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Kono Minikuku mo Utsukushii Sekai

Kono Minikuku mo Utsukushii Sekai

Alternative Titles

English: This Ugly Yet Beautiful World
Japanese: この醜くも美しい世界


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 2, 2004 to Jun 18, 2004
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity
L represents licensing company


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High school student Takeru Takemoto works part time as a (motor)bike courier. During one of his deliveries, he saw a mysterious light passing him and fell into a forest. What he had found was a beautiful girl coming out from a glowing cocoon, calling herself "Hikari." While Takeru was quite embarrassed because of Hikari's nudity, a strange monster suddenly showed up and immediately attacked the two. Both Takeru and Hikari demonstrated the power of their other selves before Takeru had a clue of what's going on.

(Source: ANN)

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Adaptation: Kono Minikuku mo Utsukushii Sekai

Characters & Voice Actors

Shimizu, Ai
Shimizu, Ai
Hoshino, Hikari
Hoshino, Hikari
Kawasumi, Ayako
Kawasumi, Ayako
Ninomiya, Ryou
Ninomiya, Ryou
Takimoto, Fujiko
Takimoto, Fujiko
Nishino, Mari
Nishino, Mari
Sanada, Asami
Sanada, Asami
Christian, Luci
Christian, Luci


Kubota, Mitsutoshi
Satou, Hiroki
Ooshima, Miku
Assistant Producer
Saeki, Shouji

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Aired  Apr 2, 2004 to Jun 18, 2004
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Apr 7, 2014
In honor of Gainax's thirtieth anniversary, I've decided to review the anime they released to celebrate their own twentieth anniversary, ten years ago! It's time for This Ugly Yet Beautiful world, so here we go!

In the long history of the Earth, there have been several major mass extinctions, each one wiping millions of life forms out of existence. Because of this, over ninety nine percent of all life forms that have ever existed on earth are now gone forever. But what caused these mass extinctions, what was their true purpose, and... When will it happen again?

Following this admittedly intriguing monologue, we read more
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Apr 9, 2008
This anime is definitely a gem, but like any gem in the rough, it's not without its flaws. A lot of them, unfortunately.


The story is quite interesting, and fairly original. The quality of its presentation varies throughout the series, however - foreshadowing, for example, is plentiful and very well intertwined into the story, so that little details that you might notice but not think much of turn out to be intricate plot points later on. On the other hand, there're the cheesy "OMG! The sky is falling!" bits usually associated with fantasy series surfacing all around the second half of the series which definitely read more
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Feb 27, 2010
This anime sounded promising, the concept of an ugly yet beautiful world where life is cleansed and reborn every so often fascinated me. After a promising start however with a great opening battle with great action, the anime seems to have shifted gears and quickly became a ecchi / school-life, slice of life comedy. Then it sprinkled some "sad, but true" stories of the past.

Let's start off with the good. The art is fairly decent. For the most part, colors are nice, and natural features such as the trees and character outlines are quite nice. Hikari's outfit in particular is great. Sound isn't really read more
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Oct 25, 2008
They sure got it right by putting 'ugly' in the title.

This marvellous piece of crap is a terrible anime about aliens, boys who love them, and boobage.

The story was bad, but who cares? Boobage!

The art was poor and looked like it was recycled from the early 90s. But does it matter?? Boobage!

Who can remember the sound? There were better things, I think. Boobage!

The characters were flat, cliches, and underdeveloped. The boys seemed to be horrible clashes of several bad male characters, and the female characters had no personality and were nothing more than fanservicers. However, there were several pairs of things the read more
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When you watch this you will instantly make the connections to Elfen Lied and also the differences as it moves along in the story and shows its own path on a somewhat similar idea. 
reportRecommended by Xan09
I started watching Sora no Otoshimono the other day and couldn't understand why I felt like I had already seen it until realizing that it had almost the exact same premise as This Ugly Yet Beautiful World. Girl with big boobs/naked and/or super powers falls from the sky and is under the guidance of a guy. The difference is that This Ugly Yet Beautiful World is more serious and shows naked normal sized breasts, while Sora no Otoshimono is an ecchi comedy with clothed huge breasts. In This Ugly Yet Beautiful World more people have super powers; in Sora no Otoshimono "pantsu" is said at  read more 
reportRecommended by KansaiClub
Lead Character reminds me of maromaro ;), and falls in love with a guy.
There is always another girl who likes him and is jealous and of course
wishes that the main character would leave.
They both fall in love but with a sad ending. Almost like Tayutama. 
reportRecommended by StarShinez
the maincharacters are almost the same, but mahoromatic has a bit more of story... 
reportRecommended by sfx-rayzel
This Ugly Yet Beautiful World is a good transition from Gainax's Eva days to their FLCL/Gurren Lagann days. It's sort of an intermediary between the eras, in terms of the general feel of Gainax productions, I think. 
reportRecommended by Pontifus
Both anime have the end of the world as the main theme, featuring morale choices for the main character. Also, there is a close bond between the main characters (the good and the bad ones). I think their endings are pretty much spoilers :D 
reportRecommended by KoD

Opening Theme

"Metamorphose" by Yoko Takahashi

Ending Theme

"Natsuiro no Kakera" by Yoko Ishida

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