Synonyms: Hentai Seiri Seminar, Hen Semi, Abnormal Physiology Seminar
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 8, 2011 to Jul 1, 2011
Duration: 12 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)L represents licensing company
Score: 6.711 (scored by 6430 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
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Apr 24, 2011
Basically, this anime is similar to scat porn. You're disgusted by it. You're aroused by it. You're wondering why they do it. You're wondering why did you even clicked on it when there's hundreds of other videos you could use for the daily "ritual". But at the end of the day, you still can't comprehend it.
Hen Zemi redefines the word "Abnormal"
Quite a refreshing approach from all the cliches in animes you see nowadays.
The story revolves around a girl, Matsutaka Nanako, who joined the "Abnormal Physiology Seminar" in her university year due to wanting to be closer to her crush, Musashi Komugi.
So my first impression was this is a psychology anime and they observe abnormal behavior by abnormal people.
Or so I thought..........
Basically, you join the seminar, if you think you're weird. Which would count as half the population on the net.
Nothing they do makes sense. Nothing they say makes sense. Just like internet trolls. With the exception the characters of Hen Zemi are actually "studying" but trolls are just "trolling"
In terms of art, this series used the "College students in the body of high-schoolers.." approach. Similar to the approached used in "Mitsudomoe" Opposite from the typical "High school girls in mature bodies" you see in a lot of modern day anime.
The anime deals with weird fetishes, sexual innuendos and a bit of word play. Characters are very distinctive in nature which leads to quite a significant impact to your memory. And when I say "quite" I actually mean you will have nightmares about them for the rest of your lives... Yes, just like scat porn...
Not safe for life....
On another note, if you're not in the targeted "Seinen" age group, then you probably wont find this anime that enjoyable. But if you think you've master the art of "Innuendos" and would like to test your skills, then you may find this anime quite humorous.
On a side note, this anime might just turn you a little bit more abnormal... or retarded... Whatever fits your bill.... Don't say I didn't warn you. But I've started sniffing my beer to see if anyone peed in it... Just in case...
Jun 4, 2011
The review is after going through 9 of the episodes plus one of the OVA's. Originally, I picked this show up not knowing what I was getting myself into. All I knew is that it featured Hanazawa Kana as one of the main characters and that it was a comedy. When I saw some of the content the show had to deal with, I had to cover up my 5 year old niece's eyes and wait until later to further view this show.
The story is, of course, about a girl who takes a strange college course in human psychology. This deals with the less conformist views of the world and dives deep into what many consider taboo. The story is told in a humorous way, but at the same time words what the subject is in a very mature manner. This could vary from the way men are visual animals and how their imagination could shatter a romantic relationship if the reality of their partner's physical appearance does not meet their expectations, to the destructive tendencies codependent couples have stemming from fear of being alone. The experiments the students are put through have much to do with the way they view society and likewise how society views them.
The artwork is fairly good, considering the character design is thicker than most anime is used to. There will be some viewers who will see the artwork as more toonish than anime, but that's subjective. The animation itself flows nicely and the production value seems above average given the 12 minute format.
Sound is always a major factor in a good show. This show doesn't spend much in the background music department, but it makes up for it with their cast of characters and other small details some people seem to overlook. The cast does a great job in delivering their lines and in some (limited) censored scenes, the sound effects make a world of difference between a mediocre and hilarious audio visual joke.
As I mentioned earlier, the cast is one of the reasons I picked up this show. Hearing Hanazawa Kana portraying the somewhat timid Matsutaka Nanako in some embarrassing situations makes my day every week. I seriously never pictured Kana talking about her nipples, but Nanako does. Another great role is done by Kawaragi Shiho, who also played Sekai in one of my personal favorite roles, Sekai in School Days. Seeing her play Makiko is confusing to say the least, as she is almost the polar opposite of Sekai. Very monotone and seldom talks, but her one liners are a real kicker. Each character in the show brings something different to the table and I would write something about each character, but that would make this too long a read.
I have to say that if you enjoy dirty jokes (think Seitokai Yakuindomo or Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san) I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy this one. It's got some quirky toilet humor and sexual innuendos that are sure to make people ask themselves "What the fuck am I watching???" on more than one occasion.
Overall, this show is not for everyone, but for those who can take talk about human sexuality, bodily functions and general abnormal behavior, I'd say this is a good addition to your list. It definitely is not something you want to watch near children... or anyone else for that matter. It goes against any and everything considered normal, but it's a nice little guilty pleasure in my opinion.
And for those worried about my niece, she really wasn't watching this with me. She was watching Shinryaku Ika Musume. read more
Jul 30, 2011
If there is one thing that makes this a weird show it would be the characters. The projects they pick out can only be as messed up as the professor and the students doing them. The point of view is usually told from either Matsutaka's point of view, Ichikawa's, or Anna's. Why? Well these three are the most normal. That only says so much though when your group of friends are in this seminar. The others consist of Mizukoshi the lustful beast just short of a slut, and Komugi the calm collected one who isn't afraid to pull of the most ridiculous projects. There is also a mangaka foreigner couple enrolled too. The characters are very well done for the type of target audience. As the characters make the show in a comedy, these suit the roles very well.
The activities range from Body Tables to Yaminabe. Farting in the elevator and telling everyone you did it? Getting into the mindset of a underwear theif? Developed a weird mental complex as a child? Those are the types of things Hen Seminar does. Now these are mostly the general ones, as there are plenty of times the members test out the responses of their classmates. This is especially true with the female lead Matsutaka, whom has somehow developed a crush on Komugi. As he most likely knows this, he teases her to no end by including her in many of his projects.
I'm not particularly one for raunchy humor, but I pride myself for being very open to all genres. Hen Zemi definitely could have been slightly more entertaining, but the shorter episodes prevented me from every getting actually bored. There are quite a few nice tidbits such as Anna's story that are much cleaner, but sometimes there were scenes that were so far on the other end that I gave it a 'surprise factor' entertainment. Overall Hen Zemi was pretty good although you may need time to adjust to the setting of the story. If your looking for raunchy humor I would recommend this for sure.
Questions and feedback on my review are welcome! I hope my review was helpful and happy watching! read more
Jul 2, 2011
As you might have guessed, this show has some pretty weird jokes, and it’s definitely not for the faint of mind, or those who mostly keep to more generic comedy. If you liked Panty & Stocking (with Garterbelt), it’s a little like that, but more straight faced. Without hesitation, the characters seek out all vile perversions in the world, from indirect kissing to walking around in public in a diaper or with a phone-activated vibrator. The characters are varied, and feel fresh and original. There’s of course a lot of focus on the main character, and as such, more interesting characters sometimes get left behind, but everyone gets their share, one way or another.
The art is simplistic, and while it may seem a little bland at first, it fits the show very well, and never feels unsatisfactory. The characters either have over-the-top reactions to most things, or remain calm and collected, which varies things, and gives each character their own identity. The animation is really nothing special, but it doesn’t need to be. It looks and feels very much like the original manga.
The soundtrack is pretty unimpressive, but fits the tone of the show, especially a piece of music introduced near the end. The voice acting, on the other hand, is wonderful. The voice actors give it their all, and they each do a smashing job, my favourites perhaps being Norihisa Mori (Ichikawa) and Shiraishi Minoru (Taguchi). The ending, song by Hanazawa Kana, is catchy and light hearted. It’s certainly a notch above average, but not quite up there with the great.
I’d recommend this to anyone who wants a comedy out of the ordinary, those who like the abnormal, and deviants in general. It might not be for those new to anime or those a little pretentious, but I had a lot of fun with it, and you should watch it. read more
Jul 8, 2011
The first thing that makes this show so good is the erotic humor. It is so bold that it is not JUST bordering hentai; at times it actually IS hentai. Well, you won’t see anything actual on screen but there are several cases were the characters admit they did it. And not just casually and normally; that is just boring. The name of the anime is short for Hentai Seminar, and thus the characters are constantly studying the cause and effect of deviance on a person’s mentality. That means that they are constantly doing the most depraved things you can possibly imagine and DAMN is it funny. Well, I can’t describe it so you just have to watch it for yourselves. Down to it I love it for being REAL erotic humor and not juvenile, watered down, or NOT EVEN EROTIC as most ecchi shows want to make you believe they are. The characters here don’t get nosebleeds over a pantsu shot, nor do they blush because someone is not wearing a shirt. That is NOT erotic at all. In Hen Semi you will see how the experienced are almost cynical about things a hundred times more bold. And not just theories or words either. They “actually” do it and have lots of fun instead of crying and running away like it’s a bad thing. Forget those ball-less characters and just have fun with the (almost) real thing, times hundred.
The second thing that makes it good is the characters. They are not just stereotypes defined by a few personality quirks. Half the duration is spent on getting to know them as people. They don’t indulge into all this deviance without a mindset; they actually explain why they like doing it, how their childhood experiences were the root of their fetishes, how it opens up their horizons. All this erotic humor is not just there to provide shallow entertainment; it also serves as a way to delve into their minds and getting to know them through their dark side. Thus they weren’t born the way they are, nor do they do all those depraved things without an in-story reason. It is all very well excused and makes them far more than ephemeral fapping material. I really did those guys.
Another less important aspect of the show is the subtle story continuity. Although it appears to be episodic on first glance, it actually uses information from earlier events in later episodes, thus there is a sort of light development going on here. It is nothing much but it does show how the characters change and so do their relationships. The story and the characters are evolving along the way, which is a thing rare in comedies yet a sign of quality.
The production values are nothing much in terms of animation or soundtrack but they are quite bold in what they show and they use lots of artistic censorship in both image and words to cover up the obvious, which makes it even funnier and special. The characters are drawn to look cute and innocent as well, yet they are all beasts of deviance inside, which again makes the jokes even better.
I highly recommend this show not just to ecchi fans but to people who want substance in places they would normally not find. This show is a lot better than it appears to be.
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Aug 22, 2012
The story involves Matsutaka Nanako, a nice and somewhat innocent university student, who joins an Abnormal Physiology Seminar, run by a creepy professor, which is cover for anyone interested in sexual deviancy to use their sexual deviancy for educational purposes. Can Nanako stay "normal" or become a sexual deviant or is she abnormal because she is the only one not interested in sexual deviancy, or is she?
I will admit this isn't for everybody. In fact the writers seem to be enjoying how far they can go with some of the comedy which to be fair is pretty disgusting especially when it comes to bodily fluids. A fact which is shown when an event causes some of the characters to vomit.
At first Hen Zemi appears to be nothing more than a gross out comedy but scratch the surface and it is clear it asks psychological questions. For example it investigates what actually causes people to become sexual deviants, what happens if you put people in uncomfortable situations, the affect of childhood experiences on a persons personality, observations on pleasure, are people who enjoy consensual sexual deviancy in private bad people and should you find the comedy funny and why.
With the exception of Nanako the characters are odd and downright creepy. We have the masochist Miwako, Anna who has a split personality disorder, the mummy's boy Ichikawa, half British Makiko who has experienced a trauma before she was 17 which means she has subconsciously blocked out any memory before then and doesn't seem to have much of a personality, manga artist Taguchi, the disturbingly perverted Mushashi who has a fetish for women's bodily fluids and the creepy Professor Kenji. However, it is the characters weirdness that makes the series work and despite their weirdness and somewhat questionable shenanigans they are actually decent people.
The art and music are nice yet unspectacular but that this doesn't really matter as it is about the psychological questions above and the characters and what they get up to.
Considering each episode is only about 12 minutes long I have written a long review but this is because Hen Zemi actually fits a lot into a short space of time.
I short once you get past the gross comedy Hen Zemi is actually an intelligent anime. read more
Apr 11, 2011
Aug 19, 2012
While it's an awesome idea, the execution felt rushed and bounced around far to much.
Quality is consistent and decent
While the music was less than memorable, the sound effects, especially those related to perverted acts, were excellent and detailed, unlike the canned squishing noises most hentai use.
While I wish they had more time to develop and play out their interactions, the characters were all interesting, multi layered, and very appealing in their distinct differences from each other
Would have scored higher if it had gone on longer, letting all the interesting interactions between the characters play out to conclusions, I'm left feeling like this was a first season setting up for a 2nd or 3rd to play it all out rather than a finished product.
Better than expected, worth watching, but you might want to be careful who you invite to enjoy it with you! read more
Jul 28, 2011
The idea is the characters are taking an abnormal psychology seminar, about extreme fetishes, but they get all sorts of perverted assignments. They also talk about and sometimes do all sorts of fetishy things. Most of the people (boys and girls) are there because they have an abnormal sexual side; the exception is the main girl who is very innocent and gets dragged into situations and discussion she is unprepared for...
Its very interesting because it is both disturbing, funny, and sexy all at the same time. I can't think of another anime quite like this one; the closest I can come up with is FLCL, but Hen Zemi is rated 17+.
Further on that note, it is definitively not for minors; they talk about sex and all sorts of perverted things. Occasionally there is a medium-explicit sexual scene.
In conclusion, if you have a perverted side, and like funny animes too, this might be for you... but its probably not for you if you don't have a perverted side. read more