Quality over quantity, my friends. Quality over quantity.
I just finished this:
Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu: Purezza. Or Haruka Nogizaka’s Secret: Purity – the second season of Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu.
Shawn recommended the first season to me, which I felt was nice, sans the random references to Shana and other Anime under Geneon’s wing. So when I read the information for the 2nd season, I sincerely hoped for less references and a better storyline.
Stroy : Haruka Nogizaka’s Secret: ‘ecchi Purity ‘ indeed. The entire of season 2 seems to have been made up to be like this:
Yes. It’s nothing but a thinly veiled excuse to give us 12 episodes of ecchi plotless nonsense to keep us stuck to our television (or computer) screens.
So basically, Purezza morphs the original season we know and love into this thinly veiled ecchi harem where every single stereotype for a minor character possible is in love with Yuuto. We have the tsundere (who even has the Palmtop Tiger..literally) , the transfer student Shiina, the Dominatrix Milan and so on.
That’s not the worst thing.
The two things which made me like Season 1 was how Yuuto and Haruka handle their relationship and hide her ‘secret’. It made me laugh, feel and think about the Anime – which was really fun and charming.
Unfortunately, Purezza is different- completely. After the first 1 or 2 episodes, the whole overarching aspect of “hiding her secret” disappears. When that happened, I was hoping deep down : Please, please focus on the relationship.
Then Yuuto becomes a girl magnet through the most unlikely situations, and only till the 2nd last episode did the plot veer back onto Haruka. By then I was already raging (nerdrage, yes.) It lacks focus. Imagine a blind man driving a faulty car missing one tyre with its windows and windshield painted black- and the blind man’s wearing a blindfold inside a cardboard box. That is an apt description for the plot of Purezza. 3/10.
Character: Oh my, oh my. Character? Bah. I can’t be bothered, but if I must, I’ll go on.
Yuuto and Haruka – possibly the most oblivious couple ever. This was played out in Purezza- which frankly stops the plot (if there ever was one) from advancing even a step further. Thanks to this barrier set up between them – which completely ignores everything in Season 1 – the plot veers onto other girls who seem to have been thrown into the script at the last minute. Perhaps they ran out of Anime references. You poor, poor things. 5/10
Music : Light and poppy, it cheers me up for the disappointment down the hill. 8/10
Art: Well,well, well. Art really reflects how much work is placed into the anime, because it is indeed, one part of the overall quality check.Many, many instances of pure QUALITY in Purezza. I’ll only talk about some though:
Enjoyment : 5/10.
And worse of all:It seems extremely likely that there will be a sequel. Hopefully, it will clean up the train-wreck that was Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu: Purezza – and bring back what we loved from Season 1…