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The episode begins with Miki saying that her life is too boring and she wishes it would be more exciting. And she kinda got her wish... Her parents were getting divorced. But this was a very strange divorce. They were just gonna switch partners with another family, the Matsuuras. During their romantic trip to Hawaii, they met the Matsuuras. Miki's dad fell in love with Mrs. Chiyako Matsuura and Miki's mom fell in love with Mr. Youji Matsuura. So they talked about it and decided to switch partners. Miki was NOT happy about this. During a dinner with the Matsuuras, Miki tried to talk some sense into them and even had someone she thought she could relate to. The Matsuuras had a cute son named Yuu (about Miki's age!). He was going through the same thing Miki was. But in the end, he didn't care much about what his parents were doing so Miki lost the battle... The Matsuuras and the Koishikawas started living in the same house and Yuu transferred to Miki's school. Miki wasn't too pleased with
Miki is at her crazy house getting ready for school and her parents all left. Only her and Yuu remain in the house. She's been trying to avoid Yuu since ""the kiss."" But she can no longer avoid him and goes into the kitchen (where he is). This episode is where you get the name of the series 'Marmalade Boy!' Miki compares Yuu to marmalade saying he has bitter bits inside him but everyone sees his sweet looking outside: Marmalade Boy! And Yuu compared Miki to mustard: always sour and spicey, Mustard Girl! Well, Miki's strange family seems to get along together (though it is rather strange...).
Miki has told Meiko about the photo she discovered, and in her reply, Meiko said, ""If you're so concerned about it, then that means......YOU'RE IN LOVE WITH HIM!"" The next day, Yuu is at the library reading, when a good looking Senior Student comes in and sits next to him; it wasn't long before Yuu realized that the Student was staring at him in an admiring look, Yuu askes him why he was staring at him, the Student replies, ""You're interesting to look at."" Yuu gets a little scared and runs off. That night, Chiyako gives Yuu and Miki some free tickets to an amusement park called ""Wonder Dog"". Miki was excited, and when Yuu says he'll acompany her, she starts to think this could be a date. At Sunday, Miki and Yuu are at Wonder Dog having a great time; Yuu mistakely wins a Kappa doll for her, but Miki soon accepts it. Later, when Miki wanders into the mirror maze, Yuu unexpectedly meets with the girl from the photo. Miki later comes out to see Yuu with the girl, Yuu introduces the girl as
Miki swears that she won't forgive Ginta for kissing her since they weren't in love. The next day, she tries to get up late so she won't meet Ginta but Yuu forces her out of bed. When Yuu and Miki arrive at school and met with Ginta and Meiko, Miki just hands Meiko her diary and leaves, Ginta angrily walks the other way. Meiko understood the story from Miki's diary. After school, Miki makes Meiko take her place as cleanup student and when Ginta calls her, Miki warned him to stay out of her sight before running off. To cheer her up, Yuu takes Miki on a bicycle ride to the riverside park to watch the sunset; There, he teaches Miki how to skip stones. Miki records her gratitude on her memo-robot and Yuu replies that place will be their secret. The next day, after school, Miki meets Arimi at the school gate and seeing Ginta chasing up, she grabs Arimi and walks off, pretending they were long friends. Unfortunately, Ginta finds Miki's memo-bot and hears her conversation with Yuu. Arimi m
While Ginta is pestering Miki to tell him how she feels they get interrupted by none other than, Yuu. Miki runs in the house and Ginta learns about how Miki and Yuu really know each other. Later the next day Miki tells Ginta that she's really confused right now, and until she sorts out how she feels they should continue being friends. After school that day Meiko and Miki find out where Yuu works and they meet his boss. He tells them his amazingly beautiful story about him and his current wife but doesn't tell them that it's him. The next day Ginta is practicing and find out that his partner for the tournament has broken something and has to take it easy. Yuu is asked by Miki to be Ginta's partner and he accepts it. Yuu agrees and runs to the library and he sees something happen between Shinichi and Meiko. What did he see?
Meiko is thinking about tell Miki that Shinichi and She are together but she can’t seem to bring herself to say it. The next day the tournament was stating with the match against Yuu’s old school. This guy there that is related to Ginta and Yuu (in different ways) is their opponent. His name is, Tsutomu Rocktanda, and he is Ginta’s cousin. He knows about Miki’s letter to Ginta and laughs about it. Miki all mad tells Ginta “I hate you” and runs off. This affects Ginta’s game. Does Miki come back to cheer them on, or do they lose the tournament?
Miki's class is going on their trip to Hokkaido. Miki and Meiko are in the same group and Yuu and Ginta are in the same group. Miki's group goes on their tour; they star with the tower in Hokkaido. Miki takes a second to see the gift shop; she turns around and they're gone. She goes and looks for them and finds Yuu and Ginta instead. Then Arimi randomly comes and grabs Ginta's arm. Does this bother Miki?
It's a new day and Miki's looking at the pictures that she went to hokkaido. She keeps thinking of weather she's jealous or not. She wants to stay in bed and avoid seeing Yuu, Though he won't stop knocking on the door till she gets up. She comes down and there's a BBQ going on in the backyard. It's a family welcome back party for Yuu and, Miki. Miki has realized that she's getting caught up in the atmospere; though she's still doing her best to fight it. Her father suggests they all go out to have some fun together, everyone says yes except one person, Miki. She runs off and goes to a shop where she runs into, Arimi. When she gets home a vase breaks and it looks like they had a fight. What happens to the 6 of them?
Miki is still trying to figure out who she likes, Yuu or Ginta. The end of the school day Yuu asks Miki for her help at the shop just for the day. Ginta walks by and sees them talking but is wondering what they're saying. Later that day Ginta and Arimi drop by the shop for their plan. That's when Tsutomu comes in. He challenges both; Ginta and Yuu, with the cost for the loser will shave their head. Who wins and who wins? And what happens when Yuu and Miki get home?
Miki and Yuu's parents go for a trip, leaving Miki alone with Yuu. Yuu is talking a bath, while Miki is in her room waiting for the bath and writing to Meiko. Yuu comes in her room telling her that he's done giving her her turn. She takes a nice hot bath and apparently takes too long. She wraps the towel around herself and then faints. Yuu notices and runs down stairs. What does he do?
After watching (and loving) Touch and Maison Ikkoku, I decided to give Marmelade Boy a try since there were so many recomendations from people who liked those two animes. The storyline had a good start, when the main characters were introduced. I found myself smiling from the beggining to the end of some of the early episodes. It really caught me due to its inocent humor and cause it didn't cross the "forced drama" line, despite bordering it a lot. But after the first set of stories, the anime became too predictable and repetitive. Boy, even the intermissions started to annoy me, cause they would spoil some of the few small surprises you could have with some of the couples. I don't recall when exactly the plot went downhill, but it was somewhere after episode 26. The whole Meiko part was almost unwatchable. From the second half on, the anime started having good episides followed by really bad ones. Surprinsingly, there was one part closer to the end that didn't involve some kind of love triangle (in spite of a love triangle had lead to this part), giving a boost to the last few episodes. Having in mind that I almost dropped right before episode 61~62, I don't know if I'd recomment it to other people. I feel one would get bored easily after the 30 or so first episodes.
After reading a bit from other reviews, I feel like I should give a shout out to other people like me. Some have had trouble and didn't find it to their liking, but I can assure you. If you enjoy the slightly older anime and you like stories of school life, harems and love, this is definitely something for you. It may not be perfect, but you will no doubt come to love the people in it and have had an experience for life! Here are my notes for the anime. Feel free to read them, even though they may not all be coherent. I give voice to all my feelings for this anime and explain whenever my opinion or things change and what my take is on the situation. I hope you will see the journey inbetween the lines: \[Possible SPOILER\] - I cannot garantee that there will not be spoilers in these notes. But normally I keep out the details, so you won't get what really happens. So.. these shouldn't be spoilers, but if you want to be certain that you aren't spoiled, just read the first part before I go deeper into the anime. Thank you! An Anime as old as me! But I like it. It's pretty funny and the story is cute. It makes me want to watch more and that's always positive. That's the thing about the older anime. Somehow I am almost always somehow captured by it's charm. Already during the first episode, I come across the word "funky", which, funny enough, I still use to this day. Even though noone else around me does! Miki is such a crybaby, but she is also pretty cute. This is a long anime and there are times where things can feel unimportant, but it's all worth watching anyway. - After one 3rd of the series, things are beginning to change <3 \- It's weird looking at the newer anime after watching this for so long. I guess I got more used to the old style from my year. \- Suddenly a new ending from episode 32! \- Episode 35 was a total downfall.. No one deserves this, boy or girl! \- Episode 36: Apparently things arent as bad as you think. \- Episode 41: "Merry Christmas!" \- Episode 43: Thank you Suzu! \- Episode 47: Meiko you're simply too persitent! \- Episode 50: That's American, not Japanese! \- Episode 54: A sudden change! And new OP + ED. - It's really lovely to see how things were when I was born. Standard American behavior contra the standard behavior in Japan seem as different then, as they do today. I'm beginning to understand more and more why I want to live in Japan. \- Episode 62: New York and too much trouble to bear! "Yuu no baka!" \- Episode 64: I'm sorry Yuu, but Kei is just as nice as you! \- Episode 65: Yuu! You.. Do something! \- Episode 66: Another milestone passed. I'm not as outraged as I thought I'd be.. It's hard to lock down on who you favor in this anime. I've switched sides a couple times, even though I thought I'd stick to one. It's so challenging, I'm almost getting the feeling I just want the suffering to end! This just shows how amazingly captivating this anime is. \- Episode 67: Ffs.. Everything is falling apart and being restructured! \- Episode 70(71): And we're just in time for the floods in the last 6 episodes! ..and thank you. That was executed perfectly! \- Episode 72: What just happened?! Yuu you could've handled that better.. \- Episode 73: Unfortunately Yuu, you're right.. \[http://marriage.about.com/od/marriagelaws/g/incest.htm\] and \[http://www.familieadvokaten.dk/Breve-500/b500-115.html\] - But this surprised me quite a lot!: \[http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110109051103AA5euwY\] \- Episode 75: I don't care whatever you say. That is not the only option! Of course that is quite an obvious answer for an Otaku and of something who loves a certain show.. but really, I've come to believe the fact that things like this aren't as outrageously impossible as they seem. Some may say it's immoral and unethstetic. Let me just say, they have their opinions and I have mine. But thank you Miki and Yuu <3 \- Ending: There is so many things I could say about the ending, but I'll just say that they tied it all nicely together. I'm happy about how it turned out for everyone! And Miki and Yuu, you finally got your happy ending ^^ "Miki, Yuu arigatou! It was a beautiful Journey!" "May it shake you up and provide you with wonderful memories!" Martin S. Andersen