Two years ago, Tachibana Junichi got his heart broken by a girl who didn’t show up for a date on Christmas Eve. Now a second year student in high school, Junichi spends his days inside his closet planetarium, going to school and hanging out with his friends Tanamachi Kaoru and Umehara Masayoshi. After a chance encounter with one of the most beautiful girls in school, the third year student Morishima Haruka, Junichi finds himself spending time with her, carrying books for her or having her unexpectedly jump on his back and act as she’s a jockey and he’s her horse. Soon enough, Junichi becomes romantically interested in Haruka which leads to… Amagami SS is based on a PS2 dating game featuring six different girls. The story of the anime will be arranged in an omnibus format, with each heroine getting her own version of the story animated. Each heroine will sing her own version of the ending theme song. – My Anime List
Based on 14 review scores:
Amagami SS is a series that was a bit disconcerting the first time I watched it with the way it suddenly broke into arcs that reset things and showed us different paths. It’s playing to its videogame routes to be sure, but the end result is a strong one because we see so many paths served and served well. Giving the girls their own arc, with some light touches from other girls that are part of Junichi’s life, we see how the choices can lead to so many different configurations that do work. Some better than others. For me, the first arc is pretty much my favorite of them all, especially since it gave us a really fun future look as well, but each of the arcs offers something different and engaging to watch. Romance series like this are rare where characters actually admit feelings and work on them, so there’s a lot of appreciation for that. The stories are small but human and honest as we see the different formations of couples and the struggles they face in a really well done well. Thoroughly enjoyed and very recommended for fans wanting these kinds of stories.
Overall this is the romance story that gives fans what they want, choice which is rarely done in any anime series. I personally love this series and there is a sequel of sorts but that is more so about extra stories, it’s unnecessary as these stories all have ends. Pick this up and watch romance done right, at least in anime terms.
The Foodie Geek
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The Geek Clinic
I told you this was going to be short and here we are. Amagami SS may be a generic romance but it’s a generic romance that’s done right; the characters are likeable, the progression from friend to couple is fun to follow and most of the conclusions to each story are satisfying. Unfortunately the four-episodes-per-character thing makes it hard for any one story to really stand out (though, admittedly, there was one that did that for me) meaning that the series as a whole lacks the impact that would make it memorable and allow me to give it a higher score.
My Anime List
In a very odd way, Amagami SS is a clear case of too many girls, not enough time, and the decision to make it in the first place seems to have had little to do with wanting to tell a story, and more to do with letting everyone know how good the games are.
The story lines are great every 4 episodes is a restart of the story with a new love interest; which is great when sometimes you watch a anime and wish you could see what would have happened if each character had hooked up.
For the most part Amagami SS is a decent anime with cute female leads, it’s a nice vanilla anime and with the way it is structured you don’t have to watch the entire series but just choose who’s story you would like to watch.
Amagami SS isn’t the perfect romcom, mind. Each arc is only given a handful of episodes to shine, ditching character depth in favour of succinct resolution. However, as standalone outings they deliver more than enough lovingly-crafted laughs, confessions and schmaltzy hand-holding to keep you invested. Oh, and Kaoru is best girl.
The series more or less fluctuates between two at its worst and four at its very best so three stars is, ultimately, where this series ends up.
The Nihon Review
The fact of the matter is, ultimately the fetishism is the appeal of the show. Realism is an unneeded tether for Amagami, which instead gets by on its randomness and unpredictability, and its outrageousness. By investing less emphasis in story, it’s allowed to do as it pleases, which means it’s ever surprising. It even knows when to say “enough” to the random kiss-spot gag, as the last two arcs don’t have them.