Posted by: Tiffany | March 25, 2010

His And Her Circumstances

aka Kare Kano

The series is about the female protagonist Yukino Miyazawa who is the absolute perfect student who’s beautiful, has the top grades in her school and everyone adores her. She’s always the best at everything. Except… she’s not really like that. In reality, she’s the queen of vanity and just loves to hear people praise her. She’s been like that ever since she was little, and she transforms when she comes home and just acts like herself. As she enters highschool as a freshmen, there’s a new student named Soichiro Arima, who just happend to catch her attention by ruining her grand entrance by getting better entrance exam scores than her and becoming the class rep, or something like that… Everyone’s attention started gravitating around Arima instead of her, and it really pissed her off. She hated him. Everything had to be about her, and it always was, but now there was someone she had to compete with!? He became her mortal enemy, and so the story was born.

Of course, eventually all of that is shattered when Arima confesses his love for Yukino and then she eventually realizes she likes him too. And thus, the story is born and kicks off. Of course, she doesn’t realize this until after turning him down and then him unexpectedly showing up at her house one day to offer her a cd she’d mentioned she’d liked to borrow – some classical crap she really didn’t care about, but was the perfect elegant thing to say. Of course, she was anything but elegant when she came busting out the door, drop kicking Arima (who she thought must be her sister) in the chest wearing the most ridiculous outfit you could imagine when comparing her to what she’s like at school. And well, lots of stuff happens after that!

Well, I’ll start off to say that this is a really good, cute, heartwarming series. There’s nothing sad in it, and it’s hilarious at times. You’ll absolutely fall in love with the characters and really get into the story. I have to say though, it’s absolutely excellent up till about episode 18 or so. After that, it kind’ve goes down hill. Not for the normal reasons one might expect though.

Towards the end it becomes pretty evident that the creators were running out of money.  Over half of episode 24 was all recaps, episode 19 was stop-motion with terrible paper cut outs. Episodes 14 and 15 are both completely recaps. There were a few more big portions of episodes taken up by recaps… They even ran the title sequence again in episode 24 just to take up more time. The animation became considerably worse after episode 18 as well. It eventually improved a bit, but never really matched what it started as. The beginning third of episode 25 is yet another filler waste of time. The rest is about Yukinon’s little sister and some bizarre stalker thing. It’s cute and all, but has absolutely nothing to do with the story whatsoever. It doesn’t progress it at all. And with as few episodes left as the series had at that point, it was in serious need of some development to happen. It continued yet again on the very last episode. It starts off with real camera footage, and then goes on to stop animation and stills with little relevance to the story and it seems like their budget for voice acting was getting lower as well, since a good 90% of it you had to read. It continues on like that, for the rest of it you’re pretty much reading a manga, except with some annoying boy and girl narrator saying random things that have no relevance whatsoever to what’s written on the scene, so it just disrupts what you’re trying to read. To make it very clear: If you don’t pause the video constantly, you’re going to miss what’s going on completely. This goes on for the first 3/4th’s of the final episode. Then at which point, there’s a brief couple minutes of relevant animation that’s halfway decent, but then it goes back to the manga reading crap. It really pisses me off.

But, since so much time was wasted with silly nothingness, recaps and fillers, the series is left with a very unfinished unsatisfying feeling. There’s no clear ending and things are left undone. In other words, it really pissed me off. But, overall… It was a really good series, if you look past all the crap the creators pulled. It has really cute lovable characters, and for some reason I just love some of the expressions Yukinon makes. Her friends called her Yukinon, so that’s why I’ve been doing it. I’m not sure why… since her name was Yukino Miyazawa.

Anyways, I’ll give this one a pretty good rating on my end, even though there was a lot of half-assed crap the animators did that just really pissed me off. I guess it can’t be helped. The first 18 episodes or so are lovable and nice enough.

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