Kono Minikuku mo Utsukushii Sekai

This Ugly Yet Beautiful World

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English: This Ugly Yet Beautiful World
Japanese: この醜くも美しい世界


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: Sci-FiSci-Fi, ComedyComedy, DramaDrama, MagicMagic, RomanceRomance, EcchiEcchi
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 6.751 (scored by 2613426,134 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #47652
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Popularity: #2287
Members: 55,600
Favorites: 145

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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


Ooshima, Miku
Assistant Producer
Nakayama, Nobuhiro
Assistant Producer


Opening Theme

"Metamorphose" by Yoko Takahashi

Ending Theme

"Natsuiro no Kakera" by Yoko Ishida

Oct 25, 2008
iamjoe (All reviews)
They sure got it right by putting 'ugly' in the title.

This marvellous piece of crap is a terrible anime about aliens, boys who love them, and boobage.

The story was bad, but who cares? Boobage!

The art was poor and looked like it was recycled from the early 90s. But does it matter?? Boobage!

Who can remember the sound? There were better things, I think. Boobage!

The characters were flat, cliches, and underdeveloped. The boys seemed to be horrible clashes of several bad male characters, and the female characters had no personality and were nothing more than fanservicers. However, there were several pairs of things the read more
Apr 9, 2008
NotARandomName (All reviews)
This anime is definitely a gem, but like any gem in the rough, it's not without its flaws. A lot of them, unfortunately.


The story is quite interesting, and fairly original. The quality of its presentation varies throughout the series, however - foreshadowing, for example, is plentiful and very well intertwined into the story, so that little details that you might notice but not think much of turn out to be intricate plot points later on. On the other hand, there're the cheesy "OMG! The sky is falling!" bits usually associated with fantasy series surfacing all around the second half of the series which definitely read more
Feb 27, 2010
silvermoonrose (All reviews)
This anime sounded promising, the concept of an ugly yet beautiful world where life is cleansed and reborn every so often fascinated me. After a promising start however with a great opening battle with great action, the anime seems to have shifted gears and quickly became a ecchi / school-life, slice of life comedy. Then it sprinkled some "sad, but true" stories of the past.

Let's start off with the good. The art is fairly decent. For the most part, colors are nice, and natural features such as the trees and character outlines are quite nice. Hikari's outfit in particular is great. Sound isn't really read more
Dec 26, 2007
blank1234567 (All reviews)
Konomini is sadly that one anime that always seems to be overlooked by bigger, more popular titles. It’s such a shame, because this series is a little jewel. There is something in this anime for everyone.


The only reason the story gets a 9 instead of a 10 is because this anime was so short. Don't get me wrong. I enjoy short animes. However, the basic concept had so much depth this series could've easily had 120 episodes instead of 12 without repeating itself at all.
One thing this series can be described as is dynamic: shojo, shonen, slice of life and certain elements of the read more

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