Friday, December 28, 2007

School Days: Holy CRAP!

I just got done watching "School Days", otherwise known as "The Freakiest Anime I've seen in a loooong time".

It starts out boring.  Mokoto has a crush on Katsura.  His best lady friend Sekai (who sits next to him in class) helps him win the heart of lady fair.  Except - Sekai is also in love with Mokoto.  Oh, no!  Not the dreaded anime love triangle!

But then - things get odd.  Mokoto finds that being a boyfriend to Katsura is harder than he thought, compared to being friends with Sekai.  But - Katsura isn't quite ready to give up on her boyfriend when things go south.  And there are other girls with crushes on Mokoto.  Insert plenty of fan service, and you're certain that this is yet another typical "cute girls with big boobs and short skirts anime", right until -

Holy.  Fucking.  Shit.  The ending comes at you from left field so hard, you do *not* see it coming.  Turns out the anime is based on an ero-game from Japan (basically, "Pick the right path a la 'Choose your own adventure' style, get hot nekked sex with the right girl), and the story fits that with so many girls crushing hard on one guy.

Unlike your generic harem comedy or even drama, things go very dark, in a very hard way.  There are real world consequences for toying with a girls heart - or recklessly engaging her body in ways that most 15 year olds aren't ready for emotionally.  The end result has literally left me thinking I am going to have some *very* scary dreams tonight.

I'm not sure if I can recommend this, but - damn.  Perhaps I should, because if art is the ability to move a person's emotions, then this anime series succeeds incredibly well.

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1 comment:

Poet/Ninja said...

Just looked it up on Wiki, 'cause I was curious and in no position to go get it and watch it just now, and I've gotta say: yiiiipes.

Let's repeat that: yiiiiiiiiiipes.