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

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  • Actors: Jessica Calvello, Marcie Corder, Meredith J. Dahl, Jason Douglas, Tôru Furuya
  • Directors: Kunihiko Yuyama
  • Writers: Izumi Matsumoto, Kenji Terada
  • Producers: Chûji Nakajima, Kiichirou Yamazaki, Masako Fukuyo, Masamichi Fujiwara, Mitsuru Ôshima
  • Format: Animated, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: ADV Films
  • Release Date: Nov. 11 2003
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00005LPZK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #121,844 in DVD (See Top 100 in 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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Format: DVD
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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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'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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