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Lovely Complex – 09 3 June 2007

Posted by jlap in Cliche School Trips, Lovely Complex, Yuri.
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lovecom0901.jpgLast week’s school trip moves to Hakodate, and completely renders last week’s episode meaningless as far as overall plot.

With Risa sulking, Nobu shows off an impressive array of grappling moves in punishing Atsushi for his rejection. Making matters worse is the fact that everyone around her seems to be hooking up with someone else. Risa realizes that she has to move on, but by constantly ending up in situations where the two of them are together, that is impossible.

lovecom0903.jpgOur fated duo’s adventure for the week was a photographic trip of the sights and sounds of Hakodate. Atsushi showed off his Umibouzu impression, while Risa continued to display a talent for scaring people away. In the midst of all the fun, Risa loses her wallet and Atsushi spends the rest of the day trying desperately to find it. At this point, Risa realizes that she may never get over him.

lovecom0905.jpgThe two then spot Umibouzu, accompanied by his wife and child, who happens to be in possession of Risa’s wallet. While Atsushi and the orange jump suit-clad musician head off to get a taxi, Risa discovers similarities between the early stages of their relationships with Umibouzu’s wife.

The episode ends with Risa confessing again with a determination to eventually make Atsushi accept.

lovecom0904.jpgThoughts: No real comments on how this relates to the overall plot, but instead a focus on two parts of the episode. With girls from other high schools around, Atsushi suddenly becomes a pulling machine with his Kansai-ben. With nearly everything sign pointing to this being unrealistic, it probably would have ended badly had the show completely tangented and focused on that. Second, Umibouzu only wears jumpsuits. One would think that a semi-famous person would actually wear something inconspicuous when vacationing with a family seemingly no one knows about. Though I may be overestimating Japanese celebrity culture.

Next Time: Atsushi’s ex from several episodes back comes back at the basketball club’s Christmas Party. She’s probably on a mission to destroy him yet again.


Lovely Complex – 08 27 May 2007

Posted by jlap in Epic Dozing Off, Hassle Free Airports, Lovely Complex, Rickshas!, Stereotypical School Trips.
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risa0806.jpgotani08071.jpg¬†After last week’s school festival in which Atsushi finally realized that it was he, and not some other short guy on the basketball team. Despite this, he still questions why she would come to like him. And like every episode of this series so far, the plot remains unresolved. (more…)

Lovely Complex – 07 20 May 2007

Posted by jlap in Cliche School Festivals, Lovely Complex.
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lovekom0701.jpgOtani continued to play a role of willful ignorance in the seventh installment of this insight into how atypical heights can play a role in relationships. Sounds overly complex? Fine. Anyway…

After Risa’s rather poor confession at the end of the last episode, Atsushi dismisses it as relating to the Umibouzu CD he gave her minutes earlier. At the school festival, Risa uses her utter devastation at the situation to great effect as the star of the class’ haunted house.

As he continues to ignore the painfully obvious answer in the quest to find out who Risa likes, Otani is told the answer by Nobu. Typically, he thinks that she is joking, and inflicts more pain on Risa.

Risa then goes to the kissaten for the day that is Haruka’s classroom. She is shortly followed by Otani and Seiko/Seishiro, and it is made painfully obvious that Otani is the only one who doesn’t know who Risa likes.

The episode concludes with Risa telling Otani that the one she likes is in the very room that only the two of them are in. It takes a long time to compute, but after Risa leaves Otani appears to have finally figured it out.

Thoughts: The believability of Otani’s willful ignorance of Risa’s feelings is questionable. Obviously it’s used to fill some time until the end of a chapter in the manga I haven’t read, but sometimes brevity in a story can be a good thing.

Next Time: Melodrama on the school trip