Extremely sorry, for not posting a blog yesterday. I totally forgot to.
Today, ladies and gents, we’re going to talk about the significantly better second season of Dagashi Kashi. Right off the bat, I too was surprised when I learned that this Anime would get a second season. It still blows me away that Anime that I think shouldn’t get a second season, get one; and Anime that should get a second season, don’t. But nevertheless, as someone who has watched the first season of Dagashi Kashi, I felt obligated to watch the second season and see if it indeed improved on itself.
Let’s face it, when an Anime has a poor first showing but is granted a second season, you expect that second season to improve on the aspects that its predecessor lacked. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised.
When it comes to the art style, it still maintains its unique character design, that is for certain. If anything, I think it looks a lot cleaner and it also is a lot more appealing to the eye. If you were to compare the first season to its second season, you’ll definitely see a major improvement in the art style of the Anime.
However, apart from that, nothing really changes in regards to characters and story. You have the same ol’ lack thereof story. The Anime still has its randomnesses and is still very episodic. You still have Hotaru Shidare and Kokonotsu Shikada and their gang of friends hanging out at Kokonotsu’s family candy shop. As this Anime is a slice of life and comedy, having a lack thereof story is something that comes with these two genres, especially when they’re paired together. I personally didn’t expect an improvement in the story, I actually expected it to stay the same and in that respect it did.
They did, however, try to make something out of the story. They brought in two new supporting members, Hotaru Shidare’s older brother Beniyutaka Shidare and Owari Hajime, these two character’s are not utilized often and lack importance within the Anime itself. Owari Hajime was brought in as an employee to the Candy shop, a lot of the time, you see her sleeping or being her clumsy self.
Then we have Beniyutaka Shidare. You’re not presented much in terms of a backstory for him, all you know is that he is Hotaru’s older brother and that he owns a large candy company. Beniyutaka makes an entrance every once and awhile, saying he’ll buyout the Shikada Family’s candy shop, but that doesn’t really go anywhere. He’s the antagonist that cannot play one.
The OP “OH MY Sugar Feeling!!” by Ayana Taketatsu, and ED “Okashi na Watashi to Hachimitsu no Kimi” by Hachimitsu Rocket are alright. They are not over the top to the point where they don’t fit the Anime but they’re also not something that’ll have you humming to, sing to or head-bang to. Each song is uplifting and fast-paced, but generally, they do not do much in prompting the Anime up; they’re kind of just there.
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