Kimagure Orange Road

TV (48 eps)
1987 - 1988
3.677 out of 5 from 1,512 votes
Rank #2,925

A classic romantic comedy from the 1980's, telling the bittersweet story of three high school students. The series features very unique storytelling and direction, music from some of the biggest Japanese pop acts of the 1980's, and an added twist as Kyosuke and his family are ESPers, whose powers are used to tell unique stories and put the characters in unusual situations.

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A Transfer Student! ‘Tis Embarassing to Say, But I’ll Fall in Love For the First Time

Episode 1

A Transfer Student! ‘Tis Embarassing to Say, But I’ll Fall in Love For the First Time

A Little Lemony Kiss For Her

Episode 2

A Little Lemony Kiss For Her

Feelings Stirred – The Rolling First-Date

Episode 3

Feelings Stirred – The Rolling First-Date

Hikaru?! A Sensational “C-Experience.”

Episode 4

Hikaru?! A Sensational “C-Experience.”

A Secret for Two – A Problematic Part-Time Job

Episode 5

A Secret for Two – A Problematic Part-Time Job

That Kid’s My Rival – Midterm Exam of Love

Episode 6

That Kid’s My Rival – Midterm Exam of Love

Madoka’s Private Life?! A Spark-Colored Kiss

Episode 7

Madoka’s Private Life?! A Spark-Colored Kiss

You’re Smiling! A “Shutter-Chance” at the Beach

Episode 8

You’re Smiling! A “Shutter-Chance” at the Beach

Kurumi, I’ll Teach You How to Date

Episode 9

Kurumi, I’ll Teach You How to Date

A Foreboding Dream?! Hikaru is Dying

Episode 10

A Foreboding Dream?! Hikaru is Dying

Don’t Ring the Wedding Bell!

Episode 11

Don’t Ring the Wedding Bell!

Study Abroad in America! Good-bye, Madoka

Episode 12

Study Abroad in America! Good-bye, Madoka

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Spiderus
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"Wherefore art thou, Umao-san?" "Ushiko-san--!"  STORY Kyosuke and his family move to a new town, yet again, after their paranormal powers had been noticed where they previously lived. What do these said powers entail, you may wonder? From teleporting into the wrong bathrooms or hypnotizing himself accidentally to obey any command, to swapping bodies with his toddler cousin or traveling through time to fix some mistakes, there are many troublesome, and awkward, events to be had. Follow this indecisive kid as he makes new "relationships" at this new school full of perverted friends and delicious pork cutlet sandwiches! CHARACTERS Kyosuke is super indecisive, to the point that it is frustrating to watch him half-commit to his relationship with Hikaru. He obviously loves Ayukawa more, but never sorts that out and just keeps making both girls jealous, mad, or disappointed towards him. He's also slightly perverted, or at least really comes off that way because he's always getting in situations that are easily misunderstood or that he simply can't explain the true truth about because he must keep his abilities secret. If this weren't an episodic series, I don't know how he'd even still be able to live and show his face at school with some of the situations he gets himself in. Hikaru is your always cheery, always oblvious, ease-to-accept-an-excuse kinda gal. Her love for Kyosuke is almost one sided and I had hoped she'd just accept Yuusaku's unrequited feelings towards her - they were childhood friends and it's obvious he'd actually treat her much better than Kyosuke is with his constant side adventures with other girls! But no... rip Yuu my fellow single Pringle... Ayukawa was a much more interesting female lead. She isn't a pushover, gets into plenty of fights and her delinquency was an exciting addition to her self-righteous character. Like Kyosuke she has issues being forthright with her feelings, but at least she's not constantly bouncing between people like he is! Deep down she likes him back, making it feel like Hikaru was always in their way... OVERALL This series gives you a feeling of constant embarrassment for Kyosuke, coupled with the frustration that he can never make up his mind! Everyone kind of just beats around the bush all 48 episodes and I think more development needed to occur to make this worth the watch. It wasn't terrible by any means, but for even a romcom it could have been much better with just a few changes. Like, I think there's a problem if we see these background characters Umao and Ushiko for 3 seconds per episode and all they quote is Shakespeare and their relationship be looking tighter than anything Kyosuke has been able to make in all 72,000 seconds of the series!

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