I think what drew me to this series was the title. I think it is weird and a little funny at the same time. I just wanted to know how it worked. I knew it was just going to be another harem series. But just because I knew it was going to be just another harem series did that really make it turn out like other ones or did it turn into something more. Did it turn into something I really did not expect? Well perhaps it did in this harem romantic comedy. I would also like to add this was the top of the poll for shows that people would like me to review for the winter season.
Tomoya Aki is seen as the average otaku who is obsessed with just about anything anime, dating sims, and merchandise related. During his spring vacation he has a fateful encounter with a mysterious girl. This makes him inspired to make a visual novel. Once school starts up again he asks two of the well-known beauties of the school, who happen to be secretly experts in the Light Novel community and dojin community. Before long he meets that girl from the spring break. She is quiet and does not stand out much. Tomoya tries to bring her into the world of dating sims and wants to make her the main heroine in the visual novel he wants to make in time for winter Comiket.
Tomoya Aki: He is the head of the circle and the main person in charge of making sure that the project is going as planned. He is a huge otaku. He was childhood friends with Eriri, as well as known Utaha for some time. He also becomes the manager for his cousins band.
Megumi Kato: She is the “Main Heroine,” both figuratively and literally. She is the basis for the character in the game they wish to create. She also helps working on the game while at the same time playing dating sims on her own and dealing with Tomoya. She is invisible to a lot of people, including Tomoya at first.
Eriri Spencer Sawamura: She is the childhood friend to Tomoya. In their past although they shared playing dating sims together the two had an argument and became estranged for some time. She works under a pseudonym to make adult manga as an illustrator. She is in charge off all the drawings. It is also clearly stated that she is part British, which in anime is clear since she is blonde.
Utaha Kasumigaoka: She has known Tomoya for some time. She also works under a pseudonym as a famous novelist. She is seen as one of the smartest girls in school. Often times she calls Tomoya Mr. Ethical. She is in charge of the script and scenario writing.
Michiru Hyodo: She is Tomoya’s cousin. She works in a band in her spare time. In all honestly she was not in the show long enough. However it was known that they knew each other for a long time. She can be a little violent and is good at anything only she does not stay with it for long. She is in charge of the music for the game.
Really going in on Episode 0, there are a lot of problems. At the same time it is a very misleading episode in general. It really gave the set up that it would be just another harem anime. I loved how they did the humor throughout it all, but after episode 0, you gain so much more as the true form of the series starts to show. The humor, the lack of fan service compared to episode 0, it really feels like the show is more analyzing the harem genre and going over the clichés found in it rather than taking full part in the harem genre at times. At some points it really felt more as if they were trying to make a game rather than it being a harem series, which can be were the series shines the most and breaks away from the norms that made it better than what the prologue episode made it out to be.
Bonus and Minus Points:
– The prologue is very misleading since there is way too much fan service compared to the fact there is not much throughout the rest of the series
– Because of the Prologue taking place after where the show ends, to get to that point a second season needs to happen, unfortunately this could be taken as cliffhanger.
? So many other anime references found in the bed room, Date A Live is plentiful
+ There is a lot of meta against the harem genre and at times they poke fun at it despite this series being one
+ Does not feel like a Harem series despite being one, a lot of focus seems to be at talking about the genre rather than being part of it. (major redeeming factor)
– Michiru showed up in the next to last episode giving hardly any development in character compared to the others.
+ Although Michiru showed up in the next to last episode the last three only focused on her and gave some answers that were not previously established thanks to episode 0 and saved her from being left out.
? The White hair thing found in episode 11, not sure why since it was clearly not done on purpose. (I do not minus points for animation)
+ The main heroine is different compared to any out there, where at times she can be just a background character.
90/100 My personal suggestion is just to not watch episode 0 you do not really gain anything other than a brief intro to the characters and fan service. Taking episode 0 out of the equation this series is a lot better than it first appears. Even then all that follows after it make up for that single episode.
Saekano is licensed in the North America by Aniplex of America, and for streaming by Crunchyroll.
What did you think of this series if you watched it?
Before I do my normal thing at the end I just want to say one thing. I am team Megumi!
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April 15, 2015 at 2:30 pm
Seriously, this series deserves a 2nd season. It was great and could become even better with proper care.
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April 15, 2015 at 3:20 pm
It was good the way it is. Since it did just finish airing a few weeks ago, another season won’t be announced right away, that still does not hurt to wait. But at least they got one route done which gave at least a small sense of completion of a much larger story.
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April 15, 2015 at 3:48 pm
Yeah, I understand what you are trying to say, but I feel like there was still so much to tell about the characters and it needs a better ending, with real resolution.
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April 15, 2015 at 4:47 pm
That is true. However a lot of anime are like that were you never get the real resolution unless you read the source material. There are few series that I can see actually getting a full adaptation. Ironically enough Date a Live, seeing that you could see the light novels in this series. Anyway some characters got a good attention and showed growth, the cousin, not so much. Is more growth possible, yes and a second season would definitely help. Where it stands it is good, a second season would make it better. The only downside is the only way to predict if another season is possible is how well the anime has sold and how much source material is currently out at this time.
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