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''Kimagure Orange Road''[[labelnote:*]]Quirky Orange Road[[/labelnote]] is a manga and anime created by Izumi Matsumoto and serialized in the ''Weekly Shonen Jump'' from 1984 to 1987. The anime had a pilot episode in 1985, which was followed by a 50-episode TV series aired from 1985 to 1988, a TV movie from 1988 (''Kimagure Orange Road: I want to return to that day''), and 8 OAV's (set in the TV series continuity) released in between 1989 and 1991. There were also a theatrical movie set several years post-series (''Shin Kimagure Orange Road: Summer's Beginning'') and a Drama CD series from 1997.

The LoveTriangle between the three main characters remains a classic to this day. At the center of it is Kyōsuke Kasuga, the apparently OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent, whose family has just moved to another town due to the necessity of keeping their PsychicPowers a secret.

His first love interest is the beautiful Madoka Ayukawa, who seems to be a friendly and kind girl the first time their paths cross. When he meets her again at school, however, she acts icy and distant towards him, and school rumor insists that she is a [[{{Delinquents}} delinquent]]. Which facet of [[BrokenBird Ma]][[AloofDarkHairedGirl do]][[{{Tsundere}} ka]] is the real one?

The third corner of the love triangle comes in the form of Hikaru Hiyama. She's a bubbly, innocent tomboy who immediately falls for Kyōsuke after seeing him make an incredible hoop shot (not knowing that he used supernatural powers) and is fond of [[TheGlomp glomping]] him and calling him "Darling!"

Predictably, Kyōsuke has no romantic feelings towards Hikaru: he ''does'' care for "Hikaru-chan", but [[LikeBrotherAndSister as a sister]], and has eyes only for Madoka, who acts [[{{Tsundere}} alternately sweet and cold towards him]]. Even more predictably, Kyōsuke [[CanNotSpitItOut cannot declare his love for Madoka or reject Hikaru and thus end the love triangle]]. The reason? Hikaru absolutely '''adores''' [[OneeSama "Madoka-san"]] and has been her OnlyFriend from many years ago (as in, along with a boy named Yūsaku Hino, she's the only person who isn't afraid of her), and Madoka had already promised to help her win Kyōsuke. Of course, the setup gets even more tangled when ''Madoka'' herself begins developing feelings for Kyōsuke as well...

What elevates ''Kimagure Orange Road'' from a run-of-the-mill romantic comedy is the [[CharacterDevelopment depth and genuineness of its emotions and events]]. Despite the subplot of Kyōsuke keeping his supernatural powers a secret, the series is really a coming-of-age story of typical teenagers finding their way in the confusing realm of love that feels more realistic and nostalgic than most other romantic comedies.
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!!'''Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad''' provides examples of:
* ActionGirl: Madoka. Also, the {{delinquent}} girls she used to hang out with; a {{filler}} anime episode centers on Madoka and one of them.
* AlmostKiss: Kyōsuke and Madoka ''love'' doing this.
* AloofDarkHairedGirl: Madoka, who is tall, pretty and rather cool.
* AmazonChaser: Played with, maybe deconstructed in regards to Madoka. She gets this reaction from older guys, but boys her age often say "NoGuyWantsAnAmazon" and steer away from "Madoka the Pick", no matter how hot she is. (In fact, even Hatta and Komatsu feared her at the beginning, and warned Kyōsuke about her bad fame in the second episode.) Kyōsuke is pretty much the first guy aside of Yūsaku who approaches her without fear (or ''despite'' his fear) in school.
* ArmorPiercingSlap: [[spoiler: Hikaru]] gives one to [[spoiler: Kyōsuke]] at the end of the series once she realizes that [[spoiler: Kyōsuke has chosen Madoka]].
* BeachEpisode: The pilot, and some later episodes.
* BettyAndVeronica: With Hikaru as Betty, Madoka as Veronica, and Kyōsuke as Archie.
** [[FilleFatale Sayuri Hirose]] tries to become a ThirdOptionLoveInterest and get Kyōsuke away from them. [[spoiler: She fails.]]
* BigEater: The twins Kurumi and Manami. Somewhat justifed as using their PsychicPowers drain them of energy and thus they need to eat to recover it; double since Kurumi is ''very'' gung-ho about her psychic skills, and once in a while Manami uses hers to fix the messes Kurumi causes.
* BlindWithoutEm: Poor, poor Manami.
* {{Bokukko}}: Madoka, as a little girl. She grows up into a full-fledged {{Tsundere}}.
* BrokenBird: Madoka
* ButtMonkey: Hikaru's childhood friend/whipping boy Yūsaku.
** And Jingoro, the Kasuga's cat in the anime.
* CanNotSpitItOut: Kyōsuke wouldn't have had to keep up the charade with Hikaru for as long as he did if he had just told her about his true feelings upfront. Then again, he ''is'' the Poster Boy for Indecisiveness. (It doesn't help his situation that Madoka, due to her feelings of loyalty for Hikaru, keeps pushing Kyōsuke and Hikaru together despite having feelings for Kyōsuke herself.)
** In the manga, he is ''truly'' indecisive about who he likes more, though on most occasions he leans towards Madoka. In the anime, his only indecisiveness is not being able to tell Hikaru his true feelings.
* CanonDisContinuity : Komatsu is given two different first names during the series: Seiji (the more widely accepted one) or Masashi. Considering how little we know of any character that isn't in the Kasuga family, it's quite possible TheyJustDidntCare.
* CharacterExaggeration: Hikaru, in the TV series, sometimes goes from genuine GenkiGirl to straight TheDitz. Of course, this is [[{{Flanderization}} flanderized]] to death by her haters.
* TheChikan: In a manga chapter, Kyosuke is distressed because Madoka is mad with him, and his cousin Kazuya advices him acting pervert towards Madoka to get her to forgive him. [[IdiotHero Too dumb to acknowledge an obvious plot to get back on him]], Kyosuke falls for it and [[TooDumbToLive he decides fondling Madoka in the subway]]... but before he makes the attempt, another woman gets fondled near from them and angrily confronts her harasser. Madoka states how much she detests that kind of men, and Kyosuke wisely loses his nerve and realizes apologizing Madoka is the right action to earn her forgiveness.
* CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds: The first movie. The second movie tried very hard to set it up again.
** Except it didn't. Hikaru merely found she still felt a little ''something'' for him, but she wisely didn't act on it. The theme of the movie was more [[CharacterDevelopment about time healing wounds and giving things the chance to be attempted again]]. In this case, for Hikaru to be able to be around them again without repeating the whole 'Darling!' ClingyJealousGirl stuff she was doing during the series.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Hikaru. First in an innocent and childlike way, but more seriously and borderline {{Yandere}}-like in the first movie. She gets better, as seen above.
* CrazyJealousGuy: Oh God, Yusaku. Hikaru makes it clear that she doesn't want to date him, yet he keeps going on no matter what she says and often acts like she's his personal property.
* CloudCuckoolander: Kurumi, who has a weird but lovable personality. She's a bit of a [[{{The Ditz}} ditz]] as well.
* ComingOfAgeStory: Maybe one of the best examples in anime.
* CoolBigSis: Madoka, towards the younger kids. Shu's girlfriend Yukari is a slightly more traditional version.
* DeathByChildbirth: [[spoiler: Kyōsuke's mother, Akemi, died after the twins' birth.]]
* {{Delinquents}}: Madoka and her ex-friends.
* DubNameChange: When the series was translated to Italian as ' quasi magia Johnny' ("It's almost magic, Johnny") all characters got name changes in an effort to slightly alter the show's setting from Japan to... basically nowhere. So Kyosuke, Madoka and Hikaru became Johnny, Sabrina and Tinetta. Kyosuke's sisters Manami and Kurumi were known as Manuela and Simona. When the show was brought to Spain straight from the Italian version, the names Tinetta and Simona were changed to the more Spanish-sounding Rosa and Tamara.
* EroticDream: OVA has both day and night dreams with Kyōsuke.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Madoka, Madoka, Madoka.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The owner of [[Music/{{Genesis}} Abcb]] is known only as "Master".
* FirstGirlWins: No matter which timeline you go by.
* FlowerFromTheMountainTop: Kyōsuke's maternal grandfather sent Takashi off to get snow from the mountaintop for his whiskey [[ParentalMarriageVeto if he wanted to marry his daughter]] Akemi (Takeshi is the only one in Kyōsuke's family [[{{Muggles}} without powers]]). [[spoiler:He got some help from Akemi herself.]]
* FreakyFriday: in an episode, Kyōsuke and his cousin Kazuya switch bodies. Kyōsuke does that because he hopes to gain Kazuya's telepathy, [[spoiler:but it does not work that way!]]
* TheGlomp: "Daaaarliiiiiing!"
* GroundhogDayLoop: Done a looong time before the movie came out, before the concept was even well-known.
* {{Homage}}: both plots and individual scenes are borrowed from a variety of contemporary films and anime, from a dream in episode 2 that reflects ''AnOfficerAndAGentleman'' to the New Year's Day special where the entire cast is recast in a parody episode of {{Toku}}, fighting a [[MegaNeko giant-sized Jingoro]], entitled [[Film/TopGun "T.A.P. Gun"]]. (This was, after all, an [[TheEighties '80s]] show).
* IdolSinger: Mitsuru Hayakawa is a male one. And yes, Kyōsuke switches bodies with him.
** Yukari, Madoka's cousin-in-law, is the singer of her and her boyfriend Shu's pop band.
* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer: From the ActionGirl and the ButtMonkey, towards the OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent, in regards to the GenkiGirl.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Madoka keeps guitar picks strapped to her thigh which she can throw with considerable force. In later episodes, the main characters have to deal with a [[{{Delinquents}} girl gang]] who wield such weapons as skateboards and yo-yos.
** Probably a spoof of SukebanDeka ("Delinquent Girl Detective"), a popular shoujo manga about a reformed delinquent girl who used a yo-yo as a weapon to fight crime. There was a popular live-action show based on it that was airing at the time.
* IndirectKiss
* InLoveWithLove / LovingAShadow: WordOfGod says Akane is simply in love with the ''idea'' of being in love with Madoka.
* IntrepidReporter: In the second movie, Kyōsuke grows into one of these (as a wartime photographer in the former Yugoslavia).
* LastNameBasis: Kyosuke never addresses Madoka by her first name, she's always 'Ayukawa.' Although fairly early on he drops any honorifics.
* LethalChef: Kurumi
* LoveTriangle: And ''how''. The KOR love triangle is so definitive, other romantic comedies had to invent the LoveDodecahedron.
* LuminescentBlush: Episode 2. Kyosuke and Madoka are washing dishes together when their hands accidentally brush together. Quickly they broke contact and kept on washing dishes, lowering their heads and avoiding eye contact. Their faces were completely red as they did so. Soooo cute.
* TheMaidenNameDebate: Takashi is the only non-powered Kasuga because he married into the clan.
* MementoMacGuffin: Hikaru's medallion. Several years ago she lost it to a bully, Madoka witnessed the incident and got it back for her, and that was the start of their friendship.
* MeaningfulName: Madoka's name references the night and darkness while Hikaru's name references the sun and light; both of which reflect their personalities. Kyōsuke's surname is that of the attendant of the sun goddess Amaterasu, fitting for someone caught between them.
* MeetCute: Kyōsuke met Madoka while chasing down her hat when it got blown away in the wind.
* {{Meganekko}}: Manami has [[EnsembleDarkhorse one of the more dedicated fanbases in KOR fandom]], and her meganekko status plays an important part of this.
* MegaNeko: New Year's Special filler episode.
* MoodWhiplash: The second half of the ''I wanna return to that day'' movie is much, ''much'' more serious than the rest of the series. [[TearJerker And how.]]
* MouthyKid: Kazuya, sometimes.
* MushroomSamba: Kurumi uses her powers to turn some normal mushrooms blue. They have side effects. HilarityEnsues.
* NoSmoking: Kyōsuke successfully gets Madoka to kick the habit. She starts it again in the second movie, though.
* OfficialCouple: [[spoiler: Kyōsuke/Madoka]]
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: Kyōsuke... except for his psychic powers.
* PairTheSpares: Averted. After Hikaru is dumped by Kyōsuke, it would seem reasonable that she and Yūsaku would hook up. However, this doesn't happen as Shin-KOR follows the manga timeline and has Hikaru leave for America shortly thereafter and stays there for a long time. This matching is notable for not even being used much in Fan fiction.
** Akane, the fourth corner of the love triangle (!) would seem to have a logical matchup with the unnamed LesbianSchoolgirl from the manga story "The Bus-Stop of Love". However, whenever she shows up in fan-works, things never work out.
* ParentalAbandonment: Madoka loves her parents [[ParentsAsPeople and they love her back]], but they work abroad (Dad is an orchestra conductor, Mom is a classic violinist) and so they're almost never seen around and Madoka has been basically raised by her older sister (and once said sister gets married, she and her hubby go to thr USA and Madoka lives alone). Hikaru's parents are there, but they're never seen and only heard in the background or mentioned.
* PlotBasedVoiceCancellation
* PsychicPowers: The Kasuga clan (Kyousuke's mother's family; his dad married into the family) have shown a rather wide array of skills:
** [[MindOverMatter Telekinesis]] and {{teleport|ersAndTransporters}}ation can be done by all family members.
** Kyousuke also has shown an ability for [[{{Seers}} precognition]] and [[TimeTravel traveling through time]].
** His little sister Manami has demonstrated the ability to [[{{Technopath}} erase videotapes with her mind]].
** His ''other'' little sister Kurumi is good at performing hypnosis (and potential {{brainwashing}}), though she mostly uses her powers to hypnotize [[ButtMonkey Kyousuke]]
** Cousin Akane can [[MoreThanMindControl appear to be someone else to others]], while other cousin Kazuya has all of the powers Kyousuke has, [[ChildProdigy but much stronger]] -- with a side dish of [[TelePathy mind reading]].
* RevengeFic: "Fanfic/RevengeRoad", anyone? Poor Hikaru!
* RunningGag: The YuppieCouple whose confessions of love always get interrupted.
* SayMyName: All said YuppieCouple ever does.
* SchoolgirlLesbians: Young Shiori from the TV series. It's discussed whether Akane belongs in here, or she's a more extreme case of {{Onee Sama}} admiration, especially considering that Madoka is an AloofDarkHairedGirl.
* SecretKeeper: The Kasuga family must keep their psychic powers a secret, which tends to be a problem for Kyōsuke.
** Kyosuke tries especially hard to keep the secret this time, because they have to move to a new city and start over every time their cover's blown.
** Also, in the anime the Master of Abcb knows that Kyōsuke and Madoka have feelings for each other. In the manga, so does Manami.
* SexoPhone: Madoka plays a mean sax in the TV series.
* ShipperOnDeck: In the manga, Kurumi wants Kyosuke to end up with Hikaru while Manami ships Madoka/Kyosuke. HilarityEnsues. [[spoiler: This takes a turn to the serious when Manami actually shows the red hat to Madoka and tells her about the love deal.]]
** Kazuya leans a LOT towards Madoka/Kyosuke, though he may be too young to really understand the deal.
** Akane actually was ''introduced'' as a Hikaru/Kyosuke shipper of sorts, and at some point [[MistakenForCheating she mistakenly thought]] that Kyosuke was cheating on Hikaru with Madoka and was NOT happy about it. [[StupidSexyFlanders Then she actually MET Madoka and fell for her, sorta...]]
* {{Shorttank}}: Hikaru mixes this with some {{Kawaiiko}} traits.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Madoka loves Kyosuke for this, and because he was the first guy in their school (aside of Yusaku) who approached her without fear.
* StableTimeLoop: Involved in the time travel plot in the last two episodes of the TV series, as Madoka remembers meeting Kyōsuke five years ago even before he traveled back to the past. This instance of time travel also invokes:
** MeanwhileInTheFuture, and...
** NeverTheSelvesShallMeet: With Madoka. [[spoiler: Because according to Grandpa, the TemporalParadox would involve both selves being erased from existence, if they ever touched each other. It was ''this'' close to happen when Madoka met herself as a kid, but thankfully her older sister called out to little Madoka and she had to come back home.]]
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Kyōsuke and Kazuya. When the latter is introduced, ''everyone'' outside the Kasuga family [[LampshadeHanging comments]] on how he looks ''just'' like a five-year-old Kyōsuke.
* TeamMom: Manami. She even helps keep her father in line when he's a little too lax in parenting.
* TheyDo: Kyosuke and Madoka after freaking eighteen volumes (manga)/forty-eight episodes, eight ovas and a movie (anime).
* TokenYuriGirl: Akane Kasuga.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Hikaru and Madoka, Kurumi and Manami respectively.
** Hikaru and Madoka are this as little girls, but in the current story they've grown into LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine.
* {{Tsundere}}: Madoka is commonly cited as one of the ''original'' codifiers of the Tsundere archtype (joining the club formed by ''[[Anime/MazingerZ Sayaka Yumi]]'', ''[[Manga/RoseOfVersailles Oscar of Jarjayes]]'', ''[[Manga/UruseiYatsura Lum]]'' and ''[[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Akane Tendo]]''). Her complexity as a Tsundere is often favorably compared to the {{Flanderized}} [[JerkAss ultra-violent, whiny and bitchy]] nature of many modern Tsundere. "Kimagure" means, "whimsical" or "coquettish" and clearly refers to Her.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: ''Everything'' in this show -the fashions, the hairstyles, the music, even the video games the characters play in the arcade- shows it was made in TheEighties.
** The ''Shin Kimagure Orange Road'' film also entrenches itself in TheNineties when it is mentioned that adult Kyosuke is a war reporter went missing in action taking pictures in TheYugoslavWars.
* WonderfulLife: In the final episode.
* YamatoNadeshiko: Manami, the oldest of the twins, is reserved and domestic but BewareTheNiceOnes as she is prepared to use telekinesis when the situation calls for it.
* {{Yandere}}: Hikaru was *this* close to become one in TheMovie. She got better (sorta), though.
* YouWouldMakeAGreatModel: Subverted. Hikaru meets a man that claims to be a photographer and asks her if she would like to be a model. When Hikaru gleefully tells her best friends Kyosuke and Madoka about it, Madoka [[GenreSavvy warns her about perverts that claim to be photographers]]. Hikaru and Madoka agree to go together to the meeting place just in case. There they find out that the man IS a professional photographer with a legitimate offer.
* TheYugoslavWars: Mentioned in ''Shin Kimagure Orange Road''. The novels describe in length what effect they had in Kyosuke.
* YuppieCouple: Umao and Ushiko ("Ushiko-san!" "Umao-san!")
* ZettaiRyouiki: Madoka uses it once in a while.
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