Anime - Japanese Animation
Baka - Japanese word for idiot or fool
Loosely put an Anime Baka is someone who's crazy about Anime. However interpretation's may vary. I tend to think of Anime Baka as meaning something like drooling fan boy/girl.
Wrote this a long time ago. Too short for an article:
Perverted - Hentai in Japanese. But the word pervert means deviation from normal or accepted. So, how can all guys be perverts?
Did you ever notice that the sex scene in the movie is generally at about the same realative place as the guitar solo in a song?
Manga - Koi Kaze 4 of 5
Well I burned through the manga at near record speed. Finished off the fifth volume at lunch today. This one is a bit unique. The Anime is done very, very closely to the manga. The major difference is the manga is less condensed. The story spans several years where the Anime seems to happen within a single year.
This makes the Nanoka in the Anime younger than the one in the manga as she starts High School at the beginning of the story and is still a freshman at the end of the Anime. At the end of the manga she is a senior discussing university with her mother.
The conclusion of both are really the same, but the manga ending is more supported. However I really don't think the manga is superior to the anime. The anime is so well presented that it takes on a whole new life that the manga could not. I'd have to say that both the manga and the anime are equivalent in my eyes, and that's very unusual.
The author of this is Motoi Yoshida (a woman). I feel she does a wonderful job of expressing both the male and female side of things. Remember this is a tortured tale of two people who can never, ever, ever have what they really want. It's tempting to be disgusted, but instead you feel sorry for their plight and wish that somehow they could be truly happy.
I feel that we see the story through the eyes of Koushirou's boss Chidori. In the manga she pokes fun at him and then later is revolted and hates him, only to find herself pitying him. She knows that this is not a one sided romance. She sees how tortured they are.
Anyway, I'd recommend it to anyone mature enough to listen to what it has to say before you judge it. At one point Nanoka says (paraphrased) "I wish that we could die and be reborn as complete strangers, so that I could be you're bride." They will never truly be happy. They can lose their family and have each other, keep their family and loose each other, walk a thin line of lies and deceit somewhere in between or commit lovers suicide. Nothing will bring them true happiness.
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