A question that’s been bugging me ever since I started watching Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko right from the start was…what in the world is this show trying to achieve? It comes off as a slice of life show considering the last few episodes or so focused mainly on the daily exploits of Makoto and his odd gang of friends. There’s no grand story behind it, and that frankly left me a bit perplexed, especially since a big focal point in the beginning of the show was Erio’s strange habits and her “supposed” abduction in the past.
The plot behind the last two episodes are so simplistic that I can give you a brief outline of it in as little as a sentence – but I’ll opt for a paragraph, for space’s sake. Makoto gets invited to Maekawa’s house and then cheers Ryuuko on at her basketball practice. Afterwards, they play baseball in order to decide who runs the festival. I can’t quite remember who won or what came as a result since I, admittedly, skimmed through the last few episodes in a jiffy. All in all though, that doesn’t quite matter. Read the rest of this entry
Funny how a lot of the girls from this show have glowing hair. I find it surreal and odd, but I guess a lot of the fans love the sparkly stuff. Anywho, the astronaut-suit wearing, self-proclaimed esper and alien turns out to be a cute little girl, albeit a girl with white hair… hair almost as white as *le gaspeh* Elliot.
And before we get to the nitty-gritty of the show, for all you Meme-chin fans, I’ll have to apologize to you as there isn’t much Meme this week. She only came out in one scene, but to tide you over, here’s a shot of Ryuushi(ko). Why is she so goddamn cute? I have no idea why. Read the rest of this entry
If SHAFT were to totally forgo the story line of Denpa Onna, I’d be willing to give an arm and a leg and bet that they could create a successful series out of the sheer cuteness (kawaii, if you want to be otaku-lly correct) of it all. Oh, and it seems like we’ve finally caught a glimpse of the white-haired girl from the opening sequence.
What’s there to say for this week’s episode? Well, Ryuushi and Makoto finally exchange phone numbers, and Makoto takes part in some amateur baseball games by the riverside. He star-gazes with Erio and also gets her involved in the baseball games, but when she accidentally knocks out one of the players, the “injured” person, who happens to wear a space suit, starts to act a bit odd. Seems like a kindred spirit for Erio. Read the rest of this entry
Despite the obvious linkbait, I’ll get into a bit more detail about the whole episode in a short while. First, I’d like to say that after Ao no Exorcist’s cooking episode, I started to dread the day another anime would follow suit. And oh god, we have it right here. I never thought Denpa Onna would go into cooking, but in an anime about UFOs, cow mutilations, and weird ET-wannabe girls, what do you expect?
First things first, we finally learn who has been launching all those plastic bottles into the air near Maekawa’s part-time job. It turns out it’s this dude, however, we’re never given a name. It’s that or I didn’t pay nearly enough attention to the episode. We also get a glimpse of Maekawa’s boss, the cute Komaki, though she’s probably not going to show up ever again.
When Maekawa finds the man launching plastic rockets, he instantly hires her to make more for him, all the while calling himself a big “fan” of hers. Maekawa takes the job offer and heads over to Makoto’s house in order to start making them. What follows is a few scenes where Ryuuko, Erio, and Makoto try to create said rockets and appearing to be awkward about the whole situation at the same time. After everyone finishes dinner, Erio invites both Maekawa and Ryuuko to stay over to sleep over, citing “aliens” and “UFOs” as reasons to not venture home in the night.
Judging from this episode, it’s easy to see the direction this anime is going to take over the course of the next few weeks. Sure there was a scene showing foreboding storm clouds, but I don’t think this anime is going to get into drama any time soon (We have AnoHana for that).
SHAFT is well-known for its relatively offbeat anime with wacky characters and aesthetic designs, but this seems to be the dud of the bunch. Bakemonogatari was great for its mixture of traditional Japanese folklore, Maria Holic had us all in the biggest trap of alltime, and Puella Madoka Magica was apparently revolutionary, according to a lot of people on the interwebz. Taking that into account, Denpa Onna doesn’t have much to show for itself save Erio and a few other characters. But to each his own.