Something tells me that Amagami SS looks like a generic harem with ideal archetypes. On the other hand, after I watched this episode, I enjoyed it. Is this the “guilty pleasure” anime I was watching? It sure is since Amagami doesn’t have the greatest character development. It has the over the top situations where the male lead and/or the girl do silly things that make the show sound so funny and enjoyable. Even some people can’t admit that they enjoy the absurdity of the actions in Amagami. However, that is okay since it’s a guilty pleasure after all? Right?
In Chapter Three of Haruka’s arc, we are shown two outrageous scenes. They aren’t really ecchi in nature, but they are pretty outlandish. The first scene shows Tachibana taking Haruka to a shed not far away from school. In the shed, he kissed not on the lips, but on the back of Haruka’s legs like a puppy. The way that Tachibana kisses her leg is so absurd and silly that I couldn’t help but laugh. It looks so abnormal because most couples kiss on the lips, not in back of a leg or on the brow area. It seems that all the girls in this show just don’t like to kiss on the lips. This is what makes these girls strange.
The second scene shows Tachibana having a bowl of Ramen and Haruka eating it like a hostage. The reactions from the students in the cafeteria were rather funny. I would be shocked if I see someone feed them like that. After watching that scene, I found that the kidnapper roleplaying absurd, but funny. This scene pretty much gave the excitement that the series desperately need.
Lastly, I laughed at Haruka who tried to act like a cat girl. It’s no surprise since AIC also animated the rather mediocre Mayoi Neko Overrun.
Overall, I didn’t think Episode 3 was bad at all. The absurdity of the stuff Tachibana do to excite Haruka is the main reason why the show is enjoyable. I feel that the strength of the show is not the character’s archetypes, but in the plot since it pretty much drives the silly scenes in the show.
Unfortunately, Episode three of Amagami opens the Pandora’s box of the misguided hate of the show. Pete Zaitcev of Ani-Nouto pretty much sums up chaostangent’s misguided rant of Amagami SS rather nicely to the likes of the K-ON! misguided hate. There are others like Kurogane who defends the show. Lastly, there are some like loikitsune (aka Flak) that absolutely adores the show. I simply don’t get why some people hate Amagami SS like they do with K-ON. I suppose it’s alright to criticize or praise the show as long it’s done in a proper manner. Disliking the show does not make one a hater. However, mindless bashing and bashing of people who like the show is hating. This is pretty much why haters are going to hate and there is no stopping them, but it’s unfair to categorize people who don’t like the anime in the same group as haters. It’s simply not fair.
Do I like or dislike Amagami SS? I’m pretty neutral to it. I also think Amagami is a rather enjoyable show. There are some issues like the pacing of Haruka’s story and the iffy animation that could be a concern, but everything else, especially the comedy is what makes the show fun to watch. It may not be good as the well-known romance visual novel adaptations like true tears for example. On the other hand, I think this one has potential from what I had seen in the last two episodes. I hope they continue this trend as they move on to the next story that focuses on a different girl. If they do, I can be confident that Amagami SS will turn out to be a decent series to watch. ¶