Anime: This Ugly Yet Beautiful World
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 Studio Gainax
and Studio Shaft
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The series provides examples of:
- Monster of the Week: The Extended Definitions, which are monstrous versions of creatures made extinct by Hikari. The ones encountered resemble an Anomalocaris, a prehistoric fish, a theropod dinosaur, and Takeru, a Homo sapians.
- Mood Whiplash: The tone of what begins as a silly Fanservice anime turns very serious starting about episode 8.
- Motifs: As well as the insects, DNA-type patterns show up quit a bit
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Obfuscating Drunkenness in Jennifer's case.
- One-Winged Angel: The Extended Definitions are this for various species in danger of extinction, mutating to gain overwhelming offence at the cost of their defensive capabilities.
- Ioneous transforms into Anastatious to bring about the end of the world at Evil Hikari's bidding.
- Parental Abandonment: Having his mother abandon him out of the blue didnt exactly leave poor Takeru with the happiest outlook on life.
- Phenotype Stereotype: Jennifer, although to be fair, the Moe aesthetic of the show makes everybody look ambiguous in nationality - the Japanese cast for the most part has realistic hair colors, and the two divine-like girls Hikari and Akari have more improbable hair colors (bright orange and purple-red, respectively)
- Robot Buddy: Both Ioneous and Kuon, the latter being a shard of the former.
- Rule of Three: Those Two Guys are convinced that a third girl will fall from the sky, solely because of this. It doesn't happen, of course. Technically, there already are three girls: Hikari and Akari combined.
- Shout-Out: Please Teacher!, Ikkitousen, Urusei Yatsura, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Mahoromatic and in the English dub, The Simpsons.
- Like Takeru's transformation is not a shout out to Devilman...
- Shipper on Deck: Most of the supporting cast, but Those Two Girls, who ship both Takeru + Hikari and Takeru + Mari, most vocally.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Ryo is a soft-hearted Cloud Cuckoo Lander, his little sister Kimi has it together, and takes things like bringing a hungry homeless girl into their house seriously...
- 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.
- 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.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: If Mari hadn't bitch slapped Hikari, the whole End Of The World As We Know It situation would never of come up. Thanks for ruining What Could Have Been!
- 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.