Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu: Purezza

Alt title: Haruka Nogizaka's Secret: Purezza

TV (12 eps)
2009
Fall 2009
3.721 out of 5 from 5,501 votes
Rank #2,951

As Yuuto continues to keep Haruka’s otaku nature as much of a secret as possible, chaos continues to surround them. With Yuuto’s wild, drunken housemates gatecrashing their trip to a hot springs resort, and Haruka’s sister and maid team concocting various schemes to allow the pair to spend time together, nothing is ever straightforward. While Yuuto does all in his power to make Haruka happy, including working as butler for the tyrannical Touka and pulling an all-nighter to help her finish her first doujinshi, he is unsure as to how the school beauty feels about him. Will the clueless duo finally be able to muster up the courage, and the time alone, to finally confess their feelings for each other?

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I want to come with you…

Episode 1

I want to come with you…

Please put it in…

Episode 2

Please put it in…

Ah, Ouch…

Episode 3

Ah, Ouch…

Yuuto-san’s Scent…

Episode 4

Yuuto-san’s Scent…

…Oh Yes…

Episode 5

…Oh Yes…

My Body is Burning Up…

Episode 6

My Body is Burning Up…

It Might Have Gone in…

Episode 7

It Might Have Gone in…

I’ll Do You…

Episode 8

I’ll Do You…

It’s My First Time

Episode 9

It’s My First Time

It's Gotten Like This...

Episode 10

It's Gotten Like This...

I Want to Keep Feeling it…

Episode 11

I Want to Keep Feeling it…

It's a Promise

Episode 12

It's a Promise

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seishin
3

I'm going to start by the overall opinion about this anime: they took the first season's characters and they forgot about the (very few) good points that season had, along with the reasons I actually wanted to watch this. What's left? 12 episodes of absolute boredom, so-slow-kill-me-now pace and absolutely plain characters in absolutely plain places. I only finished watching it because I don't like to leave series unfinished. Not that I had any hope of this improving on its last episode. Story: 2/10Oh, wait, there is story? Forget about the title, sin</script> ce Haruka's secret is not important anymore. It's just one loser guy that says yes to everything every girl says, a mild-retard cute girl that loves him even if he was about to slap her in the face, and like 20 characters which personality you could move to one another and the show wouldn't even be affected. Add some random places, cliché situations you have already seen in 7 out of 10 animes and some ecchi.It had one mini-arc but it was so predictable, plus it did destroy the last congruent piece about the main character (Haruka). I mean, one day this girl hides she likes anime, the next becomes an idol? WTF.Ah, the titles have nothing to do with the actual episodes. They must've feel so clever to put sexual jokes on it and letting people find out it's bs.I almost forget. The comedy moments are not even funny. Only a very few of them, mostly including Haruka's parents. Animation: 7/10No complaints there. Yuto (main male chara) looks dull and plain, but it fits his personality, so... Girls, on the other side, are cute. Op & ed are cute in a manner of speaking, but I skipped them after watching them for the first time. Sound: 5/10Average soundtrack. Pretty average cast. I ended up loathing Haruka's voice as it is so formal. Op & Ed don't deserve a second listening, but that's just my two cents there. There's gotta be people that liked them. Characters: 4/10You could cut half of the characters and the show would work the same way. Too many maids, too many little sister, too many boring secondary-classmates. The little otaku almost disappears in this 2nd season, and it was fun in the 1st one provoking some situations.The main characters are boring, and they make you wonder if they are really 16-17 years old. They get excited when they are touched in the shoulder. They stare at each other and say each other's name (A LOT) just like that, but it's not even funny. Don't expect them to evolve as episodes go by. And don't expect big improvements in their relationship. So, what's left? They have no will, they are such pushovers that they belong together.It's even sad that the show's writers try to create a sub-plot with Shiina as she is in love with Yuto, or with the little sister Mika. By the way, she's more adult than her older sister. No surprises there. Overall: 3/10Okay, you could lose your time with worse animes than this one. But my advice is to avoid unless you completely loved the first season. Then (MAYBE) it just won't come as such a big disappointment. And pray with me they won't spend any further yen in making a 3rd season out of this. Please.

DGFischer
7.9

The second round of Haruka Nogizaka's Secret, ironically called Purezza (Italian for pure) has the pair of would-be (doubtful, yet sincere) lovers Haruka and Yuuto push closer and closer to 'the act.'  In short, fanservice does what it can to cancel the innocent young love theme to lace the whole enterprise with the steamy (the more steam, the better, particularly for those hot springs bathing episodes), sordid side of love-life. The episodes are typical of what you've seen in season one.  Younger sister Maki takes Yuuto to her school as 'fresh meat' in her version of show-and-tell at her love-starved all-girl middle school.  ‘Third-girl in a love triangle’ Shiina gets too close to Yuuto in an innocent (albeit double entendre filled) conversation and the next day plows into Haruka at school so she can 'apologize' to her.  The maid staff takes an unhealthy interest in Yuuto's love life.  Maki takes an unhealthy interest in Yuuto.  Episodes are replete with panty shots, awkward blushing, and situations that could get out of control (which explains the maid staff's monitoring). The plot was ever so same-old-same-old until the later episodes when an unscrupulous talent agent conspires to make Haruka into the next idol.  For this to happen, Yuuto must give up Haruka to her public.  And Yuuto, ever so much the considerate boyfriend might just get suckered into this. New characters are there, but this doesn't do much than add the number of female cast to flutter about Yuuto (poor guy!).  Alice is the new maid, as soft-spoken (if she gets beyond her usual ‘koku koku’ banter) as she is vicious with a mace.  Milan Himemiya is a rockstar who knows the ways of the idol, and she offers Yuuto (whom she has kidnapped as her manager … which shows how easily Yuuto can get suckered) sage advice about how some might just get roped unwillingly into a career on stage.  Ryouko Sawamura is a lesbian groper classmate of Haruka and adds immense amount of depth and intelligence to the struggling plot (NOT!). The animation continues to obsess on the female form, offering enhanced anatomy c/ motion graphics.  Great for those moments of titillation (some sicko pun intended?   ... maybe), but it doesn't mesh well with the dullish pastel coloration Himitsu is noted (or forgotten) for.  The music is a major plus, those new songs (ballads by featured idol Milan Himemiya) being the high points of a season that just was fodder for the droolers and nosebleeders. The closing credits do suggest that Yuuto and Haruka cling to the ideals of ever-lasting loving bliss in a fashion that cranky dad Gento Nogizaka could accept (with a little persuasion from wifey Akiho ... whom you should never get angry!).  In 2012, diomedea would offer a brief set of four OVA, and that makes one wonder how much farther the plot could run.  Who knows?  All in all, Himitsu 2 was a fun-quasi-romp which knew when to hold back the lovey-dovey.  Enjoying it completely ... that was hard.

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