Welcome back to another one of my reviews. This once we have Hamefura Season 2 on the plate. When I watch anime like this I tend to keep my brain aside and then I rewatch them once more before writing reviews to find all my complaints. I did the same with Hamefura 2 and I wasn’t exactly happy.
As much as I enjoyed Hamefura 2, some issues really do stand out and I can’t just ignore them. Because of these few inconsistencies, I’d say that the first season was much better. Let me make this clear again, the anime is still very enjoyable if you are capable of watching anime without thinking much like me.
So let’s start the review. Don’t worry, it is completely spoiler-free.
So remember the first season had a common pattern in which Katarina solved the problem of one character after another to prevent her death flags? And then the said character would fall for her in the process. Well now since she has successfully avoided her death flags, she is living without a care in the world as usual. That in itself isn’t the problem.
The “everyone stays friends” style ending of season 1 was perfect for a harem-comedy like Hamefura. The author could have gone for a similar ending in this season too but they didn’t. Moreover, both arcs of this season were literally forcefully repeated. Both of them revolving around a kidnapping. Hamefura’s first season probably had a better plot than this since it didn’t feel that repetitive even though it was.
Now the 2 things I liked about the plot were the better world-building and the fact that they showed a little more dark side of the world in it. The world-building in Hamefura season 2 is far superior to that of Season 1. The plot also reveals a few dark corners of the world. These things really acted as a saving grace to the otherwise lukewarm plot.
Characters are a bit all over the place in Hamefura 2. A few characters grew better, a few characters grew worse and a few characters remain the same. Sophia, Alan, and somewhat Raphael really have a flushed-out and overall better character now. Nicol shows a little growth too. On the other hand, Geordo and Keith really become annoying in this season. I never really considered them annoying but now they are.
Katarina herself has gone from a thick-skulled person to completely dumb. I mean how can you not understand someone’s feeling when they have kissed you twice? That makes no sense considering she used to play a lot of Visual Novels in her previous life. I don’t like to be this harsh on Katarina but this season, shit went a bit too far.
The new characters were alright. I really liked Sora and Jeffrey (just because he is voiced by Koyasu Takehito). The rest of them were alright, none of them really stood out to me except these 2.
Animations and Soundtrack
Not much different from Hamefura Season 1 here. Season 2 also has the same bright and colorful art style and animations. These animations are perfect for a harem-comedy like Hamefura. No complaints here really.
As for the soundtracks, the opening is really good. Nothing other than that stands out as much.
Here are my final scores for Hamefura Season 2
- Plot – 6/10
- Characters – 7/10
- Animations – 8/10
- Soundtrack – 7/10
- Enjoyment – 8/10
- Overall – 7/10
Despite all my complaints, I still did enjoy the anime so I am giving it a generous 7. I only recommend this anime if you can put your mind aside while watching comedies like me. Otherwise, Hamefura Season 1 is far better.
That is all for now. Let me know your thoughts down in the comments. I feel like a lot of people may not agree with me but, it’s fine. To each their own. With that said, I will take my leave here. See ya!