Two Old School Romance Anime Sagas You Have to Watch!

Fushigi Yuugi (TV)

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This massive series is one of my favorites.  I enjoy it for it’s innocent story plot (it is mostly PG at several points PG-13), the reverse harem, and the lengthiness (65 episodes and it even has OVAs).

The story is  the coming of age adventure of main character Miaka who is not a very studious high school girl.  She daydreams of food when she should be studying.  When she tries to buckle down at the library she finds a rare book “The Universe of Four Gods”.  She is sucked into the book and soon discovers that she is destined to be a of priestess of one of the four gods.  As priestess she must collect her Seven Seishi, her guardians, which become her “revers harem”.  With their combined power she is to call on Suzaku to end the war and famine that plagues the lands.  One of her warriors becomes the love of her life but making their relationship work isn’t going to be easy.

Her friend Yui also falls into the story.  She thinks herself superior to Miaka in every way and becomes her rival.  After all she should be a better priestess as well.  They are sent into a race for the finish to summon their god and bring power to the rule of their respective land.  Will her jealousy destroy everything, including Miaka’s love?

This 90’s anime has all the old school animation, style and plot line that makes it a classic must see romance.

 

Marmalade Boy

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This is another lengthy 90’s romance series with 76 episodes.  If you like Fushigi Yuugi I think you will like this as well.  Once again it centers around the coming of age story of a young girl, who isn’t the sharpest pencil in the box, Miki.  Her parents return from a vacation with the shocking news that they will be divorcing and remarrying the opposite partners of another couple.  So both new sets of parents don’t have to be without one of their children they have decided to all live under one roof.  One of their children?!  The other couple has a handsome intelligent son Yuu.  He is utter perfection in Miki’s eyes.  Well, he is utterly perfect except he doesn’t want to give her the time of day.  How can she win him over when so many things go wrong?
If you like old school anime you are going to love this!

Review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Exclusive Teaser Trailer

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Exclusive Teaser Trailer

The new The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Exclusive Teaser Trailer has been released.  If you know anything about The Hunger Games franchise you will be extremely excited to see it.

Several changes from the first film have occurred.  Director Gary Ross who directed the first film has been replaced with Director Francis Lawrence who directed such films as Water For Elephants and I Am Legend.  It is my impression from the trailer alone that this film, Catching Fire, will surpass the previous movie.

I was disappointed with the first movie over all.  Particularly the costuming and makeup did not live up to my expectations.  I read the books and they were okay.  The writing was fine but not stellar but the idea, the storyline, was refreshing and different.  (Not completely unique as many of you may remember reading “The Lottery” as a child)  I saw the rare potential for the movie to surpass the book.

Ultimately the director is to blame.  He, or she, is the captain of the crew and must lead them in the proper direction but Judianna Makovsky’s, Costume Designer of The Hunger Games, choices in costuming some rather lack luster and unflattering outfits left me wanting.  Glenn Hetrick and Ve Neill, Expert Judges from the TV show Face Off, were the prosthetic makeup effects designers and creators.  Ve Neill lead the team but was at the mercy of her director and costume designer.  In interview she has stated that she was left to create her ideas without seeing the costuming first.  Then in creative meetings she was told to tone it down and dial it back.  Tone it down?!  Are you kidding me?  If you have read the book then you well know that the oddities within The Capitol are crucial to the story line.  The heroine of the story, Katniss, is appalled at how the people there look.  I felt that the makeup was not taken far enough in the first film.

Katniss Wedding Dress Revealed

Trish Summerville (seen above with her release of a photo of the wedding dress) is the costume designer for Catching Fire and already from the trailer I see a marked improvement both in costuming and makeup.  Ve Neill has returned for this film but I think it is evident that she has been allowed to elevate her interpretation of the book.  It is my hope that Francis Lawrence also improves the viewers experience watching the “games”.  I do see that they are using hand-cam in the trailer but it is my hope that it isn’t over used with excessive quick cuts.

If you haven’t watched the trailer do so and judge for yourself.  I know where I will be on the 22nd.