OP Sequence

OP: 「ステラブリーズ」 (Stella Breeze) by 春奈るな (Haruna Luna)

Episode 00

「恋と純情のサービス回」 (Koi to Junjou no Service Kai)
“Fanservice of of Love and Pure Hearts”


Episode 01

「冴えない竜虎の相見えかた」 (Saenai Ryuuko Aimamiekata)
“The Way of Two Boring Rivals’ Encounter”

Aaaand we’re back! I tell you, I’ve missed this show. How long has it been? Really? More than two years? Wow. But even though it’s been two years since we said goodbye to Saekano, it’s like nothing has changed. This Spring 2017 season, one semitone lower for the sake of a silly pun, retains completely the spirit of the original, down to the 00 prologue episode. And it contains everything that will satisfy the two main demographics that will be watching Saekano. For those who want some self-awareness in their harem light-novel adaptations, we have meta-humour trashing season 1 (and promoting the patron of background artists everywhere, Detail Coffee). For everyone else: breasts! Saekano knows what you want (and so do I), and so per custom episode 00 is fansrvice saturation, just to get it out of the way before we get down to business.

You may recall, though, that the first season’s episode 00 was a flash-forward, set in the future to show how Tomoya’s gang will come together and show off character dynamics for the new viewers. This season’s 00 is set within continuity, and we’ve already seen Tomoya successfully put his group together. So while the form of this episode is very familiar, it’s function is not to just show the coterie whole, but also operational. This, I greatly appreciate, because most of the time Saekano is a comedy, and therefore its cast has to be possessed of some level of dysfunctional sociopathy. That’s what makes them funny. But we’re also trying to have a meaningful narrative here, so at some point the cast needs to take their meds and do their thing i.e. make the damn game. And when they do, I love seeing their professional pride come forth. Saekano obviously wants us to care about this project, so the characters—the actual active players in this affair—have to care too. So it’s good to see them putting in that effort that justifies our emotional investment.

In that vein, episode 01 is much the same as episode 00, expanding on the work dynamic of Blessing Software, albeit on a more personal level, specifically as it is between Utaha and Eriri. Again, there’s a bit of dysfunctional sociopathy in all of the cast, and they don’t really seem to get along—which is a good thing, because these harem comedies are always more interesting when the haremettes have teeth. But while friction in the cast is good for drama, too much friction is unworkable; if two characters simply loathe each other, they’ll just push each other away and not interact. So while Utaha and Eriri are opposites and on’t see eye to eye, there must always be some yin in that yang, something they can connect with in each other. I’m glad that Saekano wasted no time this season in getting the two together and nailing down what they admire in each other, as creators, and how their friction is not just, ‘We like the same guy, we must fight!’ but also a fundamental difference in philosophy.

How we might weigh either philosophy I’ll leave, for now, as an exercise for the reader (though there’s no doubt some bias here since Utaha is the author’s mouthpiece). The important thing is that there is some genuine depth in the relationships of these characters, and I’m looking forward to seeing Saekano expand on the rest of the cast as we go. A bit more than the average harem comedy: that’s the Saekano way.

TL;DR: Season 2 of Saekano starts with plenty of Utaha-senpai. That is, good episodes.

Full-length images: 07, 08, 09, 13.

ED0.01 Sequence

ED: 「桜色ダイアリー」 (Sakura-Iro Diary) by 妄想キャリブレーション (Moso Calibration)


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    “Train… Meet 4th Wall”

    “4th Wall meet train…”

    “Now train I want you to go through that small hole in the 4th Wall and ravage it”

    Next question…


    Is SHAFT responsible for the OP visuals?

    Velvet Scarlantina
  2. Saenai’s author says he’ll end the series at LN Vol 13. No release date has been set for Vol 13, but Vol 12 came out last March.
    Could this season cover everything up to Vol 12?

    1. Not sure if I want it to. As vvv notes, it’ll be a breakneck pace if they do, and I want Saekano to be able to take its time if it needs to. On the other hand, if we have to wait two more years for a conclusion, I don’t know what I feel.

    2. Two volumes more to come, one is another girl’s side stuff, “meanwhile the other girls were” type of side stories, and the other one is the volume 13, a wrap up of the main story, or should I call it main scenario.

      I guess it’s possible that anime also wraps it up this season. If this season goes mainly with “flat” moments like the title suggests, with some big moments for the dragon and the tiger here and there, that is.
      This might not be as “faithful” an adoption as you would expect but hey, there is a merit of having one guy writes not only the source novel but also the anime script, I guess,


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