English: Haruka Nogizaka's Secret
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 3, 2008 to Sep 25, 2008
25 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.481 (scored by 26811 users)
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SynopsisThe story centers around Yuuto Ayase and his classmate Haruka Nogizaka. While Yuuto is rather ordinary, Haruka is very attractive, intelligent and rich. Due to this, she is the school's most unattainable girl and is so idolized that her classmates give her the French nicknames "Nuit Étoile" (The Silver Star of the Night) and "Lumière du Clavier" (The Shining Princess on the Piano). One day, when Yuuto goes to the school library to return a book, he stumbles across Haruka and her darkest secret—she is a diehard fan of anime, manga and the otaku culture. Yuuto promises to keep her secret hidden and the two become close friends. Yuuto does his best to help Haruka with her secret hobby while developing his relationship with her.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu, Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu
Sequel: Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu: Purezza
Characters & Voice Actors
Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu is the most fun and just plain entertaining series I have watched this year. I don’t like to throw out 10s to shows that often and maybe I am rating this show a little high in comparison others. But this is one of the few shows that had me from episode 1 and never let me down through the end. While the overall concept of this anime is not anything new and groundbreaking (though really what is anymore?), Nogizaka does everything exceptionally well.
At its heart, Nogizaka is a romantic comedy with some mild echiiness and a few harem elements. The story starts out with our protagonist Yuuto accidentally discovering the schools most idolized girl Haruka Nogizaka is a closet otaku when he bumps into her in the library with a manga called Innocent Smile. After a bit of an overreaction on Haruka's part, Yuuta promises to keep her secret from everyone else. Personally I thought this was an excellent concept for a story but in one of the few things that this series fails at a bit because it doesn’t quite deliver. By episode 3 she’s already exposed her secret at school herself, but there doesn’t seem to be any consequences or reaction to this revelation. The romance elements then take over as the story becomes more about Yuuto and Haruka developing their feelings for each other than her secret obsession.
The series also features a number of anime and manga references, mostly to Shakugan no Shana. If you have seen that series and especially if you’re a fan like I am you will get some extra enjoyment out of Haruka cosplaying Shana. One of my favorite moments was Haruka saying Shana's trademark "Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!" and replying that she had always wanted to say it (Haruka's voice actress played Hecate in the series). Plenty of other references provided a lot of laughs such as a yaoi doujinshi featuring Inukami! characters Keita and Karina. I also found the cameo by manga loving Japanese prime minister Taro Aso humorous.
As leads, Haruka and Yuuto are very enjoyable and fun to watch. Yuuto reminds me of other anime males I like such as Tomoya and Yuichi from Clannad and Kanon. He feels like a real guy to me, he isn’t perfect but he stands up for his friends and acts like a man. One of the few anime males I would actually want to date myself. Haruka is a bit more stereotypical of anime girls, she is very beautiful and seemingly unattainable on the surface. She’s shy, clumsy, clueless, and very moe. Despite this, I don’t think anyone will not find something to relate with her and she is just so funny and cute that you can’t help but love her. Several of the supporting characters manage to be entertaining as well, in particular Haruka's younger sister Mika. Though she is the most stereotypical of the group as the perverted wise above her years younger sister. The Nogizaka house maids also provide a number of laughs as do the mother and father. Yuuto's sister and her teacher friend are pretty boring though as they are the fairly boring half naked drunkards. Shiina is a classmate who could be considered a rival for Yuuto but she never develops as a serious contender (rightly so I must say). The characters are also kept to a minimum as well so we get to know most of the supporting characters pretty well.
The show really shines in the art and music. The characters are beautifully rendered and the series as wonderfully vibrant colors and detailed backgrounds. The voice acting is stellar and features a great overall cast. I can’t say enough good things about the music. It captured the charm and the tone of the series perfectly. The OP/EN songs as a pair are probably my favorite anime songs to date.
Overall there is little for me to complain about, because I found this show to be exceptional. The length was a bummer because I didn’t want it to end! While not everyone will find this show to be as great as I did, I recommend it to all fans of romantic comedies and Shana lovers.
You know, for all the internet rage I've heard that this show is "Too much Otaku wish fulfillment", it failed to fulfill my wish of being entertained. ZONG! And now, ladies and germs, the actual review:
Actually, I wouldn't argue that the problem with this show is that it's a substance-less, extra generous heaping of Otaku wish fulfillment as some claim, because let's face it, KissxSis and Chocotto Sister REALLY have no critical quality to them, and instead only show me just what I want to see, and yet I'm still entertained by them. No, instead, I find that there are three major problems that cause Himitsu to fall short of it's potential.
The first is that for an Otaku-centric comedy, Himitsu feels as though it were written by a non-Otaku. While many of the stereotypes and experiences that we have all become accustomed to through real life and other shows are present, they lack the personality that shows such as Genshiken capitalize on. For example, in Hayate no Gotoku, there's an extremely short scene (Not but a single panel in the Manga) in which Nagi exits the room in order to watch an anime DVD boxset she purchased on a whim. Every fan can relate to the scenario of buying (Or downloading) anime which we have never heard of, simply for the sake of owning it, or because the cover art looked cool. You can also take Genshiken, and the strained relations between the Otaku characters and the "Normal" characters. Undoubtably each viewer has had an experience of their own with someone who was less than accepting of their hobby. Through these shared experiences, the watcher relates the characters, and connects to them. However all of Haruka's adventures feel as though they went through a game of Bohemian Telephone before they were scripted into the show. Oh sure, all the major hallmarks of an Otaku life are there (Comiket, cosplaying, Akihabara, figurine obsession), but the personality and small details have been lost in the process. This lack of a personal touch makes the series seem like a second hand story, as though the author had heard about such experiences from a friend.
The next aspect holding the show back was that the secondary characters are better developed than the main characters. Yuuto, for example, is a total blank slate. While I understand that often lead male characters in such series are made bland so that the watcher can impose their own personalities on the the character, Yuuto has absolutely no personality at all. The only noticeable aspect of his personality is that he seems to mildly care about Haruka. Haruka herself, claims to be an Otaku, but shows a forced interest in everything Otaku related. Her character is just an amalgamation of various "Moe" characteristics, without any new flavoring. At the same time, the trio of Haruka's little sister Mika, and the family maids provided more entertainment and laughs than the rest of the characters combined. They were fresh and original, and quite entertaining to watch. However, this trio was given far less airtime than they deserved, and instead the focus of the series lied with the blander characters. Obviously it would have been absurd if these bit characters became the focus of the series, however I just wish that the same amount of love and dedication went into formulating the other characters.
At the same time that this show tries to be an Otaku-centric comedy, it also plays up romantic elements, which I have no problem with. My troubles however, lie with the fact that neither party seems to make any real effort at making the other like them. This may be due in part to the fact that for half of the show Haruka shows a mild, dispassionate interest in Yuuto, while the other half of the time she seems totally unaware that there are two genders.
In closing, while this series did provide me with a little fun, at best it was disposable entertainment, not to be remembered after it's 8 month relevancy.
One more thing: For an Otaku-centric comedy, I only picked up on like three references (The blatant Shana one from the Hazuki episode, the Doujin that they buy at Comiket was drawn by the person who illustrated the original Light Novels, and the person who voice Gento voiced Gendou from Evangelion, if that even is a reference.). WTF is up with that? I mean in Pani Poni Dash, there was a heaping of thirty references per episode. read more
In both anime a 'perfect' girl hides her anime-otaku hobby and is discovered by the male protagonist (Nogizaka: classmate, OreImo: Brother) who will support her and start exploring the subculture.
Both feature girls with outwardly perfect lives who hide their otaku hobby from family and friends. Both of them eventually outwardly embrace their hobby.
Both have otaku female leads with male leads that try to protect their secret hobby. In Ore no Imouto, this is carried out by the brother while in Nogizaka, it is carried out by a "guy"
Both are about a girl that is living a secret otaku life
A popular school idol hides her otaku hobbies, which a normal boy finds out. They spend most of the show hiding this secret and doing various otaku activities. Haruka has a romance element that OreImo is lacking, but they're pretty similar shows.
both lead female protagonists are otakus who must keep their obsession a secret from their family
When you cross Seto no Hanayome (minus the mermaids of course) with Ore Imo, you get exactly Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu.
Both Oreimo and Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu have the idol-like female who wields good looks, talent, and many fans. However, they have a dirty little otaku secret that is discovered by the male lead. The male lead promises to not only keep their otaku side a secret, but to support them as well. Oreimo lacks the romance aspect Haruka no Himitsu has, however.
-Both involve girls who are popular but are secretly considered otakus.
-Both involve a love relationship, although one is sibling love while the other is more of a romantic "development".
Both series adapts the theme of a young girl who is into anime despite being cute, admirable, and popular at school. She tries to keep it a secret from others besides the main protagonist in the series who knows about her hobby.
Both series' protagonists has a strange relationship but does get along well on occasions.
Both series are lighthearted that has romance, comedy, drama, and similar themes.
They are largely similar in many ways, except Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu has a romantic theme while Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai is not (or is it?), not much to say about this one, if you like one you should like the other.
• main character finds out that the heroine is an otaku.
• heroine's favorite animes look similar.(Chibi-like anime.)
• main characters go shopping in Akihabara
Similar situation of the whole otaku business. Both are funny however Nogizaka is more of a rom-com then just a comedy
The main girl is a "closet otaku", she need help of a boy for hidden her secret.
in oreimo, the main girl is "tsundere". In Nogizaka the main girl is "princess-dandere", both have a lots of Fan-service, but Nogizaka is more ecchi than fan-service.
Both female leads are trying to hide the fact that they are otaku's from the others and they end up being discovered by the main guy leads that are voiced by the same actor. Both female leads have more than enough money difference is one tsundere and the other one is shy and kind
Both series have a guy discovering a girl's secret and trying to protect that secret, while also growing closer to the girl as the story progresses. Both are predominately Romance Comedies.
Both are great rom-coms. These two have very similar atmospheres in areas of story and comedy. The main characters in both have a secret to keep and their parents are very similar. Both have plenty of anime and culture references, also SnH and NHnH both have a side of ecchiness.
In Nogizaka Haruka and Seto no hanayome the characters are very similar. The main characters have a secret between them that they want to keep to themselves. Also the main character seto and haruka both are beauties in their school The parents are very similar too, the dad is rough and the mom is very cool and collected. Both are fun to watch and they have the same comedy style. If you like seto you'll definately wanna see nogizaka haruka.
Comedy/parody shows about a girl with a secret, a loser guy sudden;y having women assault him, extremely intrusive relatives, and a few too many bath scenes.
When you cross Seto no Hanayome (minus the mermaids of course) with Ore Imo, you get exactly Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu.
• main characters find out a big secret
• main heroines are kind of dense and air headed
• main characters helps all the characters
• fathers are over protective and has power
• mothers control the fathers lol ^
They are virtually the same thing Same type of girls... same type of fathers that don't want to give their daughters and their efforts create hilarious scenes
Opening Theme"Tomadoi Bitter Tune (とまどいビターチューン)" by Miran Himemiya and Chocolate Rockers
Ending Theme"Hitosashiyubi Quiet! (ひとさしゆびクワイエット!)" by N's: Kana Ueda, Mai Goto, Rina Satou, Kaori Shimizu, Mamiko Noto
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