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This Ugly Yet Beautiful World 

Kono minikuku mo utsukushii sekai (original title)
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It's a sweet but at the same time tear jerking story. It teaches you how the world can be hard and ugly at times but then again it could still be beautiful. It starts off with a high school... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Ayako Kawasumi ...  Hikari 12 episodes, 2004
Jessica Boone ...  Akari 12 episodes, 2004
Quentin Haag Quentin Haag ...  Ryou Ninomiya 12 episodes, 2004
Braden Hunt ...  Takeru Takemoto 12 episodes, 2004
Cynthia Martinez Cynthia Martinez ...  Hikari 12 episodes, 2004
Takahiro Mizushima Takahiro Mizushima ...  Takeru Takemoto 12 episodes, 2004
Ai Shimizu Ai Shimizu ...  Akari 12 episodes, 2004
Fujiko Takimoto Fujiko Takimoto ...  Ryou Ninomiya 12 episodes, 2004
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It's a sweet but at the same time tear jerking story. It teaches you how the world can be hard and ugly at times but then again it could still be beautiful. It starts off with a high school student Takeru who works part time as a delievery boy. During one of his deliveries, he saw a bright light passing him and instantly followed it which led him to a strange forest. Confused but intrigued, he found a beautiful girl coming out from a glowing cocoon, calling herself "Hikari." While Takeru was profusely blushing because of Hikari was nude, a strange monster suddenly showed up and immediately attacked the two. Both Takeru and Hikari demonstrated their true power they didn't even know they had. They go through many hardships together, work together, rely on each other, meet some good and bad friends along the way. And in the end, all this anime has to say is "this world is ugly yet beautiful." Join them in this heart warming, tear jerking, splendid anime. For life may he hard at times, ... Written by Kitty Senpai

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6 March 2010 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

Alright, what do you get if you take "Ah! My Goddess", mix it with "Devilman" and throw in a pinch of "Pokémon"? ... Simply put, you get this anime, "This Beautiful and Ugly World".

The story takes place over 12 episodes, of which the two-quarters of the entire show is really silly and at times sassy and too much. It was not before the last 3 or 4 episodes that the series became really nice.

Sure the series have nice characters, most of which are well thought off and given good stories, so you get to fall in love with some of the quirky characters. However, I was unfortunate enough to sit through all 12 episodes where it was dubbed into English. I hate Japanese anime that is dubbed into English, because the voice actors always usually do a poor job. And "This Beautiful and Ugly World" was no different. Had it been kept in Japanese it would have been so much more worth sitting through all 12 episodes.

What puzzled me about this series was that most of the time, the story had a very childish and naive quality to it, then it would suddenly be interrupted by unnecessary nudity. The series did not need that nudity, and would have been better without it. It was too disruptive and weird.

The story was well enough driven forward, despite it being childish and silly. And it is interesting enough to keep you intrigued to see what happens next. I only give this series 5/10 stars because of the childishness and unnecessary nudity. Despite this, I was thoroughly entertained, but there are lots of other much more nicer animes out there.


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