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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
Format:DVD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Kimagure Orange Road, A DVD March 24 2003
Format: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 survive. Great plot, but a little too much dialogue.
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By I. Chan
Format:DVD
I've been a huge fan of KOR since college. I own the manga and DVDs of both the OVAs and the TV series. After watching this movie, I can't believe that the story can get even better. Maybe I'm just getting older, but I definitely prefer the New Kimagure over the original, which I thought was already perfect. I would strongly advise watching at least the OVAs before this movie since it would enhance your experience.
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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 Mature Movie May 9 2002
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I have never seen the series but I still loved this movie.It deals with emotional difficulties very well particularly love triangles.The movie didn't have much action but it was still impossible to stop watching.The ending was perfect they showed exactly the right amount of the main characters first time and didn't exploit it like most shows do.I would recommend this to people who like romance shows but be warned this isn't like any other romance anime I've ever seen.This is not too soppy but more realistic and deals with the important things in life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT: One of my very favorite anime movies. April 18 2002
By Bob H
Format:DVD
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. The character design is not by Akemi, which is a bit of a negative, but the story is excellent and KOR fans should definitely pick this up. Once you begin watching KOR most other anime series will never seem quite as good. The entire KOR series is the best of all the comedy/romance anime's I have ever seen. KOR is a romantic comedy about a love triangle of one guy and two girls. The guy happens to have psychic powers but you hardly remember it. The most important thing in the series is the relationships among people. It also has the most beautiful girls you'll ever see. The entire KOR series, TV, OAV's and the two movies are a must watch for all anime fans.
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