a.k.a. Ginyuu Mokushiroku Meine Liebe
In the fictional European kingdom of Kuchen, elite young noblemen study at the prestigious Rosenstolz Academy to become future leaders of their country. This class of exceptional students, called Strahl Candidates, is led by two students, Orpherus and Ludwig. The vastly different political ideologies of these students divide the class into factions and seem insurmountable. However, when political intrigue threatens to tear apart the school and the entire country, Orpherus and Ludwig must somehow find a way to put aside their differences and fight for their futures.
summary by Liegenschonheit
Highs: Decent artwork; fluid animation
Lows: Exceedingly slow moving, predictable plot; shallow characters; dull colors create an uninteresting atmosphere; yawnfest
It is almost inconceivable that someone thought that 13 episodes of bishounen standing around talking about politics and staring at each other would make for an interesting anime. Even more mind-boggling is that someone else approved the notion and gave the production a fairly generous budget. However, as evidenced by Meine Liebe, both of these events have come to pass, making for one extremely boring viewing experience.
To be fair, the artwork and animation are both of good quality. When the characters are prodded from their conversations long enough to act, they do so fluidly, with smoothly fluttering capes and all the other niceties associated with bishounen. Unfortunately, all the nice artwork is overshadowed by the poor choice of coloring. Presented in a flat, dull palette of mostly browns and washed-out hues, Meine Liebe is drab and without luster.
The real problems in this anime, however, are the flaws in both plot and characters. Every character in this anime, including the five central ones, are shallow, stereotypical and almost impossible to care about. The plot itself centers around political intrigue, which means that the vast majority of the scenes have the characters standing around talking. Even worse is that these political machinations are extremely transparent, making future events predictable almost from the first episode.
Meine Liebe is trite, boring and slow moving, making the effort to sit through all 13 episodes an almost painful experience and may lead to the desire to bash your head against a wall. Despite the fairly decent art and animation, this anime cannot be safely recommended to anyone, except perhaps those suffering from acute insomnia.
Meine Liebe can be downloaded legally in the United States HERE.