Genre Tags: Harem, Comedy, Romance, Ecchi, School
Synopsis: Second Season of Saekano.
Plot Rating: 8/10
Character Development Rating: 8/10
Progression Rating: 8/10
Animation Rating: 9/10
Conclusion Rating: 9/10
Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 8.4/10
*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with
Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 10/10
*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.
Should You Watch: Definitely if you watched the 1st season and liked it.
General Comments: So, this will probably be the surprising one for readers, who may find it strange I’d put such an anime as my #2 of the season, but those who know me and follow me regularly, are likely not shocked in the slightest. No denying I’m a total Saekano fangirl since the 1st season and I’ve only become a bigger fan after the second. Saekano is kind of like High School DxD’s more wholesome cousin. I love the previous series, despite the ecchiness and harem theme, which I usually dislike, and with Saekano, it’s the same but even more so, for a similar reason. Both High School DxD and Saekano have a common aspect, it’s a romance disguised as a harem. It’s less noticeable in the prior, but even in the later, it’s not easily noticed unless you’re really paying attention. An avid romantic like myself is always paying attention to even the most obscure of romantic cues and so I have no doubt in my mind when I say there will only ever be one winner in both these series. However, out of respect to other’s personal preferences, I’ll refrain from stating them in this post.
Back to the main review now, Saekano 2 has managed to not only retain it’s charm and enjoyment from the 1st season, but surpass it. Season 1 was all about getting the team together to make a game, as the friendships were growing. This season put the game making on the back burner a bit and focused almost exclusively on the interpersonal relationships between the team members and even when it returned focus to the game making, it only served to further develop or interfere with these relationships. In simple terms, the romance and drama were vamped up to maximum velocity this season and I for one loved it. We also got better development of each of the girls, most importantly Kato, who had not been as present in season 1 and even when she was, she was difficult to read. This season allowed us to see who she really was and I am living for it, as she is my best girl of the series. As a whole, Saekano continues to be a RomCom “Harem” a cut above the rest and I really hope we’ll be getting a third season sometime soon or at least that the novels will be localized so that I may continue the story there. I really do love it that much.
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