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'School Days' haunted house event lets you live the life of anime’s most brutally murdered playboy

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By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

For a lot of otaku, the idea of living the life of an anime protagonist sounds like it’d be pretty awesome. Luckily for them, there’s an opportunity to do just that coming up, with a special event that lets you experience what it’s like to be Makoto Ito.

While Makoto’s name might not ring as sonorous a bell among casual anime fans as, say, Goku or Naruto, he’s still a leading man of some renown, as the male lead of 2007 anime TV series "School Days." Adding to the ostensible appeal of living Makoto’s life is that "School Days" is a harem anime, based on an adult dating simulator computer game, and so living Makoto’s life means getting to romance multiple beautiful girls. Pretty desirable fantasy to dip your toes in, right?

There are, however, two very big catches. First, "School Days" is infamous for the mercilessly violent comeuppance it serves Makoto for treating the women in his life like disposable pleasure vessels, and second, the event, called "Makoto The Real," is a collaboration with Japanese haunted house designers Kowagarasetai.

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Kowagarasetai is the team behind the Zekkyo Kyukyusha/Screambulance haunted house delivery concept, and "Makoto the Real" is its latest iteration. Pitched as a “sound horror” experience, it has similarities to an audio play, as guests listen along, from the perspective of Makoto, as he goes shopping for paired rings with Kotonoha, one of his possible romantic conquests.

▼ Makoto and Kotonoha, whose anime voice actors, along with those of the other characters in the event, reprise their roles.

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Things, in the established fashion for the franchise, don’t go very well from there. The "School Days" anime ended with Makoto being murdered by one of his many objects of his physical affection, followed by his killer being disemboweled as an act of revenge by one of her romantic rivals, and while it’s not clear if the Makoto the Real storyline will wrap up the same way, Kowagarasetai promises “At the end, ‘she’ will invade the ambulance!”

▼ Sekai, Hikari, Setsuna and Otome are also part of the "Makoto The Real" storyline.

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The "Makoto the Real" event kicks off on Dec 24, considered the most romantic night of the year in Japan, at its venue at the Fuji Soft Akihabara Building in Tokyo’s Akihabara neighborhood, operating from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day between then and Jan 3, and then on Jan 8-10, 15-16, and 22-23. Tickets are priced at 2,000 yen per person, with up to six guests able to participate per session.

Related: Makoto the Real official website

Source: Kowagarasetai via IT Media

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...the ostensible appeal of living Makoto’s life is that "School Days" is a harem anime, based on an adult dating simulator computer game, and so living Makoto’s life means getting to romance multiple beautiful girls....

....infamous for the mercilessly violent comeuppance it serves Makoto for treating the women in his life like disposable pleasure vessels...

...being murdered by one of his many objects of his physical affection, followed by his killer being disemboweled as an act of revenge by one of her romantic rivals...

All pretty grim stuff to begin with....

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You've got to wonder at the mental state of most Otaku, given the absolute garbage they are into. Anime was a mistake.

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I think I'll pass on this one. As an outside observer I can see this being quite amusing. Watching people's reactions as they realise they've underestimated what it's like to be in Makoto's shoes when he gets what he deserves... I think there'd be a few funny reactions there. But being in it myself, it's just not my cup of tea.

You've got to wonder at the mental state of most Otaku

Most otaku are normal individuals just trying to get on with life. We work hard, we buy our groceries, we go home, and then we let ourselves be ourselves. The ones you see in the media are the extremely rare exceptions, and anime has nothing to do with their mental state.

If you're not interested in the event, that's fine. Don't go. But don't belittle the people who want to enjoy themselves in an unorthodox manner. At the end of the day, that's all this event is: entertainment. Unusual, sure. It might even alarm some people, but it's all harmless fun, and it's a unique experience as well. I think that will be a factor in drawing people to it. Sports events are everywhere, every day, but when do you see something like this pop up? People will attend just to see something different, whether they actually participate or not.

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This is classic.

I love School Days, I love it when they try wacky stuff like this.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQ3Xs86Io00

One of the BEST Ito Kanako song!

Really hope 0verflow comes back with another VN/eroge.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

In real life, Makoto ould be super popular. The more current girlfriends a guy can hold the more girls would want to become his girlfriend as they can be with a popular guy.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Nice boat.

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The haunted house theme seems excessive in modern Japanese culture?

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@Jtsnose

Yep, it's a big school festival thing.

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It was a shocking anime during the young age, now that I am getting older, don't feel like watching second time.

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