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Amagami SS – 12

「中多紗江編 最終章 コイビト」 (Nakata Sae-hen Saishuushou – Koibito)
“Nakata Sae Final Chapter – Lovers”

Sae may have looked really innocent in the wedding dress she sewed and wore for the Best Couple Contest, but the black one with frills, a choker, full-length gloves, and stockings that Miya picked out for her date with Junichi totally trumped it. I just wish they showed her taking off her pink coat to reveal that outfit underneath for even more impact. In retrospect, it was probably better they didn’t, because Sae looked unbelievably cute already and the sight her giving a semi-undressing tease would’ve tipped the scale into lustful territory (…for me anyway). However, her zettai ryouiki from behind did provide more sex appeal than I was expecting, so my thoughts had already drifted that way, much like Junichi’s. It’s just too bad Sae didn’t wear that outfit to the competition. If she did, I don’t think Hibiki and Haruka would have taken first place from her and Junichi. You can’t fight the glamorous body this time around Haruka! Your arc is over!

In comparison, the rest of the episode leading up to their second place finish in the competition was actually pretty innocent. The stopover at the Tyrolean cafe where Sae wanted to eat a ridiculous-sized banana parfait with Junichi provided the more lighthearted side of things, during which our deceivingly reliable protagonist was surprisingly respectful for a change. The fact that his traumatic heart-broken past was brought up once more helped in that regard, since Junichi finally admitted that he’s starting to think of Sae as something more than a junior. While his questionable training methods were still full of “glamorous body” intent as far as I’m concerned, mention of his trauma and fear of rejection did make it apparent that he didn’t see Sae as a potential girlfriend before. As such, it I think it’s safe to say that Sae fell for her useless senior first, even though he did man up and confess to her first in their private box at the movie theater. Their first kiss together after Sae wept a tear of joy seemed like a nice way to wrap up that scene; however, her “I’m so happy” line that made Junichi’s heart explode proved to be even better. what a knockout!

I probably could have done without Umehara’s somewhat sad behavior with his oversized inflatable tuna Toroko, though I did enjoy seeing Kaoru and Keiko laughing their asses off. The addition of the English-speaking director who motivated Junichi was notable too, but only in the sense that he was played by Michael Rivas of Angel Beats-fame. I honestly thought “TK?” when he spoke, so that probably marked the first time I’ve ever recognized an English voice actor by ear in anime. In any case, despite the time skip between their amusement park date to the founder’s festival and Christmas, I felt this arc wrapped up almost as nicely as Kaoru’s one. The air of innocence was what really added to the sweetness of it all, which was appropriately followed up by Junichi’s promotion from instructor to cameraman/director. (“Appropriately” considering the direction of this arc.) Oddly enough, I was actually happy to see Sae in a full-size penguin suit rather than a scantily clad one, just to differentiate herself from Haruka’s kinky roleplay. Incidentally, Junichi did say that Sae’s cuter than Haruka, which is the first time one of the girls has been directly compared to another in terms of attractiveness.

Next time, it’s the start of Nanasaki Ai’s arc and the one I’ve been waiting for the most. There’s just something about her practical attitude that I love. This of course includes how she wears her swimsuit underneath her school uniform and teases Junichi with it. An ending theme sung by Yukana should be good too.

 

Preview

September 17, 2010 at 1:35 am
82 comments »
  • September 17, 2010 at 1:42 amSora no Kaze

    First for Nanasaki Ai!!!!!!!!!! Can’t wait til next week! OMG, the week for Ai is almost here!

    • September 17, 2010 at 2:49 amfluidity

      Lol,some complained that Sae’s voice was ear cancer before but now look at all the praises she’s getting at her arcs conclusion.

      Anyway,all of Ai’s fans are rejoicing for what’s coming next episode.Huzzah!

      btw,since all of the girl’s arcs have EDs sung by their seiyuus,I think I saw somewhere that Ai’s ED is entitled Koi wa Mizu-iro.

      • September 17, 2010 at 6:22 amKarmafan

        Sae’s single came out this week. I love it. Of the 3 ED songs we have seen I like Sae’s the best.

      • September 17, 2010 at 1:13 pmGuest

        If you wanna check out (in my opinion) the best Amagami song released so far, search for “Stay This Way, Forever” on YouTube. It’s the ending theme of the PS2 game, and it’s sung by Kaori Nazuka, who voices Tsukasa Ayatsuji.

    • September 17, 2010 at 2:57 amBlueSkyDreams

      “Koi wa Mizuiro” which means “Love is Colored Like Water”

    • September 17, 2010 at 7:45 amSora no Kaze

      Finally actually watched the episode this morning and Divines arc, I just wanted to get first in happiness lol. Lol, there was definitely some TK in that. Biggest of all, Death by Moe was the funniest concept I’ve seen in a while. But yes, rejoice Ai fans, the time has come as our Ai arc is finally here.

      Btw… with Miya as a cat and Sae as a penguin, I wonder what Ai would have worn if you through her into the mix. Oh cuteness.

      • September 17, 2010 at 9:15 amSora no Kaze

        OH lulz i was so tired that I typed Divine arc rather then blog…

  • September 17, 2010 at 1:43 amDmonHiro

    Death by moe. What a way to go.

  • September 17, 2010 at 1:45 amexia

    I loled at death by moe, It was so left field it caught me off guard!!

  • September 17, 2010 at 1:46 amjam

    In my opinion, all the girls featured so far can do better than Junichi…

  • September 17, 2010 at 1:52 amKyuusei

    That black dress and accompanying accesories was stunning. BTW, did anyone else get “omg pr0n director” vibes with Junichi’s video camera? I’ve got a feeling his perv ways are gonna get Sae into some…stuff.

    Oh and I can’t wait for the Ai arc either.

    • September 17, 2010 at 1:55 amDivine

      I always said he behaved like an AV scout — getting Sae comfortable with the idea of taking her clothes off quickly — so an AV director is the natural extension to that. :P

    • September 17, 2010 at 5:08 amSilentcid

      Yeah I thought he was going for the penguin porn ending there.

      • September 17, 2010 at 6:11 amentropy

        Junichi Tachibana: Worldwide leader in penguin pr0n

  • September 17, 2010 at 1:53 amTehJawknee

    *is still dead from moe*

    I lol’d at the cameo by TK.

  • September 17, 2010 at 1:56 amEien

    color me surprised that Junichi understood english XD;;

    even Takatoshi went ??? facing a foreigner

  • September 17, 2010 at 2:00 amTehJawknee

    What still bugs me is that there was no kinky kiss in this arc. I mean, Kaoru got the belly and Haruka got the… back of the knee… >.>

    I was sure Sae would’ve at least gotten an accidental one in like… a toe or something.

    • September 17, 2010 at 2:04 amDivine

      Someone suggested that the doctor fish having their way with Sae’s feet constituted the kinky kissing this arc. Seeing as they gave her orgasmic-like reactions, I would have to agree.

      • September 17, 2010 at 2:24 amTehJawknee

        Well considering the sounds she made, I have to agree. LOL
        Hell, I was starting to feel dirty just listening to her and turned the volume down a bit since there was family in the other room.

      • September 17, 2010 at 2:45 amXziled

        at least you had the luxury of turning your volume down, i was wearing headphones when it happened and i was like “WTF!?”

        good thing i watched it in a study room instead of the public area of the library >.>

  • September 17, 2010 at 2:03 amRaso

    OMG that Epic Purple Shirt that Junichi had on at the start was just epic… hahaha

    • September 17, 2010 at 2:05 amDivine

      Sae’s light blue sweater dress. <3

      • September 17, 2010 at 2:15 amRaso

        Very true that one was so cute but http://img214.imageshack.us/img214/6458/utwamagamiss12xvid46af7.jpg that shirt with that face is just wrong. :P

      • September 17, 2010 at 2:20 amZnail

        For an extremely shy girl so does her way to dress to kill come as a surprise.
        I guess it may come from her failing to notice her own attractiveness.

      • September 17, 2010 at 10:22 amAex

        Yeah if we’re talking epic then there’s no forgetting that back goth-lolita dress. If hotness could kill Junichi would be dead on the floor.

  • September 17, 2010 at 2:05 amSilverwind

    @Divine: Have you at all listened to Ai’s character song that Yukana sung? Its really good.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooFClqBZptQ&feature=related

    AI-CHAN!!!!

    • September 17, 2010 at 3:01 amLectro Volpi

      Thanks for the preview, this is second only to “Kitto Ashita Wa…”

    • September 17, 2010 at 3:25 amSilverwind

      Your welcome.
      Though it is a character song and not the ending song for Ai’s story arc next week. So I guess you can call it a preview that does not spoil the actual ending theme.

      • September 17, 2010 at 3:58 amLectro Volpi

        Which means there could be a surprise? That’s cool too.

      • September 17, 2010 at 4:13 amSilverwind

        You mentioned Kaoru’s ending song “Kitto Ashita Wa”, but have you hear her character song “Kaze ni Fukarete”?
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7usFfvGZRRs

        The best part is that it is translated too.

    • September 17, 2010 at 9:17 amSora no Kaze

      HOLY CRAP… I didn’t notice the song there. *goes to watch*.

  • September 17, 2010 at 2:16 amEliteF22

    Looks awesome!

  • September 17, 2010 at 2:51 amFlamingYu

    Darn, Sae has the worse ending of all 3 heroines shown at the moment.

    still, Miya looks cute in that cat suit.

    Hope that “Narrator” doesn’t appear in the next arc.

  • September 17, 2010 at 2:56 amoutcast

    So who is this next girl exactly? I can’t really place her. Is she the friend of the hotcrazy girl or is she that weird russian roulette girl?

    • September 17, 2010 at 3:38 amDaniel

      She’s actually the friend of the protagonist’s sister (Miya – Nishishi) and friend of Sae. She is also part of the swimming club and is the underclassmen of Hibiki (Haruka’s – or hotcrazy girl’s friend who participated with her in the Best Couple contest).

  • September 17, 2010 at 2:59 amLurker

    Where’s my Sae teenage pregnancy?

    *RAGE!!!*

    • September 17, 2010 at 3:16 amRaso

      huh?

    • September 17, 2010 at 4:00 amLectro Volpi

      Thanks to Mr. Shin’s CC I know what you are talking about! guess that was a little too much hahaha!

      • September 17, 2010 at 4:03 amLectro Volpi

        You can check this at your own risk, contains spoilers of the Best, good, normal and bad endings.

        http://pastebin.com/T97YkmaQ

        Well you look at that… I’m quite talkative today…

    • September 17, 2010 at 6:41 amRapsht

      *Rage!!!*

      why the pregnant scene replace with penguin scene.. i lol-ed

      Rageeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • September 17, 2010 at 3:00 amLectro Volpi

    It’s funny… Sae’s arc was the one with the most awkward moments, yet her ending is just “Cute”. I loved it.

    Haruka, stop stealing the spotlight!!!

    Ai’s arc is going to be fun, she is my 3rd pick; out of the 6 girls she is the most distant to Junichi(Haruka is the easy-going school idol, Kaoru is the middle school friend, Sae is the shy best friend of his little sister, Rihoko is the childhood friend, Ayatsuji is the class rep)and I wonder how is he going to meet her, she is kinda cold.

    Ayatsuji was… cute! I loved her outfit.

  • September 17, 2010 at 3:44 amJaden

    I don’t know about you guys but the emcee totally got my attention during the contest. (Tsukasa through and through!)

    Sae’s finale was a lot better than I thought, judging by the previous episodes and Junichi’s inappropriate instructor role, the conclusion still brought a smile in my face. Probably because it was about time Junichi started seeing Sae than just some junior he can’t leave alone and finally as a girlfriend.

    Not my favorite arc but so far one of the cuter girls (right behind Haruka). Can’t wait for the new arc, Ai should be interesting to watch especially since she has this cold, leave-me-alone aura surrounding her.

  • September 17, 2010 at 4:28 amTama

    Nice ending For Sae-chan, Sighhh… In the End I need Some HarukaXHibiki Doujin

  • September 17, 2010 at 4:33 amJaysus

    So, is Junichi a furry?

  • September 17, 2010 at 4:35 amSnicket

    Well that went better then i thought it would. I admit that during the first three episodes of this arch, Junichi really annoyed the crap out of me. Do to his cocky attitude and perverted ‘training’ methods. How ever after watching this last episode, the old boy redeemed himself.

    Though on an unrelated note, i found it a bit odd that they went with an anime original ending in this arch. Rather then go with the ‘best end’ that game had.

    if you want to be spoiled
    Show Spoiler ▼

    • September 17, 2010 at 4:54 amSilverwind

      Well there is always hope that the two OVA’s could potentially be epilogues. Just a thought.

    • September 17, 2010 at 6:09 ammat

      maybe they chose to make an anime original ending to maintain the innocence of sae’s character unlike going to the pregnancy ending where it would be inconsistent to her character portrayed throughout the whole arc.

  • September 17, 2010 at 5:15 amCroosboy

    Toink. i end up reading this first in the ending rather than see the anime. good work. going to comment later

  • September 17, 2010 at 5:37 amstarss

    Chiyo penguin! :D

  • September 17, 2010 at 5:44 amewok40k

    mmmm swimsuit arc…
    incoming!

  • September 17, 2010 at 6:26 amsalty

    Hmm interesting. Having played the actual game itself, I can say that Sae’s ending turned out to be quite different from the source material. Same for Kaoru also (but to a lesser degree), while Haruka’s ending has the greatest degree of similarity. Maybe it has something to do with time constraints? :/

  • September 17, 2010 at 6:32 amvirox

    I wonder, do you guys think we get all happy endings? Imo it would be just fair to get the Best Endings of all the girls, but somehow I think, the company may get the idea of it “being boring” so they will go for at least one bad ending. I don’t hope so tho’

  • September 17, 2010 at 7:55 amWerX

    Narrator: “The painful Christmas of two years ago have made him afraid to fall in love. Young man, all it takes is a little confidence and courage!”

    Me: “No it doesn’t. He needs to have the fear of Araya Souren in his life! Use that voice! Nakata Jouji!”

  • September 17, 2010 at 8:23 amCroosboy

    I guess morisima senpai’s fans made morisima senpai win.
    i wish i could eat the banana parfait for a cheap price.
    Moe of death – thats new. making a person faint because overflow level of moe
    Hearing TK’s voice(Michael Rivas) makes me want to watch angel beat again
    i guess swimsuit arc is next
    My question. What is the next girl’s name?

  • September 17, 2010 at 8:25 amHagiri

    Death by Moe, the only way to go ^.^

  • September 17, 2010 at 9:19 amthenewhorde

    omg, the arc I’ve been waiting for all this time is FINALLY COMING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    That said, Haruka can beat any glamorous body ANYDAY.

    What I’m curious as to is the class pres, since the description of her from the game was something like “sweet and kind on the outside but calculating and manipulative inside”.

    The Amagami manga seems to take place a year before the anime, when Miya was still in middle school. We even met Morishima-senpai coming to comfort Junichi for getting dumped (or so it was recalled in the anime as his reason for being there), when the truth is that he was simply down because he got carried away and harassed class prez too much and got a kick in the crouch.

    • September 17, 2010 at 12:21 pmorinetz

      Well, actually there are already two Amagami manga out there. One is about Nanasaki Ai and the other about Tsukasa. So I expect that these two arcs will already somehow spoiled for me.

      The one about Tsukasa is titled Amagami – Precious Diary. If you want to know her arc in advance, you can search it out.

  • September 17, 2010 at 9:31 amPao

    Time to catch up with Amagami. o: I’m waiting for the individual arcs to end so I’m not left hanging anywhere in between. Hehe~

  • September 17, 2010 at 10:17 amAex

    They didn’t use the “best” ending from the game… matter of fact, they didn’t use ANY ending from the game! The hell, the “best” ending for Sae is awesome! Show Spoiler ▼

    After the first two, I was hoping the “best” ending was gonna be the way things went for all…

    Anyways, great episode otherwise! The Couple Contest was nice, and the Director’s English was even good! Loved the “Death by Moe” thing too! Surprised it took them this long to break out a joke like that, but with Sae in that outfit, there really was no escaping the moe. This arc felt the most balanced and smooth without too many points that felt like leaps in the relationship, Junichi was nice and reliable (if a little perverted) and Sae’s cuteness is rivaled by none. Now on to Ai!!

  • September 17, 2010 at 10:21 amRobz

    Damn I thought we were going to get a wedding end when I first saw the screenshots before I watched it but I guess it was still a nice ending for Sae. Though I was going WTF when I saw her in the penguin suit. It’s a pity that Show Spoiler ▼

    *for Miya fans who haven’t heard her character song yet, try listening to this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1YdRj2uCWo&NR=1
    like many others it really made me go HNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH

    Maybe someone could sync this song with some of her appearances in the anime like when she had the cat suit on :)

    • September 17, 2010 at 10:38 amSora no Kaze

      Lmfao… I heard that and then saw the HNNNNNGGGGGGGHHHHH.

    • September 17, 2010 at 6:01 pmShinjiro

      Thanks, Robz for the cute so—HNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGG!

  • September 17, 2010 at 11:19 amewok40k

    Miya again subtly helps with the sexy dress :)
    Yay for the sexy imouto. Also shes fun as a black cat in the epilogue. Nishishishi :P
    And roflkopterskates for the “Death by Moe”!

    • September 17, 2010 at 11:27 amTehJawknee

      I think we need to start a band called that… can you imagine?

      “Good evening, Los Angeles!!! Give it up for Death By MOE!!!!”

  • September 17, 2010 at 11:26 amewok40k

  • September 17, 2010 at 11:28 amJason Isenberg

    I just died happy, Sae’s arc was so darned cute and is that kind of girl I’d totally date if she was real har har har. Makes me wish Sae’s was the final one because I wanted it to end just like that and then go to the new seasons. Ah well still love this show but MAN did she look attractive twice! Wedding dress + black dress = best mind blower ever.

  • September 17, 2010 at 4:41 pmLectro Volpi

    Ah! I actually payed attention to the opening and:

    Show Spoiler ▼

    DERP!

    • September 19, 2010 at 6:11 pmZnail

      Well, there will be a DVD only bonus arc…

  • September 17, 2010 at 4:54 pmFabio

    I want more Hibiki. :(

    • September 17, 2010 at 5:59 pmShinjiro

      Actually, you’re not the only one. Find Hibiki interesting enough I’d wish they put more screen time on her.
      I had a mental image of Miya and Azusa doing the “Nyan” scene together but you know, my brain would explode from the overdose of moe-ness. Would be nice to have a Miya-centric episode.
      The episode was really sweet and nothing like the others which is a welcomed change in pace. I didn’t really like Sae’s arc at the beginning but the more I listen and see her on screen, she got me on the cuteness level. The penguin outfit made me LOL…But damn, that blue long shirt/dress of hers is really sweet.
      Can’t wait to see Ai’s arc. I have a real soft spot for sporty, short hair and tough facade (ala Dobashi/Hatsukoi) girls.

    • September 18, 2010 at 7:45 pmIncognito

      “I had a mental image of Miya and Azusa doing the “Nyan” scene together but you know, my brain would explode from the overdose of moe-ness.”

      Considering the “Death by Moe” scene in this episode, I can’t help but imagine being the victim in a crime scene where something like that happened… (Miya and Azu-nyan doing the “Nyan” scene together causing one victim’s head to asplode, another vic dying of moe poisoning via Mio and Hinagiku doing “Moe Moe Kyun” together, the many HNNNNNGGGGGGGHHHHH-related deaths, or…you know what, there may be other ways to die by moe…)

      And then, Horatio Caine comes along to investigate, delivers a moe-related oneliner, and followed by the infamous “YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!” That would be an awesome way to go…

  • September 17, 2010 at 10:42 pmLee

    Hey guys, you should check this out. It’s Tsukasa Ayatsuji singing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkeYcQErr5U

  • September 17, 2010 at 11:50 pmkc

    i still don’t get the fascination with sae. guess im one of the few that didn’t find her that cute, being so easily manipulated by her feelings and all.

    looking forward to the next arc.

  • September 18, 2010 at 7:40 amdiet otaku

    i thought that director’s english was surprisingly good… turns out he’s american. XD it didn’t click that he was TK since TK’s lines were more engrish-y (“get chance and luck”).

  • September 18, 2010 at 7:20 pmIncognito

    So, the “Best Ending” that I was expecting was… “tweaked,” eh? Tch…meddling moral guardians…

    Okay, enough of that. Amagami SS is supposed to be a wholesome romance anime after all. (And what those moral guardians block, the Rule 34 people provide… :D)

    Besides keeping the show wholesome despite the “quirks” of each girl, the reasoning behind the changes to some scenes can be understood… If they followed the Best End routes too faithfully, it would be too predictable and boring. Either that or they’re saving the original Best Ends for the extended edition DVD/Blu-Ray. (Right.)

    Between the Umehara x Toroko cargo ship (LOL), Hibiki pulling a bifauxnen, the surprisingly good English from the movie director and (LMFAO) “Death by Moe,” I guess Sae’s arc wrapped up okay. Some compromising between the Best End and Good End, but it still works.

    At the start of this arc, I mentioned that this route is what would happen if Riku Aoba chose to go with Mina Yayoi. What I really should have said is one-half of Mina Yayoi (the quiet, twin-tailed, shrinking violet kohai half), as the other half (the swimming athlete kohai half) happens to be expied by Ai Nanasaki. That aside, I can’t help but wonder how Ai’s arc will compare and what her personality/quirks are like. The agony of a week-long wait comes first though… *sigh*

    Anyway, I was also scouting the Amagami SS forum on TV Tropes as I made this comment and found this stitch-pic of Sae in her gothic lolita dress. Lethal!

    Disclaimer: Show Spoiler ▼

  • September 19, 2010 at 2:27 amkarnos

    I have to agree that Sae is cuter than Haruka.
    but i feel that Haruka is hotter.

    though the black outfit Sae wore during the date did almost make her win.
    I was like wtf? at the end with Junichi looking like he was making cat and penguin suit porn.

  • September 19, 2010 at 3:13 amkatz

    Miya’s arc is confirmed to be animated, but the arc was really short in the game itself (more like family bond). For ecchi’s out there, too bad.

    • September 20, 2010 at 4:16 pmvirox

      May I ask where you got the information about the Miya arc being animated?

  • September 19, 2010 at 3:18 amvin-nii

    a penguin is fine too…

  • September 19, 2010 at 3:27 ameharper256

    Well, the Penguin end kind of disturbed me. But oh well, it did maintain the cuteness factor I guess. It was good to see Death by Moe: always a good way to go.

    Thankyou for pointing out the stitched picture, Incognito. Saved as ‘dangerous-sae-chan’ lol. Good to see a fellow troper also (though I didn’t make the image or the Amagami post).

    • September 19, 2010 at 6:38 pmIncognito

      “Good to see a fellow troper also.”

      I’m just a frequent visitor to TV Tropes, though I don’t mind becoming an actual troper if given the chance. (It doesn’t help that I already have a handful of online names in various forums. Might as well use a single handle for the forums I wanna join next.)