Merry Christmas indeed!
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.
But after proving himself to be able to take that level of punishment…
Yay, reward scene get!
But of course, we get the super special good ending here, with mini-Tsukasa!
Oh Junichi, you make me so jelly :(.
And that wraps out the Tsukasa portion of this post.
Oh god, it’s HarukaaAAARRRRGGGHGHHHH.
YOU CAN TOTALLY COUNT ON ME, MORISHIMA-SENPAI.
And Miya proves herself to be quite the little shark.
God, I don’t want to know what exactly their little “play” is about, but suffice to say, Miya is definitely the boss.
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.