Anime DVD Review: Green Green Complete

Green Green Complete is a three-disc DVD box set released by Media Blasters / Anime Works. However, the title of the set is a little misleading, since technically there is one episode not included. Each DVD contains four episodes of the series, as well as some extras and trailers. The extras for the DVDs came from three character DVDs released in Japan back in 2003 and 2004.

Green Green Complete
English Publisher: Media Blasters
Format: DVD
Release Date: July 24, 2007

Green Green is set at Kanenone Gakuen, which is an all-boys boarding school located in the Japanese countryside. The school board has been discussing merging with an all-girls school, with the hope of turning Kanenone into a co-ed academy. Both of the schools decide to have a “test run” by bringing some of the girls from the all-girls academy to Kanenone and have them stay for four weeks in order to see how the boys and girls will get along.

At the beginning of each episode, a brief story is told about long ago, when a boy and a girl were in love; however, they had a forbidden love and could not be together. They promised each other that one day, when they were reincarnated in the future, they would be together again… but this time, as man and wife. This is the backstory for a very important plot point.

There are four main male characters and six main female characters in the series. Yuusuke Takazaki is the main male, and it is implied that he is the reincarnation of the boy from the ill-fated lovers’ tale, but that he has no recollection of the past. Midori Chitose, the main female character, is an outgoing and cheerful girl who is the reincarnation of the girl from the ill-fated lovers’ story.

Futaba Kutsuki is a tough, boy-hating girl who is rather unenthusiastic about the co-ed school idea; she is also the self-appointed protector of the girls. However, after being rescued and helped by Yuusuke Takazaki, she starts becoming interested in him.

Hikaru Ichiban-Boshi, who is a friend of Yuusuke’s, is a guy who believes he’s a suave ladies’ man, and he is interested in Futaba. In reality, Hikaru is neither suave nor a ladies’ man, and he fails to impress Futaba every time he tries to win her over.

Reika Morimura, another girl from the all-girls academy, is mysterious and seems to know about the connection between Yuusuke and Midori. She does everything she can to keep them apart.

Sanae Minami is a weak and shy girl who came to Kanenone because her doctors believed the fresh country air would be beneficial to her health. Taizo Tenjin, another friend of Yuusuke’s, wants Sanae to consider him a “Big Brother,” and wants her to sleep next to him while he smells her and eats rice. Sanae, however, is terrified of him.

Tadatomo Ijuuin, who goes by Bacchi-Gu, is overweight, wears glasses, and is a friend of Yuusuke’s. Bacchi-Gu is very interested in Chigusa Iino, the nurse from the all-girls school who accompanied the girls to keep an eye on them. Bacchi-Gu is the main comic relief of the series.

Wakaba Kutsuki is Futaba’s younger sister, and she has a potted cactus named Togemura that she carries around. The plant has fortune-telling capabilities and can be used as a weapon by Wakaba to defend herself and her friends. Arisa Haruno is a brash girl with glasses who has rather vivid fantasies, and serves as the comic relief for the girls.

Green Green focuses on the male and female characters and their adventures and struggles of trying to co-habitate at the same school. The tone of the series is very much in the vein of “teen sex comedies” such as American Pie and Porky’s.

Usually, I’m not a huge fan of “fanservice” series like Green Green, but this was actually pretty good for what it is. The Green Green anime is ultimately mindless entertainment, but it’s done in a way that it’s enjoyable. However, with how much fanservice is included, I really wouldn’t recommend it for any viewers under the age of 16.

When it comes to the DVD set itself, the first DVD includes a short episode that features Reika and Midori; some of the content in the short includes nudity and innuendo.

There are also two “Image Songs” included; each song has clips from the Green Green anime, and each song features one character. The first song is “Rocket,” and it features scenes of Midori. The second song, “Cherry,” features scenes of Reika.

A textless version of the opening credits is included, as well as television spots. There are about five or six television spots, and it appears that they are advertisements for the character DVDs that were released in Japan. There are also four Anime Works trailers included for properties that were being promoted at the time this set was released.

The second DVD includes a short episode that features Futaba and Chigusa; like the short on the first disc, this one also includes nudity and innuendo.

Two image songs are included: “Koikaze Fukutabi” and “Kiss Me.” The first song features scenes of Futaba, while the second song features scenes of Chigusa.

There is also a textless version of the closing credits available. Trailers for other Anime Works properties are also included.

The short episode on the third DVD features Wakaba and Sanae; this short includes nudity and a bit of sexual innuendo.

There are also two image songs included on the disc: “Everlasting Star” and “… Happy.” The first song features scenes of Sanae, while the second one features scenes of Wakaba. There are also three alternate end credits sequences: one features Futaba and Wakaba, the second features Bacchi-Gu and Hikaru Ichiban-Boshi, and the third features Sanae and Tenjin. There are also trailers for other Anime Works properties included.

If you are a fan of Green Green, then this box set should be added to your DVD collection.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of Green Green Complete that my husband and I purchased.

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