High school students Mizuho Yuuki and Miko Kamiyama are best friends. Miko likes fellow classmate Tohru Nagase. Mizuho is determined not to get in the way of their budding relationship. But underclassmate Ai Minamizato also likes Tohru. Tohru must decide which girl he likes the most.
Fist off, I would like to take a bit to say, I am not a fan of this franchise, I have never played the games and I have not watched the TV Series, which I have heard is much better than this.
Anyhow, on the the actual review. This is the first, of many, attempts by Pink Pineapple to adapt the adult video game franchise Kakyuusei into a non-hentai format, and the second attempt over all, the first being a hentai film from a couple years beforehand. Pink Pineapple is primarily a hentai anime producer, so I believe their motivation was probably that they thought the
story of this franchise would fit well into the love triangle/herem anime sub-genre that was gaining popularity at the time and they wanted a piece of that pie.
This anime it's self makes the idea that this is just a quick cash in all the more solid in my mind. The story is bland, uninteresting, and pulls out every trope of the sub-genre. If this was the anime's biggest problem then I probably would have thought more of it, but no, the animation it's self is a complete and utter train wreck.
First lets talk about... well.. the first episode. The first clue that something is off is early on in the episode when we get to a scene were the male lead has hijacked the school intercom system to tell the entire school that he isn't dating the female lead. In the scene it cuts from the class room the female lead is in, and then the intercom room, and then back to the class room. Though when it cuts back we are greeted with a still shot of nothing but the female class members mid-undressing and looking surprised as if some one has just walked in on them. It lingers on this for many seconds before it abruptly cuts away. My thought is that this HAS to be an animation error that was left in due to no one actually checking the animation before it went out, possibly from a direction they decided not to take the anime in. Anyhow, there it is, staring you right in the face, and confusing you, and forcing you to wonder why on earth it's there. From that point on the episode continues to be a complete and utter train wreck. The art style flutters all over the place, almost as if the episode is composed of bits and pieces of abandoned projects, one scene will be in one style, another in another. The rest to the series is more consistent, and nothing, other than a poorly done sequence in the third episode that uses silent film era flash cards in place of scenes I suspect they forgot to animate, gets quite as bad as the first episode. Though it is still litered with animation errors here and there and the animators seem to never get a handle on how to convey emotion or draw consistent faces.
The story, as I said before, is extremely on the generic side, to the point where it gets very frustrating. Though there is one part of the story that bugs me in the third episode where the male lead declares that he would need the get to know the female lead better. How does he do this you might ask? Well he takes to her to a love hotel and forced the her to strip for her with the intent of having sex. She breaks down into a mental break down crumpled on the floor. He tries to console her in a generic fashion that ignores the fact that this is essentially mental rape. She ask if he hates her, he never answers, scene ends... This scene is from then on pretty much treated as if it never happened and later in the episode he rescues her from a guy that tries to rape her. There is really nothing more that I can say to this than WTF, seriously, WTF. The final episode is much more well done than any of the rest of the anime and dare say I actually enjoyed it quite a bit, I just wish the rest of this anime could be that well done.
All in all I would say avoid this unless you are a rabid fan of this franchise or this genre.