His and Her Circumstances

His and Her Circumstances is an anime series in the Kare Kano franchise
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A Boy and Girl With Public Images to Play Off of Become a Couple

Yukino Miyazawa is the most popular girl at school and a permanent straight-A student, her frantic home life hidden to preserve her seemingly effortless perfection. Her classroom kingdom is invaded by a newcomer, the handsome Soichiro Arima, who competes with her for every prize and accolade. Both are appointed as class reps and forced to work together. Behind icy masks of politeness, the pair fight a private battle of wills and slowly begin to fall in love.

Based on a 1996 manga by Masami Tsuda in Hana to Yume magazine, H&HC; effortlessly outclasses its look-alike U.S. cousin Ally McBeal in its dramatic innovation and use of surreal "cartoon" effects in a contemporary sitcom. In Japan, it owes a debt to earlier comedies of manners such as Goldfish Warning and Reiko Shiratori I Presume, throwing in Greek choruses of cynical siblings, split-screens, and squashed-down cartoon versions of the lead characters. In terms of off-the-wall experimentation, it rivals the earlier Fist of the North Star-not just stop-motion and live action, but one episode features a character whose head is a photograph of a Gainax staff member, while another is animated with paper cutouts, until Yukino bursts into real flames. As with director Anno's earlier Evangelion, onscreen captions and subtitles comment on the action and warp the characters' meanings, perfectly capturing the adolescent power struggles and hypocrisies of the original. A very funny satire about unlikable people who are nevertheless sympathetic characters.
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Name His and Her Circumstances
Name: Kareshi Kanojo no Jijyo
Romaji: 彼氏彼女の事情
Publisher Gainax
Start Year 1998
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Aliases Kare Kano
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