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Saekano, for better or for worse, was a title that I didn’t even notice in my HDD.
Assuming that you haven’t read my previous posts, my officemate’s husband lend me his external hard disk drive (HDD) a month or two ago, and I copied a not-so-insignificant number of Animes. Being an aloof person in real life, I’m not the type that flaunts whatever it is I like (no matter the scale).
But I guess moths are attracted to flame indeed. My officemate eventually found out that I, in some degrees, like watching Animes. She readily revealed that her boyfriend (they haven’t married yet then) is a huge fan of Animes and that it’s not an exaggeration to say that he downloads them 24/7. Cutting the story short, he readily lend me his external hard disk drive after my officemate gave him a list of the Animes that I want a copy of.
He prepared a folder for my requested Animes, but bless his soul, he also included a diverse collection of other series as well. I was surprised at how updated he is! I honestly thought that he’s going to say he can only give me overly popular and long Animes like Naruto or Bleach (btw, that’s not an insult towards the Animes mentioned lol).
One of the Animes in his HDD was “Saekano”.
In the middle of unknown (to me) Japanese Anime Titles, “Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata” is hardly outstanding. Except for the ‘Heroine’ word of course. But through random file-opening, with a dead-panned expression, I Google-d what the title means while opening Episode 00 (Prologue). I watched for five minutes or so, or at least until “the black-haired girl” finished acting out her scene.
Unfortunately, it did not fully get my attention and I finished two other animes, namely: “Servant x Service” (which I actually just continued after I stopped watching it 2 years ago when I broke my laptop) and “Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge”.
For some reasons, I picked up Saekano again and absent-mindedly finished the Prologue. Until finally, in the middle of Episode 01, I paid attention and found it interesting. I had known from that one line preview from Google that it is sort of harem. Based on how the Prologue went, I had assumed it would be like OreShura — a not-so-bad yet boring Anime (it took a few minutes before I managed to type ‘boring’ by the way). It was regretful, but the Anime just didn’t left an impact on me, despite the cute drawings; so I didn’t have high hopes about Saekano. Of course, my beliefs were unfounded and soon I was smiling along the raging sarcasm that is Kasumigaoka Utaha.
Aki Tomoya is an otaku whose goal is to create the ultimate Dating Sims — galge, in other words. I had thought that the thing that brings them all together wouldn’t play much of a big role in the series — it happens a lot in this type of Anime that it almost feels like the staff forgot what the Anime is about and the characters just end up playing in a beach or going to a hot springs.
I am so glad that even until the end, the theme “creating a dating sims” is there; albeit the increased number of fanservice here and there. It also maintained its comedic nature to some extent despite the supposed serious flashbacks sometimes. I hate stressful shows so comedy is hai hai!
Rather than saying that he is dense, Aki Tomoya is a league different than most of the protagonists in the same genre. Being an otaku, you can say that he is by nature, delusional (hahaha, I’m sorry otakus, I did not mean to offend). So I think describing him as clueless is not right.
I mean, he get the hints, but…? I don’t really know how to explain it. But all the same, while he’s quite better than the rest, Mr. Ethical is still an idiot. By the way, I never understood the significance of that nickname.
Also, Tomoya’s depressing bouts are also lighter than Sorata’s (from the Anime “Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo”), and made it easier to marathon the Anime without cursing the protagonist’s dramatic monologues. And oh, I insulted Sorata but I super love that Anime.
A side note… Kirito-kun. Why do I always hear your voice whenever it’s something related to a game?! Like seriously. I have no idea how many times I’ve heard the VA’s voice since Sword Art Online. And most of them are protagonists of an Anime where gaming is involved.
The second character, Sawamura Spencer Eriri is a half-Japanese, half-English student and an oujo-sama. Of course, sporting that blonde twin tails, Eriri is a tsundere and belongs to the osananajimi trope. The reason why she cannot be ignored is not because of the cliche archetypes she’s under, but because I found her talents amazing. They actually put some more substance into this character than just being your typical oujo-sama.
Eriri is also an otaku and a famous doujin creator, albeit a secret to everyone else except their club. Eriri mainly draw ecchi (R18+) doujins and asks her parents to sell them every time the Comiket is on-going. In some Animes, I can honestly say that tsunderes are tiring characters for me. Tiring to watch, that is. But she’s different because Eriri gave the impression of someone that is more of a background character than a person who has an edge in a harem competition.
She’s actually quite pitiful because as the story progresses (or not), more girls are added into the picture until her osananajimi role was no longer unique to her. She wasn’t as assertive as Utaha or the cousin and I think, ironically, despite being more exaggerated she also loses to Megumi.
Another thing, I love her name for some reasons. It’s weird.
It’s a bit saddening that I have to introduce Kasumigaoka Utaha third but I’m following the introduction sequence of the Anime. And somehow, it is not surprising for me that I was able to write that name without rechecking. Eriri only calls Utaha by her full name so I memorized it in no time.
It can be said that it’s inevitable, but Utaha-senpai is one of my favorite girls in this series. No, I don’t actually ship Aki-Utaha, but as an individual, I think she’s awesome. Utaha is a third year high school in the series – a year older than Tomoya, Eriri and Megumi. She’s a lazy girl with black hair, and despite sleeping throughout her classes – the best student in their school; her other persona is a popular teen author who sold more than 500,000 copies of books despite being a newbie. It turns out, she’s also border Yandere.
Only in Animes can we find such a ridiculous combination of personality.
Another thing, out of all the flashbacks, I liked hers the most. When she was trying to give Aki Tomoya her draft. I don’t know why but I liked that scenario.
I don’t really have much to say about her, only when you see her dialogues would you find her character charisma, I guess. I also like her character design the most, it reminds me of a lot of my Kuudere biases.
The fourth character is Katou Megumi. She is my favorite in this series. Despite being plain, I found her character really great, I also think that she is the character that had the most development, albeit her lack of presence.
Her casual enjoyment towards games and Animes reminds me of myself from before (lol, it didn’t mean I’m the heroine type). That deadpanned face is another thing. I’m a big fan of expressionless anime girls so you can say that a big portion of why I love her is because I’m just that biased.
One of the scenes that really made me smile was when she went back from a family trip to “motivate” Aki Tomoya by pretending to be the heroine he had always dreamt of. I thought her acting was really awesome. Megumi doesn’t get flustered very much, and it could be argued that rather than being another love interest, she was the only one who treats Tomoya normally, like a friend.
Another thing (my “one more please” doesn’t end), the way she was always quietly doing things on her cellphone in the background is hilarious to me for some reasons.
As for the other two characters, the loli imouto whose name I forgot didn’t really stick that much so I don’t have much to say about her. Except, she’s also a good artist.
And for the last girl…
I was prepared to write a hate post two episodes before the end of Saekano solely for this girl. I have no intention of going back and opening a file to look for her name because I guess I deliberately made myself forget it. lol
You have no idea how much this character annoyed me, it was the same feeling I have towards Ouma Shuu (Guilty Crown). Like it’s been so long since I’ve seen red. It was good that she was introduced in the laaaaaaaatter part of the show, hence a conflict solved in a fast forwarded manner.
This girl is a selfish and loud girl. Not in any way the adorable type. I didn’t like how she’s a pool of fanservice as well. But I’ll stop here. A redeeming quality or life line appeared for her at the end of the show when the origin of her band was revealed so my irritation lessen by 50%. It actually saved her from a long post in which she was the main character.
So anyway, I love Saekano all in all. I wouldn’t give it a 10 but I really enjoyed the show. I was kind of looking forward to seeing how their game would sell but it wasn’t shown on the epilogue so an OVA would be nice…