Yukino Miyazawa is, at school, a quiet, polite, kind, shy, smart and modest young lady; the model of an elegant high school girl. At home, she is a little...ah, shall we say, different. Completely addicted to praise, she overachieves simply to be looked up to and complemented; she has decided that she must be the best student to do this, and she is...until Arima Soichiro walks into her life and effortlessly (and without even thinking about it) knocks Yukino off her pedestal. Unwilling to let anyone else be seen as besting her, she avows to crush Arima viciously, thinking he must be hurting her pride out of spite (she has some issues to deal with...) and very nearly burns herself out in doing so. When she finally does manage to beat his amazing grades, much to her surprise and shock, he congratulates her. Then in a moment of carelessness, she lets her fašade slip in front of him and he sees the real Yukino. When he doesn't seem as shocked as she imagined, she thinks long and hard about who she really is, and whether or not she really needs to hide behind a fašade. A new shoujo comedy from Hideaki Anno, the creator of Neon Genesis Evangelion.
I've been waiting a long while to see this series after hearing nothing but good things about it...and believe me, I wasn't disappointed and neither will you be. Essentially, it's a grown up version of Kodocha (well, almost. It's not QUITE as nuts); the heroine is a complete psycho with a strange family and a really bizarre dog (at least, I THINK that thing is supposed to be a dog). Everybody talks pretty damned fast, and Anno once again uses his favourite camera trick, flashing text across the screen really fast...goddess I pity the poor bastard who had to time this show. Though I'm told there were several missed lines in the version I saw, I still loved the show immensely. Great character introduction, hilarious character interaction, wonderful yet underplayed linework and coloring, fitting background music and a good opening and closing theme mixed in with a story that leaves huge room for character developement and plot twists galore left me screaming for more by the end of the show. If you're a shoujo fan, or if you just like realistic character-driven stories, romantic or otherwise, you will certainly enjoy Kareshi Kanojyo no Jijyo. Highly recommended.
Herself the Elf sez: What sets KareKano so far above the rest of the shoujo pack is its refusal to fall into the romantic-tension hole. Yeah, Yukino and Arima are indecisive at times (they're teenagers!) but unlike so many shoujo couples, they get OVER their indecision and actually DO something, usually within the same episode. Heavens! What is the world coming to when a shoujo heroine can actually take charge of her life? We're not made to watch 26 episodes before any kind of development happens in their relationship; the development is ongoing and every episode we get to see a little more. Karekano is simply brilliant and defies the shoujo mold in a similar way to how Fancy Lala defies the current Magical Girl stereotype.
Currently only available fansubbed; has been picked up by The Right Stuf, release date unknown.