School Days - 01 [FIRST]

July 22, 2007 on 5:05 pm | In School Days |

  • Synopsis

“Makoto Ito rides the train to and from school every day. However, at the beginning of his second term, he falls in love with a beautiful girl that also rides the train. Unfortunately, she barely knows of his existence. Her name is Kotonoha Katsura, and though they attend the same school, they are not in the same class. In an attempt to catch her eye, Makoto enlists the aid of a close female friend of his: Sekai Saionji. She helps him, despite the fact that she–unbeknownst to Makoto–is in love with him. Thus the three are bound in a love triangle of life changing proportions” (Anime News Network).

While the ANN synopsis promises “a love triangle of life changing proportions,” I can only trust School Days to live up to watch-list changing proportions.

  • First Impressions

After reading the synopsis and perusing through screenshots, I thought, “Why aren’t there more bloggers looking at this?” So I downloaded and watched it for myself. Then I knew. I know it’s been nearly a year since I’ve last reviewed and watched anime, but I really don’t remember school dramas being this bland and silly (in the “ugh” way).

The few characters that are introduced seem perfectly cookie-cutter, and the shyness of Makoto and Katsura is absurd. I found it neither cute nor redeeming, just frustrating. And the fact that an outgoing character like Sekai would waste her time on such a boring character like Makoto is quite disappointing. It is further frustrating that the entire premise of the series stems from Sekai’s pushing the two together and screwing herself over in the process. Worst hook up ever. I just don’t understand. Why, if you are interested in someone, would you push them onto someone else “for the fun of it?”

The anime had its moderately tolerable moments and even some tiny spurts of what I assume was comedy. But the three one-dimensional main characters, as well with the only other character introduced (Makoto’s friend, who I am not sure even counts as a supporting character) failed to derive any feeling from me other than boredom. They did not seem human or genuinely built, just little faces playing the “Oooh, I’m a shy Japanese school kid, look at me be shy” and “Oooh, I’m the outgoing fun character, look at me contrast with the shy kids.” The only likeable character is Sekai, but she loses my respect by complicating a situation without the usual humorous results.

I’m going to give the second episode a try, but so far, School Days falls short of even mildly entertaining.

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