His and Her Circumstances (1998) IMDb

Creators

Anno Hideaki (director), Tsurumaki Kazuya (director).

Extent

Previously rated a 3.

Categorization

TV animation series. High-school romance.

Experimental in style, using deformation, varied media (fairly simple 2D animation, distorted photographs of real environments and people, putting the characters on paper slips and filming these in live action, making episode previews by filming seiyuu in character, and so on) and meta. The content is similarly mutable, ranging from serious and realistic psychological dissection even of relatively minor characters to curiously procrastinated shoujo, all the way down to really bizarre forms of slapstick. Switchback pacing throughout. It is uncertain what actually happens and how. There are tons of summaries and characters are seen sliding between different designs. Written markers of sounds and moods are frequent. Some conversations at the end occur in writing, with narrators merely categorizing the sentences as they are mutely spoken, and this is not the end of the variations.

Subject

Two overachievers full of secrets strike up a relationship.

Commentary

The first Gainax anime project adapted from non-Gainax work, in this case a manga. That manga was still going on when the TV series finished, which helps drag down the ending. Initially handled by Anno. Left to Tsurumaki after conflicts with sponsors and the original author. Lots of cheap filler.

Frustrating, but some games with our suspension of disbelief are interesting. The characters and the Sagisu soundtrack are all good.

Gainax Japanese production animation fiction moving picture series