School Days – 01
Itou Makoto rides the same train to school as the girl that he has started to admire, Katsura Kotonoha, so he takes her picture with his cell phone one day. It is believed that if you set the photograph of the person you like as your cell phone wallpaper, then your love will come true if no one finds out about it for three weeks. Makoto, however, thinks that this is ridiculous, and once he gets to school, he prepares to delete her picture from his phone. However, someone suddenly asks what he’s looking at, and that someone is Saionji Sekai, his classmate who has the seat next to him. Because she figures out that Makoto likes Kotonoha, he warns her not to tell anyone. However, when Sekai later leads him up to the school rooftop, she shows him a picture of herself and Kotonoha taken during gym class. She starts to fill him in on what she learned about Kotonoha, but he gets so mad when he thinks that she told someone that he pushes her against the railing. After she reassures him that she hasn’t told anyone, Sekai points out how bad it’d be if anyone saw him holding her like that. Once he lets go, she offers to help him with his unrequited love, and Makoto has no choice but to accept.
The next day, Sekai writes Makoto a few more notes concerning what she knows about Kotonoha before she drops the big news: they’ll be eating lunch with her. Makoto feels that he isn’t prepared for this yet, and it doesn’t help that he learns that although Kotonoha doesn’t have anyone she likes, she has someone she’s interested in. Sekai eventually forces him to go up to the rooftop with her, and after introductions, they have lunch. Kotonoha has made sandwiches, but both Sekai and Makoto soon find out how bad they taste. Not wanting her to feel bad, Makoto wolfs down the rest of the them anyway. Once he’s done choking them down, Kotonoha wipes his mouth, and both become embarrassed when they realize what she’d one. When Sekai excuses herself to leave them alone, Makoto tries to explain to Kotonoha that he’s usually more composed than this. Later that night, Makoto expresses his gratitude towards Sekai over the phone for getting him the chance to talk with Kotonoha like that. He also admits that he’s going to tell Kotonoha his feelings for her, so Sekai urges him to do his best.
During gym class the following day, Kotonoha reveals that Makoto confessed to her that morning. She had accepted his feelings and now reveals that the person she had been interested in was none other than him. Thus, Kotonoha is very happy and thanks Sekai for introducing them. That afternoon, Sekai finds Makoto waiting at the train station for Kotonoha who had committee work to do. Sekai explains that she did all this because it was fun, and since Makoto insists on paying her back for it, she suddenly kisses him. Before he can react, she runs onto the train, and as it pulls out of the station, she starts crying.
ED: 「ウソツキ」 (Usotsuki) by CooRie
Watch the ED!: Mirror 1, Mirror 2
No OP this week, just an ED. It’s a CooRie song though, so I don’t have much to say about it since the more I listen to her songs, the more they start to blend together.
The first episode of School Days is about what I expected in terms of good production quality and covered pretty much everything I had read about in promotional material for the show (from Sekai setting up Kotonoha and Makoto to Sekai kissing Makoto). Given that this series is only 13 episodes long, it’s apparent that they’re not wasting any time in getting the plot going by setting up the love triangle between Makoto and the two girls. This first episode doesn’t make me hate Makoto yet, but I’m sure if they make him as bad as he’s rumored to be, that’ll be forthcoming.
Overall, this seemed like a nice romance show, but I wonder if it’s being deceptively peaceful now so that the later violent parts (if they should decide to go that path) have more impact. Even though it’s still too early to tell what direction they’re going to be headed in, I can’t help but question if the title screen abruptly shattering like glass means anything – a hint to the shattered peace later, perhaps. This show has a lot of emotional drama potential, especially since it starts out somewhat similarly to KimiNozo, so I’m really looking forward to what happens from here. For now, I’m rooting for a Sekai ending.