It has been a long time since this was aired, and it feels like I’ve missed the boat on this one, but I finally got around to watching School Days episode 12. Now we could all see a not so happy ending coming, given the progress of how the show went, especially with Makoto getting around, but I didn’t expect this episode to be quite graphic, even though it was censored. Though I could see a lot of anime fans would be doing the banzai pose in praise of Makoto’s death, and I’m one of them. But this episode had quite a number of surprising events especially in the characters.
Firstly was Makoto’s attitude and how he thinks back about everything that happened when he was cleaning up. It’s only now that he realises he was being selfish and it was that selfishness that caused all the mess. Though I’m not sure why they decided to bring this up now, probably in hopes to bring back some dignity to Makoto. But I think Sekai was the one that got turned upside down. Throughout this episode, it appears to have made it so she was the bad guy in the whole love triangle and how it makes her look as if she stole Makoto from Setsuna. But still, I didn’t expect Sekai to be the one that would stab Makoto, although given the circumstances, it fits perfectly. In the end she also dies by Kotonoha’s hands.
Kotonoha also took a new level of creepiness in how she opened up Sekai to check for a baby. It’s uncertain if Sekai was really pregnant or not, but I’m willing to believe that she was as the amount of time of when she found out till now is too short to see any real development of a baby. Speaking of Kotonoha, I think it was nice that she received a somewhat happy ending, though creepy, but happy to an extent. With the amount of crap that she went through in the series, I think it was good to show the ending of her on the yacht, clutching Makoto’s head. I thought that she would kill herself after killing Sekai, but I think the ending of her and the nice boat was more dramatic.
School Days is one of those animes that I knew was going to be a good show, but that was purely based on the fact that I have played the game myself, and completed about 70% of it. But for those who did not know anything about it, the start of the series showed it would be another school romance drama. But things started to change around episode 3 and it kept building on that until all hell broke loose. As the series progressed, I never thought that I would hate Makoto so much. Sure I hated him throughout the game, but the anime itself took it to a new level and it wouldn’t surprise me that Makoto would be the most hated male anime character of all time. But it wasn’t just Makoto that brought drama to the series. Sekai and Kotonoha brought in much emotions and love angst, and the supporting characters all thrown into the fray as well. The producers have done a wonderful job in developing the characters into what they are, and they are what make the series.
Overall this would have to be one of the best show of the Summer season, but I would have to also say School Days is one of the best adult themed school drama. The amount of tension that was building up, to Makoto sleeping around, and even Kotonoha’s fall into a mental state, there haven’t been many school dramas like this. Plus with the added violent ending, it is definitely a series that won’t be forgotten.