|Oh no, she’s not biplolar, she’s tripolar.|
Directed by: Hideaki Anno (First Half), Kazuya Tsurumaki (Second Half)
Written by: Masami Tsuda
|Now in Traditional flavor!|
But for most of you reading this, you’re probably wondering,
“What could this series be possibly about? Why blog THIS series? Why haven’t you answered my question about you not wearing the pants in the relationship?”
|No, this show isn’t about gundam-sized people.|
Plot-wise, the show revolves around the world of Yukino Miyazawa: your overachieving high school girl viewed in high regards. A normal stereotype, but what the show equation in adds is…
This isn’t your tsundere. This is your two-faced heroine. She shows her admirable, refined and polite mask to 99% percent of the population, whilst her family is stuck with the spoiled, rash, narcissistic, and unfashionable inner self. In fact, recent anime character Kuroneko from Oreimo could be considered her complete opposite. That’s not to say that either of them are bad people, but that her family gets the more “human” side of her, to be gentle on words ^^.
|Do I see some…|
|Naw, it couldn’t…|
Our two-faced heroine has one goal in high school: to be admired and adored by everyone, to be excellent in everything she does, and to be the best. She is the self-proclaimed “queen of vanity” after all.
However, we wouldn’t have a plot if things went too smooth. A new challenger appears, whether he knows about it or not! Meet Keita- I mean Soichiro Arima! Top-ranking class rep, son of the owner of a huge hospital, and has great looks, great manners, great athleticism, and of course, greater grades.
|Keitaro wishes he could be this guy.|
Miss Miyazawa’s reaction?
|I didn’t know he was a cardboard cutout!|
Thus Kare Kano begins with a rivalry between the high-achieving girl and the higher-achieving boy. However, knowing this was a love-comedy-school anime already, you’ll know they’ll make their amends soon enough, and maybe even more… =). As a reader, you’ll just have to find that out yourself. As the plot progresses, more characters come into play, and the plot even diverts often to the other characters in the series.
However, above all else, you’ll find that Kare Kano is deeply rooted in examining the logistics of relationships. Whether it’s between family, friends, boyfriends and girlfriends, grandparents, or stepbrothers, Kare Kano seeks to show all these relationships possible, albeit in comedic and dramatic tones, which constantly alternate throughout to the end. The anime doesn’t follow the traditional approach of “pure comedy firsthand, then transition into drama”, but rather evenly distributes the two styles within the series, within episodes, and within each other.
Something to note is the surrealism that the series tends to do during dramatic moments. Often symbolism is shown rather than the scene itself, accompanied by ambiguous words that leave interpretation to the reader. If you’ve seen Hideaki Anno’s other famous work, Evangelion, the surreal kind of flavor is recognizable.
“But what of the animation Zan?” -my inner editor
Animation-wise, His and Her Circumstances is…unique. Imagine your favorite manga being animated, but not fully. Certain parts say…stay 2D.
|She’s on fire. Literally.|
|The character designed improved for Arima!|
…whilst others take super exaggerated approaches.
|I totally smell Hideaki Anno in here.|
If you like super-exaggerated scenes that bounce all over the place, then you’ll appreciate the style Kare Kano has to offer. If you prefer more consistent and humanistic representations of emotion…well bear with it if you’re here for the plot ^^.
It’s this varied art style usage that has helped Kare Kano remain a classic in many people’s hearts. Never will you get an episode that’s the same, whether’s it through paper cutouts, crayon drawings, or even a black-and-white film scheme. Although smooth animation isn’t something that’s demonstrated in this show, it’s varied use of everything else shows its obvious efforts.
|Kare Kano: going where no one goes. Ever.|
Kare Kano. Personally one of my favorite series of all-time. Although it definitely isn’t for everyone, it still is a show many will find worth watching despite its age. If you’re looking for a classic and earth-grounded love story, then I suggest you check this series out. However, if Key’s various side stories in it’s anime have appealed to you too, I’d also recommend seeing this as well.
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