Sometimes, the best shows are the ones you’ve never heard about and watch on a whim after reading the premise. A lot of us are caught up in watching the bleeding edge, current anime, and while that’s all well and good, it can sometimes cause some of us to miss out on stuff that might’ve flown more under our radar.
Denpa teki na Kanojo is a two-episode OVA series based on a short series of light novels and produced by Brains Base. It’s a mystery/horror show about a delinquent highschooler named Juu Juuzawa who one day meets Ame Ochibana, a strange girl who declares him her “king” and pledges herself as his “knight.” While he’s annoyed with her at first, when a series of killings hits a classmate of theirs, and when a series of pranks escalates to deadly levels, the two of them endeavour to find who’s responsible and bring them to justice.
To be honest, the show doesn’t look like much. The art style is pretty generic and the characters look “off” or downright ugly at times, but it’s never bad enough to ruin whatever the show’s trying to do at any point in time. In fact, though the show isn’t quite a powerhouse art-wise, it does some interesting things with its presentation. For example, one thing the show does at times that I really like that it will superimpose the face of a speaking character over a shot that character isn’t in. It’s a neat way of showing a character’s reactions and facial expressions as they speak without cutting back and forth.
The show is full of suspense and some really genuine twists. It doesn’t pull punches, either. When it gets violent, it gets cringingly violent. It rarely does the “discretion shot” thing. Fights are over very quickly and people get really hurt.
The show’s filled with tragedy, mystery, suspicion, and even some love, with most of the cast bordering on insanity, it seems like. The story and characters are remarkably well-crafted and make the show a very intense watch from start to finish. It’s definitely not a comedy, and definitely not lighthearted. It’s a “heavy” show, but not thematically. It’s weight is in its story and characters.
If you’re a fan of mystery anime or insane girls, this is definitely one to check out.