YU-NO: A Girl Who Chants Love at the Bound of This World

Alt title: Kono Yo no Hate de Koi wo Utau Shoujo YU-NO

TV (26 eps)
3.25 out of 5 from 2,021 votes
Rank #9,375

During the summer, Takuya Arima receives a package—from his missing father—detailing the existence of parallel universes. He investigates further and soon realizes that he’s been given the key to cross-dimensional time travel. Now, Takuya is forced to use this newfound tech to unravel the mystery of his father’s whereabouts and find out why those closest to him are keeping secrets.

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You Know?

Episode 1

You Know?

Parallel World Constitutive Theorem

Episode 2

Parallel World Constitutive Theorem

Tears That Can’t Be Stopped

Episode 3

Tears That Can’t Be Stopped

Dirtied White Skin

Episode 4

Dirtied White Skin

Spiral of Tragedy

Episode 5

Spiral of Tragedy

Beyond a Pale Light

Episode 6

Beyond a Pale Light

The Cause of the Curse

Episode 7

The Cause of the Curse

The Sparrows and Swallows Know Not

Episode 8

The Sparrows and Swallows Know Not

The Distance Between Him and Her

Episode 9

The Distance Between Him and Her

Feelings Overlapping

Episode 10

Feelings Overlapping

That Kiss, Once More

Episode 11

That Kiss, Once More

The Secret Under the White Coat

Episode 12

The Secret Under the White Coat

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Crua9
2

The overall of the story is some kid that can turn back time by going to parallel universes, and him trying to solve everyone's problems. In a nut shell, there is a mysterious mountain on the beach. There is several groups trying to uncover its secrets. The main person's dad found out you can use a tool to turn back time. His dad went off somewhere, and everyone assumed he is dead. The son (the main person) gets the tool, and tries to fix everyone's problems with it but while keeping it secret.  The show basically has a given problem or multiple that happens with a person he cares about it. Then he spends multiple episodes solving it. For example, his mom killed herself after some events. He tries to stop that for obvious reasons. But sometimes after fixing it, he is sent all the way to the start. So my biggest problem with this show is it can be very repetitive since you're seeing him redo things over and over. It also feels like no one grows since once the problem is solved, he is sent back to the start to fix a new problem while ignoring the old problems which is around again. I mean even the main character doesn't feel like he grown. The only thing that does grow is the story, but not by that much per show.  My other big problem with this is the show doesn't seem to know what it wants to be. It tries to be funny at times, then it tries to be a mystery, then it tried to be an action, and now it's trying to be a romance show. And by trying to do everything, it falls flat on everything. The main character goes from being dead serious to joking about sex in an uncharacteristic way in a split second. As far as who should watch this. I think if knowing what I said above, you are still thinking about it. Then it is worth a look. Otherwise, it's a hard pass.  _______Someone pointed out this show is based on a game. There is nothing in the anime pointing this out. But even if that is the case, the show in my opinion can't stand own it's own feet. I still stand by what I said above. If you're OK with what I said above, then go ahead. Beyond that I would say it's a hard pass.

camocanine
4

TL;DR:  Really good world creation, really good character creation, and absolutely terrible interpersonal writing that manages to waste everything that is really good about the world and characters for the sake of vicarious, self-gratifying wish fulfillment for those who long to be the unmatched center of attention and object of all desire. FULL REVIEW WITH CHARACTER DEVELOPEMENT SPOILERS.  DO NOT READ IF YOU WANT TO SIMPLY ENJOY YU-NO:  The world and overall story of YU-NO are creative and interesting enough that I really want to like this anime...I just can't.  The sad truth is that when I compliment the story, I am only speaking of the macro-scale story; the overall concept and mysterious hidden truth of YU-NO's worlds and timeline.  When it comes to the dialog and developement of the characters, every character is condemned to exist in, and be concluded with, some of the most predictable, boring, and childish writing I've seen in many years. Is the character a male other than the main protagonist, Takuya, or the villain?  Then the character will be an inconsiquential and unappreciated beta-male that exists to be:A. "the loveable screw-ups who mess things up time and time again."B. "the background filler characters that make the world look populated."C. "the victims who prove the severity of the risks by suffering or dying to make that point."D. "the unrequited love interests who show us how hopelessly fixated on Takuya almost every female character of significance either is or will become as the story progresses." Is the character a female?  Then the character will start off with interesting motivations and background, but will inevitably:A. "become a hopelessly, emotionally attached love-interest of Takuya who either gives into belonging, heart and soul, to Takuya or spends the rest of her time in the anime as an object of sexual tension that proves to us, the viewers, that Takuya clearly is just that desireable to all women.  This leads to that female eventually dying or being permanently whisked away as a dramatic and tragic motivator for Takuya with their final moments being vulnerable, emotional moments of deep personal connection to Takuya."B. "an unrequited love-interest, left behind to pine for Takuya as the one whose love they will continue to long for while contending with only lesser males for the rest of her life."...and once either female's story has reached it's emotional conclussion, Takuya simply gets on his way toward the next swooning female for the writers to trivialize.  NOTE: There is one female exception to this rule, arguably two.  Inevitably, though, any female character is doomed to either die as emotional fodder or be left behind, never to know the love of such a perfect being as Takuya... I've certainly enjoyed "OP main character", "harem" anime, but the "everyone falls into one of these exact character developement paths" treatement ruined otherwise good characters and the deeper, big-picture story of YU-NO for me.  The love fixations were completely unessecary nine times out of ten and the characters could have been allowed to exist as more diverse, emotional losses to Takuya as comrades who fell tragically along the way without the tired repetitions of "and now she's smitten before, oh no, tragedy for Takuya again".

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