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Different is a bit of an understatement describing Mysterious Girlfriend X with how the series goes about as a romantic comedy. While its saliva premise would have you think this is some sort of fetish anime, it actually serves to provide symbolism focused on the developments of Akira and Urabe's developing relationship with a strong focus on communication and emotional connection to allow their bond to strengthen. The premise won't be for everyone considering the involvement of bodily fluids and focus on aspects of teenage sexuality in a relationship, but it doesn't get to a gross-out extreme and only serves as the major components that make Akira and Urabe's relationship engaging to see throughout the title's run as they better understand one another and deal with their personal desires in their relationship.
What also allows the series to work well is Urabe's character. Her appearance and personality quirks make her stick out quite prominently from the typical beautiful/ attractive gals you can find in romance titles and she takes the lead in her relationship with Akira. While understanding and open to the thoughts and actions of her boyfriend, she does set limits to how far she is willing to go in terms of physical intimacy, a refreshing trait compared to many recent rom-coms which feature female characters who are far too willing to let their boyfriends have their way with them. Only issue that I have is that you don't get to know much about her character beyond her personality, as we don't know much about her family or how she came to acquire her unique abilities with her saliva.
Outside of Urabe, Akira does get enough fleshing out to his character where you can genuinely believe that he cares for Urabe, has the typical hormonal desires that a teen his age would have and being put in situations that test his commitment to Urabe and her feelings in later episodes.
Overall, Mysterious Girlfriend X makes for a strange, yet unique, romance title symbolically focused on the emotional understanding of a relationship that develops between Akira and Urabe. The saliva element to the series may turn off some, but the premise is a refreshing one that avoids many of the typical cliches and pitfalls that come up in many modern romance anime titles.