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Kimagure Orange Road (きまぐれオレンジ☆ロード) is a Japanese romantic comedy manga series written and illustrated by Izumi Matsumoto. Following a 1985 film adaptation, Studio Pierrot created an anime television series that was broadcast on Nippon Television from 1987 to 1988. Two more films were released in 1988 and 1996, as well as an original video animation series that began in 1989.

Fifteen-year-old Kyosuke Kasuga moves to a new city and becomes enamored 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, who fell in love with him after she saw him make an impossible shot with a basketball and who 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 transference) 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.

Kimagure Orange Road is a classic and one of my all time favorite anime. While it stands on its own as a love triangle romance/comedy its got some quirky characters and situations thrown in there. At the very beginning of the anime you find out that the Kasuga family are espers, throw in over the top girl gangs and delinquents and you have a weird concoction with a romance anime. Watching it today it is a bit dated for visuals, but even so they still work to this day as the animation is good enough that the characters are able to convey the emotions properly. Without spoiling anything, all I can say is that the story is really good. Really the story is character driven. The three main characters REALLY shine but their personalities are drawn out very well by all of the supporting characters. VERY, VERY well done.

[Nov 21, 1985] KIMAGURE ORANGE ROAD (OVA OST)
[Dec 21, 1985] Mogitate no Koi / Rie Kouchi
[Mar 21, 1986] CD Collection ~With Special BGM Collection~
[May 01, 1987] ED1: Kanako Wada – Natsu no mirage
[May 01, 1987] OP1: Masanori Ikeda – Night of summer side
[June 21, 1987] KIMAGURE ORANGE☆ROAD Sound Color 1
[Sep 05, 1987] OP2: Hideyuki Nagashima – Orange Mystery
[Sep 16, 1987] ED2: Kanashii Heart wo Moeteiru / Kanako Wada
[Sep 25, 1987] (Insert song) Furimuite My Darling / Minako Fujishiro
[Oct 26, 1987] KIMAGURE ORANGE☆ROAD Sound Color 2
[Dec 25, 1987] KIMAGURE ORANGE☆ROAD Singing Heart
[Jan 25, 1988] Meiko Nakahara – (OP3) Kagami no naka no actress / (ED3) Dance in Memories
[Feb 25, 1988] KIMAGURE ORANGE☆ROAD Sound Color 3
[Apr 06, 1988] Kimagure Orange☆Station
[Apr 29, 1988] Kimagure Orange☆Road: Cassette Tape Message
[Oct 05, 1988] KIMAGURE ORANGE☆ROAD: I Want To Return To That Day
[Oct 05, 1988] Ano Sora wo Dakishimete / Kanako Wada
[Apr 08, 1989] KIMAGURE ORANGE☆ROAD Loving Heart
[Dec 20, 1989] Kimagure Orange☆Road Mogitate Special
[Sep 17, 1993] Kimagure Orange☆Road Singing Heart² sweet memories
[Aug 01, 1996] Shin Kimagure Orange★Road ~Soshite, Ano Natsu no Hajimari~ Image Album
[Oct 02, 1996] DAY DREAM ~Soba ni Iru yo / Agua
[Nov 01, 1996] Shin Kimagure Orange☆Road ~Soshite, Ano Natsu no Hajimari~ Original Soundtrack
[Dec 01, 1996] Shin Kimagure Orange★Road Image Mini Album: Madoka’s Piano Files




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