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Strange Love (1997)
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Two explorations of the Lolita complex. Sushiaki Karasawa, a young teacher at a Tokyo high school, becomes infatuated with Yoshida Chizuru, a 19-year-old student who appears in a shampoo ... See full summary »

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Chizuru Yoshida (voice)
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Azumi Yamada (voice)
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Akira Ishida ...
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Ryôko Kinomiya ...
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Two explorations of the Lolita complex. Sushiaki Karasawa, a young teacher at a Tokyo high school, becomes infatuated with Yoshida Chizuru, a 19-year-old student who appears in a shampoo commercial. She realizes he's attracted to her, so she shows up at his apartment and offers to sleep over. Soon he realizes that the games she plays have just begun. Later, Chizuru meets the new neighbor of her rock star boyfriend, Hiroyuki. The girl is Azumi Yamada, an innocent from the provinces who enrolls in Chizuru's school. This time it's Chizuru who's infatuated. What will Hiroyuki do when he finds out he's being thrown over for Azumi? Can Chizuru save her from Hiroyuki's revenge? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Lost its way early on and never found its way back
24 July 2006 | by (Fremont, CA) – See all my reviews

Probably the most interesting thing about this hard-to-recommend DVD is speculating about how it came about. I think the project started out more ambitious, albeit on a formula, but the creative impetus just wasn't there, or someone changed their mind halfway through.

There are two episodes, both featuring the same central character Chizuru Yoshida but other than that having nothing to do with each other. In the first story, she is a cold, hard manipulator of a teacher who unwisely lusts after her. In the second, she is inexplicably altered, diffident in outlook and somehow becoming totally confused by her own passing attraction to a new female classmate. The climax to the story (not the other climaxes which she has) is when she strives to rescue her newfound love interest from her jealous boyfriend bent on seduction.

So there's not much there there; it never develops and the character never convincingly develops. The artwork is so-so and the style caters to the type of male audience that equates boobs that are 1/3 the body mass of the owner with sexiness. (Bouncy bouncy.) I didn't bother to watch it in the Japanese version so I can't say if any of it was better there. Watch something else.


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