Maiden Japan is making its objectives clear: with its license of Love Love, the third title in Takeo Takahashi's trilogy of titles (the previous were Cosmopolitan Prayers and Smash Hits), the label is clearly looking to target more classic shows that can be acquired dirt-cheap.
While Maiden Japan (or Sentai) doesn't hold the license to the two other programs, that seems to be no great concern. My guess is Love Love features plenty of re-iteration of the backstory issued over the first two series. If the show proves popular enough, then they'll go ahead and license the first two -- or at least Smash Hits, since that had some base-line popularity amongst earlier fansub circles.
Either way, are you folks interested in what Maiden Japan is doing here? Are there any older, oft-forgotten shows that is worth them rescuing? If so, leave a few suggestions in the comments!
HOUSTON, January 23, 2013 — Maiden Japan today announced its acquisition of the romantic comedyLove ♥ Love? where the writer isn’t just flirting with danger, he’s being written into a corner!. This 13 episode series is directed by Takeo Takahashi (Rozen Maiden) and features character design by Miwa Oshima (Koihime Muso) and music by Toshihiko Sahashi (Steel Angel Kurumi).
It’s said that Heaven and Hell can be the same place, depending upon your situation, and Naoto Ooizumi is learning that lesson the hard way. At only 17 years old, he’s working on the set of Cosmopolitan Prayers (CosPrayers for short,) one of the hottest TV soaps on the air, and the girl of his dreams, Natsumi Magami, is playing the lead. The problem: as much as he wants to start a relationship with her, he keeps getting romantically intercepted by the OTHER cute girls in the show. It’s not like they’re just trying to stop a Naoto/Natsumi hook up. They seem to be actively “interested” in the cute young man who’s running the behind the scenes production camera! But that’s not the biggest twist, because unknown to anyone except the show’s producer, Ooizumi ISN’T just a camera operator, he’s also the show’s WRITER! So what do you do when you’re able to put any words you want in the mouth of the girl you love, but you’re contractually obligated to put similar things between the lips of the girls that love you? The pros and cons abound as romance goes wildly off script in LOVE © LOVE?!
LOVE © LOVE is the 3rd and final story in a trilogy of series, the first of which is Cosmopolitan Prayers (Cosplayers), and the second part is Smash Hits. These were initially on the air in Japan the first half of 2004 and called the "Metamorphosis Trilogy".
Maiden Japan will be distributing Love ♥ Love in conjunction with home video distributor Section 23 (Clannad, High School of the Dead, Appleseed,) with the entire series to be released on subtitled DVD and in digital formats.