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.
Watching Hen Zemi is a bit like catching your friend trying to stick a carrot in their ass. It's awkward and repulsive but you just can't turn away. This series literally opens up the pandora box of human sexuality. NTR, masochism, humiliation, voyeurism, watersports... jesus fucking christ. This series is downright creepy.
The story and premise are simple. A couple of university students join forces together on their quest for ultimate perversion as they drink piss and shove stuff into each other. That's the whole series in a sentence. Yeah, they do also eloquently talk about the philosophy of their perverted quirts but in the
end you can shorten in down to "I'd like to jerk off over your sleeping body".
Hen Zemi will definitely change your outlook on perversion. Knowledge is power my friend. This series will help you to spot a watersports enthusiast from a mile away. It will also help you to understand euphemisms better and realise that sometimes a seemingly innocent conversation is actually downright dirty (set up his tent on the other side of the river - jesus, that's a good one) .
Hen Zemi is for everyone obsessed with sex, perversion... sexual perversion and everything in between. One hell of a fucking ride... now excuse me while I take a few hits and find the nearest bar wench.
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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