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Well. Haters gonna hate.
School Days is not a 'Must-watch' series, but for those familiar with the harem genre it is a worthwhile de-construction. It is very easy to say that the characters are morons; I won't deny that they act like it. It is unlikely such a love triangle would turn out quite so badly in real life. But this is a de-construction. The somewhat shallow, somewhat cliched personalities of the characters are played completely straight until events reach their (il)logical, and messy conclusion.

There's really no point ascribing 'blame' to any of the characters. The big three are affection-starved people at the mercy of strong feelings they don't fully understand, have little of the 'good'/'healthy' kind of confidence in themselves and have no real ability to communicate with each other or anyone else for that matter, and of course no-one else to confide in. Plus, yes, they lack self-restraint. And naturally, there are no therapists. Is it really anyone's fault in particular what happens? I wring my hands. Anyway, do give it a go.

For the record, I'd like to say that I took the series rather hard. I do not like to see characters suffer 'needlessly'. One thing I can say in its favour is the way it really made me appreciate the deeper problems with the harem genre, beyond the gratuitous fan-service and excuse plots. If it wasn't for that, and a sort of morbid fascination with just how bad things could get, I wouldn't have been able to watch things get worse the way they did.

In short, it's the best 'harem' anime I never want to see again.
I've heard some people that think it is really good, and some that think it is really bad. I have seen enough harem to think it warrants a good deconstruction though. I suppose I have to watch this at some point.
comment #10534 EnigmaticSpirit 4th Oct 11
Okay I haven't seen the show but this makes absolutely no sense to me.

"It is unlikely such a love triangle would turn out quite so badly in real life. But this is a de-construction."

So your defense for the show being unrealistic is that it's a deconstruction. Something whose whole point is to give real life consequences to fictional tropes.
comment #22197 strejda 23rd Nov 13
Just because it's unlikely to happen doesn't mean it never happens. I mean, the last episode *was* replaced by a "nice boat" for a reason: something similar to the events of the show actually happened and they felt that airing that episode would be in bad taste because of it.
comment #26199 Nettacki 18th Sep 14
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