Kono minikuku mo utsukushii senkai 02

The kids in Konomini’s calm acceptance of Hikari from outer space is really a sign of times. Gone are the days where aliens are abhorred as gigantic, violent insects. In this age, most of us are “xenophiles” because aliens take the form of perfect-bodied teenage girls. :P Species, starring Natasha Henstridge, comes to mind. She was also running around in her birthday suit for much of the movie (a la Hikari in ep 1). She’s highly intelligent and learns at an incredible rate (just like Hikari who grasped the Japanese language overnite!). There’s also the same metamorphosis theme. I just hope Hikari’s true form is not like a giant cockroach.

Enter Jennifer Portman, Shikijyo-sensei (Mahoromatic) masquerading as Tina Foster (Aoi Yori Aoshi). (Btw do they always have to depict foreigners as blond, boozing and boisterous? :P) She seems to be Hikari’s alien senpai and seeks to comfort the confused Hikari (through a shower… talk about skin-ship. :P). I’m also putting Ryou on my “Alien Suspects” list. He is at least psychic to be able to detect Akari’s presence in the forest. And of course there’s whole part on Mari’s true feelings for Takeru and snatches of Takeru’s childhood.

I agree with Jeff that Konomini is moving very fast. There’s a lot of subtleties in their dialogue/actions that ARE plot/character development but easily elude us. A feature article in MEGAMI magazine (May 2004) mentioned that the Konomini team had a hard time deciding which scenes to include since the series is a short 12 eps. The director (I think) went on to lament that the introduction of characters took about 4 eps leaving them with only 2/3 of the series. That probably explains the density of each ep.

Looking forward to Akari goodness next ep. Just hoping she’ll not be a Minawa (Mahoromatic 2) clone.

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