December 5, 2012

Anime Review: Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko

I rarely eccentric anime that is sure to intrigue your very interest. Not only does it deal with awkward moments and hints of romance, it also deals with aliens, self-discovery as well as the mystery if the universe.

Denpa Onna to Seishun OtokoSynopsis:

The story revolves around a highschool boy named Niwa Makoto. He lives with his aunt's family since his parents are away on business. It is there where he meets his mysterious cousin of the same age Touwa Erio — who happens to tie a futon mattress around her upper body and is a self-proclaimed alien. Her staple food is pizza. Erio had been missing for half a year and was found floating in the sea. She doesn't remember anything about what happened during that period of time, but she began to think that it was the act of an alien and wanders the neighbourhood wrapped in the futon.


Getting over an incident that happened a while ago may not be an easy thing to do. It may take some time and usually you will encounter many obstacles along the way. Some people may fight it, others may just give up. This anime in this case, discovers human emotions that affects thinking and actions depending on various circumstances whether good or bad. As such, the story is about a girl named Touwa Erio in which disappeared half a year ago without any traces and was found floating in the sea with no recollection of what happened. Since that incident, she has been reclusive and walks around town wrapped in a futon. A boy named Niwa Makoto encounters her and tries to help us to reevaluate herself ad to try to make her open up to him and accept reality (so to speak). Mainly though, the anime is more slice of life with some mystery elements encompassing the story. The anime is listed as comedy a swell, but there were only the occasional funny moments to be had. Other than that, the story is really slow and linear; it only gets interesting towards the end of the series.

The art was beautifully illustrated and the backgrounds were highly detailed. The characters looked great and felt alive. I felt there were some uniqueness to the character design that felt just right. I must praise the wonderful work in the art department of the anime; color schemes were just right, character designs were appropriate, lighting and scene direction were well presented and the whole "magical" experience was vivid.

The sound was quite good as well. Character voice acting was accurately portrayed in the characters and was full of expression. The ambient soundtrack along with melodious background music was simply wonderfully composed. The opening and closing theme songs were rather disappointing. They weren't my taste at all. Other than that, no complaints in the sound department.

For a self-discovery anime, the characters were rather well presented. Niwa Makoto is definitely your stereotypical guy protagonist like any other anime. Kind, understanding, and unaware of his own abilities. He finally understands more about himself as he helps others. Touwa Erio is the shy, quiet character and rather naive. She slowly opens up to Niwa as he tries to help her overcome her reclusiveness. I would say that the characters weren't that fully developed and the story doesn't really explains the reasons why some of the characters are the way they are. Other than that, it was enjoyable to watch the characters interact with each other.

Overall, I must say it was a slow-moving but pleasant anime to watch. It is more of a interesting self-discovery anime than a engaging comedy or action-based anime that people tend to enjoy more. You have to be patient with this anime as it mostly consists of monologues that reflects on personal life and emotions. If you are not patient, then this anime may not be for you.


ART: 9