Hazumu is a shy and quiet boy who loves flowers and is forced to rely on his tomboy childhood friend Tomari as a bodyguard. Yasuna is the prettiest girl in school but she avoids men like the plague… until she meets Hazumu. Encouraged, he confesses his love; heartbroken, he heads for the mountains to be with his flowers. As if Hazumu’s troubles aren’t enough, his day is further ruined when an alien ship accidentally kills him. Luckily, alien technology exists that can revive him, but not without a price: Hazumu returns from the dead, but in the form of… a cute girl?!
OK, I will admit, at first, these two anime may not have anything in common, but once you dig deeper, you may see these two have more in common than you could ever imagine.
Both anime have a female lead that is unfamiliar with their current setting (Yune with living in Paris and Hazumu with being a girl now) but still have a keen positive outlook on life and care for the people around them. Both characters do take time adjusting to their situation, but it's not painful to watch and it hardly takes up any screen-time that could be, and is used to advance the story. The characters in each are both very likable and relateable to the extent that they're almost human. You can actually feel them going though their rough times and their not so rough times and it's just beautiful to watch. The animation is just captivating to look at in both. The animators did a really good job at animating the scenery and characters in both so that it gives off a nice feel to them The music in both is perfect, because it sets the mood and fits the atmosphere in both, and it sounds harmonious to what's going on in both. To top all of that off, both just feel good to watch. It gives you a warm fuzzy feeling inside you to watch either anime, like you did something good.
Kei Kusanagi is a shy teenage boy with no romantic experience whatsoever... until he finds out that his hot new teacher is actually an alien! In order to conceal her identity, the two are forced into a pretend marriage... but is it really a pretense, or are they actually falling in love?
One day a light descends from the sky and splits into the ideal girls of Takeru and Ryou. That is where this gentle and vaguely romantic story about our ugly and beautiful world begins. Soon enough the story plummets into the secrets of global extinction and the meaning of life. Everything in this world that is beautiful has something ugly in it, and that ugliness is part of the secret of its beauty. Even for romance this is true...
In both Kasimasi and This Ugly Yet Beautiful World ordinary people have to deal with extraordinary changes to their lives and relationships with others caused by forces beyond their control. Despite the differences in focus and scale (Kasimasi is personal and intimate, while This Ugly Yet Beautiful World is world shaking and apocalyptic), they deal with many of the same themes of love, friendship, and finding one's own place in the world.