English: His and Her Circumstances
Synonyms: Kare Kano, Karekano
Oct 2, 1998 to Mar 26, 1999
Fridays at 18:30 (JST)
24 min. per ep.
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisMiyazawa 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
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)
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 for them as they face many trials to be together.
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
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 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
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. 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
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 it becomes the main reason for liking it.
We all know that Japanese humor is not actually funny, nonetheless I laughed quiet frequently throughout its duration.
In general terms, it is a most cheerful, funny and alluring anime, except for the sadness one might feel when it starts narrating real life problems, such as psychological ones...sense of inferiority, defense mechanisms, concealment of reality...
Note that the story does not finish in the anime, therefore you will have to read the last chapters from the manga. It truly isn't a bother though, you will want to know the conclusion so much you will do it more than willingly.
To sum up, albeit its drawbacks Kare Kano is not a boring anime-I finished 26 episodes in five days-so, every person watching shoujo anime should try watching it. read more
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.
Both Anime Are Very Similar. Like Both Are About Topstudents. They're Also About A Girl Does Want To Be Better As Someone. Really This Anime Was My First Thought When I Watched the First Episode
Both of these animes is about a girl who is perfect in almost everything and a guy that is better than they are. In both animes the girl is always trying to beat the guy in something . In both animes the guy likes the girl!! Both are funny and romantic!! If you like Special A you will like Kare Kano too!!!
Similiar main plot of female lead rival in school with male lead...both discover love for each other...
They are both comedy love story.
The main characters are both intelligent and the top of the class.
Another thing, the guys are the first ones that fell in love to the girl..
In both titles a girl and boy are rivals in school, but as the story progresses they fall in love.
Both animes have similar main characters. Hikari in Special A is smart and her goal is to beat Takashima, her rival. Miyazawa in Kare kano is smart, intelligent, and very competitive when it comes to her grades. In the beginning, her rival is arima who gets a grade higher than hers for the entrance exam. They both fall for their rivals. Thoug kare kano is more romantic.
Both animes focus on constant competition between two rivals who are love interests. Also, the boy in either couple both seem effortless at their attempts to be number one, while the girls work extremely hard.
In both we have a girl who wants to be the best student and a boy who is better than her. Competitions exist in both. There are good comic scenes and good romantic scenes too. Similarities in characters exist.
Those two are simply similar to me. But, in my opinion, Special A is better.
Both characters are rivals of each other that eventually fall in love with one another.
Kare Kano and Special A have a lot in common. The girls seem to be both best at everything till one guy shows up, who does everything just a little better. A lot of tension comes of till the romance starts to begin (:
in both, they at first are rivals, espcialy in the girls eyes. but they both find love in their rivalry(but in kareshi kanojo no jijou/his and her circumstances the love is much more serious).
The main character is also a female student, whole initially has a rough start with the male lead.
the first thing i thought when watching this was Kare Kano.
extremely smart male lead and, differing from Kare Kano, a not so bright girl. they clash and give a very similar feel to KK. if you liked KK then you'll defintely like Itazura na Kiss.
It's all about romance, drama and comedy, it keeps you wondering whats going to happen next, how the boy and girl are gonna get togheter, and the best part: it keeps you hoping for the couples to finnaly get together!!
If you liked Itazura na Kiss as much as me - be sure to check out "Kare Kano" ("Kareshi kanojo no jijou"/"His and her circumstances") - because it's awesome :) The series remind more than a bit of each other, in sense of feeling, although Kare Kano generally holds a little bit more serious tone. The stories are not similar in the least, but the authenticity and honesty of them are equal. Both these anime, are really among the most realistic lovestories I have ever seen or read in the world of manga and anime. Stories of love that most people can recognize themselves in - whether it's the good or bad times. Also, the evolvement of their relationships, and the long timeline give a more thorough look into the personalities of the characters, and makes one content with the closure - not craving for more - because we got a real story about real people, and we feel confident that their lives will go on, happy and sad, but we got to share it with them :) (God, I'm corny sometimes when writing :P ) I'd say just about anyone would enjoy and like both of these anime because they are indeed very universal.
The beginning of the anime are the same, there is a Super Girl (Kare Kano) is a super guy (Itazura to Kiss)
In the 1-m, it holds a secret that she loves attention and doing all that, she would always say: "What do you fellow" "I want to be like you", etc. therefore hard to study and stuff like that, but one day come home to her boyfriend and she was "not heavily made-up in the whole of begudyah" opens the door (thinking it's her girlfriend or someone else (here, I forgot = ( who exactly) and sees his school friend who did not depart from it in school and not to divulge her secret, she becomes crudely speaking his slave on a "small" work ... And then the fun begins: P
In the 2-m, it is super guy - a man with a beautiful appearance, intelligent, sporty, but with a heavy character, refuses girl in rough form, which wanted him to confess his love ...
After some time, this girl moves into a house to his father's best friends (if I am mistaken, then forgive me) and what she sees - she sees the terrible guy, and she has to live with him under one roof ...
The overall picture of the anime starts the same, guy and girl in this anime met in a very embarrassing situation (in the second case it is the life in the same house), and so this story about love
^ __ ^ Begins
P.s. From hatred to love one step
Начало этих аниме одинаковы, есть Супер девушка (Kare Kano) и есть супер-парень (Itazura на Kiss)
В 1-м она держит в секрете, что она любит внимание и делает все, что-бы ей постоянно говорили: "Какая ты молодец" "Я хочу быть на тебя похожей" и т.д. поэтому она усердно учиться и всё в таком духе, но в один прекрасный день к ней домой приходит парень, и она "Вся не накрашенная в бегудях" открывает дверь (думая что это её подруга или кто-то ещё (здесь я забыл =( кто именно) и видит своего школьного друга который не отставал от неё в учёбе и чтобы не разглашать её тайну она становиться грубо-говоря его рабыней по "мелкой" работе... И тут начинаться самое интересное :P
Во 2-м, он Супер парень - человек с красивой внешностью, умный, спортивный, но с тяжелым характером, отказывает девушке в грубой форме, которая хотела признаться ему в любви...
Через некоторое время, данная девушка переезжает в один из домов к лучшим друзьям его отца (если я ошибусь, то простите) и что она видит - она видит того ужасного парня , и ей приходиться жить с ним под одной крышей...
Общая картина этих аниме начинаться одинаково, парень и девушка в данном аниме познакомились в очень неприятном положении (во втором случае имеется в виду жизнь в одном доме), и поэтому данная история о любви
^ __ ^ начинается
P.s. От ненависти до любви один шаг
Both are pretty similar-feeling shows, featuring a high-school girl who's pretty kooky falling in love with the high school's most popular guy, and then hilarity and drama ensue.
Both have to do with high school love, the guys in both series are smart and cool, only difference is that in Kare Kano the main character is smart while in Itazura na Kiss she is dumb. Also Kare Kano is a little bit darker.
This anime is similar to itazura na kiss because their main subject is love. Both have interesting and funny things. And some of the characters are very interesting.
Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou or his and her complications is a bit of an older anime but it is very similar to itazura na kiss, and it will leave you satisfied.
like Itazura it has a male and female who at first seem to hate each other however through a series of events and fortunes their relationship progresses and it leaves you with a happy feeling in your heart.
Both are about a boy and a girl falling in love in high school
Both have lots of character development
Both deserve more attention
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.
Girls with strong personalities and very popular boys are rivals in school, later, as the story progress - couple
in both animes one of the characters has a little secret and the other main character discovers it and it will lead to their friendship and love ... xD
both have female protagonists who, at first, hates the male heroine & determined to win against him. but in the end, they both fall inlove with each other.
if you love Kare Kano, youll love KWMS too.<3
Kare Kano and KWMS are animes that have significant similarities, both plot-wise and character-wise. "Girl has a secret which is accidentally found out by boy. This secret brings them together and they (eventually) fall in love. But of course, there are obstacles in their way. Little by little, they change each other for the better."
The story of an overachieving perfectionist who meets her match in her new classmate. He seems absolutely perfect on the outside, but soon, both their perfect facades begin to fade as they discover each other's true selves. Very cute and romantic :). The male protagonist comes from a rich family.
They're both shoujo anime, romantic comedies. Although Kare Kano focuses a little bit more in romance, especially on the manga, it's an anime with lots of comedy, like Kaichou Wa Maid-Sama. Both often make use of Chibi animation, like a proper Shoujo should be. Kare Kano is from the 90's, and Kaichou from 2010, so you might say Kaichou followed, in parte, the legacy of His And Her Circumstances. Watch'em both if you can! :D
Both competing to be the "model student." Both fall in love with each other, but not at first.
Both series are quite similar in a variety of ways:
We have a main girl who tries to act tough but hides a secret in which the main protagonist early on discovers. Additionally, the protagonist is also smart, popular, and accomplishes takes flawlessly in both series. Yet when it comes to the main heroine, it throw them off occasionally.
Both series contain plenty of drama, comedy, and character appeals. Recommended for fans of shoujo demographic.
•both are of the typical shoujo, romance, school life feel,
•both girl protagonists in each anime are both hard working school students, who favour determination and long periods of studying to excel in their school life.
•both encounter a strong/attractive/handsome/popular male protagonist who has everything, and is already academically smart with an athletic figure.
•both fight each other competing with academic marks in school
•both girl protagonists have secrets that they dont want anyone else to know, but the male finds out early in the series
•both have rivals, making friends, etc, though the difference is the pace of the story is slow in KMS than Kare Kano, which Kare kano is alot faster into the relationship between the protgaonists.
•they both are a lovely watch, and will make you feel happy and content when you finished.
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.
They share the same basic storyline about rivals, then friends who become a couple. There are tons of other differences of course, but if you enjoy one you would enjoy the other.
Similar characters, kinda similar plot and style a lot alike. But Lovely Complex is more of a comedy then kare kano.
Both stories generally take places in school and both series are shoujo. Hence, both stories' characters have some complexes and having some diffuculties about love or confessing their loves and also both series have some comedy in it.
At the beginning boy and girl are some kind of rivals - in Kare Kano it's about school, in LovCom - love, later they become friends, then couple
In the same setting as Lovely complex KareKano deals with romance in school in a more serious way with some moments of comedy, the protagonists also share differences and interior similarities that make them closer to each other.
And if you liked Lovely complex, you'll love even more KareKano.
Lovely Complex and Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou are high school romantic comedy series where unexpected characters become couples. One main similarity that they have is that the main complexes about one another and by overcoming these complexes, they become a deeper couple. If you watched one, you will definitely see similarities in the other.
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.
These two shows are both about a boy and girl in love - and how that affects those around them. The presentation is different, the characters are a little different, but both give off a warm fuzzy feeling - the feeling of 'ah, this is what young love is like'.
Kare Kano and Kimi ni Todoke are both romantic stories with situations delicately psycho-analized by the main characters.
Even if the two main females are very differents by personality, the girl will little by little face the importance and experience of her own precious first love in both series.
The love of the girl, as the love of the boy, are told and shown throughout both series in a real unique way.
Still, the main male and female character will be surrounded by awesome friends which will help them and will be affected by their situations.
There are many anime which face love stories out there, but noone of them is similar to Kare Kano or Kimi ni Todoke as much as those two are with eachother. For this reason i strongly feel to associate KNT to KareKano and viceversa.
Indeed, if you already liked one of those, you can't miss to watch the other! You'll definitely appreciate them both.
Personally, i think that "unique" is a perfect adjective to describe them both. Their stories are really told and shown in a special unique way which authomatically creates a very charming atmosphere.
boy likes girl and girl likes boy and both help each other in their times in need, while discovering themselves, making new friends, and becoming better individuals. Comic, Romantic, and Slice of life.
Both are excellent at making ones heart throb...
You fall in love for both, altough Sawako and Yukino are very different: the first is very shy, the second wants to stand out in front of everyone, but it's de role of Kazehaya and Arima that really matters in the story. Just their presence create major changes in the girls lives.
Both are very pure and innocent love stories.
The atmosphere in Kimi ni todoke is only slightly deeper than the one in KareKano.
Both Anime have great and fitting music that underlines "the spring of youth" that is shown in both shows. Enjoy!
Both shows have a meaningful romance and lots of character growth and development.
Both main female characters gain friends, a very important theme in both series, and character growth is seen in the friends as well which is very rare.
Both are emotionally moving though in different ways. Kimi ni todoke is very cute, (with cute humor) and heart warming. Kare Kano has a more developed comedy style, and its story develops in interesting ways with more depth.
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 human characters. It's important to note NGE was made before Kare Kano, so i suggest you watch them in that order ;) .
Both series psychoanalyze their characters. Both series have emphasis on character development, fleshing out their characters, and in essence both are actually just character dramas at their hearts. While NGE has mecha, and Kare Kano has romance, both are better looked at as dramas. Both series are very psychological, a little philosophical and have very deep characters. Also the characters in all these are realistic people, with their own self-doubts, fears, anxieties and problems. And many characters could even be considered to have some mental disorders! A few need the aid of a good phycologist sooner rather then later.
The artwork and character designs in both look a lot alike, although this sin't surprising since both series were animated by Gainax. Both series also have a similar music style, also not very surprising since they both had Shiro Sagisu on board for their music.
Both series have a lot of Anno's distinctive charms (such as good use of still images, use of photographs and videos of real life, and many common motifs are found in both series [eg emphasis on power lines]). Both series also must deal with a screwed up budget at times. But he handles both series very well despite the money troubles. At least as best as he could. I doubt many directors could pull off something like these shows, if they had to deal with the problems Anno did.
Most importantly both series are straight from the heart. You can just feel the emotion Anno put into each of these series. You can sort of feel what he felt, understand what he went through, and really get into his mind. Also both shows are very smart series, and best watched if you can either relate to young teenagers and their issues, or if you yourself is one. But don't think that's going to stop them from showing you some dark, depressing, and disturbing things now and again. And they are still very mature shows. But the emotion seems to only hit you correctly if you can think like a teenager at times (or are one yourself).
So if your looking for something else to watch after being blown aware by the masterpiece that is "Neon Genesis Evangelion", look no further then the slightly flawed, but still brilliant in it's own right, "Kare Kano".
Both are Gainax + Hideaki Anno productions, so their animation and direction are almost identical.
Even though one is a romantic school comedy and the other is a mecha series, both are very psychological and deep. Karekano may seem light hearted, but it can get pretty serious when necessary.
Both of these series have teenagers as protagonists, but don't ignore the life and problems of the adult characters around them.
They also have several themes in common: dramatic family issues, being alone, wanting to be accepted, hiding one's true self, etc.
Lastly, both anime, despite being great, are quite incomplete and inferior to their manga adaptations, and leave you "wtf?" at the end.
Both were animated by Gainax and featured Hideaki Anno as an important member of staff. They are both dramas that explore the pysche of their main characters. Lastly, they both use unique animation techniques, such as still images of writing, to convey messages about the character's state of mind
They have Anno's hand. First you will watch kare Kano expecting a typical Shoujo Anime, but if you pay attention on it, kare Kano is a great piece of art. The Soundtracks were made by Shiro Sagisu, just as Evangelion * Actually Kare Kano's soundtrack is on Evangelion rebuild 2.0*
I always tell people to pay attention on it, Kare Kano is not a simple shoujo anime, it is a great show, its deep.
While both have very different plots, kare kano and Neo Genesis Evangelion are very similar in the psychological aspect, Both main characters have to deal a lot with their personal problems.
Looking past all the action in NGE and all the comedy in Kare Kano, both anime have a deeper meaning.
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