Synonyms: Kimagure Orange Road TV, Capricious Orange Road
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 1987 to Mar 7, 1988
Producers: Studio Pierrot
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 7.811 (scored by 3243 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
Popular Tagscomedy romance
Aug 13, 2008
At the very beginning of the anime you find out that the Kasuga family are espers, throw in over the top girl gangs and delinquents and you have a weird concoction with a romance anime.
Watching it today it is a bit dated for visuals, but even so they still work to this day as the animation is good enough that the characters are able to convey the emotions properly.
The voice acting is top shelf and the music while corny by todays standards has enough timeless "pop" sound to it that you can still get into it as a guilty pleasure.
While some of the minor characters can be accused of being one dimensional the main three of Kyosuke, Madoka and Hikaru easily stand fully developed. Madoka especially shows the full gamut of emotions in this anime. Yes while it can be argued she is the prototypical tsundere and in some episodes she certainly can be, however those episodes are mainly one and done filler episodes dealing with delinquent characters where as in most of the anime she is showing more girly and kind emotions. Kyosuke is the main character and he is generally likeable albeit the typical indecisive lead character. Hikaru is the other half of the triangle and best friends with madoka, she might be the least complex character as she has a strong crush on Kyosuke and just wants to have fun.
48 eps of tv goodness 2 movies and 8 ovas so the series is not what I would call short, but if you give it a chance it will be over before you know it. This anime is certainly a classic if you like romance anime it really should not be missed. read more
Jan 26, 2008
As stated earlier, this IS an old anime. However, for its time, it was above average and, quite possibly, great. The artistic style really adds to the story (though a couple of the fight scenes were ... awkwardly executed).
Again, the sound, by today's standards would be sub par. But for its time, it is way above good. The voice acting is way beyond good, which adds to the series story line.
Without spoiling anything, all I can say is that the story is really good. Really the story is character driven. The three main characters REALLY shine but their personalities are drawn out very well by all of the supporting characters. VERY, VERY well done. read more
Jul 30, 2009
The story revolves around a love traingle between the 3 main characters. Kyosuke and Madoka are in love but their indecisive and whimsical natures, respectively, and their fear of hurting Hikaru, who's in love with Kyosuke, make things harder.
There are 3 main characters:
Kyosuke Kasuga - The typical indicisive male lead who's not very strong and courageous.
Hikaru Hiyama - A very clingy and not very intelligent girl who's Madoka's best friend.
Madoka Ayukawa: No doubt the best character of the show.The Archetypal Kimagure(whimsical) character. One of the first tsunderes in anime and one of the best characters ever created. She's musically talented, intelligent and beautiful.
The secondary characters do a good job on pointing out the main characters flaws and qualities, and some of them are quite entertaining.
The art is your typical 80's anime art, it's obviously outdated nowadays but the characters are very well drawn.
The soundtrack is very good, it fits the show quite well.
The voice actors do a great job, they sound very natural.
The show is very enjoyable, I consider it the 2nd best romance anime/manga of all time(1st is Maison Ikkoku), I Definitely recomend it, if you liked Masion Ikkoku, Ranma 1/2 and Urusei Yatsura you'll like this.
Feb 8, 2013
Something no one else has mentioned is the beautiful, original way the story wraps up. The ending is the best finish of any anime I have watched; it is magical, and makes watching all 48 episodes incredibly satisfying. Do yourself a favour and invest the time in this show; you will be rewarded.
Sep 13, 2010
Even though there are a lot of unrealistic/escapist moments, it's kind of surprising to see that there's a lot of maturity in a shonen series like this. Kasuga learns not to make excuses in love, that he doesn't have to learn about Ayukawa's past to get along with her, and Ayukawa and Hikaru are reasonably forgiving.
But it has its weaknesses. The anime doesn't do a convincing job of explaining why Kasuga can't just tell Hikaru to beat it, and they never really connect the way Kasuga and Ayukawa do. There are also a lot of filler episodes. read more
Oct 17, 2009
Made in the 80s , so don't expect too much as far as artwork goes. Very low level of fanservice, but considering the animation was made in the 80s, It is quite good. The artwork lack is made up 10 folds by the Storyline.
The bgm/ost is beautiful. It felt as if I was in the 80s. The music blended very well with the story unfolding. We have the jazz from the main character, the Jrock/punk playing at just the right moments.
For a 48 episode series, it may seem long, but I wished there was more to it. The story is about 3 friends who meet up and from there a story of friendship unfolds. It's love at first site for Kasuga and for the duration of the story, we get to see the friendship , the pain, the happiness that will soon follow as Kasuga decides on who he truly loves. At no point is this a shallow-like animation we see in Lova Hina or the newer harem animations. Character development is very strong for the main two characters, Kasuga and Ayukawa, with the 3rd girl in the love interest just there for stiring up tension IMHO. So, Sit back and enjoy a quality comedy-romance anime that does justice. read more
Mar 11, 2008