Making mashed potato out of End of Summer!
As with the case of Crying
Freeman, I was wondering whether I should put Sakura Diaries
in Hentai Neko, or just submit my comments to another anime reviews
repository. The sexual material here is actually very light, even
lighter than Crying Freeman's lovey-dovey scenes. That is, if
you were only able to get hold of the "edited" release.
There were actually two releases of Sakura Diaries and the other
one is much much more hentai. Still mild, but still soft porn.
The story can be likened to that of End
of Summer, where too much repressed sexual energy can actually
lead one to forget one's self. No matter how I look at it, I still
cannot imagine myself showing Sakura Diaries to my baby brother.
Nonetheless, unlike End of Summer where reality is twisted, covered
with a lamb's fleece, and palmed off as a "regular"
anime, Sakura Diaries has more right to claim quality viewership.
There is nothing remotely perverted about the way the people acted
here. In fact, a lot of us real life folks can relate to the kind
of city-living turmoil they are all going through. Yes, even the
crazy stuff young adults sometimes do out of desperation. SD is
like a soap opera/telenovela put into Toon World.
Normally detached to h-anime plots, I suddenly found myself in
a weepy mood as I watched Urara make a fool of herself over
Touma. Sure, she's got that whiny little voice that makes
you want to rip off her throat. Sure, she's really rather
too clingy for her own good. Sure, she's the embodiment of
the kind of girl we feminists would like to wipe off the earth.
Still, she makes you believe that she's a human being capable
of making the kind of mistakes lovesick young teenagers normally
do. At least she matures because of life's drawbacks. Many
real human beings can learn a whole lot from Ulala's experiences,
especially young girls who are still discovering their wings.
Skysenshi's NOTE: There were two version of Sakura
Diaries that were released in Japan. One is slightly censored
and the other one is basically more daring as it showed Ulala
in various forms of nudity. In any case, this title is a little
less than soft porn and a little more than ecchi.