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Mayuko & Niea

The aliens have landed! But that was many years ago, and no one really cares any more. All the fuss and excitement over the arriving UFOs has, for the most part, settled down, and people have returned to everyday life. Aliens, too, are gradually integrating into normal human society. Our story follows one Mayuko Chigasaki, a hard working, self supporting cram school student, who also works multiple part time jobs simply to pay for school and feed herself. Niea is the lazy, selfish, freeloading alien who lives in her cupboard, eats all her food, and generally drives her nuts.

Niea_7 is an anime series created by Yoshitoshi ABe note , produced with the same team that worked on Serial Experiments Lain. Despite being a typical Yoshitoshi ABe product, it is ostensibly a comedy series. It holds much more interest as a Slice of Life series following everyday life in the sleepy district of Enohana, tracking Mayuko's struggles to come to terms with herself and the world around her.


Niea_7 provides examples of:

  • Aliens Speaking English: Japanese, actually, but you get the idea.
  • Anime Chinese Girl: Karna dresses and behaves like a stereotypical Chinese girl, even though she is actually an alien.
  • Balloon Belly: Niea and Karna in Episode 8.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Niea's torso is covered by what amounts to a vest with a single button in the middle keeping it closed.
  • Berserk Button: Don't make fun of Karna's antenna. Just... Don't.
  • Big Eater: Niea. About the only thing she does is eat, sleep and build UFOs.
  • Blush Sticker: Niea sports two perpetual ones. Karna too, so it's likely an alien thing.
  • Closet Sublet: Niea, who lives in Mayuko's closet.
  • Cloudcuckoolander:
    • Chiaki manages to even outdo the titular character at times.
    • Karna also tends to have a tenuous hold on reality.
  • Cranial Eruption: Niea receives quite an amount of abuse from Mayuko. Deservedly.
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  • Cute Little Fangs: Niea.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Niea happens to be barefoot a lot.
  • Fantastic Caste System: The aliens seem to have one.
  • Fantastic Racism: A common theme throughout the series, also dealing with the sudden immigration of the aliens.
  • Fauxreigner: Chada, the Indian stereotype convenience store owner who is actually an alien.
  • Furo Scene: Quite a few. Not surprising, considering Mayuko lives above a public bath.
  • Genki Girl: Niea, albeit more of the aggressive type.
  • Handy Feet: Niea uses her feet to open doors.
  • Homemade Inventions: Niea's makeshift UFOs.
  • Jerkass: Niea has to be the worst possible person to live with. But it is hinted that Niea's attitude is a way of coping with the rejection by her own people.
  • Large Ham: Karna, whose easily irritable nature makes her chew the scenery like there's no tomorrow.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Niea rarely socializes much with anyone, human or alien. She has her reasons, though — she is discriminated because of Fantastic Racism.
  • Mundane Fantastic: The arrival of aliens hasn't made any large impact on society. (Chiaki is intensely interested in alien tech and culture, but she's an outlier.)
  • Noble Womans Laugh: Karna, whenever she starts feeling superior to the other aliens.
  • Odd Couple: Mayuko and Niea almost exactly.
  • Only One Name: Niea doesn't seem to have a last name.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Mayuko, who is ordinary, and a high school student
  • Otaku: Chiaki, who loves UFOs and tries to replicate them..
  • Panda-ing to the Audience: Karna loves panda prints, in line with her "Chinese girl" shtick.
  • Perpetual Poverty: Mayuko suffers from this, which isn't helped by Niea's freeloading.
  • Power Levels: The aliens rank themselves as "Plusses" and "Unders." Niea is a rare, ultra low Under 7, since she even lacks an antenna.
  • Psychic Powers: The aliens having antennae seem to possess psychic abilities — which Niea suspiciously ''lacks.' Explain what kind of psychic abilities they have.
  • Running Gag: The skinny old guy at Chada's cuisine tryout meetings who always begs for water but never gets it.
  • Sitting on the Roof: Niea loves doing this. Mayuko too, at times.
  • Unusual Ears: Niea and the other aliens.