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This is a fun story of two married couples who decide to swap partners, and then they decide to move into one large collective house together. And in the process, two high school teenagers find themselves instantly related by merit of their parents new marriages, and are having to live together under one roof together. But there are a few minor problems, to start with, Miki finds her new brother(?) to be very attractive, and Yuu seems to pay close attention to Miki, and somehow manages to charm his new sister... (might Yuu have feelings for Miki, too?) Now that they are sharing parents, are (kind-of ) related, how are these two teenagers to behave and relate to each other? Miki is the central character of the story-line. She is an energetic and creative teenager who has to contend with not only a change in her family and her parents, but also with her feelings for an attractive, but solemn, new brother-housemate, Yuu. |
The story line is one in which the bubbly and outgoing Miki has to accept and become friends with the attractive, but reserved Yuu. She wants to like Yuu, or maybe she really likes him, or perhaps she is really attracted to Yuu, but how does Yuu feel about her? . Through the course of some eighty episodes, the two new siblings try to get closer to each other, and have to work through all sorts of difficulties and problems. While Yuu is always kind and attentive to his new sister Miki, he is not open in how he feels about her, which causes problems. Miki has to contend with not only her mixed feelings for Yuu, but also with rival attentions from her fellow female students, who think the Yuu is the coolest catch in the unattached boy-fish pool.
Sounds like a great story line eh? This series works to be entertaining, but only at half speed .my complaint is .h o..w..lo.ng.. can you drag the story line along, before it becomes tedious? An event that might be told in one episode, some how gets stretched into three episodes. There is a lot of charm of this story, but it does not move far .. or . fast but if you like a teenage romance story, then you might just want to sit ..(and sit) (and sit). through this series, because it does have its distinctive charm and appeal.
I do like this series, but I think that if you want to watch a story of romance, then please consider <Kodomo no Omocha> (Toy Story) , or perhaps the series Maison Ikkoku (these stories move along a bit faster, and they are as or more entertaining than MB,) but in any case, this series is worth the watch, if one can find the long..slow .. afternoons to.. enjoy the ..entire series (what?, was I alseep?)
Did I mention that this series is about eighty episodes in length? (that is about 30+ hours of anime ......please pass the no-doze, but I did enjoy this series.)
Last updated Sunday, March 28 2004. Created Saturday, March 27 2004.
Well, MB should be out before the summer of '04 from Tokyopop. The story is Shoujo and runs like a soap. You get a rollercoaster ride in the love life of Miki and her friends. I actually bought a rocket meno and it included a chart of all the various triangles in the series. There is Miki and Yuu, Miki and Ginta, Arimi and Yuu, Arimi and Ginta, Arimi and Rotanda, Meiko and Na-chan, Suzu and Yuu, Yuu and .... You can see that this can get messy. It goes go into why Yuu is the way he is once you meet Yuu childhood friend and another love triangle for Miki, An. It gets even worse when Yuu goes to America. Not sure I really appreciate the America episodes but the triangles just keep coming. But that part of the fun of an anime like this. So is the melodramatic reaction of Miki to Yuu's kiss and then Ginta's. Then there is the problem of keeping her home life a secret in school. Miki is just to proper and all these improper things seem to happen to here. You do get a look into some areas of Japan as when they go to Hokkido and to the shrine near Hiroshima. Those places do look like that. So does the shinkansen (bullet train). And since there tends to be less flights, they to use 747's. I guess my favorite episode is the year's one. Where Rotanda finally meets a girlfriend but forgets to ask her name, phone number, address, or even where she goes to school. I guess that fortune he got was true. Besides, the girls look cute in kimonos.|
If you want to see an anime that's a soap opera or is a soap opera that's an anime, Mamalade Boy is for you. BTW, episode 2 is where you find out why the series is called Mamalade Boy and think it could have been called Mustard (hot and spicy) Girl.
Last updated Saturday, December 13 2003. Created Saturday, December 13 2003.
Marmalade Boy has a bit originality going for it. I like the idea because there's nothing quite like it. But the Marmalade Boy anime obsessively spirals into its melodrama. I've seen about thirteen episodes or so and I've heard that there was a lot of the series that just shouldn't have happened. The animation isn't very good, and there's a LOT of cel recycling. Recycling is for everything except anime. There's too much flashback footage and plenty of stills of Miki or whatever just standing around and thinking. The music is good. I liked the opening and closing themes a lot but I didn't like the BGM much except for 'Moment'. I'm already fed up with Miki's indecicivesnes, I really don't think that's fair to just keep Ginta hanging and I don't think Ginta should have accepted the offer from Arimi. If he really loved her, I don't think he should be trying to make her jealous and confuse her even MORE. Arimi was pretty cool though, she knows what she wants and she's going to work to get it while Miki just fumbles around and can't make up her mind. Yuu's blank emotions aren't very appealing either. Since the manga is a lot shorter (I think 10 volumes) I'm just going to get the story like it was supposed to be in the first place, and I'm enjoying the manga more so far.
Last updated Sunday, October 20 2002. Created Sunday, October 20 2002.
I have not seen the whole series (about 1/3 of it), but so far it's been pretty entertaining. It's a classic shoujo anime title that is just good at what it does. There are crazy twists and turns as far as love triangles, parents swapping partners, affairs with teachers, and so on.|
It will definately make you laugh. This is just a show about everyday high school life, so if you're looking for one of those shows with action, magic, or some deep plot, you'll be disappointed. It can get somewhat overdramatic, but it does have one crazy storyline and is something all shoujo fans must see. I personally would buy this, the only problem is it isn't available (legitimately).
Last updated Wednesday, March 21 2001. Created Wednesday, March 21 2001.
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Story was lots of love triangles but I think it was good. Me being the King of Shoujo I am! Anyway, it's pretty good, sometimes gets annoying, but series is something you should try out.
Last updated Thursday, January 25 2001. Created Thursday, January 25 2001.
*After Seeing the Whole Darn Thing*
I guess I really have a weakness for shoujo anime. In fact, I think my favorite anime involves people NOT turning into magical girls, NOT fighting boring-looking pan-dimensional monsters and NOT running on batteries. However, I like to think that I can separate myself from just about any sub-genera and objectively rate anything, and I love Lain, and the Tenchi OAVs and even Macross (Plus, that is).
So, onto MB. The standard introduction to the series goes something like this: Miki Koishikawa discovers, upon her parents' return form Hawaii, that they have decided to swap partners with another couple whom they met on the trip. The four of them will live together, un-wed, until 6 months after their respective divorces. The other couple have a son, Haya-- uhm, I mean Yuu, about the same age as Miki. She is smitten, though his feelings and motivations are inscrutable -- at least to Miki. Over the course of the series, they try to work out their problems at home, while their social lives make triple integrals look easy. I have seen all 76 episodes and the movie. I even bought the first two seasons on LD thanks to the MB mailing list. Obviously I like the show, though it has some serious technical issues.
For example, this series may recycle more old scenes than any anime I've ever seen. If you add up all the time spent showing what has already been shown before, I bet it would run longer than a 13 episode TV series. However, I found a few of these instances to serve a purpose. For example, in one Miki is running home from school -again- after something "terribly traumatic" has happened. The background is a collage of pictures from her past. We can see her life sort of flashing before her, and our, eyes. The animation quality is pretty much abysmal. Cell counts stink, and occasionally the character designs wander (every now and then everyone has huge Jay Leno-like chins). The art is competent but not exceptional with fair looking backgrounds. The colors are vibrant and my favorite technical aspect of the series, though primary colors take a back seat to pastels and other light colors. As for character designs, well, I actually bought a cell from this series to give you an example. I shouldn't give it an 8, I know, but I just can't help it.
The music is way over the top, but I like the orchestration; in fact, I like it quite a bit, though I wouldn't go out and buy it. Besides, this is about a 9th or 10th grade girl, so the melodrama is quite fitting. There was a time when life was like that for us (well, I'm 28 so it has been about 10 years!)
What the series lacks on the technical side, it really delivers in the human interest department. I simply loved the characters. Episodes 10 and 11 deal with Miki and Yuu at home when their parents go to Hawaii - again (two months between trips to Hawaii, whatever). The two episodes boil down to Miki baking a cake for Yuu's birthday. Yup, action fans would likely try to suck their brains out with a straw if told they had watch this series, but there is something very engaging about these folks and I like it! The plot lines have a sort of Murphy's law gone horribly, horribly wrong feel to them. In the MB universe, in walking a couple blocks down the street for a bagel, you would meet: 2 old girlfriends (who hated your guts), your real father, your real mother, you best friend's real father and that dog which ran away from home when you were four.
The humor isn't on the same level as Kodocha, though I love Miki's facial expressions. The 10 minute tennis matches get a little redundant and I still can't figure out where all these schools are located. For example, Miki's classmates take a 747 to Hakkaido, where Arimi, from a rival school, just happens to show up. Maybe she took a train. Yet she, Arimi, is constantly showing up at Miki's school. Something about if A=B and B=C then A SHOULD = C but it doesn't. Oh well, who needs temporal and spatial continuity, this is anime afterall!!
I would give it a buy, but I understand this is really the sort of thing you need to see before making a decision. I sure can't see passing around copies of this to the guys at work for example!
There are some rather adult situations in this show which make it really difficult I think to recommend to anyone under 12. Plus, there is the occasional expletive which really didn't have to be there.
Last updated Wednesday, September 06 2000. Created Wednesday, September 06 2000.
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