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Da Capo II
HONORABLE MENTION ANIME WINNER - Most Powerful Multi-Season|
Why did they change the characters like that. They have the AUDACITY to SPIT in our faces by using the same VAs(voice acters) and the same theme for the characters. We have a banana eating robot, a girl who can read minds through physical contact this time, and the main lead still has other people's dreams/future visions - its all the same CRAP so why couldn't they leave the characters alone and write a new story. They could have kept the same characters and told us this story takes place in another demension (like they do with some OVAs) where the sakura trees never whithers just the same. THIS IS AN INSULT! I knew they would screw up eventually, i just knew it!! I felt i had to find a way to remedy the situation quickly. I really recommend looking up the new character roster ASAP. I hope you don't mind the slight spoilers when your reading the roster as it is a solid method to come to grips with this atrocity. It will ease the pain and prepare you for the first episode as you might (and should) be frustrated the minute it begins. I just knew they would screw up. (V_V)
You know, it's stunts like this that proves the MASTERPIECE Kanon (2006) could have had a another season if they just felt like writing a new story.
With the venting done let me begin:
The beginning gives off a "nice feel", but any and every anime can pull off the beginning with a nice feel. Though i can tell that Minatsu, the robot, is going to grow on me, i like how she hates humans because it'll be fun to see how she gets over this issue with the main lead's help.
My first honest laugh came from episode 4 - how the main lead "dies", too bad this is already about a 3rd of the way into the series.
Episode 6 is what i was waiting for. Minatsu opening up to the main lead with a little blackmail of course. It was well done, i liked it. Compared to the useless robot we had last time, this one is much more enjoyable to watch. Great episode, at right about the halfway point huh. (how typical)
Episode 7 could have been the turning point. It was very close to pulling this series out of the hole it dug itself into but nooo, they had to ruin it in the very last few moments of the episode. Seriously, that was like a dream and i wasn't ready to wake up yet. The main lead did everything a guy could do to make a girl fall in love and he didn't even realize it! It would have been better if they ended 7 right there and then ruin the mood at the beginning of 8. That would have worked out better than "pulling the rug from under the my feet" like they did. Is there ever an anime where the childhood friend/regular/average/shy girl doesn't get the main lead and somebody a little more deserving gets a chance. So many broken hearts over the years, i'm sick of this crap. Make a decent OVA and do it right this time for crying out loud...
At this point the story will only be improving as each episode is getting better and better. I knew Minatsu would be good but this is impressive. From episode 6, i'd say the story has "picked itself up and dusted itself off" (for lack of better words) as it can now stand on 2 feet after that "crisis situation" we had at the start. (a little Sumomo humor, if you didn't see Chobits, don't mind this note) (can't forget about the LEGENDARY anime titles now can we?)
I didn't want to believe what i was seeing with Koko, but it was unavoidable. Here we have the main lead with the wieght of the world on his shoulders and all she could do is think about herself. Granted he could have tried a fraction of a % more to think about her once in a while, but she knew it would be like this from the start. That he cares for his friends with all his heart and would do anything for any one of them. She took a chance and confessed anyway, and couldn't handle being alone while he confronted Minatsu's problems. She was weak, selfish, and impatient. She admits to this herself! Her loss... (now is your chance Nanaka, you must strike now while she is wounded! Do it now DAMMIT...) Let me stop. (^ ^)
I called it from the start how important Minatsu would become and i was right on the money it seems. Her hatred for humans ran deep before meeting the main lead, but there is a flip to this coin as the class rep is seen with her deep hatred of robots. I must say at that time my attention was divided as i was too busy concerning myself with Koko's selfish behavior.
*OPINION IS OPINION AND FACT IS FACT - that being said:
I don't believe it's emotionally possible to walk away from the last episode without wanting to cry from the bottom of your heart. I broke down after seeing what the school did for Minatsu as you can't buy that kind of happiness. I had so much water coming out of my eyes that i couldn't stay by the keyboard near my computer. I had to pause it and back away from the desk. I haven't cried that hard since Ai Yori Aoshi. (another MASTERPIECE mind you)
So there you have it. Even with my objections at the start of my review, I saw a whole new light by the end. Truly well done. I don't want to delete what I wrote earlier as it will stand to represent how I went from instant hate to one of my biggest breakdowns ever. The medal still goes to Da Capo Second Season though. Nice try anyway.
Da Capo is like a road that never ends as we have the next season to contend with. Let us continue with the next chapter shall we. Right this way if you please to Da Capo II 2nd Season.
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Last updated Wednesday, February 04 2009. Created Friday, August 22 2008.
Da Capo II
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The first episode didn't particularly thrill me and I couldn't even think of anything to say about it. Not expecting much, I watched the second episode and was pleasantly surprised. The secret stairway investigation felt like something out of Tokimeki Memorial--something quite absurd which is taken seriously. Better yet was what they found at the end of the stairs--I had thought this would be a pretty generic school romance series, I certainly wasn't expecting a robot! A tsundere robot, Amakase, who needs a certain food to keep operating. Amakase then pretty much drops out of sight for the bulk of the series and this does indeed become the generic show I'd originally expected. Much later, I was surprised when the focus suddenly shifted from romance between the two main characters to Amakase being exposed as an MU (robot) and almost everybody immediately hating her. The final episode did a good job of wrapping things up--"good" relative to the modest quality of the series as a whole. The fact that I can't think of a whole lot to say about this series testifies to just how average I felt it was. Still, I don't regret watching it and intend to watch the sequel (see below) as well.
P.S: "Starchild has announced that D.C.II S.S. ~Da Capo II Second Season~ anime will premiere on April 08"
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Last updated Thursday, January 31 2008. Created Wednesday, October 17 2007.
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