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School Days is a 12-episode animated television show intended for mature audiences. It is based on a visual novel game, and it features themes of romance, love and abandonment. Despite a beginning which hints at a sweet school romance, School Days is a show that quickly veers towards darker themes.

The story starts by following a young teenager named Makoto Ito. Makoto has recently moved with his largely absent mother to the fictional town of Haramihama, where he settles in easily despite not making many friends. During the first half of the school year, he notices a young girl who takes the train at the same time that he does. It turns out that Kotonoha Katsura is one of his classmates, and because of her shy nature and cute appearance, she is often bullied by the other students. She is quiet and studious, and at first Makoto is content to watch her from afar.

Things change very quickly, however, when the bold and fiesty Sekai Saionji becomes his friend. She is a very vivid girl, as outgoing as Kotonoha is shy, and she helps Makoto approach Kotonoha. For the first episode, Sekai focuses her attention on getting Makoto and Kotonoha together, often with hilarious results. However, after some time, the two have made contact and are beginning to consider the possibility of dating.

The primary conflict of the anime appears at the end of the first episode, however, when Sekai reveals that through her matchmaking efforts, she has also fallen in love with Makoto. The series concentrates on how the three students resolve these feelings, but far from being a standard love triangle, things become increasingly intense and violent.

UK Anime Network described School Days as a dark subversion of the high school romance genre, calling it compelling though dark. There are also two longer Original Animated Videos centered on the characters from School Days, though the material is significantly lighter.

AT-X
1 Season, 13 Episodes
July 3, 2007
Anime, Drama
6.2/10
Cast: Daisuke Hirakawa, Shiho Kawaragi, Tae Okajima, Keiko Imoto
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School Days Full Episode Guide

  • Kokoro, Sekai, Hikari and Nanami end up in a secret underground facility, where they learn a mysterious gas is turning men into lecherous zombies.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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