Ai Yori Aoshi is the second anime I’d ever watched, right after Cowboy Bebop. I really enjoyed it, but as I took in more shows I looked back and wondered how much of the appeal wasn’t the newness of anime itself. The show has a slightly different premise than the standard harem comedy (in this case the lead character is fully committed to one female at the outset, instead of being some sad-sack who can’t make up his mind) but it still hits all the harem comedy tropes: You’ve got one guy surrounded by a few pretty and unaccountably single girls, you have your beach episode, the harvest festival, and many chances for the guy to fall into preposterous and compromising situations with the girls. All the girls dig him, although some do so more overtly than others. Then there a plot justification to keep him from just running off with his chosen girl. Add fan service and stir.
I still can’t be objective about the show. I’ll always view it through those rose-colored glasses that only a new otaku can wear. Now Steven is watching it, and he’s seen easily an order of magnitude more anime than I have. I’ve been eager for him to try the series, although I really expected him to stop somewhere on the first disc because he’d seen it a hundred times already. The fact that he’s sticking with it means the show probably isn’t the crap I feared it was. The fact that he’s not crazy about it probably means my own appreciation of the series is more than the show would normally merit.
Some of my old posts on the show:
Game at the Bottom
Why spend millions on visuals that are just a distraction from the REAL game of hotbar-watching?
The Gradient of Plot Holes
Most stories have plot holes. The failure isn't that they exist, it's when you notice them while immersed in the story.
Silent Hill 2 Plot Analysis
A long-form analysis on one of the greatest horror games ever made.
How to Forum
Dear people of the internet: Please stop doing these horrible idiotic things when you talk to each other.
Another PC Golden Age?
Is it real? Is PC gaming returning to its former glory? Sort of. It's complicated.