Why is it that the most god-awful show I’ve seen since Pupa is going to play on my mind forever? What the hell was that?
I did it, everyone. Somehow, I managed to avoid spoilers for the last 10 years, and I finally watched the infamous School Days. Spoilers ahead, though if you haven’t seen it already, I really wouldn’t put yourself through it.
Synopsis: High school student Makoto Itou first notices Kotonoha Katsura at the start of his second semester, freshman year. Immediately, he becomes entranced by her beauty, but his bashfulness doesn’t allow him to approach her, even though they ride the same train every day. Instead, he snaps a photo of her in secret and sets it as his cell phone’s wallpaper: a charm that, if kept under wraps, would supposedly help you realize your love. However, classmate Sekai Saionji spots the picture, but instead of ratting him out, she offers to help set him up with Kotonoha—going so far as befriending her just for him. Thus, the trio begins a rather impromptu friendship.
School Days follows the lives of these three teenagers as they traverse the joys and hardships that come with being a high schooler. In a story alive and brimming with romance and melancholy, the tale of these three students will linger in memory long after the momentous conclusion. (from MyAnimeList)
Pretty innocuous poster and synopsis, there. Yeah, it sounds like a pretty trashy harem but hey. I dig a trashy harem from time to time. But my god, where do I even begin.
Let’s begin with the centre of the harem, MC-Kun or should I refer to him as ‘absolute shit for brains douchebaggery’ Makoto Itou? I have never, ever felt hatred for a character as terrible as I have felt it for Makoto during this show. The guy has absolutely 0 redeeming features. Why all these girls seem to be flocking to him is beyond me. His face alone resembles a punching bag.
This isn’t even a bad shot, he’s always this dumb looking.
The ‘man’ (can you even call him that?) has about as much personality as the tissues that overflow his bin, and not a single redeeming feature. His inability to use his head, but instead thinking with his dick, is the catalyst for every single god awful event in this absolute trainwreck of a show. In 12 episodes, he manages to sleep with about 10 different girls (who are apparently as brain-dead as he is and see him as some kind of sex God), and in turn, manages to ruin the lives of 10 different girls. Not as if they don’t deserve it, of course. Each girl was as awful as the next, plotting against one another in order to be the first to get into Makoto’s pants (because for some reason, that seems to be something less than sickening to them). Then, we have girls faking pregnancies, leaking each other’s sex tapes, betraying one another….it’s an absolute mess. And you know who’s fault that is? Mhm. I don’t like to wish death on another, but I could not wait for him to get his just desserts.
Luckily for me…
From this image, I found you can purchase daki’s of this scene. Beautiful.
Oh, you would not believe my relief. I had to endure 12 episodes for the pay off, but HAHAHAHAHA. Thank goodness. If John Tucker Must Die was literal, then Makoto Itou played the role of John Tucker to a T. However, whilst this was the best part of the anime by far….what?! Where did that come from?! Until now, the most dramatic thing that had happened was some ‘I hate you’ thrown about, and a couple of break ups. Now we’re going full on horror?! What kind of bait and switch…
You think you’ve seen it all? Whilst you’re composing your thoughts about School Days, thanking anyone and everyone that it’s over…
Yup. That’s his one true waifu, Kotonoha, cradling Makoto’s skull as they disappear into the sunset. So they can always be together. You know, despite the fact he cheated on her for months, was the reason she spiralled into insanity and treated her like nothing but a pair of tits? Love is awesome, right?
Please, spare yourself the experience. The only positive I can think of is that it kept my friends (who have all seen School Days) entertained as I was blissfully unaware of what was going to happen.
3/10, possible 4 for shock value. Avoid at all costs.
Let me know below if you hated School Days too so we can have a great bond. And if you loved it…why? Please. Why?
Until next time!