English: The Seven Metamorphoses of Yamato Nadeshiko
Synonyms: Perfect Girl Evolution, The Wallflower
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 4, 2006 to Mar 28, 2007
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 8.031 (scored by 30860 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
Popular Tagscomedy reverse harem romance shoujo
Jan 1, 2008
* Story *
I must say, even for a shoujo title, this story has a lot of originality as well as taking advantage of the same old clichés but with a twist. With Nabeshin as director, I couldn't expect any less, as he makes every episode hilarious! And it's nice to see the series has its serious and dramatic moments, and when you see them, you'll crave for more, seriously.
Sunako-chan is quite a character, and you'll love her from the getgo. She is a very special girl, and she suffered quite a lot from a mid-school drama. Be sure to pay attention to the series as this is revealed in the first episode and repeated a couple of times more, and it's the reason she locks herself to the world and considers everyone else a "dazzling creature", even though she's really beautiful behind that odd and scary exterior.
She doesn't have any confidence, and she constantly is having nosebleeds upon seeing beautiful people, so living in a house with 4 bishounen is not easy for her! Deep inside, she is very careful and fond of the people around her.
Kyouhei is a very rude boy and food is what drives his mind, and you'll find him very obnoxious, until you begin to see his true self, and he doesn't show it clear, so you'll have to keep an eye to find out! He'll begin to care for Sunako-chan as he sees her true self.
This is a comedy series, but it has its romantic touchs here and there, and of course some drama, but remember that comedy is what drives this series! So it's not your conventional shoujo.
* Animation *
Most likely a low budget was responsible of this: the animation was fair and dit the job, but could've been a lot better. The first opening video was made of recycled scenes from the first episode, and until eps. 14 we see a new opening video with original animation.
The series over emphasizes the use of chibi-formed characters, specially with Sunako. Even though chibi = funny and it's always appreciated, I think they overdid it with Sunako-chan, as we get to see her true form a limited amount of times.
* Sound *
The soundtrack was decent, and played along the theme of the series. The opening song was good, the first ending was passable, but the second ending theme (by BON-BON BLANCO) was very good.
The seiyuus for the series were excellent and they did a wonderful job with their roles.
* Enjoyment *
A 10 withouth a doubt, you'll laugh a lot, and even shed a few tears from time to time!
* Overall *
Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge was a pleasant adventure from the start, and it's loaded with entertainment and fun, with hints of romance and even some drama. And if you happen to be a fan of Nabeshin (Shinichi Watanabe) then you're in for a treat.
I'd like to see a second season of the series, though, as the story continues. With the manga still running, it's a possibility we'll get to see more of Sunako-chan and the boys sometime!
8/10 -- Very Good! read more
Aug 27, 2007
Some people may not like the artwork but I thought that it went quite well with all of the characters personalities and I also really liked the way that they changed their style of artwork depending what was happening (or going to happen), and it makes it alot more funny and entertaining.
The sound was good, in the beginning I didn't like the opening song but it grew on me during the series and it fitted to the anime perfectly. I didn't like the first ending song but I liked the second song because it was a contrast to the opening.
I liked the characters because usually when you have bishounen and bishoujo in an anime they usually are totally oblivious to it or they use it to their advantage. None of that happened here (except for one character). I must say some characters were a bit annoying and you may want to slap some of them. This anime is partly interesting because it shows that all of them are actually suffering from being so good looking, which is very different. It shows a different point of view of being a good looking person.
I thought that it was really funny and that was a surprise to me because I thought it would not be a very normal emotional story but it was nothing like that. I thoroughly enjoyed each episode because something outrageous alwayse happened in each one.
Overall I give it a 7/10 because it was really entertaining and a good watch although I wished a bit more happened between the characters and I was personally disappointed with the ending episode. I hope there is a second season! read more
Jul 27, 2007
The story started off great. Four guys need money to pay rent, so their landlord asks them to "turn this crazy girl into an actual lady". Eh, not an amazing story, but sounds funny. I'd probably have given it more than a 6 if it actually went anywhere. But, it didn't really progress, nor did we get to see much happen from the start until the end.
Prepare to be swamped by constant chibi characters. Odd models and bland scenes..the art is something to be desired.
Nothing special. The opening and ending didn't stand out to me, nor did any background music. Could have been a lot better.
The saving grace for this show. Without the male lead and the female lead, this anime would have sucked. I enjoyed learning a little bit about each character's past. I wouldn't say any character really evolves though, as they're pretty much static throughout. I guess the female lead changes a bit (doesn't she have to?).
Funny, happy, I had a good time watching this. There are tons of "worthless" episodes that don't progress the flow of the story at all, but whatever.
If you're looking for a brainless anime that will make you chuckle every so often, check this out. There's better out there though. read more
Oct 25, 2008
It isn't a unique story, the art was bad, and the characters weren't special.
At best, you get a few laughs, but this wasn't the laugh riot it could have been. Nor was it as romantic as it tried to be.
There are better romances, comedies, and even romantic-comedies out there. I don't recommend that you run out and watch this. It isn't that fabulous.
Feb 23, 2011
I actually watched this as a live action before I watched the anime and the premise is wonderful. Screw cliches --the heroine is to shoujo as a carrot is to bicycle. Ie. She defies almost every shoujo cliche and I love it!
I'm sorry. I love the story, but the art really put me off. I just don't like men with full lips and girly eyes. Nope. Can't help it. I like them to look at least a little bit like men. When they look as pretty as a girl, I just throw up a little.But the colouring and the heroine's appearance is fantastic --hence the 3, not a 0.
Normal, nothing spectacular.
Save for the male lead and the heroine, not much can be said really.
I couldn't get past the women --ie. the men.
I didn't like it. It wasn't my cup of tea. BUT, it might be yours.
Jan 24, 2008
Dec 31, 2008
Normally, art is a minor detail for me, but the atrocious art in Yamato cannot be ignored. While there is a lot to blame, the bland backgrounds, the sub-par animation, the dreary colors, and the overly constant use of chibi characters, one particular feature completely stands out.
The four main male leads are suppose to be some of the hottest men on the planet, and yet half of them make Golum look like a stunner. While I understand the typical trend of attending feminine characteristics to male leads in shoujo shows, and many shows like Host Club does it well, Yamato has taken the trend to its utterly grotesque extreme.
Toyama and Ranmaru come across as grotesque drag-queens who've spent the last 48 hours covering their eyes with dark eye-liner.It is hard to imagine how anyone could find such characters attractive. Every girl who showed Toyama to so far has shook her head in disdain, and every guy had a pulsing sensation hurl my notebook off the 5th floor balcony.
This is a real pity, given that animation aside, Yamato has potential. While there was little plot development, each character has some depth, and there are some scenes that can draw genuine laughs. The story itself also holds unique premise, telling the tale of a girl who dresses and behaves hideously, and four guys who try to make her realize her own hidden beauty and become a lady. It's just too bad that you don't tend to laugh very much when you feel like someone's sticking hot pokers in your eyes.
In the end, Yamato is an above average shoujo comedy, save for its abysmal visual design. Perhaps the creators were trying to make a deep metaphor between the anime and the main female lead. Alas, they would probably be better off redoing the anime in Flash with each male character replaced by a color coded stick figure. At least that way the comedy would come through, without the visual torture.
Sep 7, 2008
The art was variable - at times it was irritating to see sunako in chibi form when in actual fact she was beautiful. However, i think that this was sometimes beneficial to the plot - we saw the beautiful sunako when she was defending her friends which was the pretty side of her.
I didn't really like the music that accompanied this anime and nothing really stood out - in other words the songs have not been added to my itunes.
I thought the characters were interesting, but not enough happen between kyohei and sunako for me to be satisfied with the show - i thought they could have done a bit more considering that the show finished airing
Finally, i found that this is thouroughly enjoyable and i would recommend it - it is a funny show that shouldn't be taken seriously and i found it fun to watch. =] read more
May 29, 2008
One thing that quite disturbed me is the guy's , sometimes they overdid the ''female type guys'' .
Animation in this anime wasnt a big thing , but no one need a good animation in comedy anime .
The faced they did was perfect in so many Comedy Moments , specially the Main charecter and when she went ''Chibi mode'' and acted like a child to avoid stuff .
In general , i recommend this anime for people that want to laugh from dark sense of humor and for people who wants to take a break from heavy type animes and just relax .
Allthough, by the end of the anime the jokes got kinda old ..but it's still great read more
Sep 27, 2007
First thing I noticed is the sloppy art. In the manga the boys are beautifully drawn; in the anime, the artists seem to run out of steam by the time they finish drawing Kyohei and Takenaga - Ranmaru often ends up looking like a drag queen and Yuki grotesquely cute. The backgrounds are so simplified they are almost nonexistent and the constant use of chibis is distracting and annoying after a while. The characters we get to know fully are only Kyohei and Sunako, we get flashbacks of their earlier years and how they became who they are.
The story does not follow the manga copiously, which in itself takes away nothing from the anime, if anything, it makes it new and surprising for the manga fan like me. However, I was almost taken aback by the "perverse" scenes - this is, after all, a story about boys so beautiful that no girl can help but throw herself at them - but while they were more suggestive and just hinted at in the manga, here, they are on vulgar display. One scene comes to mind, where 3 girls rub themselves on a mannequin thinking that it belongs to Kyohei. Although scenes like this one aren't many, it still left me with bad taste in my mouth.
Despite its shortcomings, I did enjoy this series somewhat (maybe through sheer will power?). I suspect that if I hadn't been exposed to the manga first, my final score would have been higher. As it stands, I can only give it a 6. read more
Apr 6, 2010
This is an oddly hilarious yet sweet drama. There was even a live action series made of it. Sunako is just impossible not to fall in love with, while most men paw towards the men she live with, she wants nothing more than to have them cast in the dark or even dead. The man who is slowly falling in love with her Kyohei. You can even see the changing developments with Ranmaru, Takenaga (as conservative as he is) and the wonderful Yuki!!!!
It's gothically/delightfully hilarious!!! The opening and ending music too is pure bliss (The artist is even based off of a certain character hehe). read more
Mar 23, 2011
I really enjoyed this anime, it was so refreshingly funny! I do not think I have seen an anime as funny since Great Teacher Onizuka. I thought the story was OK but its the type of anime you need to watch when things in life are a little depressing or bleak, or in an economic downturn, with political revolutions, earthquakes in Japan etc - this is the perfect thing to watch to put a SMILE to your face. Every episode leaves you laughing and smiling to yourself. Its really upbeat and the jokes and animation together make the experience all the more richer.
I would like to add that I really enjoyed the music, I am a BIG anime soundtrack collector, and I loved the music for this anime! Unfortunately I cannot find it anywhere on the internet. (Aside from the opening and ending theme tunes)
If you would like to know what music I am referring to - one track in particular, it features quite a lot during the anime, but if you go to episode 25 (the final ep) and from 6.51 to 7.27 there is a song in the background, and from 7.19 the violins are really amazing...! I love the music and am really hunting for the full track.
If any of you have any idea where I might find this music I would greatly appreciate your thoughts! :)
This was a refreshingly HILARIOUS anime overall, am glad I watched it!
If you like this you will also like Kimi No Todoke - incidentally also has very good soundtrack behind it.
Nightray. read more
Mar 5, 2011
Art wise this anime was weird. I'm not sure how old it is (and I'm too lazy to check) but I was kind of turned off by the character art at first, which was why I had not even bothered to watch the anime. However, after watching it I began to enjoy the anime. The art style kind of grows on you. It's an acquired taste, like anchovies.
I don't really remembered sound...and I don't know how I would classify sound. I guess it was good? The voices felt right with the characters (subbed) and they supported their image.
Now the characters are like the real meat of this story. Yamato Nadeshiko is about Sunako Nakahara, whose aunt bribes four young men into turning her into a lady. In return they won't have to pay rent in the glorious mansion they reside in. Easy, right? The problem is Sunako has given up taking care of her image because she thinks she's ugly. All of this is explained, and in the end they even explain why her aunt wants her to become a lady (It felt kind of fudged though, like a last minute sort of explanation). Sunako loves gory stuff, horror movies, and things of those natures. She's terrified of 'bright people' (her catch phrase is "Bright!" I believe. She calls people who are too beautiful in her opinion that). All in all I loved her the best, and I think she's one of my favorite characters. She retains her problems for a long time, and the main story line follows the four guys trying to attempt to make her into a lady. There are changes but they're subtle, more natural, which is what I liked. Kyouhei is one of the guys who wants to turn her into a lady (I would love to go on and on about the characters but I won't, sorry) because he doesn't wish to pay rent. This changes as you can see throughout the anime that he begins to slowly fall for her. It's not obvious at all, and at the end they never get together, but you can tell that he cares about her. I really wish they got together!!!
Enjoyment: I REALLY LOVED IT. :D
Overall: This was a great anime to watch despite the weird art style, when you get past that I feel like it's a nice one to watch if you want something not too long, and that's funny. I was laughing in a lot of episodes, my mom kept asking if I was okay. read more
Feb 17, 2010
While watching the first few minutes of the anime, I was expecting the usual shoujo format: girl hates everyone because of Guy 1 who was a douche, the really nice Guy 2 appears and she happens to fall for him, everything is sunshine and roses until Guy 1 re-appears and a love triange forms with little comedy and a dramatic twist thrown in for a good measure.
YNSH turned out to be quite original. I haven't seen many animes but that's the first time I watch/ hear of such a plot.
Every episode is linked to the one preceding it, fillers are minimal and even those included some character development.
The art was pretty decent... I'm not a huge fan of the lips in this one though. Usually, if I don't like the way a single feature was drawn in it doesn't affect my total score much, but here it was so prominent that it started to irritate me... thus the lower art rate.
Sounds were great! the voices matched the characters pretty well and they've done a good job with the sound effects.
[Since this could be considered a spoiler I feel the need to warn you...
**** SPOILER AHEAD! **** ]
The only reason I haven't given the story and the overall ratings a perfect score is because of the open end... development is quite good, but I need a wrap! D:
I think a second season was hinted at at the beginning but due to low funding (if I remember correctly), it was dropped... I'm editting this review 3 years after I had originally written it, and as much as I'd hoped for a second season back them, I don't think it's much of a necessity now... I still hate the open ending, but seeing how the manga is stretched out (still uncompleted, mind you) and no development was seen in it in the past 2 years or so, I'd hate it if that was to happen to the anime as well... I'd much rather have an unsettling, but decent enough, open end.
Anyway, overall, it's a really good anime. I highly recommend it. read more
Nov 8, 2009
The show's visuals are very strange. The boys are supposed to be super-attractive, but are drawn in a garish style that makes them look anything but. For the purposes of the comedy and easier animation, the action will often switch to super-deformed character designs, so simplified they're practically stick figures. Fortunately, the cheap visuals don't impact the shows strange but undeniable charms, and the series is at its best when it's at its most surreal. The characters turn out to be genuinely likable and the show's message is a good one: beauty is all about self-confidence and self-esteem, so you can't change for anyone but yourself. read more
Apr 12, 2009
Story: Not new, similar to Nobuta wo Produce and lots of other shoujo animes some what. But what makes this unique is the humour. I mean GOD its so hilarious it's nearly unrivaled. Definately very unique.
Art: I'm not really into this style art yet I lived through it. If your turning your back on this anime just because of the then DON'T. You will definately forget. The art is somewhat similar to Paradise Kiss, especially Sunako.
Sound: Not so into it, but reasonable. The voices are all fines exept for maybe Sunako when she at the otome mushrooms but fine by me. Not so into the opening either, but I can think of a million other songs I hate more.
Character: Definatlely one of the most outstanding points of this anime. They are all so unique, from a guy who can only think about food, a dinosaur fossil loving guy who is always thinking about his girlfriend, and a horror movie, skull loving, nose-bleeding wierdo.
Enjoyment? Let the marks speak for itself.
Overall? JUST WATCH IT!!!
Though, one thing I never did get is why Sunako is ugly, I mean, she has a pretty face and all (for this style of anime) yet she's still always called ugly. Oh well, there are many things in this world I don't get. (And no, it's not because I'm stupid) read more
Jun 19, 2010
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Jun 20, 2012
We get to the characters and I think in all fairness, we just have to start with Sanako. Sanako is a sad girl but it wasn’t her fault really. I know a couple people that sank like this when someone they liked said they did not like them, maybe not as bad but still. I feel close to her because I have almost the same problem sometimes in where my confidence goes out the window and I feel like locking myself in my room. You can sometimes even feel her pain when you have been threw the same thing she does.
Noi is almost the exact opposite of Sanako. She’s always caring about her looks to hopefully have Takenaga love her even more. The anime doesn’t show that they are going out but it does show that they are close.
The boys are all archie types of the type of guys girls like in anime. Takenaga is the traditional Japanese man who is quiet and gentle. He is smart and pretty much considered more ‘normal’ then the others. He’s very calm and never was bothered by Sanako’s crazy stuff. He grew up in a rather respected high class rich family but it doesn’t seem to affect him much.
Ranmaru is another rich boy but on the other side of the spectrum of Takenaga. He’s a ladies man and loves older women. He’s not tied down to one women and doesn’t want to be told what to do really. The thought of someone like Sanako made his skin crawl but after seeing how she looks dressed up, he thought twice.
Not much is talked about for Yuki. In the anime sadly, he doesn’t have much story line except for knowing that he comes from a normal family that isn’t rich. He’s the cutesy girlish face and most of the time, he is dressed up in girl clothing even though he just wants to be like the other boys. Unfortunately, he acts like a child most of the time and whines a lot making me unable to like his voice sometimes.
Lastly is Kyohei. He is the relative bad boy, always getting into fights and trouble. He can never keep a job because his bosses weather male or female sexually harass him leaving him with a short-temper. He is a real pretty boy even if he doesn’t try to take care of himself and his hair is always messy. Out of all the men in this show, I think he is the best to be with Sanako because he has gone threw the opposite of her and that they both work so well together.
The style of art looks much like a version of gothic Bishonen or beautiful men design. The eyes are highly eye-lashed and makes them look almost more like girls. The style is really clean and crisp and they don’t normally cut the design budget without adding a little bit to the show. Most of the time, it’s just to add more to a joke that is happening though they have a strange style for getting out of drawing millions of people in a mob scene.
The Vocals are elegant mostly, both Japanese and English have the right idea’s in how the voices should sound to me though I believe the English voice of Takenaga tried a little to hard to make his voice a few too many octaves higher then it should when his character got to emotional. It’s sort of funny because this is the voice of Tamaki from Ouran High and Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist. Yes, I’m talking Vic Mignogna and sadly, this was not one of his best performances. Some of the jokes didn’t translate right when they did the dub and so they tried to force the English words to work and it seemed out of it. read more
Nov 28, 2011
I must admit, when I had first watched this anime, the artwork was a bit of a turnoff (for some odd reason?), but then again "don't judge a book by it's cover". Not even halfway through the first episode, I found myself in tears because I was laughing so much. The story is unique and the characters are even more interesting. Each character has a special personality that you just can't help but to fall in love with. Yes, the story might seem odd at first but it's the oddness of it all that makes it so ridiculously funny.
If you're looking for something new to watch (or read) and want to have a (really) good laugh, then I highly suggest checking out this anime. =^_^= read more