Friday, 9 March 2012

Amagami SS+ plus - Episode 10

Despite her shy past, Sae is certainly blazing new trails in this Amagami SS follow-up arc as she reaches all the way to the dizzy heights of Founder's Festival president.

Although Junichi hopes that this place in high office will lead to his girlfriend running to him for assistance, this proves not to be the case as she seems to be more than capable of handling everything that's thrown at her quite easily herself.  Thus, the distance between them grows slowly but surely, much to the chagrin of both parties.  Cue a surprisingly smart idea from Tachibana - to record a fly-on-the-wall documentary of the festival preparation process, with Sae as it's star.

As Sae's workload proves to be ever more exhausting however, it seems that even this isn't enough, and thanks to some sage advice from Ayatsuji, Tachibana eventually offers her his help - an offer which proves to be fuel to her administrative fire in its own right as she redoubles her efforts to get everything done.  With the festival proving to be a success with Sae at the helm, it seems as if this couple will finally have the time they need together, bringing us to a flash-forward of eight years to give us a little glimpse of domestic bliss for Junichi, Sae and company.

While the first half of Sae's story arc won me over largely on account of its being frequently adorable, there wasn't really too much to this second part of its tale - everyone just seemed to be going through the motions and there was no real drama or items of interest to speak of, instead leaving us to just meander through to the story's admittedly sweet ending.  The only real highlight here was the story arc's narrator, although even he was used sparingly with only one amusing moment of fourth wall-breaking to his credit.  Not the best that Amagami SS+ has had to offer then, despite proving to be a pretty pleasant viewing experience but little more.

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