His and Her Circumstances (which is known as Kare Kano in Japan) is an anime based on a manga series by Masami Tsuda.
Yukino Miyazawa is a high school freshman who strives to be perfect and wants to always be the center of attention at school. However, when Yukino's at home, she is spoiled, a slob, and obsessively studies to maintain her grades. While she was always at the top in middle school, she is suddenly knocked down a peg when she enters high school.
A handsome boy named Soichiro Arima gets the top score on the entrance exam, and becomes the class representative. Because of this, he's getting all the attention at school that Yukino is craving. She considers him to be a threat, and vows to destroy him. However, Yukino gets an unexpected surprise when Soichiro confesses his feelings to her. The series follows Yukino and Soichiro and their interactions with each other.
From the first episode, the tone of the anime is definitely more in the comedic vein. However, this comedic feel seems to work well for the story that the anime was striving to tell. From what I've read, the anime adaptation uses material from the first seven volumes of the manga. It's also been said that the anime was cut short due to creative differences with the manga author; apparently, Tsuda felt the anime focused too much on the humor and not enough on the romance. Unfortunately, I have not had the chance to read the manga to decide whether or not I disagree with Tsuda’s assessment.
The animation style really makes His and Her Circumstances stand out. It utilizes a combination of a regular style with exaggerated looks. Because of the focus on the humor, the exaggerated animation really enhances the feel of the story.
By the time I finished watching the first episode of His and Her Circumstances, I thought the series showed a lot of potential. It's a series I would like to watch more of at some point. Personally, I would recommend His and Her Circumstances to anime viewers who are 13 or 14 years of age and older.
|His and Her Circumstances||26||1998-1999||Hideaki Anno/Kazuya Tsurumaki||Gainax/J.C. Staff||Right Stuf International|