One of the series that tops my “Anime to remake” list is Tsukihime. Anyone who has even a shred of knowledge of the game knows that anime took the barest, no-frills route which is a pathetic reflection of the epic that is Tsukihime. I’ve said it a million times – Kokaku route in 24 eps and watch it shoot to legendary status. Fate/Stay night suffered well, literally, the same fate. Heaven’s Feel made way for the Fate arc so that Saber merchandise to be shamelessly pimped. (Even I have succumbed, owning 2 Saber figures and none of Sakura who is supposedly my fav char.) Sadly after DCII 09, I see the same spectre of squandered greatness hovering over Da Capo II.
As of ep 9, it’d look like DCII is taking the least of the game routes for the anime. The romantic element is founded upon the Koko-Yoshi love which I understand to be blandest in the game and its premise of sakura trees appears to be built on Minatsu’s tale – a boring story about existentialism and social prejudice which have been done to death in anime (and almost always poorly executed). It’s a rare case of the sum of parts less than negative infinity.
While I welcome the first signs of Koko-Yoshi drama, I find it insulting as a Nanaka fan that it was Minatsu-induced. It eludes me why Koko would be unmoved by the somewhat intimate behaviour between Yoshi/Nanaka (school idol and undoubtedly the most attractive girl in DCII cast) but is mildly jealous over Yoshi’s occasional concern with Minatsu (the least of the harem). I also find myself losing respect for Yoshiyuki as a harem lead. Previously I admired his thoughtful gentleness, self-control (not digging into the Nanaka buffet) and loyalty to Koko despite the raging bishoujo tempest all around him. But in this ep the inconsistencies in his behaviour is glaring. Though still mindlessly accommodating, his insensitivity to Koko’s needs/wants is frustrating. You begin to wonder if he’s being nice to Koko as one would to his kid sister. Wait, not a good analogy on Hontou ni Taihen desu, I mean err baby brother, yeah.
With ep 9 still on Koko, it does look like it’d be a Koko-Yoshi end if it’s a 13 parter. Minatsu would have 2 main functions in the remaining 4 eps – introduce a little storm in Koko-Yoshi’s teacup romance and provide the story infrastructure for resolution of the sakura tree premise although how it can be resolved without bringing in the Asakura sisters and Sakura herself baffles me. Whatever it is, it’d be too late to bring in another harem contender for a shocking Canvas2-esque upset in 4 eps. There just ain’t enough groundwork for any other haremette to fill Koko’s shoes this late. Koko or no one if DCII is 13 eps.
I only pray DCII is 2 cours so that we can reinstitute DC greatness with the Asakura tales and stave DCII from entering my long list of “Anime to remake”.