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Merry Christmas indeed!

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Well, Tsukasa is proving to be one of the harder catches that Junichi’s had to tackle. That three hit-combo sure looks like it hurts.

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But after proving himself to be able to take that level of punishment…

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Yay, reward scene get!

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Frankly, I thought the confession scene here was a little underwhelming compared to some of the earlier girls, like Ai and Haruka, but it works well enough.

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But of course, we get the super special good ending here, with mini-Tsukasa!

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Oh Junichi, you make me so jelly :(.

And that wraps out the Tsukasa portion of this post.

Moving on…

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Oh god, it’s HarukaaAAARRRRGGGHGHHHH.

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YOU CAN TOTALLY COUNT ON ME, MORISHIMA-SENPAI.

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And Miya proves herself to be quite the little shark.

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God, I don’t want to know what exactly their little “play” is about, but suffice to say, Miya is definitely the boss.

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Finally, Maya-chan’s little moment of awesome.

So, after six months, Amagami finally comes to an end with the Ayatsuji Tsukasa arc that I think nearly everyone was sorely awaiting for, especially for those who read the manga or have played the game.

Overall, I’d say the arc was decent enough, but I still felt they watered down Tsukasa’s “dark” side quite a bit, but I’m comparing with the Precious Diary manga, so I might be wrong. Still, I really quite like the twist at episode 23 with Tsukasa hiding her dark self fully and then Junichi awakening it back this week. Also, what happened to the plot thread with her sister? I thought it was the reason why she had this bipolar personality. Guess they didn’t have enough time to put it in?

As for the show overall, it’s a good experiment in being true to the source material while trying to appeal to the full fanbase of the series and still fit in the confines of a 2-cour anime season. Unlike earlier shows like Kimikiss that tried to go for a single route but failed to cater for everyone, I rather quite like this omnibus format where each girl gets their own allotment of episodes to shine through. Lucky as well Amagami had the perfect number of girls (six) for a 2-cour (24 weeks) season.

Admittedly, this also makes the quality of the show a bit hard to judge, especially when taking in to account the bias factors of each viewer’s preferred girl. Still, it is a better compromise than screwing over the rest of the cast for the One True Pairing by the producers.

In terms of arbitrary opinion, here are the arcs ranked by my own preferences:

1. Morishima Haruka
2. Ayatsuji Tsukasa
3. Nanasaki Ai
4. Nakata Sae
5. Tanamachi Kaoru
6. Sakurai Rihoko

Incidentally, I guess that is how I would rank my girls preferences of the Amagami cast as well.

While the TV run might have ended, there’s also still the special episodes of Kamizaki Risa and Tachibana Miya to come later. I heard that the Risa episode would be airing on X’mas night, but it seems for Miya, we’re gonna have to wait till July, I think. Oh well… :(

In conclusion, Amagami’s been quite a good show, albeit dependent on the arcs. I won’t say all of them were to my taste, but all the episodes generally left me feeling good about the show rather the other way around. It’s a bit sad the vaunted Tsukasa arc lost a bit of the potential it had when I read it in the manga, but it does cap off the series extremely well. And there’s still two more specials to wait for too!

Liked: Yes, though not all the arcs.
Rewatch: Possible, with the exception of the last two arcs on the preference scale.

19 Comments

  1. qwerty Said,

    December 19, 2010 @ 2:42 am

    TV run hasn’t ended just yet.

    Next week is the 1 episode Risa arc. Which I’m fairly surprised about since I thought it was going to be a disc special along with the Miya episode.

  2. omo Said,

    December 19, 2010 @ 2:52 am

    It hasn’t ended in the sense that Miya > all your girls, yeah ;)

    I thought the omnibus format is nice, but it’s definitely inferior than Kimikiss in the sense that Kimikiss had all 26 episodes to develop the story, so the climax was more involving. In the omnibus format you are doing well when they didn’t screw with your girl like Haruka, and if they were able to express the idea behind each story arc within the allotted time. Some girls probably got the shaft because of it (Rihoko and Kaoru IMO, but also Ayatsuji big time) but Haruka’s story was just the perfect length for that. But it is kind of a matter of luck, since if the girl you like has the story/personality that fits this presentation then yeah it’s good.

    Of course there are some big issues with the single-threaded format as you mentioned, but I thought usually those issues are more because of the fans watching it rather than a limit of the presentation (ie., who gives a damn how the manga/game goes as long as the anime is good on its own?)

  3. thatredsky Said,

    December 19, 2010 @ 4:00 am

    @kurogane
    Eh, Miya arc in July 2011? That’s so long awayyyyy. D:
    And by the “last two arcs”, do you mean the Risa and Miya special arcs? Granted, the Ayatsuji arc was totally awesome, but the Rihoko one was kinda…meh.
    Nothing romantic really developed between the two, nothing changed except that two years went past and Junichi went into the Tea Club.
    I wish they expanded more on Ayatsuji’s sister, though. Would’ve been interesting to see what happened between the two sisters that caused the rift between Ayatsuji and her sister (it’s mostly one-sided, eh).

    @omo
    I know right? Nishishi~ :3
    And actually, people DO give a damn about how the manga/game goes. There’ll always be people who compare between the manga/game and anime and from there on make a comparison.
    I would prefer if the anime follows the manga/game most of the time, it makes referencing much easier.
    And Haruka arc ftw! Best arc imo.

    The Amagami PSP game’s coming out January 21, who’s getting it? :D

  4. Numbers and Space Said,

    December 19, 2010 @ 6:31 am

    The beauty of it all is of course the selective DVD/BD buying process. I think the Amagami management is up to an interesting experiment. Except for Haruka fans, they get the shaft, they have to buy every DVD/BD because the staff puts some awesome Haruka in every single arc.

  5. AozuAkazu Said,

    December 19, 2010 @ 8:04 am

    “1. Morishima Haruka
    2. Ayatsuji Tsukasa
    3. Nanasaki Ai
    4. Nakata Sae
    5. Tanamachi Kaoru
    6. Sakurai Rihoko”

    “YOU CAN TOTALLY COUNT ON ME, MORISHIMA-SENPAI.”

    Yes. YES. THIS^

    Your ranking are the same as mine lol
    Haruka will always be on top in my eyes.
    Also, mini-Tsukasa was freaking adorable.

  6. Hamiltong Said,

    December 19, 2010 @ 8:13 am

    Another random time skip? Still, I practically had my brain explode at mini-Tsukasa. A great end to a great arc and a great show. I will severely miss waiting for every Friday to see the new episodes.

  7. Mentar Said,

    December 19, 2010 @ 9:10 am

    Hm? The real confession scene was before. Smiling at her right after she gave him the smackdown and saying “Thank goodness. The Ayatsuji-san I love still exists” ranks high high up in my list of the best romance scenes ever. The perfect line to assuage her biggest fears and reaffirm his love in two sentences. THIS was the moment when they really connected, and when the pressure which tormented her found relief, and when she cried her eyes out after she understood what he was saying. The scenes afterwards were merely extras.

    And what elevated this arc over all others: This one time, Junichi actually mattered at the climax. For once, he wasn’t primarily a lustful googly-eyed juvenile, but rather a decent guy who may have made some missteps out of clumsiness, but who successfully helped a person to find happiness – happiness she probably wouldn’t have found without him. Where he actually mattered. Where he was picking someone to stand with on eye level by conscious choice, not compelled by a crush.

  8. metalsnakezero Said,

    December 19, 2010 @ 10:02 am

    While Amagami did had some slow moments, it was still a sold romance anime and did somethings that were better than the Kimikiss anime.

    I would say that Tsukasa’s arc was the best for being well develop and interesting but I too like Morishima-senpai.

  9. InvalidName Said,

    December 19, 2010 @ 10:31 am

    @thatredsky:
    I’m quite sure “Possible, with the exception of the last two arcs.” means that he doesn’t feel like rewatching Kaoru’s and Rihoko’s arcs. Which is understable enough. He is referring to his ranking, not chronological order.

  10. bobbierob Said,

    December 19, 2010 @ 12:10 pm

    ahh, it’s finally the end, isn’t it…anyway, Amagami and Kimikiss were both animes that I was like “lol fail name/concept/idea” at the start and near the end, i was like OMFG EPIC. However, amagami is kinda…..really good sometimes, but then sometimes it fails. hard. cough rihoko cough. I really like the Kaoru arc, though, even though it wasn’t as expected…but it’s still not as good as say, Haruka or Nanasaki. oh god, Nanasaki….

  11. thatredsky Said,

    December 19, 2010 @ 1:01 pm

    @hamiltong
    What random time skip? It was great.
    Haruka’s arc had a 10 year time skip too, if you remember. (That wasn’t random either, was it?)

    @InvalidName
    Ah, that would make more sense.

    Okay I’ll have one less anime to watch every Friday now that Amagami SS’ finished. D:

  12. R Said,

    December 19, 2010 @ 2:11 pm

    No way is Tsubasa better than Ai. The arc felt much more poorly executed than any of the others. (Except perhaps Rihoko’s where nothing fucking happened).

  13. cshin9 Said,

    December 19, 2010 @ 2:26 pm

    What happened to Hibiki?

  14. thatredsky Said,

    December 19, 2010 @ 2:51 pm

    @R
    HOW COULD YOU? This arc was so awesome, it’s a pity that they couldn’t fit in too much content into four episodes. At least it was better than Rihoko’s arc where like you said, nothing happened. Or Kaoru’s one where…they just ended it abruptly.

    AYATSUJI-SAN IS A WONDERFUL PERSON WITH NOTHING TO HIDE, remember? :D

    @cshin9
    Uh…I believe she gave her competing chance in the Ms Santa contest to Haruka? :/

  15. karuroso Said,

    December 19, 2010 @ 2:51 pm

    No wonder Tsukasa is the game cover girl, her arc surely is in another level!

  16. alex Said,

    December 19, 2010 @ 5:48 pm

    “Rewatch: Possible, with the exception of the last two arcs. ”
    – are you kidding me ? :)
    you would miss final boss arc ?

  17. timmeh Said,

    December 19, 2010 @ 9:08 pm

    @ alex, if you continue to read. last to arcs, as Listed on his PREFERENCES

    ie.5. Tanamachi Kaoru
    6. Sakurai Rihoko

    @mentar i agree. was a great way to End? the show..-the special episodes.

  18. Benigmatica Said,

    December 20, 2010 @ 1:16 am

    Kaoru Arc and Rihoko Arc… If you these arcs are not screwed by the network called TBS.

    BTW, If only they could extend Risa Arc to two episodes. (Including Miya Arc, as well)

  19. Jobrill Said,

    December 20, 2010 @ 4:58 am

    Time Skip supremacy. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the two best arcs had awesome time skips. I’m just a sucker for that kind of thing, especially ones with kids like Tsukasa’s. Rihoko’s arc could have more or less been fixed by a 10 years later scene that showed them together, and it would have been pretty awesome for Ai, Kaoru, and Sae as well. For my arc ranking:

    1. Haruka – She’s still supreme. Bisexual trickster oujosamas who love roleplaying amd puppies are hard to top. Plus I really do feel like her arc was the most tightly scripted, with the absolute best confession scene(s).
    2. Tsukasa – I have to admit, she seemed sort of bland in the first few arcs. Then we started getting delicious hints of some sort of dark side, followed the payoff in the arc itself.
    3. Ai – She seemed like a sort of withdrawn, shy girl in some of the other arcs, but appearently she is just an awesome cool girl with an understated sense of humor and a strong sense of family.
    4. Rihoko – AGH FRIENDZONED DAMMIT. Childhood friends are sort of my favorite trope/person to root for in harem animes, so I was so hopeful. But Noooooooooooo. Still, I like Rihoko for being cheerful and pleasingly plump, and Rihoko’s supporting cast was amazing. I would totally join the tea club. This would rate above Ai’s arc if it had ended in a get together/good end.
    5. Sae – I actually liked Sae a LOT more than I thought I would. Unfortunately, the arc eventually descended into a weird, uncomfortable cute fetish that I just couldn’t get behind. Not my bag, really.
    6. Kaoru – Kaoru was the girl who most intrigued me going into the series, and I still love her hair, and love her a Bro, but their romance arc just fell completely and utterly flat. I’m not sure why, but there was 0 spark and 0 drama. Maybe if they had focused more on Kaoru’s home life and how Junichi helped her come to terms with her mom’s new beau, it might have worked better. I still love you Kaoru, but your arc was just horrible. :(

    All this said, I am 100% behind a 2nd season. Hell, the arcs don’t even need to be Junichi romance centered. My Nominations:

    1. Hibiki (Possibly in a Haruka shoujo-Ai arc)
    2. Maya-sensei
    3. Manaka
    4. Kanae (Her love interest should be Umehara, because they were awesome together at the skating rink)
    5. Miya (Because she deserves a full arc instead of an OVA)
    6. Umehara (Bro Arc, with Umehara finally getting a girlfriend, unless the Kanae arc above took care of it)

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