DVD Review: Amagami SS Plus – The Complete Collection

The girls from Amagami SS return in this ‘Plus’ instalment into the franchise; but is it a happy ever after for our list of female characters or is it just another show worth passing by? Well let’s take a look.

Synopsis:

So far, Junichi Tachibana has been luckier than any guy has any right to be, getting to experience what it would be like to be romantically paired with not one, not two, but SEVEN different beautiful girls in a multiple of alternate universes. So how can he possibly follow that up? Well, how about with continuations of all of those storylines!

Yes, all of the pairings are back as each of the girls returns to follow up the romantic advancements in each of their possible futures! Is Junichi going to be able to handle a second go-round with Tsukasa, Rihoko, Ai, Kaoru, Sae, Haruka, and even Risa? Will little sis Miya get a follow up to her own sneaky storyline too? The answer’s yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, maybe, yes and oh yes as boy meets girl, girl, girl, girl, girl, girl and girl again!

Our View:

Amagami SS originally started life as a dating simulator for the PlayStation 2 that saw players take control of male student Junichi Tachibana in an attempt to create relationships with various female characters. As you’d expect each of these female characters offered their own personalities with each one requiring the player to overcome obstacles in order to obtain that happy ending.  The anime adaptation of the game, which MVM Entertainment also released onto DVD and Blu-ray earlier this year, managed to recreate the events of the game quite faithfully but at the cost of a fast-paced-narrative that didn’t allow time for viewers to familiarise themselves with the ever-changing female cast.

The same can be said for this animated sequel, Amagami SS Plus, which acts more of a continuation to the events of the main series than it does as a second season. In the original series each four episodes would related to a different female character with each ‘arc’ or ’route’ having a beginning and an ending. The episodes contained within Amagami SS Plus however are only two episodes long per ‘arc’ or ‘route’ and only focus on a single scenario during their time together at school as boyfriend and girlfriend material.

In short; the episodes within Amagami SS Plus are just an ‘extension’ to the already conclusive events of the main series and although some of these events are interesting to watch they are not entirely wanted or needed. For instance the first route within this collection sees Tsukasa Ayatsuji running for Student Council President with her boyfriend Junichi Tachibana as her supporter; but when another student threatens this relationship – and Tsukasa’s chance of being student council president –  the bond between Tsukasa and Junichi is tested; albeit slightly. Another story arc meanwhile, in this case Rihoko Sakurai’s story arc, depicts how she confessed her true feelings to Junichi Tachibana outside of the events that happened within the main series.

This theme of two episodes per character continues throughout the remainder of the series with each story taking place shortly after (or during) the events of their story arc of the main series. These stories are not bad per se, nor are they as questionable as the main series, but they aren’t exactly needed and don’t bring much to what has already happened within the main series. In hindsight they feel like deleted scenes hashed together to create a separate set; and once again the issues I had with the main series (i.e. story being reset after a few episodes) continues here and it feels more like watching an animated version of the game – which I believe was the intention – rather than a story that can be enjoyed from start to finish.

Extras:

Just like with the previous DVD instalment into the Amagami SS franchise the only supplementary pieces of content are the textless opening and closing songs as well as six different trailers for other Sentai Filmwork licensed shows; all of which can be found on the first DVD disc. Basically it is business as usual for an MVM Entertainment release using Sentai Filmworks disc masters.

Unlike Amagami SS, which featured a different opening song depending on which characters story was being told, Amagami SS Plus only features one opening song throughout the course of the entire series; and the same can be said for its ending song.

In regards to the trailers then, once again, these are pretty much the opening song of each series mixed together with events from the series. This is not exactly what I could call a trailer but it is something that Sentai Filmworks tend to do with most of their ‘on disc promos’. The trailers themselves are for Kampfer, Place to Place, Psychic Detective Yakumo, Amagami SS, Waiting in the Summer and Listen to me Girls I am Your Father! It is worth nothing that Kampfer, Amagami SS and Waiting in the Summer have previously been released on DVD (and in some instances Blu-ray) via MVM Entertainment while the remaining titles have yet to receive a UK release.

Specs:

Media:  DVD 9 x3
Region: 2
Running Time: 1:40:44 (Disc 1 & Disc 2), 2:07:25 (Disc 3)
Video: MPEG-2
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 224kbps (Japanese)
Subtitles: English (Yellow & White for Translations)
Resolution: 720 x 480 (480p)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Widescreen
Frame Rate: 30 fps

Overall:

Amagami SS Plus is, as the name suggests, an extension to the events of the previous set whereby the same cast of female characters get another story told with their beloved boyfriend. Just like the previous set each story restarts to a ‘certain point’ after two episodes and each story arc focuses their attention on the female character at hand.

If you enjoyed what the previous set had to offer, with its six individual stories and stop-start storytelling, then you’ll enjoy what Amagami SS has to offer; but in my eyes at least it feels completely pointless and unneeded – especially when it does not add anything to the overall story other than additional screen time for that particular set of characters.

In regards to this DVD release by MVM Entertainment then the twelve episodes are presented across three DVD Discs with (as you’d guess) four episodes per disc in Japanese audio with English subtitles only. As a result of this the quality of the episodes, even on DVD, remains consistant throughout each disc with the yellow subtitles presentable throughout each episode. Just like with previous Sentai Filmwork authored releases the subtitles for dialogue are in Yellow with translation notes (and background dialogue) being presented in White; so no matter the TV screen you will always be able to see what is being said.

Amagami SS Plus remains faithful to the original series both in animation quality and storytelling; and this DVD release by MVM Entertainment manages to live up to that same quality. Unfortunately though unless you enjoyed the original series, or if you are really looking to expand the story little with these ‘DLC-sized stories’, then I’d suggest avoiding this set for now as it really does not add anything to the overall experience.

Score: review-stars-2

Amagami SS Plus – The Complete Collection will be available on DVD and Blu-ray from the 26th June 2017.

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About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has worked at ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the PS Vita, PS4 or Xbox One.

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