capo, and if not, this is surely the final story about Hatsunejima and its never withering Sakura Trees. A lot of things are explained here and it also shows some history. Most definitely a MUST WATCH for Da Capo fans.
The story is better than ever, but it's a little disappointing that the other things were completely left out. This is a very sad and lonely Da Capo. The undying Sakura Tree is at a most imperfect state, worse than ever before, but they can't wither it so easily just like they always did 50 years ago. It explains the existense of Sakurai, Yoshiyuki and also features his relations to Yoshino, Sakura and to his two step sisters, Oto-nee and Yume. The story is well written this time.
The art was fine. There are times when the animation is beautiful, there are times when its just okay and there are times that it looks a little bad and unnatural. Everything and everyone looked fine just like the first season, sadly, the characters are still not illustrated that well also like in the first season (they still have not so good side views), but it's not that bad, not so much of a major setback. The art still has a very good overall.
The sounds are as good as the first season. Everything blends well with the scenes with such beautiful music. The only problem here is that the OP and ED music are not that attractive. Most viewers would just skip it if they can.
The characters are the same as the first season but most of them are just background now. An unknown classmate is also featured a few seconds of air time with Wataru which felt like "eh?". Anyway, Yoshiyuki is not thickheaded anymore, but her sister Yume becomes the stubborn and irritating one this time in the early parts. Junichi is finally shown here which is great but Amakase will never be seen or heard of again, and so are the old characters.
This is now a serious show. It will only be funny on the first episode and no one will even attempt to hit Suginami anymore. Still, viewers will enjoy a fun start, a very dramatic continuation and a beautiful finish.read more
The continuation of DCII, DCII:SS follows the story of Yukimura Anzu, Asakura Yume and Otome, and the mystery surrounding the Magical Sakura Tree.
While DCII caters towards the fans of certain characters, DCII:SS follows the mold of what made the original Da Capo great. Like its predecessor, the story revolves around the mysterious events in the island of Hatsunejima. Although unlike the original Da Capo, the male lead has TWO 'sisters' that are very close to him. Drama ensues...
The character designs for DCII:SS is magnificent, especially those of Shirakawa Nanaka. The actual animation leaves much to be desired, but it is acceptable and in no way hampers the experience of watching the show.
Melodrama, a theme that is synonymous with Da Capo. Although somewhat overused, the timing helps accentuates certain key situations in the anime. I consider the actual background music somewhat average compared to its Visual Novel counterpart, but there are no complaints on this end.
Then we have our characters plus generic male harem lead. That itself isn't really fair to Yoshiyuki, who received a much needed boost in terms of personality this season. Even if he is still lacking, the huge improvement made me forget the train wreck that is Season 1 Yoshiyuki. Of course it wouldn't be a harem series without our cute bishoujos! If you expect more development from Koko, Minatsu, and Nanaka, then you are watching the wrong show (sadly).
I started watching Season 2 with great anticipation and I leave it fully satisfied. It stayed true to its source material and I believe that is what makes a great Visual Novel adaptation. Those who aren't overly fond of melodrama and the somewhat predictable plot, then this isn't the show for you. If you have watched the previous season, then I highly suggest that you watch this post haste unless you want to keep that bitter taste in your mouth after seeing a train wreck.
I hope those who read this consider DCII:SS, an anime worthy of the Da Capo name! (Feel free to forget about DCII)
I was a bit uneasy coming into Da Capo II Second Season. Da Capo II first season left a bad taste in my mouth with very little plot development and really unentertaining. Similarly Da Capo Second Season did the same. Nevertheless, I sat through the 13 weeks of the show and although it was a bit of a slow start at first, it really picked up half way through the series. The last few episodes really were emotional and by far the best Da Capo episodes in all 4 series.
Story: Slow start, but really developed afterwards. There were a few plot holes though that I continued to remain unsatisfied with.
Art: wasn't great, but it may just be the raw and subber quality I was watching, but there was a huge difference in the last episode and thus I give it a 7 rather than a 5 since once I get my hands on the DVD version, it will be far better than what I was watching most of the time.
Music: in Da Capo II in general, music pieces were just spectacular and I'm still dazzled by it. The bgms were great when coming to the emotional points of the show.
Character: Not as much development, but really dwelled on Otome, Yume, and Yoshiyuki, which gave it the nice emotional touch when the plot really developed.
Enjoyment: Would have been great if more Nanaka was shown. I really was looking forward to her since her 50 year older grandmother was like the star of the first two seasons. Plust Nanaka is just as attractive, but really didn't get much screen time, so :P 9.
Overall: Probably the best Da Capo season out of all 4. Possibly on par with the first, but in general, it really had its high points compared to the rest and really stood out. Not as great or outstanding as some other series, but it's definetely worth watching and I'm glad I didn't really waste all those times watching the previous Da Capo series now.read more