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Taking in some anime

January 18, 2014
By Cindy Votruba , Marshall Independent

I've been channeling my inner geek lately by watching some anime. I never watched an anime program until a little more than five years ago when I started borrowing some from Ross. I tend to find myself drawn to the high school romantic comedy type of anime. I was browsing Hulu and stumbled upon a little goofy gem called "Hatsukoi Limited." It revolves around a group of eight girls who are in middle school and high school and their friends and siblings. The storylines are about "first loves." So each of the episodes are about the different characters and their first forays into love and relationships. There's unrequited love - the I love her but she just sees me as a kid and doesn't share the same feelings. I'll admit it was kind of sappy at times, but the anime was also amusing. Two of the characters, Kei Enomoto and Etsu Kusuda, are constantly bickering with each other throughout the entire 12-episode series. I could see the sparks flying between them. Kei always kept telling Etsu that he was "ugly" and looks seemed to be important to her. Eventually, she starts having feelings for Etsu, despite his ways and realizes that looks aren't everything. I just wish it wasn't just the 12 episodes. Maybe I should look into reading the manga.



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