English: Mysterious Girlfriend X
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 8, 2012 to Jul 1, 2012
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)L represents licensing company
Score: 7.491 (scored by 22301 users)
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Mar 24, 2013
Now, let me start this review right.
The storyline is about a guy. Not your generic anime guy without a personality/cowardly/insanely courageous guy, no; it's about a simple highschool boy with his unique personality. And, by a game of chance, he tastes the spit(yeah, kinda gross, but come on, you do that when kissing as well) of a new girl in class. Now, that new girl is kind of weird. She starts laughing in the middle of class without apparent reason, she's not socialising with anyone, and half her face is covered with bangs. And yet, this guy falls in love with her. And then, in time, he realises he's hit the jackpot. Now, her personality has been presented extraordingly. She's unorthodox, and mysterious, and I think that this anime will need a season 2 in order to fully explain her backstory. Now, let me move on from the characters.
The storyline progresses pretty slowly, as it should with highschoolers, but not slow enough to make you bored. It's reasonably paced and will make you anxious in about what'll happen in the next episode. I think they were low on budget, so they couldn't make more episodes, but if there were more, I'm damn sure they would be even more awesome.
The animation reminded me of old style. I'm talking before 2000 animation here, and it invokes a wonderful feeling of nostalgy and familiarity. Not too much fanservice in my oppinion, just the right mix. Didn't register many flaws in it, really.
Now, the music. It's WONDERFUL. Track 04 from the anime, dream, is composed to reflect the mystique and the weird nature of Urabe (female protagonist). Not too thrilled about op and ed though, but thye're not bad. The songs playing during certain scenes in the anime are exceptionally fitting and they don't get boring quickly.
And, finally, my overall and my grade.
Overall, this is an unorthodox anime, with an original storyline and plot, and damn right it shouldn't be cast aside for trying something new. It has almost no mistakes/errors and it's pretty well made. It's one of the better romances I watched, and it differs from all others with it's unique way of presenting and developing the feelings of the characters; and that's why, this anime will make it in my top 5, along with GITS, NGE, Bakemonogatari and Toradora.
My overall grade is 9, and I reccomend everyone to watch this anime, and not to give up in the first episode.
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Aug 19, 2013
Nazo no Kanojo or Mysterious Girlfriend in english is not your typical comedy - romance anime, why? First of all, if you're an easy people to puke because of something weird then maybe this anime is not for you, since this anime will have SO MANY scenes that will make several people go puke. like i said before, your first impression while watching this anime is DROOL, yeah, i am not kidding. but dont take this drool is something that revolting, but take it as the PROOF of the couple's bond.
The story began with Tsubaki Akira, our normal main character that unexpectedly meet with a weird girl, i mean REALLY weird. that girl was Urabe Mikoto. she was transfered into Tsubaki's school, she is known as the weirdo because yeah... she is weird in many ways. Later, in afternoon after school, Tsubaki found Urabe in classroom and still sleep. without any ecchi or dirty minds Tsubaki wakes Mikoto, after Mikoto leaves he found a pool of DROOL in her table. And surprisingly, Mikoto without any particular reason lick the drool. A few days later he become sick and Mikoto comes to his house and cure him with a weird ways, and after that again, he date with her.
This anime story is very unique or maybe the uniquest one that i've ever watched in another rom-com series. Maybe you will think this anime will about lovey dovey, that they will kissing, flirting, or maybe make out. if you think that way, then you're VERY WRONG. what makes this story interesting is Urabe Mikoto, she is not your normal-type-moe girl. I am not gonna spoil it on how weird this girl was. anyway, The execution of this anime in the storyplot os really good. i mean, at the way they end each episode was really amazing. Usually they put some cute and heartwarming scenes in the end of each episodes. and with this strategy, they really attract (especially me) the viewer to keep watching this.
Sometimes, this anime maybe will make you bored if you're not into a romance story. Since this anime is more focussing on the way how they develops their drool-lationship and moreover, this is not-your-all-anime since some of people will probably said disgusting with "droll" as the main themes. But however they said, i still found this anime is romantic and pretty enjoyable.
The first thing that will comes to my mind while trying this anime is 90s. I guess several people will saying the same things since this anime art was like the anime from 90s. Small eyes, the contour of the hairstyle, and even the character design Its kinda rare to see this kind of art especially in nowdays, while other anime are trying to improve their art (like SHAFT's anime which have an amazing art) but this anime take a risk to use an old style, but does it bad? No! its really suitable with the story itself and moreover, its like they're bringing you back to the 90s, nostalgic. When i thought this art will irritate me with their old style,but it didnt happen and surprisingly i really fell in love with it.
The background is pretty much increasing the atmosphere of romance feels. like when in the afternoon, the sunset is pretty beautiful and when it adds with romance scenes, it feels like the scenes is getting more romantic. The coloring in this anime are also pretty colorful and bright. They really representing the mood in the anime.
From the sound section, there was nothing special in this. though The OP and the ED wasnt so bad, in fact it was really good, when i hear the OP and the ED, the feel of 90s really exquisite, especially the OP "Koi no Orchestra" by Ayako Yoshitani which is also voicing Urabe in this anime. Piano and violin is really dominant in this song. The song itself is really catchy and easy listening and moreover its really suitable with the anime which is focussing on the romance thing. For the seiyuu, they have done well with their roles. Especially for Yoshitani Ayaka. she hasnt voicing any anime characters beside Urabe but surprisingly she is good and really suits with the Urabe personality.
The last, Character. The focus on this anime was between the couples, Urabe Mikoto and Tsubaki Akira. since this anime was focussing on these, the character development between two of them is really touching, there was sadness, happiness, jealous, and anything like that, furthermore In my opinion this one is what makes this anime is so appealing, i cant deny that i have fallen in love with Mikoto, you can said she is weird but sometimes she shows her cute side (Until now i dont know what kind of dere she is, i think this one is a new dere type). and for Tsubaki, none to much to say for this boy, he is kind and easy to nervous around the girls. but of course he wont be a main character if he doesnt have any special nature, and for him is loyalty.
Well, many people said this anime was weird and feel so old, i dont deny if many people saying that. but i am sure what they said are cannot be accounted, since i am sure they havent see the whole episodes. and for those who are saying that, boy you have missed an amazing unique romance anime. Giving it a 8 because this anime is not especially for all, but for me, this anime is pretty much enjoyable and really fun ride to watch.
Anyways, If you're looking for something special and bored with usual romance anime, then this anime is for you.
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Jun 20, 2013
A very mellow anime Mysterious Girlfriend X will offer enjoyment to any fan of the Romance Genera that would like something a little new added to the Field, aka the Drool. If you get grossed out by drool or things that are drool related I would suggest not watching it. Myself being grossed out over anything that comes from a person I found myself actually going AWWW over every drool filled moment. So if you can, try to power through it.
All in all if are looking for a sweet, adorable and ODD relationship to watch then Mysterious Girlfriend X is for you. If you are into kissing right after they meet and things moving fast, and do not find joy in seeing every step of the relationship along the way, seeing it progress from nothing to something big then Mysterious Girlfriend X is not for you.
Like I said the big thing about mysterious Girlfriend X is that the relationship moves at a slow pace, Making you Cherish every little progressive step. Seeing them walk all the time with space, to the moment they are holding hands and walking side by side every little moment of further advancement in there love feels like a triumph.
Best part is that the Manga and Anime Have little to no difference so if you wanna see them progress then just pick of the Manga read more
Apr 22, 2012
The story is simple. Boy encounters transfer girl. Boy deliberately tastes girl's drool on a desk. Boy falls in love with girl after that. Um, yeah.
The drool. If there's anything in this series that would turn off those who watch it, it'll obviously be the various saliva-swapping scenes. Personally, I don't think it's that bad. If it helps, think of it as an inevitable aspect of French kissing except without any lips touching. Nor tongues. Nor sensation. Well maybe sensation, in the form of the recipient of the drool experiencing the other's mood or feelings. Perhaps not as romantic though. But it's mostly down to individual tolerance levels for the things you find okay in anime; the same with fanservice, blood and gore, hentai, etc.
The series closely explores the slow-building but charming relationship between the main characters, inside and outside of high school. It's quite different to the romances found in other anime. After all, who shows affection by ripping up a photo of a previous crush as opposed to holding hands or kissing to start a relationship? And that's just one of many examples. Although it rarely feels out of place, there is some ecchi and fanservice present.
Saying that Mikoto Urabe is weird would be a huge understatement. At times in her relationship she just seems like a normal shy and compassionate girl underneath a cold demeanour, but her hobbies and certain superhuman abilities makes her more than that. She's a compelling character to watch however, and her various quirks (Fits of laughter? Scissors?!) are what makes the anime so addictive, along with her bond to Akira Tsubaki. Tsubaki is a relatively normal character, despite his attraction to Urabe's drool, and it's fun to see him cope with being the boyfriend of such a strange person and the requirements that come with the role; romancing Urabe is much harder than he thinks. The anime mainly focuses on the odd couple so important side characters are limited, but two of their classmates, Kouhei Ueno and Ayuko Oka, provide some extra entertainment; the playful and wild Oka has a particularly big influence in how the relationship develops between Urabe and Tsubaki.
The art style of Mysterious Girlfriend X is excellent and rather interesting. It goes for an older style of animation, and reminds me of anime that were made a decade or two ago, back when clichés were still original ideas. Backgrounds are also quite nice, especially parts of the school like the classroom and gardens as well as the surrounding town. However, I'm still undecided as to whether I like the character models retained from the manga, which are sharp and detailed but make the 17-year old students look like they're in middle school rather than high school.
The series makes use of a variety of background music that is sombre and mysterious, but also some which makes you think of a circus, and this works well with Urabe's character and the strangeness of the show itself. A few soothing melodies are thrown into the mix too. The OP is a catchy and upbeat song that fits with the high school setting, while the ED is also good and has a nice tune. The voice acting is decent all around; the voice actress for the role of Urabe is a newcomer but she's done an especially good job.
Overall Mysterious Girlfriend X, or Nazo no Kanojo X, is about a bizarre high school romance with unique additions in the form of drool with multiple and mysterious effects, excessive nose-bleeding and a very weird yet enjoyable character in Mikoto Urabe. This anime is sure to captivate some viewers while alienating others but like the manga, it does what it sets out to do with a passing grade. And that is to provide us with an entry in the genre that feels fun and more than just a little different. Assuming it doesn't make its audience sick to the stomach first. read more
Jul 19, 2012
I don't think I've come across anything as unique as this. The story line was out of this world but not so far out that it is unwatchable.
The art was a plus for me, it was clean and easy to look at. The characters are very well designed. It was only 13 episodes, but I felt like I really got to know them well.
The soundtrack was very well thought out and really added to the experience of watching the story develop.
I'm almost tempted to hit up the manga to see if it goes any further. I was left wanting more.
Definitely not a waste of my time. Give it a go. If you get through episode one, you will shoot through the next 12 very quickly. read more
Jul 5, 2012
The series follows two central characters Akira Tsubaki and Mikoto Urabe. Urabe is a transfer student who recently moves into Tsubaki's class.
Urabe’s behaviour is particularly strange and soon gets a reputation for being the class weirdo. Later, Tsubaki finds Urabe asleep in the classroom. After Urabe leaves to go home Tsubaki notices Urabe’s drool left from sleeping and wonders if it’s like a bee tasting honey from a flower….so he gives it a taste…..and finds it tastes sweet…..(whoa lol)
Tsubaki later falls ill thinking he has a cold but is soon confronted by Urabe who claims he has actually contracted love sickness from her drool and after Tsubaki takes another dose of her sweet drool and recovers instantly, so he then comes to accept Urabe’s claim as the truth
What follows is a growing relationship between the two characters that stems from their mutual connection to drool / saliva.
Wow that’s Shakespeare writing in the making right there lol
The animation style has an older look to it imo. The character designs feel a bit more rounded then other slimline character designs I usually see in other typical school rom-coms. Fanservice is not so in your face but it is present in moderation. I did actually like the shows colour scheme especially the sunset scenes which are present in many episodes when the main characters are walking home together
There are also some cool dream sequences with the characters which I thought where done quite well. So overall I liked the animation style….which btw is very similar to the manga’s….also a good thing.
Nothing really stood out to me as spectacular here….i didn’t like the opening theme song…closing theme was alright. The character voices seemed spot on and I did actually like Urabe’s Japanese voice actress as she does sound husky but had a little touch of emotion when needed which was good.
This was the saving grace for the show to be honest…particularly with our main characters Urabe and Tsubaki. Urabe to begin with does have a particularly detached personality but not so much where it bugs you out…there are plenty of times she holds a conversation and you can even see she is not a total shut in and does things like swim, go shopping etc….it seems her main problem is expressing her emotions..which she uses her drool to do….which to be honest gets very annoying at times as this does not only apply to Tsubaki but even with other girls….but at the same time I guess it’s consistent.
Tsubaki on the other hand seems like your typical puberty stricken…nice boy. He is very friendly and a bit too kind for my liking but to his defence he does often say exactly what’s on his mind and has a couple of believably uncontrollable moments with Urabe.
The other supporting characters are also pretty good with believable personalities and do sometimes add to the shows progression
Okay so with the synopsis this show will pretty much sound like a Hentai to most but its not. The premise is quite ridiculous but at the same time it is actually an interesting concept that yes is somewhat titillation but is done in a surprisingly passive and matter-of-fact manner that comes off more emotional then sexual.
To me the drool exchanging and making the emotional connection is the central focus of this show and that is interesting however, I feel apart from that single element this show is ultimately nothing special. I mean in terms of comedy…it’s pretty tepid and most of what’s funny is Tsuabaki and Urabes sexual tension / misunderstandings and to be honest I found myself wondering if that was all that the show would be about and yeah that seems to be the case.
Every episode soon feels like a will they or won’t they and it seems they take two steps forward and one step back in every episode and with rom-coms I like to see either the romance blossom at a decent pace or the comedy to keep me hooked until the story develops more…..well in this case it feels like a ranma-ish show without the emphasis on comedy.
As a guy watching this I thought to myself if my girlfriend kept on telling me to taste her drool so I can fantasize about her when I got to bed I would loose my fuken mind…I mean it’s cool to be patient until your girl is ready n all but this concept was really hard for me to accept in terms of a real guy putting up with the: look but don’t touch, touch but don’t taste – taste but don’t swallow element….so in a nutshell the sexual tension starts to build and feels like a big dose of cock-teasing going on here lol……..but hey maybe it’s just me that feels that way………..lol I doubt it
For 13 episodes it was moderately enjoyable but honestly I was getting impatient with the story progression after a while…..even though its pretty short
Well it’s an okay show….not sure if it would be anything to talk about if there was no drool connection element but yeah I like the rikey-ness of the story and the characters are very likeable but even after looking at the manga which has been going on for a couple years this show seems to be one of those never-ending rom-coms that intends to re-use it’s formula until everybody gets fed up with it and that’s actually a shame as I think if this was written as a 26 episode show with possibly a more dramatic element it would hit harder but as far as rom-coms go this show really has only two things going for it except comedy…drool and somewhat interesting characters.
Ima have to give this one a double rating
Planet Tyro Rating: Watchable / Acquired taste
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May 11, 2013
Without getting into the other bizarre things about this anime (the main character’s proclivity for randomly laughing, the scissors she keeps in her panties, etc.), the drool issue is the most major one to contend with. Part of this piece will be about hopefully putting “the drool issue” into a larger context regarding what this show’s actually doing. It’s fairly obvious that the show is on some level about how love, at one point or another, must lead to intimacy. The protagonists of our show, because they’re weird, don’t take the usual path in these matters. They’re inching toward intimacy, but they do it in their own particular way. Mysterious Girlfriend X, in its own weird way, celebrates the time of our lives where we groped and felt around and decided what worked and didn’t work for us, what felt right; it’s a show about our sexual exploration, and how it’s a necessary aspect of relationships.
After Tsubaki, our male protagonist, tastes Urabe’s drool, he just knows he has to be with her. It’s not a question of psychology or of motivation; his body dictates it. After not tasting her drool for a couple of weeks, he’s actually bedridden and sick. It’s only after Urabe shows up and gives him her drool that he recovers. So he asks her out. She says yes. The reason behind this is simple – he had a reaction to her drool, and to her that means he’s special. Every day after school, in order to stave off sickness, Urabe sticks a finger in her mouth and lets Tsubaki suck on it for a bit. It’s a moment of an awkward physical intimacy; and, I think, an undeniably erotic moment for both of them. Later on, we find out that Urabe’s drool can also serve as a communication tool (Urabe can find out about Tsubaki’s dreams and they can even find out what the other is feeling because of it). This daily ritual is no different than kissing before saying goodbye.
I think if the drool itself were animated in a more tasteful way there wouldn’t be as much resistance to this show. Hoods Entertainment, the company who made it, do the series no favors when they choose to animate the drool, as being not at all dissimilar to other bodily fluids. The drool lingers, drips from fingers, forms puddles; in the op, it even splashes like we’re suddenly in a hentai or something. It’s distracting. In Mysterious Girlfriend X, the exchange of drool comes to represent other possible exchanges of bodily fluids. The act is both literal and metaphorical. This is really what we are talking about, isn’t it?
Tsubaki and Urabe both understand where their relationship will end up. Every time they exchange drool, they come to realize the fact of it. This is where we’re heading, this is what’s going to happen. But many of the 13 episodes are about the slow crawl toward that goal (in this series, that goal is unfulfilled). One episode finds Urabe going over to visit Tsubaki wearing nothing but a coat, because apparently this is a normal remedy for the common cold. Like Junko Nakano’s Chisa x Pon (though nowhere near as explicit), the series maps out how over time, they become more comfortable with each other. Whereas in the first few episodes, Urabe almost kills Tsubaki when he tries to hug her; near the end, it’s Urabe who demands that she be hugged. There’s even a moment later on where in a fit of blind passion, Tsubaki licks Urabe’s ear, and she’s completely overwhelmed by the sensation. Although this sense of experimentation and play is lighthearted in the show, I believe the show takes absolutely serious the drives of the main characters. Tsubaki has nightly dreams about Urabe where they dance in some strange circus-like town (not hard to understand what’s happening there), and Urabe herself often finds herself blushing and testing her own limits regarding what she’ll do (one episode finds her stripping completely down and letting Tsubaki lick her drool while his eyes are closed). The way they approach the issue is unorthodox, sure, but everyone’s different. The show even provides a foil couple to accentuate how different they are.
Although the show is relatively straightforward in its depiction of teenage confusion, hormones and love, there’s one really interesting strand that I haven’t mentioned. Tsubaki and his friend, Ueno, both get girlfriends during the show, but they insist on keeping this a secret. Whereas in other shows, there’d usually be a scene where everyone whispers about the new couple, in this show our main characters never acknowledge their girlfriends in any special way while they’re at school. While I don’t think this is done for any real reason by the characters, it betrays an uneasiness about their own sexual development. I couldn’t help thinking that they were hiding their relationships because it meant that they were growing up, that they were embarrassed by their sexual curiosity/progress/etc. And, yeah, it’s completely embarrassing. During this time in their lives, we have no idea what we’re doing. Tsubake and Urabe may understand the mechanics of where this is all going, but it doesn’t mean that they have any idea of what it means, of what it looks like, of what it feels like; and not knowing, looking foolish while you figure out, is completely embarrassing. It’s easier to pretend you don’t have a girlfriend, because then you can keep that side of yourself completely separate from people’s image of you. The only one who can see you at your most vulnerable, most ridiculous, state is your Mysterious Girlfriend; and only she knows how much her drool turns you on.
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Aug 27, 2012
While this may not sound all that interesting, and perhaps down right gross with the drool aspect, Mysterious Girlfriend X stands out as one of the most unique and charming romance anime's I have ever seen.
I'm not going to beat around the bush - the drool part is a bit disgusting to begin with, even if it's generally limited to licking it off fingers. The first episode serves to set up the circumstances and plot of the rest of the show, and while it's mildly intriguing to begin with, it's not until the end of the episode that you get the first glimpse of the more honest approach the show takes with young and/or first loves.
This is the first hint that MGX is going to be different from most other Anime. Love and relationships with teens is usually dealt with in love triangles and harems/reverse harems, with the entire show mostly having unresolved sexual tension for either Japanese cultural reasons or just because it's the done thing. A lot of these and other relationship tropes get subverted throughout the show, and it doesn't get preachy about the romanticised pre-conceptions of love in media either.
You don't have to wait long for any of this to start though, as the second episode is when the story really gets going. By the third you'll probably have gotten used to the drool aspect, and by then you'll be hooked. The drool is just a mechanism for the two main characters to understand each others feelings, both emotionally and physically, and aids them in the developments of their love life. Understanding is a big theme in the series, and leads to some genuinely tender moments.
It's not just about the two characters getting to know each other, the viewer themselves is in on the process of getting to know the protagonists and the meaning of the show. While Akira Tsubaki, our eyes into the world, is portrayed as a fairly normal and relatable guy, Mikoto Urabe, his girlfriend, is a mystery. As the name of the anime suggests. However, while she has the almost supernatural drool, an odd manner, and is freakishly adept with a pair of scissors she keeps in her panties, it all seems like an allegory for the mystery and unknown of being in love for the first time.
There is a bit of ecchi in the series as well - with the two main girls drawn as being quite busty. I honestly think this is commentary on how teenage boys see the world, and how love can sometimes alter your perceptions of your partners. Which in this case is shown by giving the girls big tits, as you do. The art style in general though is a little retro, which fits the atmosphere of the show a lot better than spindly limbs or soft moe features.
Compared to the manga, it's usually very spot on, and any small changes made to the story, whether they're chronological or characters reactions, mostly better the flow of events. Due to the short nature of the anime, and the fact the manga is still ongoing, some stories have been dropped or blended together. However nothing feels rushed, forced, or out of place, and it at least means there's probably enough material for a second season if it gets that far.
There are a few words that have been tossed around in this review that do manage to sum up the show better than others - that it is a charming, sweet, honest look at young and first loves. I hope they make more after the OVA. read more
Jul 2, 2012
What makes this anime different from others is its uniqueness. Drool as bond is not something a couple usually has, and drool tasting is something you can't see everyday. Now, on to the details.
This review may contain spoilers.
Honestly, after seeing "ecchi" in the tags, I thought this anime was about sex, but man I was wrong. The story is surprisingly really good. It's not based on sex, though you can sometimes see Akira loosing control, since he's in puberty and he has a girlfriend. The story is about how Akira, live his lovelife with his mysterious girlfriend, Urabe. Urabe's not your ordinary girlfriend. In fact, she's one of the weirdest girls I've seen in anime. But the plot is solid. There are scenes that made me emotional, laugh, and surprised.
The first episode, I thought that the art sucked, but in the long run I realized that the art contributed to the uniqueness of the anime. It's kind of an old-style looking anime, comparable to Ranma 1/2 or Dragonball Z, but there were looks that I really liked. I liked how the following characters were drawn:
Oka, Urabe (with her other hairstyle), and Youko.
This rating might be a bit biased, since I'm a sucker to Violin, Cello, and Piano music. The producers did a pretty good job in providing background music, since the BGM matches the atmosphere of a particular scene.
My expectations were met (and blown away) by Urabe's character. Since the title of this anime was "Mysterious Girlfriend X", I really expected that the female protagonist should be weird, and Urabe's character was right on the money. Other characters like Oka, Ueno, and Akira portrayed the "high-school student" role very well, especially when it comes to love and dating.
I really, really enjoyed this anime. The drool thing was very amusing. Made me laughed a lot. This series also made me think and reflect deeply on situations related to love and dating since I never thought of drool to become a couple's bond.
Mysterious Girlfriend X really reached my "must-watch list". I enjoyed this series a lot. I recommend this to anyone, especially those who just started dating. read more
Apr 8, 2013
This shows separates the men from the boys because it's definitely "seinen" material. It has all the moments of excitement, embarrassment, and downright perversion. Yes, the other reviewers are all divided on the unique emphasis and use of saliva in the series, but for me, it's just another, yet strange way for the characters to form a bond. I say the series is underrated and is worth the try, but if you are man enough (perverted) to continue, then I assume you won't be disappointed and will actually long for more like me. Can't wait for more...
It's a simple story where Tsubaki uncovers little bits of information about his mysterious girlfriend, Urabe, as he journeys through the life of a high school student. I wish the plot goes deeper, but I guess I'll have to wait as the manga is still continuing and there's a high chance there will be more episodes to come.
I compliment the technical part of the series. I also really enjoyed their choices for the opening and ending songs, which are catchy and simple romantic songs and sung by the voice actress for the main female character, which I will put to my anime OST collection.
Opening - "Orchestra of Love" - Ayako Yoshitani
Ending - "Afterschool Promise" - Ayako Yoshitani
Ayako Yoshitani (Urabe Mikoto) made the series because her impressive voice match so perfectly with the Urabe who is portrayed as mysterious, awkward, and unpredictable. If I recall correctly, this series might be Yoshitani's first role, anyways, she is a very talented voice actress and I hope to follow her career roles. The rest was nothing to complain about because the story and other characters are made to be straightforward.
I picked this series because it was a recommendation from Seto no Hanayome, another excellent series. All I can say is that I can't wait for season two, which means I'm got sold to the product along with all that ecchi moments and fan service.
The series is definitely for young male group. It's probably more perverse and less known than other series that similar to this type of genre of a normal school boy having his life changed after meeting someone that is abnormal. So, if you're into that type of genre, then you're probably going to get hooked on this one.
Jul 18, 2012
Jun 17, 2012
Story : The story is rather simple. It's a high school relationship, a first for both MCs in the show. Although they are both rather weird, in their own regards they are also very innocent and kind. Tsubaki we learn a fair bit from the beginning as he is the male MC. He begins to take interest in a girl Urabe who appears to isolate herself in the classroom. No one knows anything about her and she is shrouded in a lot of mystery. This piques Tsubaki's interest. You'll learn that Urabe is just Urabe and its hard to label her as anything. Basically the way the story develops is Urabe is constantly sleeping whenever they have a break on her desk in the classroom (usually during lunch). Tsubaki begins to notice this and sees that Urabe has a tendency to drool in her sleep. To him the drool appears to be sparkling with almost a honey color but but this is with only her drool. One time when the class is empty and Tsubaki is the last one in the class he sees that Urabe left drool on her desk. He is then enveloped in mystery as he feels attracted to the saliva but doesn't understand why until he tastes it. He's immediately shocked to find that it has a very sweet taste (kind of like honey). That night he has a dream (Tim Burton esque type of world) where he meets Urabe (his own projected image of Urabe not actual telepathy) and finds himself extremely happy in this trippy atmosphere. Although over the course of the next few days he becomes very ill. Urabe realizes he isn't in class and she puts 2 and 2 together to realize Tsubaki probably licked her saliva that one day after she left. Tsubaki is going basically is going through withdrawal as if Urabe's saliva is a drug to HIM. Basically by Tsubaki having this reaction to Urabe's saliva means that they are almost destined for one another, as Urabe's saliva doesn't have the same effect on everyone. The romance from here starts as Tsubaki receives a finger full of saliva after school from Urabe everyday so he doesn't become ill again. However Urabe's saliva will transfer any feelings, pains, cuts or bruises she may have to Tsubaki regardless if she wants to or not. This comes into play many times over their relationship. Although it appears they are destined to be together not everything always goes smooth and so we see their relationship progress through difficulties any romance may run into in the first 11 episodes.
Art: The art almost has a throw back to older animes. I was almost turned off at first by this because I like to watch my modern day animes with modern top notch art. However I noticed after a few episodes when more things happened on the screen the art develops more so and flows really well. The characters may look throw back art style but we aren't burdened with dull static back drops or anything like that from old animes. Also if you like trippy Tim Burton esque style things then you should thoroughly enjoy the dream sequences that we see Tsubaki have a few times.
Sound: The sound in my opinion maybe one of my favorite parts of the anime. It flows really nicely with the whole mysterious atmosphere that the relationship between Urabe and Tsubaki exudes.
Character: I have one minor problem with the characters and it's not really a bad thing. The problem is that Urabe the female MC overshadows the male MC pretty heavily. However, this is because she is so mysterious and weird that it draws you in to want to know more about her. If you can get through the first few episodes and not run away because of the spit swapping via fingers ( no difference then a kiss when you think about it ) you'll come to realize that Urabe is pretty much an amazing girlfriend. She handles all situations she is put in with confidence because she never waivers on who she is. She has displayed no insecurities in herself so she rarely gets angry and really never jealous of Tsubaki. She strongly believes in their bond and never waivers.
There is also another thing that may freak out someone at first about Urabe. She always carries a pair of scissors tucked in the elastic part of her panties. It's not exactly ever explained why but mainly it shows she uses it for self defense as she can do some crazy super human things with her scissors when she is startled by someone sneaking up behind her and grabbing her. I.E. slicing all your clothes off your body in a few seconds without leaving a scratch. I actually think this is pretty badass because any girl who can defend herself is cool by me ^^
Enjoyment: Okay so this anime to me is thoroughly enjoyable. However, if you are not willing to throw away your insecurity of watching the unconventional style of saliva being swapped via a finger then you won't enjoy this. TBH the spit swapping to me is more interesting because we see the surreal feelings that can be conveyed and felt by doing so. Even some times what would be described as euphoric / trippy dreams and feelings occur. Basically its better then kissing (I.E. the super natural effects of the saliva). So basically if you enjoy this type of genre and are willing to man up and not be insecure about the premise of the anime then I think you will definitely enjoy it.
Overall: I would give this between a 7-9 based on your own personality. If you go into this not being open minded and full of insecurities that you can't let go then you'll be closer to a 7 if not less. If you can go into this anime with an open mind and persevere until the later episodes of the season I think you'll be closer to a 9 like myself. This show definitely rewards you in seeing a relationship progress the more you watch it. Also you'll understand by the later episodes just how much of a badass and awesome girlfriend Urabe can be ^^
Thanks for reading my review hope it helps :D read more
Mar 24, 2013
story line is great 9/10 great job at art enjoyment very good 8/10
Jun 16, 2012
ok now the story is about a dude name Akira Tsubaki he's kind of hopeless plus hes a virgin lol. one day he encounter a new girl at school name mikioto urabe she is extremely weird and very anti social. she gave a weird impression to her class mates when she laugh out loud in class one day for no reason from that day people saw her has just another invisible girl.
one evening Tsubaki went up to his home room for something and saw urabe drool and for some reason since he's a perv he lick it. from that moment on his whole life changed. he became sick and couldn't attend school. urabe went to his home after school and ask him if he licked her drool he told her he did and she said that the reason why he was sick his because he needs her drool and they share a bond with each ( she also said the reason she laugh out in class was because she had a dream that he would take her virginity :) ). from that day on they started dating and since he needs her drool they walk home together from school everday. :D
I really love this anime and i recommend all of you to watch it :D :D... read more
May 27, 2012
Everyone at one point in their school life fell in love, and had a girlfriend/boyfriend, and they get awkward with each other and try to….blah blah blah blah. The point here is that the theme of this anime is that of the super typical ecchi school romance, with a chance of harem – of course that part did not develop (thankfully). Many anime have already squeezed this already-dry theme to the max. However, this particular series manage to find a unique, and rather… Weird aspect that made it stand out: Saliva. Hmmm… Ok, we’ve all swapped spit (and potentially other bodily fluids as well ;D) with a significant other before, but not in a way that the series does it, nor does it evoke the emotions the way they did neither. As strange as it sounds, it becomes more integral as the story progresses, and it becomes the vessel that keeps the characters and the viewers to become emotionally enganged. In short, the saliva swapping is weird, but it grows on you. I was apprehensive at first to continue with this series, but now, I can’t seem to stand it when I don’t see Urabe give Tsubaki her spit; it would lack substance. No pun intended. :P
The plot for this anime at first didn’t seem to go along with the overall animation of everything, especially the character build. The animation was old-school; simple facial details, with slightly wild hair (at least for Urabe); the simplistic animation that struck me the most was the eye animation. They were so darn simple! It reminded me my animes from the 1990’s. The animation they chose was definitely something out of an action anime, such as Akira. Again it was awkward at first. Everything didn’t seem to match. However, this becomes second nature as the simplistic design gives way to the complexity that is… the spit (oh lawd). I mean if one observes this, it’s plainly obvious that they paid attention to the detail of what a spit should look like: it looked thick, almost gelatinous, yet you can see it trail from Urabe’s mouth to her finger, with slight grace – Yes… I’m describing DROOL!!! It works though!
Not going to lie, the background music in the anime drives me nuts, even now that I’m 8 episodes in. It just seemed to me that it overpowers through everything else that’s going on. It’s too loud in my opinion, and any other special effects get distorted. That’s just my quirk. However, the Opening, I liked. It was pop-like and it definitely sounded something out of the 90’s for me. Sometimes old school music will just beat any modern day music. This, along with the old school animation just works, and works well. The Ending? I LOVE IT!!! It’s jazzy and pop-like while still being laid back, along with the rather… sexy shots of the women involved in the anime. It surely adds to the overall “drool-ish” theme of the whole series in a way, and the lyrics, they contribute to the romance even more. Loved the Ending the most. :D
The character development in this series is a bit simplistic, although for a 13-episode one, it’s good enough: two classmate, one introvert, and one extrovert meet at odds with one another, and one of them (the guy) becomes interested. They start going out and things happen, and they discover “how to love” and “how to be the proper bf/gf”. Sounds generic right? Well, it is, but again the whole spin about “swapping spit” gives this an edge. Per-character wise, it’s also generic for the most part, except for Urabe.
The lead male Tsubaki is your typical guy that kinda struggles in school, has a friend that he shares manly interests in and has those urges, like any boy in his age. He’s chivalrous but at the same time a little too innocent for his own good.
The lead female Urabe, however, is anything but simple. She started out weird, as she never talks to anyone, and is very private, while almost dwelling in her own world (as seen in the first episode + hiding scissors in her underwear), and just plain creepy to others. Her progression to “normalcy” though is interesting as her friend Oka, who happens to be the girl friend of Tsubaki’s best friend Ueno, gives her the push she needs in order to become a “better girlfriend”. Their interactions – including swapping spit – are anything but typical. But they work.
Oka is probably the most notable supporting character as she is basically the main catalyst to what’s happening between Urabe and Tsubaki. Her rather aggressive way of socializing with Urabe really becomes the backdrop of Urabe’s actions, either explicitly or suggestively. She’s just LOVES to teas Urabe, that it’s so cute, and almost yuri.
This series might throw people off, it might even make other’s eyes twitch, as no one in their right mind (at least in our society) would just get a wad of drool from their mouth and make someone else eat it. However, this is what separates the anime from other school romance animes out there. Does it work? Of course it does, or else I’d just drop it. It’s a unique way of conveying one’s series, though not necessarily sanitary(?). Overall, the simplistic, yet riveting character progression is really the aspect that one has to look for, especially for Urabe, as it’s probably the most extreme relative to her everyone else’s. The OP was very good, and the ED, I’ll be getting the full version definitely. Overall it’s something that has truth in its theme, while giving it a weird twist. Altogether, the series has definitely been something that I’ve been participating throughout this season.
Aug 19, 2012
Don't be put off - this is not an ecchi anime. The synopsis and premise of the story is enough to raise your eyebrow (and possibly retch) before moving on. This would be a mistake. Like B Gata H Kei, the precis fails to do justice to the wonderful romantic story that lies within.
The combination of retro late-80's art and beautifully melodic musical themes with the surreal nature of Tsubaki's dreams are near on a masterpiece.
Granted, the saliva swapping scenes may make some viewers nauseated but if you can deal with that, you will fall into a captivating series.
As mentioned, this is not an ecchi anime and I am little disappointed to see it tagged with that because it will certainly push viewers away. I found myself watching the whole series in one go such was the addictive nature of the story. Witnessing the development of the relationship between Tsubaki and Urabe was like a drug and I couldn't get enough of it.
Miyu Irino of AnoHana fame provides the voice of Tsubaki but it's Ayako Yoshitani on her major seiyu debut which makes the show superb with a fantastic performance of Urabe.
I cannot recommend this show enough. I'm off to start reading the manga ... read more
May 12, 2013
Apr 26, 2013
The art style did not jump out at me nor was I blown away but I felt it was standard while the sound was simply one of the best I had ever heard well done characters voices and the soundtrack to the anime I found myself loving due to its creepyness and originality one of the biggest thing I did not expect while I was not blown away by the op. I did enjoy the ending.
the story has a......unique take to it and you will either 1. love it 2. find it gross and quit. and 3. find it kind of gross but yet feel like you have to keep watching (how I felt) and then towards the end you think to yourself. Holy crap this seems total normal. While the Characters themselves are a joy to see as well with the two main characters I felt had a realistic relationship I feel that a lot of times I am turned off by shows on how over dramatized it is or if I cannot relate to them at all and I feel this show hits it right on the head for me in doing well in both of those areas And Urabe has become one of the most memorable characters i have seen in awhile
overall has become one of my top 15 i have ever watched (and this has been my first review so please don't by shy on letting me know how i did i wish to grow in my ability to do this) read more
Jul 1, 2012
Mysterious Girlfriend X was a title I was skeptical about simply because it involves bodily fluids. After finishing this I feel it is the most undervalued title of the spring 2012 season. A story of a mysterious slow moving romance revolving around drool, now thats original.
In the current anime industry originality is rare to come across, a good title will appear once in a blue moon.
Drool romance being what I'd like the call the theme probably set off an equal amount of disgust and enjoyment from all parties. The ratings certainly show this is the case. I like how Urabe and Akira meet through this strange idea of drool tasting and how its the basis of their relationship. A lot of romances now a days are based of visual novels that are generally harems, and they tend to become dull after too many are adapted. I particularly enjoyed this shows originality and everything it offered.
The environment of the story had a dark, gothic feel to it which again would put many viewers off. The carnival dreams that these two hard were probably what interested me the most. The sounds for most of the settings was similar to this dream space and it was almost eerie. A lot of romances feature songs with vocals and light instrumentals but this brought a new sound the table, while dull it was interesting none the less.
The animation style and old school theme songs is probably where this series was hurt the most. The majority of the new anime audience is attached to the post 2,000 genres of big eyes, large faces and colorful representations. While its a plus in the originality department a lot of fans are looking for new, not old. Another problem this show suffered from was the slow pace and dull VA acting. The pace was grueling and the romance aspect lacked in a traditional sense of what you have come to expect from rom-com's or straight romance. The progress of these two was limited by a bond of drool, and they barely made it out of first base minus naked middle school sweet heart.
None the less I enjoyed this every step of the way, rarely do we see something new and unusual. The anime industry should focus more on the new and unusual. More titles could gain excellence if they stepped out of boundaries more often that are not set by the best sellers.
If you enjoy a dark and unusual romance, you might just enjoy Mysterious Girlfriend X. read more
Jul 6, 2012
Having first read the manga back in late 2007, like most people who looked at this, I was put off by the whole 'drool' thing but unlike most people I still gave it a chance because there's the element of curiosity. How can they turn this into a story? Where can this thing possibly go? I had a read I found myself unable to stop. This is a true gem. And the anime adaptation was a special treat to see the characters move and talk.
The story revolves around the main characters, Akira Tsubaki and Mikoto Urabe who have relationship where they share a special 'bond' through the exchange of saliva. This allows them read each others feelings, thoughts, and dreams. In the world of this anime, the 'bond' is determined by the taste of the drool and how one party reacts to it.
They go through different issues and that can occur in real life relationships, and because they're young, it gives the feel of 'discovery'.
The pacing isn't fast and it's not slow, it always gets to the point so you likely wont sit there being bored to death or missing anything.
Unique, looks quite different from most anime series. It's a simplistic look but the characters, particularly Urabe have the element of elegance. The artists clearly try to get the most out of this design without making it look cheap.
The music isn't something I'd want to download and listen to but at the same time it does a great job in setting the mood for each scene.
The VA's do a great job. I cannot think of a better cast to play these characters. Especially Urabe, played by newcomer Ayako Yoshitani. She can sound quiet and reserved but when displaying a variety of emotion, she can do it without sounding forced.
The characters seen in this anime may come off as familiar, used in butt-loads of anime. Urabe is the quiet depressing girl, Tsubaki is the underconfident male lead. BUT these cliches worked for the story. It took the dull and familiar and made it interesting again and made great use of it.
What may sound sickening to people actually comes off as 'cute' in this anime. It's possible to get used to the drool thing and actually enjoy it. It's great when a show takes such risks, gives it a feel of uniqueness. This series reminded me why I like Japanese comics and animation, they can be weird, they can be odd, they can be cool, they can be ANYTHING. And that's really good every once in a while.
The anime is a great watch, the manga is a great read. Unlike shonen action series that tend to drag on and on and on like Naruto and Bleach, (or seinen in the case of Gantz). My only problem is that the anime is ONLY 13 episodes while the manga is still going and certain events from the manga are left out, probably so as not to leave anything unresolved. But it is loyal to the original work for the most part so you can watch the anime and continue the manga from where it left off.
Solid 4/5 read more