Denshinbashira Elemi no Koi


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Japanese: 電信柱エレミの恋
English: Elemi
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 2009
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Studios: Sovat Theater
Source: Original
Genres: Award WinningAward Winning, FantasyFantasy
Duration: 44 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 6.141 (scored by 14691,469 users)
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Ranked: #87592
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Popularity: #9576
Members: 3,573
Favorites: 8


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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.

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Winner of the 2009 Oofuji Noburou Award at the Mainichi Film Awards and the Excellence Award on the 13th Japan Media Arts Festival.

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Nakata, Hideto
Director, Script, Character Design


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Feb 7, 2016
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.
Mar 4, 2014
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 ...
Feb 15, 2023
It's interesting to think of Denshinbashira Elemi no Koi as a nostalgic sendoff to the landline phone era and its greater intimacy. Cellphones appear nonexistent or a luxury of the wealthy, and the technology is suggestive of the 1980s or the 1990s. We've yet to reach the nadir of poorly composed text messaging filled with baby talk in Elemi. However, the story may be too plain, were the creators to treat us to the standard bittersweet and long-distance romance facilitated by the phone. Instead, we're presented with a literal goodbye to the era, as Takahashi, without foreknowledge, becomes entangled in a lovey-dovey and electrifying tryst ...

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