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Feb. 19th, 2011 @ 09:31 am Finished series: Amagami SS
Current Mood: okayokay
We've finished watching Amagami SS. My first episode review is here.

This series stays quite close to its dating sim lineage: there are six girls to 'capture', and four episodes per girl. The interesting part is that every set of four episodes spans roughly the same time-frame, So after every 'capture' there is a 'reset' and it all starts anew, with a different girl. The others are still around, which I though was a cool touch: they stay true to their character, even if they are not the focus of the current iteration.

Male protagonist is Junichi, a second-year highschool student. Two years ago, he was stood up by his date for Christmas Eve. He hasn't been actively seeking a date ever since then, fearing a repeat. However, recently he decided to look for a girlfriend, and make this year's Christmas Eve (which coincidentally coincides with his school's Founder's Festival) one to remember. He's not a bad guy, he cares for the girls, and he works to get their attention -- just like it happens in real life. And there aren't any outrageous things happening either, so that adds further to the normalcy of the series.
The girls themselves represent a wide range of personalities, and they have different connections to Junichi. There are no stupid stereotypes (though there is one shy girl who does sound like a chipmunk) and they have plenty of personality of their own.
This all makes it a quite refreshing break from the mold.

The character designs are attractive without going over the top, in a semi-realistic style. The animation is servicable -- this being a dating sim, there's lots of talking and not much in the way of action scenes with lots of fast movement. The voice acting is good (the chipmunk-girl excepted).

Good points:
- Stays true to it's dating sim lineage;
- Male and female leads have an actual personality;
- 'Realistic' portrayal of how relationships grow.
Bad points:
- Chipmunk-girl.

All in all, I found it to be an attractive series. The wide variety of personalities keeps things interesting. It's not a must-see, but if you like the genre, you owe it to yourself to check this one out. I'll give it a 7.5.
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