Ranked #3363

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
Premiered: Spring 2004
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: TBS, Rondo Robe, Movic
Licensors: ADV Films
Studios: Gainax, Shaft
Source: Original
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 6.971 (scored by 20,161 users)
Ranked: #33632
Popularity: #1127
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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.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Hoshino, Hikari
Hoshino, Hikari
Kawasumi, Ayako
Kawasumi, Ayako
Shimizu, Ai
Shimizu, Ai
Takemoto, Takeru
Takemoto, Takeru
Mizushima, Takahiro
Mizushima, Takahiro
Ninomiya, Ryou
Ninomiya, Ryou
Takimoto, Fujiko
Takimoto, Fujiko


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

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Opening Theme

"Metamorphose" by Yoko Takahashi

Ending Theme

"Natsuiro no Kakera" by Yoko Ishida

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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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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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Feb 17, 2015

Time to travel back to the past and review another "lost" series that anime fans have forgotten! Put on your Indiana Jones outfits, because we are going deep into the obscure for this bit of anime archaeology. "This Ugly Yet Beautiful World" which I will hereafter refer to as "TUYBW" is a series that came out in 2004, but was completely forgotten shortly after despite a decent budget and being produced by freaking GAINAX themselves! How could a Gainax anime become so quickly forgotten despite the legions of fanboys that will swallow anything Gainax shits out? The answer is timing and overshadowing. If another read more
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