Synonyms: Denpateki na Kanojo
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 4, 2009 to Dec 4, 2009
Producers: Brains Base
Duration: 42 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)L represents licensing company
Score: 7.991 (scored by 22403 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
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Jun 12, 2011
In my eyes their are several reasons why i will watch an anime through and through -A. Well written story with no plot holes, B. Great Cast of characters that you really like and C. Great Director and Staff who have proven themselves before. This anime has all 3, but the biggest reason I believe this anime succeeds is the characters.
Juuzawa made this anime for me, I loved his character (then again i like delinquents and/or characters that don't give a crap) FINALLY! I MEAN FINALLY! a character in a school setting anime that isn't a pushover that does anything the girls tell him to do. Ochibana complemented Juuzawa perfectly, The reasoning for her attachment to him is a bit quaint but truth be told that doesn't matter.
Im not gonna mention parts of the story because this is a 2 episode OVA, any mentioning of the story for an OVA this short feels like a spoiler. Director Kanbe, Mamoru did a great job with this one, the voice actors match all the characters spot on, and the dark yet upbeat feel of this anime makes for a great watch.
It's a shame that an anime as good as this couldn't get a full season considering the crap that Japan spews out. I would've given it a perfect 10 but considering how short the OVA is I can only give it a 9 read more
Nov 18, 2010
Story – 7
As the title suggests, the story is about crazy girls. The protagonist, Juuzawa Juu, is a high school delinquent who gets involved in the strange happenings around him after being approached by a bizarre girl named Ochibana Ame. According to Ame, Juu was a king in his previous life and Ame, being his knight, swears her loyalty to him. Together, they attempt to find out the serial killer behind a spate of murders, which also claimed their friend’s life.
Overall, the story is pretty well-paced. There weren't any moments which I found boring or rushed. I wouldn't say the premise is very novel or creative, but the execution is good. A few twists in-between makes it more than a linear story. While it is not a really shocking development (in my opinion), it’s still a decent attempt nonetheless. Ame’s ability to correctly deduce the “criteria” of the killer did raise my eyebrow.
The second episode left a bigger impression on me than the first. After the murder case has been solved, the pair discovers a string of pranks that were happening around them. Ame, the super detective, again realizes that these pranks are more than meets the eye. The main topic in this episode is the way to obtain happiness. Does one obtain happiness by taking it away from others? This is not really a philosophical inquest but the events that follow leave you something to think about.
I like the fact that most loose ends are tied, though they never quite explain the reason behind Ame’s telepathic thoughts towards Juu. Is it really just a delusion or is it really their bonds from their previous lives as she claims? If they ever release more episodes, I hope more light can be shed on this.
Character – 8
I often grumble about the lack of meaningful development in the characters, especially for OVAs and movies due to their length. In Denpa, they did a reasonably good job in fleshing out the characters.
Juu is just your average punk who dyes his hair blond, gets into fights regularly, and acts like a bastard. He lives on his own and is bound by loneliness, as surmised by Ame. He seems to close himself off from other people, which is why he treats others rather badly and rejects the intrusion by Ame into his life violently. He does show a little sense of justice as he sets out to find the killer and slowly begin to accept Ame. A bit more emotional depth would have made him a better character though.
Ame is probably the most fascinating (and quirky) character here. She looks quite creepy most of the time with bangs covering her eyes completely. Her unwavering loyalty despite being rejected and suspected by Juu is truly remarkable. However, her dedication to her master makes her go beyond common sense. She’s like a bullet that charges straight towards her target without reservation, such as stalking Juu. To go to such great lengths based on a delusion makes her a “Denpa” girl without a doubt. Ame usually adopts a subservient attitude to Juu, but that’s not all to her. There are times where she sheds her bizarre self and behave like a normal girl. Whether she has a split personality remains a mystery to me. An unpredictable yet strangely interesting character.
I won’t comment too much about the supporting characters so as not to give out major spoilers. From girls who are sexually abused to people with twisted logic, there is no shortage of “Denpa” characters here. The character development is well-paced and the circumstances of the supporting characters are also properly explained. The characters are also realistic enough for you to empathize with them. Thumbs up for that.
Animation – 7
The animation is decent but I can’t say that I’m impressed. The backgrounds are generally well done and the subtle style provides a suitably gloomy and depressing atmosphere. The poster showing Ame holding an umbrella in the rain should give you a rough idea on what to expect. However, the designs of some characters (especially Juu) look a bit weird to me. Their motion and expressions lack a little fluidity to my liking. In some instances, the voices sound more agitated than the looks of the characters. I blame that on the art since the voice acting is pretty solid.
Sound – 8
First of all, I think the voice actors did a good job here as they are able to bring out the personalities of the characters really well. The background music is great as it complements the atmosphere perfectly. However, the instrumental pieces can get a little boring and are not really memorable.
Enjoyment – 9
Denpa is not a really ambitious attempt. Despite it being a thriller, I don’t find it intense or shocking enough. Perhaps my overexposure to this genre made my expectations a little too high. However, this doesn’t work against it as it doesn’t try to do too much. It doesn’t rely on the usual bloody, gory, or disturbing images. The characters are fairly realistic and not overblown maniacs. Denpa simply delivers what it sets out to do. Kudos to the overall direction.
Overall - 9
As you may have noticed, the scores I gave for each individual category are pretty modest even though I gave it an overall 9. While none of the story, characters, animation or art is particularly outstanding, they somehow seem to fit extremely well together in a neat package. This is probably a case of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. I think this would be a good introductory piece for those who are fairly new to this genre. Denpa teki na Kanojo is definitely worth checking out. read more
Jul 6, 2013
Art: 7/10 I absolutely love the backgrounds. The backgrounds were drawn well and were extremely detailed and physically attractive. The animations were also clearly planned and well thought. For example, in the sky in the majority of the scenes, the clouds moves slowly along like it would be in real life (yes, I've even noticed that), but in most anime, the clouds would just be static. This adds to the effects of reality. However, the character designs were a bit off to me. Sometimes, the eyes were too high and the hair & clothes were too plain and simple which contrasted with the beautiful backgrounds and pulled down the overall mark for the art (especially Juu). I would have gave the art section a 10/10 if the character art were more decent. Also, the Characters' thoughts and feelings were clearly portrayed. You can easily perceive how the character is feeling by their facial expression.
Sound: 9/10 The background music brings out the atmosphere and gives you the type of outcome you would expect in the anime. For example, you wouldn't expect fluffy fairies and recipies for cupcakes would you? Another good point is that the background music stops and enters at the correct moment. This includes when the setting is in a normal, everyday classroom and usual conversations. However, I find that the school is a bit too quiet to be a school. It's peculiar to find a school with only a few people who were actually talking. I expect a school to be much busier than that. The voice actors have also done an excellent job, the emotions, thoughts and feelings were portrayed clearly through their voices. Their voices were also neither too high pitched or too low.
Character: 10/10 The characters' personalities are realistic and can be related to people in reality. There aren't any Mary Sues/Gary Stus appearing in the anime. I can see a decent amount of thought put into character development. They're fairly realistic and not the over-exaggerated stereotypical -dere character. At first glance, it seems that Juu's personality is the only one which is properly developed. If you find that the other characters' personalities are a bit too 'plain', don't forget that the anime is mainly in Juu's perspective. It's impossible for you to see deeply into other people's personalities.
Enjoyment: 10/10 It could be just me. I personally really enjoyed this anime. I especially liked the background music(or it could be just me or the fact that I just like creepy/depressing music). In my opinion, this is amongst one of the best thriller anime I've watched so far.
Overall: 10/10 Overall, I personally believe that Denpa Teki na Kanojo is an outstanding anime for a two episode OVA. It's clearly well thought out and portrays reality. The strong points are character development and the story(and my enjoyment) read more
Oct 18, 2012
The story, in my opinion, was great. The plot was actually unique for once, like, REALLY unique. It merges horror+tragedy with highschool and romance well, but it has a bit of comedy too. Not sure how it all fits, but they work dat stuff like no other. I think if you liked anything like Mirai Nikki, you'll love this.
The art could be a little better. . . The characters DO do what they should do, but they don't like .. .have enough force in it sometimes.And when I watch anime or read manga, I like to have it drawn a certain way. . . all I can say is I don't like the drawing style very much either. However, it's not BAD, so yeah.
The sound was pretty much perfect in my ears- the talking, the aggressive voices, the screams, the little extra sounds. The soft music really gets me into the zone too.
As far as character development goes, this OVA has one of the best ones I've ever seen. . . in both anime and manga. The only thing that would beat it is Code Geass, Mirai Nikki, and and a handful of other anime/mangas. Even though theres about 90 minutes of this OVA in total, the characters are introduced in a way thats not too complicated but still gets you to know and understand the characters thoroughly.
I think it was fairly enjoyable, and anybody who likes a little romance with some horror and mystery would like this. But be prepared and bring your mature-brains when you watch this. . . *you're hearing this from a middle schooler. Ahh, how sad.* Overall, I would've given it a 9/10. I absolutely loved the story and sound, and the characters were pretty nice- however, the art was kind of the downfall for me, personally. read more
Feb 23, 2012
Rather than writing a review outlining the anime, art and its plot and characters, I would much rather steal your time in attempting to explain why the two OVA series can establish such an enjoyable two hours with so little.
Understand that first of all, the series should be considered as two OVAs that are only mildly related in terms of plot- the character relations are perhaps all that matters in contrasting the two's differences; essentially they could very well be two short movies in a series in a somewhat similar fashion to Kara no Kyoukai (which is often compared to Denpa Teki na Kanojo as a superior).
For a show released in 2009, one would expect art and music of a much more 'modernised' and smoother standard- but what I feel this anime really compels in is a strong sense of melancholy in its design. The drawings, whilst not as smooth or as colourful as those released in the same era nonetheless provide an almost noir style mood, a fitting setting for such a driven story. However, minor details in art are noticeable, which alongside with the use of various camera angles and backgrounds really allow the sickening nature of the storyline to shine. The music is almost certainly no different- though the soundtrack used is not of such a high standard, it operates fine in its role of further deepening the ambience- especially during Ame's scenes of wisdom.
The plot is best left unspoken of as much as possible, for the most part both OVAs are very strongly story driven. Understandably, it should be noted that this is not a bizarre plot where a girl that wields strange powers helps a young delinquent student- if you were to ask, perhaps the best answer available would be "the series is about sick people- and that's sick mentally." What I find most enjoyable about this show, is the twisted mystery aspect of its plot. The mystery of the cases in both OVAs respectively, but also the mystery of the relationship Ame wishes and longs for, as well as the past of both main characters. Watchers who have a fine eye for detail in the storyline aspects will find the series enjoyable at the least.
Character development I feel is indeed lacking in some respects- but this is also understandable due to the short length of both OVAs and the series in its entirety. However, this cannot simply disregard the personalities and small but nonetheless existent pasts that the characters hold. Indeed those who are more judgemental about a show and its character development will most certainly discredit this series due to such a large flaw, I personally find that though it establishes very little, it still achieves its main aim of allowing the watcher to understand the characters.
In summary, as a reviewer I would ideally like to avoid numerical ratings of anime that I watch, however I should simply note that on a personal level, due to how much I enjoyed Denpa Teki na kanojo I provided it a full 10/10. However as a critic, for this review I feel almost inclined to rate it as a 8.5/10 in its entirety. I'm expecting that this review will undoubtedly receive strong judgement from critics and anime watchers that set higher standards in what they watch- but this show nonetheless provided an exceptionally enjoyable two hours (or just under) for myself- and I can 'only' speak for myself when I say that it provides some certainly interesting and enjoyable perspectives into the subject of sanity and human emotions. Enough babbling, it's a short series- the only way for you to know yourself is to go watch!
Aug 9, 2012
I don't want to downplay the mature content and it may leave scars to younger viewers but i found it not as dark as it could have gotten, and being aimed at a mature audience the plot seemed a little bit too easy. If you are a seasoned thriller/crime viewer you will know what i mean.
But then we have the overall good presentation and sound, a nice atmosphere and just 2 hours to wrap things up. I would say it has been pulled off alright. The only thing i didn't understand was why they decided to do the two and only episodes with different stories. If they knew they only can do a small OVA why bother trying to suggest an ongoing show with returning characters? Well, i wouldn't mind this as a show, but leaving things like this might come off as fast exit, while there was really no need to rush things. The beginning was brilliant and could have been easily extended.
Overall: It's a perfect "movie" for a mild summer night. Good flow and not too heavy of a theme. Wouldn't mind to see this again. read more
Nov 6, 2012
Sep 27, 2009
Story; 8. While there remains little uncharted territory for the yandere/yangire niche of psychological thrillers, Denpa Teki reminds us that it is not always best to follow instinct. The plotting of this OVA series is properly paced, and most notable for it's M. Night Shyamalan twist at the end. And the end, on that note, is very good. Possibly one of my favorite endings in months. Although the remaining episode remains to be seen, as it stands now, I am very pleased with the story, my lone complaint being typical of a series this short anyways; characterization. While a few characters are developed well, the male lead needs to be fleshed out further.
Art; 8. The art style was unique, and not without it's faults. The landscapes are very well put together. There is a distinctly urban look, and especially in the night scenes, the landscapes are convincing and a genuine visual treat. The characters are drawn well, however I found that the style varied from character to character. There were a few shoddily done scenes, but they were quick and outside of this, mostly all other visual bases were covered. Character movement was also very fluid, which can be a huge problem in some series.
Sound; 8. Subtlety is key here, and Denpa Teki is a prime example of the advantages to sometimes having a very minimal soundtrack. The few instrumental pieces played thought are moody and fitting, and in scenes where one would expect a poorly placed, cheesy bgm reel, I am treated to sweet silence. Being able to focus on character dialogue was great, however I had to dock it a few points for the ending theme. Ack. Not good.
Character; 8. Given it's length, this isn't a very in depth area to review. The two main females are well done, and interesting. The male lead leaves a bit to be desired, however he is not terribly underdeveloped.
Enjoyment/overall; 8. For what it is, Denpa Teki is a standalone series in the realism of it's characters and setting. Though characterization becomes tricky due to it's length, the fun twist and bittersweet (though mainly sweet) ending make it something I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a solid, satisfying slice of mentally unstable girls. read more
Aug 16, 2009
The story then moves on from her following him day after day from school, but also begins to stalk him. Juuzawa finds her irritating and begins to try to get rid of her. But at the same time there have been mysterious and brutal executions of random civilians.
The story contains alot of psycological issues that people learn to face, or even break due to pressure or just sudden realisation.
The action in this anime is also rather decent, and is enjoyable to watch.
The voice acting is brilliant and the choice of actors aswell.
I enjoyed that alot and fine it interesting to watch.
I hope you do too. read more
May 3, 2012
Negative point first and it really lets the anime down and stops me giving it 10/10 and that is the art work. It is terrible and the show deserves better.
All the characters are excellent. Juu and Ame work well together despite being completely different, the bad guys are completely psychotic but the show tells you why they are the way they are so it isn't random, Ame's spunky sister Hikaru and Ame's bad ass friends Madoka and Yukihime.
Both stories are well thought out and keep you hooked from the beginning
Juu and Ame's relationship develops well over the 2 OVAs and at the end you'll probably think they have a romance more than a bond from a previous life. What makes it special is that Ame's eyes are covered for a long time by her long fringe so when we see her eyes for the first time it isn't just Juu's breath that is taken away.
To finish on a negative note: THEY SHOULD HAVE MADE MORE THAN TWO!!!! read more
Feb 8, 2013
I hope this review will not spoil the surprises found in this OVA, I will not mention any characters or events, but the psychology of the series, if you do not want to read it, please skip to "--- Psychology END ---" at the bottom.
--- Psychology ---
Denpa teki na Kanojo does an amazing job in my opinion on creating characters that can be psychologically manipulated (Namely, the antagonists.)
The character that does the manipulating- it's questionable how she does it, but with that aside - is very good at what she does, the writing is very smart.
Mainly in episode two, where the protagonist manipulates the antagonist by using the antagonist's mentality of reality as a measure to change the antagonist's perception of her own reality, instead of common law, or common sense that many shows try to force down the antagonist's throats. That was something I have not seen in a production, or at least so obviously pointed out, in such a way.
As the show points out very well, people who are psychotic, do not have common sense, or the same type of common sense that most people have (Obviously), but to understand enough one others psychology to the point of using it to manipulate, is not pointed out in productions like this very often (In my opinion).
The direction of this production helps enhance the mood of these psychotic, and psychological scenes.
To conclude, this OVA is a thriller, but much more psychological than even your average psychological thriller.
--- Psychology: End ---
It is more psychological than your average psychological thriller, and very well written. Anymore and it would be a spoiler.
The art is better than what everyone is saying it is in my opinion. It fits the production well enough. But that's not saying too much.
For and OVA, usually the production quality would be extremely high, due the amount of time they have to produce each episode.
The facial expression are good enough, and you can tell how a character is feeling when it is silent, but there could have been more detail.
I actually liked the music in the production, it enhanced the direction and cinematography. But it's not really great listening music, unless you like slightly creepy atmospheric music. Also most of the production has no music at all, which fits the show very well.
The seiyuu do a very good job on they're respective characters, and never sound like they are out of character.
The SFX were done well enough.
Now this is where it gets good. This is the reason why you should watch the show. I'll let you experience it, instead of explaining it. Besides, I have an essay talking about the character anyway at the top of this review, so anymore would be redundant.
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this show. I decided to watch it because I saw it was getting good reviews. It's very short, so I thought it would be a nice thing to watch.
I don't usually like thrillers, especially very dark ones, but this one surprised me with its psychology.
You will enjoy this show if you like psychological series.
Denpa teki na Kanojo is a very well written psychological thriller.
If you are interested, watch it whenever you can.
The pacing is great, and you never feel like you're waiting for something to happen. read more
Feb 18, 2012
Denpa Teki Na Kanojo gives you that thrill you would want in an Anime; once you think you've figured out the ending, there will be a twist that you didn't expect.
Sep 14, 2011
For those of you familiar with the term "tsundere", prepare for yet another stereotypical storyline where the spiky hardshelled teen has a difficult love life, learns the meaning of happiness, and solves crimes with his generic emo friend.
But the difference here is, that the walls that usually separate what is acceptable in a program and what is not don't exist. So the psycho rapist WILL have his way with his sister, people who deserve it WILL die and not come back again, and your heartstrings WILL be pulled at watching it.
The bottom line is, although the setup and plotlines are at times extremely predictable, it's a deeply engrossing experience. Fans of "School Days" will love this.
Jun 16, 2012
And hell I was surprised this anime is amazing.
There are 2 episodes, with two different stories who stand aside from each other (except for the characters). The first episode is about a serial killer, I have to say that it is pretty obvious who the killer is, but there is a amazing twist halfway the series. A deep emotional plot that goes back to the beginning of the anime. It is simply amazing how you can feel hatred pity and some weird enjoyment over the passing events. The first episode leaves us with a lot of philosophy questions about justice? or about the joy of killing and the emotions victims have. It is all very dark and scary but at the same time you feel closer to each and everyone in the anime. It is a weird but a wonderful experience.
The second episode is different, it's about pranks that people have to endure. They are mostly not that harmful like prank calls, stealing clothes etc. But it goes far more deeper and it becomes far more darker at the time we see the culprit. This second episode is all about happiness and it is incredible, it goes so deep that we go back to the beginning at what happiness is. There is a beautiful philosophy about happiness and I'd love to discuss it with people here some day, but I won't spoil it in here.
So if you like to discuss the philosophy of this anime after you've watched it feel free to do so :)
I liked the second episode better since even after it is all finished and explained there is yet another twist and the ending leaves us with yet another philosophy statement. Simply amazing.
All those characters we see in this anime are kinda weird, you wonder in what kind of city this man lives. But the main character is a decent guy, he is lonely yet cool, he is the kind of person who fights a lot but also thinks a lot. Well the whole guy is nice to watch. And his knight (a girl who claims to be his knight in a previous life) is adorable and yet a bit creepy. She is intelligent although we don't get to learn much about her. Witch kinda bugged me but overall this anime was amazing, it was sometimes very easy to spot the culprit etc. But they give so much more stuff to think about and there are so many twists that that isn't a weak point of the anime. But a very strong point.
I loved this small ride of 2 episodes. I wish they made more. This dark psychological approach of the story is just brilliant. And I personally love anime that make me think ones they are over.
So please enjoy this anime and watch it yourself. If you like philosophy or just a good old ''who is the culprit'' then you should watch this anime. Truly amazing.
Cheers Lucid read more
Feb 21, 2012
If this were just a show about psychopathic killers who seek some sort of a goal or redemption in killing people, I wouldn't find the aftertaste unsettling. A lot of anime like this would show you a crazy character's motivation or reasons, and somehow you'll be left with a feeling of understanding or even acceptance because you would forgive the reasons. But this anime is a slap in the face to those kind of feelings. It's not about the insanity of human nature. It's about its sanity, almost too much sanity. Sometimes reason blinds people and make them insane, but probably in the end, humans aren't rational and insane. It goes back to the basics. What does a person really want or desire? To be loved, to be forgiven, or to go berserk and kill everyone? After watching denpa teki na kanojo, I don't think it's any of that. It shows you that your feelings of understanding or thrills of seeing a true psychopath are all made-up emotions you want yourself to have. All the reasonings are what you want yourself to believe. That make believe world is what we truly want.
Or is it?
I find the aftertaste werid exactly because I want to know there is real understanding and redemption in the end. Maybe that's just another one of my make-beliefs, but I still would like to believe that (probably because I watched too many japanese anime in general). At least I would like to think that we are truly insane creatures.
Anyway, I think denpa teki na kanojo is worth watching. It's a little too short in my opinion because I still want to know more about what it has to say...or perhaps those make-believe logic of human nature will break down after too many episodes? read more
Nov 19, 2012
The story takes place with the typical guy meets girl in highschool type of setting, but takes a turn for the strange when she relays why they met. As much as he doesn't want to believe her reality he gets sucked in with mysterious and dramatic events. These events bring them closer together while also throwing them into the perceptions and deceptions of others worlds.
The art is decent and I enjoyed that they made it seem kind of dark and gloomy.
The characters were great, there was a level for each character and they played a role in some aspect or another. The character interaction as well as the build up to those characters was sufficient for you to understand why their perception of the world was the way it was.
My enjoyment was excellent. I made time to watch it all at once because I wanted to see what happened next! It left me leaving more however, and I would love to see a series come about.
Overall I enjoyed it and would suggest if you like drama, mystery, and it to be a little dark to check this one out. read more
Jan 11, 2013
I'm really upset that its only 2 OVA. This really could have prosper into a really highly watched anime. The story line and plot is very intriguing and captivating. The 2 main characters are adorable. Jun is the bad ass that every girl loves in high school. It keeps you on the edge, keeps you guessing on whats going to happen next.
If you liked higurashi no naku koro ni then you will love this mini anime. Worth watching!!
Dec 30, 2010
The plot is so convoluted. *SPOILER* The main idea is there are a bunch of crazy girls (you meet more of them as the show goes on) who believe that one can obtain happiness by destroying the happiness of others, which everybody learns in pre-school is absolutely not true and usually has the opposite effect. *END OF SPOILER*
However, they do manage do pack a lot into two 42 minute episodes and there is always something going on.
The main character is a retarded brute. The female lead has some irrational everlasting bond with the main character.
The art is decent and the sound is alright. Enjoyment was pretty low, unless you think molestation is comedy.
Feedback is appreciated. At the very least, send me a smiley face :) or something just so I know that people read reviews. read more
Sep 12, 2012
The story revolves around Juuzawa Juu, a notorious delinquent at his school. Then suddenly out of the blue, a quiet girl calls Juu out and tells him that he was a king in his previous life and she was his faithful knight.
As the story progresses a scene is shown at the end of the first episode in the OVA, indicating a memory of Juu when he was a kid. In this memory, Juu was probably in grade school. He seems to be all beaten up like he had just got out of a fight. Juu saw a girl crying in a park. Juu approaches her and pat her on the head as a sign to comfort her. He then sat next to her and pulled out a toy that is dress as a king. This strongly indicated that Ame's memories of this "Past Life" must have been caused by Juu himself when he was a boy. read more