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October 8, 2012

Anime Review: Denpa teki na Kanojo

Denpa teki na Kanojo is a short series that consists of 2 OVAs which describes the eventful life of Juuzawa Juu in which mysteries killing happen and it is up to him to investigate the truth.

Denpa teki na KanojoSynopsis:

Juuzawa Juu is a delinquent high school boy who just wants to be left alone. One day, he is approached by Ochibana Ame, who claims that she knew him in a previous life, and now wants to serve him as his "knight". At first Juu wants nothing to do with Ame, but after a classmate is murdered, he accepts her help as he looks for the killer.

Review:

The anime consists of two OVAs which briefly introduces the characters and jumps straight into the mystery and thriller of it all. The story was rather deep and required some structural and psychological analysis of what is happening and why it is happening. That said, the story is basically a whole thriller crime drama with some various twists. Here we see a delinquent high school boy named Juuzawa Juu approached by a mysterious girl named Ochibana Ame that claims to be his "knight" in a previous life. Of course, he doesn't believe her at first but when seemingly random killing happen around him and to his friend, he helps her look for the killers and confront the hidden truth. Honestly, this was quite a good summary of what an full-length anime should be like, but here, it is all compressed into two OVAs.

The art was rather well illustrated and animated. The characters looked pretty decent an the backgrounds were high quality. However, as a short OVAs series, I would have expected the art quality to be extremely detailed but here it was not the case. Whether the anime was made by a small production company or by a small group of people, the art wasn't up to my expectations.

Voice acting was also a slight issue here. I felt some characters' voices were a bit odd and didn't really suit the characters at all. Apart from that, the theme songs were pretty standard music to complement the overall anime theme. The background music is great as it complements the atmosphere perfectly. However, the instrumental pieces can get a little boring and are not really memorable.

For anime movies and OVAs, they usually don't do too deep into character development and most of the time you have to assume what the characters are. Here, it was somewhat well presented in a way that we got to know the characters well enough to understand how they act. You can instantly tell Juuzawa Juu would be a tough punk just from his attitude and presentation alone. As for Ochibana Ame, you can tell that she is a rather quiet one that doesn't speak unless she has something important to say. All these little details emphasizes to importance of character development in a short series.

The anime doesn't strive to shock you but rather makes you pretty dreary at the environment and setting that this anime takes place in. It doesn't rely on the usual bloody, gory, or disturbing images. The characters are fairly realistic and not overblown maniacs. In the end, Denpa teki na Kanojo aimed to provide a quick thriller series for those who don't want all the fillers and extras added in. It is fast paced and delivers what you expect.

STORY: 7
The story was fast paced and it took some time to analyse the situation.

ART: 7
I expected the quality to be pretty high quality, but the anime did lack some depth in the art department.

SOUND: 6
Some characters' voices was a bit odd and didn't really suit them. However, theme songs were pretty ordinary and background music was unmemorable.

CHARACTER: 7
The speed of the story was pretty fast that the characters didn't get enough time to be developed. As a result, they were quite unmemorable at the very most.

ENJOYMENT: 8
It is one of those "enjoy now and forget later" anime where you watch it once, enjoy it, and just move on to something else later.

OVERALL: 7
This is a decent anime to watch during your spare time where you have nothing else to watch or you want to watch something that doesn't take up a lot of time.