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4chan: Why is Kare Kano anime underated?

Dec 01, 2017 8:14 pm
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Smutty was on 4chan's /a/ today and they were talking about the Kare Kano (1998-99) anime, otherwise known as His and Her Circumstances. It had 26 episodes, directed by Hideaki Anno of Neon Genesis Evangelion fame.

Why is Kare Kano underated?

   
It's a wonderful anime, but with some very serious flaws. The mix of realism and cartoon effects was great, and it had one of the best romances in 90's anime. But that goddamn ending...
   
It goes to shit after Anno left production, so the last few episodes feel really disconnected from everything else. The original mangaka hated Anno's directing too.
   
I'm talking about the anime. As far as I know, it's the same plot but with a conpletely different presentation since Anno added his flair all over it
   
I can agree up to a point, you can tell that the strongest element in the show is the comedy, but at the same time you can see that there's a pretty strong romance story, that while pretty fucking good, gets undercut by the comedic aspect.
   
It was considered a classic and hugely popular in the nineties. However like a lot of shoujo anime from the 90s it has faded from memory because shoujo isn't really a thing anymore. Girls show read shounen (because shounen is including more female characters/male fanservice) or blatant fujoshibait like Free!! and Yuri!!! on Ice. Every show that seems like it's superficially targeted to girls turns out to be moe/lolicon fodder for otaku, who are a more powerful and twisted target market than they were 20 years ago.
   
When did Anno leave?
   
After the episode when they fuck for the first time. If you watch the show, the drop in directing,pacing and animation from that point onwards is abysmal.
   
That is just before the new semester with the transfer student right? Yeah, it really went downhill from there.
   
Yup, that whole thing with the ex fat kid went nowhere.There's still maybe 2 good episodes after that though, one of them was about yuki's sister i think.
   
No, that was not my point. I was indeed questioning how anyone could consider KareKano underrecognised. It's not the most debated show around here but if there is something like an /a/ consensus then it's that KareKano is one of the best high school romcoms out there. It's just not much meme material like EoE so people don't make daily threads about it.
   
they fuck for the first time Did this even happen in the anime? I can't remember anything like that.
   
Yes, that whole episode leads to that conclusion and the actual scene heavily implies it even though they don't show anything. Oh and i think there's a director's cut version or something that shows it more clearly, but nothing explicit.Also i guess mangafags can confirm.


Smutty is the author of the best-selling book, 100 Things To Do That Are More Fun Than Sticking Your Dick into a Cigarette Lighter. Abandoned by his mother days after hatching, he has a life goal of making the world feel his pain. He enjoys thrusting his tail into all kinds of interesting places.

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