Raising the Perfect Battle for Love

The Spring 2017 anime season saw the release of the second season of romance anime comedy Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend (Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata). Returning was the main male protagonist and self proclaimed otaku Tomoya Aki. In tow were the four girls returning to win his absent affection, Megumi Katou, Utaha Kasumigaoka, and Eriri Spencer Sawamura,. As with last season, Tomoya continues to only have eyes for the completion of their visual novel game. Although this is a displeasure to the girls, primarily for Utaha and Eriri, the team continues to trudge on.

For those unfamiliar with Saekano, it is worth taking a look at the first season. It can be seen as a parody of the harem genre as it is filled with tropes such as first love and childhood love. However, do not be fooled into thinking it is a generic format. Saekano offers an interesting take on a harem situation by fleshing out its characters with detailed backstory and growth. Utaha must come to terms with being idolized by Tomoya for her work rather than being a love interest. Eriri has to struggle to accept her past conflict with Tomoya when they were children. Even the aloof Megumi shows development by exhibiting jealousy and, in turn, affection toward Tomoya. The reasons behind the girls’ emotions toward Tomoya become understandable in the 12 episodes of season one. At various points in the show, every girl becomes worth rooting for in this battle for love.  Reminded me of some of my favorite 90s anime.