Kimagure Orange Road (1985– )

TV Series   |    |  Animation, Comedy, Drama

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Kyousuke Kasuga is a completely normal Japanese high school student, with two very big problems. The first is his complete and utter inability to choose between two girls, the bright, ... See full summary »


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5 November 2001 | Ian Livingstone
Although this IS the first anime TV series I have seen, I have done alot of research and the other ones seem bent on fighting and girls...

Not that those are bad things, but a good story is more important I say. (Don't misjudge me, I'm just basing it on other people's comments and descriptions.)

It all starts out with a 15 year old guy named Kasuga Kyosuke (Or Kyosuke Kasuga, which you would call him here in America.)

He meets two women, Hikaru and Madoka, Hikaru appoints herself as his girlfriend, but Madoka seems to be his true love.

How he keeps his friendship with Hikaru just a friendship while trying to be with Madoka and keeping Hikaru from being heartbroken is quite a story in itself, but Kyosuke also has telekinetic abilities, which he tries to hide from others because they had to move 7 times because of it.

This series rivals professional live-action movies in it's romance and realism, there is also comedy in parts, but many touching scenes too. (I know critics have made that phrase a cliche, but I don't know how else to describe them.)

The subtitles aren't too bad, and at times you can figure out what they're saying without them, and Madoks's voice is very good.

I'd recommend it to 13-20 year olds, some episodes wouldn't be appropriate for anyone younger than that.

I bought the entire TV collection after I investigated it, and I think that if you're interested, that's the perfect way to start.

I'm thinking about getting the two movies too, I'll post a review on those when I do.

All around, 9 out of 10. A very good series.

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