Siscon appears to be getting some flak lately no thanks to AkaSaka. Intrigued by this and the remote possibility of a Minato end, I resumed AkaSaka (dropped previously at ep 3) to finish with 2 conclusions.
1) I was right to have dropped the series early.
2) AkaSaka gives siscon a bad name.
First some clarifications. It’s imperative to recognise that siscon is a plot device and hence its quality largely depends on it execution. In other words, there are good and bad siscon of which sadly AkaSaka bears the latter. So what is ‘bad siscon’? As an ingredient used mainly in romances, it pretty much follows the criteria that makes a ‘good’ romance. Here’s why AkaSaka fails on both accounts.
1) Poor basis of attraction
Save for a few misplaced kindness, I found little justifications for the girls especially Yuuhi to fall in love with Junichi. The couple spent too much of the series in superficial fights instead of growing closer. The sudden getting together in ep 10 was simply jarring.
2) Minato siscon – Too late too little
If Yuuhi-Junichi becoming an item was jarring, Minato’s behaviour in the climatic ep 10 was a dimensional rift in the plot. There just wasn’t enough build-up to warrant such a reaction. And Junichi’s best friend egging Junichi not to forsake Minato, *palmface* JUST WHERE DID THAT COME FROM?
3) Too much fillers
Items 1 and 2 would have been more tolerable if there wasn’t sooooo much garbage clogging up AkaSaka airtime. All those resources squandered on the secret-agent parents, Nagomi surveillance or Junichi’s lame inner monologues could have invested to beef up the very messed-up tale.
AkaSaka gets a very generous 6 from me on Myanimelist simply because it has 2 deeming factors – Minato and great bishoujo designs. Personally I’m very glad I don’t have a Kotori-classed sister like Minato. Mature, kind, caring yet not indulgent, she’s the perfect wife/girlfriend/sister. At the very least, Junichi DID get together with the better girl (Note: I like Yuuhi very much too but boy she’s way out of her league up against the lovely Minato). Still that’s little consolation for the poorly crafted and inconsistent siscon tale that AkaSaka aims to be. Try Da Capo instead for real siscon goodness.