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North American anime licensing company Maiden Japan announced on Wednesday that it acquired the 2004 television anime Love Love? It will be distributing the entire series in conjunction with home video distributor Section 23 on subtitled DVD and in digital formats. Maiden Japan describes the story:
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?
Takeo Takahashi (Rozen Maiden) directed the anime at IMAGIN and Studio Live. The anime is the third part of m.o.e.'s "Metamorphosis" trilogy, which began with The Cosmopolitan Prayers (Cosprayers) and Hit o Nerae! (Smash Hit!). Miwa Oshima (Koihime Musō) designed the characters, and Toshihiko Sahashi (Steel Angel Kurumi) scored the music.