More truth than you’ll get in real election campaigns.
With only one more Now and Then, Here and There post left to go, the time has come to choose my next retroblogging project. Similar to the first show I retroblogged, I’m letting you, the readers, decide which show I’ll be watching and blogging. In this post there will be three series from at least 10 years ago to choose from, a more lighthearted selection after the brutal reality of Now and Then, Here and There. So do your civic duty, click here, and place your vote! Voting will be open until next Tuesday, 27 April.
Just a quick note, in my first retroblogging vote I mentioned wanting to get to the other two series at some point, Uchyuu Senkan Yamato and Maison Ikkoku. While in my brand new blogger naivete I didn’t realize that Maison Ikkoku is something that probably would have taken me years to cover, after the next show is picked Yamato will be back on the ballot.
Candidate #1: Kimagure Orange Road
Invasion of the flying saucer hat!
A classic rom-com show from 1987-1988, Kimagure Orange Road features love triangles, ESPers that would fit right in with BiriBiri and crew, and character design reminiscent of some of Rumiko Takahashi’s early work. From MAL: Fifteen year old Kyosuke Kasuga moves to a new city and becomes enamoured by one Madoka Ayukawa, whom often treats him coldly even though she seemed friendly the first time they met, when he caught her red straw hat on the stairs. Kyosuke also must try to avoid breaking the heart of the slightly childish Hikaru Hiyama, whom fell in love with him after she saw him make an impossible shot with a basketball and whom likes to shower him with affection. Also, just to make things interesting, Kyosuke, his sisters, his grandfather, and his cousins all have various powers (teleportation, psychokinesis, hypnosis, time travel, personality transferrence) which Kyosuke desperately tries to keep a secret, though some of the other family members have no such qualms against using their powers in public.
Candidate #2: Great Teacher Onizuka (GTO)
Excellence in teaching.
Great Teacher Onizuka, from 1999-2000, is about a former biker gang member turned reformed high school teacher, sort of. Being a badass dies hard, and Onizuka is not above returning to his delinquent ways or calling upon old friends in the service of education. No child left unscarred. From MAL: Onizuka is a reformed biker gang leader who has his sights set on an honorable new ambition: to become the world’s greatest teacher … for the purpose of meeting sexy high school girls. Okay, so he’s mostly reformed. However, strict administrators and a class of ruthless delinquents stand between Onizuka and his goal and they will use any means, however illegal or low, to drive the new teacher away. Perfect, because Onizuka’s methods won’t be found in any teaching manual; he cares about the difference between legal and illegal activities about as much as he cares for the age difference between himself and a high school girl. So get ready for math that doesn’t add up, language you’d be slapped for using, and biology that would make a grown man blush … unless of course, you’re the Great Teacher Onizuka.
Candidate #3: Kare Kano
Yukino’s tutor was Machiavelli, her coach von Clausewitz, and her role model Lady Macbeth.
From 1998-1999, Kare Kano is a series I’ve always meant to get around to watching. Considered a classic shoujo romance, Kare Kano follows Yukino and Soichiro as they attend high school, Soichiro uncovers her bit of deception, and the two eventually start to fall for each other. From MAL: Miyazawa Yukino is the perfect student. Kind, intelligent, pretty and modest, it’s unbelievable that such a person could exist. Little did everyone know Yukino’s perfection was just a facade. An act to fulfill her desire for praise and admiration. Her life took a turn however, as a newcomer to their school Arima Soichiro topped the exam rankings. Arima is more then just intelligent, he’s also kind, handsome and modest, an unbelievable person who can actually exist. Even worse luck, Arima found out Yukino’s secret, blackmailing her to help him out. Their odd relationship soon develops into friendship and eventually into love. But can their love prevail through the many problems that come their way? Based on the manga by Masami Tsuda.
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