Ranked #1005

Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou

Alternative Titles

English: His and Her Circumstances
Synonyms: Kare Kano, Karekano
Japanese: 彼氏彼女の事情


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 2, 1998 to Mar 26, 1999
Premiered: Fall 1998
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Unknown
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.701 (scored by 33,611 users)
Ranked: #10052
Popularity: #556
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Miyazawa Yukino is the perfect student. Kind, intelligent, pretty and modest, it's unbelievable that such a person could exist. Little did everyone know Yukino's perfection was just a facade. An act to fulfill her desire for praise and admiration. Her life took a turn however, as a newcomer to their school Arima Soichiro topped the exam rankings. Arima is more than just intelligent, he's also kind, handsome and modest, an unbelievable person who can actually exist. Even worse luck, Arima found out Yukino's secret, blackmailing her to help him out. Their odd relationship soon develops into friendship and eventually into love. But can their love prevail through the many problems that come their way?


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Characters & Voice Actors

Miyazawa, Yukino
Miyazawa, Yukino
Enomoto, Atsuko
Enomoto, Atsuko
Arima, Soichiro
Arima, Soichiro
Suzuki, Chihiro
Suzuki, Chihiro
Asaba, Hideaki
Asaba, Hideaki
Kisaichi, Atsushi
Kisaichi, Atsushi
Shibahime, Tsubasa
Shibahime, Tsubasa
Shintani, Mayumi
Shintani, Mayumi


Anno, Hideaki
Anno, Hideaki
Co-Director, Script, Screenplay
Tsurumaki, Kazuya
Tsurumaki, Kazuya
Co-Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation, Animation Director
Kobayashi, Noriko
Kobayashi, Noriko
Assistant Producer

More episodes Episodes(18/26)

Episode Title Aired
1 Her Circumstances
Kanojo no Jijou (彼女の事情)
Oct 2, 1998
2 Their Secret
Futari no Himitsu (二人の秘密)
Oct 9, 1998
3 His Circumstances
Kareshi no Jijou (彼氏の事情)
Oct 16, 1998
4 Her Difficult Problem
Kanojo no Nandai (彼女の難題)
Oct 23, 1998
5 Day of the Labyrinth
Kare no Yabou (彼の野望)
Oct 30, 1998

Opening Theme

"Tenshi no Yubikiri" by Fukuda Mai

Ending Theme

#1: "Yume no Naka e" by Enomoto Atsuko and Suzuki Chihiro (eps 1-24, 26)
#2: "Kaze Hiita Yoru" by Yuki Watanabe & Maria Yamamoto (ep 25)

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Sep 18, 2015
There're occasions in where the premises are the top priority. And then in another cases the means are the main issue to worry about.

Gainax's adaptation on Masami Tsuda's manga Kare Kano does follow very nice premises and the means used might be the source of both sincere love or utter disgust. In my case it's clearly the former.

As for the bigger picture, Kare Kano is a romance. This topic is the main aspect of the series for the first third, in which we find probably one of the most disarmingly honest shoujo romances ever made. From that point onwards, yes: the main couple does read more
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Jun 23, 2015
In all the 106 anime I've watched, Kare Kano had the worst artwork. So bad, that at times it shows manga panels accompanied by words. And still, I can easily say that Kare Kano is one of the best anime I've watched.

Unlike most shoujo anime, it has the kind of depth you can only find at Kimi ni Todoke or Sukitte Ii na yo, and the kind of realism in the story you can find in almost none. Kare Kano will not expand much on the characters' depth, however for the few that it does, it does so effectively and interesting at the point where read more
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Nov 6, 2015
First off, this anime screams Hideaki Anno. Just the style and the characters are so unique and complex (well most of them). The strongest point of this anime is it's characters, they don't follow tropes and all have very unique personalities. The MC Yukino is an incredibly vain high school girl who feeds off the praise of her peers. She wears a "mask" at school and hides her true personality with kindness and humility, she's at the top of her class and is looked upon by the faculty and students as a model student. Arima is in a similar situation where he hides his true read more
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Nov 10, 2006
Kare Kano was a romance anime that could have become incredibly great, if it had the proper budget and ideas from the producer to actually complete the show properly. Unfortunately the stale ending that Kare Kano ended on left myself and I’m sure many other fans in frustration. Based on the popular shoujo manga by Masami Tsuda, Kare Kano is about the blossoming love between two high school students who lived a life of lies, pretending to be the perfect person for their own reasons. Being able to truthfully open up to each other, their initial friendship turns to love. Sadly, life isn’t so easy read more
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Anime: Special A
Another anime series where two top students constantly bicker and compete to be the best. It's also similar in the way that they're surrounded by a group of friends who are quirky and fun, mostly to offset the tension between the two main characters. 
reportRecommended by reika
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The main character is also a female student, whole initially has a rough start with the male lead. 
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both main characters are academic rivals and boy seems to be a natural in terms of looks and brains while the girls works hard to get where she is. Kare Kano like Kaichou wa Maid-sam is a must watch. 
reportRecommended by Mwu
Anime: Lovely★Complex
They both have comedy and the school life setting. Also there's a pair (Miyazawa and Arima) who are against eachother in the beginning but end up falling for one another. 
reportRecommended by PandaPuff
Anime: Kimi ni Todoke
Kare Kano begins with two characters who don't realize that they have fallen for each other. As the series develops, the characters learn, grow, and come to accept themselves (and each other) just as they are. The theme of character growth is similarly laid out in Kimi ni Todoke. 
reportRecommended by chisaki
Anime: Neon Genesis Evangelion
How do you compare a mecha and a school romance? It's quite easy to do when they both have the same director ;) . I always viewed "Kare Kano" as a companion piece to "Neon Genesis Evangelion", and I'm sure there are many who agree with me. Both should be watched to really get into the head of one of the best anime directors of our era, Hideaki Anno. While "Neon Genesis Evangelion" slowly and steadily broke down and finally destroyed it's characters, "Kare Kano" starts with some broken and empty people, and truly brings them up. It slowly raises up these oh so  read more 
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