Video Girl Ai (1992 IMDb)

Categorization

Fantastical high-school romance.

Subject

A guy with an unrequited love rents a video (cough cough), only to find that the girl on the tape addresses him and leaps out of his TV. She's a supernatural agent assigned to solving his problem, though the guy's old VHS gives her various problems, which in turn cause violations of the laws governing video girls.

Commentary

Nicely complicated, though it goes over the top in the end. Not necessarily as patriarchal as it may seem either. My theory is that Ai's original main objective is to teach Youta to romanticize females less, so that he can approach Moemi more easily. Manga-based. Ambivalent fan service.

Japanese production animation series