English: His and Her Circumstances
Synonyms: Kare Kano, Karekano
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 2, 1998 to Mar 26, 1999
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 7.761 (scored by 25705 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
Popular Tagscomedy drama romance shoujo
Nov 10, 2006
At first glance, Kare Kano is your average high school romance story. Thankfully, the odd personalities of the two leading characters break the idea of this just being another romance story. Kare Kano does contain the usual shoujo romance story elements when it comes to the trials for our main couple (jealous outsiders, temporary separation). But originality is able to come through with the way the leading characters handle their problems, often ending in a comedic resolve to their troubles. Besides the usual love trials, Kare Kano also features a number of interesting side stories about the support characters, so if you’re not a fan of the main couple, fear not, there are other amusing couples in the series as well. Unfortunately, Kare Kano’s story takes a nosedive with the lack of an ending. The last few episodes continue to build the plot up, but the series simply ends before anything can come out of the previous events. This is one of the greatest annoyances when it comes to Kare Kano, especially if one is not a manga reader.
The animation is more or less quite poor in Kare Kano. Taking into account this show is from 1998, anyone can easily see the budget was definitely not allocated to producing good animation. The first half of the show had its moments, the animation in this part of the series were acceptable. One of the techniques that the producers used was to cut out still images directly from the manga, which can be both a good and bad thing. Obviously this saves the producer a lot on cost of actual animation and some may think it is quite cheap of them. But I would think majority of people feel the black and white manga images added to the atmosphere of the show, especially in the moments they were used (which were when things became more serious). The second half of Kare Kano was when the animation began to lose its charm. More still images were constantly being used. Episode 19 of Kare Kano had the entire episode made up of cardboard cut outs, which were stuck on sticks and moved around (like a puppet show). The last five episodes were horrendous, a lot more of the manga pictures were being used, but rather then adding to the atmosphere, it just made the entire show feel cheap. The final episode barely had any animation at all, simply still images.
The sound in Kare Kano is one of its stronger points. The opening and ending have catchy pop songs that some may or may not like depending on their taste in music. There are also a number of enjoyable piano tunes in Kare Kano. All in all, the background music fitted well to the mood in this anime. A good pat on the back for the Japanese voice actors of Kare Kano as well. The VA for Yukino (the leading female) did a wonderful job in bringing out Yukino’s two faced personality, as did the VA for Arima (the leading male). If anything, the only complaint I have for the Japanese VAs was the one for the supporting character Tsubasa. I only felt her voice did not feel right.
Perhaps Kare Kano’s strongest point would be the characters. The leading couple is two somewhat eccentric two faced people (particularly the female) who pretty much break out of the stereotypical shoujo couple. The leading female, Yukino is an absolute riot to watch. You will witness her stressing over the smallest of things, unbelievable for someone who at first glance seemed to be the most perfect person you could find anywhere. Supporting characters such as Asaba and Tsubasa are also equally enjoying to watch as their odd personalities fit in perfectly with Kare Kano’s quirkiness. Character development is very thorough in Kare Kano, with even Yukino’s parents having screen time to develop their back stories. The only negative feature when it comes to the characters is that even towards the end of the show the characters are constantly built up with development, only to have the show end before anything could happen.
For why I enjoyed Kare Kano, I was previously a fan of the manga already. My favourite character would definitely have to be Yukino for her weirdo personality and decisions to solve her problems. I also really like the ending song, which I thought was perfect. Albeit I was definitely frustrated with how the show ended. The terrible animation was just painful for me to watch (especially the last 6 or so episodes). And I thought it was a poor decision on the producer’s part to end the show like it would end every other episode, and slap on a “The End”. I mean, nothing ended at all.
Overall, despite its obvious flaws Kare Kano still manages to be a favourite amongst the shoujo lovers for its interesting array of characters and somewhat unique storyline for the main couple. If you aren’t normally fond of stereotypical high school love stories, try giving Kare Kano a try. It’s recommended though to continue with the manga after watching the anime if you want to see how the story ends, since you won’t find any ending from here. So yeah, If you like comedy, romance, weird characters and high school settings then Kare Kano will probably be for you. read more
Jul 10, 2008
At first the series is very similar to your standard Shoujo anime. The main character is a cannonball of humor and humanity - not a dainty wussy female heroine. She's someone a real female can relate to.
Visually, as the anime progresses, it delves deeper into an avant-garde style of presentation. It becomes less of an animated series and more an experiment in visual storytelling. I actually appreciated this aspect of the series and looked forward to seeing how the story would be told in each episode. From the popsicle stick figures, cityscapes, flashing images, sketch book drawings, etc. everything was very different and very interesting to watch.
The story itself is great - it branches off gracefully from the stories of our two main characters as they progress in high school and develop into adulthood.
The behind the scenes problems led to a number of useless recap fillers and a hanging final episode. I presume there was the intention of continuing beyond 26 episodes because the final episode does nothing to wrap up any loose ends. (Typical, right? The bright side is that the manga continues well beyond this final episode and any individual who desperately wants to know how all these fantastic and complex characters will end up is able to read on to a very satisfactory and complete ending.)
Understanding that this is incomplete, experimental, and yet totally emotionally captivating this series is recommended. read more
Jan 7, 2007
Character(s) & Their Development
This one is certainly major for this show. The emotional interaction is at such a high level that at times, I was amazed at how lifelike it was. I felt I could meet each and every character if I walked around my own school long enough. It's not that their all completely realistic or even that they have no uniqueness but, the fact is that these people make you believe they exist is some space.
Yukino was certainly a character I had to keep a keen eye on. At first, I couldn't find the strength to actually like her but, by the second episode I found herself thinking the same thoughts I had just that very day. She has an extremely worrisome type of behavior when it comes to her relationship to Soichiro. It's not that she is meek but, it's that she has no idea how any of this is suppose to work because of the way she's lived her life. She was always so cheerful to her classmates, but she was distant. So far away, in fact, that no one could tell until this secret was disclosed when Yukino was not guarding herself.
She finds the relationship to Soichiro difficult at times, and yet that's only because of her own thinking. She thinks and thinks, doubting how well she can read him and be close to him. How much can she give, she really, truly wonders. A lot of the show is her ideals on her love towards Soichiro. I related to her, and at times was dumbfounded how much her very thoughts seemed like they were straight from my own mind.
Soichiro, on the other hand, doesn't get as much time to shed his concept on himself or Yukino as much as his counterpart; however, you don't need to hear his development to really know that he is changing. He becomes much more lively and socially active even though he still holds his own secrets & demons from the person he holds dear. In a way, it's a bit sad that Soichiro never comes to terms with his emotions in the anime, as he is cut off from overcoming his shadows since the show was never finished.
I've never understood completely why but, the majority absolutely despise the art in Kare Kano. As I said, I can't comprehend it since the studio had such a tight budget and because of that, I think they deserve some slack. The anime was also made in 1998, and there was a huge decline in money during that time in Japan (or something or another). Honestly, I don't judge too hard when it comes to this aspect. Story and characters are much more important to me, and they certainly come up strong while the animation is a tad weak.
Despite all that, the style has a plain cuteness while being soft. I've never had an anime where it was realistic but the style made me think: charming.
The sound had to grow on me before I drowned into the youthful, playful melodies this anime has to offer. While some of it was increasingly fitting, the ending theme always had me bored. While I adored the lyrics, I could never get into the beat, but that was probably just me. The opening was certainly a gem though. I find myself singing to it even if I don't want to, it just had a perfect tune that couldn't deny the anime's own attraction in itself.
Oh, I adored the dubbing in Kare Kano. The actor for Soichiro is dead-on, no question. Soichiro is more of an emotionless, hold-it-all-in type of guy and the inexperience of his actor actually aides in defining the character. Yukino had the hyper, somewhat angry, yet politeness you would expect from a role model with a weird personality. I was surprised to find the actress is really the voice of Ash Ketchem from Pokemon though.
In general, Kare Kano has a slice of the anime pie all to it's own. It's graceful in it's deliverance yet funny within it's own boundaries. The blandness witnessed is some episodes is picked up by the pure innocence of each character's quirks. This is the type of anime that is more than just a simple-minded cartoon, it actually lives and breathes like a human being that can grow and morph. It's charming and realistic in thought and action. There's little Kare Kano misses when explaining a relationship, and it doesn't miss at all the heartbeats, doubts, fears, and sadness faced with a first love. However, this show is not depressing despite situations where characters suffer; it remains optimistic.
This a show that's certain to give you that warm feeling, not for the cuteness (because, in all honesty, there isn't too much of that), but for watching the way these characters live out their lives, hardships, and accomplishments. (Last note: Pick up the manga, it ends the story and it's worth it!) read more
Feb 4, 2007
Yukino Miyazawa is what you can call the perfect schoolgirl in any possible way. At first she was very conceited and wanted others to respect ("worship" could be a better word) her. Then she met Arima, the perfect schoolboy in all respects. Her first instict was to defeat this arch-enemy of hers. However, people say that Hate is what`s closest to Love, and as you may have guessed, hatred soon turned to love between these two. Here`s Kare Kano`s story in a nutshell.
Gainax did 2K (Kare Kano). They also did Furi Kuri (FLCL) which has a reputation for being "weird". Even in 2K you see that same weirdness. In many episodes, the dialogues are written instead of spoken. And often, there is no motion picture, just a set of slide shows to show a scene. You will also notice that there is a lot of scene-display. Like showing buildings, roads, traffic lights and stuff. Another point to note is that the characters` emotions are very much exaggerated, just like in FLCL. Big teeth, hyper-wide grins and the like. Finally, the animation will often reach an extreme climax with shouts, lots of fast actions and just after, die down to a low hum. This can often disorient the viewer. However, the animation is fluid and there are no major flaws.
Like in my other reviews, I don`t pay much attention to sound. The OP and ED have nothing special. However, there are some in-movie music tracks that are worth listening. Nothing bad. Nothing great.
Here comes the interesting part! As you know, 2K is a love story involving the 2 main characters Yukino and Arima. So, expect these 2 to get lots and lots of screen time. The story of 2K evolves around those 2, depicting their problems, how they strengthen their love-bond and how the characters around them react. There is also some emphasis on friendship and helping friends in need. The series will also illustrate people and the problems they face in their lives, particularly in their emotions. The first 20 or so episodes are nicely laid out.
However, there are 2 things I hate: The flashbacks/recaps and the ending. Every 2-3 episodes, you will get some kind of recap. It becomes very very annoying in the end, with a full 1.5-2 episodes of recap. That really annoyed me. Why do we need recaps that often. We are not amnesia patients! It seems that these recaps are there to fill holes in the series, where the people who made 2K had no idea what to do/write/draw. So they just stuffed a recap and it`s a go.
Next, the ending is really poor. Seems that the budget got drained completely at the end of the series. The drawings just suk! Trust me, you don`t want to watch those again. There is almost no sense in the last 2-3 episodes. The main characters completely vanish, leaving only 2 secondary characters and their budding love story. Even then, we are not told clearly what`s happening. You have to witness that horror of last episode to know what I`m talking about. It`s very incoherent and difficult to understand. Basically, that ending totally ruined the whole series. And mind you, we are not told, even in the end, as to what happens to Arima and Yukino, or the other characters. What becomes of the 2 brightest students of the school? Get married supposedly.. We don`t know, we just hope..
P.s. Another annoying thing: The number of times you will hear the name "Arima" in the series is overwhelming!
I can say that the characters are well developed and well introduced. At least for the main characters. We are given elaborate details about their lives, their likes and dislikes, and the detail particulars about them. Each of them has their own particular personalities and distinct feelings. This is nice to see.
The problem here is that sometimes, characters disappear randomly and without reason. Eg. Tsubasa`s "brother" completely disappears and for no apparent reason! I thought he was going to come into play later in the series when he was introduced, but alas.. he disappeared into nothingness! :S Likewise, the 2 main characters completely vanish from the scene in the last few episodes!
But the way the characters are introduced and maintained through 2K covers for this flaw and earns an 8 from me.
Value and Enjoyment:
Not much to say here. It`s just a nice romance story for people who like the genre. However, do not expect very much from the series. And if you can bear with some dark points, like vanishing characters and difficult-to-understand stories, then you might give this series a try. Personally I enjoyed it for the first 20 or so episodes. But after that, I nearly dropped it. But I didn`t just because I wanted to know how it would end, but I was deceived there.
Not much rewatch value, except if you really like the genre and got nothing else to watch. That`s all from me! :P read more
Feb 4, 2009
Instead, they have sex.
And this is what sets Kare Kano apart from all the other romance anime that have come out in the last decade or two. Those anime are not romantic comedies, they are comedies with sexual tension. The romance in Kare Kano is real romance. Yukino and Souichiro's relationship is treated realistically, seriously. They meet, they fall in love, things progress. It has a remarkable authenticity, especially in the early episodes.
The comedy element works, too. Yukino Miyazawa, who obsesses over being the perfect student, gets snapped back into reality by a rival perfect student, Souichiro Arima. But while she is left dejected, he ends up smitten. The comedy is character-based, feeding off the hesitation and awkwardness from the two teens as they muddle their way into a romance. Yukino's family also provides good comic material, especially in the parents, who had their daughters a little too early in life. Other character types are explored: the sassy athletic girl, the jealous girl, the cute guy who's hard to figure out, etc. But these side characters don't get in the way of Yukino and Souchiro's story.
The series is based on Masami Tsuda's manga, and its weakness is its format. Even with the legendary Hideaki Anno of Neon Genesis: Evangelion fame at the helm, the series suffers from a lack of budget and abundance of static images. Scenes that read quickly on Tsuda's pages get stretched as filler on screen. The most annoying thing about it are the episode recaps, which on a couple of occasions approach the three minute mark. That's three minutes that the writers unfortunately couldn't fill. The budget only gets worse as the series progresses, and when we get to the final episode it's almost unbelievable that they go as far as they do. No colors, no animation, just line drawings. No full cast either, just two narrators.
The series ends not even halfway through the full 21-volume run of the manga. What the series does cover it covers quite accurately, so the story itself is as strong as the pages of the book, but Kare Kano, for all the quality they could squeeze out of it, remains rough and unfinished. The anime is enjoyable, but I highly recommend reading the manga. read more
Mar 29, 2008
It's rather straight forward in my opinion in spite of the various entanglements the characters encounter but essentially...the story is about a girl and a boy who fall in love, the subsequent emotional development, their interactions with the people around them, the lives of their friends and their romances as well, and of course it's about growing up and finding out who you are as an individual.
It didn't impress me much but the comedic expressions are funny as hell...it's attractive enough and develops a lot in the manga.
I have the soundtrack. Very motivating.
Are total win. Characters are the most important aspect of any series to me. They have to be funny, smart, and confident (or if not exactly confident then they should be trying to get there somehow) and Kare Kano has it all. No one is really dumb here and most of them say what they think or feel or eventually develop enough to do so. The anime isn't quite able to encompass all the lovely character development due to budget cuts and mangaka/producer disagreements but if you get a chance, read the manga. The only character I do not like as much as the rest would probably be Arima...and again if your read the manga you'll know why.
I own the series but I do regret that the production company was forced to such lows to produce some of the episodes. The anime does not have a proper ending and if you want one, look for the manga...although I will admit that the anime did encompass a lot of Yukino's arc..which is IMHO the highlight of the series...what follows in the manga is a huge dreary arc on Arima...but in between you'll find some gold when Tsuda decides to focus on the other characters.
I like it lots. And if you want to listen to a good conversation between characters instead of long overly macho crap in shounen or hurried "I love you, but I can't love you" crap in shoujo then you're in for a treat. :)
Jul 5, 2010
However, this was not the case for Kare Kano. I guess this is why it managed to not only get my attention, but also engrave itself in my memory.
It is so different from all the other slice of (school) life anime I've been watching that I cannot even think of anything to compare it to. I would not call Kare Kano realistic, but it definitely managed to touch me, taking me back to my own high school life. If there is one show out there which can entice nostalgia in anyone, it is definitely this one.
Of course, this is an anime created over ten years ago. The artwork is very typical of that period en the image quality bears witness to its age. At a time where everyone has grown used to KyoAni, it is almost like taking a leap back in time. However, the story is so addictive that you will not even be bothered by this.
There is also a significant difference in styles within the show. Comedy sequences are clearly animated differently from romantic or dramatic moments. Especially some of the last episodes are a good example of this. This spices things up as well and keeps everything interesting to the eye.
The voice actors all seemed to fit the characters very much. However, the music is a bit unimaginative and the theme continuously played throughout the series can become slightly dull to the audio-sensitive people out there.
Of course, that leaves the actual story. As I've said before, this was a story that manages to suck you in. There's romance, there's comedy and most importantly: there's progress. The main couple does not tread water when it comes to their relationship -- they grow closer, both physically and spiritually. It pleases me to watch their bond grow.
The characters are flawed, but also likeable because of this. Not to mention the connections between them all are weaved like a skilful web.
As wonderful as I found the anime, there is still one problem that is hard to overlook: the ending of the show. Due to the author of the manga being dissatisfied with the way it was conceptualised into animation (with too much focus on comedy and too little on romance), the ending is very abrupt and leaves many ends untied. The show was not renewed for a second season and it sort of leaves you hanging, begging for more.
When I finished watching, I immediately went through all the manga volumes in one very long night. I don't know whether it was the fatigue or the huge emotional bomb this series has dropped on me, but by the time it was all over I couldn't help but shed some tears.
I sort of wish it didn't have to end... But a main part of the show is the concept of growing up. The characters all realise they cannot be high school students forever and this melancholy is what makes them so lifelike.
This is definitely something I would recommend. However, perhaps it would be more advisable to skip the anime and read the manga right away. It all depends on whatever floats your boat. read more
Feb 14, 2008
I kind of yawned at the first episode. There was a few good laughs, but the series didn't seem all that special to me. In fact, through out the series, it got a little boring at times. Yes, there would be something going on in the story, but it just wouldn't be that exciting. It seemed a slow, easy going anime. So at first, I thought to $60 I had just spent on this set was a waste. But then I realized something really special about this anime that I don't think many can do: I could relate moments in the anime to moments in my own life. You really can't do that with a lot of animes since a large portion are mechas, fantasy, and the such. But here, with Kare Kano, it was a realistic storyline of romance and comedy that I enjoyed. It took a while to get use to, around the fourth or fifth episode I started laughing and relating the moments to my own life. I started to sing along to the intro music eventually, even cry at times.
But speaking of intro music... the composer of Kare Kano's soundtrack, Shiro Sagisu, is the same composer for the ever famous Neon Genesis Evangelion. Like for the soundtrack of Evangelion, Sagisu used the piano a lot here. The music did have little variation as far as genre goes - mainly just piano and jazz (a marching song or two was also mixed in), but it was such a different type of soundtrack than most animes. Jazzy, calm, it helped show the true colors of Kare Kano, fitting the moods perfectly. I even bought the soundtrack 2nd CD (could never find the first). And with the CD, I use it for winding down and work because of it's nice easy going style. So along with the anime, I recommend getting the soundtrack too.
I did start relating some of the characters of Kare Kano to my friends and family. I'd say "Oh, Yukino reminds me of my smart friend Ashley, who likes praise too". At one point, I related the pervert Asaba to myself. Although the main characters of the series were Arima and Miyazawa, every other character had a story to tell. Some would tell stories of bullying, others of friendship. There wasn't much character complexity here, which could be viewed as both good and bad depending on your taste (for me it's good).
Why didn't this anime make a 10 overall? There were the minor bad parts about the , such as the mentioned snore moments, but the rest was good. It's amazing what this anime did to me: laugh, cry, dance, sing. And hey, a 9 out of 10 is not bad at all, so don't let that fool you. I liked this, and I think any person looking for a good comedy romance will too, because this anime is nothing short of a good time.
Aug 1, 2008
Story: Like I said, it was a catchy story. I thought it was newer and unique than most of the animes that are out today. We focus on the two characters falling in love and working through the hardships of falling in love. It was an innocent, cute, funny, plotline. Although the ending was rather disappointing, the beginning and middle were failry decent. One thing i do have to comment on that was bad, was the re-caps. I found that the recaps soon took up half or even full episodes. No need for such long recaps. I'm sure most would agree.
Art: The art is what realllly got to me. I found myself reading rather than watching. It was like they took the manga and just put it onto the episode. Also, I watched the subbed episodes, and it was rather difficult reading what was on top of the screen and what the subs were saying. [You'll understand if you've seen it] I know it was made a while ago, and during a bad time in Japan, but stilll. There were episodes that were fine, why couldn't it have just remained that way? It was a big let down.
Sound: I didn't have much to complain about the sound. There were a few episodes that the voices were off from the picture, but i assumed that was from my slow connection. If it wasn't than that's another issue. The music wasn't the best, it was catchy enough. I don't have much to say about sound.
Characters: The characters were likable. The main girl character, although could get on your nerves, was down to earth and truthful. She was loud, yet cute. The main guy character was confusing, yet friendly. Both characters were very realistic. Most of the other characters were also realistic. Although we could see character growth in only a few of them, we can assume the growth in the others.
Enjoyment: Personally, I started off enjoying this anime verry much so. But i was highly disappointed at the end. I was left confused, mad, and let down. I had to go to Wikipedia to read what happens in the manga at the end. So after reading that, i was sort of satisfied. I don't know about any of you that want to watch it, but I think you'd enjoy the realism, humor, cute romantic parts, and the love that the two characters share.
Overall: Mediocre. It was realistic. It was cute. It was funny. Although it lacked a decent ending and better art, it was enjoyable for the time being. Don't expect to "WOWED". (:
Hope this helped. read more
May 28, 2010
This is describable as an avant-garde romance, but that wouldn't really do it justice. It's more like a refocusing. It sort of works on three levels: the story level, the psychological level, and the allegorical level. However, Anno doesn't seem to want us to see it as any one of those, and frequently switches between focuses. As a result, we get a schizophrenic mess where characters veer wildly between being plot advancement props, symbols, and full characters. It is, quite frankly, a somewhat unpleasant that gives lots of cognitive dissonance. In my honest opinion, Hideaki Anno is toying with us.
What makes this series great is its sudden and unexpected swipes at truth, concealed amidst zany animation and romantic comedy. One example was Arima’s monologue in episode 8, where he talks about an inner voice asking him if he was really having fun. And then he proceeds to describe how it seems like his day to day emotions often just seem to float on the surface of his being, making no impression, just flowing over it. He wondered if at his depths he really feels anything at all. When I watched that, strangely enough I knew exactly what he was talking about, and I suspect that lots of viewers felt the same way. Day to day emotions flowing over the surface of my inner being as water over rocks... that's deep man.
Some of the depth isn't stated outright, but rather is demonstrated. One other example is Arima and Miyazawa both feel they are putting on social airs, not placing their true selfs on display to the public, and yet they are inspired by each other's lies. Both Miyazawa and Arima were profoundly moved by what they thought they saw in the other person as more noble than theirselves, but they were really both equally ignoble on the inside. However, the catch is that they are both becoming more noble on the inside by the false airs they put on towards each other. Lies and deception are improving them. It's an interesting paradox, but it seems to be a fundamental truth about the world.
Ok, so I'm not going to keep bothering the reader with illustrations of what I felt was profound in this anime. Instead, let's look at the big picture. The episodes in which some thought or revelation startled me amounts to maybe 1/2 or 1/3 of the episodes. The rest of the episodes come across as either silly or pretentious. So often, it feels like this show is going to collapse, that Hideako's hands are skillful enough to balance this complicated structure, yet by the end it is clear that somehow he has managed.
The art style works somewhat interestingly, with more simplistic drawings representing deeper internal states, and the most detailed drawings depicting everyday life. In the most detailed drawings, all of the characters have quite attractive designs, especially Miyazawa. I wasn't a huge fan of the simplistic drawings, but their creative usage won me over. The music was very good. I quite enjoy the opening theme, and there was this one piano song in the background sometimes that was quite lovely.
The ending has drawn quite a bit of criticism. Honestly, I loved it, but don't expect a satisfying resolution. The manga goes on, and probably has a more satisfactory ending. read more
Jul 23, 2008
26 episodes of the anime seen
Episodes 1-11 of the English dub
& Episodes 11-26 of Japanese w/ English Subtitles
This review contains mild spoilers to refer back to, so be careful!
Please keep in mind this review is meant for people who have seen the anime.
The story revolves around the romantic life of Miyazawa Yukino and Soichiro Arima. Yukino is the "perfect" role model who is beautiful, perfect, intelligent, and loved by everyone. However, deep down inside, she’s the opposite. She’s like a psycho angry girl who puts up a "role model" front to get attention. When Yukino attends high school, her first ambition is to get the highest test scores, and to become the most admirable girl in school. However, her goals are crushed when she finds that Soichiro Arima is scoring higher scores, is way more talented, better looking, and loved by everyone. The worst part is, he isn’t faking it the way Yukino is! Because of this, Yukino holds a grudge against Arima and starts to truly hate him (But whenever she’s around him, she "pretends" to be nice).
One day, as Yukino and Arima pass in the wallways, Arima goes up to Yukino and confesses to her, saying that he has always loved her. Yukino thinks that Arima is just trying to "trick" her, but in the end, Arima’s feelings for Yukino are expressed in a way that can’t possibly be a lie. Yukino begins to fall in love with Arima and thus their love blossoms~!
I love it i love it i LOVE it. There are so many things about Kare Kano that make the story perfect. I really like high school romances that revolve around ONE main couple and no weird love triangles or squares or whatever… Because of that, it allows space for the two characters to grow, and the relationship to deepen. The anime lacks in "drama" and just focuses on romance. "Wait…if there’s no drama, wtf is the anime supposed to be about?" Well… it just goes into the inner thoughts of the characters, basically. But that’s what I LOVE about Kare Kano. Omg…The the anime expresses how the Yukino and Arima are in love with each other in a way that’s so believable you can’t help but go KYAA~! Well, scratch that. It’s more of a deeper feeling than "KYAA". You just feel this rush of emotions and make you realize why people fall in love with each other, and how much being in love means, etc… Tho, i can see why people wouldn’t like it. I mean… if you’re a boy who has never really been in love before, then Kare kano would be some crap and boring shit that you wouldn’t understand… ah well..
What i also love is the humor. The humor in anime made in the 1990’s shall always be fresh and funny xD I can’t believe you don’t see anime these days that have the same humor D:
I have to admit… towards the middle and end of Kare kano, a lot of new characters are quickly introduced and the focus turns away from Arima and Yukino D: The anime doesn’t spend a lot of time with these other characters, and if they have a flash back or inner thoughts it usually lasts like…one episode. Not enough for one person to interpret or understand :/ This is where the anime starts to decline. Not only that, but there are recaps every 2 or 5 episodes. But none the less, I still enjoyed it.
It’s hard for me to judge the animation… I mean, this anime was made waaay back in 1998 where anime was in low budget. The animation is defiantly creative in my opinion, even though at some points they’re scans from the manga, still scenery, or just still animation in general. But the character design looks a LOT better than other character designs made during that time *cough serial experiments lain… ah my goddess… etc…* the animation is not spectacular but it’s definatly not terrible. I would say it’s pretty, and bearable :P
Again, it’s bearable @_@; At times, the BGM kind of interferes with the moment and most of the BGM is very overused and repetitive. The opening and ending theme songs are kind of addictive, but they’re not the best op and eds ever. As for voice acting, I’m going to be honest. When it comes to Arima and Yukino, i prefer the english dub. When it comes to all the side characters, i prefer the Japanese dub. But Japanese dub vs English dub… I much rather prefer english dub. not because i’m too lazy to read subtitles, but because it’s easier to "get into" the episode when you listen and understand the emotion, instead of reading subtitles and a somewhat understanding of japanese emotion in language….
YES. CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. Not only does it exist, but it’s believable xD It’s just so… natural how much Yukino and Arima change while being in a relationship with each other. It’s also fun to watch how Arima and Yukino interact with other characters. All the characters in kare kano have their own background story that make you fall in love with them. I LOVE characters like Asaba who just brighten the mood with humor in a non crazy way xD Tho I have to admit that a few characters are there for a weak purpose, but for the most part, all the supporting characters have some kind of contributation to the story.
I obviously loved Kare Kano, but I would only recommend it to people who LOVE love. If you love watching people fall in love, express their feelings of love, change because of love, go crazy because of love, then you MUST watch Kare Kano. I think the only people who wouldn’t enjoy Kare Kano are those who don’t really care about love, don’t know what’s it’s like to be in love, or have no heart -_-. However, stop around episode 10 or 11 because the anime begins to decline due to low budget x_o;; such a shame… read more
Aug 2, 2010
I'm not going into the story much, because the synopsis sums it up pretty well and going further into it would be too much spoiler so I'll just tell you to read the synopsis on here. If you've read any of the other reviews or seen the anime yourself, you know how incomplete the show is. Not just the lack of an ending either. It felt like the story was kept to a shallow point for a long time, and then when it was supposed to start getting serious, it wafted around like "I dunno, should we be serious or not?" There are some serious overtones thrown in sometimes, but it stops short of revealing much of anything, and just when you feel like it's all about to happen.....the show ends. Pack up, go home, and let's just pretend we did a good job. Honestly, this could've been so much better. I plan to go read the manga at some point to find out what happens.
In the first half of the show, there's a wonderful romantic comedy going on. There are usually some review at the beginning of each episode. I'm not a fan of this in most anime, and that includes this one. But it wasn't too bad. There was plenty of comedy, and it was really cute at times. It wasn't really serious about anything for the first half though.
The second half though was just not good. It started to do more reviews. One episode dedicated to reviews at the midpoint is fine, but it felt like half of the last 13 episodes was dedicated to stating what had already happened, with little to no new animation. It's kind of like "the voice actors are still being paid, the animators are not" or something. The budget had to have been seriously cut or something. The second half of the show was about 3/4 frame by frame manga style with some voiceovers. Even if they knew that the story was going to be cut short, there were better ways to end it. First of all, they could have actually deviated from the main story a bit to ensure that there is actually an ending, or had the oft-used open ending feel that kinda goes "we love each other, we don't know what'll happen from now on, but we'll keep trying." That kind of thing would've been fine IMO. Instead, they go off on tangents. Most of the 2nd half actually has its focus away from the main 2 characters. And then when it starts to drift back toward them, the show just ends.
Well, enough ranting. Some scores and explanations on them:
I'll give the story a 4 for all the stuff I said up above. It seemed to be a good story with some pretty deep points, but it just showed flashes of those deep parts, never fully revealing any of it, and then ended abruptly. I get the feeling that if it was finished, it would have been a very good and deep plot. But it wasn't, so I have to give it a lower score.
The art was nice at times. It seemed to try to hod the manga's style. It isn't my favorite style to begin with, but I thought in the first half it was pretty well done at least. The second half, as I said above, seemed to have major budget cuts and at least half the time was pictures thrown up with voices talking about something. Plus, the abundant reviewing where previous scenes were chopped up and handed to you a second, third, fourth, and so on, time. With the good stuff in the first half, I'll be nice and give it a 5.
The sound is where I felt the show was awesome. Yeah, the opening and endings were nothing special. They were good, and fit the show, but nothing special. But the voice actors were great. Yukino was great. Spectacular. Especially early in the show switching from the graceful girl, to the true girl, the evil girl trying to win everyone over. Eventually, it's kind of a mix between the two, but the voice actress portrays it really well. Also, the two sisters are a riot, and their voice actresses are likewise spectacular. One of my favorite parts was watching these two do the episode previews at the end of the show(another thing that was done much less the 2nd half of the show). Because of these three, and the generally good quality of the rest of the voice actors, I'm giving the sound department a 9.
The characters is hard to rate because it's inherently tied to the story. Yukino was just a great character. Her dual personality is hilarious, and is a lot of fun to watch. With Arima, he gets a bit boring, but I got the feeling that part of that was because they were reluctant to start the deeper, more dramatic parts of the show that ought to reveal more of his personality. And indeed, the show ended before much of it was revealed. Shibahime was annoying to me, and they eventually turned her into a caricature of what she was to begin with. The story arc that she got in the middle of the anime seemed to be the last part that was fully budgeted, and it felt out of place with the rest of the story, and because I couldn't stand Shibahime, I almost stopped watching because of it. The rest of the group that Yukino hangs out with has their moments, but most of them seems like it's "yet to come," and once again, the show ends before anything can happen. Yukino's family is hilarious, and it felt like they were setting up to be the comic relief once the show turned more serious. The sisters, as I said above, were spectacular. I'm giving the characters a 7, because I really liked Yukino as well as most of the characters, but felt like they were all a bit incomplete, as was the whole show.
Overall, this show could have been something spectacular. But because the show is so incomplete, and parts of it seem to be terribly produced, I have to rate this overall as a 6. I really wish I could give it more, because Yukino's character is something that really shines among heroines in romantic comedies, but the show was just hopelessly lacking in most ways, especially in the second half after the budget seemed to have been cut. It's really a shame, because I feel like the story was going to be really good. Also, as a side note, I can't help but wonder why this show has gotten so many high ratings. Yes, it shows tons of potential, and the characters are very interesting, and the voice acting is well done, but how can any show that wasn't even completed earn more than a 6 or a 7? read more
Feb 24, 2011
Not everything is so dramatic; in fact, comedy makes up a slight majority of the show. The downside is that none of the jokes are funny, because they rely exclusively on a zany feeling derived from each character's single gimmick. It feels like a series of halfhearted gags that, in normal shows, would have a tenth as great a presence. But then again, Kare Kano's greatest strength is that it defiantly rejects normality.
Even the animation is far removed. The creators had absolutely no problems using uncolored sketches and text boxes, to the extent that those things are actually as prevalent as regular animation. Some of it, like a live-action episode featuring cardboard cutouts of the characters, is experimentation. Given how persistent some of the qualities are, however, it's more akin to a new style – one that is being fleshed out alongside the characters. It works especially well since Yukino and Arima are such good characters.
Arima is particularly interesting. We're shown enough glimpses of his past to know how he came to be, and enough episodes from his perspective to know how he is, but his intentions are still hard to guess. Despite being a nice guy, there is a profound sense of malice for himself and others that creeps up surprisingly often. It can't be described as evil, but it goes beyond simple insecurity. Yukino has multiple layers as well, but they aren't as serious and in some cases are created deliberately to match Arima's complexity.
Unfortunately, none of the character's efforts amount to anything because the story mires in secondary plot threads and recaps. More than that, the series itself ends abruptly at the beginning of a new arc. Maybe it wouldn't have been so distasteful if the supporting characters, who frequently had their own episodes, weren't hyper-boring cliches. They were though, and it shows.
I won't be forgetting the good scenes from this anime, but when something spends so much time disappointing it's hard to say I enjoyed it. read more
Nov 7, 2010
I was surprised by the story line. It made me realize how much people really do put on a face for others when they leave their house. When the characters decided to reveal their true selves they gradually had to go through the change like anyone would in real life. Though the characters had to go through the change, they came to find out anyone could accept them for who they are, even though they aren't perfect like they played out to be. It was a growing experience.
It was typical art. I did enjoyed the mixed mediums of anime, manga, and life shots, but it got annoying when some episodes were primarily manga style or with many life shots (What I define as a life shot is pictures or video clips that are real life scenes). The change in character kind took me by surprise artistically. I only realized half way through the series that the main character, Yukino, seemed to change a bit physically. She started to wear her hair differently, her posture was different, even dressed differently. Though I didn't notice this straight away, it could have been from my lack of an attention span.
I did like the music of the series. There were many times where I would be sitting at my desk working and realize that the music going through my head was actually the songs from Kare Kano. I guess you can say after listening to it for a while the music can become addictive at least in my case. Nothing really special, but it's still good music.
The characters were good. The Main characters would get the rank of 8 because of how complex they were, but they weren't realistic. Though they proved themselves to be human and some had reasons to be 'perfect' no one can attempt to be that perfect and succeed at it. I've known people who've tried to be perfect for attention and to get approval from their family, it has NEVER worked out. Supporting characters didn't have a very solid background either, though they WERE entertaining (AKA Asaba).
Though I loved the series, mainly the story line, there were some rather annoying episodes. There were episodes that were hard to understand, especially some of the later episodes. Episode 25 was, in my opinion, a useless episode, it pertained NOTHING to the story, and it wouldn't have been so bad if it was shown earlier in the series, but it was the second to last episode. I understand that there was probably budget cuts and that's what ended the series really weirdly. The final episode was quite a disappointment though. It was very abstract and it seemed like it left you to figure out what happened. There were many started stories that seemed to be left un-finished and thrown in at the last second to give you an quick conclusion. It was also weird because episode 23 felt like it was the final episode how the characters talked and everything was kind of built up. I just think if they didn't have to end it when they did, this series could have been even better.
From this series, I discovered that anyone can be accepted even though they aren't perfect and I too decided to throw away my mask. So from this series, it's not only for entertainment, it can also provide a learning experience. The message of this series is to be yourself and never think that one needs to be perfect to be happy. Perfection is selfishness and love is true happiness and because of that love is not perfect. read more
Aug 20, 2011
First up, the art was quite nice and had some very detailed scenes, some of which I would expect to be used in movies. Now, that was the first half of the anime. Towards the end, I am guessing due to lack of money, they started making some crazy alterations. One episode was composed purely of paper puppets which ruined the major plot points depicted in that episode. Sheesh, first they get you excited but then they deceive you!
Sound was very fitting in this anime, probably the best aspect. They chose appropriate music for the most fitting situations. Even the end song sort of depicted that cute love the main characters share!
Which brings me to the characters. Now I'm not going to lie, but a few of these figures are definitely one of those over used personalities. BUT the great thing about this anime was that they altered the personalities and created something new. I tell ya, I was definitely surprised by some of the actions the protagonist did. Also, for once the girl isn't a complete moron. She reminds me a bit of that girl in 'Special A' which is a huge breather seeing as one can only get enough of such characters. Still, this protagonist has a bit of flavor too and an interesting family to the boot. Although her lover is just that nice fellow you see in EVERY anime. The thing that made me love the manga more was because in the manga the male character is shown in a different light with a more colorful background! He isn't as 'hidden' as he is in the anime.
Ok ok now the story. Hmmmm oh the story. It was an interesting plot but the anime rushed it and actually ruined some of the most crucial points in the story. This is why I went to the manga because it satiates a viewer's thirst to understand the plot. Ya, I would suggest watching another anime, but if you have the time, give this one a shot, and go to the manga when you're done.
Overall, it was enjoyable the first few episodes and it could have become something spectacular, but alas the lack of money ruined it.
If you see this anime, I must tell you, I am forever scarred by the cut in nerd head they added in a few episodes. Creep. read more
Jul 9, 2010
What I really did not like at all about this anime and the reason that i have given it such a low overall rating is the fact that the last final episodes (25 and 26) do not follow the story line that has been set and are really just filling you in on what has happened throughout the series so far and then the final episode finishes without really giving you an ending, so really it is like the producers thought "hey lets make this manga into the anime" and then halfway through it they got bored of it and decided they just didn't care anymore and couldn't be bothered leaving all the fans going "ummmmm huh OK, so where is the rest?" read more
Feb 9, 2010
I was greatly interested in the story and the characters in the first disc (episodes 1-5). That interest turned to disdain by the third disc, and towards the end it seemed to be getting worse. The series ends on a good note which is all i can say for the last portion.
The main failing of the series is the fact that the plot derived from the first few episodes ends shortly before the series hits its midpoint. As is the norm for series that "end before they're over" a flurry of cliches (culture festivals) makes up the last half of the series.
Originally the characters can be identified with and they are very likable. Thats what makes it so sad when the series makes its remarkable dive. It's very likely that one can build a nice place to hide from this anime with all the tools you'll find making up the cast.
I left this series with a feeling of betrayal, the characters had gone from awesome and real, to douches that wouldn't be out of place in the supporting cast of an Inuyasha movie. read more
Feb 26, 2010
Story: As for the story it has it's cliche moments, but as a whole is very unique and pretty powerful for a shoujo. (Ahh this review is making me sound biased against shoujos)
Art: People may often judge Kare Kano for its art, and while I am not crazy about it, you have to remember that it is one of the older animes. It also did not get as much money/hype as a lot of the "prettier" animes.
Sound: I honestly didn't know this show made it to America and was dubbed so I can't tell you about that. However, I can tell you that the Japanese version is amazing. The show is a little old and the subs were obviously done a while a go, so the subbing might be a bit sketchy.
Character: All the characters in Kare Kano usually are very funny. The two main ones, are definitely the main focus, but they do go into backgrounds of the other characters.
Enjoyment: Overall I really liked this anime and I was super-sad to see it end so soon (it was never finished so be warned of the short -abrupt- WTF ending). I had to read the manga straight after this to see how it ended. I recommend this to all who want a good dramatic love story with some surprises in it. read more
Sep 4, 2011
Story (A) - Like I already said, the story isn't groundbreaking, but the execution of it is. Yukino Miyazawa is the popular, smart, and cute girl who everyone likes and wants to be friends with. While at school she lives up to this image but at home she shows her true self which is a vain, self centered, and spoiled girl who desires attention. Soichiro Arima is also popular, smart, and attractive, and he too hides behind this image of himself while within him there is a different side to his personality. Miyazawa at first dislikes Arima because she thinks he's taking her spotlight, but after Arima confesses his feelings for her and they start spending more time together, Miyazawa starts liking him too and they start dating. That all happens pretty early in the story which is something I liked a lot. I get tired of those stories where pretty much nothing happens for 25 episodes and then on the last episode the two main characters get together. BORING. In Kare Kano, Miyazawa and Arima go through a lot of struggles and hardships together which strengthens their relationship even more. At first glance this anime looks a little childish and girly, but there are some pretty mature and painful issues that are touched on. I never felt like my emotions were being manipulated. I genuinely cared about the characters and what was happening to them. There's a good blend of comedy, romance, and drama that makes the story even more enjoyable. Of course the last few episodes obviously suffered some budget problems (or something lol) and that really takes a toll on the quality of the story, like random filler-ish episodes and a cliffhanger ending. But everything else makes up for those problems.
Art (B) - For 1998 the animation is good. I know a lot of people found the choices (animation wise) that were used in this anime to be...bizarre, but I actually appreciated the creativity. There were a lot of different techniques used in this anime. It wasn't just the same boring thing over and over again that so many shoujo anime (and all anime in general) suffer from. I was always waiting to see what kind of creative visual effect I would see next. Of course the art can be sub-par at times. I think they got a little lazy (especially near the end of the show) and maybe relied too much on non-moving animation, but overall it didn't bother me. It's definitely obvious that the show is dated, but if nothing else you will have had a really unique visual experience.
Sound (A-) - The music in Kare Kano is one of it's strengths. The OP and ED are extremely catchy and fun to listen to (especially the ED). I still hum it every once in awhile XD. The music used throughout the show goes well with whatever the situation is. Emotional music is used during dramatic scenes, and bouncy and light-hearted music is used during romantic and comedic scenes. I never got tired of hearing any of it. I thought Atsuko Enomoto really stood out as Miyazawa. I wish she had more roles nowadays =/
Character (A) - I really liked both Miyazawa and Arima. They were funny and charming without being annoying. They both had inner conflict and emotional scars they had to deal with (especially Arima) which made them seem even more realistic. The emotions they were dealing with were real emotions that I could understand and relate to at times. Miyazawa wasn't some ditzy, doe-eyed, moe type girl, and Arima wasn't the standard cardboard male lead with good looks and no personality. They both seemed very real to me which is rare in shoujo. A lot of the other side characters were actually pretty interesting too. Most of the time in shoujo there's the typical best friends that are just thrown in for comic relief or random drama that no one cares about. Most of the supporting characters are likeable and their stories are interesting. Of course there are the annoying and uninteresting side characters (ahem, Asaba) who add nothing to the show except stupidity.
Enjoyment (A+) - Kare Kano is a well-made show that's full of romance, comedy, and drama that pulls at your heartstrings without making you gag from emotional manipulation. There's no typical shoujo stereotypes like "misunderstandings" or the main heroine tripping on a shoelace and falling into their lovers arms. This show has raw and sometimes painful emotions that are explored in a way that you don't see very often. I only wish more shows could be as adventurous and unique as Kare Kano not only with story content, but animation wise as well. My enjoyment was never really ruined, only brought down by a few budget problems and pointless filler-ish episodes near the end. Other than that this show kept me entertained consistently, and it's a shame that it wasn't continued.
Overall (A) - If you're feeling unsure about watching this show, you shouldn't. It's definitely worth looking into because it's one of the better(by better I mean it's actually good) shoujo animes out there. Don't let the dated animation change your mind about watching it. If Kare Kano were remade again today it would by far be one of the best shoujo anime out there.
While you're at it don't forget to watch Itazura na Kiss which I think is even better than Kare Kano. read more
Jul 6, 2010
Yes, the anime had a poor budget which was reflected in the show. Yes, the director quit when the mangaka didn't like the direction the anime was taking and refused to let them do a second season. Yes, it's unfinished.
But I can't, and won't, fault this beautiful anime. On three reasons:
1. It's the most beautiful, simple story of all time. It doesn't involve; incredulous plotlines; fantasy scenes which, in denial or not, we know are never going to happen; or stupid sexual tension between two people which resorts the story falling back into over-used cliches to support it.
2. The music is phenomenal. A sheer joy to listen to. I cried at certain parts just because of this wonderful score. Fits the anime so beautifully, the best score - in terms of most fitting - of any anime I've ever seen.
3. It captures the moments in love that you will miss yourselves, the little, tiny touches that make love all the more special. While the plot-line is one that, unfortunately, not many people will be able to relate to (on the count that the main character begins as the epitome of vanity and rather twisted), the story of love between the two is so simple and beautiful, many people will be watching it, as I did, thinking 'wow, that's been me.'
At episode 18, you will begin to notice the breakdown in budget, even more so as the last few episodes fall to narrators, and don't even show the story. And yes, compared to the manga, maybe it does focus more on the comedy than the romance. Although, from my point of view, I believe it's not the fact it spins the tale to make it more comedic, more, the music and the way the voices (who, in the english dub, are PERFECTLY chosen) react make it more comedic than the manga, because, come on, are you going to react harder to something written than something happening right in front of you?
Going back to the music, I swear by the end of this you will be wanting to buy it. Including musical scores by Shirō Sagisu and songs written by Fumiya Fujii and Yōsui Inoue, you will love the beautiful music which seems to wind round the tale. Not one note is out of place. Perfectly chosen to make a scene seem more comedic or more sombre.
All in all, if you haven't seen this already, I strongly advise you to. It's, for me, an iconic coming-of-age story of two teens. Sheer, unadulterated joy to watch. read more