My Journey in to Mysterious Girlfriend X: ep 1

Topic started by metalsnakezero on April 8, 2012. Last post by AURON570 2 years, 5 months ago.
Post by metalsnakezero (673 posts) See mini bio Level 16
Is drool moe?
Is drool moe?

Out of all of the new spring shows popping up, one has one of the strangest premise that, in the end, works to it benefit. That show is Mysterious Girlfriend X, a romance shows that looks at the bond between our two characters, Tsubaki and Urabe, through the use of drool. Yes, thats right, drool. And while strange and kinda disguising that is, it is the key that connects the two characters together, from how Tsubaki first fell in love with Urabe to how tasting the drool allows the two to understand each other feelings. It is weird but that is the whole point of the series is the weirdness of love.

When I first heard of the adoption of one of my favorite manga series I was a bit worried. The studio behind the animation and art work was being handle by Hoods Entertainment, which their resume is filled with the most over the top ecchi, fan-service, hentai shows like Seikon no Qwaser and Manyuu Hikenchou. The manga was very subtle with it fan-service so giving it to a studio that had been all about fan-service will probably harm the series. To my surprise, the show isn't over the top at all and instead is focus on the main theme of the show and allows the fan-service to help it instead of being a ploy to get views. The whole art style has a very old school feel with a touch of modern coloring. The characters don't have overly big eyes, hair colors are of real life hair colors, and simple body shapes. While this retro style may not be for everyone, it works to make the show nostalgic feeling. There also a interesting using of lighting and symbolism, specially in the dream sequence, showcasing the capability the Studio can do.

The director, Ayumu Watanabe, is famous for the Doraemon series that also has a very old fashion and it is apparent that he is bring this good nice nostalgic feel to a few modern series like MGX and Space Brothers. Deko Akao, the script writer, has done some weird titles like Natsu no Arashi! and Arakawa Under the Bridge and it is uncanny how sorta Shaft like MGX is when it isn't Shaft behind it. It is telling that she is behind the script by how well paced the episode was and the clever set ups. The cast is compose of two upcoming actors, Miyu Irino as Akira Tsubaki and Yuki Kaji as Kouhei Ueno. Both have a very boyish voices that fit the innocents of their characters. However, the most striking voice of the bunch is Ayako Yoshitani as Mikoto Urabe. This is her first time voice acting (She been in movies and live action dramas) and has a interesting deep and intriguing voice that is unexpected to what would Urabe would sound like but kinda fitting. All of this combines to make a solid series.

From the first episode, it looks that MGX will be able to hold up well with it strange premise. Cheers to it premiere.

Next episode: Panty scissor attack and nakedness.

Check this series out on Crunchyroll and coming soon to Hulu and Sentai"s Animenetwork.

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Not sure if this is very funny or extreme disguising
Not sure if this is very funny or extreme disguising
That is a pretty nice wallet
That is a pretty nice wallet
Big O, ripoff movies, and slight head tilt. How is this not Shaft?
Big O, ripoff movies, and slight head tilt. How is this not Shaft?
Post by AURON570 (572 posts) See mini bio Level 15

If you don't know, there is some research being done about whether the exchanging of saliva (i.e. normally by kissing) with another person provides any information (biological or other) about the other person.

This series caught my eye mainly because of it's art style, and female lead that reminded me of Rei Ayanami. At first I thought it looked silly. But now, I'm planning on at least checking it out.

Also you forgot to mention that this series is available for free on crunchyroll.com ;D

Post by metalsnakezero (673 posts) See mini bio Level 16

@AURON570 said:

If you don't know, there is some research being done about whether the exchanging of saliva (i.e. normally by kissing) with another person provides any information (biological or other) about the other person.

This series caught my eye mainly because of it's art style, and female lead that reminded me of Rei Ayanami. At first I thought it looked silly. But now, I'm planning on at least checking it out.

Also you forgot to mention that this series is available for free on crunchyroll.com ;D

Interesting fact. Also added the crunchyroll link and stated the hulu and Sentai release.

Post by sickVisionz (4,289 posts) See mini bio Level 24
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I was gonna blog about this one but I might as well as just comment on this post...

What a weird show. At one point its this kinda touching series about teenage love. Unlike most other romance anime that I see, the male lead confesses in episode one and the series seems like it's going to be about maintaining a relationship rather than the usual thing where 90% of the show is people trying to admit to themselves that they love someone. I love that and find it much more appealing than the usual route. So, that's one aspect... but then odd circus music pops up and gives me an impression that something creepy/spooky is about to happen and later people are getting turned on by drinking spit and a character vomits up a few pints of saliva whenever she gets happy.

I don't know what to think about this show. It's strange and entertaining, which are good things. I cringed at every spit scene though. The sexualization of drinking saliva reminds of that charger girl show where a character would piss on herself whenever she got nervous or otherwise excited. Right now, it's managing to walk steadily along the line of gross out weirdo sex stuff and cute teen romance. The drool drinking made me cringe every time it happened so I hope they don't go too out there on that end.

Also...

Fucking Star Mars!!!!
Fucking Star Mars!!!!

Kinda stupid, but I hope all the bootleg versions of stuff becomes a regular bit/gag for the series. I'd love to see The Kingdom Strikes Back or The Phantom Threat posters at some point.

Post by rubberluffy (592 posts) See mini bio Level 16

I'm a big fan of the manga (and I thought I was one of a few), so I was surprised that they decided to animated it. I'm a bit apprehensive about watching it though. Also I really hope it doesn't go far enough to introduce the lookalike girl, those chapters of the manga were just not interesting to me.

Post by metalsnakezero (673 posts) See mini bio Level 16

@sickVisionz: I say you should do a blog on this series. I'm interested in see your own analysis of this show.

Post by AURON570 (572 posts) See mini bio Level 15

I just checked out the first episode, and DAMN that was great, totally was not expecting that kind of story and development. Sleeper/indie hit of the season?

I was just about ready to believe that Urabe was some sort of crazy girl with special powers in her drool (*cough* magical girl bullshit *cough*). But turns out that she's just a girl, and like all people she has some things that make her unique, which makes her feel a lot more authentic.

I liked the dream sequences, possible Freudian themes in this anime? I'm excited.

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