Hey there, have you seen the talk around about a weird and odd anime called School Days? Do you kind of want to see what all the buzz is about or maybe want to revisit it, but wasn’t able to participate in the weird community book club thing and find that a bummer? Well, I partially got you covered? Of course I can’t recreate the magic of some of the fun and engaging thoughts everyone provided but here is my archive of main thoughts as I went through School Days for the first time myself.
- This was all content previously featured on Twitter, no new content. also, explains some of the formatting and poor phrasing at times.
- My thoughts are from the episode at each subsection, if I hypothesized something completely wrong in the first half of the series you don’t have to let me know… I know. Most of those were just to spitball and get you to look at the show in other lights rather than being right.
- Spoilers for each episode, if you are simulating the experience I won’t be spoiling anything out of order so you can follow along at your own pace or look back at how wrong I am in retrospect, either is cool with me.
- End of the day, this is just sort of a personal time capsule, anyone in the future would like to experience this series alongside some moron spewing conspiracies or would like to go back and remember something said this should be easier to find then previous tweets.
- Of course, I would highly recommend you check out Jon Spencer Reviews and see what the current watch is covering and check to see if you can participate as well.
Knock, knock #AniTwitWatches here I got a thread for School Days Episode 1 in which I make a case that the most important line of dialogue was one you didn’t even listen to…
As creative people I think it’s fair to say we think about every detail and that’s why nothing ever ends up there by accident. That’s why what many would consider throwaway lines actually might be clues of the overall themes and message of the series.
I’m referring to midway through, while Makoto and Sekai are passing notes the professor’s lecture is very interesting. It appears to be an anecdote from a spy who is awaiting execution for treason against the Qing Dynasty.
The Qing Dynasty is described as “initial prosperity and tumultuous final years”. This might be to foreshadow/draw parallels between the way young relationships go. Sort of an initial honeymoon period followed by turmoil.
There’s little context as to who this is referring to but I think there’s a good chance it’s about Yoshiko Kawashima. Yoshiko was born a Chinese princess but served as a Japanese spy during the 2nd Sino-Japanese War; eventually executed in China for treason.
Betrayal may be a major theme in School Days as seen by the shocking ending of the episode. Yoshiko’s tale if you believe in national born patriotism is a story of betraying supposedly your own interests and your own allies something Sekai is guilty of.
The best part is that this dialogue could have lead us into the class scene, but instead it is spoken at the same time as Sekai’s espionage detailing of Katsura’s boobs. Maybe there is something to dark, gritty themes hiding in plain sight of a rather cute scene.
Sadly, I found most of the episode dull that I don’t know if I have much to say outside of digging way too deep into this eleven seconds. Too early but I do feel an uneasy sense that there’s more than what’s on the surface.
For this #aniTwitWatches on School Days episode 2-3 I offer some food for thought. That these two images are in fact the same picture. @MechAnimeReview@JS_Reviews@Cameron_Probert You guys are the real experts so do let me know how wrong I am.
Katsura – ID
“The id is the impulsive part of our psyche… responds to basic urges, needs, and desires” –Simply Psychology While it might seem contradictory at first as she is the shy one; the slap in ep.2 and the kiss from ep.3 shows a very compulsive nature
Katsura acts on pure pleasure, avoiding Makoto when meeting him would cause discomfort. She is the most detached from those around her and cares the least about who is nearby. The id is “selfish and wishful” so would be interesting if this connection continues.
Makoto – ego
The mediator and decision maker, “often compromising or postponing satisfaction to avoid negative consequences of society” and “concerned with devising a realistic strategy to obtain pleasure” – Simply Psychology
While Makoto’s aggression in the beginning might seem unlike the ego, it actually shows he’s adaptive and learning. When that aggression didn’t work he becomes more compassionate and willing to understand Katsura. Essentially Makoto gets checked by the Superego.
Sekai – superego
“control the id’s impulses” “punish the ego through guilt” – Simply Psychology Acting as a sort of parent the superego creates a moralistic standard to get you to act ideally. Whose been counseling both Makoto and Katsura to act better?
Sekai action seem to operate in everyone’s best interest, not acting on her desires because that would cause harm to others. Even when she decides to kiss Makoto in ep. 1 she justifies it as a reward for helping him.
Other Watch Notes: Feathers in dreams are perceived to represent freedom/inspiration. Where does Sekai work and why is she dressed like the 8th Siren of Shantae Is the diminishing impact of a kiss a genre critique? What’s up with the movie tickets/ little sister question?
So #anitwitwatches School Days episode 6 was a bumpy ride.
I know this episode really added what this horse race really needed…. More horses. Screw the love triangle we still have time to make a nice love dodecagon.
Honestly underappreciated but the use of sound throughout this episode is honestly amazing. The pauses when the train passes by or when kotonoha trips are great dramatic beats. The music at the end at first felt a little strange but that juxtaposition at the end was great.
There’s a comedic scene that ends with the classroom up-roaring in laughter and it’s unsettling. It seems very surreal that a show with a muted aesthetic would use very canned laughter over a scene.
It’s one of those moments where I feel like where in Clannad they had to slowly get your suspension of disbelief to accept supernatural/ magic existing in the universe. School Days is planting these seeds of disillusionment that its not what it appeared to be.
Now I’m just going to quote some of my favorite comments from this episode on crunchyroll:
“This is me banning my head on the key board aehp;twzgffgj6irt5us”– C0mlink
“THIS IS BLASPHEMY, THIS IS MADNESS, I CAN’T WATCH THIS STUPID ANIME ANYMORE, ITS TOO HARD FOR ME I WILL STOP WATCHING ANIME FOR MONTHS NOW THANKS TO THIS BULL. WHO IN THE WORLD CHEAT IN THEIR GIRLFRIEND LIKE THAT!– Bestnumberis22
“Dude I want to beat this dude’s ass soon bad… This is just too hard to watch without getting pissed…”-PinoyKid_OG
“Everyone is complaining about Makoto but you’re missing one crucial… WHO DRINKS HOT LEMONADE”-thestoned
“Shut up woman get on my horse”– Dankanman
Hard to add anything not covered by that scholarly bunch so until next time, see ya. Please don’t cheat in your girlfriend okay bye-bye.
#AniTwitWatches EPISODE 7 TIME. All I can say is that if your not team Sekai at this point… what are you doing?
Sekai… I’ll admit is not a model citizen and I saw @MechAnimeReview, the boogeyman himself said she deserved a little WWE Smackdown to the face. A little hypocritical when he sat idly by when Jon called playful boob grabs assault, but yeah say “you go sis” to actual assault.
Sekai is an Icarus, who gotta be down, because she wanted it all. It started out with a kiss, how did it end up like this? At least Sekai shows some sympathy, and remorse now, and wasn’t a sore loser when Makoto was dating Katsura.
I’m sorry but Katsura is unraveling… literally. She needs to watch more star studded 2009 rom-coms cause she clearly doesn’t know “He’s Just Not That Into You”. Take a hint, and have some dignity at this point. All this for Mokoto who just straight up sucks.
Can we agree that if anyone deserves to be slapped it’s him. C’mon dude this is high school, not the Bachelor. These aren’t vain adults going on TV desperate for attention, these fragile ego high school girls… can you show any human emotion besides horny.
Setsuna is living up to Ashley (Wario Ware) comparison, mostly turning her non-friends into toast part. I appreciate that she’s not playing any games and is trying to cut down the bs, but like mind your own business and try a little harder to be less extremely rude.
I feel bad for ring-haired girl, apparently not bad enough to remember her name but she’s the only character who isn’t incredibly annoying at this point. No one in the watch really giving her any love either, so she can be a branch of Team Sekai now, she’s now our secondary.
So I think we can all agree that Team Sekai is currently leading the race for Mokoto’s heart and demonstrating the most human decency while doing it. That is all, see ya next time.
The Dead Speak! You may have thought a holiday break would have got rid of me, but not this time #anitwitwatches.
The only thing I wanted to praise the show for was how it achieved a perspective narrative, really hyping up this dance and then making it a very short and tame scene because nobody really cared about the actual dancing.
We’re locked in Katsura’s perspective and have the really painful realization that she’s all alone at this point. Makoto who is sort of the audience proxy, just sees the dance as a dance so we only get to relish in Sekai’s shallow victory for mere moments.
I like to think of School Days being this over exaggeration of naive high school relationships, built on dismantling the high school romance fantasy by tainting it with a hyperbolic cast of petty, horny, and immature people that really all are incompatible to some degree.
With those lasts thoughts, it kind of interesting to think how School Days shows that there’s no scenario where everyone ends happy. People are bound to breakup, be ignored, be interested in someone else, and in this young romance fantasy nobody really has the best intentions.
My final thought, are they running a love hotel at their school, did anyone’s school have that? I don’t think mine did, but I don’t think I would have known about it. I was the type where borrowing APUSH KBATS was the height of my deviancy.
That’s all I really got to say, I’ll be finishing the rest of my thoughts by yelling them on a Fortnite server if anyone is interested. Thank you, till next time. Bye-Bye.
#AniTwitWatches this episode had me sweating, I don’t think it’s safe to be around Katsura anymore and here’s some quotes to prove it.
Katsura: You don’t listen, do you? I don’t think you ever really hear me. You just ask the same question every week. “Are you dating Makoto?” All I have is Makoto.
Katsura: I’ve got nothing left to lose. Nothing can hurt me anymore. My life is nothing but comedy.
So I want to contribute to #anitwitwatches as per usual, but I checked my notes and apparently all I wrote repeatedly was: Squid-rings girl’s ass – nice? While that’s an interesting motif, I don’t know if suffices as great analysis so guess we’re flying off the cuff a bit.
In case you don’t know Christmas in Japan is a neat topic. Christianity isn’t a popular religion in Japan… but that hasn’t stopped Japan from indulging in the aesthetic and commercialism of the holiday. It is pretty much a romantic holiday, just like Valentine’s Day here.
It’s sort of a nice irony that Makoto and Katsura’s reunion has a “romantic” backdrop considering this would have been a nice moment had things played out more like a typical rom-com.
Damn, Makoto really going to the store to grab milk and never coming back, ehh. I would say he’s a bad parent but I feel that being an anime parent and not be in the picture is kind of par for the course. [see reference – any anime of your choice].
Makoto: now has played more girls than teams Josh McCown has played for in the NFL. Sekai: locked herself in her room and refuses to listen to anything other than OK Computer Katsura: Has gone full-blown Shuffle! at this point.
But Setsuna got the hell out of dodge… So, I see this as an absolute win. Should be an interesting finale.
Well #AniTwitWatches It appears John Doe has the upper hand. Everyone has sinned know it is time for Katsura to become vengeance, become wrath.
Hikari- Sloth “Sloth has also been defined as a failure to do things that one should do. By this definition, evil exists when “good” people fail to act” Fails to act on her crush, becomes a bystander in everyone else’s affair.
Otome – Greed “an inordinate desire to acquire or possess more than one needs” Not materialistic, however Otome could have been just old friends with Makoto but chose to desire more.
Setsuna- Envy “a sad or resentful covetousness towards the traits or possessions of someone else”
Taisuke- Lust “thought of as intense or unbridled sexual desire which leads to fornication, adultery, rape, bestiality, and other sinful sexual acts”
Need I say more?
Makoto- Gluttony “overindulgence and overconsumption of anything to the point of waste” All of his relationships are wasted because of antics to get into everyone’s pants.
Sekai- Pride “dangerously corrupt selfishness, the putting of one’s own desires, urges, wants, and whims before the welfare of other people” Never saw herself losing and it became her demise.
Well, it looks like my team Sekai days are over. I have no regrets trying to challenge the idea of the process of swearing character allegiances and hopefully it helped us all look for the good in all this bad and rotten.