Yuri Seijin Naoko-san is a crazy little piece. It's a little hard to describe, but if you're familiar with the "denpa" aesthetic, you'll get this.
There really isn't any story to be had here. Misuzu's sister left a while back and she's been replaced by a perverted alien who goes by the name of Naoko. Craziness ensues. The focus is obviously on the rapid-fire gags which will be hit or miss. There's one scene in which Misuzu dreams of her older sister which added a nice contrasting touch of nostalgia; it was very well done. Overall, it's all over the place, but that's the point.
It's very well animated. Seeing how it's only half an hour long or so, I would say watch it just for the pictures alone. It got me pumped up. The disconnected feel of the whole thing is both familiar and foreign--it's perfect for setting and motif. It's very denpa-kei.
BGM fits. OP and ED are awesome. If you like MOSAIC.WAV, watch it.
No depth. No development. Still, these characters are a pretty fun bunch and their interactions are lively.
I really liked this. It was very straightforward and it was a fun ride. Despite being little more than a half hour of gags, there's a sense of cohesion and scope. There's a sense of the ephemeral. When it isn't pounding you with excitement, it feels like you're drifting. Naoko-san can be summed up in the OP and ED. If anything, watch those.
I loved this.
It's not easy to put into words but this short movie was an experience for me.
To be clear: I only describe what I felt. It could be not intened at all by the producers.
The scores in each category are what I would give without my (probably uninteded) existance crisis in the end.
First, a short review:
It's about yuri, I guess slice of life?
There were many sexual innuendos. Some of them were funny, others maybe a bit tasteless but still fitting in the main themes.
(Often confusing - but I think that was the point.)
Looks polished, the style is unique /recognizable. I
The girls looked very fragile and adorable. Sometimes the bodies looked a bit strange though. With all the sexual stuff they said there wasn't really anything sexual to find in the art, a big contrast. This hints at innocence.
I absolutely love the ending song. Opening is good too.
I also loved to hear the voice of Naoko-san. I don't know why but the way she talks and puts accents were interesting and very nice to listen to.
Likeable and cute. Naoko-san was an interesting character.
Pretty well-written, dialogues were interesting.
It was enjoyable, I had fun.
Overall: 6 or 7 /10
I will try to explain it as best as I can:
I feel like this whole movie isn't just what it looks like. It's not about some sexual / yuri jokes or some weird alien story.
It all feels like a dream, like subconsciousness. I think it's really amazing what the show does, feeding themes while at first looking like something banal.
This is what the show hints at: human nature, the universe, sheer endless amount of time, your own tiny existence.
In detail: sex, innocent childhood, missing lost family members, thoughts buried deep in the human mind, aliens and space, future collapse of humanity, unrealism.
For me, it was on point, it hit me hard. When the ending song kicked in with this loneliness and destroyed scenery I really felt.. my existence, I felt lost in endless time; I felt like I will loose everything. It's really hard to put into words.
For this experience, which I wasn't expecting since this was my second time watching it (I didn't get it the first time), I give it a 10/10.
At this point I think I might be wrong and I am reading too much into it.
But why should I care if it wasn't intended?
It made me feel so much and that's what matters to me.
Edit: I watched it again right after the second time. It's all pretty shallow and all fun and games, confusing and with no real meaning. Until the ending song. It all comes together there. The lyrics fit with what I tried to say above.
But again, maybe I like the ending song too much. Who knows?
This little gem really is underrated, with brilliant animation from Tetsuya Takeuchi and a pretty good OP and END theme.
Story: It's basically about an alien trying to conquer the earth by yurifying it. Not much else happens this this is an ova, but if you really wanted to get the whole thing I'd definitely recommend the manga.
Art: The animation is amazing, with maximum efficiency and minimal frames, from the brilliantly talented Tetsuya Takeuchi. You probably don't know, but his animation style usually fits into that category. The art is light and colourful, maintaining quality all throughout both ova's running time.
Sound: The show has
a very retro feel to it, one that you would find on some of the old arcade machines and early 90's home consoles. Overall it's pretty enjoyable.
Character: Because this show is so short, there isn't room for much character development at all, but you get the idea that Naoko is trying yurify everything, with Misuzu disapproving of everything like a regular person would. But of course there isn't much room for character development, so once again I heavily recommend the manga.
Enjoyment: There were some pretty good moments all throughout the entire show, you'd think the entire thing would just be filled with lewd joke after lewd joke, which it is. However they are pretty funny throughout both ovas.
Overall: You can definitely tell Tetsuya Takeuchi cared about this, you can tell that he actually read the entire manga to get a feel of the characters and how they would react. And I definitely hope he gets more opportunities to show off his talent because I'd certainly watch whatever he makes.
[Note: this is a review of both episodes of this franchise]
This was quite a surprise for an OVA with only two episodes (6 min. and 28 min.)
Story-wise, there's not much that happens; in fact, the first episode sort of just drops you into the middle of everything and you don't learn any back story until the second episode, so it relies more on its comedy and bizarre surrealistic sensibilities to hold your attention, both of which are almost always on-target. It isn't technically a yuri title, but it does use that theme for a lot of its comedy, and as someone whose enjoys that
kind of humor, I got quite a few laughs out of this anime. It also has a very deadpan style of humor that doesn't need extreme character reactions to tell you that something was funny. All of the characters were really funny and also kind of endearing by the time the series was over.
With animation, however, there's a lot more going. I absolutely adored the aesthetic that this anime carried with its barely-outlined character, striking character designs, and just barely muted color palette. The animation also had an extremely fluid and free moving style, another aesthetic that I really love seeing and wish I could see in more anime.
Most of this, of course, is due to Tetsuya Takeuchi's heavy involvement with the series (director, script, storyboard, screenplay, key animation, character designs, AND animation director; plus he was also involved in End of Evangelion, R.O.D., Love Hina, and Nodame Cantabile). You can really tell that this guy has a truly unique vision and it comes through beautifully in this anime.
Oh by the way this was animated by ufotable. Yeah, THAT ufotable.
I also liked the editing style a lot as well. It's a lot slower than the norm and not even close to being as spastic as more modern comedic series, and the longer takes and fewer cuts let the bizarre comedy and surrealism shine through without being interrupted by constant cutting, which I appreciated a lot.
Music was very minimal, but when it did show up, it added the perfect touch of strangeness to an already strange environment.
Overall, this is a highly underrated gem that I definitely recommend. It only takes about 35 minutes to get through both episodes, so time commitment is a non issue. Even if it was, I'd still recommend this series, and I hope to see more from this series and from Takeuchi in the future.