Judge Brett Cullum's life is like a high school anime where he has fallen for a romantic partner who is two feet taller than him. Yao Ming and he are very happy!
Live action anime!
love.com: The Movie is a live-action version of the manga and anime Lovely Complex. The story is all about a mismatched pair of high school sweethearts where the girl is the tall gawky type and the guy is a short goofy geek. In reality this pair is not freakish at 5'1" and 5'7," but in high school, things like this seem disastrous. To bring this out physically, they have cast tall model Ema Fujisawa and short pop singer Teppei Koike for the two leads. The pair seem to hate each other initially as they make a bet over who can find love first, but everyone can see they already act like a couple. Is it a surprise or spoiler that they end up realizing they like each other? The whole thing comes of as a much more stylized Japanese version of High School Musical.
This film adaptation moves at a quick pace with a hyper color palette mirroring the idea the sources are a comic book and cartoon series. The acting is comically exaggerated, and this may be what ultimately makes you love or hate the show. If you like a little campy Japanese mugging for the camera and find that funny, then love.com: The Movie should be right up your alley. If that sounds annoying, then it probably will be. The plot is thin and predictable, but the zany energy carries everything well. It all feels cartoonish, and it's not often we get to see Japanese act as silly and fun as this.
The DVD has a few special features including a short film parody, director and cast profiles, interviews with leads Ema Fujisawa and Teppei Koike, a funny music video, and Japanese trailers to round everything out. Unfortunately DVD Verdict was sent a copy of this movie from the studio without any of these features. From what I can tell, the widescreen transfer is lively and spot on for what it needs to be, and the sound is serviceable. Seems like a just fine DVD release.
love.com: The Movie is fluffy fun from the Pacific, and if you're looking for a Japanese broad romantic comedy it works well. It's all a bit juvenile, and somehow they have managed to squish down six years of manga in to 100 minutes of film. Still, I can't help but smile at the good nature of the comic situation of the mismatched lovers finding out they are perfect for one another. You get colorful and fun looks at Japanese culture, and the love story is charming even if it is predictable. Cute and harmless, love.com: The Movie is a high school romance played for laughs that works.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Viz Media
• Director & Cast Profile
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