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Kimagure Orange Road
(Capricious Orange Road)
OAV Episode 1: I Was a Cat, I Was a Fish

Copyright: © 1989 TOHO / Studio Pierrot / VAP, © 1992 AnimEigo
Length: 25 minutes
Rating: NR, Parental Guidance Suggested
Format: Subtitled, Original Japanese language (VHS/LD)

Visual Concept: Izumi Matsumoto Original Character Design: Izumi Matsumoto Character Design: Takada Akemi

[ plot summary ]

On a hot summer's day, Kyosuke's grandfather pays the family a visit, bringing with him some fresh vegetables and fish from the country. Kyosuke, bemoaning the fact that he's forced to study during what should be his summer vacation, wishes that he might be a cat, or perhaps even a goldfish, just so he could escape the rigours of school. But, as they say, "be careful what you wish for -- you may get it..." Kurumi, rummaging through her grandfather's bag, comes across something unusual: a magic rope. A rope that can exchange the souls of any two being who hold the opposite ends. But when the twins don't believe their grandfather, he sees little choice but to prove his claims...

Meanwhile, Kyosuke has had enough work for the day, and plans to spend the evening with Madoka and Hikaru at a local festival. That is until a slight accident occurs between him, the rope and a most unsuspecting goldfish...

[ capsule review ]

A not-so-original take on a long-standing science fiction plot. What happens when you swap bodies with someone, or something else? And what happens when you can't go back? Even the original Star Trek series used this subject, though somewhat more seriously. But where the idea may be old, the humour it's wrapped up in isn't. There are some very comical moments which result from the various body-swapping exercises: Madoka and Hikaru end up competing for anything and everything that reminds them of our luckless hero, without realising the rather poigniant exercise they're involved in. But the writer did leave the best for last, when it appears that Kyosuke might get his first ever kiss from Madoka... without her knowing it, of course.

Still, the essence of KOR's well established love-triangle relationship come through -- and there's plenty of exploration of each character's feelings for each other, with the viewer getting their first (and Kyosuke's as well) glimpse into Hikaru's room... and the depths of her obsession with Kyosuke. I wonder if the bubbly Hikaru might have been the prototype for Glenn Close's character in Fatal Attraction? Naaahhh.
- AN, 98.03.01

[ café rating ]

Original: Subbed: Dubbed:
Story: 3 stars N/A N/A
Direction: 3 stars N/A N/A
Acting: 4 stars N/A N/A
Animation: 3 stars N/A N/A
Music: 4 stars N/A N/A
Translation: N/A N/A N/A
Overall Rating: 3 stars N/A N/A

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