This was one of those animes that when you watch it to the end for the first time, you keep thinking about it the next day(maybe its just me). I really enjoy this series because it was playing with my emotions. Sometimes I was almost feeling what the characters were feeling. There were plenty of sad moments, and plenty of those "WTF..." moments where I don't understand why certain characters would behave like that. Slightly overdramatic would be the key word for it. The story was engaging and constantly pulled me to the next episode to find out what was going to happen. The ending was definately one of the most effective ones I have seen in the genre so far. The ending satisfied me (this depends on the people of their view of what should have been, but i'll leave it at that.)
The story, although brilliant, was rather depressing. Yes, it had all the features of a romance, yet the way in which it ended was disappointing. During the first two episodes, the story was full of humour and excitement, and it really drew in the audience, yet afterwards, it seemed that it was one tradgedy after another for the main characters. It is not to be expected that all plots end in the most desirable fashion, as that would be boring, yet the conclusion appeared to be lacking in many aspects. As for character development, some of them were just "there." They existed and nothing about them changed. Again, it is to be expected that not all characters will develop, although it would be preferred when they are involved in the plot in such an in depth manner.
The story itself, and the emotions it drew upon, are a work of art. It brings out the torment and sadness that one experiences when going through such situations. That it was able to connect with the audience in such away shows how much effort was given to creating the plot.
It really is up to the individual to decide if they want to watch this, though it is sincerely recommended.
Story - I liked this one because the romance started early and got right into it instead of waiting till the final 5 minutes of the last episode like most do. The two start their relationship early and you watch it develop for the first two episodes. After that... well it sucked. Not that the show sucked. Just the idea at the end of the second episode sucked. My only thought was "thats a shame". I was mad but I kept watching. The rest of the show had a depressing feel to it but it added to the drama. There were a lot of little things that made me keep watching like wondering how it would end. At first you hate the dicisons some of the characters make but you have to get over it when you realize it's nobodies fault with what is happening. The only people I can really blame for all the drama in the middle of the series are Haruka's parents. But they were only being good parents. So basically everyone was just really unlucky. Not sure I wanted it to end the way end did but I can't find a better solution so I'll just stick with it. A great story. I just wish they could of left out some of the depression. I would of liked if maybe it was just a love triangle without anyone getting physically hurt and not taking us to three years later.
Animation - There was nothing I could find wroing about the animation. I seemed alright even for it being over 7 years old.
Sound - I just watched the whole series less then a day ago and I already forget the opening and ending themes. I don't recall any of the music either. So I guess I can say it wasn't very memerable. Other then that the voice acters were good and they fit each character and I felt every emotion.
Characters - A lot of new characters showed up in episode three and they each somehow helped out the main characters get on the right track. Like I stated above I can't hate or blame any of the characters for what they did because it wasn't anyones fault. I would of liked a little less depressed personality and a little less nudity from certain characters, because it was a little silly. It won't go down as one of my favorite cast but they weren't bad.
This was one of the more powerfully moving anime i've watched in a while. I'm not great at reviews but i can say it's right up there with Clannad as far as the emotion it invokes.