H2O’s story revolves around Takuma Hirose, a blind young male junior-high school student, though the cause for his blindness is undetermined. After his mother died an unexpected death, it left a deep emotional scar on him, which caused him to become very lonely and reserved.

Takuma and his father move from the city out into a rural area and Takuma is enrolled into a new junior-high school. At his new school, he meets several new girls, though three of whom he gets to know the most out of anyone else.

Unfortunately for Takuma it appears that he has inadvertently entered “Nice Boat High”, where a psychotic little rich girl named Yui Tabata rules the students with the help of a couple of bullies.

Right from the start, Takuma is surrounded by girls, including Hinata Kagura, the clumsy and indecisive class president, Hayami Kohinata, the sullen outcast who is the target of the bullying, Otoha, a mysterious girl who appears and vanishes at will, as well as others. Takuma has dreams of being able to see again, but no matter how often he is faced close-up with fan service Takuma can do no more than “smell the roses”.

Main Characters

Takuma Hirose is the main protagonist of the story. He has a moderately quiet personality partly because he suffers from blindness and for his condition, he carries around a white cane he named “Tomodachi sa”. His mother died unexpectadly which left a deep emotional scar on Takuma. In order to rectify this, he moves to the countryside to live with his uncle. Takuma is naturally friendly and likes to befriend everyone he meets in his new town. There is a rift between the rich and the poor, with Takuma being on the latter end of the divide.

Hayami Kohinata is a girl in Takuma’s class who sits next to him. She has an unsociable personality and a sharp attitude towards others, not wanting to become friends. Due to this, she is often bullied and is referred to by her schoolmates as the “cockroach”, but for some reason she does not fight back when being bullied. She has an intense fear of spiders. Even though her family is not rich, and she owns a bathing suit, she still will not participate in swimming classes because she is poor at it.

Hinata Kagura is the granddaughter of the village headman, and is one of the rich members of town. She is in Takuma’s class and is the class representative for her class. She has a kind of obliging personality, and is popular in her school. She has the tendency to fall down and by clumsy, and one time she even fell down a flight of stairs at school, though luckily Takuma was there to break her fall. She refers to Takuma as “Takuma-sama”, a very polite form of expression.

Otoha appears to be a normal girl, but she is in fact a spirit, and only Takuma can hear or see her. She is always cheerful, and will appear out of no where, clinging suddenly to Takuma. She refers to herself with the masculine pronoun boku, meaning “I”. She refers to Takuma as the “Promised Person”.

Yui Tabata is a girl in Takuma’s class. She has a self-aggrandizing personality and always has two male henchmen tagging along. She often calls Hayami a “cockroach” and along with her henchmen will bully Hayami relentlessly, and while she gets along with Takuma, she likes to tease Hinata. She is very rich and often uses formal speech so as to distiguish herself from the “commoners”. She was given a scenario in H2O’s sequel √After and Another.

Hamaji Yakumo is one of Takuma’s classmates. Despite his feminine appearance and voice, he is in fact an androgynous okama boy who crossdresses like a girl. He has an optimistic personality, and likes to play innocent when he plays bad jokes on others. He seems to favor Takuma.

Rin Misakura, like Takuma, is an exchange student from the city. She has a kind and gentle personality, and is a hard worker. Rin is the main heroine in Makura’s next game Sakura no Uta. More at: Wiki

H2O ~FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND~ is a Japanese adult visual novel by Makura which was released on June 23, 2006 for the PC as a DVD; a version playable on the PlayStation 2 under the title H2O + will follow in 2008 with adult content removed, but in its place will be additional scenarios and graphics not seen in the original release. H2O is Makura’s first game; a sequel named √After and Another was later produced in October 2007.

A manga adaptation, drawn by Japanese artist Kira Inugami, started serialization in the seinen magazine Comp Ace on January 26, 2007, published by Kadokawa Shoten. An anime by the animation studio ZEXCS began airing in Japan on January 4, 2008 on the Fukui TV television network.

Title: H2O ~FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND~ (2008)
Web: http://anime.webnt.jp/h2o/
Opening Theme: “Katayoku no Icarus” by Yui Sakakibara
Ending Theme: “Kazahane” by Haruka Shimotsuki

H2O ~FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND~ OP ~ “Katayoku no Icarus”

H2O ~FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND~ ED ~ “Kazahane”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mo6NE7MifHU

Join the discussion 24 Comments

  • Zer0 says:

    this show’s alright not great, though the first show i’ve seen that starts off with a girl getting her ass beat.

  • LittleVexy says:

    V-chan cried after watching first two episodes… So much hurt feelings, so much pain… I feel so sorry for Hayami.

    On the sad note, the main character is a pacifist. God! That is the only thing that ticks me off in this anime. Let me tell you, that whoever said that “violence solves nothing” is a baka! Baka, I tell you! Somebody put me into this anime, and I would beat Yui-chan’s pompous ass senseless.

    This whole anime is all about cowards! Everybody in this anime is a coward, absolutely everybody, except Takuma who sees Hayami for who she really is… A @#$%ing LIVING PERSON!!! (and not a bad omen or something. Actually, not sure why Hayami is being bullied by everybody in town. I didn’t watch this far into the story to know yet.)

    Btw, one of the girls is an androgynous okama boy who crossdresses like a girl. Let’s see if you could guess which one 😛 I for one didn’t notice anything, until I read more about this series, and even then that “boy” is impossible to spot.

  • Zer0 says:

    im gonna take a wild guess and say, its the one with the long grey-ish purple-ish hair. top right corner of the poster.

    as for the characters in this story, i only like the girl everyone seems to hate for no reason, and the spirit girl who so far only the boy can see. everyone else i hate expecially the girl with the long blond hair.

  • ware4me says:

    WOW! Vexy was caught into this one quite quickie! :helphelp:

    Well… you know I watch anime as a whole when done, but I think it is the other “girl”, the short one with brownish/blondiesh hair. :p

  • LittleVexy says:

    Zer0 is right. It is Hamaji Yakumo who is a boy.

    “She” is the one who is always teasing Yui-chan.

  • ware4me says:

    LOL the other one stands up like a boy. >.>

  • Zer0 says:

    i am? woot :bow:…. but nasty

    this show is wierd as hell

  • LittleVexy says:

    Zer0;7566 wrote: i am? woot :bow:…. but nasty

    this show is wierd as hell

    Well, as I said. We know now that Hamaji is a boy, based on the description and the game that this anime is based on. So far in the anime (first two episodes), there been absolutely no indication that would point the viewer toward any doubt regarding Hamaji’s gender.

    If you really interested in boys crossdressing like girls, you should watch Princess Princess. That anime is about a all-boy school, where certain boys are choice to be “princesses” or mascots for the entire school.

  • Zer0 says:

    why would i want to watch an anime based on a crossdressing boy? :annoy: No thanks i’ll pass

  • ware4me says:

    PriPri… strange anime. :p

  • LittleVexy says:

    Zer0;7568 wrote: why would i want to watch an anime based on a crossdressing boy? :annoy: No thanks i’ll pass

    Because they’re great!

    On the subject of crossdressing… Would you watch anime where a girl crossdresses into a boy?

  • ware4me says:

    Hmm… Zer0 should watch a little out of everything.

    :helphelp: Vexy is gonna explode?

  • LittleVexy says:

    ware4me;7581 wrote: :helphelp: Vexy is gonna explode?

    4me want to watch v-chan expode? @.@

  • Zer0 says:

    zero knows variety, but zero doesnt like to watch everything he can get his hands on.

    its too much, i only recently started to watch this stuff.

    on the other hand, watching an anime based on guys or girls crossdressing… not really interesting but i might, depending on other stuff.

  • ware4me says:

    OK, back to topic, Ureshii quickly released the second chapter… which fansub are you following? :confused:

    No, no explode for Vexy! 🙁

  • LittleVexy says:

    ware4me;7594 wrote: OK, back to topic, Ureshii quickly released the second chapter… which fansub are you following? :confused:

    BakaWolf & m.3.3.w

    …and they already had 2nd chapter out.

  • Zer0 says:

    yeah, 4me your way behind, ep3 raw alrdy out, might get subbed this evening.

    edit: just saw ep 3 and my hatred for hinata was grown, shes an ***** basically, i hate her almost as much as suzaku from code geass.

    actually i take that back, i hate suzaku more then anything else he really needs to die.

  • ware4me says:

    LOL not that behind… Ureshii released both episodes this week… oh well, episode 3 is available as Zer0 said 😆

  • LittleVexy says:

    I’m going to agree with zer0‘s desription of the 3rd episode.

    Now on to the 4th episode… What a great episode! 😛 Everybody went to the beach… and there was fanservice in every scene of this episode. :bow: It was also reviled, finaly, that Hamaji-chan is a boy. And it happened in the most funniest way possible!! :funny: I won’t spoil it to you, you really have to watch it! I mean it, go watch it now!! Poor Takuma…

    Also, Hamaji-chan’s little sister made an appearance in this episode.

  • Zer0 says:

    saw ep 4 now waiting for reaction in episode 5. i wonder who he will pick.

  • ware4me says:

    OMG… I’m falling behind so fast, you guys watch anime everyday… lucky!

    * 4me dies * x.x

  • LittleVexy says:

    Zer0;7894 wrote: saw ep 4 now waiting for reaction in episode 5. i wonder who he will pick.

    Did you liked the hot bath scene? ^.^

  • Zer0 says:

    the 1st half. 🙂

  • LittleVexy says:

    Finally, after episode 6, Hayami Kohinata and Hinata Kagura have made up. Also Yui Tabata seems to be accepting Hayami. ^^;

    Oh, and finally in episode 6 the story, of why Hayami is abused by everybody, is told. How nice of them :bow: … after 6 episodes >.<

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