It’s been almost 2 weeks since my last intake of School Days at ep 06 but I still haven’t found the courage to pursue the series even though I have up till ep 11 on my hard-disk. It doesn’t help that I have surmised from snatches of subsequent episodic summaries that things got A LOT worse. Now I enjoy a good tragedy but School Days take it way beyond sad to the epic proportions of haremic holocaust. You know you should stop watching a series when you are often overwhelmed by the powerful urge to smash your brand new 42″ LCD TV during viewing.
I’m sure there’ll come many MANY more reasons for me to discontinue School Days after ep 06, but for now, there are already 3 rather potent reasons for my temporary abandonment of the series.
Reason 1 – Makoto
Can you say worst harem lead, WORST HAREM LEAD in ALL history of anime? Come on! Let’s hear it again!
And this is coming from someone who think Takayuki (of kiminozo) was a great harem lead. (More on that in my worthy harem lead post to come.) Hey, it’s not like I’m not sympathetic to his carnal urges. I’m sure many of us hotblooded males have committed some of the terrible mistakes Makoto made in our younger days too. But at least I felt guilty and actively sought to remedy the mistakes almost as quickly as I made them. Makoto? He must have the conscience of a toaster and a soul darker than black.
Reason 2 – Seikai
I was rooting for Seikai right from ep 1. Set up seemingly to be the underdog in love, I find my support gravitating towards her. Plus being the obvious haremette that knows the lead best, it was a given to throw my weight behind her. That was until she embarked on the ridiculous cop-a-feel training program. I was utterly crushed by her lack of self-love. Given Seikai’s understanding of Makoto, she should have known better than to give in to his selfish sexual demands which basically destroys Makoto/Kotonoha’s relationship and crushes all hope of her building a healthy one with him. It was just too painful to watch my favourite haremette on a path to self-destruction.
Reason 3 - Kotonoha
My heart goes out to this poor girl. Not only is she abused so thoroughly by almost all the characters in the show, she’s probably slated to be psychotic one to land that blade on Makoto. It has to be concentrated evil that transforms such gentle sweetness into searing vehemence and I doubt I can stomach witnessing such a diabolical darkening of a soul so pure. Much as I would love to see Makoto gutted, seeing Kotonoha grasping the hilt may cause me to slit my throat.
In view of preserving my bodily and mental well-being, I have decided to shelf viewing School Days until I’m GAR enough or detached enough to catch the series w/o piercing sharp objects into my cranium or skewering cute furry animals.
Hoping knife meets Makoto soon.