Monday, May 04, 2009

電波的な彼女 Denpa teki na Kanojo

imaginary_num6er posted a random nico link in chat which lead to a random 40 minute anime OVA thing.
It was...decent, had a premise that caught me.
So I decided to watch it before going to sleep.

Um, the title is hard to explain.
Literally it means, "electric wave-like girl/s/friend."
Figuratively? It means "crazy bitches."

Let me explain the term "denpa," or "electric wave."
This term originally was used to describe radio signals or other types of transmissions.
Somewhere along the line it got a hidden meaning of "electric waves fucking with your mind."
I think Leaf? might have been the first to use as an actual basis in a story (Shizuku) where a robot?/android schoolgirl or something was unintentionally giving off electric waves and thus students were cutting themselves up and going insane.
Either way, it came to mean "weird as hell."
As a side note, when this term is applied to music, it means really catchy or infectious hyper music.
Miko Miko Nurse would qualify as denpa music.

So yeah basically, if the title says weird girls, then yes, all the girls are weird.
A relatively normal yankee-looking guy, Juu, just goes about his life, until he gets a note in his shoe locker that asks to meet him under a tree.
And there we meet extremely weird girl number one: Ochibana Ame.
A rather short girl whose bangs completely cover her eyes, she speaks in ridiculously formal Japanese.
She believes she was linked to Juu in a former life and thus has come to seek him in the next as his bodyguard, going so far as to kneel and kiss his shoes.
Needless to say Juu has never met this girl and is completely freaked out.
At the same time, a bunch of murders have been occurring in the town, generally by strangulation.
The rest of the denpa girls are spoilers but suffice to say everyone is pretty weird.
I'll probably watch the other two OVAs too just cause it's caught my attention.

Ok I lied iincho (class president) is not crazy.

Ame is pure denpa though.

Satsuki is denpa too.

They didn't say anything in this episode but they're friends of Ame, they must be denpa.
Japanese wikipedia says their names are Yukihime and Madoka.

Ochibana Hikaru, weird as her older sister, but in a different way.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I just watched the second OAV/OVA and it just gets more disturbing but in an expected and predictable way... The characters become more personable though, well those who survive anyway!