Juu Juuzawa is a tough kid in a rough town. One day, he is approached by an odd girl by the name of Ame, who claims that she was connected to him in a past life and insists on serving as Juu's knight. His first reaction is to ignore her, distancing himself as quickly as possible. However, when a serial killer murders one of Juu's classmates and Ame seems to know something about the killings, he is forced into cooperating with her to get to the bottom of the mystery. Can this enigmatic stranger really be trusted?
At the time of writing this, I'm still hopeful that the last installment of the three-part OVA will come out sometime this year, though at this point I've kind of gotten tired of waiting and am beginning to direct my attention to other series on my waiting list. Even so, I have good faith that when the 3rd episode does come out, that it will be of similar, if not better quality as the first two, so as such I will go ahead and write out my thoughts on the first two episodes. Edit: Boo, apparently it was only 2 episodes long. What a let-down. But it's still good. To start with, in case you didn't catch it from reading the synopsis or looking at the screenshots, the mood of this series is dark. Very dark. Certainly not on the level of most Mindf*ck or Horror genres or anything like that, but the themes encountered in the first 2 installments certainly come close to that level, at least in my opinion. Needless to say, if you're looking for any sort of comedy or light-hearted action flick, this is not for you. To the rest of you still reading? There are several things about the first two episodes that become immediately attractive. For one, the premises of both episodes are dark and unique, and they're presented in a disturbing, yet wonderfully suspenseful way. You're never really quite sure what the hell is going on, and though you may think you have a good inkling of it, you'll most likely find yourself eagerly waiting for that moment when your questions will be answered. And that moment does come in both, indeed, but usually accompanied with a twist or some climax that you were NOT expecting. I won't go into specifics, but chances are that most viewers will have at least one "Oh sh*t, I didn't expect that" moment. And yet, as disturbing as the conflicts in both episodes are, they are also both resolved in quite a fulfilling and satisfactory manner, if maybe a bit unsettling. Consequently, both episodes are capable of standing alone, which I really like in any series; I don't dislike cliffhangers, but I don't like being strung along for 3-4 episodes at a time. Perhaps all OVAs do this anyway, but this is one aspect of Denpa Teki na Kanojo that I also find attractive. The characters presented are equally attractive (in the sense that they're likeable, not as if I'm checking them out), and are as unique as the problems they find themselves in. While neither Yuu (or Juu as the subtitles said in my version) or Ame are completely fleshed out, the anime still touches on the important points, resulting in the viewer knowing how that character is probably going to behave, but still wanting to know more about them (which is what any good character development should do, really). Side characters are kept to a minimum for the most part. And when they are thrown in, it's usually for a good reason. There's very little fluff or filler that is presented as far as characters go. Overall, Denpa Teki na Kanojo is an excellent OVA for suspense lovers, and viewers who like series with a darker mood. The engaging plot, pacing, and character development stand out, making this an OVA certainly worth sampling.
Story: 7.5/10 It's hard to talk about the story without spoiling, so instead I'll just comment on it, the animeplanet synposis is pretty fine. Denpa Teki na Kanojo has two sides, the male fantasy of a compitent, interesting and pretty female servant with a side of younger sister and a dark horror story. However as in animes like Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, it managed to appeal to the two greatest and most cliche obsessions of men, in short, women and violence. This anime could also be described as a harem of sorts, the overall message here is that Denpa Teki na Kanojo was designed for adolecent males such as myself and it was designed well. I am often able to see straight through these kind of tactics, I get offended like this anime is just for profit and i'm being manipulated. Like the people who made this have no passion for anime or story telling in general and etc. However despite seeing straight through this anime very quickly, I still enjoyed it, in the same way I enjoyed Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni. That is to say that my enjoyment didn't simply come from an appreciation of it's masterful tactics to seduce men into watching it, rather I became engrossed into the story enough so that I forgot about it after a while and just watched. Whether that's because I was also seduced masterfully by their manipulation or because the anime redeems itself through capitvating story lines and impressive follow up with execution, I will leave for a girl to decide. I would like to say more but commenting directly on the story would be hard as I would probably spoil, I can't even explain why without spoiling so I'll stop writing.. Animation: 7/10 The animation was a little strange, perhaps this is what it means for an anime to have a low budget? I'm not sure, but I got the feeling that this was the anime version of those low budget American movies, and what always suffers for that most is the technology required to make it look like the more expensive ones. However in some ways, it was less distracting. I think the animation helped to make the world more believable, there was no "girl constantly bashing up the boy" or any of those comedic cliches of anime. Higurashi is yet again something i'm going to bring up, as they did many of these cliches and I felt that while Higurashi didn't suffer from it too greatly, I prefered Denpa Teki na Kanojo's less.. surreal depiction of cuteness, violence and their characters, and this mentality was defininently shown in the animation. Sound: X/10, 4/5 I don't remember the OST, it was probably good but I can't find it on youtube and that's as far as I am going to look. However the ED was good and had no complaints about the voice acting. Characters: 8.5/10 An extremely difficult section to rate for me, much like the story line, the characters in this anime are very cliche in the sense that they appeal to an overused virtue. However they didn't really need to be anything more and what they were was enough. Out of all the sections, Characters is the one that I hav always rated the lowest, I think that's true of all stories that I read/watch. It's just difficult to make truly interesting and unique characters. However what made animes like Death Note and Toradora! possibly my two favorite animes is that the characters in all their complexity, stayed true to themselves. This anime, I felt, accomplished that. I think that it's shortness really helped in this, but that's not a reason to rate it down. Some anime don't know when to quit, even Death Note is somewhat guilty of that. ToraDora! also, suffered parts which could have gone faster and etc. I felt that Denpa teki na Kanojo was very precise in it's creation, it's characters benefited from the pace. Interesting characters weren't given time to become uninteresting, characters with one or two interesting ideas in a long anime are boring and plain. Characters with one or two interesting ideas in a 2 episode anime are spectacular, I'll say it once more. None of these characters would survive the test of time, but in the time they were given, I enjoyed learning their stories and about who they were, what they felt and thought, and so on. Overall: 8/10 I talked a lot about the construction of the anime but not the anime itself, in my reviews I often carelessly and cruelly spoil the story of the animes I disliked. In turn, I tried my best not to spoil an anime I really liked. I think this anime cleverly quit while they were ahead, I believe more episodes of this anime would have killed it, perhaps not 2-3 more but a series of like 12-13 episodes would have gotten really old, really quickly.. perhaps their creativity would run short or.. well lots of things could have gone wrong. However as this anime stands, For more experienced viewers, this isn't unique but it is worth watching, I really enjoyed it and I can't stress enough how important it is that it's only 2 episodes, animes like School Days could learn a lot from this anime. However for less experienced viewers, this anime will probably blow your mind, have fun.
I've been watching anime since I was around 7, depending on if you count Avatar: the Last Airbender as an anime. In the 11 years since then, I think I can finally crown the worst anime of all time. It's this one. Story: Oh my god, this show (is it an OVA if it's unfinished?) made NO SENSE. AT ALL! WHATSOEVER! You know the synopsis for this? Yeah, that lasts for one episode and has absolutely no proper closure whatsoever. It just ends. And then the second episode has an entirely different plot. It's worth mentioning that this is a series that isn't finished yet (and probably won't be at this rate), but I honestly have no idea how the two episodes are congruous at all, other than "disturbing" events happening in both of them. Things happen completely at random, no backstory or explanations are given for anything, characters are thrusted into random events without the viewer knowing why. I get not spelling out things for the viewers, but this seemed so rushed. It's like the writers thought "as long as we keep distracting the viewers with cute girls and violence, they'll forget all about this insane thing that happened 5 minutes earlier that had no proper ending whatsoever". And not to mention, the show is a HORRIBLE mix of horror, psychological thriller, HAREM, AND ROMANCE. A brutal murder would be shown in one scene and then a girl would be vying for Juu's attention in another. It felt so, so wrong. Oh. Also. Insane amounts of plot holes. Nothing makes sense! Art: As I've said in all my other reviews, I'm no art expert. The art/animation seemed okay, safe for some messy parts I noticed at times (bonus points if you can spot the scene where Ochibana has a freakishly long arm! Actually, bonus points if you can even make it through this anime without losing your sanity). This might be nit-picking on my part but I found the cinematography (if there is such a thing in anime...?) to be irritating. Characters would be talking, and then suddenly one character would be giant and the other character would be superimposed on top of the giant character, if that makes sense. I get it being an artistic choice but it screwed up my perception of each character's placement in relation to one another in most of the scenes. Sound: If we're talking about VAs, they all fit. All of the girls, save for one, were all really shrill, but that's typical for an anime. There seemed to always be a spacey, almost Lynchian (think Twin Peaks but not as good) sound at most parts that got kind of annoying, but it fit the general horror mood. Character: The characters in this anime were absolute trash and all stereotypical. The most glaringly horrible example of this is Ochibana Ame, the main girl character. She's clearly insane, but for some reason the protagonist warms up to her even though she is a mentally ill stalker. Well, honestly, he probably warms up to her because she does everything he says to. She's basically a Mary Sue. A crazy Mary Sue. She does whatever he tells her to and saves him multiple times, explains things to the viewer that we could infer ourselves, is extremely smart, and is entirely loyal and devoted to Juu. Characters like that aren't interesting. They just exist to move the plot along and to save the main character. Hey, she was pretty cute, though! The other characters (who are all girls) are all stereotypes as well -- damaged ambitious smart girl, damaged crazy girl, damaged tsundere, another damaged tsundere...noticing a common theme here? I haven't mentioned the main character at this point because he has no personality and is the typical "strong heroic character" anime lead. Enjoyment: I have never been more entertained watching an anime. Seeing how screwed up and ridiculous the logic was, how annoying the characters were, the admittedly-disturbing horror elements, the awful harem stereotypes contrasted with those horror elements, the lack of closure or transition between events, as well as the jarring end to episode 1 and my confusion when episode 2 had an entirely different plot all combined to make this the best and worst anime watch I've ever had. I know my review is scathing, but PLEASE GO WATCH THIS! Invite some of your anime-loving friends over, get a pizza or something, and prepare to laugh your butt off. Maybe I'm just not understanding why people think this is so good, or I just have really high expectations for anime...but I don't get it, guys. I just don't get it. Overall: 1. Just awful. I would have loved to see an anime that has great character development, subverts all the romance and harem cliches, and has a screwed up plot along with the disturbing scenes that were in this anime. If anyone has any good horror anime recs, send them my way.
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