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New Kimagure Orange Road: Summer's Beginning (1st edition)

Jessica Calvello , Marcie Corder , Kunihiko Yuyama    Unrated   DVD
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The Kimagure Orange Road series centers on a teenage romantic triangle: Hikaru and Madoka were best friends until they fell for Kyosuke, an understated hero with psychic powers. In 1991, the 19-year-old Kyosuke is struck by car and propelled three years into the future, where he tries to understand the changes that have taken place in his world. Madoka and Hikaru have grown up to become a promising songwriter and a student of drama and dance, respectively; the older Kyosuke is a student-photographer on assignment in Bosnia. The problem of two Kyosukes coexisting is played for laughs, including a sequence where the 22-year-old Kyosuke counsels his younger self. The filmmakers expect the viewer to know the characters from the OAVs, although designs have been changed. The result is a Pax-style romantic fantasy, rather than a sci-fi adventure. Suggested rating is 15+: nudity, sexual situations, alcohol and tobacco use. --Charles Solomon

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By GeoX
Given that the original KOR movie ended the series pretty effectively, one would be forgiven for assuming that this followup would be nothing more than a wholly cynical exercise in dead-horse-beating. And it is, to an extent. The nominal premise of the film, in which Kyosuke gets displaced in time after being hit by a car, certainly feels forced. However, as it turns out, the film manages to aquit itself fairly well, and, most importantly, it doesn't compromise the source material.
It's an oddly paced piece of work, to be sure. The bulk of it works at the probably inevitable task of achieving some sort of reconciliation between Kyosuke and Madoka and Hikaru, and then, this accomplished, it suddenly veers jarringly off into 'Kyosuke really, really wants to get laid.' This first is done about as gracefully as one could expect; ie, fairly. It threatens to venture into well-trodden 'allegedly comic misunderstanding' territory at one point, but, surprisingly, it dodges this bullet, for once. Some may complain that the integrity of the events in the first movie is ruined by mitigating the quite violent breaking off of relations, but I don't really see that...it's only natural that, as time does its wound-healing thing, people should mellow out a bit, and, let's face it, Hikaru was treated pretty shabbily in the original; it seems only fair. Not that fairness is always warranted, of course, but in this case it's all good.
But then it just gets sort of weird; the material with Kyosuke wanting to have sex with Madoka feels very drawn-out and not a little pointless.
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I picked this movie up on a whim, having never seen the series before. I remember watching it and enjoying it quite a bit when I first got it last year, even without a fully developed backstory on it. Now, after having watched the TV series, I decided to watch the movie again and see if it was better/worse than what I remembered... and I must say that this movie is totally amazing, whether you've seen the TV/OVA series or not!
This is a story of young man, Kyosuke Kasuga (Kasuga Kyosuke to we English speakers), who has supernatural powers, like teleportation, along with his sisters (his father doesn't have the "power" because his wife had the power and he married into it). Something the movie doesn't explain is that they are considered ESPers (people with ESP), so if you aren't familiar with the Anime term, you may not realize EXACTLY what is going on at the end of the movie (you sort of miss a "joke" without this information). Kyosuke, Hikaru and Ayukawa have been long time friends, Kyosuke having chosen Ayukawa over Hikaru when he finally decided who he was in love with for real, I believe at the end of their Junior High School "career".
One day Kyosuke receives a phone call from someone who claims to be HIM, warning him to "watch out for the car". Heeding it no mind (as he is running late), he leaves his apartment for school. Well, as fate would have it, Kyosuke is hit by a car and sent to the hospital... in body anyway. When Kyosuke is hit by the car his "spirit" is sent forward in time 3 years, leaving just his body in '91. We learn that THIS Kyosuke is here and at the same time he was hit by the car, his self from this time (1994) was in another crisis, thus he displaced the 1994 Kyosuke.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally....Kimagure Orange Road on DVD! Oct. 13 2001
This is the second movie from the popular "Kimagure Orange Road" series.
"Kimagure Orange Road" began as a 48-episode TV series which capture the hearts of many anime fans. The show features a family of ESPers: Kyousuke, the main character, his twin sisters and his non-ESPer father. The show revolves around Kyousuke's life at a new highschool and meeting two roughneck gangsters: Hikaru and her best friend (tough fighter and talented musician), Ayukuwa Madoka. Hikaru loves Kyouske who loves Ayukuwa but despite her feelings for Kyousuke, she holds her emotions because of her best friend.
Then came the six OAV's which led to the emotional rollercoaster movie where the love triangle had to come to an end.
The movie picks up years later where an older and buffer Kyousuke is a professional photographer who is nearly killed in Bosnia. Before he is hurt, he manages to warn Kyousuke (a few years younger) that he is going to get a major accident and to be careful. When the two get hurt simultaneously, the younger Kyousuke ends up in the older Kyousuke's timeline with an older Madoka and the return of Hikaru. How will Hikaru feel when she sees Kyousuke again? How will Madoka bring back the Kyousuke of the present? Also, what will be of the relationship between young-adult Kyousuke and Madoka?
For one to truly appreciate this movie, I highly recommend you watch the TV episodes or even the OAV and then the first movie. People just watching this drama may or may not enjoy it if they haven't seen the previous episodes but to truly enjoy this movie, it is recommended that you catch up on the previous episodes.
As for the DVD, I'm disappointed that ADV didn't include any extras. ADV trailers, different language tracks and menu doesn't count.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kimagure Orange Road, A DVD
Wonderful anime, this movie was brought to DVD. Kyosuke was hit by a car when he was 19 and supposedly was brought to the time 3 years after and he must go back if he is to... Read more
Published on March 23 2003 by Zach Pisut
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the OVAs and the TV series, but love this movie more!
I've been a huge fan of KOR since college. I own the manga and DVDs of both the OVAs and the TV series. Read more
Published on Oct. 17 2002 by I. Chan
5.0 out of 5 stars Mature Movie
I have never seen the series but I still loved this movie.It deals with emotional difficulties very well particularly love triangles. Read more
Published on May 9 2002 by goddessofwings
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT: One of my very favorite anime movies.
Picking up where the OVA and first movie left off, the new KOR movie has our hero jumping in time, it neatly shows what the future will hold for Kyosuke. Read more
Published on April 18 2002 by Bob H
4.0 out of 5 stars Whimisical Romance
Picking up where the OVA and Movie left off, New KOR has our hero jumping in time. it neatly shows what the future will hold Kyosuke. Read more
Published on Jan. 17 2002 by "mrdisco33"
5.0 out of 5 stars KOR the best!!!
Kimagure Orange Road - rate one of the best animation. It has a 48-episodes TV series, 8 OVA and 1 movie (finish the series) that is complete/done during the 80s. Read more
Published on Sept. 11 2001 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie... if you are a KOR fan
New Kimagure Organe Road is an epilogue of sorts to the Kimagure Orange Road anime series. The anime was centered around Kyosuke Kasuga, a young man with ESP powers who fell in... Read more
Published on Sept. 10 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best KOR movie ever. You've to buy this one.
For those of you who don't know anything about Kimagure Orange Road, well, don't worry, this movie is still worth watching even if you don't know anything about Mr. Read more
Published on Aug. 11 2001 by Pierantozzi Luca
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