My favorite romance anime from last year has finally made its return. The Dangers In My Heart Season 2 is just as captivating as ever and episode 1 was so sweet that it can likely cause diabetes. It also surprised me with one of the best opening sequences I’ve ever witnessed. Before I get into any of that though, let’s appreciate how this season’s production quality of has not waned as it maintains the delightful essence of the anime’s first season.
The Dangers in My Heart Season 2 Episode 1 Preserved Its Charm
I’ve often noticed other series struggling to preserve their charm when introducing a sequel. The duration between seasons might be a factor, but I frequently find a new season less engaging. However, The Dangers In My Heart Season 2 manages to sustain its appeal. It’s not just because I’m a huge fan of Anna Yamada’s voice actress, but rather, the sweetness of the show is still intact even as Ichikawa and Yamada’s relationship has already progressed. Normally, at this stage, the series tends to slow down and the pacing becomes awkward as characters become aware of their mutual affection. While the first episode of the second season did experience a slight slowdown, what I appreciate is the exploration of its side characters.
That said, Season 2 is now exploring the side characters to add a little more dynamic to the series. Hara was cute (and added a bit of sweetness) when she found out about how Ichikawa Yamada and Sekine became MVPs in the final moments of the episode. If this trend continues, The Dangers In My Heart is poised to become one of my favorite shows of the season.
Not only that, but the series has also delved into conflicts and misunderstandings between the main couple. As they navigate their blooming relationship, these hurdles make them feel more authentic and the inclusion of these occasional misunderstandings does make the narrative more genuine. It’s just a matter of time before these problems will make the characters more developed for the inevitable confession.
One of the best things about Season 1 was the creative and captivating way the episode titles seamlessly intertwined with the main highlight moment of the episode. That said, I’m thrilled to see that this unique touch continues in the second season. For example, the latest episode or “Karte 13,” titled “We’re Searching.” The whole title popped out when Yamada lost her precious keychain given by Ichikawa, prompting both her and Ichikawa to do a search mission. While the build-up going to that moment is as endearing as ever, the whole production of the highlight scene, however, becomes a cinematic experience.
I’d always anticipated this moment since the first season, so I’m glad that they kept it up. I for sure cannot wait for more scenes like this in the upcoming episodes, especially after the Season 2 premiere concludes with Yamada inviting Ichikawa to warm up at her house. They’re probably only going to drink hot cocoa or hug… right?
Overall, The Dangers In My Heart Season 2 looks promising. I can’t quite tell yet if it’s already better than the first season, given that Season 2 is actually maintaining the dynamic personalities and interactions of the characters, as well as the beautiful animation style of the series. From that, I can say for certain that it’s still a series that is a danger to our hearts.
However, there is one thing that has surpassed the first season by a mile. It’s also why I’m so hopeful that this show will be absolute cinema — the opening theme.
The Best Opening of the Season
As much as I enjoyed the episode, the main reason why I loved it so much was due to the opening sequence. Simply put, it was a masterpiece of artistry, creativity, and aesthetic delight. Even the subtleties within the sequence, like the dance of Yamada and Ichikawa, added a layer of cuteness (wherein the former has more carefree movements due to her bubbly personality while the latter has stiff ones all because of his awkward demeanor). Each frame of every fleeting moment reached kino levels of cinema. The whole sequence was nothing short of beautiful and without a doubt, I will never skip this opening.
It’s also worth noting that the director behind this visually stunning sequence is none other than Tetsuro Araki, known for his work on acclaimed series such as Death Note, Attack on Titan, and Guilty Crown. The same creative mind behind the “Colors” music video by Hiroyuki Sawano and Hata Motohiro, the anime film Bubble, the second opening of Vinland Saga Season 2, and the Spy x Family opening. With someone of this caliber at the helm, there’s no denying that the opening sequence is one of the best this season.
The Dangers in My Heart Season 2 is streaming on Bilibili and HIDIVE.
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