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LightFykki's School Days Tv Review

School Days

School Days tv Review

It all started when Makoto first laid eyes on the beautiful but timid Kotonoha. He never had the guts to tell her that he was interested, but would instead watch her at school and on the train in silence, being happy with just that.

However, a rather outspoken girl named Sekai finds out about his crush after seeing Kotonoha's picture is Makoto's cell phone wallpaper. After teasing him, she decides to help the two get together. At first, her attempts end up in success, and the three become close enough that Kotonoha learns of and accepts Makoto's feelings.

...Of course, feelings start to change, which cause not only these three, but their classmates as well, to keep crossing the lines between love, lust, friendship, hatred, jealousy, and life and death.

Synopsis: clanlax

Story & Characters

Hearing the lovely sound of a new anime story… Don’t we all love that? And if it is a love story, then that can be even better. Or, I have an even better one, how about a love story with all possible twists around it, some that seems possible and some that are just unique to see in an anime? Well for that one, you should go and check this anime. The story is always the first thing that you will notice and the last thing that will keep you on watching this.

Now let’s talk about it. The plot seems to be of a typical slice of life anime. It is actually and I can’t say differently than that. I mean, look at the title, you don’t have to go farther away and to not know what this anime is about. Then again, the title is too soft to what kind this anime is. This anime will take you to itself and make the story part of you while watching. Why? It is because it’s so realistic. While I said that it is a soft word for the title, I do mean so. These are either some typical school days, to others it might be those that someone would want to have, until this one part… The part the plot itself becomes twitched around and takes most of it what it can for just normal everyday life. Don’t expect any supernatural things here because you won’t see them. But you will see some quite fast advances in the story. But that is what it is, it’s so predictable. Not the end, but most of the anime .Take example characters at first. All their actions will lead you to know what will happen sooner or later. And even when that something happen, again, you can expect what will happen next. The anime does still keep a lot of the story to itself, but sometimes it is not enough. We can see through it, the characters are far too explanatory. Then here is some interesting. While their personalities might look that are quite easy to understand and that they change sometimes, they stay following the plot and staying with how normal characters can be. Boring? Probably, but still entertaining in its own way.

Speaking about characters, I want to notice that here are some typical ones that are present in this type of animes. There is always kind of lost main character, then there is his closest friend who is clumsy, not very understandable and just wants to get close

Rating: 8

Art

The animations and overall graphics that this anime has to offers are… Oh I don’t know how to start, but they are bad. They follow and are similar to the style of Clannad in one way. They use the same style with eyes and also with some features of the characters. Thing is that Clannad did that in a fantastic way, giving much details in it and even making you forget about some details copying and such. While here, the drawings and their coloring are so blank and poor. There are not many details and you would get more showered with all the random letters and texts than the actually beautiful artwork that should have existed here, but sadly it is not. Mostly what you will see are buildings, buildings and copying of the same buildings but making them other ones. That is how much the background go, nothing too shabby. The characters could also have used more highlights and details on themselves.

The thing that I should point out is that for that, animations are actually refreshing to look at and they move very nicely. Also some parts are done quite correctly and I am quite pleased with them, like kissing scenes, dynamic ones, or just some other random ones. They all do their part, but don’t expect too much detail with them.

Animations and style are yet nice to the eyes as I said and can be good at some moments, but far from impressive. It fits this anime though and the theme behind it and even if they are like that, you feel that they actually should be in that way.

Rating: 6

Sound

What you will “not” notice here too much is the OST and sound effects at first, other than fast thinking, arrival of the trains and running. This anime tends to get better with that over the time. Knowing that each ending has a different song if my memory serves me correct makes this anime in top in that term .The opening song is also nice and while the opening video might only function for the first few episodes and for that it might confuse some others in thinking what kind of anime this really is, the songs overall are very nice and I like them. They are simple songs, but all done properly and in the way they should be.

Later you will also notice some other OST which will bring the overall dramatic effect to all the scenes.
Voice acting is good. I can’t say much for it. It is standard and pretty decent one. All characters speak according to their personality. There are no mistakes with that and mood of voices also changes as the story changes. It follows what it should follow and that’s what I like about it.

Rating: 6

Presentation

What I want to say and that you all understand is that this is not a comedy anime. Not at all and even being a slice of life, romancing, high school type anime, it doesn’t have that much comedic relief. It tries to get in with it, but fails most of the time, because just after a comedic one there is a whole different situation and comedy doesn’t last for long because you are already hocked up knowing what is going on and about the atmosphere that is surrounding the characters.

This anime has one of the worst previews of any. What kind? They are none, just a text saying the name of the next episode. First thing is that for some reason, you get more intense from waiting for that and actually wanting to see what will happen .Second is that you will actually see and think how much you learned about Japanese culture and daily life in general from watching this.

You also should remember that this anime is really trying hard with all the features wanting to even bring some light ecchi moments, but actually they are none, only some light fan service in terms of close ups. It isn’t much and it is unnecessary but it gets its job done and is refreshing for those that like it.
This anime might have weak overall quality and some may say that is a bad thing. Well it is, but there is actually this one small thing that saves it though. And that is that this anime is very unique and different in its way than other animes of its genre. All that combination, the way the story goes and how it surprises you is different. And don’t we like when animes get different? Well we do, but we also like to keep it with its original attributes. This one does it well, keeping the original but mixing it with some different and I could even say, weird elements.

Now know what I will say now.. This anime does have some flaws with the overall presentation, but it has something that I have only seen by this anime. That unique show of the changes of characters personalities, all the true “anti-heroes” that appear in it and how the realism can hurt. This anime is a true lesson to everyone and I highly advice that everyone check it out, if nothing at least for the message that it holds inside.
You really have to watch from the first to the last episode and in one go to understand why it deserves to get this rating.

Rating: 10

Final Verdict

8.00 (good)

Reviewed by LightFykki, Sep 26, 2011

Comments

  1. angelxxuan Sep 26, 2011

    man this was one interesting anime without a doubt. you did a good review to state the least and gave a fair rating, I thought the artwork was better deserving than a six though, but from the ending scene I do believe I will take that with me for days and possibly years to come. it's rare for me to watch a harem anime but this one was quite interesting. even the VN entertained me. I am confused, you stated there are flaws and you didn't care for it much so why did you give it an over all rating of such a high number whereas you gave the rest lower ratings? this review is contradicting itself :/ at least that's how I'm reading it at least :\

  2. hellgirl2 Sep 26, 2011

    i hate this show, it's too serious. and the guy in the story is a jerk, so is his best friend the girl. his girlfriend is innocent!

  3. SnickerdoodleNinja Retired Moderator Sep 28, 2011

    I've been curious to see School Days for quite a while, but I'm not sure I would enjoy the melodrama. I like slice of life and some drama, but I think the lack of comedy or action/supernatural elements would be overwhelming for me.

    As for your review, I thought that you were pretty thorough and the scores for your first three sections seem well justified. Still, there are a few things that I would like to point out.

    Personally, I feel like the story section just sort of cuts off, and it looks like the last sentence didn't finish its thoughts. Also, the next thing I noticed was this:

    Quote: They are simple songs, but all done properly and in the way they should be.

    While this is a nice statement, to be honest it doesn't tell me much. What is "the way they should be?" Explaining what it was that was done properly would make this very descriptive and a great sentence, but as it is it really doesn't mean much.

    The last thing I noticed was that you said "This anime does have some flaws with the overall presentation" yet you gave it a perfect score for that section. While it doesn't have to knock the score down dramatically, giving it a ten makes the score seem a bit inflated.

    I apologize if I seem nit-picky, it's just that having read some of your reviews I know that you're a good writer and I just wanted to point out some things that I thought would really polish up this review and make it even better than it already is. :)

  4. Tina18 Nov 26, 2011

    I agree on the presentation, maybe not on the perfect 10 score, but who cares, we're entitled to our opinions. This was something different indeed, at first I was so dissapointed, thinking it was just and average harem anime, but did my jaw drop? It so did. And I'm glad I watched it till the end, Is not my slice of pie, but It does have a lesson for those who want to learn.

  5. gcness Feb 27, 2015

    This is one of my favorite anime!

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