Fri 7 Sep 2012
I have been enjoying Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate to the point that I dropped every other anime to focus solely on learning more about it. This is an adaptation that strays away from the omnibus format (think Amagami SS), using a formula as some call a “super route” where bits and pieces of each route are placed in various areas of the plot. What we have instead is a nice mix of routes that addresses the importance at a different time without reducing plot value. This is because KoiChoco has a luxury other adaptations did not: a central focus, which is the election. The benefit is that you can have a core directional event — a focal point that you can craft the rest of the show around.
To better illustrate my point, let’s take a look at a counter-example: Clannad. Unlike KoiChoco, the first season of Clannad doesn’t really have a central focus. Rather, it more resembles the omnibus format I mentioned earlier; Kotomi and Fuuko are essentially background characters outside their respective routes. That’s not how stories work — that character development for them may as well have been for naught. During the routes, the focus girl is indeed the most critical and you learn important things about her. However, Kotomi and Fuuko’s relevance after the route were extremely minor. In the grand scheme of Clannad, the routes that deviate from Nagisa’s plot actually harm the overall plot because of sidetracking. When we encounter routes that cannot possibly coexist with Nagisa’s route, namely Kyou and Tomoyo’s, it’s in the same mentality as the routes of Kotomi and Fuuko. (more…)