My Rating: 5 stars
Now, here’s a good, old chestnut. This is another one of my favorite, older, anime shows—delivered to me courtesy of my brother again, of course. And, one of my reasons for liking this one so much is its nice, limited run, at only six episodes. Pretty impressive right? Not, that I judge shows purely on their run times. But, some really get pretty carried away. And, after sitting through the entirety of abominations like Yu Yu Hakusho, (which clocks in at one-hundred-twelve episodes), I’m very impressed by such a display of restraint.
This is just your classic tale of a young boy (Naota) dealing with all the usual stresses of puberty. At twelve years old, he’s negotiating the emotional battlefield of living with a pervy, divorced dad, and trying to shake off his older brother’s pyromaniac, ex-girlfriend. Then, he’s also exploring his confusing new attraction to the sexy, alien girl who has come to live with the family as a boarder. You know, just the usual stuff.
But, that alien girl is pretty great—Haruhara Haruko. She’s one of my all-time favorite characters. She’s pushy and loud, wears cool clothes, is good at sports, and kinda just makes herself at home at poor Naota’s house. And, it drives him crazy! It’s clear that she wants something from him, but she won’t tell him what. Enraging, right? It’s the central mystery in the story, but Naota is pretty sure it has something to do with the troubling, new horn that has started growing out of his forehead. Haruko’s been lurking around, spying on Naota in his room or in the bathroom, and measuring the horn’s growth, biding her time. That can’t be good. She seems so dangerous and unpredictable.
The show is pretty sassy and silly. And, the pace is super hyper and frenetic. It crams a lot of information into very few episodes, so it moves the plot along pretty quickly without stopping to explain any details. So, this is definitely a show that I recommend watching more than once—as many times as you can spare, really. There’s a lot in there, and I see something new each time I see it. But, since the show is so short, that’s not hard to do. So, go for it.