They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, And the object of Akira's desire has been gone a very long time indeed. She's a world-renowned fashion model, (and his sister), and she's coming home soon. But she's not alone when she arrives, and it quickly becomes obvious that she's been sharing secrets with her new friend. Secrets that Akira thought belonged just to the two of them. She's not the only one who's been naughty, though. What will Stepsister think when she finds out her precious little brother is the burning desire of every woman in town? Explore the dark pleasures and forbidden delights of Countdown: Akira Complex.
I'm surprised to see that there are no reviews for this anime. I might as well be the first (and maybe the only one) to write one.
Main Characters: Amemiya Akira and Kaname
Story: 8 - the story revolves around Akira - a beautiful, self-centered boy who thinks and acts like he is God's gift to women. He goes around screwing girls and he does not even care or show any emotions. In the series, it is said that Akira goes both ways, though we only see him having sex with girls - and maybe 1 guy at the beginning but this was not shown. He has
this "sister complex" and he constantly says that he will only love 1 woman.
Art: 9 - the art was beautiful. When they said that Akira was beautiful - they meant it. Kaname was very pretty too as well as the other cast. This anime was made in the 90's and the way they depicted the scenes was very different, it was refreshing. The H-scenes were tastefully done and were artistic (for me). Scenes were not vulgar or explicit at all, not like the new hentai.
Sound/Character: 8 - sound was just right and the female voices were not annoying. The ending song had a sweet sound to it and complimented the scene very well. Character development was there and I did not see any loopholes or anything. I think the creators were able to do each one of them some justice.
Enjoyment: 8 - I think this is the best hentai series I've seen so far - when it comes to story. I know that a lot of people might hate Akira for being an a-hole but I actually pitied the poor guy. I cannot even blame him for being how he is. He has a lot of issues and having a past like that can really mess up your head. He might be acting all high and mighty but deep down he is just someone looking for love, fulfillment and maybe acceptance. I also liked the ending since I think everyone got what they wanted and deserved (kinda).
Very highly recommended if you like beautifully drawn anime, soft-core hentai, a little love story and an intriguing storyline.
This series is absolutely amazing! Unfortunately, it has been mislabeled as a hentai, and bundled with other anime porn. However, it is NOT a hentai. It's an erotic-psychological-drama-romance. There's a big difference between an erotic movie and a hentai/porno. Yes, it does have graphic sex scenes in it, but you don't even see anything other than some breasts. I have seen standard ecchi anime that have been far more graphic. If it hadn't been part of the Countdown series, which WERE hentai, it may not have gotten labeled as one.
The story really draws you in. The plot is very deep and moving. The characters are
complex and feel real, it contained a lot of psychological elements, and it has a great deal of romance. And the voice actor for the female lead does a stupendous job. You can really hear the emotion in her voice that makes her character feel very realistic. The art is really good, and the director uses it to express beauty, storytelling, and emotion. The only drawback is that half of it is slide-show, but there's a reason for that too, which comes into play at the very end of the last episode, and it is also used to signify important and emotional scenes. Sadly, due to it incorrect hentai label, many people pass over this rare gem, thinking it's just standard anime smut when it's not. It's really worth a watch.
The ending was beautiful too, as Akira was finally able to accept the truth about his sister and escape her abuse, and he finally accepts Kaname's love. Even though he was obsessed with his sister, you could see his developing feelings for Kaname when they were together despite his cold front, because she showed him what real love was, as opposed to his sister, who only loved herself and what she saw of herself in Akira, which was why she forced him to dress as a girl. Akira realized this at the end, and confesses that he viewed his sister as the perfect person, hence why he loved her so much, but finally realized she was a selfish and ugly person, and how horrible he himself had been to people. She really was a terrible person, and physically and mentally abused Akira; it's no wonder he ended up the way he did, but Kaname changed him by showing him real love. I really liked that line he delivered when he realized how horrible his sister was and then thought of Kaname, "She's more beautiful than anything". It was a great revelation for how he saw her as a person and his own feelings for her.
Another reviewer stated that Kaname was the only one he ever kissed out of all his sex partners. I noticed this too. There are a lot of people that find sex to be just a physical act, but feel that kissing is much more intimate and meaningful. This seemed to be the case with Akira. He even claims that when it comes to sex that it doesn't matter if it's man or woman, because "A hole is just a hole". At first when he was having sex with Kaname, he wouldn't kiss her even when she asked, but when they finally got together at the end, he did, and he gave her permission to use his name, which before he only allowed his sister to do, saying it belonged to her. Also, his request to her when he asked her to call him by his first name "Look only at me" was very touching too, as it greatly contrasted what his sister did, seeing and loving only the bits of herself she saw in him. Kaname was able to see through and accept all his flaws, and love him for who he was, even after all the horrible things he did. And that very last scene at the end, when he was looking out the window at the snow, that was pretty symbolic. I saw something similar on another anime where it was stated that when two people were saying goodbye and it was snowing, it meant that God was paying attention. This scene shows how he was finally able to say goodbye to his sister and his feelings for her and move on with Kaname.
Overall, it was a really beautiful and touching series in several ways. It really didn't get the recognition it deserved due to that unfortunate hentai label and the fact that it contained a lot of sex scenes.