There are times when I think Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata should get another season. It was always one of those anime that I really enjoyed, it also helped that two of the main characters were voiced by my favourite voice actors, Ai Kayano who plays Utaha Kasumigaoka. She is someone who has voiced Menma from Anohana, Shiro from No Game No Life, and Inori from Guilty Crown, just to name a few. Let’s not forget Yoshitsugu Matsuoka who plays Tomoya Aki in the anime but also has voiced Sora from No Game No Life, Souma from Food Wars!, Kirito from SAO, and Bell from DanMachi.
Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata Fine THOUGHTS
Now I know I’m a little late with regards to the movie as this was a 2019 release, but hey. It’s been a movie I’ve been wanting to watch but never got around to doing so… until now. So let’s get on with my thoughts!
I love how Utaha routinely breaks the fourth wall. That’s one of those standout moments in anime for me because it’s something you do not see in anime. You don’t see a character break the fourth wall and openly talk about her having a bigger role in the TV series but being subjected to a minor role in the movie. As well as at the very end of the movie when she literally mentions the movie title “How to raise a boring girlfriend: Finale”.
Obviously I have a bias towards Utaha Kasumigaoka, she’s my favourite character. She just oozes confidence and strength. She’s the alpha female, her ability to change the mood by how she speaks is to plainly put it, amazing. Utaha’s ability to be manipulative, assertive and seductive is what really draws me to her. She’s literally the all-around character that I think should be in every Rom-com, the ultimate power character.
Utaha aside, I was able to tell almost immediately that this movie’s main intention was to develop the relationship between Megumi and Tomoya. A relationship that let’s be honest, if you’ve seen the past two episodes you wouldn’t know what it really was because as the anime itself was also a harem, Tomoya had different sort of relationships with the other main characters. Which is also why I think Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata as a whole is one of those anime where you can ship anyone of the main characters together. For me, I always shipped Tomoya and Utaha because I thought their relationship/friendship was more intimate and more developed than the rest, but obviously the original intention was for Tomoya to be with Megumi.
Overall, I thought it was a great movie, it did well to bring a proper end to what I thought was a terrific series. We got to see Tomoya finally complete his project, while continuing to show off his selflessness in wanting to help others like Utaha and Eriri when they needed up. Which also went in the favour of pushing Tomoya and Megumi’s relationship over the edge because it brought out the jealous and selfish side to Megumi. A side we didn’t really see in the TV series. It added a whole new dimension to the character that I thought was pretty boring. Not only did it help Megumi realize her own feelings for Tomoya but it also helped Tomoya realize his feelings for her as well.
As the premise of the show was to build the best 2D dating simulation game ever, it really felt like I was watching a dating simulation. In a matter of 2 hours we went through each route a character would take with each of the three girls. Each route having it’s own sad moments but also having their own happy endings. If you’ve played a dating simulation game, like Katawa Shoujo, for example. Then you’d know that regardless of whatever path you take, there will only be one path that is most preferred. The most preferred path was Megumi’s path. (I personally would have gone down the Utaha path, but that’s just me).
Not to mention, seeing that Megumi and Tomoya at the very end as older individuals, with a company that is now thriving and who are living together at the very end was nice.
One thing you do not see in anime is what happens to a high school couple in their later years. What would they look like, what would their lives be like? How has everything been going? This is something that is shown at the very end when everyone decides to show up at Megumi and Tomoya’s home. One of my favourite parts was at the end of the anime, when Megumi walked in on Utaha taking a shower at their home. You can sense tension between Utaha and Megumi and I quite like that. Having the normally quiet and soft-spoken Megumi go toe-to-toe with the person who spent the night and took Tomoya’s first kiss in Utaha is spicy!
Finally, while Eriri and Utaha weren’t part of Tomoya’s first major project towards the end, it’s nice to see them, in their later years, at Tomoya and Megumi’s home joining Tomoya’s company. Everything has come full circle. Since the story stops there, I will also make an assumption and I will live by this. Even though Eriri and Utaha have joined the Blessing Software company, there would continue to be some spicy moments between Utaha, Megumi and Tomoya; with Utaha still be assertive and seductive with Tomoya just enough to make Megumi jealous from time to time.
I have willed it into existence in my mind and I will live by that forever. Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata Fine, was a great movie. I would definitely recommend this to whoever has finished both Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata and Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata ♭ because by nature, the movie is definitely a wrap movie.
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