Title: Nazo no Kanojyo X (謎の彼女X, abbr. NazoKano/謎彼)
English title: Mysterious Girlfriend X
Genre: Romantic comedy, School story, Slice of Life, Supernatural, Mystery
Flavor/Theme: Fanservice, sex, ecchi, fetish, first love, emotion
Character design/Original artist: Riichi Ueshiba
Source media: Manga
Seriousness factor: Medium
Studio: Hoods Entertainment
Episodes: 13, “half-season”
OP: “Koi no Orchestra” (恋のオーケストラ) by Ayako Yoshitani
ED: “Hōkago no Yakusoku” (放課後の約束) by Ayako Yoshitani (I like this ED)
Airing status: Currently airing
Aired by: Tokyo MX, AT-X
Watchability factor: Medium
Rewatchability factor: Medium
Hateability factor: Low
Recommendability factor: Medium
Characters: Akira Tsubaki, Mikoto Urabe
Characters I like: Mikoto Urabe
Characters I’d like to beat to a pulp using a spiky baseball bat: also Mikoto Urabe?
What I’m in for: ….. isn’t it obvious?
What I hate about it: (read below)
Other noteworthy remarks: 3 different things that aren’t related at all but fused together by the story, they are drools, scissors and panties (and lotsa monologues too)
First this anime wasn’t in my watchlist until recently because I didn’t really like the character design, as if they were from the 80′s or something (even the panties are white like it was really in the 80′s or 90′s). Honestly I was like am I watching an 80′s anime remake or what? (I don’t mean no girls wearing white panties anymore today). At least the positive reactions it received plus the fanservice saved it from being ditched by me.
Tracing the root of the source media (the manga) I was quite surprised that it only started in 2006 so I couldn’t relate it to its 80′s-like character design. It’s not really a bad thing by itself though but I could still compare it to designs from other manga and saying the competing designs are better. It’s a good thing though the story is quite engaging for me and I think I could stand watching it a little longer.
Putting the character design aside, I really really really love the “dream city” from the dream Tsubaki had that I’m not sure how I should put it into words. It reminds me the artworks by Imperial Boy, one of the Japanese illustrators who is notable for drawing fictional city sites with complex and elaborate details. Now if only we could see it to become real, at least in the 2D anime world and not just remain a dream.
Back to the anime, I have to say the vanilla flavor, I mean the romance level in this series is really high I could barely made it to the top if it were a mountain (and that’s just what I like for anime in this class). It’s sweet, lovely and straight forward. I absolutely like the scene near the end of the first episode where Tsubaki, soon after confessed his love towards Urabe, tore of the pic of the girl he used to have a crush on, right in front of her.
The thing I might not like about this series is the reference to sex, though isn’t really highlighted but it does present. Sure going to have sex for the first time with somebody who is also going to have his/her first is hot but I don’t like how it implies the characters are going to have sex with different partners throughout their life, thus I don’t really like the usage of the term “first time” here (because I hate the idea of having the “second”, “third” and so on). I may not in the right position to say that but if possible I’d like to avoid it.
Before I end this I think it’s worth to say that the girls inside are surprisingly quite oppailicious too, or have just the perfect size/shape for me (not oversized) Although Urabe may creep me out sometimes but turns out that she is a VERY interesting kind of girlfriend (emphasis on the word ‘VERY’). I wouldn’t mind if she were to become my girlfriend either.