It is said that the Love Wedding Repeat was produced in the same period of time as the serie. While it certainly has similarities, the story itself differs quite a bit. The art style and music are obviously similar to that of the Serie, with the only major difference being that it was less animated in its presentation. On a film that features a happily married couple on a romantic honeymoon, this is one of the most romantic sequences in anime history.
This Marriage at Al's House is a story about a young American wife and her Chinese husband on their honeymoon. The story itself is very sweet and funny in its own way. But it does not have the typical romantic elements associated with the Japanese genre. This is probably because it was more successful commercially than other traditional serie films.
The Love Wedding Repeat is based on the serie but was done in the United States. As such, it was much cheaper and more accessible to American audiences. The plot had a lot more scope and allowed for some creative story-telling with the characters. One that features a lazy but loving husband (Charlie) with a wife who is a perfectionist (Kim) who is spending most of their time playing video games instead of relaxing.
A funny couple who have been caught up in their busy schedules all their lives, the two manage to make their honeymoon a memorable time. Some faults are clearly seen, especially when they are caught between how they want to be and what they really are. The story also features the company of a talking cat. Other additions were a volcano and a non-smokers father. All of these were used to serve the purpose of the serie.
In spite of the similarities between this film and the series, the story is still unique and has a charm all its own. The Love Wedding Repeat would likely be a popular choice among lovers who want a classic film where they can experience the romance and humor of the serie. The main difference lies in the fact that this is much shorter. The overall length is approximately ninety minutes. While it is not a masterpiece, it is a very fun and heartwarming experience.
The final thought on this film may be the best thing that could be said for it as a part of the serie. The film's theme is in fact sung by Megumi Hayashibara in a parody of the ending to the serie where Hikaru meet again. She sings a number that features Tomoko and Chiyo from the serie and the film would not be complete without the chorus of that song.
Despite some similarities to the serie, the main difference lies in the fact that this is a short film. Its length allows it to be less ambitious as well as the lack of a climax with the couple making no contact with each other at the end. It would have been a shame to lose some of the better parts in the serie due to its shorter length.
Overall, the film is a great addition to the film collection that you have. The movie does not disappoint its viewers and leaves them wishing for the whole serie to be brought back to life. If you are looking for a good heartwarming experience, then this film would definitely fit the bill.