Seventeen-year-old Nanaka Kirisato is a high school student serious about her studies and goals in life. She frequently criticizes her best friend, Nenji Nagihara, for being a childish delinquent who spends his time fighting other boys. Then one day, after a heated argument with Nenji, she falls off a flight of stairs and suffers a brain injury, resulting in her mind reverting to that of a six-year-old. With this in mind, Nanaka's father and Nenji must keep her injury a secret as she struggles to live a normal life and grow up all over again.
This will be a phrase you will hear often in this series, as Nanaka often tends to blurt it out whenever she is under any kind of pressure.
This title stays tried and true to the basic "memory lost" storyline you probably have seen before, however it does have a unique aspect to it. For one, Nanaka does not suffer this through the whole storyline like you would expect, nope, in fact about half way through the series she begins to slip in and out of her two different age personifies. Which is a nice touch and helps to keep the series from becoming bland!
And I do have to give kudos to the somewhat twist on the original concept that it brings to the table.The episodes don't really end on any cliffhangers, but Nanaka and the gang always seem to be doing something different in each episode. And as you would expect, Nanaka and Neji grow closer and change as the story progresses. It must be said though, that the ending to this series is just horrible! As nothing is resolved in the end, but getting there is quite entertaining!
The art style and characters are where this series really suffer from. Every character in this title just seem to scream out generic and bland, it almost brings to mind of a new company in Japan that has just started making anime. Because all the differences the charters did have, seemed to be nothing more than the obvious ways of making them look different. Oh and the backgrounds.....so boring!
The soundtrack to this series has its charm, the opening and closing theme are well done and fit the style and atmosphere to this title, though I doubt anyone will be rushing to upload it to their ipods. The voice acting too isn't that bad, while nobody ever comes off as anything more than ordinary and seem to lack veriety in the personality department, at least to ever stand out as such, they also won't annoy either. Which is always a good thing!
They are not bad, but some of their personalities may annoy some people. Six year old Nanaka, while cute and all, may start tobug you as you make your way through the series. Nenji is so lacking in the personality department, what with his more quiet nature, that he comes out more as boring than anything else. And 17 year old Nanaka? You will most likely just hate her! (she tends to be rude and want things her way) In my opinion, Amemiya is probably the most likable of the bunch, while she secretly likes Nenji, she usually puts that feeling aside in order to help both of them keep Nanaka's situation a secret from others. Nothing bad by any means, but nothing real special either.
Bottom Line: 6/10
Now despite everything I said about the characters, the anime itself is quite enjoyable and fun for a spin or two. Overall, the positives out way the negatives. If you are looking for an anime with a slight twist on a tried and true formula, then Nanaka 6/17 is worth giving a chance to!
This is a very odd show. Nanaka is a complete bitch as a 17-year-old, and yet as a little kid, she is so troublesome and odd little girl. Nenji is no better, being high strong and easy to get into fights. The story is rather cute even if it’s annoying in some places. At first, I thought it would be a real magical girl show but it seems that I was so wrong. The only thing magical girl about this show is the odd pieces every once in a while when they have a Magical Domiko pieces. I get why they have that breaking the
episode, but it doesn’t make it any less annoying.
So I have noticed in most animes (Also in many TV shows, movies, books, ext.), bump on the head results into amnesia and not complete and utter brain damage like real life. It seems there is no such thing as bad things that happen to anime characters. Just once, I want to see someone actually get hurt instead of this amnesia thing.
The animation is lack luster and sometimes even seems haphazard at best. Having said that, it feels more like a child’s show and I guess that makes it alright. The colors and animation have that childish quality that fits with the story. A lot of times we get into the mind space of Nanaka and have these strange thought bubbles that really feel creepy. I’m happy that for the most part, there is not much of a fan service vibe from it even though if there was, it would have one of every style for the fans.
Oh dear god my ears… Nanaka’s 6-year-old voice actor in the American version is so high-pitched that it’s really really hard for me to get into this. And sadly it’s part of the whole story pretty much. She is good with teen Nanaka but really, she should not be doing the little kid. And the Ay yaya thing she does is rather annoying because she does it way to often. You cannot go 5 minutes without her saying that! The voice of Satsuki Arashiyama is bad as well. I cringed a bit at how she sounded like someone who smoked a bit too much. Jinpachi, her brother isn't much better.
I first came across this little anime after finishing watching Nobody's Boy Remi on Anime News Network. I had run out of anime to watch and felt like starting on some new ones. Thankfully, Nanaka 6/17 turned out to be a fine little anime for me to watch before school started for me.
So basically it's about two kids who grow apart upon entering high school. Nanaka's the studious girl and Nenji's the delinquent. Then, they get into an argument and Nanaka gets a brain injury which causes her to suffer from 'Backwards Aging Syndrome' as I call it. She's turned
back into her 6 year old self and Nenji has to babysit her. Simple enough, right?
Yes, this is a very simple story. Nothing complicated, nothing totally bland. Just simple and easy to understand, though it does go into a strange direction in the end, but it's not anything bad. I liked how it was executed.
The animation is, like the story, simple. It's not trying to be extravagant, which is good because sometimes I see that backgrounds tend to be a tad exaggerated in anime. But unlike the story, the animation tends to get a little bland at certain points. It's nothing special, but nice enough. The soundtrack too. It's not mind-blowingly awesome, nor is it bad. It just doesn't really stand out.
The characters are what made the show for me. You'll be surprised by the changes that the main character, Nenji, goes through in order to reconcile with Nanaka and rekindle his old relationship with her. He does start out rather bland, but his development throughout the show is just amazing. He knows that he can't walk away from certain responsibilities or else his reputation might kick the bucket. Nanaka's got nice development too. She starts out as a stony-faced girl who can't think of anything better to do than study study study and not care about others. Thankfully she grows into a better person, even with her age regression, by the end of the show. The pink-haired girl, Yuriko, is definitely a change from the usual 'other girl likes the main guy who the main girl falls in love with' in most anime. Instead of being jealous and raving, she's calm and considerate and knows that although she likes Nenji and used to dislike Nanaka a little at first, she knows she can't force herself on Nenji and that Nanaka's a person who also deserves a little bit of happiness.
Of course, while there are good things about this show, there are also bad things about it. The biggest flaw of this show? I feel it's the way they make little kids TOO mature sometimes. I mean, what little 5-6 year old girl would know the meaning of the words reference and reasonable and relationship? And what little kid would want to wish to be a housewife at such a young age!? That makes absolutely NO sense at all (unless it took place in the 19th century, but that's a different matter entirely)! Little kids should be little kids and play around with dolls and toys, not do housework and hook up with a high school guy! Good thing this show didn't pull a Kodomo no Jikan. Ugh. I'd hate to see this go into that direction.
Well, even with its flaws, Nanaka 6/17 is a nice little show about childhood, nostalgia, growing up, and learning lessons in life. It's not mind blowingly awesome, but it's not bad either, and that's fine with me. But don't expect it's portrayal of little kids to be entirely realistic.
If I got a dollar for every time someone fainted unnecessarily in this show that will still not be enough money for me to watch this show again. Decent story with elements to be something great but masked behind annoying, flat characters.