Posted by psgels on 18 March 2011 with categories: Anime Reviews



After the perfect first movie formed a perfect ending for the Kimagure Orange Road franchise, I was really wondering how the creators would be able to top that with the second and final movie. And yeah, this movie is a step back. It brings cheese into the romance and it requires a whole bunch of random coincidences, just to get going.

Especially the first half of the movie brings back a lot of stuff from the TV series that made it so annoying. Kyousuke’s powers at this point are like the nuclear power you see in a lot of American comics: they do whatever is convenient for the plot at the moment. Kyousuke himself also has this tendency to narrate a bit too enthusiastically at times, saying a lot of things that would have been much better off when left unsaid.

Nevertheless, I really urge fans of Kimagure Orange Road to check this movie out. If you’ve managed to sit through the hell that was the TV-series, this movie offers a HUGE amount of character development, showing the entire cast in their twenties. Ironically, it’s only until the aftermath when things get really amazing, but it’s so worth the wait. Whenever this movie isn’t cheesy, it really delivers a wonderful romance, miles away from just about any overused stereotype.

The animation… is surprisingly mediocre for a movie. I mean, for me, most of the TV series even looked better. Most of the budget of this movie is wasted on a pointless dance scene. For movie standards, I really expected more of the animation.

Oh, and on a side-note: this movie links Madoka to Yuki Kajuira. That is just awesome.

Storytelling: 8/10 – Okay, so it uses cheese and some coincidences, but those coincidences make sure that it has an awesome premise to work with.
Characters: 10/10 – The characters already had excellent development. Then this movie comes along.
Production-Values: 7/10 – The animation is disappointing for a movie. On the other hand though: it features Yuki Kajiura’s debut. Years before she got big.
Setting: 8/10 – Stays true to Kimagure Orange Road, though a little too well perhaps.

Suggestions:
The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
Maison Ikkoku
Umi ga Kikoeru

4 Responses

  1. Alael says:

    I see you’re on a roll with the classic anime movies. What’s next? Ninja Scroll? Or perhaps a TV series… What about Magic Knight Rayearth? You seem to enjoy Clamp’s works.

  2. Souther says:

    The way I see it, this movie isn’t really comparable to the previous installment in terms of content or execution.

    There are some nice moments of characterization, yes, but strictly speaking we could say its existence is unnecessary.

    You give it a lot of credit for character development but that wasn’t the impression it gave me. If anything, it seemed to be trying to re-open the triangle (well, at least temporarily) and then decided to leave that as simply a tease.

    Honestly, I do think it’s worth a watch but for me this isn’t a necessary part of the KOR story.

  3. hoiut says:

    Madoka to Kajiura? How do you figure?

  4. psgels psgels says:

    Hoiut: Remember how she ended up working as a composer?

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  • Bam
    (Friday, Sep 4. 2015 10:25 PM)
    @Kaiser: EoE is one my favorite anime of all time. Once you ditch the superfluous religious imagery the rest makes sense. Human Instrumentaly succeeds, everyone turns to LCL then the conduit fails as some reject it and regain form. Deep in the fiction end of SciFi, but makes in-universe sense.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Friday, Sep 4. 2015 10:17 PM)
    I don’t want a happy ending, what I want is something I can wrap my head around at least.
    I’d doubt it’d be as disturbing as end of evangelion though.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Sep 4. 2015 10:16 PM)
    Now does it have problems? of course. I mentioned the most prominent ones and their causes in my first comment. Does its issues outweigh the entertainment value? depends on your personality. Keep in mind that there is no such a thing as a universally flawless creation. Every anime/manga/film/book has a community of haters; some sincere and some are just attention-seeking contrarians.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Sep 4. 2015 10:10 PM)
    It wouldn’t have been that hard for the 3rd movie to tie a nice bow on the events of the 2nd film and acted as everything was fine, that would’ve certainly pleased the masses, but that also would’ve made it a monument to artistic compromise. If you want feel-good material you’re barking up the wrong tree. Like Ramsey says in Game of Thrones “If you think this has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention”.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Sep 4. 2015 10:06 PM)
    I reserve judgment on the entirety of the Rebuild movies until I see the final one. That’s the one that will either elevate it or completely run it into the ground. there are few who seem to understand what they were going for in 3.0 since yeah it wasn’t nearly as satisfying as 2.0 with it’s action-packed finale and Shinji finally doing something and saving Rei, but Eva is not about satisfaction but failure and loss.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Friday, Sep 4. 2015 10:01 PM)
    I’m actually really looking forward to the 4th film.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Friday, Sep 4. 2015 09:59 PM)
    I’ll admit it now as a mature adult, I was ragging against Eva too much for getting into an argument with a friend years ago when I was a teenager about it and he understood better than I did and I felt thick and that he picked up on it more easily than I did. He’ll be laughing/gloating when I tell him I gave the franchise another chance through the movies, this is still a joke among my friends about me and the show.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Friday, Sep 4. 2015 09:54 PM)
    I’m recalling my brother’s vie on Eva the series vs the reboot:
    That he feels “The films are entertaining but un-neccesary because you don’t fix a piece of work that isn’t broken”
  • Bam
    (Friday, Sep 4. 2015 09:53 PM)
    Now the characters are emotionally a bit blank because that’s what Anno wanted. To show the mental isolation of the protagonist they needed to keep him separated and tormented. Liking/hating this is a matter of taste. Now we also have Kaji, Fuyutsuki and others to move the plot and Mari for lightening up the mood, the latter which I also didn’t enjoy, but it didn’t really ruin anything.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Sep 4. 2015 09:47 PM)
    Now was Eva bad or good is matter of opinion that is completely separate from it’s ‘relevance’. I believe it was fantastic for it’s time and slim budget. The parts that were actually animated were done real well. The style was so influential the biggest company in the game right now (including Ufotable) copy and allude to it.

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