Marmalade Boy is a series that blends the genres of comedy, romance, and
soap opera drama perfectly. Quite frankly, there is nothing out there
completely like it.
In the first episode, Miki (one of the two main characters in the
series) learns that during a vacation, her parents met another couple
and both couples have decided to divorce, and marry each other's
respective partners! To complicate things further, the two newly formed
couples are going to stay very close friends and live in Miki's house!
Oh, by the way, the other couple have a son (Yuu, the other main
character) Miki's age, who will be moving in with the rest of this mixed
up family. Thus the premise for Marmalade Boy is set up. Miki and Yuu
develop from a brother sister relationship, into an attempted romantic
one (with an unbelievable amount of hurtles along the way).
This is only the begginning though. The series is actually improved by
numerous major supporting characters such as Ginta, Miki's friend since
childhood who she has had a torch for since a couple of years ago when
she sent a letter telling him her feelings. When he turned her down,
she thought it was over and they went on to being just good friends, but
is it really over?
There is also Meiko (my personal favorite character in all of anime),
who is Miki's best friend and advisor on matters of the heart and other
multitdes of problems. Meiko is the mature and secretive one of the
two. She gives excellent advice, but she is secretly having love
problems of her own with her teacher of all people!
I won't say any more about the goings on in the series, so I don't ruin
it for the viewer, but I can say it gets much more in depth as the seies
goes on, and has a great suprise ending as well.
The further you get in te series, the more major supporting characters
appear. This series has more love triangles than you can count on both
hands, and you don't know how they end until the last episode!
While I have seen a lot of anime, in many genres, from the great Gundam
Wing, to Fushigi Yuugi, none mixes so many genres together so
effectively with superb story telling and THE BEST character designs
ever (no lie!), and one of the best soundtracks ever (second only to
Escaflowne). REQUEST THIS TITLE NOW!!!!