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Yota's heart is thoroughly broken one afternoon, when Moemi, the love of his life confesses her love for his best friend Takashi. With a hope of cheering himself up, he rents a video, "Video Girl Ai" from a strange rental shop called "Gokuraku" ("Paradise"), which he's never noticed before on his way home. While playing it on his dad's broken VCR, the girl in the video practically jumps out of the screen into his world. Her mission; to cheer up Yota at all cost and eventually, bring him closer to Moemi. However, as a result of the the faulty VCR, Ai begins to experience feelings forbidden to a "Video Girl," and ends up falling in love with Yota himself. Now, Yota must choose between the girl, who till this point, he thought was the love of his life, or the girl who's sole purpose was to bring him happiness, joy and love into his life. A great romantic comedy with beautiful original artwork with a stunning soundtrack. Written by
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Fair as these things go, but less special than I had heard.
I liked the look of this OAV series, but I found myself thinking that for a six episode series adding up to almost three hours of running time, nothing much happens. A guy puts a 'video date' tape in his crappy VCR and the girl comes out! Neat story conceit, if wildly implausible, but then they just hang out with one another and slowly become emotionally attached. It's a simple, straight-forward romance with little comedy or conflict to push the characters around, and little in the way of visual interest beyond the fact that the title character is cute. There is little in the way of other-realm fantasy - the girl just shows up - and when her existence on Earth is threatened, the geek hero has to act, but that comes almost three hours into the show. I re-iterate: nothing much happens here to justify the show's running length. I liked it for what it was, but I found it rather limited overall as a piece of entertainment.
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