Why on earth am I watching another rendition of Fucking Da Capo? What possible good can come out of watching this banal show? I mean I sat through all two seasons each of Da Capo I and II. I’ve gotten more than my fill of this crap. So why? Well okay, I know why. It’s because for some reason, Da Capo is one of those VN adaptations that I feel compelled to see given my history with the thing. It’s basically the same reason I watch all Key and Type-Moon anime. But whilst I’m alright with the former and the latter…um…has good ideas but the execution is shit, Da Capo is a banal idea with shit execution. Oh well, I’m watching it, so I might as well talk about it.
I got a look at the pre-air special the day before this episode got released, so I was able to come in with a good idea of the plot. It’s basically sort of like Koi Chocolate in that it centers on a club mostly consisting of girls that is fighting to keep their club alive. Except in this one, it’s an “official” newspaper club wanting to bring down an “unofficial” newspaper club because the presidents of each are rivals. The official club goes to the magical sakura tree from the previous Da Capos in order to get a story idea, get the urge to wish on it, and it suddenly comes back to life. With the news that the sakura tree is back, news reporters are all over the thing and the rival newspaper clubs compete to see who can get the better story. If the official club wins, the unofficial club must disband. If the unofficial club wins, the official club gets the male lead as a member.
Personally, I’m on the unofficial newspaper club’s side because that club has Suginami aka the only character I give a crap about in regards to this franchise. Why would I want to be on the official club’s side? Okay sure, just like the other Da Capos, the girls are pretty hot (and the guy isn’t too bad looking either). But they’re all shallow and soulless to the point that I might as well come out of the closet and prove to Suginami that I’m man enough for him. More manly than Taka or Taku or whatever the main character’s name is. Why Suginami wants him, I will never know.
Fanservice is unusually blatant, even for the Da Capo franchise. From what I heard, the fan service is being used to promote the adult version of the game (Da Capo III was originally all-ages). But good god, did you have to copy ARMS? Even Da Capo I didn’t have boob jiggling the way this one does (although it doesn’t have the goddamn Love Hina rip-off scenes that Sakurasou has, so I’ll give it points for that). I kind of giggled at how it’s already established that all these girls have the hots for the guy without any development whatsoever because it felt like the creators knew we weren’t going to care about these characters, so why bother? Of course, it wouldn’t hurt to have some brief (hopefully angst-free) flashbacks or explanations that describe how some of these girls got to like the guy, but then again, I guess that’s what the pre-air special is for.
Oh, and apparently Sakura comes back. If you haven’t watched the series, Sakura is basically a legacy character the same way Suginami is, only whilst each Suginami is a descendant, Sakura is cursed to never age. She “died” in the second series, but now that the magical sakura tree (which dies in every Da Capo, only to come back to life) that always blooms year round is back, so is she. At least, that’s what I got from the post-credits scene. Yeah, I checked to see if there was anything after the credits. Don’t ask why I did that.
All in all, it was just as bland as anyone would expect. It’s not horrendously awful (mostly because Suginami is always good for a laugh), but there’s definitely better anime you can watch. I’ll continue watching it because of my history with the franchise (and because I hate myself), but that doesn’t mean you guys should. It’s only 13 episodes anyways. I’ll survive…right?
- By the way, yes the word “nii-san” comes back too.
- I hope Suginami is in every single episode.