NEW KIMAGURE ORANGE ROAD: Summer's Beginning (1996)
DVD reviewed by Dennis A. Amith
COMPANY: ADV FILMS
DIRECTOR: Yuyama Kunihiko
DURATION: 100 minutes

 
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Anime Synopsis:

Sometimes you do get a second chance...

A near-fatal traffic accident sends 19 year-old Kyosuke Kasuga spinning three years forward in time, where his future self is missing and presumed dead. It's a race against time to find the missing 22 year-old Kyosuke and return the 19 year-old version to his proper time before he dies. To make matters worse, Kyosuke stumbles across the vivacious Hikaru, recently returned to Japan, whose feelings for him haven't changed. Now, on top of everything else, he's faced with the added task of remaining true to his beloved Madoka. Will love triumph over all obstacles? Or will the relationship so painstakingly built unravel? Only time will tell in the most unique love story ever filmed, New Kimagure Orange Road: Summer's Beginning!


DVD EXTRAS:

Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
 Color, Dolby, Animated
ADV Previews

KNOWN DVD SECRET(S): None that I know of


DVD REVIEW:

This is the second movie from the popular "Kimagure Orange Road" series.

"Kimagure Orange Road" began as a 48-episode TV series which capture the hearts of many anime fans. The show features a family of ESPers: Kyousuke, the main character, his twin sisters and his non-ESPer father. The show revolves around Kyousuke's life at a new highschool and meeting two roughneck gangsters: Hikaru and her best friend (tough fighter and talented musician), Ayukuwa Madoka. Hikaru loves Kyouske who loves Ayukuwa but despite her feelings for Kyousuke, she holds her emotions because of her best friend.

Then came the six OAV's which led to the emotional rollercoaster movie where the love triangle had to come to an end.

The movie picks up years later where an older and buffer Kyousuke is a professional photographer who is nearly killed in Bosnia. Before he is hurt, he manages to warn Kyousuke (a few years younger) that he is going to get a major accident and to be careful. When the two get hurt simultaneously, the younger Kyousuke ends up in the older Kyousuke's timeline with an older Madoka and the return of Hikaru. How will Hikaru feel when she sees Kyousuke again? How will Madoka bring back the Kyousuke of the present? Also, what will be of the relationship between young-adult Kyousuke and Madoka?

For one to truly appreciate this movie, I highly recommend you watch the TV episodes or even the OAV and then the first movie. People just watching this drama may or may not enjoy it if they haven't seen the previous episodes but to truly enjoy this movie, it is recommended that you catch up on the previous episodes.

As for the DVD, I'm disappointed that ADV didn't include any extras. ADV trailers, different language tracks and menu doesn't count. Also, how about showcasing the beautiful art from KOR. They could of included a gallery.

But aside from that, if you want to watch the second movie from a popular anime called "Kimagure Orange Road", especially if you seen the previous episodes, this DVD then comes highly recommended!

THE SERIES: A 
THE DVD EXTRAS: D
THE DVD OVERALL: B-

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