Sakura Diaries Vols 1 & 2 : 4 of 5
I rented this series years ago from Netflix, but since I enjoyed it so much and found it for such a cheap price on Overstock.com, I decided to buy it and enjoy it again (I've been curious about the famous uncensored version). It was wonderful to watch this show a second time, and I think I enjoyed it even more, and I was even able to appreciate the unsatisfying ending a little more. The story is a nice love triangle between Touma, a cram school student living in Tokyo, Urara, his high-school student cousin who is desperately in love with him, and Mieko, a beautiful college student that Touma falls for. There are several other roles as well, but not too many that things get too complicated, and one of the great things about the plot is that every character gets a chance to show something about their personality and even change it for the better. There's a lot of wisdom and interesting life commentary wrapped up in this story, but you have to look past (or simply enjoy) a lot of fan service to get to it. I love it when the characters who seem to have their lives together realize that Touma, with all his faults, is actually living life to the fullest! My favorite scene is when Touma kisses Urara in the rain - the words she says to him are simply magical (and tear producing!). This is an older anime, with simple animation and cheesy music, but I can't help being a fan of the story - I watched all twelve episodes almost completely back to back!