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Kimagure Orange Road TV Episode 4
Hikaru-chan?! Osawagase No C Taiken
(Hikaru-chan?! Sensational "C" Experience)

Copyright: VAP (Japan)
Length: 23 minutes
Rating: NR, Parental Guidance Suggested
Format: Original Japanese dialog (VHS/LD)

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

[ plot summary ]

Having spent a little too much time in the rain, Kyosuke ends up with a cold. Late in the evening, Hikaru unexpectedly shows up at the door, and ends up staying overnight. Of course, Kyosuke being the type of person he is, nothing happens -- but that's not the rumour going around the school the next day. Kurumi certainly doesn't help matters when she tells everyone that Hikaru spent the entire night in Kyosuke's bedroom... Delirious from the illness, Kyosuke ends up in the school infirmary. Hikaru stops by to check up on him, and Kyosuke, semi-concious, hugs Hikaru, thinking that it's Madoka. Of course, guess who walks in just at that moment?

[ capsule review ]

We get a bit more information about Hikaru and Madoka, and just how long and deep their relationship is. Madoka has always been the 'older sister' figure for Hikaru, even when they were young children, and now Madoka again finds herself in the same role -- this time giving Hikaru advice on how to deal with her new-found love interest. Hikaru's "night out" with Kyosuke in his room is awkward at best -- how could he possibly do anything considered even remotely leacherous if a) he has no desire to, and b) you also happen to live with two very curious and meddling sisters. Meanwhile, Jingoro has all these funny expressions on his face...

Things change back to the more contemplative mood in the latter part of the episode, when Madoka finds a very tired Kyosuke at a bus stop near a theater (Kyosuke had spent what little strength he had left using a steamroller to try to "rescue" Madoka from a couple of young men looking for a quick thrill.) Once again, the moodiness we had at the end of the second episode returns, and all is well again. Not too much real humour or drama here, but more a study in character development and the awkwardness in youths. The key scene is the very end -- nothing is said between Kyosuke and Madoka, and nothing is needed. - AN

Not only did Kyosuke miss his date with Hikaru, things are even worse at school after Hikaru comes over late at night to talk to Kyosuke. Thanks to his meddling sister's poor choice of words, the latest hot gossip at the school is how Kyosuke and Hikaru did it last night. What a way to be, and things are even worse since he can't seem to be able to tell Madoka the truth about what had happened; certainly not without being rather presumtuous about whether she even cared, not to mention not being very masculine about such things.

This episode continues to build on the previous botched date between Kyosuke and Hikaru. The love triangle between Hikaru, Madoka and Kyosuke continues to develop thanks to Kyosuke's hapless nature. Hikaru encouraged by his relative willingness to continue seeing her is delighted and hasn't a care in the world. Of course, she also isn't bothered by the latest rumour at school either which is quite a feat in itself, although this might just say something about her character as well. Light and uncaring is one thing... The music here continues to be well done, and they had a bit of fun with the animation when Madoka was catching the movie, synchronizing her movements with those of the actress on the screen. Another fun episode we continue to see development of the very quiet relationship which is growing between Madoka and Kyosuke. -JYN

[ 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: 3 stars N/A N/A
Translation: N/A N/A N/A
Overall Rating: 3 stars N/A N/A

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