Whenever I come home for a break, Dad shows me various anime he's found over the course of the semester/whatever. So I'm blogging about it because I have nothing better to do. Today's anime is Lovely Complex
, the high school romance of an amazon and a midget. Tongue-in-cheek, and energetic, with seemingly infinite awkwardness interspersed with the romantic elements.
Hitting the highlights:
-The girl realizes her feelings by the fifth episode, and confesses to the guy by the seventh (it then takes another two episodes for him to realize that she's confessed, and then she chases him for another twelve, while he dithers like the more usual anime idiot, and they finally go out in episode 19).
spend a lot of time pushing the main couple together, but they also spend a lot of time with their respective beaus (even if most of their dialogue revolves around the main couple)
-Trashes a lot of romantic concepts. Fireworks festivals, Valentines Days, and even a TrappedInAFreezer
come and go... and are all incredibly awkward letdowns. Some of the sweetest scenes arise spontaneously.
-Couple starts out knowing each other and become friends over similar interests before any chemistry happens.
-Drawing style's less BESM and more BEBM, especially the main character, who is frequently drawn with buckteeth or pokey lips. Otherwise fairly outlandish, a la Azumanga Daioh.
-They introduce a "cool bishounen crush" in the first episode, and by the end of it he's turned into a total dork. (an adorable dork, naturally) Everyone else, of course, is also a total dork.
-The girl's a gamer with a taste for dating sims (and apparently console RPGs, given the way she talks in her sleep); everyone worries about her being obsessed, and... nothing happens.
-Despite many comical misunderstandings, the only thing that threatens to break up couples is self-admittedly stupid mistakes and worries about the future. (all three main couples have to worry about diverging paths)
-They leave the BeautifulAllAlong
scene until like the last episode.
-The major conflict is over two episodes before the end, which lets them shift to a secondary couple's trauma.
-Coincidential meetings happen about as often as they do in other anime. Eh.