Kimagure Orange Road* Quirky Orange Road is an 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 Love Triangle between the three main characters remains a classic to this day. At the center of it is Kyōsuke Kasuga, the apparently Ordinary High-School Student, whose family has just moved to another town due to the necessity of keeping their Psychic Powers 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 delinquent. Which facet of Madoka 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 glomping him and calling him "Darling!"Predictably, Kyōsuke has no romantic feelings towards Hikaru: he does care for "Hikaru-chan", but as a sister, and has eyes only for Madoka, who acts alternately sweet and cold towards him. Even more predictably, Kyōsuke cannot declare his love for Madoka or reject Hikaru and thus end the love triangle. The reason? Hikaru absolutely adores"Madoka-san" and has been her Only Friend 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 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.
Amazon Chaser: Played with, maybe deconstructed in regards to Madoka. She gets this reaction from older guys, but boys her age often say "No Guy Wants an Amazon" 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.
Armor-Piercing Slap: Hikaru gives one to Kyōsuke at the end of the series once she realizes that Kyōsuke has chosen Madoka.
Arguably a Deconstruction, in that Betty!Hikaru is the spoiled one, while Veronica!Madoka is the more reserved and selfless one. The only true resemblence to a real Betty and Veronica is that Hikaru is middle-class and Madoka is rich, and yet both are as equally likable and deep as the other. However, in the anime, both characters appear to come from middle-class households (though Madoka's family is still a bit more middle-to-upper-class than Hikaru's) and it's shown they live in the same neighborhood.
Big Eater: The twins Kurumi and Manami. Somewhat justifed as using their Psychic Powers 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.
Butt Monkey: Hikaru's childhood friend/whipping boy Yūsaku.
And Jingoro, the Kasuga's cat in the anime.
Can Not Spit It Out: 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.
Canon Discontinuity : 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 They Just Didn't Care.
The Chikan: 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. Too dumb to acknowledge an obvious plot to get back on him, Kyosuke falls for it and 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.
Improbable Weapon User: 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 girl gang who wield such weapons as skateboards and yo-yos.
Probably a spoof of Sukeban Deka ("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.
Luminescent Blush: 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.
Memento MacGuffin: 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.
Meaningful Name: 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.
Meet Cute: Kyōsuke met Madoka while chasing down her hat when it got blown away in the wind.
Pair the Spares: 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 Lesbian Schoolgirl from the manga story "The Bus-Stop of Love". However, whenever she shows up in fan-works, things never work out.
Parental Abandonment: Madoka loves her parents 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.
Secret Keeper: 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.
Sexo Phone: Madoka plays a mean sax in the TV series.
Shipper on Deck: In the manga, Kurumi wants Kyosuke to end up with Hikaru while Manami ships Madoka/Kyosuke. Hilarity Ensues. 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.
Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Madoka loves Kyosuke for this, and because he was the first guy in their school (aside of Yusaku) who approached her without fear.
Stable Time Loop: 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:
Never the Selves Shall Meet: With Madoka. Because according to Grandpa, the Temporal Paradox 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.
Strong Family Resemblance: Kyōsuke and Kazuya. When the latter is introduced, everyone outside the Kasuga family comments on how he looks just like a five-year-old Kyōsuke.
Team Mom: Manami. She even helps keep her father in line when he's a little too lax in parenting.
They Do: Kyosuke and Madoka after freaking eighteen volumes (manga)/forty-eight episodes, eight ovas and a movie (anime).