Around the time I learnt to watch animes through the internet, one of the few animes I watched were visual novel adaptations. It just so happened to be the trend around that time, like how isekai is the hot baby this time. I watched a handful of VN adapted animes and I admit, I have a soft spot for them. Still, it won’t affect my review of it.
Fortune Arterial Akai Yakusoku was a surprise. Infairness, its actually decent.
The story wasn’t really interesting, it’s the typical main guy transferee and then gets to stole almost all the waifus “love”. As visual novel animes are pretty much synonyms to harem animes, cuz of it, there’s alot of waifus to choose from. Fortune Arterial was no exception. Still, it had some unique perks that made the anime better than the other mediocre to below average VN animes.
Fortune Arterial had a clear ship, and they clearly pushing it. Usually, the other main girls would interfere with the canon relationship, but in this anime, they didn’t. It’s clear that most of them are totally infatuated with the main guy, but they don’t make a move on him. On the other hand, they support him in his endeavors. It was very interesting to watch.
Another thing that amazed me in this series is the appearance of other male characters. In a romance harem animes like this series, other male beings are supposed to be almost non-existent. LOL. But in this series, other male characters are actually important to the story. They contribute and give the main guy some support or some “bromance” (I guess…) and its really refreshing to watch. They are also not boring or shallow, they are actually really interesting and are some of them are alot more intriguing that the other waifus.
Sigh, it’s ashame that not all waifus in this series are “waifu material” for me. I think the only waifu material are Erika and Haruna, the rest…meh. I do find Kiriha interesting, but she’s too mysterious and we didn’t get to see her much. If we ever got a better glimpse of her life, I think she would be on the top of the list. Kanade, Haruna’s sister, uuggghhh…not a fan of her. Everything she does is annoying and I get irritated just seeing her. I know that she’s the typical “genki” character of the anime, but she’s the worse. Shiro, on the other hand, is the baby. She’s…too young. She can’t be a waifu, I pretty much see her as a fanservice to people who likes loli.
Now for my favorite waifus.
Haruna was someone I didn’t expect to like. In the start of the series, she was bland and too simple. I easily predicted her affection for the main character, but I didn’t expect her intrguing connection to Erika. That really added alot of impact to her character and I totally see her in a different light.
Now for the best girl, Erika, oh boii…she’s so BAE. I really thought she would be the typical heroine of a series, but no, she more than that. She’s very responsible, friendly and very strong-willed. Even though it was clear she was attracted to the main guy, she didn’t lash on to him and remain professional. It made her interactions with Kouhei alot more interesting to watch. I couldn’t even fit her on a typical anime trope cuz she’s something else. She’s…real. She’s Erika.
For the boys, believe it or not, the main guy is not my fav character. Ha! Why is that? Well, Kouhei just happens the typical male protagonist of a romance harem anime. Yes, he does have some moments, but most of them are cause of his interactions to the Sendou siblings. Now that I mentioned the siblings, yep, the older Sendou sibling, Iori is my damn favorite. Everytime he shows up on the screen, I know I would have a good time. He brings joy to the series and he’s also really really intriguing and mysterious. I wouldn’t mind watching another series if the main guy would be Iori. He is that amazing!
Well, this anime was released around 2010. Infairness, the art & animation looked really slick and well made. You can’t really tell that this anime was 8 years old, it was really astonishing to watch. Though I did see some weird art, like the kid version of Kanade (the head was too big), everything else were done really really well.
If I were to point out some negative points of this series, it would be the plot holes that were quite evident all through out the series. They were too dormant for me not to notice. As much as I want to indulge myself in discussing those points, I might touch on some spoiler territories. Another negative point I want to point out would be the lack of intensity of the climax part of the series. The climax part in the last few episodes was not exciting and interesting as I want it to be. I felt it was too easy and lazy. It’s like the writer doesn’t know how to fix the issue in the climax and choose a weird and lazy solution to it. It was disappointing.
Overall, the series was really enjoyable to watch. Even though the negative points were quite heavy, my enjoyment all through out the series weren’t scarred much. This is definitely a decent visual novel anime adaptation.
That is all. Thanks for reading.