It's the age-old dilemma that beset women. Who should I choose? The one I love, or the one who loves me? You're lucky if the stars aligned and both persons are the same. What if they aren't? Problem with our princess is, she's inexperienced...innocent, naive, carefree. And the scenes where this is showcased is something everyone who ever experienced having a crush can relate to.
I like how the context of love is properly laid out, comparing real love from say, crush, or infatuation in the eyes of a 20 something girl still pining for a highschool crush she never had a relationship with, let alone take her out for a date. It also explores the area of whether love can be learned, or is it something that's set in stone? This is one of the films that shows a very realistic take on the mindset of a girl. It explores her fantasies and frustrations.
(Please let me use the names Mayu, Ichi, and Ni in referring to the characters)
Mayu's escapades were very funny and real. Some of which aren't technically real as it only existed in her imagination, but this is why this movie is good. Its reality! Almost every woman can relate to her.
My favorite scene was the awakening. When she found out that the guy she fantasizes doesn't even know her name. I felt her pain, Mayu, the actress conveyed it well. It dawned on her...she was living in a world of make-believe. Her breakdown scene, though, felt too contrived and dramatic especially if you take into consideration the circumstances.
Probably the most realistic scene is when she realized she lost her only friend. And that she was lonely. That her "friends" are strangers and that she's a stranger to her "boyfriend". You can also pick a lot of insights and moral lessons from here. Not necessarily in the context of romantic love...but in life in general.
The ending went downhill for me. She became an angry brat who had to resort faking a pregnancy to restore whatever image she thought she had. She needed to grow up. It was too fictional for me. It only bounced back when it ended with a realistic tone....an open-ended ending.
Biggest success of the film is the lead actress. She was one with the character it was hard to separate the character from the actress. She was born to play this role. She owned the film, even with scenes that would have turned awkward if not done properly, she nailed it.