School Days

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  • TV-14
  • 2007
  • 1 Season
  • 5.9  (2,852)

School Days is a romantic anime series that revolves around a young high school student named Makoto Itou, who is popular amongst his female classmates. The show originally aired in Japan in 2007 and has a total of 12 episodes. The series was produced by TNK and directed by Keitaro Motonaga. The show is known for its unique storyline, which is based on the visual novel with the same name.

The main character of the show, Makoto Itou, is a typical high school student who is happy with his life. He has good grades, a loving family, and is living a fulfilling life. However, Makoto's life takes a dramatic turn when he falls in love with a girl named Kotonoha Katsura. Kotonoha is a shy and reserved girl who is also in the same school as Makoto. Makoto's love for Kotonoha drives him to pursue her relentlessly, even though she is initially hesitant.

Despite his efforts, Kotonoha is still shy and insecure around Makoto, which ultimately leads to the entrance of another girl into the plot. Sekai Saionji, a classmate of Makoto, is drawn to his cheerful and outgoing personality. She becomes friends with Makoto and offers to help him win Kotonoha's heart.

As the plot of School Days unfolds, it becomes clear that Makoto's interactions with both Kotonoha and Sekai are very different. Makoto is sweet and considerate with Kotonoha, treating her politely and showing his affection through small gestures like buying her lunch or holding her hand. On the other hand, his interactions with Sekai are more charged with sexual energy, leading to a tangled love triangle that ultimately has disastrous results.

The series features many other supporting characters, such as Otome Katou and Kokoro Katsura. Otome is infatuated with Makoto and obsessively pursues him, leading to some uncomfortable situations. Kokoro is Kotonoha's sister, who has a snarky personality and is always trying to undermine Makoto's attempts to win over her sister.

What makes School Days stand out is how it subverts the typical romantic anime trope. Rather than being a standard love story with a happy ending, the show takes a darker turn, exploring the nuances of human relationships and how they can become toxic. The characters are flawed, and their interactions are often uncomfortable to watch, but that is what makes the show so engaging. It explores the darker aspects of love and the consequences of selfish behavior.

The animation and art style of School Days are bright and colorful, which is a sharp contrast with the dark themes covered in the show. The soundtrack is also notable, with the opening song "Innocent Blue" by DeviceHigh being particularly memorable.

Overall, School Days is a unique romance anime that takes a darker and more mature approach to the genre. Its exploration of the darker aspects of love and relationships is compelling and thought-provoking, making it a must-watch for fans of the genre. The show's ending is notorious and one of the most talked-about in anime history, making it a standout title.

School Days is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (13 episodes). The series first aired on July 3, 2007.

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OVA 2-Magical Heart Kokoro-chan
13. OVA 2-Magical Heart Kokoro-chan
July 4, 2007
Kokoro, Sekai, Hikari and Nanami end up in a secret underground facility, where they learn a mysterious gas is turning men into lecherous zombies.
School Days
12. School Days
September 27, 2007
Sekai disappears, and Makoto is wandering around aimlessly until he meets up with Kotonoha again, under the town's Christmas tree. As they pass the night together and Sekai witnesses the two of them heading back to Makoto's place. Just to make sure her eyes weren't playing tricks on her, Sekai heads over to his place...
Everybody's Makoto
11. Everybody's Makoto
September 11, 2007
Christmas is coming around the corner, and although Makoto is dating Sekai, it seems as if he wants out of it. So it appears as if he is haphazardly getting himself involved in other relationships, despite his promise to Setsuna. Now things are going terribly wrong, as Kotonoha loses herself, Sekai finds out about Makoto's infidelity, Setsuna's move to France and most importantly a sudden change to her body...
Mind and Body
10. Mind and Body
September 4, 2007
As the school festival comes to an end and Makoto and Sekai dance at the bonfire, it finally seems like they're happy together and things have settled down. However, Kotonoha watches from the shadows, and obstiantly denies what has happened still believing that their still going out. Meanwhile, as Setsuna prepares to move to France she is doing some final preparations to ensure that her best friend - Sekai - will be taken care of...
After Evening Festival
9. After Evening Festival
August 28, 2007
Makoto makes a promise to Sekai to dance with her during the School Festival's folkdance; however, he also made the same promise to Kotonoha. As Kotonoha mans the front desk at her class' school festival activity, she ferverously texts Makoto and awaits for a single response back...
School Festival
8. School Festival
August 21, 2007
Makoto hasn't told Kotonoha yet of his relationship with Sekai.  However, one night Kotonoha bumps into Sekai outside of Makoto's apartment and an altercation goes down.  And with that, begins the the school festival...
Festival Eve
7. Festival Eve
August 14, 2007
Makoto has put out the outwardly appearance that he is avoiding Kotonoha, as his relationship with Sekai has developed even more. Setsuna has noticed that their relationship together has changed, and tells Makoto to stay away from Kotonoha and cut off all communication with her, for Sekai's sake. But the web of lies and relationships starts to get tangled...
A Revealed Relationship
6. A Revealed Relationship
August 7, 2007
Things have developed with Sekai and Makoto. From the outside, it seems like Makoto is still involved with Kotonoha, however his relationship with Sekai has accelerated. While, Sekai knows its bad to keep lying like this, she can't turn away Makoto. Gradually, Makoto starts avoiding Kotonoha by not answering if phone...
Ripple
5. Ripple
July 31, 2007
Makoto and Kotonoha go to the pool for a date on the same day as Sekai and 6 of her friends. At the pool, it's clear that Makoto and Kotonoha are dating, however it seems as if Makoto has developed feelings for Sekai, hinting her that he wants to be with her instead. Sekai keeps reminding him that he's Kotonoha's boyfriend and cannot be with her, and tells him to forget about the "practice".
Purity
4. Purity
July 24, 2007
Makoto wants to develop his way of expressing himself. He was on the school's rooftop with Kotonoha when he tried to get close to her, but didn't expect for her to turn him away. As that things didn't go so smoothly, Sekai turns to Makoto, and makes a proposition...
Crossing Thoughts
3. Crossing Thoughts
July 17, 2007
When Kotonoha first started dating Makoto, they did not mesh well together. Makoto's thoughts were all over the place thinking about Kotonoha. He saw Kotonoha in the train in a bad mood and tried to hug her but she refused. Hikaru, who is in the same class as Makoto, happened to see this.
Distance between the Two
2. Distance between the Two
July 10, 2007
Makoto and Kotonoha go on their first date together, and Makoto's heart and mind are in a whirlwind of excitement and bewilderment, but it doesn't go as he had imagined it to go. The next day, Makoto later tells Sekai about the date, and she tells him to slow it down and not smother her. She gives him two movie tickets to take Kotonoha on another date...
Confession
1. Confession
July 3, 2007
During the freshmen orientation, Ito Makoto met Katsura Kotonoha and immediately developed a crush on her. They would ride on the same train together every morning, and all Makoto could do was make himself look busy by looking at the standby screen on his cell phone. Thinking that love charms and the like would just be a waste, Makoto's luck turns around as his classmate Saionji Sekai, notices what's on his standby screen and decides to help him out...
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Where to Watch School Days
School Days is available for streaming on the AT-X website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch School Days on demand at Amazon Prime.
  • Premiere Date
    July 3, 2007
  • IMDB Rating
    5.9  (2,852)