Kono Minikuku mo Utsukushii Sekai

This Ugly Yet Beautiful World

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Japanese: この醜くも美しい世界
English: This Ugly Yet Beautiful World
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 2, 2004 to Jun 18, 2004
Premiered: Spring 2004
Broadcast: Fridays at 00:30 (JST)
Licensors: ADV Films
Studios: Gainax, Shaft
Source: Original
Genres: ComedyComedy, DramaDrama, RomanceRomance, Sci-FiSci-Fi, EcchiEcchi
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 6.701 (scored by 2878528,785 users)
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Ranked: #57142
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Popularity: #2797
Members: 61,046
Favorites: 159

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High school student Takeru Takemoto works part time as a (motor)bike courier. During one of his deliveries, he saw a mysterious light passing him and fell into a forest. What he had found was a beautiful girl coming out from a glowing cocoon, calling herself "Hikari." While Takeru was quite embarrassed because of Hikari's nudity, a strange monster suddenly showed up and immediately attacked the two. Both Takeru and Hikari demonstrated the power of their other selves before Takeru had a clue of what's going on.

(Source: ANN)


This is Gainax's 20th anniversary work.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Nakayama, Nobuhiro
Assistant Producer
Saeki, Shouji
Director, Episode Director, Script, Storyboard, Series Composition, Original Creator


Opening Theme

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"Metamorphose" by Yoko Takahashi

Ending Theme

"Natsuiro no Kakera" by Yoko Ishida


Mar 9, 2021
I noticed a number of negative reviews for this so I think it's a good idea to understand who the target audience is here - young teenagers. There are certainly some slightly thought-provoking bits, but Konomini is by no means groundbreaking.

A bit of a hit and miss.

On the plus side, it tries to emphasize how life is always linked to death, both as an unfortunate consequence of certain events and as something that happens to all living organisms (hence, the title of the anime?). Also, the cycle of life and seasons is something completely natural and takes time. Snow comes in Winter, Sun comes ...
Feb 17, 2015
Mixed Feelings

Time to travel back to the past and review another "lost" series that anime fans have forgotten! Put on your Indiana Jones outfits, because we are going deep into the obscure for this bit of anime archaeology. "This Ugly Yet Beautiful World" which I will hereafter refer to as "TUYBW" is a series that came out in 2004, but was completely forgotten shortly after despite a decent budget and being produced by freaking GAINAX themselves! How could a Gainax anime become so quickly forgotten despite the legions of fanboys that will swallow anything Gainax shits out? The answer is timing and overshadowing. If another ...
Apr 7, 2014
In honor of Gainax's thirtieth anniversary, I've decided to review the anime they released to celebrate their own twentieth anniversary, ten years ago! It's time for This Ugly Yet Beautiful world, so here we go!

In the long history of the Earth, there have been several major mass extinctions, each one wiping millions of life forms out of existence. Because of this, over ninety nine percent of all life forms that have ever existed on earth are now gone forever. But what caused these mass extinctions, what was their true purpose, and... When will it happen again?

Following this admittedly intriguing monologue, we ...

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