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Watch & Learn: SCHOOL DAYS #1

This mousy dweeb turns into a sex addict?!?!

 They're going to put such a sweet face on sexting, aren't they?
 They're going to put such a sweet face on sexting, aren't they?

I look at a show like this and wonder if it’s stretching my suspension of disbelief farther than all the instances of mecha and mind control in CODE GEASS. Look, maybe a lot of you had different experiences in high school than I did, but having one hot girl aggressively volunteer to be your wing woman and push you, insistently, into a relationship with your crush would’ve been a situation tantamount to, I don’t know, finding a special tape that’d make you ace every single assignment without trying. Feasible? Perhaps. Desirable? Definitely. Likely? Nah.

Also, even though pretty boys get away with a lot of behavior that would leave others labeled as creepy, I can’t help but be amused over how nobody brings up how… voyeuristic it is for young master Makoto to have a spy picture of sweet Ms. Kotonoha set as the wall paper on his phone. Urban legend or no, you’d figure Sekai’s more likely response to seeing that would be “Oh, that’s kind-of weird.” Of course, she likes him, and that really explains away everything. I was going to say that a single girl with this much interest in the business of her single classmate (stress, not her friend) probably has a thing for him… but then the big twist at the end proved me right.

Incidentally, I actually found out some spoilers while looking for more information about this online (like that ever happens!)   So… Makoto’s girl craziness leads him to become a sex addict? HILLARIOUS. This felt like a Japanese ARCHIE, but considering how the game it’s based on supposedly presents scenarios that always lead to erotic outcomes, I guess it’s the more gritty, realistic circumstance of Riverdale’s Japanese sister city.

SCHOOL DAYS answers my slight longing for a more down-to-Earth anime show to watch but… breaking it down, I find the lead guy in CLANNAD to be more appealing than this guy. Same amount of angst, but there’s a few more gimmicks thrown in to spice the ol’ interest. Also, there's less threat of skeevy sex addiction.

Watch this episode "Confession" here and decide for yourself.

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of  HYBRID BASTARDS!  &  UNIMAGINABLE. Order them on Amazon   here  &   here .  Follow him on Twitter:  @tompinchuk

Roldanon April 20, 2011 at 1:33 p.m.
If you want to find something better then Clannad then i would go for something like Cross Game. It's miles better then School Days and it's better Clannad which i might add that i liked a lot. But Cross Game was written by the legendary Mitsuru Adachi. Let's just say that he's considered to be one of the best mangaka's out there. He's up there with Naoki Urasawa(Monster) and Rumiko Takahashi( Urusei Yatsura).

but about School Days.. it sucks and it's only remembered for it's completely funny yet creepy ending which you can find on youtube.

you can find Cross Game here

sickVisionz moderator on April 20, 2011 at 2:11 p.m.
I loooove School Days.  The "realistic" part is how Makoto acts in the harem situation.  Most highschool harem guys act like girls have the cooties.  Makoto acts like a high school kid would act if you threw hot girls at him left and right.

The story gets better as it goes.  The first 3-4 episodes are your standard generic harem but things get way better once adultery enters the picture.
metalsnakezeroon April 20, 2011 at 2:32 p.m.
I don't think you should watch School Days since it goes real weird later on and you'll start to hate the characters in every way. It was only famous by being incredibly creepy near the end. 
kashif1on April 20, 2011 at 4:28 p.m.
erm, i only know this series by reputation, down to earth this is not
vergiliuson April 20, 2011 at 4:45 p.m.
Nice boat.
Destinyheroknighton April 20, 2011 at 5:34 p.m.
This is the only anime that I want to kill all the characters with a rusty blade, and slowly watch them die (That how much I hate this anime and its characters)  
Count_Zeroon April 20, 2011 at 6:15 p.m.
@Destinyheroknight said:
" This is the only anime that I want to kill all the characters with a rusty blade, and slowly watch them die (That how much I hate this anime and its characters)   "
Well then, I have good news for you -
Destinyheroknighton April 20, 2011 at 6:22 p.m.
@Count_Zero: 
@Count_Zero said:
" @Destinyheroknight said:
" This is the only anime that I want to kill all the characters with a rusty blade, and slowly watch them die (That how much I hate this anime and its characters)   "
Well then, I have good news for you -
"
EquitasInvictuson April 20, 2011 at 7:16 p.m.
School Day's ending was a beautiful trainwreck. The rest of it is all hit-or-miss, really. While it's an interesting spin on the harem in practice, I wouldn't go so far to say that it manages to deconstruct the genre.

@Roldan: Cross Game is definitely an amazing anime series. Possibly one of the best series I've seen in the past years.
Gaffon April 21, 2011 at 2:07 a.m.
@vergilius
Nice boat.
Goddammit, you stole my line.
Chrison April 24, 2011 at 9:22 a.m.
School Days and Clannad may on the surface seem similar, but really, they couldn't be much more the opposite of each other.

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A popular eroge whose anime adaptation is infamous for its violent ending, which was pre-empted by the TV channel due to various violent events in the news in Japan at the time. Also a popular manga series for those who like love stories.

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