|School Days is darker than your average harem.||6 out of 6 users found this review helpful.|
At first glance School Days is your everyday harem comedy filled with panty shots and tons of fan service, and unless you’re familiar with the visual novels you’ll be surprised at how fast it evolves from that to an incredibly sad and shocking soap opera.
The plot deals with a young student called Makoto Itou who is in love with a girl called Katsura Kotonoha who goes to the same school as he does. His classmate, Saionji Sekai notices a picture of Kotonoha in Makoto’s phone so she decides to give him tips on how to confess his feelings to her and after that on how not to completely screw the relationship up. During this process, Motoko and Saionji develop feelings for each other, which eventually lead to a romantic affair. And it’s not only Saionji and Katsura who are have feelings for him, but during the progress of the series it’s revealed that almost every major female character does.
Yes, you’ll find here your usual female characters; you got the tsundere, the shy girl, the best friend who falls in love with the protagonist and the insanely quiet girl who apparently knows everything about everything. And somehow Makoto manages to bang them all, but not before breaking a lot of hearts during the process. Not everything about it is sadness and drama though, the funny moments (mostly the ones featuring Makoto’s best friend Taisuke Sawanaga) will surely make you fall off your chair laughing
The fantastic thing about School Days is how every character evolves through the course of the series. The way their own selfishness and lust takes over their personalities making them completely unrecognizable from how they were on the first episodes and leads them to the ultimately unexpected and tragic ending reminded me a lot of Evangelion, meaning that this anime has a lot of psychologically disturbed characters.
Overall, School Days’ own dark take on romance and teenage relations is what separates it from other shows, it’s not the everyday “we’re all happy and in love” series, it’s a human story, one that will definitely make you think.