Anime Review: Da Capo D.C. P.S.P. I and II Original Video Animation

(Originally posted on Livejournal on 12/11/10)

Anime Review in a Minute:
Da Capo D.C. P.S.P. I and II Original Video Animation

Anime Review in a Minute: What this is all about. — Watching all the anime shows so you don’t HAVE to!

tl;dr review: Confessions and kisses times four; What’s the deal with all the incest?

What It’s About: Da Capo is a long-running dating simulation video game, where the player makes certain decisions during the game where they end up falling in love with different characters. This OVA special is nothing more than four of the animated endings from the game, each about five minutes long. The boy and girl come together, they end up confessing their love to each other while corny music plays in the background, and then they kiss. Four times, with four slightly different scenarios. That’s it.

Assorted video captures from the episode – click on each picture for a full-sized view in a new window:

My Thoughts: Okay, I have to ask — WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON WITH ALL THE INCEST IN ANIME? This year, it seems like that creepy brotherly/sisterly love fetish has exploded out of the closet, from the implied (OreImo), to the plot-twisting (Kuttsukiboshi), to the outright blatant pornographic (Aki Sora: Yume no Naka and Yosuga no Sora and KissxSis). Has it always been around in the background, and I’ve just willfully ignored it, or has this icky taboo suddenly become more pervasive in anime? Or, is it all just a coincidence? In any case, it really creeps me out, and I can only hope this is a passing fad that will disappear back into the shunned corners of fetishdom from whence it came.

At least three of the four short stories featured in this OVA (and possibly the fourth as well, I don’t know the characters I can’t say one way or the other) feature a budding incestuous relationship. But putting that entirely aside (imagine for a moment that the kids kissing are not related at all), there’s still nothing really worthwhile in this special. No story, no plot, no explanation of who the characters are or how they arrived at the situation, just four more-or-less-the-same scenes where two teenagers get all flustered, talk for a few minutes where they explain their feelings to the point where they say they love each other, and end with a kiss as everything fades to white. What’s the point? I guess if you like sappy, happy endings then this is right up your alley. Also, if you’re a fan of Da Capo this might be right up your alley — but since this is nothing more than a reprise of what you would have already seen in the video game, why bother?

For more info:

Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Da_Capo_%28visual_novel%29
Opening video theme: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfboV-US8d4

The Verdict: – What a crappy way to end my review of the Fall season shows.

The tally for Fall 2010 season first episodes so far:
Passing Grade: Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru, My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute, The World God Only Knows, Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt, Psychic Detective Yakumo, Shinryaku! Ika Musume, Letter Bee Reverse, Bakuman, Otome Youkai Zakura, Yozakura Quartet: Hoshi no Umi, Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge, Kuragehime, To Aru Kagaku no Railgun Special

Failing grade: MM!, Star Driver, Iron Man, Fortune Arterial, Motto To Love-ru, Tantei Opera Milky Holmes, Yumeiro Patissiere Professional, Tamayura, To Aru Majutsu no Index 2, Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls, Sora no Otoshimono Forte, Yosuga no Sora, Robin With His 100 Friends, Agriculture Girl, Hidamari Sketch x Hoshimittsu Special, You Are Umasou, Hakuouki: Hekketsu-roku, Super Robot Wars OG: The Inspector, Air Gear: Break on the Sky, Megane na Kanojo, Seikon no Qwaser OVA

Up Next for the Fall 2010 Shows: A quick review of the Fall’s first episodes

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