Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge

Title:Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge
Perfect Girl Evolution
The Seven Metamorphoses of Yamato Nadeshiko
The Wallflower (R1 title)
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Notables: MORIKUBO Shoutaro
NOJIMA Hirofumi
R1 License - FUNimation
SUGITA Tomokazu
Four handsome young students (Takano Kyohei, Oda Takenaga, Toyama Yukinojo and Morii Ranmaru ) are offered free use of a house on the condition that they transform the girl who already lives there into a lady. However, Nakahara Sunako, is a gloomy, morbid, weird girl who is also an avid horror movie maniac. She suffered a dramatic trauma in junior high school when a boy that she loved told her she was ugly which shattered her self esteem, and now she gets a nosebleed when she looks at something beautiful.

Animation by Nippon Animation
Series aired Oct '06 thru March '07.
25 TV episodes (24min each)

On July 4th ’08, it was announced that R1 License for this title has been transferred from ADV to FUNimation.

"ヤマト" ("Yamato") and "ナデシコ" ("Nadeshiko") are Katakana sound patterns for a name figuratively meaning "the perfect traditional Japanese woman". "七" ("shichi" or "nana") means "seven"; "変化" can be proncounced "henka" (which would then mean various things along the lines of "change", including the "metamorphosis" variant of the English title) or "henge" (meaning "appartion; spook; ghost; wraith; phantom; revelation; incarnation/turning into a human being" of which probably the last variant might be the most suitable one), thus hinting at both the "horror movie maniac" aspect of Sunako and her transformation during the story.
1:29min Series Opening - YouTube Video
Episode Details 
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Buy 8 7 7 7 7 7 Ggultra2764 [series:1453#1552]
Fun series, though clearly won't be for everyone. The Wallflower has its fun creating its own twist on the reverse harem approach to shoujo anime as the four archetypal pretty boys find themselves tasked with trying to make Sunako into a "perfect lady" and she is far from being your typical cute and doe-eyed charming female lead. This is a gal who prefers dark places, has interest in all things macabre and the sight of any "creature of light" (attractive people) giving her exaggerated nosebleeds. The chemistry between Sunako and the four guys, especially Kyohei, offer much of the fun in the series as they get in their ridiculously funny moments and slowly get used to one another as the series progresses, eventually getting used to the quirks of one another. The series mostly emphasizes comedy coming from Sunako's interests and how they creep out those around her and the guys trying to avert the ridiculous number of admirers they have. Even so, it still has its serious moments as we come to learn of some serious developments that effect Sunako and Kyohei as their pasts get explored at points throughout the series. As discussed by others, the animation for Wallflower is all over the place with super-deformity, stick figures and realistic detail, though the differing styles have their relevance at symbolizing how characters perceive one another and themselves. The show does have its imperfections as some of the running gags (the goth-loli girls and Sunako's nosebleeds, for instance) do get repetitive after a while and has an incomplete feel as developments with Kyohei and Sunako are left unresolved. Still, The Wallflower did make for a unique take on the reverse harem genre thanks to the antics of Sunako and the four "creatures of light" living with her in the mansion.

Last updated Thursday, July 05 2012. Created Thursday, July 05 2012.
Rent 5 5 9 6 5 5 Mynt [series:1453#2797]
Although I've only watched the first episode, I found it to be somewhat . . . a bummer. The art is such a put-off showing stick-people, and tiny figures. The overall 'plot' is great, however, as I have not seen the rest of the series, my thoughts really don't matter. ^_~

I would pretty much rate this a "low rent." It really wasn't that great, and all the screaming/hollaring was quite annoying.

Last updated Wednesday, January 16 2008. Created Wednesday, January 16 2008.
Rent 8 8 8 7 8 9 lucy-san [series:1453#2510]
This series is freakin hillarious! it's the funniest anime i ever watched. Like the other reviewers i did find this anime similar to ouran high school host club but different (if u know what i mean).

At first i got turned off by the drawing cos the guys in this anime looks like girls! but i give evry anime a chance and what do you know! i love it LOL i'm still put off by the drawing but the comedy balanced it out. The chibi versions were cute tho.

abit about each character:

kyohei- soo funny. he continuly fights with sunako and has a bottomless pit for a stomach.

sunako- actually a very pretty girl (when she gets angry). she is usually in chibi form in most of the episodes. but also quite funny with her love for scary things and chocolate.

yuki- the one that always gets mistaken for a girl. lol. and he cries over it. he is the nicest out of the four.

ranmaru- a ladies man. always picking up chicks. Basically a player.

takanaga- he's the smart one of the group.

Overall i gave it a rent cos this story doesn't seem to be going anywhere. It just starts a new story every episode. (but it's still all good :)

so..if u like a really good laugh this is for you.

Edit: Finally finished the whole thing! its sad tho..cos i would love it to be abit longer. The last episode was good, it was so sweet and Sunako looked so pretty...

Last updated Saturday, September 01 2007. Created Friday, March 23 2007.
Unevaluated Stretch [series:1453#628]
(Five episodes watched):

The one thing which most struck me about episode one was that I really don't like the overdone use of numerous SD modes--you might even call it super superdeformed mode! Stick figures, "ghost" figures--some people might find them amusing, but they just annoy me. I wish one set of character designs (the most realistic one) would be chosen, and the show would stick with them; after all, it's hard enough to keep track of anime characters without them being in some other mode at least 50% of the time. The first episode wasn't very pleasing to the eye, because colors often seemed poorly chosen, giving scenes a drab, dreary look. I know Sunako isn't exactly in a cheerful mood, but this just messed up the episode as a whole; fortunately, the colors have improved since then, so maybe it really was intentional. Normally things like SD mode and colors are minor concerns of mine, which I don't even bother to comment on; perhaps one of the reasons they caught my attention was because going in, the comedy of this show seemed rather modest (the bag of flour joke was good, though). I agree, this show isn't nearly as funny as Ohran Host Club--not so far, at least. And yes, the "Goth-Loli" club (or whatever) are such total airheaded bitches that they nauseate me. Not funny at all, in fact a major turn-off. Episode three was good, however--I still can't tell these guys apart, but Sunako's aunt was a laugh. There are some things I really don't like about this show, but sometimes I find myself laughing anyhow--maybe I've been too hard on it. A good touch was the way this show sort of makes fun of itself, with one of the four "beautiful boys" being mistaken for a girl. My first impression was that this was a show which I was not altogether convinced would be worth watching; it managed to hold a little of my interest for awhile, but I concluded that there were better ways to spend my time.

Last updated Saturday, February 05 2011. Created Wednesday, March 14 2007.
Unevaluated Jan-Chan [series:1453#967]
A friend of mine (Meme-chan) shared a manga series called the WallFlower (the English released title,) which was entertaining. As many successful manga series end up being reproduced as an anime series......

Similar to the story of Ouran Koko Host Club, a number of handsome and attractive students find themselves having to look after an ‘ugly duckling’ of a young girl.

I have posted some snaps of the (RAW) first episode.

Having seen up to episode 16, I can share that this is a humorous series. It is a lot darker than the manga, and Sunako (the girl) spends a lot of time cast in her own poor self-image (appearing as a super-deformed morbid & obsessed troll-girl.) Sunako just can NOT stand beautiful things and people, so the four boys who are ‘looking’ after her are the cause of multiple nose bleeds.

The style of animation is all over the place – ranging from simple stick-figure drawings to steamy & over embellished romance scenes. The story line is pretty good, but there are number of other characters that I have taken a strong disliking to. (Primarily the four loli-goth girls and the bleached citygirl gang - they are just so stupid and vapid that they got on my nerves and distracted from the story.) And episode 15 & 16 made NO sense at all. I probably will end up rating this as a LOW RENT. I still think that Ouran Koko Host Club is a better series with more humor.

Last updated Sunday, November 23 2008. Created Thursday, October 05 2006.

Other Sites
Official Japanese Series Web Site http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/yamanade/
English Language Wikipedia listing http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wallflower_(manga)
DEL REY manga series (English language) http://www.randomhouse.com/delrey/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780345479129

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