Saturday, March 15, 2008

His and Her Circumstances

Full Title: His and Her Circumstances
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Psychological, Romance
Episodes: 26
Uploaded By: Rassiel
My Age Rating: PG-13 (Language, Adult Situations, Sexual Themes)

I've been doing a whole lot of romances lately, haven't I? eh... here's another one...

Yukino Miyazawa is the self described queen of vainity, and an insanely self serving girl. At school, she lives for the praise of others, and in order to gain said praise, goes through much secret studying, training, and beautifying. She has been number one in her class, and the envy of everyone all the way up through middle school. Now in high school, she does not see why things should be any different. That is until she meets Souichiro Arima and realizes that he is better than her at everything she was once praised for. Hatred for him quickly builds in her heart until she realizes that he does not view her as a rival, instead, he wishes to be her boyfriend. She rejects him. However, he soon learns she is not at all like she pretends to be at school, and he uses this knowledge to blackmail her into spending time with him. The two quickly become close friends and later, lovers. Everything in life seems perfect, but their problems have only just begun.

Although its production is long over, this anime is only about halfway done. It follows the manga to an incredibly accurate degree, and when the anime director and manga artist had a falling out, it stopped right where it was, leaving the story only halfway finished. That being the case, you shouldn't watch this for the storyline. Although very well developed, it doesn't really go anywhere in the end. Instead, watch this for the fascinating animation sequences. Characters are visually represented as they feel, (for example, when Yukino is next to Arima and feeling like a little child, that is how she will be portrayed) only ever once in awhile will they look "normal." This brings along with it a lot of comedy potential that is very well taken care of, but it also takes awhile to get used to. (Also, the stories going on in the background are almost as interesting as the main one. The interweaving is splendid!)

Production-wise, this anime is old, and it shows. The frame will sometimes shift ever-so-slightly. The animation is not always fluid, and the art greatly relies on pencil sketches and such. (Actually, for the most part it's really interesting to see the creative ways the artists work around their limitations.) The opening sequence is quite nice, and the closing credits are... um... creative? (You'll have to watch it to see what I mean...) The voice acting for this series is very well done. I recommend this show to practically everyone, but I also recommend reading the manga (Kare Kano) as it is a masterpiece (and has single-handedly consumed a day of my life). Lack of a definite ending kept this anime out of the masterpiece category, but I couldn't help but rate it high anyway.

My Rating: 8.7/10 (Excellent)


Emico said...
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Emico said...

This anima/manga out look was very nicely done. They really captured the whole story line. I enjoyed the anima and I know exacly what they when they say the story was half told. I'll be happy to see others. -Emico