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Season 1 & 2 (not to be mistaken for Da Capo II)
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http://www.crunchyroll.com/group/CRSeries_-_Da_Capo
http://www.crunchyroll.com/group/CRSeries_-_Da_Capo_Second_Season

Chiiwasu~
As to quote from Kotori... But yes this series has been quite on the top my mind for quite a while, I didn't pick up watching till just two weeks ago... And that was me lingering on season 1 still. As you can expect me to say with that kind of statement, for the most part season 1 was a drag, unexciting... melodramatic... even almost bland... But then it did pull through a clutch, and started to actually interest me. Though I can't say it held it consistently through.

Since I took my sick leave since last week, I took the chance to just sit through it, forcing myself to complete this series. I honestly felt I might not even write a review since at times it left me wondering why was I even watching. A roller-coaster would be a good analogy. I'm still uncertain how I really, really feel about this series... So enough with the dilly-dallying, I'll dissect this as well as I possibly can.

The side stories... As I did some background research on it, I found that it was completely unrelated to the story development. Which really deterred me, since I actually sat I and watched about 5 full episodes with the side stories till I had found out their meaning and purpose. So regretfully, that just degrades the series because it's like adding filler... and pretty much singling it out for the viewer. And almost acted like a speed bump.

So it took about the last few episodes to really carry me through to the end, and eventually to the second season. Though I have to say, it really brings up a good conversation topic: "Is it really alright to be in a romantic relationship with someone who isn't blood related, but still were brought up in a way of siblings were??" Almost incestuous eh? But it seems I'm actually quite lenient on that subject as I was rooting for Nemu... But nonetheless, season 1 was a really a heart warming romance... at the end.

Now as for season 2, it felt like a whole other ball game. First off, handing off to another studio was quite an awkward transition, but I really didn't notice much of a difference after a while. Yes Jun'ichi's hair color turned from gray to black, but I always picture the voice for Jun'ichi's as for a black hair character. I will speak of the art later, as I have quite a few critical points on it.

But yes, season 2... It was pretty taxing for the series to leave the viewers out in the dark for so long. I got the luxury of seeing screen shots of future episodes that Nemu was still in the story, but definitely still left me wondering for the most part, "where on earth did Nemu go?" The answer wasn't quite satisfying at the end, but I came to accept it... But I really felt like they used that time for Jun'ichi and Nemu's separation to introduce the other characters. Nonetheless the story still progressed gradually.

The introduction of Aisia (I really think they meant to call her Asia, just that they lost the name in translation...) brought a new perspective to the story, AT THE END. I mean I saw she was used to pretty much divide the relationship so that when at the end our two main protagonists united, it would be an inseparable event. Which it was so to speak, but I honestly felt a grudge against the character since she was medaling in someone else's affairs for way to long. But at the end, she was redeemed with her act at the wedding... And really for me, was a good conclusion. Since the series felt like it was dragging it's feet the entire time; actually to be more precise, it felt like the story was carrying the entire series.

There are so many little flaws that add up, and I'm somewhat unable to analyse them as well as I could... I don't want to make an excuse, but since the series is still fresh on my mind, I'm writing with a pretty bad case of the flu... So my feverish body, hacking coughs isn't aiding the process. But what I have spoken of is true to my views.

Yes Da Capo was created in '03 and season 2 in '05... So techniques may have been dated, but in general, some of the art looked rushed... Though it might be due in part by the art style they had to replicated from Circus... So it might have been somewhat unnatural. Though Zexcs Studio and Feel Studio maybe somewhat partner studios... Feel studio did a better job overall in the second season.


So this review might have been shallow and brief... I might come back and revisit it when I've recovered.
I hope you had a good read~
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wow finally I find another Nemu fan, The series REALLY drags till basically the last couple of episodes which in both cases kind of makes you forget about how the earlier episodes were borderline pointless. During the first couple of episodes where they were making a big secret out of where Nemu was my first thought was I cant believe they sunk this low and killed off Nemu to continue the series with renewed competition for the guy, but I found later that they didnt and Nemu returned then the series dragged on. But the season 2 ending was great espesially since it was final, there wasn't anything left to question like so many other anime of the type leave.
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yeah I'll have to hand it to them how they can finish their series/seasons off well... It really makes up for the dragged out beginning and middle...
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whoooaaa..!! der is season 2 for dis anime..!? sugoi..!
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