Thursday, January 19, 2006

Onegai Twins / Please Twins

Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama
Parental Guidance Recommended
2003 Ide Yasunori, Junichi Watanabe, Genco / Please!, Bandai Visual, GENCO, Studio Orphee

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MegaManEXE's Description:
The story revolves around Maiku Kamishiro, a high school student renting his supposed childhood home out while also working as a programmer. His life and daily routine are soon to be badly interrupted as two girls show up on his doorstep claiming to be his flesh and blood, which I'm sure he'd refute wholly if he new his past himself. But the best part is, they both move in. This is going to be an interesting summer.

(12 episodes)

I’ll Be The One Gai To These Twins Any Day... >>> by MegaManEXE
I simply loved the pilot, in anime there are a few things I love, love stories (especially triangles), the story being set over the summer and a self supported teenage male protagonist who's clinical, measured and moody. Just like me. This anime fitted all three of my criteria perfectly. An anime hasn't made me this excited since my Love Hina box set arrived in the post!

It truly fist hit me when I heard the beautifully composed piano piece at the ending of the first episode. It swirls you up into a jumbled mess to match the situation, as we see all three leads being introduced, this scene coupled with the excellent lines, "It was about to begin, at our house, our summer" simply had me gasping for the next episode. It really did stir me.

Of course this anime only had this reaction with me because I simply love romance! The main man, Maiku I simply adore, his features and mannerisms are what I'd love to be made up of if I was an anime character! He's studying at collage and has a job as a programmer to pay for the rent on this house he moved into because it's in a picture he grew up looking at. He doesn't know anything about his past, "dumped by your parents is tough" I'll quote him as saying but he's totally self sufficient. All he knows is this picture, a small boy and girl in a paddling pool in the sun with his house in the background. Then when this girl (Miyafuji Miina) turns up with the exact, bright, blue eyes as him, with a copy of the exact same picture, claiming to be his twin none the less things get a little hectic. Especially after another girl arrives, with the same eyes again, claiming the exact same thing! (Onodera Karen)

As I mentioned before I'm a Love Hina fan, a big Love Hina fan, but LH was very slapstick. There are no weak panty shots and continuous bursting nose bleeds in this show. This is a romantic drama not a comedy. And I think that's why I'll like it more in different ways. There are serious panning shots with nudity in them, overlapped with background monologue about the characters mixed feelings, and the situation these characters are in. This may sound a little stupid, but things develop at a fast pace, but slowly onscreen. This enjoyable on-screen slow coaching is helped by simple things like the way Maiku talks and even the scenery around the house. The atmosphere is relaxed let's say.

I'd well recommend this anime to fans who like a spark of romance and dash of awkward feelings in their shows. It's definitely sparked off my imagination and I'll be glad to see where the rest of the series takes me. There’s an added bonus for cute girl lovers. It’s got one. If you like girls with a little sex appeal, it’s got one too. Choices are for everybody.

Individual Rating: Art/Animation 7; Story 8; Characters 9; Sounds 6

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