I was gazing through the list for an anime to review. As I clicked onto the Spring 2007 season anime, I realized that there was something that was begging to be revealed. I immediately screamed to Extrange (who was chatting with me online) that it is a wonder that none of the reviewers on the blog has mentioned this anime! It is funny, it is hilarious, it has some emotional drama and most of all, it has appealing quirky characters that will resonate to you.
Despite the lack of shoujo series due to the over crowding of cool shounen series, there are always a few lying around. This one is perhaps one of the decent comedy shoujo. The series, as you expect, is Lovely complex.
Lovely Complex is a love story between a boy and a girl. This series plays on the height issue as Risa Koizumi, the main female lead, is much taller than most Japanese girls at 172 cm. The boy, Atsushi Otani, tips the scale at a magnificent 156 cm. As the two somehow just cannot seem to quit an argument against each other, they are called the school’s comedy duo or the “All Hanshin Kyojin” team. It is also noted that there is an extremely popular comedy duo that plays the height difference.
Risa is a girl who has never been in romance, while Atsushi seems somewhat stunned by his previous relationship where he was dumped. As the two experienced things together, the two finally warmed up as Risa realized that she has fallen in love with Otani. Otani, being the thick skull that he is, is completely oblivious to her reactions. The story goes on, depicting their love story, while talking about the antics of this comedy duo.
Why you should watch this
I know that some people have been turned off by the Kansai-ben dialect, spoken in the Kansai region. I do not know why there is such a hatred in the dialect, since I am no native Japanese. I, for one, like the rich offerings of humor in this series. I cannot remember a single episode where I do not have a good laugh. I do not deny that it is rather easy to induce laughter for someone who likes to laugh. Nevertheless, as a comedy series, it has done particularly well. Even the most stated joke “the height problem” is used sparingly. Jokes can run dry after a while when it is used all the time, and Lovely Complex does not fall that badly in that aspect.
Secondly, it is perhaps the personality of Otani and Risa that helps to make this anime a hit for me. Otani, the shortie, is a hilariously thick skulled guy with a personality that girls can only squirm with cuteness. Risa, despite her emotional fragility being a minus in some parts of the show, is equally quirky and unique. However, a word of caution is that you should not expect great romance in this show because it is somewhat plagued by the same situation that many shoujo anime suffered from: draggy relationships. If you can look over that and see it more as a comedy, this show is definitely for you. I mean, look at the random conversation at the second screenshot. It is classic Lovely complex humor.
With a group of 4 sidekicks (her best friends), Haruka, a trap and Maity-sensei, this is a series where there are enough quirky characters, with funny exchanges to keep you awake for most of the show. One of the huge incentives of the show is perhaps the side characters as stated. Their nosy behavior between Otani and Risa is rather hilarious as they go on all means to push the two together. I remember when Otani finally kissed Risa for real, I smiled. It’s worth the wait.
One more time is the upbeat soundtrack that I enjoy a lot. Both OPs and EDs are extremely happy and cheerful, making it a good after taste. I remember how I used Lovely Complex to cheer myself up after a horrible day at school or when I have an argument with my girlfriend. It tends to brighten up the day just a little, since the crazy antics of the characters is perhaps larger than life. I guess Lovely Complex is a show not meant to be taken too seriously, but good to liven up your life.