No, but it depends on the viewer. One recurring, and annoying, tendency of the art is when there's a pan and the image is rotated about 80 degrees to one side- rather irritating to have to turn your head to look at it. Soft piano music sets the tone in some dramatic and playful moments, nothing distracting, and nothing really enhancing. There's a lot to hate about School Days, but if you have a taste for the psychological, and can stomach the first half, which is pretty painful and rage inducing to watch, it sets up a second half that gets deep into interpersonal relationship conflicts, and what extremes people can go to when they're irrational, because love What happens next is a rollercoaster of emotion mostly fury , detachment, lies, betrayal, and sociopathy, right up to the very end, where the story of our Lovers comes full circle. Having known the ending going into the show but not who actually commits the act, and the Boat Scene was also unknown to me , I was on the lookout for subtlety, and was pleasantly surprised to find it. Faces show real emotion, character movement and framing are much more purpose driven and subtle something it was heretofore lacking a lot of, subtlety. She's honestly the only character in the show I found sympathetic, because she didn't ask for any of what happens to her- to be lied to, betrayed, and repeatedly torn down, despite her headstrong and later delusional belief that Makoto is in love with her. What we think is right is sometimes wrong, and even when we know it's wrong, sometimes we don't want to be right. That's right, I'm talking School Days, one of the biggest cases of subverted expectations I've seen in recent days. It shows a realist take on the idea of having multiple girlfriends and them all being okay with it, because no-one truly "possesses" the desired person. Even as I write this, I have no words for the ending of this show, other than that I will not forget it.