Thursday, March 10, 2005

Midori no Hibi

Genre: Romance / Comedy
Parental Guidance Recommended
2004 Tsuneo Kobayashi, Kazurou Inoue, Studio Pierrot, Animax, Chiba TV, TV Kanagawa, TV Saitama, Shogakukan Productions Co., Ltd., Bandai Visual, TOHO

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Thundersenshi's Description:
Nobody messes with Sawamura Senji in school, what with his bad-ass reputation of getting into fights all the time. What no one really knows is that he's just a simple person, fighting to defend those whom he believes are wronged. Unfortunately, he pays for it by being lonely. He just wants to share his heart with someone, but everyone's too scared. But not Midori--a girl who has been harboring a secret crush on him for years. Then one strange day, Senji wakes up to find that he has lost his right hand...and is shocked beyond belief when he realized that what took its place is a miniature Midori (who is just as shocked to find herself rooted to her crush's right arm)! Chaos ensues as Senji tries desperately not to scare any more people by hiding Midori from plain sight, but how is that even possible??

(23 episodes)

Could have been better. >>> by MarkPoa
In the hands of a perverted mind, Midori no Hibi (or Midori's Days) could have easily been a hentai title. There's already the requisite reference to self-satisfaction just with the phrase "Right Hand Girlfriend" (and yes, they used this at least once in the manga).

But, instead, this series is one of the most charming love stories I've seen in recent times. Waking up and finding a naked girl attached to his right wrist, Sawamura "Mad Dog" Seiji, feared high school fighter, luckless girl hunter, finds himself encountering something he never experienced before: a confession of love. Midori has long observed Sawamura from afar and, through some strange occurrence or other, found herself living with Seiji... under less than normal conditions.

What follows is a story filled with funny situations, wacky hijinks, and cute scenes as other people wreak havoc on the life of Seiji and his right-hand girlfriend. These include Seiji's sister, a former gangleader; the class president who starts developing feelings for Seiji as well; Midori's possibly-gender-confused classmate; and Seiji's doll-otaku classmate.

On the downside, the music is nothing to write home about. Also, some episodes suffer from feeling like they were stitched together for no apparent reason, but this was mainly due to the television writers trying to animate some of the manga's one-chapter stories. As such, the plot might feel like it's jumping all over the place.

But ultimately, the series' main strength is in its likable characters and their growth. Midori, for all her cuteness, had always hated her weakness. It was only as Seiji's right hand that she was able to overcome her shyness and confess her love. Could she find the strength within her to leave Seiji? Would Seiji ever want her to leave? Or is he falling for Midori as well?

Follow this series and see.

Individual Rating: Art/Animation 8; Story 7; Characters 9; Sounds 6

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