Sunday, July 5, 2009

Special Parfait of the Week: Romeo x Juliet


This is a story of a young and tragic love, set in the aerial city of Neo Verona. Tyranny rules this island in the sky after the Montague family took control 14 years prior. The disparity among the wealthy and poor is apparent in the present state, the earth dries and water stagnates. The sky itself is wrapped in a deep dense fog. Both Romeo and Juliet's lineages are of present and past ruling families of Neo Verona. Romeo is the son of the current Montague dictator, Juliet (a beautiful woman) masquerades as a man (Odin), she's the last descendent of Capulet the previous rulers who were killed by an assasin's dagger 14 years ago. Her true background is not to be revealed to her until her 16th birthday. The cruel hands of fate introduces 2 people who will become "Star Crossed Lovers".


The classic lovestory of Romeo and Juliet comes alive in the form of anime. Though they are changes in the original story like the presence of Willie (as in William Shakespeare!) and some gliches in the animation quality, the love story element that it has hasn't change. The tragedy of love between Romeo and Juliet would still excite you and when they are finally together as a couple, you would also feel relieve and happy for them.
Romeo x Juliet has also proved useful in terms of education. When my sister was studying classic literature and that includes Romeo and Juliet, she rewatched some parts that would help her remember and appreciate the story. It is also there that we got the interpreation of the infamous line Romeo, Romeo where art thou Romeo?".
And so if you like love stories, it is highly recommended that you back to the mother of all love stories and be in love with the star-crossed lovers.

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