Hein (fub) wrote,

Finished series: Kono Minikuku Mo Utsukushii Sekai

We've finished watching Kono Minikuku Mo Utsukushii Sekai, the '30 year anniversary series' from Gainax. My review of the first episode is here.

It's a typical Gainax series: cute girls (that start out completely naked!), a robot, a cute mascot, a good-for-nothing male protagonist, a lewd adult woman with gravity-defying breasts and a few fights as well. This time, the girls are space-travelling entities, sent to destroy and/or preserve the world. Takeru finds one of them (whom he names Hikari), and transforms when she is attacked by some kind of monster. We get a hint that Hikari is something else besides the cute girl she seems to be -- and coupled with the story as told in the pre-title sequence of the first episode, the series promises to give a rich plot.
However, for the next 9 or so episodes (this is a 12-episode series!), we get to see Hikari being cute and naieve and trying to fit in with the humans. She and Mari compete for Takeru's attention, and Jennifer (aforementioned buxom babe, who is an alcoholic scientist, no less!) embarassing them all.

In the end, the actual plot is rather short. We get two, maybe three, episodes wherein it is explained that Hikari and Akari (her 'younger' sister) are 'sent' (by whom? We never get told) to destroy all life on Earth, so that the next wave of evolution can begin. Takeru's transformation into a life-form specialised in offence is actually an anti-reaction to Hikari, but he doesn't understand that.
The ending is semi-apocalyptic (the big bad gets destroyed in 15 seconds) and semi-dramatic (Hikari and Akari go 'back' into space), and we're left feeling... less than satisfied. It's not a bad series, but it could have been so much better. Well, I guess Gainax isn't know for the great endings they give their series.

Good things:
- Great production values;
- Nice designs;
- I love the opening theme!
Bad things:
- Rather repetitive of things we've already seen elsewhere;
- The plot is rushed.

I'll give it a 7.

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