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Here is Greenwood (1991 - 1993, 6 episodes) 
5th-Jul-2011 09:35 pm
Balgus the Awesome (from Escaflowne)
Koko Wa Greenwood is an odd bird amongst the OAV flock but well worth a look. Set in a more than usually dysfunctional boarding school in Tokyo with a cast almost universally made up of bishonen, it has a nice balance of comedy and drama.

Thou Shalt Love Thy Daily Life introduces the loonies who live in the dorm of the all-boys Ryokuto Academy, with some genuinely funny gender bending humour. You also have to feel sorry for the lead Kazuya Hasukawa who is set up as the Butt Monkey of the series from well before day one, but he adapts well enough soon enough.

The second episode Nagisa Hyper-Rhapsody does have some disturbing Dude, Not Funny! moments. Fortunately, as far as I can tell from the episode titles and cast list, this was not repeated in the 2008 live action version (which I haven't seen).

Making of "Here is Devil's Wood" has the entire dorm making a fantasy (as in D&D) movie for the school festival. This is a highly amusing episode on a number of levels including the nifty tribute to Castle of Cagliostro and the appearance in a cameo of the manga author Yukie Nasu (complete with a headband marked with an "N" in case you missed it).

Ghost of Green Wood is a nod to the fantasy elements of the manga (according to the wikipedia page there is some really weird stuff going down at Greenwood sometimes), and is fairly light-hearted fun.

However it is the two parter at the end Second Love... Always Be With You that is the real prize in the series. On the surface it is a fairly standard high school romance with a new suitor breaking into a pairing set up since childhood, and one that is clearly expected to continue. 

But it is oh so much more than that. Without giving too much away the central theme is one of respect and equality in a relationship, of a right to have a non-abusive relationship regardless of what friends and family expect of you.

Overall a lot of fun, with some really good character work in the last two episodes.
5th-Jul-2011 11:47 am (UTC)
Why do you post so many links to TVTropes? Do you wish to doom all your readers to wander the endless links and references for eternity?
5th-Jul-2011 11:59 am (UTC)
Because I'm evil. Yes.
5th-Jul-2011 01:44 pm (UTC)
Jolly good then, carry on.
6th-Jul-2011 05:55 am (UTC)

I'm glad you approve. :)

7th-Jul-2011 08:14 am (UTC)
One more thing: what are your thoughts re Greenwood?
5th-Jul-2011 11:58 am (UTC)
I must say, this series was one of my more memorable from it's era and still to date one of my faves of all time. The only one that came close or beat it was Video Girl Ai.

S'funny, I was talking about it recently when you posted about the live action version. I must dig out the DVD I have somewhere and schedule a screening of it for her. Its kinda hard to explain to someone who is on the fringes of the fandom since so many thing, like with a lot of anime, are cultural references or simply everyday life in Japan but still so alien to anyone not familiar with them. Even dorm life in Japan is just that bit different to say, the US, UK or Australia.
5th-Jul-2011 12:03 pm (UTC)
As a series Greenwood still stands up well.

There are a number of routine everyday life aspects in Greenwood that do look odd to a western viewer but I'm used to those.

It is really only in episode 2 that I get an "ewwww" reaction, but even that may be a cultural reference.

Although as I suggested one that appears to have changed in the 20 years since.
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