Get the whole story of love and loss....at a new low price! Friendship and faith, love and betrayal? And guilt. Rumbling Hearts weaves a tale not of superheroes or science fiction, but of the silent sufferings of any pote... more »ntial passerby. This is real life. Happy endings are bittersweet at best.Meet four fast high school friends ? Haruka, Takayuki, Mitsuki and Shinji. Life?s promise shines brightly on these companions, until one day a random accident leaves Haruka in a coma. Her boyfriend, Takayuki, cannot forgive himself and seems determined to follow Haruka into a comatose state. Mitsuki dedicates her life to taking care of this tragic young man, and the pair salvage what they can, falling into a self-destructive relationship floundering in guilt. When Haruka awakens three years too late suffering from anterograde amnesia, everyone has to act as if not a day has passed. Torn between his unhappy real-life train wreck with Mitsuki and the warm and fuzzy daydream high school romance with Haruka, Takayuki watches what little silver lining was left in life be mercilessly and methodically stripped away.« less
"I must warn you this one is not for the weak of heart. Its just so sad that its one of the most beautiful masterpieces I have ever seen. If you want to see it just be prepared to cry a few times. In my 19 years I have never seen a pice of footage that made me cry. Some others have gotten close with that feeling of pain in my throat and made my eyes water, but this is the only film that has ever made me sniff and made tears roll down down my cheeks. So therefore I declare it one of the most beautiful works of art one can ever see. I would recommend watching the sub in said of the dub; because wile the sub is the literal word for word translation the dub has been edited form that to the point where it prevents the story from reaching its full impact. Also The japanese voice actors put much much more emotion into the film than the english actors did. So please see it, you will be glad you did."
Not in the norm, but I enjoyed it.
W. Watson | Petersburg, VA USA | 06/18/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Parents: This is not --I repeat-- NOT a good anime for younger kids. I wouldn't recommend it for any child under 14 or 15. That is not to say that it's pornographic, but there is nudity. They show just enough to give the understanding of the sexual situations, but not enough to make me say porn. The interpersonal relationships are complex, and you may have yourself having to explain a lot of concepts if you're watching it with a young person. There... I've said my piece.
With that being said, I enjoyed this story. Most times in an anime series, I can sit through three or four episodes at a time, without stopping. This time, I couldn't. I had to watch each episode one at a time. I guess it's because there's a lot of emotional turmoil to deal with. The story seemed to capture the idea that life is not neat and tidy. There are times when you can't help hurting someone even when you don't want to. Sometimes you do have to give up the thing you think you want most, and sometimes good things come from the train wrecks of our lives.
I found I enjoyed the English voice cast, with the exception of Haruka. I think I can tell why they chose to make her voice sound so mousy, but I think sometimes they have a tendency to make all the women in an anime below the age of thirty sound like they're 12 years old. But now that I think about it, I think they did it to emphasis that Haruka is truly a part of Takayuki's childhood past in school, and at the same time found a voice for Mitsuki that actually sounded like a young adult woman who is very much a part of his present. The story boils down to a choice --do I try to recapture the past, or do I hold onto what I have and look towards the future?
All in all, I was very happy with the ending. The only problem I had with the ending was that I would have rather they brought the four friends together in some way that allows them to bury the past together and move on. It seemed like the last five minutes of the show were devoted entirely to Haruka's book and Akane. Mitsuki gets very little attention at all in that entire ending sequence. Other than that, I did enjoy this one, but I won't be showing it to anyone else. It's kind of one of those ones you need to watch by yourself with a box of kleenex and the curtain's drawn just in case you tear up a time or two."
Great anime box set!
T. Jensen | Rockton | 09/13/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Rumbling Hearts is one of my favorite anime series of all time. It is truly a dramatic and moving anime series. The story centers around four high school friends and a tragic acccident that changes all their lives forever. These four friends are forced to make tough decisions that not only affect their lives but each others as well. The ending and some of the subject matter (such as the complicated relationships between the four friends) won't be to everyone's liking, but real life isn't always predictible or fair. This series is many things at once- a comedy, a drama, and a romantic series. A must see!!"
An Emotional Rollercoater!
Jamil J. Johnson | Wilmington, USA | 07/17/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This series is my sixth favorite anime series(I have seen around fifty). I don't like a lot of anime because a lot don't have a very good story line and characters that are not shallow. I am a very harsh critic and it is hard for much to appeal to me, but this anime series was touching.
It starts out like most anime dramas that are about high school students. A cute girl (Haruka Suzumiya) likes a cute boy (Takayuki Narumi) they get together and fall in love, but then the story does a 180. Takayuki is late for a date(like usual) and Haruka gets hit be a vehicle while standing on the sidewalk. She does'nt die, but she goes into a comma for about three years. Mean while her best friend (Mitsuki Hayase) cares for Takayuki because he blames himself for Haruka condition. Mitsuki falls in love with Takayuki while taking care of him then they start to date and Takayuki starts to return to his normal self. All of a sudden Takayuki gets a call one day and is told that Haruka woke back up and does'nt know she was in a comma for three years.
You will experience much pain, sadness and anger with the characters in this series. It is easy to relate to all of them throughout the whole story. If you like anime and stories that consist of much drama then you will enjoy this series. This story is not for people under the age of sixteen. There are several sex scenes, but the most you see are the breasts of the two main characters. So like I said don't expect to watch this with a child, but for adults I highly recommend this series."
A though beyond thoughts
Eizen Bellmont | 01/28/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This series I have to say was...Interesting to say the least. The begining was exceptional,if you like lovey dovey sort of things.Boy meets girl,girl likes guy..guy is severely dense and doen't know how to respond but gets over that quickly and so a small love story starts.It's paradise.Only things is the girls best friend likes him as well..but it doesn't show until later.The problem is if you like that kind of thing it's not for you.After an accident happens things get really rough.Words are said and stuff happens. and the story gets sad and depressing after.As far as I can tell you this anime has an off the chart dysfunctional rating.. as does the two love birds love life..You get hit by a truck and see how that affects your love life."