Anime of Tomorrow
Da Capo III Ep. 1
Winter 2013 (13 episodes) (more info)
I usually have a favorable opinion when it comes to anime based on visual novels. Considering that Da Capo has a long history, a big enough following to get a third iteration and this story was not contingent on knowing the franchise’s history, I was willing to forgo my usual rule of not jumping into sequels without first watching the original. So you can understand my disappointment that as harem anime go, Da Capo III makes Love Hina look sophisticated and well-adjusted.
It’s not bad to the point of being unwatchable, but aside from the rather bland mystery of the blooming magical cherry blossoms, it doesn’t have anything going for it. In a rather pitiful attempt at work-safe fanservice, the camera constantly pans to the girls’ chests for absolutely no reason. The main failing is probably that the writers are relying way too much on the expectation that the male audience is going to stick around to look at the girls, but they’re all pretty average, possessing no particular attributes to even fetishize. It’s a failure on multiple levels to form any kind of desirability. There’s even an out-of-left-field BL reference. I can’t imagine why any girls would want to watch this series. Da Capo III is really just ill-conceived.