So School Days is one of those anime that you watch and you think to yourself, "Haven't I seen this shit before?". And then you get to the end of the first episode and you're still thinking the same thing. You know, first impressions usually mean a lot, but when first impressions are usually ....less than stellar and that seems to be the norm for first episodes, you gotta keep with it. Usually, to get the best experience you watch the series as a whole (Usually at least if it's 12 episodes, you can trek on).
With School Days, it's definitely something you need to see from beginning to end. In a nutshell, it's an anime about a love triangle. But it's not just your average love triangle where there is no love reciprocated by the main character to one of the other girls. Everybody gets teased, and there's lots of drama to be had. Now, I'm not really a fan of those sappy romantic love stories. But School Days isn't one of those. Yes, it's disguised as one, and Mr Wolf I will forgive you for wearing Mr Sheep's clothing. But this show is deeper than just "Oh, I love you, let's spend 12 episodes trying to convince you I love you." Instead it volleys back and forth, and it does a good job portraying the characters. Granted, the situation might not be a realistic situation but the characters are developed in such a way that it seems like they're acting almost in such a way that it is realistic.
This show is similar to Kimi ga Nozomu Eien (Rumbling Hearts), except it doesn't just slam your face with depressing news in the first few episodes. The show has its serious moments, but it doesn't get really depressing until the last few episodes. Although it's not really "depressing", rather, some sort of unsettling developments that keep you glued to the TV monitor screen ipod thing you're watching it on. It's definitely one of the better "romantic" anime to come out of 2007. There's a lot of sappy sorts of things, and then there's this. It has a certain style, and a certain quirkiness to it that sets it apart from the rest of the flock. Unless you're completely adverse to any sorts of romance in your anime, then I recommend watching this one.
Also, School Days has one of the better endings for an anime I have seen in quite some time. Definitely not the cliche romantic ending you were probably expecting. That's all I'll say. If I were to have five stars, Half a star would get cut, leaving me with four and a half stars to give to this show. Yeah.