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Amazing Stranger Episode #12 Anime Review

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“Let Me See Your Universe”

“Let Me See Your Universe”

What They Say:
Bouida Haruto is a hardcore otaku who has no interest in 3D (real) girls. One day, he bought a figure of his favorite anime heroine, Nona, but then suddenly, Nona started to move! The frenzied married life between one otaku and one robot (?) is about to start!

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Amazing Stranger hits its finale with this episode and it’s one of the few shows that I’m glad to see end. And I’ve seen some doozies over the years that I’d rather watch more of. So much of the problem of this series is structure, much like 501st Strike Witches series, in that it doesn’t work well as it overstays its welcome and often lacks a strong clear narrative through-line that it needs, especially as a half-length shows. The show just didn’t help beyond that in terms of character and presentation either as Kanmuri just felt superfluous and weirdly used and the nature of the series just felt tenuous at best in general.

With Nona having gone back to her ship and experience, we get the nod to the beginning in how all of this happened and the bringing out of the Blu-ray with the last episode of the series, which is where Nona has ended up with Haruto as he plays at being the scientist until she strips it all away from him because she wants him to be him to be himself – but she also didn’t want him here as a part of this. The whole thing kind of devolves into a Haruto/Nona thing with him in the show surrounded by the other girls but it just kind of… falters? It’s not terribly interesting, the characters don’t connect well for it, and it sort of just exists while providing a supposedly comical tweak at the end for what could be “more” of this show.

In Summary:
While there were interesting moments along the way, Amazing Stranger didn’t connect well at all and was ill-served by its longer running time. It should have been a two-cour show broken out with half the time per episode and a better focus for introducing characters and giving them time to exist and interact. Nona wasn’t terribly interesting nor was Haruto and placing so much focus there just made the series feel like it was meandering even more without purpose or point.

Grade: D+

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

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