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(C) Toei Animation / Aya Nakahara

Lovely Complex or more commonly known as Love*Com is an original manga by Aya Nakahara and was adapted into anime by Toei Animation. It was then later adapted into a live action series wherein Koike Teppei (Gokusen 2) acted as Atsushi Ootani. This series caught my attention as it has a unique plot and quite an unusual pairing not common for a romantic-comedy series. A little trivia though, the characters here are not speaking in standard Japanese language, instead, they are all speaking in Kansai-ben (dialect), which adds up to the comedy relief through out the series.

STORY

Love*Com’s story is about a young girl, whose name is Koizumi Risa, who has the height most girls dream of, but she seemed so unhappy with it. In her whole life she have been always standing at the very last spot of the line in school. Her goal is to find a boyfriend after being heartbroken by her crush Suzuki. It was actually a bet between her and a boy named Atsushi Ootani, a definitely not your average guy. He is short — too short for his age but don’t underestimate this little guy! He maybe small but he’s great in basketball and not to mention, has fans himself.

As they continue on their bet, series of unexpected events happened, much to their surprise. Even them couldn’t believe it. They grew closer and eventually, Koizumi developed feelings for Ootani, which caused her love life to be much more complicated than it used to.

One question though, does Ootani feel the same towards her?

REVIEW

This is yet another very simple anime in terms if art but big in plot. Know what I mean? Despite its simplicity the depth of the story is quite not your usual one. The anime is very hilarious, thanks to its Kansai-ben-speaking roster of characters, pulling of one joke to another which is very, very amusing.

The romance in the air was really sweet and quite cliche but not too much.

What I like most about this show is that it depicts the ups and downs when it comes into relationship and it shows that what more important is what a person is: his personality and not his physical appearance. Youths nowadays, majority, look at the outside appearance. So this is a good show that love can last longer when you look on the inside of your partner.

The show maybe quite predictable but it is quite expected that the unexpected will come. =)

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Tokyo Marble Chocolate

I first saw this very simple and short anime in an anime magazine a year ago and then watched it. It was done by Production IG, the wonderful studio that did Ghost in the Shell. It is an Original Video Animation (OVA) which consists of two half-hour (almost) episodes.

THE STORY

The story centers on the lovers, Chizuru and Yuudai. Both of then are uncertain and unsure of their feelings for each other. They both have fears in the relationships to their past loves and break-ups.

The first episode tackles Chizuru’s view on their relationship while the second one is about Yuudai’s view.

Will they be able to grow and strengthen their love and relationship?

REVIEW

Truthfully, the anime is really simple in terms of its art but despite of that simplicity it harbors an inspiring and thoughtful sweetness and romance. Animation wise, as it was animated by an award-winning studio, it was very fluid and cute (if I may describe it). The pastel colors of the art adds up to its romantic plot and with a splash of comedy, it has the whole package. The story maybe cliche – predictable – but it doesn’t matter.

Chizuru’s point of view didn’t quite capture me as Yuudai’s did. Maybe it is because of her personality who is quite a mild pessimist. Can’t blame her though, she had been through a lot of hardships in a relationship.

As for Yuudai’s, it was really sweet, making me wish a guy would like that – despite of his klutz side – is very passionate when in a relationship. He may be not one of the gorgeous guys but you can rely on him and has a lovable personality.

The music was reaaaalllly good to top all of that. Seamo’s Mata Aimashou was used for Chizuru’s episode. It was quite of a lonely and sad song. Sukima Switch’s catchy song Zenryoku Shounen was used for Yuudai’s. The song tells about what a man must do. Face his fears, stand up, and never EVER give up! Catchy as it can be, I was listening to it hundred times.

Wrapping things up, the anime was really good and I suggest that couples out there must watch this. I really want a relationship like that. =)

PS: The anime won the Grand Prize in the Feature Film Category  in Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival last 2008. Cool huh?


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