Matsutaka Nanako is a normal university student, who happened to enroll in an Abnormal Physiology seminar. She tries to keep her mental state sound, but other abnormal classmates start to influence her personality...
Raise your hand if you had ever watched something sexually arousing but at the same time repulsive and gross. Now, put down your hand if you're thinking about scat porn. Much better..
Basically, this anime is similar to scat porn. You're disgusted by it. You're aroused by it. You're wondering why they do it. You're wondering why did you even clicked on it when there's hundreds of other videos you could use for the daily "ritual". But at the end of the day, you still can't comprehend it.
Hen Zemi redefines the word "Abnormal"
Quite a refreshing approach from all the cliches in animes you see
The story revolves around a girl, Matsutaka Nanako, who joined the "Abnormal Physiology Seminar" in her university year due to wanting to be closer to her crush, Musashi Komugi.
So my first impression was this is a psychology anime and they observe abnormal behavior by abnormal people.
Or so I thought..........
Basically, you join the seminar, if you think you're weird. Which would count as half the population on the net.
Nothing they do makes sense. Nothing they say makes sense. Just like internet trolls. With the exception the characters of Hen Zemi are actually "studying" but trolls are just "trolling"
In terms of art, this series used the "College students in the body of high-schoolers.." approach. Similar to the approached used in "Mitsudomoe" Opposite from the typical "High school girls in mature bodies" you see in a lot of modern day anime.
The anime deals with weird fetishes, sexual innuendos and a bit of word play. Characters are very distinctive in nature which leads to quite a significant impact to your memory. And when I say "quite" I actually mean you will have nightmares about them for the rest of your lives... Yes, just like scat porn...
Not safe for life....
On another note, if you're not in the targeted "Seinen" age group, then you probably wont find this anime that enjoyable. But if you think you've master the art of "Innuendos" and would like to test your skills, then you may find this anime quite humorous.
On a side note, this anime might just turn you a little bit more abnormal... or retarded... Whatever fits your bill.... Don't say I didn't warn you. But I've started sniffing my beer to see if anyone peed in it... Just in case...
Hen Zemi is a ecchi anime, the majority of the characters partaking in a variety of niche fetishes including NTR, bodily fluids and otherwise smut. In the thirteen episodes, Hen Zemi operates as one of the daily life styles seen in other series, however, the only twist is the cast of characters partaking in the college credit as a band of social misfits.
Hen Zemi appears to operate on the logic that, despite conversation ranging from a womans period to pouring the decomposed contents of a lover into themselves -- the viewer will be grossed out. I did not happen to be one of those
viewers, although I began watching due to the reviews of others, Hen Zemi attempts to further push on subjects of sexual tension, lies and exposing otherwise 'innocent' women to perverts.
As the show continues on that path, the tone becomes clearer, Hen Zemi has no real direction or statement. The show is a daily brief on a group of perverts with a few slow story arcs that resolve in two or three episodes. One of the pay-offs is the main character Matsutaka, Nanako, as the protagonist, we're going to follow her exploits during the hentai seminar until the rushed ending at an onsen. Hen Zemi dances on the cusp of a full fledged hentai series, but, the character models are too goofy, their stubby limbs and exaggerated expressions a staple of the increased 'cartoon' aspect of most anime series.
Since Hen Zemi leaves that arena for more adult themed humor, the jokes and situations feel flat. You're always waiting for the hint of a nipple slip or full penetration scenes which distracts from the mild adult humor sprinkled throughout the show. Hen Zemi started out as a good idea, adult humor and adult situations but lacked execution and any true depth to pull off the landing. If dancing on the edge of pornography is for you -- Hen Zemi might help -- if you want an adult themed sex-romp look elsewhere.
If you have seen Nazo no Kanojo X you have probably seen the debate of whether to taste someone's dribble is disgusting or not. Well Hen Zemi takes this not just a step further but A TRANSATLANTIC FLIGHT FURTHER!
The story involves Matsutaka Nanako, a nice and somewhat innocent university student, who joins an Abnormal Physiology Seminar, run by a creepy professor, which is cover for anyone interested in sexual deviancy to use their sexual deviancy for educational purposes. Can Nanako stay "normal" or become a sexual deviant or is she abnormal because she is the only one not interested in sexual deviancy, or is she?
will admit this isn't for everybody. In fact the writers seem to be enjoying how far they can go with some of the comedy which to be fair is pretty disgusting especially when it comes to bodily fluids. A fact which is shown when an event causes some of the characters to vomit.
At first Hen Zemi appears to be nothing more than a gross out comedy but scratch the surface and it is clear it asks psychological questions. For example it investigates what actually causes people to become sexual deviants, what happens if you put people in uncomfortable situations, the affect of childhood experiences on a persons personality, observations on pleasure, are people who enjoy consensual sexual deviancy in private bad people and should you find the comedy funny and why.
With the exception of Nanako the characters are odd and downright creepy. We have the masochist Miwako, Anna who has a split personality disorder, the mummy's boy Ichikawa, half British Makiko who has experienced a trauma before she was 17 which means she has subconsciously blocked out any memory before then and doesn't seem to have much of a personality, manga artist Taguchi, the disturbingly perverted Mushashi who has a fetish for women's bodily fluids and the creepy Professor Kenji. However, it is the characters weirdness that makes the series work and despite their weirdness and somewhat questionable shenanigans they are actually decent people.
The art and music are nice yet unspectacular but that this doesn't really matter as it is about the psychological questions above and the characters and what they get up to.
Considering each episode is only about 12 minutes long I have written a long review but this is because Hen Zemi actually fits a lot into a short space of time.
I short once you get past the gross comedy Hen Zemi is actually an intelligent anime.
Welcome to Hen Zemi where all that is socially unacceptable and downright disgusting or odd can be used for educational purposes. These students are tasked with coming up with reports on these subjects and experiencing them firsthand. For the most part raunchy humor, Zemi doesn't provide much else. However, if this is your cup of tea then there is bound to be one or two laughs in these 10 minute episodes.
If there is one thing that makes this a weird show it would be the characters. The projects they pick out can only be as messed up as the professor and the students doing them.
The point of view is usually told from either Matsutaka's point of view, Ichikawa's, or Anna's. Why? Well these three are the most normal. That only says so much though when your group of friends are in this seminar. The others consist of Mizukoshi the lustful beast just short of a slut, and Komugi the calm collected one who isn't afraid to pull of the most ridiculous projects. There is also a mangaka foreigner couple enrolled too. The characters are very well done for the type of target audience. As the characters make the show in a comedy, these suit the roles very well.
The activities range from Body Tables to Yaminabe. Farting in the elevator and telling everyone you did it? Getting into the mindset of a underwear theif? Developed a weird mental complex as a child? Those are the types of things Hen Seminar does. Now these are mostly the general ones, as there are plenty of times the members test out the responses of their classmates. This is especially true with the female lead Matsutaka, whom has somehow developed a crush on Komugi. As he most likely knows this, he teases her to no end by including her in many of his projects.
I'm not particularly one for raunchy humor, but I pride myself for being very open to all genres. Hen Zemi definitely could have been slightly more entertaining, but the shorter episodes prevented me from every getting actually bored. There are quite a few nice tidbits such as Anna's story that are much cleaner, but sometimes there were scenes that were so far on the other end that I gave it a 'surprise factor' entertainment. Overall Hen Zemi was pretty good although you may need time to adjust to the setting of the story. If your looking for raunchy humor I would recommend this for sure.
Questions and feedback on my review are welcome! I hope my review was helpful and happy watching!
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