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Fansub Review: Lovely Complex

The basic rundown is as follows: Risa is a really tall girl. Atsushi is a really short guy. Because of their extreme differences in height, their personalities tend to clash, resulting in comedic arguments and their subsequent nickname, the “All Hanshin-Kyojin.” However, their rivalry soon turns into friendship, which soon might turn into something more?

Sounds like something you’ve heard before, I know, but remember, the beauty is in the writing.

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The key to a good romantic comedy is the writing. If you think about it, just about every concept for a love story has been done before, if not already to death. This means that to make a truly entertaining and interesting romantic comedy, the make it or break it point is in the originality of the writing, and not necessarily the plot.

I point this out, because in order to truly appreciate Lovely Complex, you have to look beyond the quirky animation. You have to transcend the cliché concept of good friends-turned-lovers. Once you’ve made it past this, you can see the show for what it really is: a well-written, funny romantic comedy where the true stars aren’t necessarily the main characters, but the eccentric friends.

The basic rundown is as follows: Risa is a really tall girl. Atsushi is a really short guy. Because of their extreme differences in height, their personalities tend to clash, resulting in comedic arguments and their subsequent nickname, the “All Hanshin-Kyojin.” However, their rivalry soon turns into friendship, which soon might turn into something more?

Sounds like something you’ve heard before, I know, but remember, the beauty is in the writing. The dialogue is witty and sharp, though occasionally overly slapstick, and the interaction between characters is downright hilarious. The characters don’t necessarily stagnate, either. Since the series seems to take place over the span of three years, they do grow as the story progresses. Risa’s best friend, Nobu, changes from a ditzy, love-struck friend to an almost matronly older sister with some of the best lines in the series.

Drama abounds as love is discovered, rivals come out of the woodworks and hearts are broken, mended and tossed about like hacky sacks.

Lovely Complex is interesting, to say the least. The first episode doesn’t necessarily give a hint as to what the series will become, but it does set the mood fairly well. The art is standard fair, about run-of-the-mill for a shoujo (girls) series, though the odd faces that Risa makes, while clever at first become somewhat off-putting later in the series.
An old story done well, Lovely Complex is fun and frolic with a flare for the dramatic. Keep a sharp eye on the side characters, as they’re what push the series from a decent slapstick romance into a real romantic comedy. In all, well worth the watch.
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