Director: Hideaki Anno
Starring: Atsuko Enomoto, Chihiro Suzuki, Yuki Watanabe, Maria Yamamoto, Atsushi Kisaichi, Junko Noda, Mayumi Shintani, Yukari Fukui, Saeko Chiba, Mandy Bonhomme, David Brimmer, Kelli Shayne Butler, Jessica Calvello, Angora Deb, Joe DiGiorgi, William Hirsh, Megan Hollingshead, Carol Jacobanis, Lea Lane, Rachael Lillis, Kristen Nelson, Christopher Nicholas, Liam O'Brien, Lisa Ortiz, Ed Paul, Debora Rabbai, Bill Rogers, Veronica Taylor, Leicester Tunks, Buddy Woodward, Pete Zarustica
Genre: Anime
Studio: A.D. Vision   Release date: 1998   Rated:
Summary: Smart, athletic, attractive, and popular, Yukino and Soichiro seem like model high school students, but they each conceal a "dark" secret. A psychotic need for praise compels Yukino to work like a longshoreman to attain her seemingly effortless excellence; Soichiro fears he may follow his dishonest biological parents, who abandoned him as a child. Yukino and Soichiro discover the individuals behind their masks--and find real affection. This well-observed romantic comedy captures the doubts, misunderstandings, self-dramatization, and bewilderment of adolescent love. Although Circumstances represents a radical shift in tone from writer-director Hideo Anno's mystical, alienated Evangelion, it displays the same visual imagination, with diverse graphics styles, onscreen commentaries, and Yukino's younger sisters acting as a sort of Greek chorus. Funny, sharp, and sometimes painfully realistic, this outstanding series depicts teenage life with an honesty no American animated program approaches. Rated 13 Up: Profanity, cartoon violence. --Charles Solomon




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