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Good Story Pontential Wasted
on March 21, 2010
This is my first review, but after seeing this set of OVAs, I just had to write it. There are some possible spoilers ahead, so be forwarned.
My first impression of I's, when I started watching the first DVD was "am I missing something here?" To my surprise, the first DVD contains a set of episodes that take place sometime during the main story line (which happens to be the six episodes in the second DVD). The first DVD's story is not bad, but it does raise some questions and overall (after watching the second DVD) I don't feel it adds anything to the main story. A bit of super natural phenomena is added, and characters never mentioned before in the main story are introduced. Also, apparently, there is an abundance of rapist all over Japan.
Now, the second DVD is where we get to see how it all happened, as a series of flashbacks and present day events. Good natured guy falls in love with hot school idol and up-and-coming actress but doesn't have the guts to tell her how he feels. Childhood friend arrives from out of town, and declares her love for him, making things harder than they have to be, simply because of the weak male lead. Now, this is a typical anime love triangle, my complain however is how they decided to execute the story. The whole love triangle lasted a bit more than two episodes. And then it's just the guy triying to find courage to confess his feelings to the girl he loves, and then striving to make their relationship survive their daily lives. This all happens in a two year spand.
Overall, I felt the character development was done poorly. Either they were just trying to rush the story (after all, the manga is over 14 volumes long), or they simply wanted us to believe that during the course of 2 whole years, these seemingly ordinary people would never in their lives try to grow up a bit. Even the end of the story was a bit dissapointing, and it feels like they tried to force feed us a happy ending without having a real resolution. The message at the end was unclear and the characters remained flat throughout the entire story.