This Ugly Yet Beautiful World anime review

This Ugly Yet Beautiful World anime review
High school student Takeru Takemoto works part time as a (motor)bike courier. During one of his deliveries, he saw a mysterious light passing him and fell into a forest. What he had found was a beautiful girl coming out from a glowing cocoon, calling herself "Hikari." While Takeru was quite embarrassed because of Hikari's nudity, a strange monster suddenly showed up and immediately attacked the two. Both Takeru and Hikari demonstrated the power of their other selves before Takeru had a clue of what's going on.
Ryou and Takeru are typical high school students. That is, until Takeru finds an alien calling herself Hikari. Takeru's life is suddenly filled with aliens and monsters and a drunken robot and he's just trying to keep everyone safe while he figures out what the hell is going on.
Takeru is a typical high school student until he saves Hikari, an alien girl with no memory of her past. Committing himself to take care of her, Takeru's life is suddenly filled with aliens and monsters.

As I have just finished Gainax's noted 20th Anniversary Anime, Kono Minikuku mo Utsukushii Sekai, I will now be reviewing what I would see as a highly misunderstood series, just by scanning through the comments made by viewers on the series's page on this site.

Kono Sekai, which will be the short form I will use for this anime title, is a very short series, with only 12 episodes, so before even watching I felt that it would have a satisfactory ending and flow. In fact, I wasn't even going to watch it at all, finding that the anime would be full of fanservice to appeal to male anime fans, as usual. However, after the first episode that my Newtype magazine's included DVD offered, I went on the computer right away to download more of it.
Despite its extremely sterotypical and common story base, I found as I watched further into the plot, I was very impressed by the inner themes it suggested.

Fifteen-year-old Takeru, living with his childhood friend's family (because his mother abandoned him at a young age), is trying to search for the meaning of his life. One day, his best friend Ryou see an amazing light head towards the forest, and upon searching for its remanents out of pure curiosity, he finds a beautiful girl named Hikari who claims to be lonely, and to have come from Space. A while later, a similar girl is found by Ryou, a girl named Akari, and the two mysterious girls blend with Takeru and Ryou's friends to explore the beauty of life... or are they?

Later, we find out much more interesting details, such as Takeru's abandonment and what has been left in his heart after the event, and of what the house's new tenant, American scientist Jennifer Portman explains to be "E.D." - Extended Definition, something to do with Hikari, Takeru, and another mass extinction on Earth - maybe to wipe out humans this time around.

What I found even more admirable for the series was that it had many characters - perhaps too many for such a short series - yet the anime was able to introduce the characters in exactly the right amount of screentime they were supposed to get in importance to the series and give them enough characteristics so that they were noticeable and different from the others.

Akari and Hikari are most definitely not realistic at first, to be expected. What startled me was how much their character developed after twelve episodes. In that way, it was like seeing them grow - I hardly noticed their maturing throughout the episodes, yet when compared to the first episode, they somewhat different and seemed to have been affected by the events. This was a very realistic development that Gainax made with characters, and I was very glad that it happened. I felt that the characters, where other than the two girls, most important characters were shown to have deeper sides to them than what was shown of them at first, were one of the highlights of the series.

Better than review, is a Trailer video of: This Ugly Yet Beautiful World. Watch it now:
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