Now, now, now. I've been informed that certain people think that Nazo no Kanojo is ecchi. I've also been informed that a lot of people think it's bad that it has some originality. Well, guess what? It ain't so. Not often will you find an anime which revolves around drool, and this one did a damn fine job in doing so. So, you think that people sharing drool is nasty? Well, guess what, it is. Oh, but you watched only the first episode of the anime and took upon yourself to be an arse and immediatelly toss it aside? Well, guess what, not all anime
start off great. There needs to be progress. Fluidity. And damn right I'm not gonna sit by idly while a perfectly good anime is being dissed.
Now, let me start this review right.
The storyline is about a guy. Not your generic anime guy without a personality/cowardly/insanely courageous guy, no; it's about a simple highschool boy with his unique personality. And, by a game of chance, he tastes the spit(yeah, kinda gross, but come on, you do that when kissing as well) of a new girl in class. Now, that new girl is kind of weird. She starts laughing in the middle of class without apparent reason, she's not socialising with anyone, and half her face is covered with bangs. And yet, this guy falls in love with her. And then, in time, he realises he's hit the jackpot. Now, her personality has been presented extraordingly. She's unorthodox, and mysterious, and I think that this anime will need a season 2 in order to fully explain her backstory. Now, let me move on from the characters.
The storyline progresses pretty slowly, as it should with highschoolers, but not slow enough to make you bored. It's reasonably paced and will make you anxious in about what'll happen in the next episode. I think they were low on budget, so they couldn't make more episodes, but if there were more, I'm damn sure they would be even more awesome.
The animation reminded me of old style. I'm talking before 2000 animation here, and it invokes a wonderful feeling of nostalgy and familiarity. Not too much fanservice in my oppinion, just the right mix. Didn't register many flaws in it, really.
Now, the music. It's WONDERFUL. Track 04 from the anime, dream, is composed to reflect the mystique and the weird nature of Urabe (female protagonist). Not too thrilled about op and ed though, but thye're not bad. The songs playing during certain scenes in the anime are exceptionally fitting and they don't get boring quickly.
And, finally, my overall and my grade.
Overall, this is an unorthodox anime, with an original storyline and plot, and damn right it shouldn't be cast aside for trying something new. It has almost no mistakes/errors and it's pretty well made. It's one of the better romances I watched, and it differs from all others with it's unique way of presenting and developing the feelings of the characters; and that's why, this anime will make it in my top 5, along with GITS, NGE, Bakemonogatari and Toradora.
My overall grade is 9, and I reccomend everyone to watch this anime, and not to give up in the first episode.
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It is safe to say that the core concept of which this anime is built on, the saliva mind meld, is pretty obscure, if not totally weird. However, although Nazo no Kanojo X goes to the absolute extremes of weirdness in some areas, it is perhaps the single most realistic in others.
So I'm not going to talk about the drool, that may be what drew me to Nazo no Kanojo X initially, but it is not what kept me watching, it is not the part that I love about this anime.
Most romance anime, especially school-based romance, are ludicrously unrealistic. We see the tsundere girl, the
weak, whingey guy. We see the noble, unfaltering cool guy and the submissive girl. Characters that are, for all intents and purposes, completely rooted in fiction.
Worse yet, we're often presented with a female character that has absolutely no control over her sexual urges, once the MC breaks down a few walls. We are given characters who are offensive to men, offensive to women and completely unrealistic.
Because of this, we are often presented with a type of romance which can only exist in the anime world. A type of romance that, if we were to try to emulate in real life, would end in utter catastrophe. This is where Nazo no Kanojo X surpasses all others and stands up as the pinnacle of anime romance, in my book. The utter realism that it shows us.
I see a lot of myself, or perhaps my former self, in Tsubaki. Everything he does, I can remember myself doing at-least once in a previous relationship. From flirting with an ex-crush, to not wanting others to see her after a new haircut, wanting her all to myself.
Tsubaki is a good reflection of most of the 'regular guys' in their first relationships. We, who watch anime and may not be the best at sports. We might not be the top of our class, but we know a thing or two. The regular guy.
He is a cacophony of contradictions. He has an inferiority complex, but believes he can get better. He is needy, but sometimes wants space away from Urabe. He is proud of his girlfriend, but in some ways ashamed. Love doesn't make sense, love is rife with contradictions and Tsubaki represents them perfectly.
He is almost like a mirror of myself, back in the day but, hopefully, not anymore. Don't get me wrong, he is very likable. He is not the whingey MC we're used to, he's not the asshole, he's not clueless. But that doesn't mean I necessarily want to be him.
Now we see Urabe. Beautiful, shy, strange, kind, strong, talented, awkward, uncomfortable. There are so many words to describe Urabe, but submissive and reliant aren't some of them.
She represents the real girl. She gets sad when Tsubaki hurts her, very sad. But she doesn't get on her knees and beg. She gets turned on by Tsubaki, sure. But she isn't taken aback by sexual emotions, emotions which take complete control of her mind and body.
She's not quite an open book, but she's not mean - she's very kind. She's not submissive, dependent or a tsundere. She doesn't represent any of the offensive female characters we see in most romance anime. She is real.
And best yet, although there are other love interests - there is no ridiculously unrealistic harem.
I'm not a girl, so I don't know what this anime gives them. But if you're a single guy wanting to know what real first relationships are like, watch this anime. If you're a needy, dependent, possessive guy in a relationship and want to see a reflection of all of your negative aspects; watch this anime. I wholeheartedly believe that Nazo no Kanojo X can teach you about love, about real love. An aspect which most romance anime fall completely flat on.
Ah yes. Mysterious Girlfriend X. When I heard that the manga was getting an anime adaption, I looked forward to seeing other people's reactions to the synopsis almost as much as the show itself. Perhaps a fair few WTFs amongst viewers who've never read the manga?
The story is simple. Boy encounters transfer girl. Boy deliberately tastes girl's drool on a desk. Boy falls in love with girl after that. Um, yeah.
The drool. If there's anything in this series that would turn off those who watch it, it'll obviously be the various saliva-swapping scenes. Personally, I don't think it's that bad. If it helps, think
of it as an inevitable aspect of French kissing except without any lips touching. Nor tongues. Nor sensation. Well maybe sensation, in the form of the recipient of the drool experiencing the other's mood or feelings. Perhaps not as romantic though. But it's mostly down to individual tolerance levels for the things you find okay in anime; the same with fanservice, blood and gore, hentai, etc.
The series closely explores the slow-building but charming relationship between the main characters, inside and outside of high school. It's quite different to the romances found in other anime. After all, who shows affection by ripping up a photo of a previous crush as opposed to holding hands or kissing to start a relationship? And that's just one of many examples. Although it rarely feels out of place, there is some ecchi and fanservice present.
Saying that Mikoto Urabe is weird would be a huge understatement. At times in her relationship she just seems like a normal shy and compassionate girl underneath a cold demeanour, but her hobbies and certain superhuman abilities makes her more than that. She's a compelling character to watch however, and her various quirks (Fits of laughter? Scissors?!) are what makes the anime so addictive, along with her bond to Akira Tsubaki. Tsubaki is a relatively normal character, despite his attraction to Urabe's drool, and it's fun to see him cope with being the boyfriend of such a strange person and the requirements that come with the role; romancing Urabe is much harder than he thinks. The anime mainly focuses on the odd couple so important side characters are limited, but two of their classmates, Kouhei Ueno and Ayuko Oka, provide some extra entertainment; the playful and wild Oka has a particularly big influence in how the relationship develops between Urabe and Tsubaki.
The art style of Mysterious Girlfriend X is excellent and rather interesting. It goes for an older style of animation, and reminds me of anime that were made a decade or two ago, back when clichés were still original ideas. Backgrounds are also quite nice, especially parts of the school like the classroom and gardens as well as the surrounding town. However, I'm still undecided as to whether I like the character models retained from the manga, which are sharp and detailed but make the 17-year old students look like they're in middle school rather than high school.
The series makes use of a variety of background music that is sombre and mysterious, but also some which makes you think of a circus, and this works well with Urabe's character and the strangeness of the show itself. A few soothing melodies are thrown into the mix too. The OP is a catchy and upbeat song that fits with the high school setting, while the ED is also good and has a nice tune. The voice acting is decent all around; the voice actress for the role of Urabe is a newcomer but she's done an especially good job.
Overall Mysterious Girlfriend X, or Nazo no Kanojo X, is about a bizarre high school romance with unique additions in the form of drool with multiple and mysterious effects, excessive nose-bleeding and a very weird yet enjoyable character in Mikoto Urabe. This anime is sure to captivate some viewers while alienating others but like the manga, it does what it sets out to do with a passing grade. And that is to provide us with an entry in the genre that feels fun and more than just a little different. Assuming it doesn't make its audience sick to the stomach first.
I watched one episode last night and ended up burning a sickie from work to finish it off today... I found this series by clicking through recommendations starting from 'Kimi ni Todoke', how I arrived here I don't recall, but thank goodness I did.
I don't think I've come across anything as unique as this. The story line was out of this world but not so far out that it is unwatchable.
The art was a plus for me, it was clean and easy to look at. The characters are very well designed. It was only 13 episodes, but I felt like I really got to
know them well.
The soundtrack was very well thought out and really added to the experience of watching the story develop.
I'm almost tempted to hit up the manga to see if it goes any further. I was left wanting more.
Definitely not a waste of my time. Give it a go. If you get through episode one, you will shoot through the next 12 very quickly.
"Upon discovering the existence of sex, every boy wonders one thing. They wonder what kind of girl they'll be with for their first time."
TL;DR: boy meets girl, hen things happen, no general romantic shit.
The series starts very cliched. We have The Ordinary High School Student, we have The Ordinary New Transfer Student... or not that Ordinary? Yepp, new girl looks weirdo, do weirdo things, drooling as hell and, in nearly everything, isn't usual high school girl, filled with shyness and taboos. That's cool, if you gonna ask me. Main Hero aka Akira-kun despite being at top of his sexual maturation is all round nice guy,
not pervert, not bookworm etc. Perfect character to project with yourself. Also, this is goin' to be very unusual romantic anime, just because it's targeted on boys and ant the same time it's not Yet Another Harem. There is also one feature, makes this title so special, but I'm not gonna spoil it. So for the story 8pts and 9pts for the girl (she's really mysterious, lol).
It's also 8pts for the art. It's quite oldschool, but not that dried mammoth shit like in parallel Ozuma. It have that 90-s flava. So if you're not scred of that, you'll like it. I'm glad to see so different art styles presented today at TV-anime market. 8pts.
Sound. Is. Quite. Amazing. Especially for the last scene of the first episode. It's some parade music with trumpets and stuff. Really brings feelings of craziness, madness and only God knows what else. 9pts.
Enjoyment. That's very undebatable part since it's quite personal. 10pts. I'm gonna reccomend it to anyone. It's worth it.
Overall 9pts after 1st episode. That's gonna be one of the very few sweets this season.
Have you ever found an anime that "SALIVA" or "DROOL" is become a proof to the bonds of love? if you're havent, then maybe you could try Nazo no Kanojo X.
Nazo no Kanojo or Mysterious Girlfriend in english is not your typical comedy - romance anime, why? First of all, if you're an easy people to puke because of something weird then maybe this anime is not for you, since this anime will have SO MANY scenes that will make several people go puke. like i said before, your first impression while watching this anime is DROOL, yeah, i am not kidding. but dont take
this drool is something that revolting, but take it as the PROOF of the couple's bond.
The story began with Tsubaki Akira, our normal main character that unexpectedly meet with a weird girl, i mean REALLY weird. that girl was Urabe Mikoto. she was transfered into Tsubaki's school, she is known as the weirdo because yeah... she is weird in many ways. Later, in afternoon after school, Tsubaki found Urabe in classroom and still sleep. without any ecchi or dirty minds Tsubaki wakes Mikoto, after Mikoto leaves he found a pool of DROOL in her table. And surprisingly, Mikoto without any particular reason lick the drool. A few days later he become sick and Mikoto comes to his house and cure him with a weird ways, and after that again, he date with her.
This anime story is very unique or maybe the uniquest one that i've ever watched in another rom-com series. Maybe you will think this anime will about lovey dovey, that they will kissing, flirting, or maybe make out. if you think that way, then you're VERY WRONG. what makes this story interesting is Urabe Mikoto, she is not your normal-type-moe girl. I am not gonna spoil it on how weird this girl was. anyway, The execution of this anime in the storyplot os really good. i mean, at the way they end each episode was really amazing. Usually they put some cute and heartwarming scenes in the end of each episodes. and with this strategy, they really attract (especially me) the viewer to keep watching this.
Sometimes, this anime maybe will make you bored if you're not into a romance story. Since this anime is more focussing on the way how they develops their drool-lationship and moreover, this is not-your-all-anime since some of people will probably said disgusting with "droll" as the main themes. But however they said, i still found this anime is romantic and pretty enjoyable.
The first thing that will comes to my mind while trying this anime is 90s. I guess several people will saying the same things since this anime art was like the anime from 90s. Small eyes, the contour of the hairstyle, and even the character design Its kinda rare to see this kind of art especially in nowdays, while other anime are trying to improve their art (like SHAFT's anime which have an amazing art) but this anime take a risk to use an old style, but does it bad? No! its really suitable with the story itself and moreover, its like they're bringing you back to the 90s, nostalgic. When i thought this art will irritate me with their old style,but it didnt happen and surprisingly i really fell in love with it.
The background is pretty much increasing the atmosphere of romance feels. like when in the afternoon, the sunset is pretty beautiful and when it adds with romance scenes, it feels like the scenes is getting more romantic. The coloring in this anime are also pretty colorful and bright. They really representing the mood in the anime.
From the sound section, there was nothing special in this. though The OP and the ED wasnt so bad, in fact it was really good, when i hear the OP and the ED, the feel of 90s really exquisite, especially the OP "Koi no Orchestra" by Ayako Yoshitani which is also voicing Urabe in this anime. Piano and violin is really dominant in this song. The song itself is really catchy and easy listening and moreover its really suitable with the anime which is focussing on the romance thing. For the seiyuu, they have done well with their roles. Especially for Yoshitani Ayaka. she hasnt voicing any anime characters beside Urabe but surprisingly she is good and really suits with the Urabe personality.
The last, Character. The focus on this anime was between the couples, Urabe Mikoto and Tsubaki Akira. since this anime was focussing on these, the character development between two of them is really touching, there was sadness, happiness, jealous, and anything like that, furthermore In my opinion this one is what makes this anime is so appealing, i cant deny that i have fallen in love with Mikoto, you can said she is weird but sometimes she shows her cute side (Until now i dont know what kind of dere she is, i think this one is a new dere type). and for Tsubaki, none to much to say for this boy, he is kind and easy to nervous around the girls. but of course he wont be a main character if he doesnt have any special nature, and for him is loyalty.
Well, many people said this anime was weird and feel so old, i dont deny if many people saying that. but i am sure what they said are cannot be accounted, since i am sure they havent see the whole episodes. and for those who are saying that, boy you have missed an amazing unique romance anime. Giving it a 8 because this anime is not especially for all, but for me, this anime is pretty much enjoyable and really fun ride to watch.
Anyways, If you're looking for something special and bored with usual romance anime, then this anime is for you.
This is a review I've been planning to write for a long time. I've been putting it off in part because reviews like this are by FAR the hardest to write. Here is what I mean. The easiest reviews to write are bashing bad anime that absolutely nobody cares about. They get quick and easy laughs from readers. Nobody gets angry or offended. You can just say whatever you want with no fear of the consequences.
The second easiest to write are gushing praise onto a universally beloved classic. Have you ever seen an "Anime everyday" review? I'm not trying to be mean, I'm totally
serious. All you must do is repeat the same praises that other people have said countless times before and suddenly most people will think you are a deep thinker and sophisticated intellectual. I could go on IMDB and copy/paste pieces of essays written about Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal and come across as brilliant without ever putting an ounce of effort or thought into the review.
The 3rd most difficult type of review is bashing a series that is well loved. This can be a bit tricky and requires some thought, but it's still workable if you know how. The most common tactic would be to acknowledge the things the series does well, but also point out its flaws and basically say "maybe this series isn't quite as good as people are saying".
The absolute hardest type of review is defending and praising a series that is widely disliked. Since few people will dare to do this, you can't rely on the words and arguments of others. You are on your own. Even if your words are elegant and your defense is Johnny Cochran worthy, it is slamming hard against your reader's preconceived notions. This means you will likely get a lot of bashing and "thumbs down" regardless. Defending an unpopular series is a Pyrrhic victory. No massively popular anime critic I can think of made their fame and popularity by commonly defending series that are widely loathed. Despite knowing this, I'm writing this review anyways. Now as the great poet Pushkin wrote in his poem Wagon of Life, "Let's get going for Fuck's sake!"
Mysterious Girlfriend X is essentially the story of a quirky romance between 2 extremely socially awkward youths. So…this will be like Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom? Nope. This is a series featuring psychic saliva that creates a mental and physical link between those who share it. Basically, think Alexander Dumas’ short story The Corsican Brothers only gross. This is a WEIRD anime, but if you give it a chance it is surprisingly pretty good!
Plot and characters:
The story takes place in a highschool, as romance anime tend to do. Our hero is a guy named Akira Tsubaki. Akira is a lonely and withdrawn boy who lives with his father and older sister since his mother died when he was young. Akira has never had a girlfriend before, but is intrigued by an odd transfer student who is even more introverted than he is. This girl is named Urabe and she is…odd. She sleeps through most of her classes and quickly becomes a social pariah through her bizarre behavior. Her hobby is making art with scissors, which she has learned to use with superhuman speed and accuracy. One day after school, Akira notices that Urabe left a large puddle of drool on her desk and decides to taste a sample of it because he had never kissed a girl. Soon he develops a fever and starts having unusual dreams. It turns out that Urabe is psychic and can transfer her emotions and feelings through her bodily fluids. This link is also physical and causes any pain or injury inflicted on one to affect the other. Urabe quickly senses that someone must have tasted her drool and figures out it was Akira. She tells him that he will go through painful withdrawal unless he tastes a sample of her saliva every day. Now these 2 oddballs must learn to form a relationship and adjust to their new psychic link. The relationship between Urabe and Akira is also contrasted against the far more normal relationship between Akira’s only friend named Kouhei and his girlfriend Oka.
Most romance anime rely on tired gags and a strict formula. The boy will accidentally see the girl naked or feel her up, then she will yell at him and punch him. BAKA! The next minute, the fight is over and the relationship is back to normal. Mysterious Girlfriend X manages to entirely avoid this. Not only is there a noticeable absence of bad romance anime gags and clichés, but just when you think you know where the series is going it completely surprises you. What is astounding is that it actually feels like a realistic relationship despite the whole psychic drool thing. I’m serious! Akira wants them to be public with their romance, but Urabe is shy about it. Akira wants to advance their physical relationship faster than Urabe is comfortable with, so this leads to a believable quarrel and gradual compromise. The relationship between Urabe and Akira has ups and downs like any real relationship, but grows stronger as both realize what it means to be in a long term romance and how they must now always consider their partner’s desires, hopes, and feelings. Romance anime typically either move WAY too slow to keep a status quo, or they move far too fast and characters are having sex 5 minutes after meeting. Mysterious Girlfriend X has a gradual and satisfying romance that feels more organic.
The final element that makes Mysterious Girlfriend a quality romance anime is the characters. Urabe is indeed highly unusual, but besides the whole psychic powers thing feels like a person you could meet in real life. She doesn’t really fit into an anime archetype of “Tsundere” or “Yandare”. Instead she seems to exhibit traits you would expect from someone with Aspergers or “Autistic tendencies”. She is extremely aloof, anti-social, dislikes physical contact, and has a very hard time making friends. She doesn’t understand social norms and has gotten to the point where she has stopped caring. However, she is warm and caring to the few people close to her. She has a good heart, but has a hard time relating to other people and forming meaningful bonds. Akira like many romance lead is the clumsy and awkward male virgin. However, he is far more realistic and relatable than most. Akira doesn’t put up with comedic abuse. He actually wants to get more physically intimate and is understandably frustrated by Urabe’s extreme reluctance. He isn’t an abusive asshole who forces himself on Urabe, but he also isn’t a stepping stone or whipping boy. He’s a fairly realistic teenager going through his first serious relationship.
Very solid opening and closing. Most of the soundtrack is quite good and really fits the atmosphere… then there is Urabe’s theme. WTF were they thinking?! The track is called “Dream” and I think they were attempting to instill a sense of mystery and awe. Instead we got creepy, sinister, circus music. Why? Just why?!
Here is Urabe’s Leitmotif: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5YRokOjrdY
Here is the theme to the shitty IT miniseries from 1990: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DC4zgfVj-K4
Basically the same shit. If anything, Urabe’s theme is creepier.
Now since this is a series with a WEIRD premise it needed to find an animation studio that gives zero fucks and is willing to draw some weird shit. Unfortunately, that means it really had only a couple choices: Studio ARMS or Hoods Entertainment. Ultimately, they went with Hoods, who is best known for the brother/sister fucking hentai Aki no Sora and breastfeeding stupidity that is Seikon no Qwasar. Hoods is…not exactly known as a maker of quality titles and this really hurts the perception of Mysterious Girlfriend X . Basically the same way that being an ARMS title hurts Elfen Lied or Kurosawa’s Runaway Train was completely overlooked or slammed because Cannon Films produced it. While most of the art and animation is fine, I do have one gripe. We are told over and over again that we are looking at “drool” or “saliva” but it is far too thick, viscous, and green. Hoods decided to draw phlegm or a “loogie”, which makes the series WAY grosser than it needed to be. This choice is a self-inflicted injury that wasn’t present in the manga and serves only to repel most viewers away. God damn it Hoods Entertainment!
Mysterious Girlfriend X is not a perfect series, but it is still heavily underrated and gets way more shit than it deserves. This is the only anime I’ve ever seen where the back of the DVD cover for the English release actually bashes it. The entire back cover is basically “LOL, can you BELIEVE this stupid shit!” I live by a used DVD store and I’ve purchased a LOT of shitty anime to watch with friends. Here are some anime I own with only positive comments on the DVD cover: Mad Bull 34, Plastic Little, Garzey’s Wing, Kite, Legend of Lemnear, and even fucking Dark Cat!
The tragedy in this is that many highly talented people worked on Mysterious Girlfriend X and actually put effort into it. There is a legitimately good anime buried underneath the thin outer layer of mucus and scorn. The series director is Ayumu Watanabe, who also directed Space Brothers. You know, one of the highest rated series on all of MAL. The series writer is Hitomi Mieno, who also wrote Arakawa Under the Bridge and of course Gintama. The guy that did the storyboard is the same guy that did the storyboards for Shinsekai Yori , parts of One Piece, and Penguindrum. I highly recommend checking out this series if you are looking for underrated, buried treasure.
I did not drop this in hopes to find some answers in the story line but that failed to exist. If you are waiting for something to happen, nothing will. Slow to no character development and the art was 'meh'. Some may find it cute or disgusting because of the extensive use of spit but the saliva itself is the only substance this story had.
This show is unique to say the least. I was expecting something f**ked up and weird, but I must admit I was expecting something more on the comedy side for some reason. Not that I dislike how f**ked up and serious this show actually is, I actually think I love it even more that way. I was expecting some crazy ecchi with just some original characters, but it doesn’t look anyway like that at all.
The first thing that caught my attention with this anime is how old the animations looked. It had this grainy and low definition look to it, It was kind of a
minor disappointment. But at the same time, the animation and style reminded me of some other special show like Paprika or Serial Experiment Lain, so it did add to the seinen and dreamy style of the anime.
The second thing that caught my attention was this artistic and seinen way to present the story. There is this weird atmosphere in the show, were it looks like everything is just a little bit too normal to be real. There is this calm and constant feeling that everything you are watching at the moment is important. Because every dialogue and actions are so slow, we can really appreciate the feelings behind them.
Next thing that caught my attention was obviously the characters. They are unique to say the least. While Urabe is quite rapidly labelled as a weirdo, I don’t think Tsubaki is any better. Who in their right mind would taste the saliva of someone else on a whim like that? No wonder he got sick in the first place, even if it was not love sickness. But let us return to our characters, Tsubaki might look like a regular guy, but he has some pretty weird and colorful dreams, not only that, he fell in love at first sight with a girl whose face looked retarded and she had drool on her cheek while looking at him with a confused look. I think Urabe isn’t the only one who has some mental issues.
But talking of the mysterious girlfriend in question, Urabe is a lost cause, she hear voices while she sleeps in class and proceed to laugh her ass off and roll on the floor laughing. She is so antisocial that even when everyone tried to talk to her and be compassionate towards her, she still managed to avoid all the attention and stay lonely at her desk. She spent her time sleeping during lunch break, so I wonder if that girl ever actually eat and while it was only revealed in the preview for next episode, we also know that she carries around scissor in her panties to cut paper. If anything, this girl sure has a personality of her own.
Overall, I am positively surprised and impressed by this show, I was not expecting something so mysterious and serious from characters that are that special. I will most definitively watch this show and cover it. I think it might fit exactly in the kind of show I love and dream of.
Mysterious Girlfriend X. What hooked me to watch this was, of course, the drool tasting. This series made me more open-minded to watch romance-ecchi, since this was ecchi but has a good storyline.
What makes this anime different from others is its uniqueness. Drool as bond is not something a couple usually has, and drool tasting is something you can't see everyday. Now, on to the details.
This review may contain spoilers.
Honestly, after seeing "ecchi" in the tags, I thought this anime was about sex, but man I was wrong. The story is surprisingly really good. It's not based on sex, though you can sometimes see
Akira loosing control, since he's in puberty and he has a girlfriend. The story is about how Akira, live his lovelife with his mysterious girlfriend, Urabe. Urabe's not your ordinary girlfriend. In fact, she's one of the weirdest girls I've seen in anime. But the plot is solid. There are scenes that made me emotional, laugh, and surprised.
The first episode, I thought that the art sucked, but in the long run I realized that the art contributed to the uniqueness of the anime. It's kind of an old-style looking anime, comparable to Ranma 1/2 or Dragonball Z, but there were looks that I really liked. I liked how the following characters were drawn:
Oka, Urabe (with her other hairstyle), and Youko.
This rating might be a bit biased, since I'm a sucker to Violin, Cello, and Piano music. The producers did a pretty good job in providing background music, since the BGM matches the atmosphere of a particular scene.
My expectations were met (and blown away) by Urabe's character. Since the title of this anime was "Mysterious Girlfriend X", I really expected that the female protagonist should be weird, and Urabe's character was right on the money. Other characters like Oka, Ueno, and Akira portrayed the "high-school student" role very well, especially when it comes to love and dating.
I really, really enjoyed this anime. The drool thing was very amusing. Made me laughed a lot. This series also made me think and reflect deeply on situations related to love and dating since I never thought of drool to become a couple's bond.
Mysterious Girlfriend X really reached my "must-watch list". I enjoyed this series a lot. I recommend this to anyone, especially those who just started dating.
Mysterious Girlfriend X is a show that’s pretty icky. There’s no getting around it. As a viewer, one always has options, one can always make decisions. So, if you’re planning on watching this show, you have to get past the hurdle that is the synopsis of this show. A high school student one day discovers the new transfer student asleep at her desk after school. After she hurriedly leaves, he sees a small pool of her drool on the desk, and for some unfathomable reason, he puts his finger in said drool, and takes this finger into his mouth. He licks her drool.
Without getting into
the other bizarre things about this anime (the main character’s proclivity for randomly laughing, the scissors she keeps in her panties, etc.), the drool issue is the most major one to contend with. Part of this piece will be about hopefully putting “the drool issue” into a larger context regarding what this show’s actually doing. It’s fairly obvious that the show is on some level about how love, at one point or another, must lead to intimacy. The protagonists of our show, because they’re weird, don’t take the usual path in these matters. They’re inching toward intimacy, but they do it in their own particular way. Mysterious Girlfriend X, in its own weird way, celebrates the time of our lives where we groped and felt around and decided what worked and didn’t work for us, what felt right; it’s a show about our sexual exploration, and how it’s a necessary aspect of relationships.
After Tsubaki, our male protagonist, tastes Urabe’s drool, he just knows he has to be with her. It’s not a question of psychology or of motivation; his body dictates it. After not tasting her drool for a couple of weeks, he’s actually bedridden and sick. It’s only after Urabe shows up and gives him her drool that he recovers. So he asks her out. She says yes. The reason behind this is simple – he had a reaction to her drool, and to her that means he’s special. Every day after school, in order to stave off sickness, Urabe sticks a finger in her mouth and lets Tsubaki suck on it for a bit. It’s a moment of an awkward physical intimacy; and, I think, an undeniably erotic moment for both of them. Later on, we find out that Urabe’s drool can also serve as a communication tool (Urabe can find out about Tsubaki’s dreams and they can even find out what the other is feeling because of it). This daily ritual is no different than kissing before saying goodbye.
I think if the drool itself were animated in a more tasteful way there wouldn’t be as much resistance to this show. Hoods Entertainment, the company who made it, do the series no favors when they choose to animate the drool, as being not at all dissimilar to other bodily fluids. The drool lingers, drips from fingers, forms puddles; in the op, it even splashes like we’re suddenly in a hentai or something. It’s distracting. In Mysterious Girlfriend X, the exchange of drool comes to represent other possible exchanges of bodily fluids. The act is both literal and metaphorical. This is really what we are talking about, isn’t it?
Tsubaki and Urabe both understand where their relationship will end up. Every time they exchange drool, they come to realize the fact of it. This is where we’re heading, this is what’s going to happen. But many of the 13 episodes are about the slow crawl toward that goal (in this series, that goal is unfulfilled). One episode finds Urabe going over to visit Tsubaki wearing nothing but a coat, because apparently this is a normal remedy for the common cold. Like Junko Nakano’s Chisa x Pon (though nowhere near as explicit), the series maps out how over time, they become more comfortable with each other. Whereas in the first few episodes, Urabe almost kills Tsubaki when he tries to hug her; near the end, it’s Urabe who demands that she be hugged. There’s even a moment later on where in a fit of blind passion, Tsubaki licks Urabe’s ear, and she’s completely overwhelmed by the sensation. Although this sense of experimentation and play is lighthearted in the show, I believe the show takes absolutely serious the drives of the main characters. Tsubaki has nightly dreams about Urabe where they dance in some strange circus-like town (not hard to understand what’s happening there), and Urabe herself often finds herself blushing and testing her own limits regarding what she’ll do (one episode finds her stripping completely down and letting Tsubaki lick her drool while his eyes are closed). The way they approach the issue is unorthodox, sure, but everyone’s different. The show even provides a foil couple to accentuate how different they are.
Although the show is relatively straightforward in its depiction of teenage confusion, hormones and love, there’s one really interesting strand that I haven’t mentioned. Tsubaki and his friend, Ueno, both get girlfriends during the show, but they insist on keeping this a secret. Whereas in other shows, there’d usually be a scene where everyone whispers about the new couple, in this show our main characters never acknowledge their girlfriends in any special way while they’re at school. While I don’t think this is done for any real reason by the characters, it betrays an uneasiness about their own sexual development. I couldn’t help thinking that they were hiding their relationships because it meant that they were growing up, that they were embarrassed by their sexual curiosity/progress/etc. And, yeah, it’s completely embarrassing. During this time in their lives, we have no idea what we’re doing. Tsubake and Urabe may understand the mechanics of where this is all going, but it doesn’t mean that they have any idea of what it means, of what it looks like, of what it feels like; and not knowing, looking foolish while you figure out, is completely embarrassing. It’s easier to pretend you don’t have a girlfriend, because then you can keep that side of yourself completely separate from people’s image of you. The only one who can see you at your most vulnerable, most ridiculous, state is your Mysterious Girlfriend; and only she knows how much her drool turns you on.
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Nazo no Kanojo X
This anime is a little bit tricky, while at first you're like WTF? is he/she really doing that? and by that i mean they interchange saliva but then you will be thinking that that's romantic for some reason lol and end up liking a lot this anime.
The story at first is really weird, but it starts to grow on you in every episode and you want to know more about this weird relationship between Mikoto Urabe and Akira Tsubaki and how is it that just with saliva they feel what the other feels, you don't get to exactly know the reason but
it's very good and worth following.
Art & Animation
A very good art style, it has a mysterious feeling and sometimes you feel this is really unique.
The sound on this was great, it was constant, and sometimes a cirquesque feeling on some scenes, i really liked a lot that and the voice acting was great it was believable, the two MC were really amazing to hear.
The characters on this one are special, i have never seen a character like Urabe, i really liked her a lot, i wanted to know more about her and she even was adorable (for me) she was really something special but she really was mysterious and you will not know much about her and i wanted to know more, Tsubaki reminded me of Kosuda from B Gata H Kei, because they were normal, like if they didn't have something special but they are still good characters.
I never knew i would like this a lot, but it was very enjoyable, you could watch it over and over again and never get tired of this, the only thing that i wanted was a 2nd season because there wasn't much romance, even though they have their own way they never showed that clearly and because of how it ended, i didn't give it a 9, but it's 8.5 close to a 9.
I can't even express this in words. It's just completely pathetic. I Couldn't even finish the first episode, it was do bad. The art was poorly done. The choice of main character is unbearable. The Sound is quite decent. But the story, how every damn thing falls in to place ; Specifically the whole ,"Oh she's gone, Oh she left some drool, Oh maybe I should taste it." I don't know if it's just the type of anime meant for people who tend to be attracted towards a drool tasting fetish, but I utterly find this as an anime as dreadful as possible. I give
it a 2/10.
If you've got this far, you know the show's synopsis. Your standard anime transfer student doesn't quite fit in, as expected, but due to a series of events ranging from ordinary to a bit weird, the show's main character ends up falling for the weird transfer student. All this made possible due to the strange effect her drool has on him, creating a bond between the two that makes him physically ill if he goes without it.
While this may not sound all that interesting, and perhaps down right gross with the drool aspect, Mysterious Girlfriend X stands out as one of the most unique and
charming romance anime's I have ever seen.
I'm not going to beat around the bush - the drool part is a bit disgusting to begin with, even if it's generally limited to licking it off fingers. The first episode serves to set up the circumstances and plot of the rest of the show, and while it's mildly intriguing to begin with, it's not until the end of the episode that you get the first glimpse of the more honest approach the show takes with young and/or first loves.
This is the first hint that MGX is going to be different from most other Anime. Love and relationships with teens is usually dealt with in love triangles and harems/reverse harems, with the entire show mostly having unresolved sexual tension for either Japanese cultural reasons or just because it's the done thing. A lot of these and other relationship tropes get subverted throughout the show, and it doesn't get preachy about the romanticised pre-conceptions of love in media either.
You don't have to wait long for any of this to start though, as the second episode is when the story really gets going. By the third you'll probably have gotten used to the drool aspect, and by then you'll be hooked. The drool is just a mechanism for the two main characters to understand each others feelings, both emotionally and physically, and aids them in the developments of their love life. Understanding is a big theme in the series, and leads to some genuinely tender moments.
It's not just about the two characters getting to know each other, the viewer themselves is in on the process of getting to know the protagonists and the meaning of the show. While Akira Tsubaki, our eyes into the world, is portrayed as a fairly normal and relatable guy, Mikoto Urabe, his girlfriend, is a mystery. As the name of the anime suggests. However, while she has the almost supernatural drool, an odd manner, and is freakishly adept with a pair of scissors she keeps in her panties, it all seems like an allegory for the mystery and unknown of being in love for the first time.
There is a bit of ecchi in the series as well - with the two main girls drawn as being quite busty. I honestly think this is commentary on how teenage boys see the world, and how love can sometimes alter your perceptions of your partners. Which in this case is shown by giving the girls big tits, as you do. The art style in general though is a little retro, which fits the atmosphere of the show a lot better than spindly limbs or soft moe features.
Compared to the manga, it's usually very spot on, and any small changes made to the story, whether they're chronological or characters reactions, mostly better the flow of events. Due to the short nature of the anime, and the fact the manga is still ongoing, some stories have been dropped or blended together. However nothing feels rushed, forced, or out of place, and it at least means there's probably enough material for a second season if it gets that far.
There are a few words that have been tossed around in this review that do manage to sum up the show better than others - that it is a charming, sweet, honest look at young and first loves. I hope they make more after the OVA.
Saliva is a basic necessity for most animals. It provides humans with a way to break down food, aids in protecting our teeth, and allows us to have the ability to swallow easily. It's so ingrained in our daily lives that, for the most part, we pay it no mind. However, once it leaves the mouth, it usually goes from a friendly companion to a disgusting byproduct. In short, while saliva is seen as a benefactor to our everyday lives, drool is not. But this anime, Mysterious Girlfriend X, would like you to think otherwise.
Mysterious Girlfriend X begins
rather cliche but then takes a rather interesting turn. Urabe is a new transfer student who gets close to no one and is usually found sleeping. One day, for whatever reason, our MC Tsubaki tastes the drool left behind on her desk.
As far as premises go, X certainly stands up there as one of the more unique. Essentially, the connections that are established between the characters are based on the drool that they consume. In a metaphorical sense, drool represents love. Drool is this liquid, slimy, and foreign substance that isn't particularly appealing to someone unless that person desires it to be. Love isn't a liquid, but it certainly "flows" like one, cascading through and between people, taking shape in whatever form it has to. It's not particularly slimy, but it manifests itself as these rather strange feelings that are quite unlike anything else. And while we say we know what love is, it's definitely foreign to those of us who have yet to give or receive it in a deeply emotional way.
I could go a step further and say that the pair of scissors Urabe is so fond of is a physical representation of her emotions. She hides behind it when she feels scared, threatened, or jealous, are used with tactical precision depending on the situation, and are worn "on her sleeve" despite her appearance. Maybe I can make another leap and argue that the X in the title isn't the scissors, but is instead the x-chromosome that, like love, is "shared" between Tsubaki and Urabe.
The last one is probably too much of a stretch. But here's my point; where is it appropriate to draw the line between simply making connections and discovering the true intentions of the writer and producers? What I've said before may sound pretty good, but if its just some reviewer's attempt at making the message sound nice then that isn't being fair to the anime in question.
Let's diverge for just a moment and talk about the more obvious. X does something quite well, and that is demonstrating a mature relationship. Whether it be through drool or through words, both Tsubaki and Urabe almost always "communicate" in a respectful and realistic manner. There aren't any major misunderstandings, no one is fumbling around for words, and neither of them act particularly wishy-washy in the way they interact. Simply put, they are a believable couple.
Tying this back in with the first few remarks, is it fair to say that X's overall theme is that drool is a lot like love? I believe so. While one is a physical entity and the other is a spiritual feeling, what this show is trying to get at is that the premise, like love itself, doesn't have to make sense. It's this strange occurrence that often pops up out of nowhere, usually when we least expect it. And while it may seem embarrassing to deal with in the beginning, over time everything more or less "drips" into place.
When first looking at Mysterious Girlfriend X, the phrase "don't judge a book by its cover" comes to mind. From the outside it looks rather old or outdated. While these descriptions aren't entirely accurate, they do have some basis. Both the character designs and the locations are nothing extravagant. Rather, they appear to be something taken from the late 90's instead of the early 2010's.
In regards to actual animation, there isn't much attention given to it outside of two areas: Urabe's furious cutting and the drool. The former has at least a pretty cool effect attached to it where she seemingly moves faster than sound. The latter, understandably being the focal point, sees much glistening, movement, and fluidity.
One small note is that on a handful of occasions, the animation was "wrong." In other words, things happening with the left hand suddenly were happening with the right hand. This may be nit-picky, but catching it in more than one instance is definitely something against the show.
Mysterious Girlfriend X focuses mostly on two characters, Tsubaki the boyfriend and Urabe the girlfriend.
Tsubaki is particularly interesting for his competency, his straight-forward behavior, and his willingness to trust Urabe. At certain points in the show, he may let his feelings or desires somewhat get the better of him, but instead of finding this perverted or possessive, it seemed rather natural. He's a high school boy, with the first girlfriend he's ever had, sharing a connection with someone on a deep level. Of course he is going to want to embrace Urabe, feel her, or keep her for himself. As a character, it felt like I was watching an adolescent boy experience his first true love. In short, as his sister would say, "he's at that age."
Urabe most definitely earns the moniker of mysterious. Quiet, kind, and seemingly simple, it's revealed quite quickly that this isn't necessarily the case. Her hair hides her face, she always carries with her a pair of scissors, and her drool has a supernatural power. At certain times, she is asked why she is like this. Her answer, while small, speaks volumes: "That's just the way I am." This offhand and non-explanatory comment is further evidence for the ideas presented previously. Love isn't something that is easily describable, nor is it something that needs to be. It's this feeling that is born out of nowhere, often times without a specific moment to attach to. Nobody questions why Urabe is the way she is, and her character demonstrates this same approach towards love.
The OP for Mysterious Girlfriend X is rather generic. It doesn't attempt anything new, and while the vocalist does have small moments at the beginning and the end it isn't enough to warrant recognition.
The ED suffers the same fate, but is probably worse both as a song and with the visuals attached to them. The song itself is "relaxing" in its beat and gives off a feeling of being mellow. This coincides with the visuals, which are rather unappealing not because of the drool but because they are simple still shots without much life.
The soundtrack is mostly forgettable except for the circus track that plays. It's most often used during the dream sequences and when Urabe is being her usual weird self. I thought the piece fit well with the show's general air of strangeness and mysteriousness.
Voice acting has no notable mentions to be had.
When first delving into this one, I will admit that the drool aspect was pretty gross. "But Banjo, things like kissing involve saliva and sex has even more fluids involved!" That's true, and I agree, but I think its the context of the situation. I would like to believe most couples aren't offering their drool-covered finger on a daily basis. As an onlooker, that just seems rather silly. It took an episode or two, but eventually me being perturbed by it went away.
What came as a surprise was the show's "Ecchi" tag. It's not in your face about it for the most part, but there are shots of the girls involved being naked, dreams of playing with breasts, and a few panty-shots here or there. For the most part, the eroticism is supposed to be derived from the eating of the drool and the sucking of the fingers. Minus that, the fan-service overall seemed quite tame given the genre it fell under.
At its core, the anime is a romance story. It's definitely not your typical one, but there is blushing, stuttering, and lovey-dovey moments abound. Tsubaki and Urabe's relationship is almost too real, which is most likely why they are not often talked about. Besides the drool they share, what they have is so common it just doesn't standout. That's not a bad thing, it just makes them less memorable overall.
In the end, Mysterious Girlfriend X starts off with a peculiar premise, dealing mostly in drool. But by the show's conclusion, Urabe, her relationship with Tsubaki, and the show's final message are no longer mysterious. Instead, they are all quite apparent for any fan of anime to see.
Story: Good, drool is love surrounding a mature couple
Animation: Bad, old art style with boring actual animation and a few hiccups
I love this Anime! i have seen only a few romantic/comedy anime and this one is the best! Although it comes off a little weird with the drool bond i think that it is just something you have to see as a beautiful bond between two people. The creativity of this bond is art. The Romance and Comedy are a great mix as well, there wasn't a point were the one overpowered the other it was a smooth mix. The way the two dreamed about each other was really cute and reminds me of myself. The dream world was so crazy and wonderful it brought
everything fun into one small town. Another awesome thing about this anime was the music! The music was perfect for every scene or tense moment. I now after finishing this show find myself humming the dream theme haha. The characters were also great. There was only 4 main characters so you got to know them pretty well! Plus Urabe and Tsubaki are such a wonderful couple with such strong feelings for each other but so little experience and differences they don't know how to show affection besides the swap of drool they share! I dunno i really enjoyed this anime and i hope anyone who reads this does too! Thanks for reading!
uhhh.... wtf did i just watch.... thats all i can say...... but i need to write a longer one in order for this to be posted.... in episode 1, i already HATED that main chick, story dont seem to be that good, the whole thing is just messed on every level... she pukes whenever shes happy? the dudes addicted to the chicks spit? i have seen some strange stuff, but this is the strangest yet....
The whole concept of exchanging saliva is gross. I’ll say it. But to be fair, the story and the interactions of the other characters are good enough that most can bypass this. After a while, I noticed that I cringed less and less every time I had to see the two love birds put their drool in each other’s mouths.
At times the show dragged. There were a couple episodes that really seemed to do a whole lot of nothing. Overall, I’m glad that it only ran for 13 episodes. The
pacing over the course of the whole series was alright though.
As for the comedic value, it really depends on your personal tastes. As with most comedies, especially in the anime industry, it’s very subjective. It either syncs up with you or it doesn’t. With this particular series, you’ll need to give it at least three episodes to determine whether or not it falls within your personal taste.
But even if the humor isn’t your thing, the story is still relatively interesting. I found myself really wanting to find out how the relationship between Mikoto and Akira would turn out. There’s quite a few surprises along the way, and although they didn’t end it the way the manga progressed, it was still acceptable whether you read the manga or not. If you’ve read the manga, give it a shot. They aren’t far off from it. If not, it’s still a decent pick if you want a romantic comedy with a weird concept. Just don’t think about it too much. If you do, it’ll just end up bothering you the whole way through and at that point it’s not worth your time.
Overall i give this show 6/10, it took me a while to get into it, and at times I found myself getting an episode or two behind, prioritizing several other shows. It’s not horrible for what it is. It just didn’t have the “wow” effect on me.
If you don’t like the animation style, and cannot get past the saliva concept, go ahead and pass on this one. Also, as always, if romantic comedy isn’t what you are looking for, this is not the right pick.
If you can somehow, in some way that is not life threatening, remove your stomach from the rest of your body and sit right next to you, then this anime is a bizarre treat. . . Or at least I wanted to say that. . . .
It's quite a feat to be both an intriguing and somewhat fresh look at the highschool romance genre and physically sickening at the same time, Nazo no Kanojo X is a rare case of doing something different yet doing something that immediately pushes you away, literally.
It's starts out with Akira Tsubaki wondering about how his first girlfriend will be
like, and that's when Mikoto Urabe comes in. Mikoto is the new transfer student at Akira's class and is far from being an average and typical school kid, from randomly bursting out laughing in the middle of class to sleeping face flat on her school desk in between classes, she easily becomes what the class now considers her, a straight up weirdo. Then one day. . . Why do I feel queasy. . . .
Okay, I need to get this done and over with. This is the ultimate deciding factor of the show, one day as school ends for the day, Akira finds Mikoto asleep and unaware of class ending for that day. He wakes her up, with drool slowly pouring down her mouth, and proceeds to leave leaving a wide eyed Akira staring at what she left behind. . . and for some reason. . . Licks it up. . . .
Now here's the thing, that's disgusting, Even though the anime does start off showing that Akira has some kind of fixation on liquid in general, it still churns my stomach in a way that tells me that watching this isn't a good idea for my physical health. But I tried to be open minded enough to almost look past that, especially since the show really is delightful in an offbeat way and shows it can be really something different. . . But, damn. . . It's an entry hazard of epic proportions.
Which is also a shame too, visually the anime is fascinating. It goes for an old school look and the imagery is bizarre, a bizarrely delightful kind that can hook you in alone. Heck the music is more busy focusing on the oddity of the show and wants you to ignore the umm, drool, and instead want you to pay attention the strange and weird (Also, Mitoko's voice actor is a really unique choice by, instead of a typical high pitched voice, it's a lot deeper than you'd expect).
Which is married by unexpected (Though in hindsight is a bit cliched) turns in the development of the central characters. Akira becomes quite addicted to Mikoto's... saliva to the point of having withdrawn symptoms and requires more of Mikoto's. . . Saliva on a regular basis. And by the end of the first episode, the shows keeps up with it's promise of it's title and they become a couple. . . right after Mikoto. . . UGh, vomits a pool of saliva (I'm over exaggerating of course) over the sudden and different way she wants Akira to confess to her, with talks of who and who is still a virgin. . . It's just her way of being surprised. . . .
Okay, I'm not going to blame anyone on wanting to past this up and never look back, especially with how the episode ends. But it's totally something out there and different with a genre that loves to stick with the usual cliches. This is a show that's trying to do something different, but one of it's methods is a clear deal breaker.
A deal breaker, that honestly, would make this anime a whole deal better if the drool was never a part of the premise. In the second episode there are already hints of the plot starting to get loose at the stitches. Clearly we hear that Mikoto's drool isn't anything special, yet she produces a special kind of drool that, umm, gets you horny? It's something along those lines, and it's one of two things that are immediately pointless. The other being Mikoto's hobby(?), keeping a pair of scissors in her underwear for occasions when she cuts up paper into those paper cut out ornaments. I can hardly see where that "talent" will have any importance, other than to flash Mikoto's panties (Though she mentions that she doesn't mind Akira seeing them, at least she doesn't get all embarrassed about). Trying to do something different is fine, but having pointless quirks isn't a way to do it.
However if you can manage not to lose your lunch (Terrible way to put it, ugh, I apologize for the bad imagery), then Nazo no Kanojo X might end up being something totally strange in a delightful way, or become a new way to over sexualize something and go down a bizarro path into obscurity (The ending theme song kinda fetishises drool coming down a girls mouth), unfortunately I will never see where it'll lead up to.
Clearly this anime requires an acquired taste so to speak. The romance itself is very competent but the premise and subject matter however completely holds the anime back from the part of it that deserves praise, but with each episode more and more focus goes towards the drool (Like for example: Mikoto can "transfer" her feelings via saliva, the underlining purpose is great as it invokes a bond you can see between the main couple that needs no words. . . But it's revolting on the surface and becomes less "special" with the introduction of another person who's saliva is also "special").
Either way, you'll need to stomach the premise out before going any further, I wish you good luck because it had me beat. . . Now excuse while I go grab some tums or something. . . Ugh. . . .
Everyone at one point in their school life fell in love, and had a girlfriend/boyfriend, and they get awkward with each other and try to….blah blah blah blah. The point here is that the theme of this anime is that of the super typical ecchi school romance, with a chance of harem – of course that part did not develop (thankfully). Many anime have already squeezed this already-dry theme to the max. However, this particular series manage to find a unique, and rather… Weird aspect that made it stand out: Saliva. Hmmm… Ok, we’ve all swapped spit (and potentially other bodily fluids as
well ;D) with a significant other before, but not in a way that the series does it, nor does it evoke the emotions the way they did neither. As strange as it sounds, it becomes more integral as the story progresses, and it becomes the vessel that keeps the characters and the viewers to become emotionally enganged. In short, the saliva swapping is weird, but it grows on you. I was apprehensive at first to continue with this series, but now, I can’t seem to stand it when I don’t see Urabe give Tsubaki her spit; it would lack substance. No pun intended. :P
The plot for this anime at first didn’t seem to go along with the overall animation of everything, especially the character build. The animation was old-school; simple facial details, with slightly wild hair (at least for Urabe); the simplistic animation that struck me the most was the eye animation. They were so darn simple! It reminded me my animes from the 1990’s. The animation they chose was definitely something out of an action anime, such as Akira. Again it was awkward at first. Everything didn’t seem to match. However, this becomes second nature as the simplistic design gives way to the complexity that is… the spit (oh lawd). I mean if one observes this, it’s plainly obvious that they paid attention to the detail of what a spit should look like: it looked thick, almost gelatinous, yet you can see it trail from Urabe’s mouth to her finger, with slight grace – Yes… I’m describing DROOL!!! It works though!
Not going to lie, the background music in the anime drives me nuts, even now that I’m 8 episodes in. It just seemed to me that it overpowers through everything else that’s going on. It’s too loud in my opinion, and any other special effects get distorted. That’s just my quirk. However, the Opening, I liked. It was pop-like and it definitely sounded something out of the 90’s for me. Sometimes old school music will just beat any modern day music. This, along with the old school animation just works, and works well. The Ending? I LOVE IT!!! It’s jazzy and pop-like while still being laid back, along with the rather… sexy shots of the women involved in the anime. It surely adds to the overall “drool-ish” theme of the whole series in a way, and the lyrics, they contribute to the romance even more. Loved the Ending the most. :D
The character development in this series is a bit simplistic, although for a 13-episode one, it’s good enough: two classmate, one introvert, and one extrovert meet at odds with one another, and one of them (the guy) becomes interested. They start going out and things happen, and they discover “how to love” and “how to be the proper bf/gf”. Sounds generic right? Well, it is, but again the whole spin about “swapping spit” gives this an edge. Per-character wise, it’s also generic for the most part, except for Urabe.
The lead male Tsubaki is your typical guy that kinda struggles in school, has a friend that he shares manly interests in and has those urges, like any boy in his age. He’s chivalrous but at the same time a little too innocent for his own good.
The lead female Urabe, however, is anything but simple. She started out weird, as she never talks to anyone, and is very private, while almost dwelling in her own world (as seen in the first episode + hiding scissors in her underwear), and just plain creepy to others. Her progression to “normalcy” though is interesting as her friend Oka, who happens to be the girl friend of Tsubaki’s best friend Ueno, gives her the push she needs in order to become a “better girlfriend”. Their interactions – including swapping spit – are anything but typical. But they work.
Oka is probably the most notable supporting character as she is basically the main catalyst to what’s happening between Urabe and Tsubaki. Her rather aggressive way of socializing with Urabe really becomes the backdrop of Urabe’s actions, either explicitly or suggestively. She’s just LOVES to teas Urabe, that it’s so cute, and almost yuri.
This series might throw people off, it might even make other’s eyes twitch, as no one in their right mind (at least in our society) would just get a wad of drool from their mouth and make someone else eat it. However, this is what separates the anime from other school romance animes out there. Does it work? Of course it does, or else I’d just drop it. It’s a unique way of conveying one’s series, though not necessarily sanitary(?). Overall, the simplistic, yet riveting character progression is really the aspect that one has to look for, especially for Urabe, as it’s probably the most extreme relative to her everyone else’s. The OP was very good, and the ED, I’ll be getting the full version definitely. Overall it’s something that has truth in its theme, while giving it a weird twist. Altogether, the series has definitely been something that I’ve been participating throughout this season.