Kono Minikuku mo Utsukushii Sekai Episode 1

Kono Minikuku Mo Utsukushii Sekai

"Dawn Is the Separation of Light and Darkness"

A subtitle befitting of the show's title!

This is the sort of first episode that makes me never want to watch a show again.

Everything about it is confused. I know nothing about this show. After watching one installment, I still know nothing about this show. It's got parts of a high school story, some sort of harem thing going on, science fiction, a mysterious girl from who knows where (that matches our hero's desire), crazy transformations and monster battling! Uh, so what the hell is this show really about then?

It seems like it's an attempt to be really mysterious about the various themes and plots of this show. Well, that's all well and good, except I'd really like to know what kind of show I'm watching. Everything that happens is either vague or unexplained. Not to mention the whole part in the beginning about extinctions of species on earth and stuff. No really, how does it all fall together?

Okay, naturally that's what the other episodes are for, but I really can't stress enough how much I feel the need to know more about the show from one episode. Luckily, I feel duty-bound to watch another episode, so they win this time!

The art and animation is all top notch (no surprise there, it's a Gainax production). More fanservice than I expected (and a lot of it very blatant), but it's not so bad that if you're allergic to that sort of thing that you'll want to turn it off. If I knew more about the show, I'd have a better idea of whether or not all the fanservice is appropriate or not, but at this point, who knows. Who am I kidding? This is anime, it's all appropriate and necessary.

I'd like to say more about the show, but really, I'm just confused.

Rating: C+

Posted by Kei at 12:54 AM | Comments (0)

Kono Minikuku mo Utsukushii Sekai Episode 2

Kono Minikuku Mo Utsukushii Sekai

"You Are the First"

Gainax is definitely trying to not completely fall into genre cliches with Konomini. I appreciate the effort, and can understand if they incorporate a few, though (hey, nobody's perfect). Sadly, they seem to have chosen to include the bumbling main male character, who has absolutely no idea how to treat the perfect girl that has dropped into his lap. That means a lot of annoying emotional awkwardness where he doesn't do what everyone knows he should, in regards to Hikari.

Oh, um, and there's also excessive fanservice, submissive main female character, another female friend who doesn't want to admit she has feelings for the main character (but gets mad at the progression of the main character and the main female character's relationship), the two dorky friends, and the bumbling parents that doesn't really seem to care about their child's promiscuity.

Oh oh oh! And wait for it...

Wait for it...

Hints of incest!!!!

By the way, if you're a fan of this genre, and you feel really comfortable watching this show, it might be because the seiyuu for Hikari is also the seiyuu for Aoi from Ai Yori Aoshi. (Maybe this is turning into a genre cliche, like having the same seiyuu for Belldandy in Ah! My Goddess and Mizuho in Onegai Teacher).

So, anyways, if you want to see characters act in really unbelievable and unconvincing ways (especially Takeru, whom the audience is supposed to connect with or something), this is a pretty good show for it.

Rating: C+

Posted by Kei at 11:28 PM | Comments (0)

Kono Minikuku mo Utsukushii Sekai Episode 3

Kono Minikuku Mo Utsukushii Sekai

"Three-shade for Two"

In the words of Strong Bad:

"There is two of them?"

In this episode we're introduced to Akari, who appears to be like Hikari in many ways (you wouldn't have guessed, huh?). Except that she's hooked up with Ryou instead of Takeru. It's almost like we get to see how two different guys deal with their newfound pets. After the early craziness of the show, it's passed into a sort of sci-fi domestic normality.

Other than a long (most of the episode) exploration of Ryou's current relationship with Akari, there's not much to this episode. Now that Akari and Hikari are both establlished, I'm hoping that the story can move on. Really, I'm getting annoyed by how many episodes one through five I have to make this same comment, complaining about how there's nothing going on.

Otherwise, the pictures are pretty enough (though the voices grate on me a bit), and the music is fairly unoffensive and is a welcome addition in some scenes.

Rating: B

Posted by Kei at 12:49 AM | Comments (0)

Kono Minikuku mo Utsukushii Sekai Episode 4

Kono Minikuku Mo Utsukushii Sekai

"Your Life from Now On"

Jennifer proudly joins the ranks of the most annoying character voices ever. On the same note, I can deal with Hikari's (Aoi from Ai Yori Aoshi) voice, but I can't stand Akari's (Karen from Onegai Twins, but having sucked on more helium).

There's an earth-shattering revelation in this episode:

Akari and Hikari are Transformers.

Think about it... They traveled through space, and then they fell onto Earth, and they assumed human forms for some reason. If you think of the girls like Transformers it makes sense. They wanted to be able to integrate into the world, so when they made contact with Takeru, they figured on human forms!

It all makes sense now.

Anyways, most of this episode is dedicated to Akari's addition to the show, Ryou's apparently incestuous relationship with his sister (sigh), which only becomes more amusing because Akari is voiced by one of the incestuous (actually, *the* incestuous Onegai Twin).

And when I say amusing, I mean more painful.

Rating: C-

Posted by Kei at 11:35 PM | Comments (0)

Kono Minikuku mo Utsukushii Sekai Episode 5

Kono Minikuku Mo Utsukushii Sekai

"School Days"

Fun fact:

The voice actress for Hikari played the character Akari in To Heart, which is fun because there is of course an Akari character in Konomini, and they have similar hair colors.

There definitely was no fear in creating completely two-dimensional characters for this show. (Haha, get it? Two-dimensional?)

In case you'd like to skip this episode and move right along to the next one, I'll give you a quick rundown of the story. Hikari decides that she wants to see what school is like. She can't understand why people go to school if they don't like it. In the end she figures it out, but it seems the creators of the show realized that it wouldn't be very interesting to show Hikari going to school every day. Easy solution to that problem: destroy the school!

And that's pretty much it. So far, this show has really sucked. This episode is completely pointless, other than introducing Kuon's big Orko-looking brother, and having Hikari talk about how she likes to see all the colors (and an ominous bit of foreshadowing, the "ugly" part of the show's title).

Rating: D

Posted by Kei at 10:08 PM | Comments (0)