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!
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.
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.
I watched all Da capo series (up to DC III minus DC If) in one run, so this will cover a bit DC II as the prequel and some of its parent stories.
This is the only aspect why I follow through all DC series. The story from DC I captivated me a bit and it's even better in D.C II (especially SS). The mystery behind the never-withered Sakura tree is handled fresh in each series, a bit connection from previous story but still original. This is pretty good considering how many stories have been produced for this sakura tree.
In short, It's
better than DC I with more vibrant colors imo.
Opening is good (DC II SS), but others are really weak to leave impression on me.
This is the worst problem with DC series. Almost all characters are mediocre at best. I have never seen any other MC in other series as boring as Yoshiyuki. Frankly speaking, I'm sick of this "A popular guy who is kind to everyone but dumb enough to realize other's affection". Any cliche situations can be found here and the most annoying thing is when that MC being dragged around by his friends without being able to decline. Oh, man.
Junichi from DC I is a tiny bit better for me considering his sense of humor, but Yoshiyuki is REALLY boring, except when the series reaches its end where the sadness built up.
The only interesting characters for me are Minatsu which is handled much better than its counterpart, Miharu from DC I and the Asakura sisters (but only near the end). Beside that, mediocre to the letter.
I really don't understand why this is called D.C II SS. Except the same characters, everything from DC II seems dissapear without explanation. The most obvious one is Yoshiyuki's relation with Koko. Well, they mention it a bit in ep 2 (CMIIW) but after that, she was thrown away from the story. I really hope that the relationship and the problems could contribute in either adding more flames in the conflict in SS or solving it.
Shortly speaking, I think I will feel better if I watched DC II SS without watching DC II.
This score is for DC II SS WITHOUT DC II because as I say, there is no important continuation whatsoever, including the plot. I really love how they built up the tension towards the end of the series. The road to climax is really good and tear-jerking. I would be glad to give this 8 or 9 if the ending is not as cliched as it is. Sola's ending is waaaay much better than this.
Good story, nice plot, boring characters, and horrible continuation. Well, at least I enjoy the story.
Shortly speaking, it will be good series if there is no DC II and they handle the characters and the ending better.
D.C.II.S.S is a future story about Yoshiyuki, the new main protagonist of Da Capo. In the first episode, it was only a review to help us remember the characters of this anime. But we can tell that Yume is currently fall in love with Yoshiyuki and jealous if her sister, Otome, have fun together with him.
Asakura Jun'ichi will be appeared again after 50 years as Yume and Otome's grandfather.
Well, I think this anime will be a excellent choice to collect since the story isn't too hard to understand and the tsundere Yume is very cute.
It would be the best if you watch it from the
very first series (Da Capo)
Da Capo II is quite entertaining, though I don’t like the insensitivity of male protagonist. Koko being the girlfriend of Yoshiyuki is damn nonsense, or I mean it’s useless in whole story of the series. The series make her like one of the main heroine but it’s not. Some concept of the story is quite similar to the concept of the anime AIR TV, SOLA, KANON, CLANNAD, and TO HEART. I think Da Capo I is still the best.
Da Capo II SS is a continuation of Da Capo II except this time it focuses on the Asakura sisters and Sakurai (finally!). If you were waiting for more of the sisters' involvement in the series, your wait is over. This does mean that the other characters (i.e. Koko, Nanaka, etc.) get very little air time so if you were rooting for more of those, you're better off re-watching the original Da Capo II.
I think this sequel might even rival the intensity of the original series, though the Jun'ichi & Nemu combo is pretty hard to beat. As demonstrated by the series image, this series
takes a dramatic turn in the latter half and is concluded by a somewhat abrupt ending. Despite this, it still holds its own thanks to a great character cast and a superb animation.
The animation is greatly improved over the original Da Capo (having gone back and watched a bit of that). It is pretty similar to Da Capo II but we also meet (gasp) grandfather Jun'ichi. As mentioned before, you're going to get a lot of Yume and Otome in this one, and so I believe my younger self upped the score here.
Unlike the original Da Capo II, I found the opening theme quite refreshing and very in tune with the original Da Capo. The BGM is vibrant and reflects the mood of the series very well. As for voice actors, you get the same great cast as the original Da Capo II but since Otome and Yume get a lot more airtime, you get a lot more of their voices too. Both characters are very dynamic in this series and the seiyuu do an outstanding job at portraying the appropriate emotions.
The second series picks up right where the first series left off. I'm assuming that the people interested in this have watched Da Capo II already so I won't give much background info. Sakurai has decided to break up with Koko and is to some extent a free man. Again the series takes on a slice of (school) life approach similar to the original Da Capo II but with an expanded role and appearance of the sisters. We find Sakurai being pampered with his sisters fixing his clothes and eating with him.
The first half of the series is pretty light-hearted showing Sakurai having fun with his sisters and (occasionally) his other friends from the original series. There is a lot of evidence of how much he means to his sisters in the middle of the series, as a foreshadow of things to come. There is also a puppet play in the middle that also blatantly foreshadows what is to come (and sadly takes away the shock of what will happen near the end).
The second half of the series follows the formula of the original series in which we find the main characters in anguish and unable to deal with a perplexing and painful situation. My major problem with this portion is the fact that they way overdid the sadness (similar to how it took forever to explain how powerful an energy ball in DBZ was) to the point where a happy ending would still not feel very happy due to the overwhelming period of sadness before it.
The conclusion does give a twist to the series but is condensed into a single episode, the first half of which was still very sad. In other words, it felt as if the series was following a sad trend with a sudden tiny burst of happiness near the end. Regardless, I felt the ending could have been much smoother.
The viewer gets to learn a lot more about the talented Otome and brash-acting (though actually very timid) Yume. They have both inherited some magical abilities and use it/them throughout the series. One of the highlights is when Yume and Otome get "drunk" off of a non-alcoholic beverage. There is wonderful development of the two and the viewer really can tell that they care dearly for their brother.
There were two peculiarities that I found while watching this show. First of all, an entire episode was essentially dedicated to Anzu Yukimura despite the fact that she plays an otherwise minimalist role in both series. Second of all, all of Sakurai's school friends from the first series end up being completely stagnant. We barely even see Nanaka and Koko compared to the original series. This difference felt a little unnatural though I'm not complaining since Yume and Otome more than make up for this.
Overall, the series came out very strong and will be a good watch for all Da Capo fans. If you were thrown off by Da Capo SS (Aisia...) or Da Capo II (Minatsu), you'll be happy that the main females are once again Asakuras (and they don't disappoint!). This series exceeded my expectations and is well worth a re-watch.