Unlike most anime, the episodes appear to be manga canon, as certain episodes refer directly (through narration giving the volume number) to events in the manga. The manga storyline is somewhat self-referential, as several asides show that the characters are fully aware that they exist in a manga. Yukie Nasu appears frequently as herself, usually with a capital “N” on her head, to explain away certain loose plot threads. For example, in a story featuring a baseball game taking place in late autumn, one of the characters asked why they weren’t playing soccer; Nasu’s character appeared and explained that she didn’t know the rules for soccer.
A thirteen episode live-action television drama was broadcast by Tokyo MX, between July 2, 2008, and September 24, 2008.
– Here Is Greenwood
– Kokowa Green Wood
– Kokowa Greenwood
– Green Wood
Here is Greenwood (ここはグリーン・ウッド Koko wa Gurīn Uddo) is a 9-volume Japanese manga written and illustrated by Yukie Nasu, revolving around the activities of four boys in Greenwood Dormitory at a fictional prestigious Japanese all-boys private school named Ryokuto Academy.
The animation is pretty good for the time (1991). As an older anime, the colors are typically kind of subdued. I especially love the ending theme “No Brand Heroes” by Sakamoto Chika.
The first four episodes feel more of a collection of random short stories. Each almost can stand on its own in any order, except the introduction episode one. The last two final episodes, a two-parter, are my favorite of the series.
The third OVA contains a special ending reference to Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro‘s clock scene. It is quite ingenious how it was acted out.
The anime feels more like a companion series to the manga than just a conversion. There is part of the manga being referenced during a fourth wall breaking scene. The anime also jump time a bit, giving me the impression that I should read the manga to learn more.
Here is Greenwood was one of my favorite anime back in the ’90s. Rewatching it now, it doesn’t quite hold up as I remembered, but still a good watch. This is possibly due to the pacing.
I still recommend this series for those that like off-beat comedy. Here is Greenwood contains some graphic violence, nudity, and some mature themes/dialogs. Intended for young adults.
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