I’ll go to my grave defending School Days, and I’m not talking about the ending. I mean the entire show. In all these years running the blog, I have never seen a show that intrigued me more than School Days. A show dismissed by many, but to me, a well of interesting characters and stories. I’ve discussed the other chararcters in dives before, but I held off on discussing the male lead. No longer though, and I’ve got plenty to say. After the cut let’s take a dive into School Days Makoto ItouRead More »
With only a few exceptions, I will talk about anything anime related here at Shallow Dives in Anime. This means that I’ve covered a wide range of different shows, from the comedic, to the action packed, to the straight up lewd. I quite enjoy this approach, mostly because I believe you can find a good story in any genre if the effort is put in. Throughout the two years I’ve done this blog however, there have been three shows that really stood out to me. Anime that talks about interesting ideas, or have compelling stories, or take risks in what they show. Some are better than others, not all of them are considered ‘good’ by the fandom, but they are still worth talking about. I’ve spoken about them all before, but after the cut let’s discuss School Days, Higurashi and Yosuga no Sora, or as I call it. Anime’s Blood and Sex Trilogy.
A few months ago I sat down with fellow blogger Infinite Zenith to talk shop on the series Yosuga no Sora. It was such a fun time that I just wanted to do it again as soon as I could, and I knew there was only one series we could talk about. I’ve talked about School Days quite a bit, and it’s still a series I think about a lot. Zen thought the same way so we decided to have another back and forth.
I honestly thought I was done with my look at School Days after my last post, but I figured that I couldn’t call it a wrap on this series if I didn’t talk about the other main character. We don’t leave a job half done here on Shallow Dives in Anime, and I’m not about to start now, and there is plenty left to say. Join me after the cut as I character dive into the second main heroine of the series: Sekai Saionji
We still have a bit of School Days left to talk about folks! We’ve discussed the series as a whole, given some bite sized opinions, and even talked about the killer opening theme. However we haven’t really discussed any of the character in any level of detail that is common. Honestly, the entire cast of School Days could warrant several of these, but today I just want to focus on the one I think is most interesting. Join me after the cut as I dive into the main heroine of the series Kotonoha Katsura.
Like with Doki Doki Literature Club before it, School Days pulls you in with a false sense of warmth and security, before pulling down the stick on the box trap. The opening theme is no exception. The tune of the week is the opening song to the series: Innocent Blue by Devicehigh!
I have always viewed Harem anime as absurdist comedies.
I’ve said this many times on this blog and I believe it is true. From the highs of High School DxD, to the lows of Master of Ragnarok, I do believe that all harems work because they embrace the idea of being absurdist comedies. They allow themselves and the viewer to suspend disbelief, which you have to do, because if you look at a harem anime, the idea of one guy with multiple girls all in love with him, the premise would never work if real world logic was applied. If a harem anime happened with real-life, one of three things would happen.
- The guy becomes a massive egotistical asshole and treats the girls like absolute garbage
- The girls tear each other apart over trying to get the guy.
- The girls get sick of the guy and ditch him, or just start fucking each other.
There have been almost no harem anime that have actually attempted, in some form or another, to play things straight, because the absurdity of the concept is what brings people to watch (and the fanservice). Yet there is one anime that attempts to do so, and that is what we are talking about today. Join me after the cut as I dive into the anime series School Days.
It’s a week all about School Days this time around. Welcome back to Don’t @ Me where, like the flash of a knife. I step up to swing around some of my opinions on everything related to anime, manga and the like. My post on School Days comes out tomorrow, but I wanted to take this chance to go over some things that won’t be in the post, as it is talking more big picture. So join me after the cut as I give you eight of my opinions on the anime School Days.