Ranked #1007

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
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


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Ranked: #10072
Popularity: #544
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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, Animation Director, Key Animation
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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Nov 10, 2006 8:03 PM
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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Jan 7, 2007 9:01 PM
What's there that hasn't been said about this tale? In all honesty, Kare Kano is a love story through and through. Not to say that it lacks any other aspect besides romance but, it's the kind of show where you become intertwined with the heart more than the funny side-comments or the playful animation. The story is simply about two people in high school who meet, share common-ground, and fall head over heels for each other. Perfect for you hopeless romantics, eh?

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 read more
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Feb 4, 2009 9:26 PM
His and Her Circumstance, Kareshi Kanojo no Jijyou, Kare Kano, whatever you want to call it, there is one important thing you should know about this romantic comedy: not once at all does the male lead accidentally faceplant into the female lead's breasts, nor does he accidentally see her naked when her towel slips off, nor does his hand by chance find its way onto her butt.

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. read more
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Feb 4, 2007 3:32 AM
Kare Kano: [ His and Her Circumstances ]


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 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. 
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Anime: Kaichou wa Maid-sama!
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: Itazura na Kiss
The main character is also a female student, whole initially has a rough start with the male lead. 
reportRecommended by jaxu3878
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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