Episode 40 – “First Dream of the New Year – Giant Monster Jingoro’s Counterattack!”

See, I told you there was a proper New Year’s special! It may be 11 days too late, but it’s the thought that counts… Episode 40 could be best described as a parody mashup between Top Gun and Toho Kaiju movies such as Godzilla.

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Introducing… T.A.P GUN!

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Episode 39 -“Hypnotizing Madoka – Kyosuke’s Dangerous New Year!”

That’s right, this blog skipped a week without updating; but only because there was no episode aired on December 28th, 1987. So, I’ll say this now: Happy New Year!
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If you’re one for fanservice, you’ll enjoy this episode. Otherwise, there’s not much to see here. But fear not, the next one is a proper New Year’s special, so stay tuned for that episode; It’s a real blast!

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Episode 38 – “Kyosuke Timetrips! The Third Christmas.”

Merry Christmas! Episode 38 features an “endless” time loop, before Groundhog Day┬áreally popularized the concept in 1993. It’s also superficially similar to the 2011 film 12 Dates of Christmas, but only because it’s a Holiday-themed time loop love story.

XMASThis is also probably my personal favorite episode of Kimagure Orange Road.

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Episode 37 – “Heroic Orange Legend – Madoka’s Duel in the Blizzard”

A Madoka-centric episode has been overdue, right? “Heroic Orange Legend” is a take on traditional Japanese samurai and yakuza flicks, retold with a street gang flavor.

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The final OP is also introduced here, and it might just be one of the coolest 80’s openings period. It features one continuous animation where one bit leads into another, with no cuts at all; props for the creativity there. As I’ve said before, I’m planning a separate post that focuses on all the OPs/EDs and info surrounding them; album art, singers, etc.

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Episode 36 – “Adios, Kyosuke! Paranormal Powers Caught On Video!”

We’ve got a juicy one today folks; While filming a movie for the school film festival, Seiji Komatsu catches the ESP boy, Kasuga Kyosuke, red-handed on film; And he’s determined it’ll make his movie a hit.

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Will Kyosuke have to move away yet again, once the movie is shown to the whole school? Can he convince Seiji that he was just seeing things?

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Episode 35 – “Perverted With a Camera! Robot Kyou-chan!”

This is another episode that stuck in my brain for some reason… Its gag-based execution keeps it from being too weird, and is pretty comedic overall.

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tenofem.pngIce cream… Ice cream, ten of ’em…

Robot Kyou-chan is as malleable as clay, susceptible to whatever his friends feed into his mind. Seiji and Hatta’s bright idea is to have him go on panty raids, but he keeps getting sidetracked with miscellaneous errands along the way. With mates like these two, what could possibly go wrong here?

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Episode 34 – “Roots Panic! Madoka in the Mysterious Homeland” + A Note on Hiromi’s Passing

A whole week has gone by already since Hiromi Tsuru’s passing; and what a fast week it’s been. As if it were yesterday, I vividly remember when I heard the news from a friend of mine.

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On a lighter note, happy Thanksgiving to all the Americans out there! Of course, Thanksgiving is not a Japanese holiday, so the Kasuga family won’t exactly be feasting on turkey this episode… But we do get to meet Kyosuke’s grandparents, and the story of how his parents met.

This post may be shorter than my usual ones due to the bustle of the holiday.

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