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Renai Shindan ~ Seifuku no Eve [J-Drama]

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“There is no remedy for love but to love more” 
– Henry David Thoreau.

“There are no coincidences in life. You meet people you were meant to meet. Whatever happens was meant to happen. There are people that believe that but it is I that choose what to do. Which means that whoever I choose to meet and whatever I choose to do, those are all my choices.” – Seira.

It is quite funny that Seira did not believe in Fate and yet the whole story of theirs was anything but her own doing! If it was anyone’s doing it was Kurumi’s which really is strange and quite a welcome change! You see Kurumi is that girl that our main usually have a crush on but the crush has a crush on another girl and it is usually on our main to try and woo the crush but here, almost all the hard work was on Kurumi.

But even that being said, Fate started everything by having them bump into one another (and thus recognising each other, or Kurumi recognising Seira) then not only placing them in the same class (Seira is a new transfer student) but also having them share a dorm room (First I’ve seen these in a Japanese drama/movie in High School)!

As Kurumi says it, “We are basically together 24/7, isn’t that great? It’s almost as if it’s Fate!”

LOL

Kurumi was such a great character! Even without all the great things she did for Seira, like lending her a uniform, making her break rules on her first day, sharing a secret with her, and the best part, returning Seira’s feelings when she otherwise would not have, she is just such a nice girl that is rare to see in a character in her position otherwise.

Also interestingly she had more on her plate than Seira – the main character. She was caught in the middle with her feelings for Senpai that were unrequited and those of Kurumi’s. But not to say that Seira was bad in any way. She too made some great choices like having a normal conversation with Senpai about Kurumi’s feelings for her instead of fighting about Kurumi in jealousy. Also there is the fact that she did not give up on Kurumi and her hard work was rewarded in the end.

But speaking of the story itself, Seifuku no Eve in the third quarter of the four-quarter series Renai Shindan. The twelve-episode series tackled different types of romantic relationships with of course a BL part in as well and Seifuku no Eve was the GL part. Despite being only three episodes long, the story is so complete that I am still wow’d even years later. Yes, this series aired way back in 2007 which means there are probably English subs out there but I don’t need them and since my source is one long video, I probably couldn’t even use them anyway.

Okay, can I just gush about that period? The 2007-2008 I mean! In that period we go stuff like this series, the best drama – The Painter of the Wind, Top Level lesbian movie – Spider Lilies, another Taiwanese GL movie – Candy Rain, Drifting Flowers, Thai’s wincest horror – Sick Nurses, the French killers Martyrs and Water Lilies, I cant think straight, Sara Waters’ Affinity and so much more! Talk about a Gay Period!

Ahem

Back to the story, it takes its time. Scenes are left to breath, what should happen happens, nothing is skipped over for time or to save people from feeling negative side of pathos but neither that the story overplay emotions to the extreme like many Korean dramas do. The story just is. You can almost believe that the character are actually driving their fate instead of a story writer.

And the best part of all – A frikkin GOOD END!

And it is not like there wasn’t any down time. Friction was inevitable given the fact that Kurumi was in love with Maria-senpai – the dancer, who would never love her back were she to confess because Maria-senpai was also in love with someone else. Meanwhile Seira is in her first crush with Kurumi, who by the way also knows that Seira loves her as she was awake when Kurumi kissed her that one night thinking that Kurumi was asleep, so eventually she would have hard to deal with indecisiveness on Kurumi’s part were she to confess to her because Kurumi was in love with someone else.

So yeah, there was a period where things did not look good and thus a GOOD END really brings the much-needed conclusion to the story. Really, I wouldn’t even have minded had Maria-senpai decided to date Kurumi and Seira went heart-broken because this was her first love and those rarely work out but I am very happy that it was Seira whom Kurumi ended up with because they both deserved each other.

Kurumi’s love towards Maria-senpai was that which rarely works out and most of her development had been with Kurumi. Those two changed each other in the time they were together. Kurumi helped Seira integrate in her new life and school, meanwhile Seira gave Kurumi’s life a change that it so desperately needed! She became more confident and stopped relying on other people, a trait that she did not show at all when she was with Seira.

Those two were just so cute! All the hand holding! And even though that first kiss – which was from Seira to a sleeping Kurumi doesn’t sit with me (I really can’t stand the fact that she kissed Kurumi when she was asleep. It feels wrong) I mean Kurumi was actually awake but I would have been with her had she been mad about Seira kissing her like that. Oh well, she returned the favour later on the rooftop when she kissed a unsuspecting Seira so…

But I love that they almost did everything you could think of. They ate lunch together, they went out together, they fireworked together, they actually talked about their feelings! The bared their ugly selves an hurt each other at some point. Like, this is complete cycle right here! Their story is one that doesn’t warrantee Fan Fiction. It is not needed! Unless one just wants to see them having sex or something!

Ut perhaps the best thing is the fact that Seira went to meet Maria-senpai, she went to meet the person Kurumi loved and they got to talk, she got to know her and while this is not new usually it ends badly, either by a character of Seira falling for Maria-senpai too or just out despising them but Seira and Maria-senpai built a friendship which I doubt Maria-senpai had with anyone seeing how they all just worshipped her or looked at her like she was not one on them. I mean, I too did not see her as a fellow student but she was.

Also in meeting her Seira learns a great lesson for herself and also another for Kurumi which stemmed from Maria-senpai’s own experience. You see she loved a Senior that graduated the previous year but she lives in regret because she never let her feelings known. She tells Seira that she wishes that she had confessed, and were she to be let-down she wishes she cried her heart out instead of the never-ending regret!

Seira takes that knowledge and pushes on Kurumi to confess her feelings for Maria-senpai thus sparing her the same fate and in turn winning her some much-needed points from Kurumi. Also Seira gets the courage to finally, actually confess to Kurumi face to face and I have to tell you all, I was kind of worried because this was when Kurumi had just been rejected with a “Thank you. I am sorry” and when Seira confessed and Kurumi started with a “Thank you…” I was like, oh God, we are going to have two rejections here, aren’t we?

But where Maria-senpai did not have anyone to chip away at her heart, Kurumi had Seira with whom she shared more joy than she did Maria-senpai so of course her returning Seira’s feelings here felt real, nay, it was real! We saw how she too was affected in that period the two were apart after their fight when Kurumi confessed that she kissed Seira that time on the rooftop not because she loved her but because she wanted to love her.

Kurumi was changed and her love for Seira was real. And seriously though, I love this series. I love how moments build up the story and that last scene with the confessions and everything killed me. Seeing Seira crying for the very first time (another heavy emotion evoked by Kurumi in addition to her first smile and laugh) and as opposed to crying because of rejection, she is crying out of happiness that Kurumi loved her back. Meanwhile Kurumi too did not cry after Maria-senpai had rejected her but Seira loving her and seeing her like that made her cry too. What a lovely scene!

Top class!

I love the music too. That ED is so addictive, so reminds me of those early 2000 anime themes that just stayed with you years after watching the anime. Not sure what’ going on with Japan recently but I don’t remember a theme from anime released in the last six or so years.

Anyway Seira/Kurumi are one of my favourite couples and their story one of the best! In TV they are way up there in the top block! So much care went into their story and while I did not watch the other stories in the series (which included a straight, a incest and a yaoi story) I am sure they too were handled with respect. The best thing actually is that the DVDs were split into their respective stories so if you only wanted the Girls Love you only bought that and so on.

Ah, I miss Japan of old, well, in terms of drama that is. Their recent R-rated yuri movies are a positive welcome.

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Author: Black Gekikara

Love, Eat and sleep Yuri Best Pal is DIVA (My PC) Hangouts is TEH INTERNETS Currently into Kashiwagi Yuki, Matsui Rena, Ogasawara Mayu, Miyawaki Sakura, Ji-yeon, NMB48 and sister groups, T-ara Totally love SG Horror movies

3 thoughts on “Renai Shindan ~ Seifuku no Eve [J-Drama]

  1. I tried to get this but it looks like the archive is damaged T_T

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