Keima wrote:As with all contestants in ISML she just has to be more popular (or come from a more popular series) than her opponent.
Fixed that for you. Because seriously, let's be honest here when it comes to ISML itself.
Keima wrote:And I liked Akane as a character in general. She looked cute, or even downright hot in her track suit, and she seemed nice and generally had a lot going for her as far as being a level headed person with her act together. But despite all that for me at least (I can't speak for everyone else) it was very hard to see her as anything more than Koraro's girlfriend/fiance/wife or whatever the whole time I was watching the show. Every time I'd see her she was just...."there". It was just the MC's girl is how I saw her.
Kosaka at least was presented as someone you could want as your own "best girl" or whatever. Whether it was through fanservice shots or or whatever, the producers of "Saekano" did a better job of selling her, if that makes any sense.
Okay, I think I see what the issue is here. (Let me know if I'm wrong.)
These days, most (if not all) rom-com/harem anime are more or less self-insert stories, in that they allow the viewer to imagine themselves as the male protagonist. This has become standard fare, and Saekano
is no different when it comes to this type of setup (Tomoya Aki: an otaku surrounded by beautiful females (who also happen to be otakus themselves or at least familiar with the otaku culture to varying degrees), and who then all fall for him). You saying you think the producers did a better job at selling Kosaka as a potential "best girl" for viewers supports this approach.
But Tsuki ga Kirei
is not that type of series. Tsuki ga Kirei
is intended more as a true slice of life narrative. The story is more from the perspective of watching events unfold on the sidelines as a bystander. Kotarou and Mizuno are their own separate characters, distinct from the viewer. Tsuki ga Kirei
is their story, not the viewer's. The viewer is simply along for the ride to watch how their budding middle school romance evolves. So unlike Saekano
, the viewer isn't meant to see Mizuno as anything other than Kotarou's girlfriend because the story isn't meant to present her in the same regard as a heroine in a self-insert story.
So in other words, it seems to me you were approaching Tsuki ga Kirei
the same way you did Saekano
, and thus were applying the same set of standards and expectations in the same way. Let me know if I'm wrong about that, though.