Here is Greenwood
I'll admit I've never lived in a dorm, and having seen Here is Greenwood, I'm starting to feel a little deprived. Here is Greenwood makes dorm life look utterly enjoyable, yet quite absurd at the same time. The whole thing felt like watching an animated Gordon Korman book, although on a much sillier level.
This series is very character-oriented, and fortunately, there isn't an unlikable character among the bunch. The main character is Kazuya Hasakawa, a newcomer to Greenwood Academy. His introduction to Greenwood is a bit like culture shock, for the residents of the dorm are rather eccentric. He meets two upper classmen, Mitsuru and Shinobu. Mitsuru is the resident playboy of the dorm and also dorm president. Shinobu is an odd sort, quite calm and collected even having to endure some rather bizarre circumstances. There's also Hasakawa's roommate, Shun, who just happens to be a little bit more feminine than Hasakawa may have anticipated.
For the first four episodes, Greenwood is quite amusing. The events that take place range from the students taking part in creating a fantasy movie, to Shinobu's crazed sister kidnapping Shun's brother, to Mitsuru being haunted by a ghost. Everything is played for laughs and you have to remember not to take anything seriously, including the episode previews.
The final two episodes, though, take a turn towards more serious issues. The episodes themselves are actually a flashback (which helps explain the reference to them in the second episode). Basically, Hasakawa meets a young girl, Mia Isuragi, and falls in love. However, Mia is attached to a boy named Tenma, making Hasakawa's life a little difficult. While are still a few comedic moments, everything has a very serious tone, and the series ends in a bittersweet fashion. It's not bad, mind you, just a little different.
The visual quality of this series was pretty average. Artwork was decent, but not outstanding. The English voice-acting was decent as well. The main characters all had voices that fit their personalities (especially Shinobu's appropriately deadpan voice), and their actors did a pretty good job. Some of the minor characters sound rather hokey or silly sometimes, but given the nature of the series, that's not such a big deal.
Here is Greenwood proves to be quite an enjoyable series, and one I recommend to anyone who wants something light yet fulfilling.
The Verdict: * * * * 1/2 (very good)
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