Kimagure Orange Road Blu-ray
About Kimagure Orange Road Blu-ray
Kimagure Orange Road is a 1987 anime TV series directed by Osamu Kobayashi.
It can be hard moving to a new school, and fifteen-year-old Kyosuke has it harder than most. He's fallen head over heels for his classmate Madoka, a girl who won't even give him the time of day, and unintentionally ended up dating her best friend, Hikaru, instead.
Worst of all, Kyosuke and his family have amazing supernatural powers, but he has to keep them hidden from the rest of the world! How is Kyosuke ever going to balance the affections (or lack thereof) of two girls, schoolwork, and his secret abilities all at the time?
- Publisher: EASTERN STAR
- Media: Blu-ray
- Spoken Language: Japanese
- Subtitle Language: English
- Genre: Comedy, Romance
- Themes: School Life, Supernatural
- Age Rating: 13+
- Run Time: 1056
- Year Created: 1987
- Release Date: 3/26/2019
- Dimensional Weight: 1
- Region Code: A
Ratings & Reviews
Kyosuke's got the power!
Kasuga Kyosuke has the power of precognition, telekinesis, and teleportation. Throw in the classic love triangle plot and you have Kimagure Orange Road the TV series.
I only gave this set four stars because the KOR movie, which concludes the original TV series, seems to be missing here. The KOR movie was only available in the KOR OAV's + Movie boxed set; which hopefully, will also be released soon.
Beautiful and extremely influential anime
This show is a classic from the mid 1980's. The homages to KOR within future anime are endless. Watch the first episode and it'll seem so cliche - but that's only because KOR did it and everyone else repeats it in tribute. And, of Ayukawa Madoka. The strong female character which is so prevalent in anime owes so much to Ayukawa-san. I cannot recommend KOR enough. I own the entire DVD set and will get the Bluray too.
Classic series gets fantastic remastered release with new extras
Regarding this release, it has the long-OOP AnimEigo translations, subtitles (placement, color, timing) and extremely in-depth translation notes. Further, it's cleaned up very well for a series its age. All 48 episodes of the TV series are included on five discs as well a several extras. The most-notabable of these is the "Their Love Repertory" music OAV which had never before been released outside of Japan. Featuring all six opening and ending themes, character image songs, and several insert songs from the series with a small amount of dialog in between, it's essentially a series of official music videos from the series which recap the plot. The only downside is the extras have not had the TLC cleanup the episodes got, so you can clearly see in both the OAV and textless credits how much work was done to restore the series itself.
I thoroughly enjoyed rewatching this show after almost 20 years and am quite happy to say it had withstood the test of time well.
Finally! The show I have been waiting for!
by Madoka Fan
I have wanted this show for 30 years. The only time I got to see it was fansubbed back in the late 80s. I remember enjoying the setting and the characters, and who wouldn't fall in love with Madoka?
Was unable to afford the AnimEgo set back 20 years ago. So a Blu-ray for $64? Amazing!!! I just got it. The set is five discs, 10 episodes each except the last which has 8. It comes with translation notes per episodes and fully restored crystal clear pictures, from what I saw in episode 1 just now. Looks great!
Finally, and well worth the wait
by Chris -
I received my copy yesterday and slipped the first disc into my blu ray player. Having watched this originally many many years ago, it was wonderful to see it in remastered HD glory.
I've been waiting years to be able to buy this series, and I'm really happy I waited (and didn't end up dropping way too much money elsewhere for the DVD release). Great quirky/silly/touching story, wonderful music. First ending theme music is easily one of my most favorite ever.
Really wish I could have bought a limited edition version, but I'm not complaining too much :-)
The Definitive KOR
by FLP_NDRox -
This is definitive KOR version. The clean up and transfer is spectacular. I especially appreciated the inclusion of not only the Animeigo subtitles but their spectacular liner notes on disc. Will be preordering the OAVs and movie box. Fantastic job.
A Great Story with Awesome Artwork
If you're looking for a good story that includes teenage love, comedy, a bit of sci-fi, and real interactions - watch this series. Although it was written in the 1980s, the situations that the characters encounter still happen today. The interaction between Kyosuke, Madoka, and Hikaru are not really exaggerated and reminds me of my "youthful learning". It is a long series, but the writers took most of the stories from the manga and made a great set of stories that will keep you wanting to watch more.
I've been waiting for KOR (Kimagure Orange Road) to come out for a while, and I was not disappointed. The quality of the video is sharper and the sound is clearer. Also, another improvement is some of the "comedic comments" that existed in the VHS version were removed. Important comments on culture were kept in.
Overall, if you want to really enjoy a good story and learn a bit about 1980s Japanese culture - KOR is the way to go. Enjoy the show!
Not the AnimEigo liner notes, I compared them
by Lee -
It's totally awesome that KOR is back in print after so long, I couldn't wait to get my copy, watched it right away.
The transfer to Blu Ray is pretty grainy, I compared it to my DVDs and it seems better, but not as good as I hoped.
The sound is FANTASTIC, and a big part of KOR.
The 'liner notes' on the disks are essentially shorthands of the original notes from AnimEigo, compare them.
They are not the same, not at all.
The subtitles are exactly the same as the AnimEigo release, as far as I have compared.
If the video transfer had been cleaned better, or the extras complete it would be five stars, but just getting this back in print for a reasonable price is worth 4 stars to me.
A Very Nostalgic, Retro Anime At Its Best!!
by Kevin -
KOR is a classic 80's anime to be watched in Blu-ray restoration whether your a current fan or new to the series. Enjoyed every episode.
I hope this review helps and hope you enjoy this series, as much as I have.
If you like old school anime like I do you've gotta get this set!! I first watched KOR almost 20 years ago and it's just as good now as it was then, maybe even better. I won't go into the plot or characters (you can look those up or better yet-watch it). The thing that stands out for me is how much better the video and audio are than the hoary old animeigo dvds were, it's literally like night and day. If the price were a bit lower-guess one can wish. But still, considering you get all 48 episodes in one shot it's not too bad.
A iconic series with highs and lows
by Trexbet -
The first half of the series is some of the best anime I watched with mature themes set in a whimsical and fun world but the problem is the second half abandons this in order to just push along and drag out a story about a kinda love triangle with the charm being the focus on the “will they/wont they” couple that gets slightly redundant to the point that the characters lose all their depth. Don’t get me wrong, Kimagure Orange Road is iconic and influential and Madoka is probably one of my favorite anime characters but it just doesn’t maintain it.
You’ll be introduced to great characters who will leave an impression on you. Hikaru is charming, Madoka is very complex and enduring and Kyosuke is relatable. But they eventually lose these traits as they devolve into an existence that only point is to stop the plot from furthering or become stagnant or become just hesitant and idiotic.
It was hard for me to give it 4/5 but the bitter sting of disappointment hurts. Still a great watch!
Take a trip back to the 80's
by Deraphim -
Yes, this is a quintessential comedy that appears almost formulaic today when actually it would go on to inspire decades of rom-com anime to come.
But personally, I loved it for absolutely nailing the decade it was made in. The aesthetics of the 80's are alive and well here, and it's incredible to be able to look back at them. Anyone who's enjoyed City Pop or Plastic Love should absolutely give this show a chance.
Besides that, this show includes some impressive translator/cultural notes that I just don't think you can find online. Most jokes and references don't explanation, but they're a really nice addition.