Kono Yo no Hate de Koi o Utau Shoujo YU-NO

Title:Kono Yo no Hate de Koi o Utau Shoujo YU-NO
YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world
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Notables: Animation - FEEL
Takuya Arima is a horny male teenager whose father recently disappeared after an accident at an archaeological dig and is presumed dead. His mother died long ago and he lives with a stepmother who is a manager of a construction project nearby. Unexplained accidents and lightning strikes have made the project highly unpopular with the public. Then Takuya receives two anonymous packages, one containing a strange relic and the other a research paper by his father which purports that the relic is a device that makes travel between alternate realities possible.

13 episodes
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Unevaluated Stretch [series:3686#628]
(At least six episodes watched):

Episode one lays out a general framework and hints at what may be to come: time and space manipulation, involving some alternate reality where people have elf-like pointed ears. Whether it would make sense and be intriguing remained to be seen. If elves are involved, it might be more a matter of fantasy than science fiction. Episode one of this show has a raunchy tone with the sexist comments that Takuya sometimes makes and his shameless attitude. I didn't hate him, but remained unconvinced that I should like him. If I understood correctly, Takuya has used the magical device he was sent by some unknown person to shift himself to another alternate reality; but as of episode three there has been little mention of this, or why it really matters or might be dangerous, and certainly nothing about why he once ran into an elf girl. The show mainly focuses of the mysterious, inexplicable lightning strikes that have been occurring at the construction site (what, again, are they trying to build? Were we ever told?) and the ad hoc investigation which Takuya and some friends are conducting. Little hints are dropped here and there of what's to come, but I discern little pattern to them and as a result have a hard time getting seriously engaged with this show. There is the lure of an unsolved mystery, but not much progress towards a solution seems to be taking place. Something funny is definitely going on within the Geotech corporation, but we are told very little which is frustrating. No connection between Geotech and the magical device or the elf girl has yet been drawn (unless I was too apathetic to notice it). It would seem that this anime is based on a video game. One thing we get a fair amount of is fanservice, though the ecchi is not as explicit as it was in episode one. Takuya finds himself in a sort of time modulation loop in which every time he tries to prevent something very bad from happening, and no matter what he does, it somehow happens anyhow (it reminded me of the somewhat better way a similar problem was handled in Steins;Gate). I became frustrated by the slow pace at which the story was moving, the reliance on fanservice and the lack of any explanation of the bizarre occurrence in episode one, and came to hope this would not be a two-season show. Indeed, after reading the scathing reviews this series got on ANN, I decided to drop it altogether.

Last updated Saturday, June 29 2019. Created Thursday, April 25 2019.

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