Director: Watanabe Tetsuya
Genre: Romance, Drama
Length: 14 Episodes
+ A realistic love drama
Very dark and depressing
Funny moments miss its mark badly
Not very exciting (ie: boring)
For some odd reason this series is a lot popular than I feel it should be. Rumbling Hearts feels a lot like a bad soap opera. Of course even soap operas are exciting! Rumbling Hearts starts off strong and cools off quickly; it drags its audience through a lot of loops before coming to a decent conclusion. Unfortunately I could careless about the conclusion when it did finally arrive.
2 out of 5
Rumbling Hearts Anime Review
Written by: James Lin on 1/24/2004
Love. Friendship. Betrayal. These three things are the focal point in Rumbling Hearts, known originally as Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien in Japan. Based off of the popular hentai game in Japan, Rumbling Hearts is a tragic love story that puts friendships on the line. I have not played the hentai game, but I think it is safe to assume that Rumbling Hearts is not a perfect translation to it since it is not about sex, and not about other stuff typically found in hentai games. The main character in this does not have sex with everyone he encounters, like typical hentai games! It is a serious love drama that older audiences may enjoy.
Sorry if I made that synopsis of the story sound like a bad soap opera. But really, after struggling through this series, that is all I could think of it as. It really does feel like a soap opera. I understand that it is supposed to be a serious love drama but it just didn't feel like "anime" to me. What I mean is, is that I rarely found it entertaining or enjoyable. Instead I felt that this series was very serious and had realistic relationship problems that just weren't enjoyable to watch. I mean, seriously, who wants to watch an anime where parents fight with each other like in real life? No one. Who wants to watch an anime where there are grueling relationship problems that are hard to sit through? Some people, but not me.
I tried to like this series but I couldn't. I liked how the series started and thought that this was going to be great, but then the "main story" started and I lost interest. So much happens within the first 2 episodes that you start to like the pacing of the series, but then it simply stalls for 10 episodes. For 10 episodes, I struggled watching as not very much happened. Yes, character development occurred, but that is to be expected. There wasn't very entertaining moments, and thinking back on it, there wasn't anything too critical in those episodes. Luckily the ending of this series saved what would have been a total lost for me.
Some of things that I did find positive in this series is that it is a love drama series that is very realistic. If you like that type of genre, then by all means this series is for you. I felt it had a great story, realistic characters, but there was too much boring aspects in it that hurt the overall feel to Rumbling Hearts. The entire relationship problems were very interesting, and something I probably wouldn't have imagined happening unless I watched lots of soap operas where people are typically put into comas every other episode. I might be a bit too hard on this series because it did do a good job of setting a serious tone and interesting story, but it just wasn't entertaining to me. It is hard for me to say positive things about a series that puts a bitter taste in my mouth after watching it.
Of course the animation and music were very good. I believe it was the same hentai artist who made the original game that worked on this anime series, and it turned out beautifully. Everything is animated nicely and you can tell that there weren't any ignored details left out. The character designs were also good. There are basically 4 or 5 main characters and each one has his or her own unique personality, which is very important in these types of love drama series.
You know it's hard for me to think of positive things to say about a series when I write a paragraph on the animation alone! Really though, the middle episodes killed the series for me. It just carried on and on until I no longer cared what happened. I will say, though, that the beginning of the series was great. Then the conclusion of the series was also very satisfying. If I had been as interested as I was watching the first episodes as I watched the final episodes, this would be one hell of a series. However, this wasn't the case for me. Instead Rumbling Hearts is a well-told love story but just isn't very enjoyable to watch. Perhaps if you enjoy these types of serious dramas, then you should definitely watch this. If you are looking for a typical love-comedy-drama, then avoid this title. I am giving this a low score simply because it was a pain in the ass to get through. A good anime series, in my opinion, should keep the viewer entertained, and Rumbling Hearts simply did not.
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