6 March 2010 | paul_haakonsen
Sort of beautiful
Alright, what do you get if you take "Ah! My Goddess", mix it with "Devilman" and throw in a pinch of "Pokémon"? ... Simply put, you get this anime, "This Beautiful and Ugly World".
The story takes place over 12 episodes, of which the two-quarters of the entire show is really silly and at times sassy and too much. It was not before the last 3 or 4 episodes that the series became really nice.
Sure the series have nice characters, most of which are well thought off and given good stories, so you get to fall in love with some of the quirky characters. However, I was unfortunate enough to sit through all 12 episodes where it was dubbed into English. I hate Japanese anime that is dubbed into English, because the voice actors always usually do a poor job. And "This Beautiful and Ugly World" was no different. Had it been kept in Japanese it would have been so much more worth sitting through all 12 episodes.
What puzzled me about this series was that most of the time, the story had a very childish and naive quality to it, then it would suddenly be interrupted by unnecessary nudity. The series did not need that nudity, and would have been better without it. It was too disruptive and weird.
The story was well enough driven forward, despite it being childish and silly. And it is interesting enough to keep you intrigued to see what happens next. I only give this series 5/10 stars because of the childishness and unnecessary nudity. Despite this, I was thoroughly entertained, but there are lots of other much more nicer animes out there.