WARNING: THE FOLLOWING RANT WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS ABOUT THE ANIME SCHOOL DAYS NOT THAT I WOULD BE RECOMMENDING THIS PILE OF GARABAGE TO YOU ANYWAY.
I will be putting up a review for this piece of garbage so look forward to it.
A visual novel is an interactive fiction game featuring mostly still images often using anime art style with the viewer reading text. At certain points the player will have to make a choice with the ones that are given. Visual novels are more notoriously known to be erotic games or the rather common name: Hentai Games.
Hence forth we have School Days an anime based on an erotic visual novel. Now whose dumb idea was adapt a visual novel that featured the most stupid characters with the common sense of a cow. The main protagonist was someone I have not hated a character this much since the likes of Shinji Ikari.
The reaction to watching School Days.
Now it should come to no surprise that a game about a high school teenage boy trying to sleep with as many women as possible when adapted to anime form would be about a high school teenage boy trying to sleep with as many women as possible.
I normally refrain from writing in the first person but I won’t for this rant.
If I were to name a character that if were to be brought to life so that they can be hung, drawn and courted. Makoto Itou would come to mind every single damn time. I have not come across a character that has infuriated me this much.
Makoto you prick.
f you’re wondering why I hate this character so much, well then allow me to explain. Makoto has to be the biggest prick in the anime world. Well basically he started out liking the typical air head, Kotonoha. Sekai seeing that Makoto likes Kotonoha she sets the two of them up while liking Makoto herself.
Now this is where the bull shit starts. Makoto goes out on dates with Kotonoha. He then realises that having a girlfriend is tiring and not what he expected. So he asks Sekai for advice so she teaches him about a girl’s feeling in the form of “practice.” This results in Makoto sleeping with Sekai on the school roof.
Now Makoto starts liking Sekai and he dates her even though he still going out with Kotonoha. Now that Kotonoha is ignored and such she starts going mentally insane Now making a long story Makoto then proceeds to sleep with about six other women. I would find most confusing is not that Kotonoha went mentally insane it’s that she didn’t anything after finding out that Makoto was cheating on her. WHAT THE HELL!
I can understand if you would feel depressed if your partner was doing that to you but instead going mentally insane is just overkill. Now after sleeping with all women these Makoto finally makes a decision. Now at this point Makoto gets on his knees and decides to settle down with Kotonoha.
And she just accepts it, what the hell is wrong with her for accepting him after doing all of that to him. At one point earlier, I don’t want to get into too much detail but I had stopped the anime and had to go out to make myself a nice cup of tea because of how angry I felt.
Ok so Makoto decides to settle down with Kotonoha. How does Sekai react to this as she lied claiming to have Makoto’s child just to be with him.
If you want me to be honest. I started laughing at this point. Man this was satisfying
After all the rage I had to endure with this show the ending of this show felt so satisfying watching Makoto get stabbed. When you think about it he truly deserved this fate. He showed no respect for the girls he slept with and is less of a protagonist and more a sex craving jack ass.
Even though the Makoto the made me in incredibly infuriated. The other characters didn’t make me as angry as I felt about Makoto but more on the lines how I hate Shinji Ikari. They are made to make the most stupid decisions at the most crucial times.
For example take a look at Setsuna Kiyoura who tries to keep to Makoto faithful to Sekai and she feels that the best way to do this is to sleep with him. I haven’t come across a cast of characters this incredibly stupid.
I’ve rambled on enough lets wrap with rant up. All I can say about the characters of School Days is that they are notoriously stupid. I’ll leave the rest of my thoughts to the review.
School Days the visual novel was primarily noted for its Bad Ends, rather than anything else. Other than that aspect, it was pretty insipid.
Knowing this, and knowing your audience knows this, how does a director make the show interesting to the viewers? In this case the answer was to make the protagonist make the Worst Possible Choices all the way through, making viewers wonder and debate how awful the upcoming Bad End was going to be. If you knew the game, this built tension and interest throughout the season.
The Episode 12 “Nice Boat” wasn’t a planned troll, as it was in response to real-world news stories, but was one of the Great Trolls Of Our Time, and should be celebrated as such. It certainly caused an enormous reaction in the fanbase.
I can see how someone unfamiliar with at least the games reputation could generate this much hate on the series, but that’s not the audience for this show. The anime didn’t have very much to work with from the source material at all, but made the most of what they had in the only thing the game was good at – the Bad endings.
While I haven’t actually played the game I am familiar with its notorious endings such as Sekai pushes Kotonoha onto the train tracks. I feel that the anime was still giving the bloody ending way too much credit. However I do still agree that they made the most of what they had but making Makoto all the bad decisions otherwise the anime would have just a bland boring harem anime.
However that does not excuse the fact of poor writing. The characters don’t make sense at all. I am pretty damn certain you wouldn’t turn mentally insane if you boyfriend was cheating on you, no you’d feel depressed or more likely angry or confront him. But the writing in the show had to have Kotonoha go mad was just poor writing. Everything that the characters did was just to serve the purpose of melodrama and adding to the ending.
Despite how much I despise this anime I am not familiar with VN like you are so I do intend to tackle it sometime in the future and write about the differences. I think I’ll have a better time in the VN making better choices.
I still believe that you did bring up an important point.
My friend told me that she watched School Days because the title sounded very normal but it turned out so screwed up. This is the most unbelievable plot ever written. What a misleading title for an anime.
Yes the plot is soo melodramatic but it wasn’t the plot that will make you want to tear your hair out its the characters who have no fucking common sense. What kind of person thinks that fucking the person they are trying to keep faithful to their friend is going to work. Honestly I hate this anime though I will have a look at the VN sometime in the future maybe.
Look forward to the review, it’s in the editing stage and I have managed not to swear in the review, well once actually.
Exactly. They are the most messed-up and insane characters in the universe.
You watched arkada’s review of it, it’s pretty funny: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dgt-itmunh8
Yes i did watch Arkada’s review of it. My reviews and rants are heavily influenced by him and Gigguk. I look up to them for inspiration when it comes to ranting and reviewing. See if you can pick out the influences when the review goes up.
Also the arkada’s and gigguk’s reviews were the reason i decided to watch this abomination to see how bad it was. I can safely say that they were indeed right.
The funniest review I’ve watched recently was; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=–lVNFxXvy0&feature=c4-overview&list=UUcAvljdM2NMdMYq_pvT9pBw I hadn’t laughed that hard since I first started watching zero punctuation and my god does this anime deserve it.
And you should check out mine as well (only got two as of now but I’ve been up a few weeks).
I can’t blame a teenage guy from trying to get laid if women are willing to throw themselves at him 🙂 I rather enjoyed this anime. It tricks you by being a sweet romance at first only to get rather twisted at the end.