If I were to describe the overall mood of this show, I'd say it would be like watching a group of mentally retarded teenagers fighting over a toy truck. And they're being IV'd black tar heroin. And the toy truck is filled with more heroin. It's stupid, it's pointless, you feel uncomfortable while you're watching it, and above all, it's draining
Should you decide to watch School Days
, what you're basically looking forward to is this: one idiot tries to court another idiot with the help of a third idiot. Idiot #3 plays the part of matchmaker in order to get Idiot #1 into her panties. From this sordid and not particularly well-reasoned development, the series becomes a winding, ugly mess of cheating, rape, murder, and NICE BOAT, most of which happens without the slightest rhyme, reason, or plausibility.
I can only guess that the sort of thing they were going for in making this was a Deconstruction
of the harem genre, but it goes to same ludicrously nasty extreme that the Dark Age
of comics did to comics; it tried to counteract the unrealistic positivity of its predecessors with a negative grimness too ridiculous for believability. That is not how proper deconstruction is done; you're supposed to depict the real world, not the seventh circle of Hell. You'd have to be the most bitter, pessimistic misanthrope on the planet in order to believe that this sort of train of events is the rule and not the exception. Maybe it's a Japanese thing, I dunno
So, if you dislike most harem anime and want to see something that isn't sugary and braindead, for God's sakes, don't watch this
! Even if the sugar's replaced with cyanide, that doesn't alleviate the braindead part. Go watch Clannad
or something if you want harem anime that's a cut above the rest. Hell, I'd sooner reccomend Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica
than School Days
: On the technical side of things, the art style is generic and the animation is frequently Off Model
, so you wouldn't be looking forward to that kind of quality, either.