Marmalade Boy

TV (76 eps)
1994 - 1995
3.624 out of 5 from 3,633 votes
Rank #3,959

Miki is a normal high school student, living a normal life, but one day she is welcomed home with an announcement: her parents have decided to get divorced and switch partners with close friends of the family. The reason? Love. But to add to Miki's disbelief, she may get a new "brother," and he may just happen to be in love with her...

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I just finished watching Marmalade Boy and I am not very thrilled about it. I got to episode 43 and then skip some until 73-76 to see the ending. The reason? The anime had too many episodes and the plot was dragging so much that it was no longer fun to watch. The plot is basically a soap opera in itself. There is a lot of drama in between and the story line offers no originality. The name of the anime is kind of stupid in my opinion as there is one reference to it in the first few episodes and that is all. The animation was poor. I suppose it was well done back in the 1990’s when it was released but considering that now it has been over 20 years I see many flaws and roughness with the drawing. The music selection for the opening and ending themes did not impress me either. The characters tend to be a redeeming quality for anime that do not offer much else in terms of story plot or animation but this was not the case. The main male character was the typical popular boy that is basically good in everything he does while his counterpart Miki is a bit of a klutz, emotional type girl who by the way is bad at cooking. I mean, the personalities of the characters are just not original and offer no depth.  I did like that the story had several other secondary characters whose stories are also explored but I did not feel their personalities where sufficient to add to the quality of this anime. All in all, I do not recommend this to anyone and trust me, I have watched a lot of shoujo!

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