Film Log - The Way We Were
Viewed On: June 8, 2011
Opinions: While I enjoy watching Robert Redford on the screen as much as any other gal, this movie wasn’t really worth watching. Seriously. Barbara Streisand’s character is fairly annoying really. She’s very opinionated and very loud about it. Rob’s character is her opposite. Whereas Barb’s character for everything and struggles for it, he is laid back and easily capable of achieving what he wants. They’re opposite but they attract even if by accident. And even though they’re good together at times it never lasts. So they split… The End. Big whoop. If I wanted to watch relationship fail, I’d watch the Kardashians.
Season 1, Disc 1
Viewed On: 2011, June 7
Film Category: Anime / Ordinary-HighSchool-Romantic-Drama
Opinions & Memorable Moments: Momo kicking bully ass was a great moment.
In this anime we see our protagonist Momo Adachi, a tan girl with red-blond hair (through no fault of her own, she has Ganguro looks). Her nemesis Sae Kashiwagi is a jealous conniving girl who dumps all over Momo’s opinions about clothes, bags, make-up, etc and then copies her. Momo realizes that any time she tells Sae about something she wants, Sae will go after whatever it is. Including guys. When Sae presses Momo about the guy that she likes, Momo tells her that she likes Kairi Okayasu - a popular playboy, who Momo finds attractive but she thinks she doesn’t have a chance with - instead of the guy that she really likes - her long-time crush - Tojigamori Kazuya “Toji”. Sae goes after Kairi immediately after Momo tells her this, but she gets rejected because Kairi knows she’s that type of girl. This wouldn’t be much of a blip on the radar if Kairi didn’t admit that he had noticed and liked Momo… on the next day of school, someone’s written Kairi and Momo’s name on the board under a heart, suggesting they are an item… which causes Kairi’s fangirls to go after Momo. They make the mistake of pushing too hard, and right when she’s about to kick some serious ass, Kairi makes an appearance from the sidelines…cheering for the fight. So, Momo goes to the source of the problem, smacking Kairi. Kairi then reveals that he’s the one who spread the rumor around school that they were together. When Momo confront Kairi about it, he tells her that they have kissed… when she gave him CPR. Two years ago at the beach, Kairi nearly drowned and Momo was a life guard on duty. Momo tells him that it was, in fact, the male lifeguard that gave him CPR. Despite his horror, Momo says that they have to stop the rumor from going around… to which Kairi says the only way to do that is to make it a fact. He takes advantage of Momo being stunned and kisses her. Despite her (eventual) protests, he maintains that if they are going out then no one can accuse her of being a slut. However, Momo finds him a bothersome pox and repeatedly refuses his advances… Toji has a conversation with Kairi to the point of ‘leave her alone if you’re just playing around’, to which Kairi replies that he’s not just messing around. Toji overhears Momo telling Kairi that she doesn’t want his attention because she’s liked Toji since Jr. High. Later, Toji tells Momo that he overheard that and that he likes her too. At this point, realizing that Momo likes Toji and not Kairi, Sae shifts her focus onto Toji… and oh the chaos that ensues.
If this is really what High School is like…then I’m so glad that I was home schooled -..-
Still, I have to say I find it amusing if not slightly intriguing. Momo is easy to identify with. People see her and make assumptions that are false. She’s fairly insecure, which most girls are deep down (even if it’s about something small). But she’s determined and doesn’t take crap from others… to a certain extent.
Unfortunately for Momo, Toji is fairly dense, not to mention stubborn, and he tends to believe the things that Sae tells him instead of Momo…
Sae is basically Momo’s foil. Where Momo is athletic, tan and fair haired, Sae is petite, fair skinned with dark hair. Also, where Momo is direct, Sae is deviously secretive. She’s a quick thinker, managing to achieve most of her goals even when she’s on the spot…but, she’s a horrible person.
At this point, my favorite character is Kairi. Even though he’s known as a play-boy, he doesn’t seem to actually like that status. Also, he’s very fun and affectionate… and though it can come off as though he’s just fooling around, I seriously doubt it. He’s also very persistent and unlike most people he seems very perceptive. He could see through Sae’s facade, not to mention he realizes that Momo isn’t the slut that everyone assumes she is. I secretly hope that Momo gives up on Toji and ends up with Kairi :3
Disc 1 is full of drama and ups and downs… and even though I’m not a fan of high school dramas when… it is mildly entertaining. I have a hard time understanding Sae. Honestly, it seems like she lives only to cause Momo misery. That could be because she’s wrapped up in her own insecurity and uses everything else as a smoke screen. Toji is infuriating and he really doesn’t deserve Momo as far as I’m concerned :| The anime itself is beautiful, graphics wise. The detail on the characters is really superb. Even if the story is pretty old and predictable…Then again, with a subtitle name like “Super Pop Love Hurricane” … I guess you can’t expect too much.
This certainly isn’t an anime worth owning, but I will be adding the rest of the season to my Netflix queue.