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- Audio Rating: A
- Video Rating: A
- Packaging Rating: A+
- Menus Rating: B+
- Extras Rating: A
- Age Rating: 13 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Nozomi Entertainment
- MSRP: 29.99
- Running time: 180
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: His And Her Circumstances
His and Her Circumstances Vol. #1
By Kristopher Zoleta
November 16, 2002
Release Date: July 23, 2002
I was reading a couple of posts in a videogame forum I frequent quite often. The administrator of the forum was raving about this new anime DVD he got called His and Her Circumstances (Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou). In his very extensive review he used buzzwords like one of the "best anime of all time" and many other things. Of course I just dismissed it as hype until the Animerica review was nothing but great things.
The video transfer was crisp and clean, like the first 3 reviews said, the animation is not exactly state of the art. Many of the crudely drawn images are for effect and to really bring the attention to the viewer.
The music is really well done and memorable. It does really heighten things on the emotion scale especially in the plot twists and the huge moments. The voice acting in Japanese is really effective and like most of the anime out there, it is very well done. The English acting is surprisingly effective. Yukino's voice actress is a little annoying on the first episode, but I guess that it is supposed to be like that to get the original directors intention. On the other hand, Arima has an awesome voice; the only thing is that it is not appropriate for a 10th grade boy to have such an adult voice.
The packaging is quite gorgeous and very effective. It has the lead characters in a familiar pose done in many amines and videogames. There is really nothing to say except that it is really well made.
The menu is really simple but very effective, while is it still underwhelming. I consider this the weakest part of the DVD.
There are tons of extras. There is the typical character profile, but unlike many other anime DVD's that kind of halfway it, the profiles are actually very intelligent and very well written. There is also a pencil test of His and Her Circumstances. To top it off it has translator notes (I suggest you read it after the first 6 episodes), the letter from the production team, and quite a bit on the production of His and Her Circumstances.
Content Review (This does not contain spoilers):
There is really nothing to say that this show is amazing on all levels. It succeeds in being an emotional drama that really has no equal anywhere else. To top it off, it also has a comedic style that is guaranteed to put a smile on anyone's face.
The show centers on Yukino Miyazawa and her emotions. It does show quite a bit on Arima, but the focus of the show (or at least the first DVD) is on Yukino. The lead character Yukino is really an interesting character. She is the perfect model student in school and then at home she shows her real self and acts like her true self.
The major theme in the story is the masks theme as mentioned in the other reviews. We all have masks, what is meant by that is that we may hide our true feelings and intentions and put a fake one on top of it, a mask of sorts hiding our emotions and what we really are. Unlike real life His and Her Circumstances does focus on the two extremes of having a mask. That doesn't mean we can't relate to the main character.
Normally is when I would dissect the episodes and really give some depth to the series, but it would ruin half the fun of the series. This review is for people who are not sure about it and want to know a little if they want to see the show. I highly recommend it because I consider it "one of the best anime shows of all time". You will not be disappointed; it is extremely intelligent, extremely funny, and just so good.
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