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BossMac's Midori no Hibi Tv Review

Midori no Hibi

Midori no Hibi tv Review

Seiji Sawamura is the toughest seventeen-year-old in town, feared by all for his fighting prowess and his deadly "devil's right hand." But at heart, Seiji is a softy, and all he wants is an end to his seventeen-year history of being a lonely single guy. Unfortunately, his tough-guy reputation only serves to decrease his popularity with the ladies.

Then one day, Seiji wakes up to discover his "devil's right hand" has turned into...a miniature gal named Midori! Strangely enough, Midori is a real girl who is just as surprised as Seiji to find out she has now become--literally--Seiji's right hand! It turns out Midori has always had a crush on Seiji, and her desperate wish to be connected with him has somehow come true...maybe all too true!

Credit: sarisasenshi

Story & Characters

LOL @ shoujoboy

In the world of anime, there are plenty of relationships which stand out from the rest. Some fall in love with goddesses, others with tenants of an inn, and others with just plain ol' girls who happen to be cyborgs/robots/androids/aliens/models/princesses/thieves/vampires/insert generics here. But once in a while we are introduced to something fresh. Enter Midori no Hibi (Midori Days/Days of Midori), the series that went all out and created the closest couple I can imagine in the whole entire history of anime. What am I talking about? The lead character has a freakin' girl for a right hand!

Actual Story Rating: 7.266849

Note: As much as I'd prefer an unbiased review, there are those who prefer the works of an "opinionated bastard".:D

The overall plot of this title is rather generic but hold all thoughts of generic being a bad thing. Yes, the situations that the characters end up with in the story is rather cliche'd (which are quite numerous to mention), but just having Midori as a right hand certainly tends to make things very interesting. Also, there are plenty of fascinating plot developments that would keep the viewers glued. Though some might note that it was never explained how did Midori end up as she was, the story provides enough enjoyment to detract their attention from such detail and focus on the main objective here and that's entertainment.

Moving on to character, well what can I say.... Hmmm.... You can't really expect something as short as Midori no Hibi to have very in-depth character development but the pure charisma of each character is certainly undoubtable. From Midori's energetic spirit to Seiji's ferocity (more notably his sister), we are treated to a cast of very likable characters.

Midori no Hibi is generally your regular slice-of-life, magical-girl anime with the obvious fact that the concept really deviates from everything that preceded it. Hey, I've seen scabs that talk, pimples with evil minds and hands that go idle then berserk but nothin' like this...

So as for story, I'd give it a really decent score just for the concept alone.

Rating: 7

Art

Actual Art Rating: 7

Midori no Hibi doesn't have that much to offer in terms of visual presentation, though two major things stand out; the animation and character design.

Animation for this title is very fluid with the fight scenes being the most noteworthy. Other details such as character movement are decently done as well as the movements of objects in the background of a scene (e.g. that vertical train).

Studio Pierrot is a very notable name when it comes to this sub-genre and this title is certainly another fine representation of their abilities. Their character design for this series is very appealing with cute as the main characteristic. There's a certain aura exuding from the characters of this show that just says you gotta love 'em especially Midori, everybody's just gotta love that girl.

So I guess that's it for this section. I don't really pay attention to visuals on modern animes but this title was an exemption.

Midori no Hibi with its appealing characters and quite impressive animation quality gets a decent score for Art.

Rating: 7

Sound

Actual Sound Rating: 5.6

Now let's go to the Sound Department.

Obviously, the first thing that anyone who's watched this would say is that this title boasts a great OP and ED theme. Right off the bat we're presented with "Sentimental" by CooRie that get's us prepped up to watch the show. Then we get to say goodbye to Midori with "Mou Sukoshi... Mou Sukoshi" by Saori Atsumi. Both tracks are quite nice and I find them appealing.

As for overall sound quality, nothing really stands out much except for those already mentioned and the fact that Midori has an angelic voice!.

I'ma keep this short and sweet so for sound, I'm giving this one an average 6... it can't get any better than that, I think... though if you feel otherwise, let me know your factors for consideration. :)

Rating: 6

Presentation

Actual Presentation Rating: 9

The title presents itself excellently. The humour factor is superb. If you're the type that finds it humourous when someone gets "belly-to-back" suplexed or chased after by a girl then you'll find plenty of that here. The title also pokes fun at otaku culture, specifically the figure collector class. With Midori as a right hand who needs a puppet? Well, Seiji's "friend" knows that very much and would like to have Midori for himself... with Seiji imagining things that this guy would do to him including amputation and such.

This title also features a little ecchi for those skin lovers out there. And yes, you get to see right-hand Midori's bare chest... :hmpf:

Moving along, we get back to the concept which I think I've pointed out very clearly that is certainly very, very well presented. How complicated would it be to have a girl for a right-hand? I think its better than having a dead fetus stuck to your face, right?

But seriously, focusing on just the overall packaging of the show, one can't ignore the fact that this title generally focuses on the enjoyment factor which I regard very highly as some of the more familiar titles just resort to plain randomness as comic relief, this one on the other hand is a more balanced, almost sitcom-like approach. It also doesn't veer away much from the main plot and rarely presents any situation without canonical significance. The romantic part is also very well played, with an almost harem-like feel to it. All of that presented in a 13-episode package which is certainly enough for anyone. :)

So to wrap everything up, we have Midori no Hibi scoring high on Presentation with its peculiar concept and impressive comedic offering.

I highly recommend this for everyone but if you don't like it then sue me for misleading you. I've watched this show from a fan and a critic's standpoint and I am certainly very impressed. :D

Rating: 9

Final Verdict

7.50 (good)

Reviewed by BossMac, Jan 14, 2008

Comments

  1. shoujoboy Jan 15, 2008

    Ahh the informal review style of our friend jak. Mr conversational trying to woo readers into his propoganda. I mean what else could this be with the overly friendly, chit-chat review. What else could it be when he has to mention me before the review even begins. I mean, readers come in here expecting to read a review and they say to themselves "Wait he knows shoujoboy? Wow I guess we can take him seriously if he knows an amazing reviewer like that. That guy always knows whats up and is vastly superior to every other writer in the known universe. This guy pales in comparison, but he knows him, so we can trust that."

    And that my good sir is the story of the first Thanksgiving.

  2. Ephemeral-Garden Jan 15, 2008

    That's an awesome review. :) I've watched Midori no Hibi and I've got to say, it's pretty original of having a girl as your right hand. ^__^ I enjoy watching this anime as well so I really agree with all the above.

  3. beyondmeasure Jan 22, 2008

    LOL @ shoujoboy - for what?

    It is original. I'm fine with that - we don't see a lot of originality these days, this world we live in.

    However, I find this anime very boring, very commercial, and very lousy in plot.

    In other words, hopelessly mediocre.

    I'd categorize this series as "having seconds of greatness", dear sir jakulito.

    The sheer originality of the series might turn heads by 10 degrees. But freshness? Not much.

  4. BossMac Jan 25, 2008

    Quote by shoujoboyAhh the informal review style of our friend jak. Mr conversational trying to woo readers into his propoganda. I mean what else could this be with the overly friendly, chit-chat review. What else could it be when he has to mention me before the review even begins. I mean, readers come in here expecting to read a review and they say to themselves "Wait he knows shoujoboy? Wow I guess we can take him seriously if he knows an amazing reviewer like that. That guy always knows whats up and is vastly superior to every other writer in the known universe. This guy pales in comparison, but he knows him, so we can trust that."

    And that my good sir is the story of the first Thanksgiving.

    And now that I have immortalized you... I shall printscreen.

  5. deadman00 Banned Member Feb 06, 2008

    i like your story hello

  6. luiz Feb 28, 2008

    so i not understand..much

  7. kawaiihime04 Mar 07, 2008

    yeah, i watched/read that and it's one of my favorites. the opening and closing theme are good too

    *hmm... i wonder if i could have a boy as my right hand- jox XD*

  8. kotaru Apr 03, 2008

    Well yeah it is a bit ecchi because Midori is naked at Seji's right hand and his sister at the hot springs.
    Over-all for me, the story is unique, great and funny with a bit of touching moments. I like how the story progresses. It is really fun to watch.

    What if I could also have a girl at my right hand?... Hehe It might be so awkward just like the first episode.

  9. sasmith20 Nov 03, 2008

    I've only watched the anime series but I've never read the manga and I'm happy that I didn't. In my experience with mangas and animes I found out that sometimes it's really better if you read the manga first and then watch the anime.

    This show in particular did not appeal to me and no matter how hard I tried to grasp the concept of it, in the end I did not enjoy it as much I would've liked to. With that aside I'm going to have to fully agree with your ratings for the show or hell mine would have been a bit lower, I think that once the concept has gone wrong, I find that just about everything is completely ruin throughout the series.

    Your review was rather subtle and intriguing, I thoroughly enjoyed reading every bit of it and thought that you did a really decent job. I guess in the end I'd better fess up to liking the opening and end theme of the show, it was great and I've sought out thoes two songs and have added them to my collection, lol.

  10. angel26278 Nov 17, 2008

    I love this anime is too funny and the strory is very original,
    Only I watch the anime

  11. SukiLovesAnime Dec 20, 2008

    I thought this anime was so kawaii & funny XD

  12. pigmypuff Jun 03, 2009

    not kawai at all

  13. hackershark Jun 07, 2009

    very good

  14. yuyuppi Jun 17, 2009

    just make better story

  15. Fanatik007 Jul 12, 2009

    pretty review

  16. lordryo Jul 28, 2009

    Good review.

  17. SchRita Aug 24, 2009

    Thanks for the review!

  18. rukasu04 Mute Member Nov 10, 2009

    Thanks

  19. back07 Oct 03, 2012

    nice review, thanks for sharing
    :D

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