The real Amagami SS 03 post

Amagami SS

… are you one of them?

So after a day and sufficiently rehabilitated to be cohesive again, I’ve noticed that Amagami SS 03 is one of the episodes that are great enough to generate a real division between the watchers to categorize them as “love it to bits” and “hate it like hell”. Case in point for the latter: Chaos Tangent.

What I think is that these people are merely losing the point of the show.

No, really. Amagami SS is a romantic simulation game adaptation and it makes no sense why people should be expecting true tears level writing and plot in it. And to make it worse, then express negative opinions about it when it does not reach that level. I don’t think or expect even for a second that anime on the lines of Amagami’s origins would be “deep” or “thoughtful” or even cathartic at its best.

No, shows like Amagami are meant for lowest common denominator(LCD) consumption and it is excelling at it exceedingly well by daring to be adventurous in it approach. Obviously it’s not a formula that will impress everyone, but for a show targeting the LCD, this is actually quite an upgrade from the other shows worth calling “crass and vacuous” that are competing with on the same basis.

I really have no idea why people can’t just enjoy it for what it is and expect the sky out of the ground. Some people really need to lay back on the expectations a lot and get in touch with the reality of the anime scene nowadays. Besides if they want “depth” and “emotions”, there’s always shows like Shiki to watch. Cut back on the sugar if you have diabetes, iykwim.

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Right, on to the episode.

I think my initial post has already expressed much of what I thought of the episode. Why I chose the “nyan nyan kougeki” scene to showcase was merely because it had the strongest impact of the whole episode to my mental health. God, listening to Itou Shizuka doing that is pure aural sex in many ways.

Of course the “behind the knees kiss” was pretty damn innovative as well and kudos to the writers for thinking that up. At the least it’s not as crazy as armpits but still sensual enough a spot to make an impact. It’s right at the doorstep of the “no-enter” zone! Now that’s really “zettai ryouiki” (oh god they better not put her in to one later!).

Otherwise this episode isn’t really much to say about apart from Junichi proving that persistence can pay off if you’re going for the right person (plus points if you can do a proper “puppy-dog eyes” impression too!). While Morishima might be a real tease, she ain’t unbreakable and she’s not really being a manipulative bitch or whatsoever, so I’ve considerably warmed up to her after this week.

I just hope it doesn’t all come crashing down at the next episode…

22 Comments

  1. coffeemug Said,

    July 17, 2010 @ 9:35 pm

    I want to lick her delicious thighs.

  2. in other words... Said,

    July 17, 2010 @ 9:42 pm

    Hell Yeah! I WATCH IT FOR THE PLOT!
    … my psychiatrist had given up on me the other day. such a shame. nice post.

  3. marke Said,

    July 17, 2010 @ 9:46 pm

    Well, it’s good that you have been recovered from Morishima-senpai’s NYAN-NYAN Syndrome.
    Based from this episode my true tears vibe disappeared in a flash.

    Sigh…Too bad the series got potential

  4. Anonmeooous Said,

    July 17, 2010 @ 9:57 pm

    Protip: True Tears was just as awful because the Japanese don’t know how to do romance. This is TV anime, its all wish fulfillment so Kurogane is entirely correct in his post that essentially this Chaos Tangent guy is pretentious to the point that he doesn’t even understand what he’s watching or what its even about.

    (Hint: this is based of a PS2 dating sim)

  5. JON Said,

    July 17, 2010 @ 10:03 pm

    Yeah, I think the japanese drama sucks too…
    You know who are the talented drama makers?
    THE KOREANS!!!

  6. FlameStrike Said,

    July 17, 2010 @ 10:10 pm

    Right…. right the plot. Heh.

  7. Anonmeooous Said,

    July 17, 2010 @ 10:12 pm

    Koreans are just as awful, dumping tons and tons of pointless forced melodrama in order to produce feelings. I’m man enough to admit I felt terrible after watching Winter Sonata (the actual live action drama not anime), not because it was actually good, but because it was so depressing.

    Amagami is fun to watch (debatable), entirely forgettable, fairly poorly animated, and not a good show. Well gee wizz, you’re so smart that it takes you 4 paragraphs too many to explain the obvious.

  8. Mentar Said,

    July 17, 2010 @ 10:28 pm

    Amagami is fun to watch (unless you’re averse to shows like this, then you should go elsewhere in the first place), not too deep, but not too shallow either, fairly well animated and a perfectly fine show.

    The rant by Chaostangent doesn’t even merit a serious response. It’s merely an example where one blogger tries to do the “maximum slam” on a show without any trace of fairness or base in reality. You could understand that much after 3 sentences. It’s an attempt to ride Amagami’s popularity wave on the negative side, nothing more than that. Oh, and the fact that he deletes comments disagreeing with him robs this blog of any remaining credibility in my eyes.

    In any case, I find Amagami’s characters quite amusing and not at all THAT unrealistic as some people claim (ask yourself if you haven’t done or witnessed comparable stuff in high school – I have). And within the limited time of each arc (4 eps isn’t much) it managed to give a consistent explanation which convinces me that someone like Haruka could indeed be snared by someone like Junichi. They’re a pretty good fit, both offering something the other needs.

    Shizuka Itou is only an extra treat of the god level kind ;)

  9. metalsnakezero Said,

    July 17, 2010 @ 10:51 pm

    I do expect the last episode of this arc to be rewarding with plot.

  10. Deviance Said,

    July 17, 2010 @ 11:03 pm

    So if theres a Da Capo whiplash, then theres am Amagami SS whiplash. Although for the latter I really don’t mind… How can such a fetish be so titillating?

  11. CaptainBright Said,

    July 17, 2010 @ 11:10 pm

    There are shows which melt my mind, in a good way, for a certain amount of time, like this, Sengoku Basara and Occult Academy.

    If I wanted my heavy stuff, I would be watching Legend of The Galactic Heroes and Armored Trooper Votoms. NON-STOP.

  12. SagittaMagica Said,

    July 17, 2010 @ 11:40 pm

    there is a reason why People and individual Persons have Persistence and Perseverance as Primary Points in their Personalities, that is, it Pays of to be Persistent and Patient in achieving a Prioritized goal, like junichi getting to score a home-run with his P**** with Haruka(flame retardant shield activate).

    ahh~ lucky junichi, he can hear the Pleasant moans of Haruka, just thinking of that Premise alone makes me so Pissed, that my very own P**** rises to Peak levels, i wonder if my Performance level will rival the Protagonists of eroge’s of today.
    and so i Pray, my forehead filled with Perspiration, Please Please, will i still

    my Point is, WHERE WILL I GET MY HARUKA FIX AFTER THIS ARC ENDS?!?!

    P.s. i am Pleased…

  13. Haesslich Said,

    July 17, 2010 @ 11:52 pm

    I just watch it for Shizuka Itou, but will admit that Kana Asumi going “nii-san” influenced my choice to start watching. Beyontpd that, complaining about the plot HERE or executing “six different romances” is like expecting a Gundam show with six different viewpoint stories from Fukuda and his wife which is well written. Hint: you won’t get that. Ever.

  14. Nestor Said,

    July 18, 2010 @ 12:33 am

    There was a plot? :D

    I think they’re just pissed because most lowest common denominator(LCD) consumptives this season (and a few back) always give us (excessive) fanservice as a bonus. Watching one without boobs or panties was probably too much for them.

    Still, I’m surprised that the nyan-nyan scene impacted you the most. I lost most of my braincells during the kidnapping play :))

  15. Michael Said,

    July 18, 2010 @ 1:09 am

    Can’t believe we used the same image macro for our posts.

    Anyway, I basically agree.

  16. Maggeh Said,

    July 18, 2010 @ 6:53 am

    Koreans… good drama makers? You wouldn’t say that if you actually watched a Korean drama. Virtually every Korean drama features the same plot and characters, just with a cover on top of it to make it look like it’s a different premise that seems to work on the mindless pack of idiots that watch it. Korean dramas are the reason why I hate that I’m Korean (the mandatory military service is a close second, and the language a distant third), and it’s pretty much the basis behind my unreasonable hatred of all things Korean.

  17. drmchsr0 Said,

    July 18, 2010 @ 10:34 am

    Kuro: You say it like you least expect people to slam the new season.

    Oh crap. Now I have to watch Amagami. I am missing Itou Shizuka doing stupid things, and that alone justifies a lot of things. (Incidentally, I watch Ookami-san solely for her tsundere and KUROKO’S SEXY BEDTIME STORIES.)

  18. Mikoto Said,

    July 18, 2010 @ 5:40 pm

    Hot thigh licking? Somehow I feel compelled to watch it now…

  19. drmchsr0 Said,

    July 18, 2010 @ 9:57 pm

    Also, I watch Amagami for the Itou Shizuka earsex.

  20. Game8910 Said,

    July 19, 2010 @ 3:34 am

    I like the show cause it has potential for awesomeness since not many VN adaptations are done this way. But there is only 1 part where I disagree with Kurogane, True Tears was shit, but thats completely irrevelant.

  21. sadakups Said,

    July 19, 2010 @ 8:40 am

    Plot? What plot?

  22. Summer 2010: Amagami SS – aloe, dream Said,

    July 20, 2010 @ 9:18 am

    [...] Kurogane: God, listening to Itou Shizuka doing that is pure aural sex in many ways. Cut back on the sugar if you have diabetes, iykwim. [...]

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