Anime has been what I frequently watched ever since I was little. I grew up from kids anime like Doraemon, Ninja Hattori, Beyblade, B-Daman etc. to the Shonen stuff such as Flame of Recca, YuYu Hakusho, Law of Ueki, Bleach and most importantly, Naruto. There’s just something about the medium that speaks and resonates to my inner geek and makes me excited to watch them anytime.
This is the last post for my Twelve Days of DAL and i’ll probably going to talk about my hope for the series future and some reflection on having become it’s fan.
Interestingly, this is the part where DAL became one part mystery and one part dates. Anyway, the short version is the new Spirit, Natsumi, decided to use her power to disguise herself into one of Shido’s acquaintances. If Shido failed to guess whom Natsumi disguise herself as, she’ll make all of them disappeared. In order to determine who it is, the Fraxinus crew decided to make Shido go on a date with each candidate and try inspect each of them if one of them behave out of character.
(Hahahahaha nope, this volume’s not worth it)
So today, i am going give my thoughts and touched on things that i found interesting on each volume of this series. Before i get into the books, i am going to talk about some “technical” things first.
In just a few days, we’re going to left behind 2014 and enter 2015. Which means more hardships and struggle for many us coming in real life, but of course, new wave of anime title are also coming.
All right, this time i’ll talk about the anime adaptation. So, does it elevate the source material? Or does it crash and burn on itself?
Short answer: it’s a disappointment
Long answer: well…….
On this post, i’ll talk about some potential of this series having a thematic point.
Now normally, you don’t associated the word “theme” with the harem genre. Not sure you put them in a same sentences without the word “didn’t have” either. And frankly, not why i watched this series in the first place (a friendly reminder that there is plot in this series).
Buuuuuuuuuuuuutttttttttt after some analysis, i think i got something.
Of course there’s already who argue that DAL has something to say about love. Cute, but i don’t think it’s quite it.
So in order to find out if there’s any semblance of thematic point this series is going for, lets take a look at the series main gimmick and selling point.
The VN/Dating Sim parody.
V. Kotori Itsuka
The little sister. The best way i could say about Kotori’s personality was that she’s bipolar (not in actual medical sense of course). When wearing her white ribbon, she’s the personification of every little sister fantasy out there. Cute, easily scared and reliant toward her brother. But when she put on her black ribbon, she’s bossy, haughty and somewhat a bit of a tsundere. Read More
Okay, this time i am going to talk about the meat of this series, the girls. For realsies.
Like i said before, the girls are largely archetype. However, i liked the fact on it was used in a quite different context, so they feels quite different. And to some degree the girls do have independence’s and not solely define around being in loved with Shido. In fact, there are quite couple of times where the girls actually help him.
I am only going to go over their general personality and perhaps touched upon some interesting thing i found about them.
Oh yeah, just a bit of a warning, there’s probably a potential spoiler, so proceed with caution.
And with that, lets get into it.