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Risa and Otani are always being laughed at as the comedy duo. Risa, a
girl, is taller than the average girl, and Otani, a boy, is shorter
than the average boy. The two are always bickering and even their
teacher sees them as a comedy act. But as their friendship develops, so
do Risa's feelings toward Otani.
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At first glance you think this is one of those normal school romance, boy meets girl, girl meets boy, type anime. Well it's not.
It's a completely different take on the usual theory. A girl who towers
over her crush, a boy who may be short and sees eye to eye with most
other girls, still gets fans.
It was cute, insightful, hilarious and endearing. It was my most
anticipated episode every week. I always wanted more. I want more now
even though I know it's over!
The story is about the tallest girl and the shortest boy in class and
their search for love in high school. It turns out they're both kooky,
funny and energetic. They're also perfect for each other... too bad
they don't see that. The story isn't complicated or new, but it was
told so well that it crawled into right into that soft spot in my heart.
The romance is built slowly over
time and by the end, you're head over heels for them because the
creators did such a great job of laying down the foundation and
actually showing you how their feelings grow over time. It's not like a
lot of shows where all of a sudden in a haze of fuzzy lighting and rose
petals, love magically sprouts out of nowhere. Instead, you see a
friendship begin, a moment happens, interest blossoms, awareness
grows... the whole nine yards. You really get to know Koizumi and Otani
over the course of the show and I was rooting like crazy for them.
The characters are so over the top and out of control that it's hard
not to laugh. They exaggerate, make ridiculous faces and they
over-react to everything. It's really kind of hammy, but that's part of
the fun. And it's refreshing to see a female lead who isn't some
stereotype of a dominatrix-in-training or a weak, helpless nitwit. She
seems like a real human being with strong points and weak points. She
isn't afraid to get ugly and imperfect sometimes and I think it's
really great that they made her (and, really, him too) full of all
these flaws and not-so-attractive traits... and yet so completely
charming and loveable. It makes them really... human. I would say that
if you like the relationship (without the music and with a lot more
actual focus on romance) of Nodame and Chiaki from Nodame Cantabile,
you might like this too because there's a similarity in the way that
the relationships go both ways and the strength that each of them
brings to the relationship.