Amagami SS is a masterpiece
Sounds like a troll, right? Seems like a troll, right?
To some extent, it is. But I do think that aside from being a masterpiece of hilarity, it merits a closer look than merely ‘this series sucks, I’m dropping it because I’m too smart for it,’ because it actually is smarter than it appears. I may be quite fond of cerebral series such as Tatami Galaxy, but I haven’t failed to see the charms of this series. If one really thinks about it, it wonderfully subverts the romantic comedy genre in anime. Most romantic comedies with high-school settings deal with the saccharine and more platonic aspects of romantic development: it always starts with mere acquaintance, then slowly develops into familiarity. Sex is often out of the question: Kare Kano is one of the notable exceptions of this, with the couple actually consummating their relationship within the series. Nearly all romantic comedies to this point, however, deal with a linear and solitary progression of the plot. A subtle or obvious competition among the prospective girlfriends appears sooner or later in the series, with the girl the protagonist truly loves being with the hero in the end: the element of competition is never quite removed, but there is always a relatively clear resolution by the end of the series, with only one girl being with the hero.
Amagami SS subverts that: why can’t the hero have them all (like Pokemon)? I believe it is the series that pioneers various pathways within the same series having different endings. The protagonist is not merely paired to one girl; he is paired to all of the prospective girls with the series tackling different paths. In addition to that, it tackles the more visceral aspects of romantic development early on in the series: as much as one denies it, physical intimacy is just as important as emotional intimacy in a relationship. I don’t pertain to all out making-out, but I can’t fault Tachibana’s efforts toward his senpai: his attempts at physically getting closer is successful despite the circumambulant method of getting there. Finally, it fearlessly panders to the more sensual side of a relationship, and the more sensual side of viewers. I must admit that I was quite aroused when I saw Tachibana kiss the back of the knee of Morishima as well as during their quasi-sadomasochistic role playing in the cafeteria. That’s something that has been bypassed before in most romantic comedies, or alluded to only vaguely: in love, it cannot be denied that there is a sexual element.
I find nothing wrong with that. Frankly, I think it’s added more spice to the series. I agree with lolikit in that there’s something more to the show. It must not be dropped even if ‘one values his intelligence,’ because it is also smart in a way that some people can’t see.
Yes, I watch Amagami for the plot as well.