Anime / This Ugly Yet Beautiful World

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Orphans Takeru Takemoto and Ryo Ninomiya are ordinary high school students who witness a strange light descend from the skies and then split into two. Upon investigating it, they find a cute girl who doesn't seem to know who she is. Her appearance, along with that of her "little sister" Akari, shake up the simple lives of the town with the joy of seeing the world for the first time. The story follows Hikari and Akari in their learning about humanity at its brightest and darkest, as well as their own mysterious origins.

It also contains more than its share of Fanservice.

While it starts out as a simple Magical Girlfriend series, it ends up being more like a Lighter and Softer version of Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Created by Studio Gainax and animated by both Gainax and Studio Shaft. This page could use a little more love.


The series provides examples of:

  • Stripped to the Bone: Evil Hikari Curb Stomp Battles a theropod Extended Definition by doing this to it.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: Hikari's lighter-haired red eyed, much more forward alternate personality, tasked with causing mass extinctions, is far more powerful than her appearance lets on.
    • Takeru's transformed (Extended Definition) form comes with more feral instincts, leaving him to brutalize the various monsters he encounters. It's also driven by instinct to kill Hikari at the end of the series.
  • Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: Towards the end of the series, Hikari enters One-Winged Angel mode and almost destroys Earth after getting slapped by Mari.
  • Super Mode: When Takeru takes contol of his Extended Definition form.
  • Talking to Themself: Hikari's good and evil personalities argue with each other.
  • Tempting Fate: "Well don't worry, your school isn't going to just instantaneously collapse..."
  • The End of the World as We Know It: Hikari is a Cosmic Entity tasked with causing the extinction of all life on Earth.
  • The Talk: It's implied that Takeru got this from his Aunt and Uncle, as well as Those Two Guys. Of course, he did just bring home a girl who he found naked in the woods, and is blatantly infatuated with him.
  • Those Two Guys: Who also happen to be rather Genre Savvy.
    • Unfortunately for them, they haven't noticed they're Those Two Guys.
    • Sakurako Urushima and Amika Kurebayashi enjoy egging on the love triangle between Mari, Takeru, and Hikari.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: It turns out Hikari is a goddess of death come to exterminate all life on earth and Takeru is an Extended Definition born to kill her.
  • Transformation Sequence: Takeru provides a notably male-only version.
  • Tsundere: Mari is a Type A. Played with when her inability to spit it out finally results in her screaming at and slapping Hikari and breaking out her Super-Powered Evil Side to bring the End of the World as We Know It.
  • Twin Telepathy: Hikari and Akari hum the same songs and eat the same foods before meeting.
  • Undead Tax Exemption: Almost all of Takeru's friends and family seem to accept Hikari without trouble or too much suspicion regarding how she ended up on Earth.
  • Unwanted Assistance: Hikari gets a big "Stop helping me!" from Mari during the beach episode.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Mari slaps Hikari because the former is unable to confess her feelings for him. Unfortunately, this ends up causing Hikari to nearly destroy the Earth.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Hikari coming to understand the darker sides of human emotion is a strong part of the Mood Whiplash in the later series.
  • Winds of Destiny, Change: Ryo somehow gains the power to alter probability, likely from exposure to Hikari or Akari.

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