Elemi, known as a responsible hard worker, is one of many utility poles servicing a small city. One day during maintenance, she is emotionally touched by Takahashi, the young man who repairs her. She decides to thank him and begins calling him regularly, masquerading as a human.
Days go by and soon all the utility poles in the city are aware of Elemi's budding romance. Elder utility poles urge her to put an end to it. Even if Elemi is able to win the blessing of her society, she still has to face the challenge of revealing her true identity to Takahashi. In a time before cell phones, when all calls were carried by utility poles, Denshinbashira Elemi no Koi tells the story of the tragic romance between a utility pole and and a utility worker.
You know, I wasn't expecting much out of this. I was expecting something bad, but I got something that genuinely touched me in a way I didn't expect. The characters felt like they each had their own unique personalities and feelings, the animation was fantastic for the style, and something about the simplicity of the story really got me. I'm not saying that I'd add it to a list of my favourites, but I am saying that I think most people should give it a chance and not just dismiss it because of the concept. You may be pleasantly surprised.
When my anime club voted to watch "Denshinbashira Elemi no Koi" I was surprised, and expected it to be another poor title not worthy of watching to the end. With the basic idea of it, you just think to yourself "I should get high before watching this!" or "That's just insane, they're really scraping the bottom for ideas now" but that just isn't the case.
Elemi no Koi is a surprisingly well developed story. As strange as the idea of the show is to get used to, the story is rather relateable. Once you get past the initial weirdness
of Elemi no Koi, you find that it's not all that different from many other anime.
While it's not a total tearjerker, Elemi no Koi has sad moments that really make you sympathize with the characters.
The artistic style is rather uncommon, in that it is a claymation, but don't let this mislead you. Whereas the viewer might expect something childish out of a claymation, this anime actually has surprising depth and maturity.
Most of the time in this anime there is little to no sound, such as music or special sound effects. Most of the sound is speech between characters, or the occasional background noise. The budget may not have been large, but as far as I can tell this was not intended to save money, but to make an impact. As bizarre as the story may be, you really get a sense of reality from it.
I was surprised to find how well presented the characters were in the show. Despite the characters being completely different, you can always understand them and relate to them.
In the end, the show doesn't go for your classic "good vs. evil" approach or absurd silliness or action, which so many anime rely on, but instead approaches from the perspective of thoughts and feelings. From this, the entire show has a very unique approach to something that a general audience can enjoy.
This wasn't my favourite anime, and it doesn't even make it into my top ten, but it was so much better than I expected, and I'm willing to say that this anime is generally underrated and overlooked.
This is Toy Story but with telephone poles set in the calm before the technological storm that was mobile phones and the internet. It's a peaceful film reminiscent of a time past, ode to a love lost.
Not much can hold my attention anymore, but the atmosphere in Elemi no Koi pulled me in and kept me there. The sound effects were key in achieving this and they were done exceptionally well.
The music kept the tone of the film, and the ED planted my feet gently back on the ground after this sweet experience was over.
The character designs of the
telephone poles themselves were whimsical and expressive, being able to translate a variety of traits and emotions with very little dialogue. I was impressed, given the large number of anime characters out there that fail to do this.
If you were a kid with a big imagination, have ever tried to be someone you're not or been in a long distance relationship.. well, Elemi no Koi may reveal itself to you to be the underrated gem that it is.