First Impressions: Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko

I wasn’t completely sold with Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko from the first episode. It was hard to tell what this show was trying to get at. Let’s see, here’s a guy who moves in with his aunt in the city. His aunt has a daughter who wraps herself in a futon and claims she’s an alien.

It’s tough not to be skeptical. I still sat through three first episodes before forming an opinion about the show though, feeling that Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko had something good to offer.

I said Hanasaku Iroha and [C] were probably the prettiest shows of the season, but Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko deserves some recognition. I felt that the people involved were quite inspired with Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko, the bright colors and character designs are quite generic but the intricate details in every movement along with the overall glossy feel of this show is pleasing to the eye. They really wanted Erio to appear as an unearthly beauty and that was achieved.

Look at this girl sparkle. LOOK.AT.HER.

I’m not going to beat around the bush, it’s the script that makes Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko worth watching. The problem is that the delivery is pretty poor. It seems like more time is spent trying to make the girls look as cute as possible (which can be very annoying) instead of trying tie the visuals with the script better. I felt a serious sense of disconnection between the script and the visuals (eventhough they sure are pretty). Speaking from pure personal preference, I think a script like this could’ve been delivered so much better and it’s such a pity. Episode 3 proves that it may be a worthy competitor against the other slice of life shows this season, opening up a path I wasn’t expecting to appear so early into the series since I wasn’t so sure how easy it’d be for Erio to accept that she actually /is/ human. This was done very well, from the scene where Makoto and Erio skid downhill up until they fall into the ocean– this whole scenario is the best out of three episodes so far.

But– they’re first cousins. This realization has been bothering me for a while.

Denpa Onna to Seishun no Otoko still needs to invest more into direction. It can be good when it wants to be, but right now there are a lot of shows that are doing so much better all in all. I’m still keeping an eye on it, the latest episode was very good. The first two episodes didn’t help me figure out what the real conflict was but now that Makoto’s found a goal, things should be more exciting.


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